What is CBD?
Hemp is Cannabis
Marijuana is Cannabis
Hemp IS NOT Marijuana
Hemp vs. Marijuana
The terms cannabis, marijuana, and hemp are often used in relation to CBD. It is important to understand that the plant Cannabis Sativa has two primary species, hemp, and marijuana. Both contain CBD, but there’s a much higher percentage of CBD in hemp, which also has a very low (less than 0.3%) level of THC compared to marijuana.
In 2018, the U.S. Farm Bill was signed which federally legalized the production of hemp as an agricultural commodity while also removing it from the list of controlled substances.
To be clear, CBD is not psychoactive and will not get you high, make you feel euphoric or sedated in any way.
Health Benefits of CBD Oil
CBD has gained popularity in recent years and is the focus of many scientific and medical experiments. The therapeutic properties of CBD are being tested and confirmed by scientists and doctors around the world. Scientists are studying the effects of CBD on the body’s own Endocannabinoid System (ECS), a collection of cell receptors and corresponding molecules in the human body, responsible for regulating and maintaining many key physiological functions. Maintaining a balanced ECS helps humans experience homeostasis or, balance, in simpler terms.
CBD Oil Effects on Your Endocannabinoid System
Under the assault of stress, anxiety, inflammation, immunity, pain, mood, or illness, your body’s own Endocannabinoid System (ECS) may not produce enough endocannabinoids to fulfill your body’s requirement. Your ECS can then become unbalanced and deficient. Just like a daily vitamin can provide a boost for the body’s lack of a specific vitamin, scientists believe that hemp-derived CBD can provide a natural supplement to the deficiencies in the body’s Endocannabinoid System.
Support Cannabinoid Receptors Naturally with CBD
The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) in your body is composed of endocannabinoids, which naturally bind to cannabinoid receptors (CBRs) that are expressed throughout your nervous system, as well as your body’s peripheral organs and tissues. Two primary cannabinoid receptors in your body are called CB1 and CB2. In addition to responding to cannabinoids naturally produced by your body, scientists have learned that your receptors will also recognize and respond to cannabinoids from external sources, including the phytocannabinoid cannabidiol (CBD). By stimulating the Endocannabinoid System, CBD promotes homeostasis, reduces pain sensation, and decreases inflammation.
The Enhanced Entourage Effect of CBD
There are 113 naturally occurring cannabinoids and more than 400 trace components found in hemp plants, including plant terpenes, flavonoids, vitamins, and minerals. The combination of these compounds has the ability to interact synergistically, meaning they work together to magnify the benefits and strengthen the overall potential effects.