CBD has overtaken the health world. It is a vital source to those seeking natural relief over the use of pharmaceuticals. Even though the benefits of CBD are clear, there are still a lot of questions and misconceptions surrounding the topic. We want to give you answers so you can start enjoying the benefits of CBD.
What is CBD?
One of your first questions about CBD is probably, what even is CBD? First off, CBD is short for cannabidiol. Cannabidiol is a cannabinoid. Cannabinoids are natural chemical compounds, each one with unique benefits. Hemp plants and marijuana plants each contain over one hundred different cannabinoids.
Hemp plants and marijuana plants both come from the cannabis plant family. Although they are both similar, marijuana and hemp have crucial differences. For example, Hemp contains high amounts of CBD and less than .3% THC. Marijuana, on the other hand, has high amounts of CBD and THC.
THC is also a cannabinoid. However, THC produces mind-altering effects and the desperate need for your favorite snack. CBD does not produce psychoactive effects or any effect usually associated with being “high.” With CBD you get all of the incredible benefits without the “high.”
How does CBD work?
CBD works with your endocannabinoid system. Your endocannabinoid system spreads throughout your entire body. The endocannabinoid system regulates and balances the body. It serves a vital purpose for our overall health.
The endocannabinoid system has receptors all over the body and brain. Theses receptors attach to cells and transmit information about the changing conditions of the body to the inside of the cell—invoking the appropriate cellular response. CBD reacts with these receptors activating them which in return gives you benefits.
What are the benefits of CBD?
CBD has been known to help people get natural relief from many different ailments. Some have reported CBD helping them when traditional medications couldn’t. Not only can CBD help with mental and physical disorders, but it is also used in different beauty products. CBD is used topically in lotions, creams, shampoos, and much more. It’s anti-inflammatory, and anti-bacterial properties bring many beauty and wellness benefits.
Some of the different mental and physical illnesses CBD can help with are:
How is CBD extracted?
It all starts with the plant. Always try to find a company that grows their hemp plants organically without any pesticides or herbicides. Hemp plants can be bred and grown to contain less THC than marijuana plants. The finished CBD product must contain less than .3% THC.
There are two popular CBD extraction processes used by CBD production companies.
With this method, a liquid solvent such as ethanol is run through the raw plant material stripping it of the cannabinoids which are transferred to the liquid. The liquid is then evaporated leaving the cannabinoids in the form of an oil. The downfall of this method is that it destroys some parts of the plant that has benefits and those benefits will be left out.
This is a complicated process that involves a machine called a ‘closed loop extractor.’ The machine consists of three different chambers. It is essential to the process that the temperature and pressure of each chamber is adjusted to the exact right number for optimal results. This process does not remove any health benefits, and the final product is less likely to be contaminated.
What is the difference between isolate, distillate, and full-spectrum?
This topic can be confusing and is popular among questions about CBD.
Here is a quick overview of each, but you can find a much more detailed look at their differences here.
This is the purest form of CBD. A CBD isolate is isolated CBD. It is CBD on its own without any other cannabinoid. Because of this, it does not have a taste or smell.
This form of CBD contains different cannabinoids, terpenes, and plant material. CBD distillate is typically sourced from marijuana plants and contains high amounts of THC.
Full Spectrum CBD
Unlike CBD distillate, full spectrum CBD contains all of the benefits of the whole plant without THC.
What are the different forms of CBD?
With more people becoming aware of the many benefits of CBD, the market is booming. More CBD products are being made than ever before.
What are the different forms of CBD?
You can find CBD oil, which is most commonly used medicinally. CBD oil is typically full spectrum and can be very potent.
CBD is used topically in creams and beauty products like shampoo.
Another common form of CBD is pet treats. Our pets sometimes struggle with unfortunate ailments as well. From anxiety to chronic pain, CBD pet treats might be the natural answer.
What are the side-effects of CBD?
This may be one of the most important questions about CBD to ask. You can feel at ease knowing CBD has no severe side-effects. Some of the most reported side-effects are diarrhea and fatigue. No known fatal overdoses from CBD have been reported. You are unlikely to develop a tolerance to CBD either.
Is CBD legal?
Of all the questions about CBD, this one can be very confusing.
CBD products that are extracted from hemp and contain less than .3% THC are 50 state legal.
CBD products that are extracted from marijuana and contain more than .3% THC are legal in some states but are not 50 state legal.
Always make sure to check your state laws if you want to buy a product that has more than .3% THC.
Considering the wealth of incredible benefits CBD has to offer, no one should miss out on it because of a lack of knowledge on the subject. Hopefully, we were able to address your questions about CBD. CBD was a vital resource to our ancestors and has been used for centuries. Scientists continue to research CBD and all it has to offer. Its benefits seem endless.
Due to FDA Regulations, we recommend that you do your own research on CBD products. We also suggest that you read the reviews on our website; where our customers record their real-world results of using our products.