What is CBD?
Although an increasingly common ingredient in many health and wellness products, many still wonder, what is CBD? Cannabidiol (CBD) is, by far, one of the most studied compounds of the 100-plus known cannabinoids found in Cannabis sativa. It’s one of at least 85 active compounds inside cannabis plants and has quickly gained favor among those seeking a different approach to everyday wellness. CBD has quality benefits concerning the human body; emerging studies seem to support the idea that CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system (ECS)– a biological network composed of cannabinoid receptors – to help the body maintain overall health and wellness.
CBD WORKS WITH YOUR ECS TO PROMOTE EVERYDAY HEALTH AND WELLNESS SUPPORT AND IS A NATURALLY OCCURRING CANNABINOID FOUND IN THE HEMP PLANT.
WHERE DOES CBD COME FROM?
CBD is typically extracted from hemp, which is bred to contain minimal THC – industrial hemp, according to federal law, must contain less than 0.3 percent THC. Hemp-derived CBD products offer the properties of the entire hemp plant (CBD, additional cannabinoids, terpenes) without the presence of THC – so no associated high! CBD is also a particular type of phytocannabinoid – one of the several identified phytocannabinoids found in Cannabis sativa, including others such as cannabinol (CBN) and cannabigerol (CBG). A phytocannabinoid is a cannabinoid that synthesizes in plants organically, and conversely, an endocannabinoid is one that our bodies naturally produce. Endocannabinoids and phytocannabinoids react to the same type of receptors stretched throughout the human body, which is why phytocannabinoids are particularly useful.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF CBD AND PHYTOCANNABINOIDS?
Cannabis sativa contains several unique types of phytocannabinoids; while there are not different types of CBD, there are a variety of cannabinoids. Phytocannabinoids are typically separated into subclasses that include their cannabinoid form and their 2-carboxylic acid form, while others are standalone compounds, and each one has a unique effect. The most common types include:
It is one of the primary ingredients in raw cannabis, and like many other of the acidic cannabiIoids, it contains anti-inflammatory properties. It may also be useful for reducing spasms and cell proliferation.
It is an essential acidic cannabinoid because it ultimately converts into the other main cannabinoids, including CBG. And similarly to THCA, it also contributes to cannabis’ anti-inflammatory characteristics.
it is another primary ingredient found in raw cannabis, much like THCA. And it also plays a role in the anti-inflammatory attributes associated with cannabis.
it is an acidic cannabinoid that usually converts from THCA. When THCA becomes oxidized, it turns into CBNA.
it is a unique cannabinoid found in cannabis from tropical regions. Research lists CBC as useful for pain relief, inflammation, cellular proliferation, and bone growth.
it is a lesser cannabinoid that’s only available in particular strains of cannabis. And though its structure is only slightly different than THC, it has unique properties that are useful for bone growth, anxiety, and appetite.
it is another minor cannabinoid that slightly differs from CBD. Much of its usefulness is unknown because research is still in the beginning stages, but recent studies indicate CBDV may have benefits towards managing epilepsy.
When a cannabis plant grows and matures, it goes through a process of decarboxylation from all the sunlight and oxidation. And through this procedure, the acidic cannabinoids convert into the highly recognizable and researched cannabinoids that we all hear and read about along with CBD.
it is the least abundant cannabinoid found in industrial hemp but found the most in marijuana cannabis and is known for its psychoactive effects. THC is typically helpful as a mild painkiller and may contain antioxidant features.
it is a cannabinoid produced separately from oxidized THC and when CBNA becomes exposed to prolonged heat or sunlight. Raw cannabis will create more CBN as it further matures at the cost of THC. CBN acts as a mild psychoactive with sedative effects.
it is another non-intoxicating cannabinoid and is created from CBGA during decarboxylation. Research suggests that CBG contains antibacterial properties and is useful for bacterial growth, cell proliferation, bone growth, and inflammation.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HEMP OIL AND CBD OIL?
CBD oil is a product with just CBD – no additional cannabinoids, terpenes, etc. Hemp oil, on the other hand, is a variable term that is often used to describe products without consistency. Hemp oil is a very broad term that may result in broad spectrum, full spectrum, or isolate products, or could just be the extracted oils from the hemp seeds, with no cannabinoids at all. This lack of consistency is what led us to develop our own unique formula. Our Superior Broad Spectrum formula is a direct result of pure CBD oil combined with additional hemp extracts – such as the cannabinoids mentioned above (CBG and CBN), and terpenes. In doing so,
WE’RE SETTING THE INDUSTRY STANDARD BY HAVING THE ONLY CONSISTENTLY QUANTIFIABLE BROAD SPECTRUM CBD FORMULA.
