CBD 101: Cannabidiol

What is Cannabidiol?

For starters, you might want to know that CBD is short for cannabidiol. CBD is not hemp oil; it is a cannabinoid. Among another notable compounds, cannabidiol is one of the most abundant cannabinoids found in hemp.

More specifically, cannabinoids classify as chemical compounds. They can be found naturally in the body. We know them as endocannabinoids. In contrast, the compounds found in the hemp plant fall under the name of phytocannabinoids. (The “phyto-” part is a Greek word meaning “plant.”) Scientists have identified at least 113 cannabinoids in the hemp plant. When phytocannabinoids enter the body, they have a similar effect as endocannabinoids. These direct and indirect interactions give the body a boost.

Is Cannabidiol like THC?

CBD differs from THC in a big way. THC binds with receptors (CB1 and CB2) typically found in the brain and central nervous system. This interaction typically causes intoxication, giving that sense “high” that we associate with THC. On the other hand, the method of how CBD affects the human body in a more indirect way and is still under study. Our current understanding illustrates CBD as an ultimately beneficial supplement for the proactive lifestyle.

History of Cannabidiol

The history of cannabidiol starts more than half a century ago. The structure of CBD was first isolated and explained in 1963 by Israeli chemist Dr. Raphael Mechoulam and his team of researchers. CBD begins in the form, CBDa. (The “A” in CBDa stands for acid. Cannabidiolic acid.) It transforms into CBD through the process of decarboxylation. CBD alone does not directly bind to CB1 or CB2 receptors in the body. Instead, it modifies non-cannabinoid receptors and ion channels. As a result, it stands unique among other cannabinoids.

Try It Today

Now you can see, CBD offers a lot more to discover than we currently know. Try CBD for yourself; it may work for you. CBD Plus USA carries a variety of all-natural hemp-derived products. Our CBD exceeds the industry standard of quality as we produce carefully extracted, pesticide-free, and non-GMO products. For more information about our products, visit the Products page on our website.

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CBD Plus USA Community Spotlight Ardmore

We congratulate CBD Plus USA Ardmore for their excellence as small business owners. 

CBD Plus USA Ardmore

Locally Owned and Operated

At CBD Plus USA, each one of our unique stores is locally owned and operated. With over 60 independent locations in Oklahoma, we believe that each owner has their strengths to showcase.  

Each of our franchise owners is both a valued part of their communities and the CBD Plus USA family. While you can find our stores easily throughout the metropolitan area, there is no shortage of small-town locations.

CBD Plus USA Ardmore

From time to time, we like to highlight store owners. To properly showcase the hard-work of our franchisees, we interviewed Jamie and Jay Ashley. This team comprised of a wife and husband have operated the day-to-day hustle since the store’s grand opening in May 2018. In this video, they share their collective story of helping the people of Ardmore live their best lives.

If you want to join the CBD Plus USA family with a franchise of your own, you can submit a Franchise Inquiry on this page.

Our Veterans CBD Discount

Do you have a veterans discount for CBD?

Yes, we do have a veterans discount for our CBD products. We will increase the discount to 22% effective as of October 2019. CBD compliments the transition from uniformed service to civilian life well. Which is why veterans have already taken an active interest in CBD. We have decided to offer a permanent 22% discount for veterans at all locations starting in October.

Veteran CBD

Why is the number 22 important to veterans?

The number 22 holds great significance for veterans and their families. In a 2012 study, the Department of Veterans Affairs found that 22 veterans die by suicide every day. In other words, one veteran dies by suicide every 65 minutes. It is a horrifying number. The trend reflects the lack of support our veterans receive in their transition from active duty to civilian life. To this end, veteran advocates have launched Mission 22. Mission 22 is a non-profit organization dedicated to spreading awareness of the rising veteran suicide rate.

In contrast, a portion of the veteran community has rallied against this figure. Rallying around the symbolic number 22 may exacerbate the problem. This minority argues that the original number only focused on older veterans, not veterans deployed within the last two decades. A 2015 study funded by the Army examines a wider range of data. The conclusion of this study reduces the estimated 22 veteran deaths to slightly below one suicide a day. 

In light of this pushback, many advocates want Veteran 22 campaigns to contextualize their sources. Although the mental health of veterans is a serious concern in our society, reinforcing the stereotype of the broken veteran causes more harm than help. By victimizing veterans, we make their transition into civilian life more difficult.

Why use the number 22?

Despite the uncertainty of the actual suicide rate, we employ the 22 campaign as a signal. We want to broadcast to soldiers, both active duty and retired, that we care. The first step in bringing meaningful change is noticing and listening. We use the number 22 because we want to impart that CBD can help with common problems that veterans face. We do not want to reinforce any unproductive ideas that soldiers are broken.

Instead, we want to help our armed forces find the right tools to empower themselves.

How does CBD help veterans?

The CBD industry has already gained strong support from veterans. In veteran communities, seasoned veterans already advocate the lifestyle value of CBD to others having difficulties.

That’s why we stand with Veterans and we want to give the number 22 the value it deserves.