What is CBD?

It seems that everywhere you look these days, people are talking about CBD oil. Stores are popping up all over the place. BusinessInsider reports that dispensaries currently outnumber Starbucks in Denver, Colorado. Cannabis has boomed as an industry, and CBD has come along for the ride. In this article, you will find the very basics of CBD.

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First, what is CBD?

Cannabidiol, better known by its more fun name CBD, is a chemical compound secreted by the cannabis plant. Actually, “secreted” is a rather gross word. Let’s say that it is contained with Cannabis instead.

Cannabidiol is a cannabinoid just like Tetrahydrocannabinol, better known as THC. Within the cannabis plant, there are over 60 discovered cannabinoids. A majority of the available research on cannabinoid focuses on Cannabidiol or Tetrahydrocannabinol. They are the two most common cannabinoids found in cannabis.

The Endocannabinoid System

We already have cannabinoids in our bodies. They are called Endocannabinoids. The endocannabinoid system—made up of cannabinoids and special receptors—helps regulate many systems in the human body. Such as:

  • Memory

  • Appetite

  • Reproduction

  • Stress

  • Energy

And the list goes on…

Phytocannabinoids, Cannabinoids from outside the body, have a similar composition to Endocannabinoids. As such, they slide right into place of the same receptors without your body noticing the difference.

But CBD and THC do differ in a big way. Each one attaches to different receptors. THC goes straight for receptors commonly found in the brain. These receptors are associated with skills like hand-eye coordination, the signals your brain sends out telling your body to feel pain and hunger, and memories. CBD bypasses these receptors and focuses on the body. Where it influences several non-cannabinoid receptors and ion channels. As a result, THC gives that “high” feeling while CBD does not.

How can CBD help me?

According to a 2013 review published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, It can help the body in all sorts of ways like soothing nausea. As an anticonvulsant, it can calm seizures. Additionally, It acts as an antioxidant, reducing the causes of neurodegenerative disorders. 

The common census in the medical profession describes CBD as safe for the treatment of many disorders. That said, this chemical compound has only recently come into the medical spotlight. We do not know everything about it yet. But that is why we test all of our products for potency and bioavailability before they ever hit the shelves. 

What are the side effects?

Negative side effects are few and far between. In fact, research does not point to any significant side effects. In small scale studies of adults, CBD exhibits no change to the central nervous system, vital signs, or mood. The study reports tiredness as the most common side effect.

However, anyone considering CBD should talk with a qualified healthcare practitioner beforehand.

Why include THC?

Although still illegal in many places, THC provides profound benefits because of the entourage effect. Of all plant cannabinoids, THC is the only known carrier molecule. A carrier molecule is a protein that moves materials through a cell membrane without using energy. So THC helps CBD enter the endocannabinoid system by sneaking it in through the backdoor. CBD breaking through cell membranes alone wastes more energy than with THC in tow. Thus, Full Spectrum products, which include THC, give more effective benefits than Isolate products. Less is more.

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