Interest in the benefits of CBD continues to grow, but understanding what it is and, more importantly, how it works can be a little confusing. With so much misleading information available, it can be challenging to be an educated consumer. We strive to provide access to reliable information and quality CBD products. So here you can learn more about CBD, how it works, and how it is being used to improve lives.
There are many different varieties of the cannabis plant. Hemp refers to the non-psychoactive varieties of Cannabis Sativa and containing less than .3% of the federally legal limit of THC. Both hemp and marijuana come from the same cannabis species but are genetically distinct and are further distinguished by use, chemical makeup and cultivation methods.
Hemp can be grown as a renewable source for raw materials that can be incorporated into thousands of products. Its seeds and flowers are used in health foods, organic body care, and other nutraceuticals. Hemp fibers and stalks are used in clothing, construction materials, paper, biofuel, plastic composites, and more. The hemp plant requires significantly less water to grow than other crops and can grow naturally without pesticides or chemicals, making it an effective environmentally friendly crop.
Although there has been little research done in the United States due to strict regulations, there have been numerous scientific studies and clinical trials done across the globe, giving more perspective on the potential benefits of Cannabidiol. The human endocannabinoid system is evidence that our bodies were designed to work symbiotically with cannabinoids. CBD has the potential to offer relief from inflammation, pain, anxiety, psychosis, seizures and spasms without disconcerting feelings of lethargy or dysphoria. Research also underscores CBD’s potential as a treatment for arthritis, diabetes, alcoholism, drug addiction, multiple sclerosis (MS), chronic pain, schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, antibiotic- resistant infections, and epilepsy… just to name a few! Again, the evidence for these benefits is largely anecdotal and based on people’s personal experiences. The FDA has made it clear that companies should not make claims that CBD can heal or cure disease.
As CBD is becoming more recognized for its potential medicinal value, more products and brands are popping up in the market. Many of these products are unregulated and misleading which is why it is important to know where your CBD is coming from and have access to lab results. Some companies are using a CBD isolate, which means that the chemical compound of CBD is being isolated from the plant and added to some sort of carrier oil or alcohol.
When a product claims to be “full spectrum” that means that none of the cannabinoids or terpenes are being removed in the processing, allowing more of the plant goodness to go along with the CBD into the products. Studies in Israel proved that full spectrum is not only way more effective than CBD only solutions, but “demonstrated that a whole plant extract, containing the entire range of cannabinoids present in raw cannabis, will continue to provide relief for inflammation as the dose is increased. When supplied as an isolated cannabinoid extract, CBD on its own yielded a bell-curve of effectiveness, which is not desirable for medical treatments seeking effective relief that corresponds with the dosage.” – ProvidaHealth.com
The Hemp Farming Act of 2018 was a proposed law to remove hemp (defined as cannabis with less than 0.3% THC) from Schedule 1 controlled substances and making it an ordinary agricultural commodity. Its provisions were incorporated in the 2018 US Farm Bill that became law on Dec 20, 2018.
With current growing methods, the only separation between a field of female hemp plants and a field of female marijuana plants is the THC content. You would not be able to tell the difference based on size, smell, or flower production.
Endocannabinoids are neurotransmitters that bind to cannabinoid receptors in the nervous system. The discovery of the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) could be “the most important physiologic system involved in establishing and maintaining human health”, according to the National Institutes of Health. Endocannabinoids and their receptors are found throughout the body: in the brain, organs, connective tissues, glands, and immune cells. In each tissue, the cannabinoid system performs different tasks, but the goal is always the same: homeostasis, the maintenance of a stable internal environment despite fluctuations in the external environment.
Pregnant woman and nursing mothers concerned about using CBD should know that women naturally produce CBD (produced by the body’s own endocannabinoid system) in their breast milk. It is believed that this is to promote bone growth and homeostasis.
It is important for the consumer to source CBD from US grown hemp, and insist on seeing and understanding lab results.
It is important to work with a health practitioner that you trust and is open to plant-based healing.
CBD RICH – a cannabis strain (or product) that has equal parts CBD and THC or more CBD than THC
CBD DOMINANT – a cannabis strain (or product) that is primarily CBD and contains very little THC
HEMP OIL – cold pressed from the seeds of a cannabis plant
CBD OIL – oil that is extracted from the flowers of a cannabis plant
FULL SPECTRUM – Contains CBD and other cannabinoids, fats and terpenes. May contain trace amounts of THC
ISOLATE – contains 99.9% CBD and no other cannabinoids