CBD: A Brief Explanation
About the Cannabis & Hemp Plant
The cannabis and hemp plant contain over 100 organic compounds called cannabinoids, the two most abundant are typically THC and CBD. What distinguishes a cannabis plant from a hemp plant are the levels of these compounds in the plant. Any cannabis plant with a THC level above .3% is considered “Marijuana”, a plant with .3% THC or less is considered Industrial Hemp.
Large amounts of THC is what gives the user a “high” or “intoxicating” effect. Industrial hemp plants are bred to have high CBD and low THC, delivering the therapeutic benefits of both cannabinoids without the “high”. Since the FDA approved the first CBD medication, hundreds of studies have shown positive benefits from both THC and CBD.
CBD & THC Can Work Together
Many studies have also shown that CBD and THC work together, along with other compounds known as terpenes and flavonoids, to form a synergistic effect referred to as the ‘entourage effect’. Simply put, specific ratios of CBD, THC, and other compounds are very important in formulating a superior product. The amount of CBD present is not the only factor influencing the effects of a CBD oil.
CBD May Help With:
- & Much More
- Motor control
- Immune Deficiency
- Pain & Disease
- Blood Pressure
- & Much More
CBD: How it Works
CBD and THC interact with our bodies in a variety of ways. One of the main ways they impact us is by mimicking and augmenting the effects of the compounds in our bodies called “endogenous cannabinoids” - so named because of their similarity to the compounds found in the cannabis plant. These “endocannabinoids” are part of regulatory system called the “endocannabinoid system”.
The endocannabinoid system plays a crucial role in regulating a broad range of physiological processes that affect our everyday experience – our mood, our energy level, our intestinal fortitude, immune activity, blood pressure, bone density, glucose metabolism, how we experience pain, stress, hunger, and more.
What happens if the endocannabinoid system doesn’t function properly? What are consequences of a chronically deficient or overactive endocannabinoid system?
In a word, disease.
Science has shown that the endocannabinoid system is dysregulated in nearly all pathological conditions. Thus, it stands to reason that “modulating endocannabinoid system activity may have therapeutic potential in almost all diseases affecting humans,” as Pal Pacher and George Kunos, scientists with the NIH, suggested. By modulating the endocannabinoid system and enhancing endocannabinoid tone, CBD and THC can slow – or in some cases stop – disease progression.”
Tips for Verifying CBD Quality
1. Certificates of Analysis
The first thing you should look for is a Certificate of Analysis and verify some key points: the company’s name you’re purchasing from on the cert, the level of CBD and verify the amount on the bottle. Most testing companies provide the CBD potency on a mg/mL scale. If a company isn’t willing to provide this, they are most likely not selling a pure CBD product.
2. Major Health Claims
If the company you are purchasing from claims that their products will “Cure” a specific disease or illness, the company is not a reputable company. It is immoral and unethical for any company selling CBD to claim that their product will cure any disease or illness because there is not enough evidence out there to support these claims.
Look on the bottle to ensure the product contains CBD. Some Keywords to look for are: CBD, Cannabidiol, Hemp Cannabinoid Extract, Full Spectrum, Isolate, Broad Spectrum. If it doesn’t have these words, it’s likely a bottle of hemp seed oil being marketed as CBD.
What is FSO?
Full spectrum oil contains the entire cannabinoid profile, including THC, from the hemp plant plus the naturally occurring terpenes.
What is CBD Isolate?
A CBD isolate product contains only CBD and no other cannabinoids.
What is Broad Spectrum?
The combination of 2 or more different cannabinoids or the combination of a cannabinoid and terpenes.
Dosing is the most important aspect of taking CBD. Everyone is different therefore a dose that works for your friend may not work for you. As a user of CBD, you must do your due diligence by communicating with us what you are taking and how it is affecting you.
Recommended Dose for Starting CBD
Our recommended starting dose is 1ml per day, every day. This can be broken up into .5ml in the morning and .5ml at night if desired. If taking the recommended dose does not yield desired effects, increase dose by 1.5x.