What is CBD?

CBD or Cannabidiol, is the second-most abundant cannabinoid found in cannabis plants, after THC (or Tetrahydrocannabinol). CBD is non-psychoactive and will not make the user feel impaired.

*Note: CBD is always singular, just like THC

How do our bodies interact with CBD?

Our bodies have an Endocannabinoid System (ECS). In fact, there are some who argue that every living creature with a nervous system has some type of ECS. This system is indicated in the modulation and regulation of stress, pain, memory, and mood. It also works directly with other systems in the body, including our immune system, to create balance in the body or homeostasis. There is some consensus in the medical world that many common ailments are due to Endocannabinoid Deficiency Syndrome, or ECD.

Our bodies make naturally-occurring internal cannabinoids, or endocannabinoids, that interact with cannabinoid receptors, known as the CB1 and CB2 receptors, in our brain and body. Cannabis and hemp plants make phytocannabinoids, or plant-based cannabinoids. THC locks into CB1 receptors, primarily located in the brain. This locking-in is what results in users feeling euphoria, or high.

CBD is a naturally-occurring phytocannabinoid found in cannabis and hemp. Unlike THC, which can cause impairment, CBD delivers incredible health benefits, but does not cause the user to feel the ‘high.’ Many people do report, however, feeling more calm and clear-headed as a result of using CBD.

What is the difference between cannabis and hemp?

Hemp and cannabis are the same plant! Hemp is a form of Cannabis Sativa L. with very low to no THC. According to the federal standards set in the 2018 Federal Farm Bill, hemp is defined as cannabis with THC levels below .3% THC.
“(1) HEMP.—The term ‘hemp’ means the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of that plant, including the seeds thereof and all derivatives, extracts, cannabinoids, isomers, acids, salts, and salts of isomers, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis.

CBD-rich hemp can have percentages as high as 40% CBD.

CBD from hemp is perfect for those who want to experience the benefits of cannabis, but don’t want the psychoactive impairment of THC.

Is CBD legal for me to get and use?

CBD from hemp is the most widely-legal form of cannabis medicine. CBD from hemp is currently legal in all fifty states. Regulations are always changing, so be sure to check with your local and state laws.

What are the benefits of CBD?

  • CBD is recognized by the body as medicine, and not a foreign substance, so it is tolerated well by most people.
  • CBD has been shown to decrease nausea and increase appetite, making it a great alternative to antiemetic and appetite-stimulant pharmaceuticals in treating the side effects of chemotherapy.
  • CBD has been shown to be a highly effective analgesic (pain-reliever), making it effective for chronic pain conditions.
  • CBD also has been shown to have tremendous anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) properties, making it helpful in alleviating anxiety for many, including the symptoms Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD).
  • CBD has antidepressant properties, as well, and is useful in treating mild depression.
  • CBD has neuroprotective (brain-protectant) and neuroregenerative properties. Studies show it to be highly beneficial for in the prevention, and healing, of ischemia and brain trauma.
  • Though more research is needed, CBD shows promise in treating neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, and ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
  • CBD cuts inflammation in the body. Chronic inflammation can cause many diseases and conditions — including heart disease, stroke, and some cancers.
  • CBD suppresses the immune system, so it can also be effective in treating disorders associated with autoimmune disorders caused by an overactive immune system, like lupus,rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, and Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD) like Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis.
  • CBD has antispasmodic properties and has the potential to modulate spasticity associated with Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy, and other spastic disorders.
  • CBD has anticonvulsant or antiepileptic properties, making it an effective treatment for many seizure disorders.
  • CBD is also indicated in the treatment of addiction, as it cuts craving mechanisms in the brain. CBD could be effective in the treatment of many addictions, including alcoholism, nicotine, and opioid addiction.
  • CBD has been shown to be a bone stimulant — stimulating bone growth and speeding up the healing of broken bones.