WHAT IS CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a cannabis compound that does not make you feel that you are “stoned”…
CBD (or cannabidiol) is one of over 85 cannabinoids found in cannabis. CBD is also more present in significant quantities in hemp than it is in marijuana.
Cannabidiol is a non-psychoactive compound, unlike its cousin tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which is a psychoactive compound.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is the cannabis compound that does not make people feel “stoned” and can actually counteract the psychoactivity of THC. The fact that CBD cannabis is non-psychoactive makes it an appealing option.
HOW DOES CBD WORK IN THE HUMAN BODY?
Cannabinoids (found in the cannabis plant) are chemicals that trigger the cannabinoid CB1 and C32 receptors in the brain and body, known as the endocannabinoid system.
To the right, you will see an example of where CB1 and CB2 receptors are located in the body.
These receptors are found on cell surfaces and impact various biological processes.
THE ENDOCANNABINOID SYSTEM RECEPTORS
Found throughout the Brain, Lungs, Vascular System, Muscles, Gastrointestinal Tract, Reproductive Organs, Immune System, Liver, Bone Marrow, Pancreas, Central Nervous System, the Skin, and many other areas.
Found throughout the Peripheral Nervous System, Metabolic Tissue, Spleen, Bones, Skin, Immune System, Liver, Bone Marrow, Pancreas and cells.
CANNABIDIOL [CBD] RECEPTORS
Cannabinoids fit like a lock and key into the body’s receptors. CBD has little binding affinity for either cannabinoid receptor, but it activates several non-cannabinoid receptors, such as serotonin receptors.
These receptors in the endocannabinoid system impact physiological processes affecting pain modulation, memory, appetite, and energy metabolism.
It is important to use whole-plant cannabis for CBD medicines to experience the combined therapeutic effects of THC, CBD, and other plant components. This is known as the “entourage effect.”
WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A CBD PRODUCT?
CANNABIS, NOT INDUSTRIAL HEMP:
Compared to whole-plant cannabis, hemp is typically low in cannabinoid content. A huge amount of hemp is required to extract a small amount of CBD, raising the risk of contaminants because hemp, a bio-accumulator, draws toxins from the soil. The robust terpene profile of whole plant cannabis enhances the therapeutic benefits of CBD.
Avoid products extracted with toxic solvents like propane, hexane, or other hydrocarbons.
Solvent residues are especially dangerous for immune-compromised patients. Look for products that entail a safer method of extraction like supercritical C02.
CBD RICH PRODUCTS:
The popularity of high-CBD cannabis oil has lit up in recent years, especially since the CNN documentary “Weed” captured the miraculous story of 5-year-old Charlotte Figi, whose seizures decreased significantly with the orally-administered concentrate.
Look for products that are tested for consistency, and verified as free of mold, bacteria, pesticides, solvent residues, and other contaminants. Accurate testing of all of our CBD products is essential to ensuring that our products have the highest levels of quality, potency and purity.
You want to look for companies that are selecting quality product ingredients and sourcing them organically as possible.
You do not want high fructose corn syrup, trans fats, toxic flavoring agents, and other artificial additives added.
Look for labels showing the quality and ratio of CBD. Ensure the product shows if it has THC in it or not.
It is also important that each CBD company also comply with relevant state laws having jurisdiction over both nutritional supplements and hemp-derived products.