What is CBD?
Updated: Nov 29, 2019
Interested in trying a CBD hemp product but not sure what to expect? Read our guide below to understand the science behind our CBD and hemp products and why they work for a variety of needs and ailments. We’ll explore the difference between marijuana and hemp, and how CBD fits into the big picture to aid in your health and wellness journey. Whether you’re looking for CBD oil, CBD cartridges, or capsules, CBD Hemp for Health is your go-to destination for the highest-quality products and up-to-date information.
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol, commonly shortened to CBD, is one of the active ingredients in cannabis. CBD is derived from the hemp plant and is used to alleviate the symptoms of common ailments like pain, anxiety, inflammation, insomnia, and more. It lacks the psychoactive properties (the “high” feeling) typically associated with the plant. CBD can be derived from any plant in the cannabis family; products we sell are always sourced from pure organic hemp.
What is the difference between Hemp and Marijuana?
While hemp and marijuana are part of the same cannabis family of plants, there are two key distinctions: both its appearance and its chemical makeup.
Here you can see the difference in appearance between marijuana and hemp. Hemp’s skinnier leaves are more concentrated at the top, compared to marijuana’s broad-leaf, tight-bud appearance. Hemp plants are typically taller and skinnier (soaring to heights of up to 20 feet), and contain fewer branches and leaves on the bottom half of the plant.
The main difference consumers should be aware of is the chemical composition of the two plants. Marijuana contains tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the chemical responsible for marijuana’s psychoactive effects. Marijuana typically contains between 5-20% THC content. In contrast, hemp contains no more than 0.3% THC and has a higher concentration of CBD compared to marijuana, meaning you will experience the health benefits of CBD without the psychoactive effects or getting “high”.
What are the health benefits of CBD?
One of the most impactful and least understood systems in the human body is the endocannabinoid system. These receptors respond uniquely to compounds like CBD and THC, providing vital support for mental and physiological processes like memory, cognition, and motor coordination.
In the past 30 years, science has developed to the point where we now understand there are two types of endocannabinoid receptors in the body—commonly called CB1 and CB2. CB1 is responsible for motor skills, pain, stress, and memory. CB2 receptors are responsible for optimizing the immune system, supporting muscles, and keeping your cardiovascular health strong. Clearly, the endocannabinoid system impacts nearly every part of the human body.
CBD supports the strength of our natural endocannabinoid system and improves the function of CB1 and CB2 receptors (meaning all of those physiological functions listed above will work better when you use high-quality CBD products.)
All CBD Products Are Not Created Equal
Like other crops, farmers can selectively breed marijuana plants to produce varying levels of chemicals to get the desired effect when used or consumed. It's important to know that there is a significant difference between single-molecule CBD and a full-spectrum CBD-rich whole plant cannabinoid products.
Many CBD products on the market are derived from non-organic hemp sources, instead being extracted from low-dose THC marijuana strains with harsh chemical solvents. As a result, residual traces of these harsh chemical solvents remain in the product, and because these traces of harsh chemical solvents are below federally mandated disclosures, you may be unknowingly ingesting them.
We use only organically grown hemp, avoiding harsh chemical solvents entirely and rather using Co2 extraction to maintain the purity of the final product, including other naturally-occurring cannabinoids, nutrients, and compounds.
By retaining these naturally occurring cannabinoids and compounds, users not only receive a natural product void of harsh chemicals, but these naturally occurring compounds have shown to play a crucial role in the efficiency of CBD, sometimes referred to as the "entourage effect."
The Entourage Effect
When comparing CBD levels, you may think a product with 50mg of single-molecule CBD is stronger or more effective than a product with 25mg of CBD-rich whole plant cannabinoid extract (meaning the additional cannabinoids, nutrients, and compounds were naturally extracted from the hemp plant.)
In truth, it all works better when they work together. Keep in mind that it's not just about the CBD molecule by itself, but the whole plant full-spectrum extract that retains the other beneficial cannabinoids, terpenes, nutrients, and compounds which are lost in other extraction methods and not present in synthetic single molecule products.
When CBD oil is extracted from organically grown hemp and using best practices to secure a full-spectrum of molecules, there is a retention of these beneficial terpenes and other compounds.
Below are some of those essential terpenes potential users will want to look for when considering a CBD oil:
Limonene: Studies have shown and suggested that terpenes like limonene can help promote weight loss, prevent and treat cancer, and help treat bronchitis.
Carene and Pinene: Studies have also shown that Delta 3 Carene and Pinene are an effective anti-inflammatory agent.
Myrcene: As a proven anti-inflammatory agent that can also work as a sedative and muscle relaxer, CBD products with Myrcene treat inflammation without the groggy side effect typically associated with marijuana.
Caryophyllene: CBD-rich whole plant cannabinoids that have trace amounts of Caryophyllene may help with the treatment of anxiety and depression, as studies suggest.
Now that you’ve read more about the impact of CBD on your body (and how to differentiate the best quality CBD hemp products), take a look at our full product inventory. We offer only the best quality CBD oils, capsules, and premium hemp products on the market.