This means that we can accurately detect the levels of additional cannabinoids, terpenes, and CBD on a consistent batch basis. The easiest way to imagine it is through the analogy of orange juice and vitamin C. Orange juice contains vitamin C, along with additional properties that complement each other. Vitamin C is simply that, vitamin C without any of the additional ingredients found in orange juice.
HOW DOES CBD WORK?
CBD works to help maintain our bodies’ homeostasis. Homeostasis is a healthy state of balance and internal stability against outside or unknown factors that would otherwise disrupt how the human body would typically perform. And contrary to THC, CBD works as a non-intoxicating compound with none of the psychoactive effects commonly associated with THC.
HOW IS CBD ABSORBED?
CBD works optimally when absorbed into the bloodstream, where it can interact with the endocannabinoid system (ECS). Our ECS is a network of cannabinoid receptors that stretch throughout the entire body. There are two types of cannabinoid receptors – CB1 and CB2. CB1 receptors help regulate many functions related to our central nervous system, while CB2 receptors manage the abilities associated with our peripheral nervous system. CBD molecules usually bind to CB2 receptors, while THC binds to CB1 receptors. When these cannabinoids attach to these connectors, they transmit signals that travel through the cells – ultimately affecting the cells that surround tissue, the tissues inside an organ, and the many organs of the body. And though CBD usually attaches to CB2 connectors, it can also grasp CB1 receptors – acting as a blockade against other molecules. Your body’s absorption of CBD from the application area into the bloodstream is known as its “bioavailability” – maximizing bioavailability means allowing more CBD to be readily available for bodily use.
TAKING CBD THROUGH VARIOUS MEANS CHANGES ITS BIOAVAILABILITY; HOWEVER, CHOOSING THE BEST METHOD OF USE FOR YOUR NEEDS WILL HELP ENSURE THAT YOU’LL RECEIVE THE MOST SUPPORT FROM PROPERLY SOURCED CBD.
CBD can be absorbed into the body through many methods. When determining how to take CBD oil, the most common ways include:
By placing drops of CBD oil tinctures underneath the tongue and holding for a few seconds, you absorb CBD directly into your bloodstream. It gets into your system in about 15 to 30 minutes, and the effects may last for a few hours.
With CBD oil capsules, softgels, or gummies, CBD can be swallowed and ingested. It takes the CBD much longer to get into the bloodstream because it must go through a first-pass metabolism, which breaks the CBD molecules further down.
Through topical creams, rollers, or CBD bath bombs, CBD can be absorbed into the skin. It won’t permeate enough to reach the bloodstream; however, when coupled with other pain-relieving or relaxing ingredients, such as menthol or histamine dihydrochloride, CBD may be useful for sore joints, muscles, and inflammation.
By using vape oils, you can absorb CBD directly into your bloodstream through the lungs. Inhalation is the fastest way to get CBD into your system. It enters almost immediately, but the effects may last only a few hours.
WHAT IS CBD OIL MADE FROM?
Many consumers are curious about how CBD oil is made, what CBD oil is made from, and how they can benefit from regular usage. Whether it’s to maintain general well-being or becoming more proactive with a daily wellness routine, there are various ways in which CBD oil is useful. The CBD process can be extensive and laborious; but when done right, the results can be superior.
CBD OIL CONSISTS OF CBD ISOLATES, WHICH BECOME INFUSED INTO A CARRIER OIL. THE ISOLATES ARE EXTRACTED FROM RAW HEMP MATERIALS THROUGH A HIGHLY SOPHISTICATED, YET SAFE AND STABLE, PROCESS THAT ALSO ALLOWS THE RETENTION OF OTHER BENEFICIAL CANNABINOIDS AND TERPENES.
The carrier oil is a coconut-based substance called MCT oil. MCT stands for medium-chain triglycerides, which is a particular type of fatty acid. The advantage of using MCT over other viable carriers is how quickly MCT is metabolized, absorbed, and used for energy. The calories inside of MCT are also burned more efficiently rather than becoming stored as fat. Based on your needs and preferences, you can apply CBD oil and other cannabinoids through different methods. Your choice of administration can affect how CBD works with your body; common ways of administering CBD are through ingestion, sublingually, by inhalation, and topically.