Basics of CBD Oil
1. CBD is short for CannaBiDiol.
2. CBD is simply an active chemical compound, or cannabinoid, that’s found in the cannabis plant.
3. Hemp and marijuana are both from the cannabis family. The hemp plant contains extremely high levels of CBD with low THC levels while the marijuana plant contains extremely high levels of THC, THC is psychoactive and makes you feel high.
4. With CBD from the hemp plant, you get all the health benefits from cannabis without the high.
5. CBD and THC compounds belong to molecules called phytocannabinoids. Cannabinoids determine the type of effect on the body. When CBD or a group of cannabinoids bind to specialized CB1 and CB2 receptors; the cell triggers, notifying there is a change in cell activity.
6. CB1 receptors are in the nervous system, glands, organs and connective tissue. CB2 receptors have an effect on the immune system and your functioning health.
7. The natural cannabinoids within your body work with these receptors to prevent your nervous system from misfiring or acting defectively. Natural cannabinoid deficiency will lead to negative effects on your body’s nervous system and your body as a whole.
8. Unlike other cannabinoids, CBD stimulates the body’s natural endogenous cannabinoids which sends signals to activate those receptors to do their job naturally.
9. The natural cannabinoids within your body work with these receptors to prevent your nervous system from misfiring or acting defectively. Natural cannabinoid deficiency will lead to negative effects on your body’s nervous system and your body as a whole.
Your body needs cannabinoids when you are endocannabinoid deficient. Just like taking vitamin D for bone strength. This is because our body needs the right balance of cannabinoids to keep your body and nervous system in good health.
The first and most abundant cannabinoid found in hemp is THC. THC has the ability to alter your mental state or behavior. This is the element that makes you high.
The second most abundant is CBD. The majority of CBD oils and other CBD products come from hemp. CBD is a compound that does not produce a psycho active high. Instead, it interacts with the body in a more indirect way. In fact, it can increase the body’s natural endocannabinoids by preventing them from breaking down enzymatically.
This is great news for people who desire the medicinal benefits of marijuana without the side effect of getting high or stoned.
CBD works as an endocannabinoid modular. This means when a disease starts to take over your body it will create an imbalance within a body system. CBD then works to get those systems to balance back to where they should be; healthy, working condition.
What is cannabis?
Cannabis is an umbrella term that includes both hemp and marijuana plants. Cannabis sativa is actually the scientific name of the cannabis plant, and hemp and marijuana are just two different “varieties” of it.
THC VS. CBD
Marijuana mostly contains both THC and CBD, it gets you high, and, depending on the state you live in, it may or may not be legal.
- Hemp contains practically zero THC.
- Hemp contains other cannabinoids, one of them is CBD.
- Both hemp and marijuana plants fall under the larger umbrella term of “cannabis” plants.
In order to be classified as hemp, a cannabis plant must contain less than 0.3% THC by volume. This is the reason why hemp products are legal to buy, sell and ship. Which is why anyone can order CBD derived from hemp plant, straight to their doorstep.
How is CBD oil extracted from the cannabis plant?
There a few different techniques that can be used.
Use of Harsh Chemicals. NOT GOOD.
The most popular used to be by running harsh chemicals like butane (lighter fluid) or hexane over the raw plant material, but this results in trace amounts of carcinogenic compounds (like formaldehyde) being left over in the end product.
A bunch of manufacturers still use this method so it’s important to do your research on the products you’re buying.
CO2 Extraction. Much cleaner and believed to be much healthier.
Many manufacturers are now switching over to a method called CO2 extraction. The exact extraction process determines whether the active CBD compound is removed from the plant as an “isolate” (Pure CBD) or as a “full-spectrum” oil. ...read more
Potential Beneficial Properties of CBD Oil:
NOTE: CBD is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. However, there have been many studies documenting the benefits of CBD.
- a pain reliever
- sleep aid (not a property of Pure CBD but found in CBG:CBD oil broad spectrum NO THC or Full Spectrum with <0.3% THC)
- stimulating appetite (not a property of Pure CBD but found in Full Spectrum with <0.3% THC)
- anti nausea and vomiting
- muscle relaxant
Some studies show that CBD and THC work best synergistically, enhancing one another’s potentially beneficial properties. However, THC is often stigmatized as a recreational, controlled substance, and illegal in some states. CBD is seen as a therapeutic substance, so, for many, CBD can be used in places where THC is illegal as long as the THC levels are <0.3%.