Chances are you’ve heard about CBD. CBD (Cannabidiol), is a constituent of the hemp plant that’s being used in everything from topical creams to daily supplement pills. Although CBD has been used as a medicinal cure for thousands of years worldwide, it’s still cloaked in mystery. Here are a few quick tips to help clear up the mystery surrounding CBD.
CBD comes from the hemp plant, and it’s the same plant family as marijuana.
However, it’s different. CBD is like marijuana’s non-psychoactive “cousin”. CBD is made from a strain of hemp that’s extremely low in THC. (Remember, THC is the component that’s responsible for marijuana’s mind-altering effects).
Unlike medical marijuana, which contains large amounts of THC, CBD products are not psychotropic, in other words, they don’t cause the euphoric feeling associated with marijuana. Most CBD products contain only trace amounts (less than 0.3 percent) and some are completely THC-free. CBD won’t impact drug tests, and it’s safe enough for children. In fact, CBD came to national prominence with the discovery of its ability to halt seizures in children with drug-resistant epilepsy.
CBD impacts a body system you may not know you had.
That system is referred to as the endocannabinoid system which plays a key role in nervous and immune system function. CBD works by interacting with the endocannabinoid system (ECS), a collection of cell receptors that play a fundamental role in the function of the nervous and immune system. The human body actually produces its own endocannabinoids—(the highest concentration is found in mother’s milk). CBD works with the body’s own system to help reduce the breakdown of naturally occurring endocannabinoids.
CBD is carefully refined.
The hemp extract used to make CBD oil comes from cultivars that are much higher in cannabidiol. In order to concentrate the active components, the raw plant mass is subjected to a solvent-free extraction process in a manner similar to the production of essential oils. The extracted oil is then 3rd party tested for contaminants and toxins as well as for cannabinoid content.
CBD is not the same as hemp oil found in grocery and natural food stores.
Hemp oil is derived only from hemp seeds, and does not contain significant amounts of cannabidiol; CBD products, on the other hand, are made from the whole plant, not just the seeds.
Studies are consistently proving the ability of CBD to stop seizures, calm anxiety, reduce inflammation, ease depression, and soothe chronic pain. CBD is regarded by many to have the potential to be the most important wellness ingredient in the last 50 years.CBD is not just for sick or hurting people. It’s for anyone who wants to be proactive about their long-term health.”
Doses can vary widely, based on the severity of symptoms and the balance or tone of an individual’s endocannabinoid system. To learn more, see our dosage calculator.