CBD Education - The 101

What is Hemp?

It’s a versatile plant from the cannabis family which doesn’t get you high. Instead, it’s bursting with nutritional benefits, industrial uses, and many health-promoting compounds.

What is a Cannabinoid?

Cannabinoids are a wide array of chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant family. We have identified over 100 different cannabinoids, all with their own unique properties and effects. The two big cannabinoids are CBD and THC. THC brings about the happy, out-of-it feeling associated with cannabis, but CBD doesn’t get you high.

Think of cannabinoids as the “secret sauce” in cannabis plants. Cannabinoids work by interacting with cannabinoid receptors in our bodies. They’re the reason why cannabis has such a range of effects, from the psychoactive high of THC to the soothing calm of CBD.

Do phytocannabinoids come from hemp?

You bet! Phytocannabinoids are cannabinoids that come from plants, and hemp is loaded with them. There are over 100 different phytocannabinoids found in hemp, including the famous CBD, but also lesser-known (yet still amazing) compounds like CBG and CBN.

What’s the difference between Endocannabinoids and Phytocannabinoids?

It’s all about where they come from. Endocannabinoids are cannabinoids that your body produces naturally, while phytocannabinoids come from plants like hemp.

Both types play key roles in keeping your body’s systems balanced and running smoothly. When your Endocannabinoid System is out of balance and not producing adequate endocannabinoids, the ones from hemp can support you in restoring that balance to your being.

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What’s the Endocannabinoid System?

Raphael Mechoulam and the team from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem were checking out the brain and they found a unique transmitter they named “cannabinoid.”

Dr. Mechoulam and his team found that there was a huge system of cannabinoids and cannabinoid receptors in the human body.

We call this network the Endocannabinoid System.

Endocannabinoid System (ECS), keeps your body and mind in harmony by regulating functions like mood, appetite, sleep, and immune response.

The ECS consists of three main components:

  • Endocannabinoids: These are internal cannabinoids produced by the body.
  • Receptors: Two primary cannabinoid receptors, known as CB1 and CB2, are found in different areas of the body. CB1 receptors are primarily located in the central nervous system, while CB2 receptors are predominantly found in immune cells and peripheral tissues.
  • Enzymes: Enzymes, such as fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH) and monoacylglycerol lipase (MAGL), are responsible for the synthesis of both endocannabinoids and phytocannabinoids.

What Does The Endocannabinoid System Do?

It helps maintain your overall well-being by regulating pain, inflammation, stress response, memory, and more.

The ECS does this by using endocannabinoids and phytocannabinoids to communicate with different parts of your body, making sure everything’s working together in perfect sync.

Early research suggests that the ECS is just as important as your digestive system and lymphatic system, it is one of the most important aspects of your health.

In short, it plays a huge role in keeping your body in tip-top shape.

What Is CBD?

CBD, or cannabidiol, is the health promoting member of the cannabinoid family. It’s a non-psychoactive compound found in hemp, with a boatload of potential health benefits, like easing anxiousness, reducing inflammation, improving sleep quality and boosting your overall wellness.

Best of all, CBD won’t get you high – it’s all about promoting relaxation and balance.

What are the effects of CBD?

CBD can work wonders for a whole range of issues. People use it to manage stress and anxiety, relieve pain and inflammation, improve sleep quality, and even promote brain health.

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Here are some of the most reported benefits of CBD:

  • Relaxation and Stress Reduction
  • Pain and Inflammation Relief
  • Improved Sleep Quality
  • Support for Mental Health
  • Potential Neuroprotective Properties

Keep in mind that people’s experiences can be different, and more research is needed to get a better idea of CBD’s effects.

How is CBD Different from marijuana?

Ah, the age-old question. While both CBD and marijuana come from the cannabis family, they’re like distant cousins with very different personalities.

The main difference is that CBD comes from hemp plants and contains less than 0.3% THC (the compound that gets you high). On the other hand, marijuana is rich in THC and can cause psychoactive effects.

So, to sum it up, CBD lets you enjoy the perks without any mind-altering experiences.

What’s the right amount of CBD for me?

Finding the perfect dose of CBD is like finding your favorite pair of jeans – it’s all about personal comfort. It varies depending on factors like your body weight, tolerance, and desired results.

The best approach is to start low and go slow, gradually increasing your dose until you find the sweet spot that works for you.

We recommend a starting dose of .75ml of our CBD Oils for beginners.

Remember, the journey to wellness is all about finding what works best for you and your unique needs. So, take it easy, experiment, and listen to your body.

And as always, consult with a healthcare professional before diving in if you’re taking medications or have any health concerns.

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