What is CBD?
CBD, or cannabidiol, is one of the over 100 naturally occurring cannabinoid compounds found in Cannabis Sativa plants. CBD interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system to promote health and wellness.
It’s important to note that CBD differs greatly from tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the component of marijuana that makes people feel high. CBD is not psychotropic and does not cause a high. This makes CBD an attractive option for people looking for the therapeutic benefits of cannabinoids without the psychoactive effects of THC.
CBD can be extracted from either hemp or marijuana and made into an oil. Our CBD oil is made from hemp plants, which are the best source of CBD.
How is your CBD oil made?
Our CBD oil is from organic hemp plants using CO2 extraction techniques. The CO2 method is free of harsh chemicals and yields the purest extracts with the greatest concentrations of CBD. While it is an expensive method, we think the results are worth it.
This process gives us a full-spectrum CBD oil, meaning it contains the complete range of naturally occurring compounds found in the hemp plant. CBD in isolate form (as sold by many other companies) strips out all the other beneficial compounds found in hemp, leaving behind a flavorless substance that dissolves in water.
Our broad-spectrum CBD oil has earthy flavor, a natural color, and keeps useful compounds like terpenes, which give hemp its distinctive smell. We often use the analogy of brown rice versus white rice to describe the difference between broad spectrum and isolate forms of CBD. Refining rice down to where it’s soft and white strips out flavor and beneficial components. Similarly, in broad spectrum CBD oil, the diverse compounds found in hemp interact with each other, making the oil greater than the sum of its parts. In short, we’ve chosen our extraction method to make sure our CBD oil contains the full range of beneficial compounds naturally found in hemp.
What is the difference between hemp and marijuana?
Hemp and marijuana are two different varieties of the cannabis plant – Cannabis sativa. They are both natural marvels, and it’s extraordinary that two plants that are so scientifically similar have such stark differences in their beneficial uses.
Hemp is very fibrous, with a long and tough stalk that can reach 15 feet high. Unlike marijuana, it contains very little THC. Hemp grows in a variety of climates and is used to make many extremely useful products, including paper, rope, clothing, canvas, biofuel, flour, lotions, plastic substitutes, and more. Hemp is also the source of our CBD oil.
Marijuana plants are smaller, bushier, and full of flowering buds that contain the psychoactive molecule THC. Marijuana does not grow well in many climates and has a small range of practical uses.
Marijuana contains high concentrations of THC and small amounts of CBD. By contrast, hemp contains much higher proportions of CBD and only trace amounts of THC. Its high concentration of CBD makes it an excellent source of CBD oil. Because hemp contains only a minuscule
amount of THC, if any at all, its products do not cause psychotropic effects.
What’s the difference between CBD oil and regular hemp seed oil?
CBD oil and hemp seed oil both come from hemp, but they are very different products. Hemp seed oil (sometimes just called “hemp oil”) is extracted from the seeds of the hemp plant, usually with a cold-press extraction method. You can often find hemp seed oil sold in grocery stores.
While it is nutritious, hemp seed oil does not contain any CBD for the simple reason that hemp seeds do not contain CBD. Hemp seed oil includes only a narrow selection of the compounds found in hemp. Our CBD oil is extracted from the full hemp plant, which yields a full-spectrum product rich in cannabidiol and the other beneficial compounds found in hemp.
How does CBD work?
CBD is a natural phytocannabinoid (phyto meaning “produced by plants”) that interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system in remarkable ways. The body naturally produces endocannabinoids (endo meaning “produced internally”) that function to in many vital processes. Phytocannabinoids, such as cannabidiol, can mimic the effect of the body’s own endocannabinoids, leading to many health benefits.
The body’s endocannabinoid system comprises endocannabinoid neurotransmitters and cannabinoid receptors throughout the body, most notably in the nervous system. These parts work together to keep the body in a state of healthy balance or homeostasis. This is extremely important to good health and functioning.
The endocannabinoid system spreads throughout the brain, central nervous system, digestive tract, and immune system, where it helps regulate and provide neuroprotection, stress relief, and appropriate immune responses. It also is critical for regulating the body’s inflammation response and overall state of balance for critical processes such as appetite, sleep, mood, and pain relief. Within this system, endocannabinoids are the messengers that signal the body to return to balance if it has strayed from it.
CBD works a little differently from the body’s own endocannabinoids. It does not bind directly with cannabinoid receptors in the nervous system. Instead, it inhibits the enzymes that break down endocannabinoids, leading to an increase in the body’s own natural cannabinoids. This and other remarkable properties of cannabidiol are the subjects of much ongoing research, and we are finding out more about the way CBD works and its useful effects all the time.
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