What is CBD?
Cannabidiol, otherwise known as CBD, is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis. Specifically, CBD is found in abundance throughout the cannabis sativa species. Some studies have shown that CBD can be effective in relieving a number of ailments including: anxiety, inflammation, stress, and pain. There are a number of methods through which CBD can be taken. These methods include: Sublinguals (Under the tongue), Capsules, Vapes, and Topicals. Current research shows CBD to possess very promising anti-tumor, neuroprotective, antioxidant, anti-convulsive and anti-psychotic properties.
The Entourage Effect
"Teamwork makes the dream work..."
That phrase can be heard throughout the world of sports and various other avenues in life. The same can be said of phytocannabinoids.
The Entourage Effect is a theoretical concept which suggests that the cannabinoids offer magnified therapeutic benefits when taken in combination versus when taken in isolated forms. In addition to cannabinoids working better with one another, the terpenes found in cannabis have also been found to be more effective when combined with others. For example, delta-9 tetrahydracannabinol (THC) and CBD have shown to have a very beneficial synergystic relationship with one another. The two cannabinoids do not interact with the exact same receptors; however, what one does not typically accomplish, the other tends to pick up the slack so to speak. Think of it as having two rooms in a house. Both doors to the rooms have locks that require two different keys, but they both lead to the inside of the room. CBD has the ability to influence how THC interacts with the CB1 receptors in our bodies, thus influencing the physiological effects that THC has. Some studies have indicated that CBD can lessen the effects of THC's psychotropic properties, or weaken the euphoric high.
Hemp vs. Marijuana
"Hemp? Like Weed...?"
Well... Not exactly. While hemp and marijuana are descendants of the same plant species, hemp is 100% non-psychoactive. Marijuana, on the other hand, is extremely psychoactive due to its abundance of the compound tetrahydracannabinol (THC). According to the 2014 Hemp Farm Bill, Hemp is defined as a cannabis plant that has 0.3% THC composition or less. The oil that is extracted from hemp contains a vast amount of other cannabinoid constituents, such as CBD.
The Endocannabinoid System is a physiological network found in the human body that plays a pivotal role in establishing an overall body homeostasis. The ECS is responsible for a number of different regulatory processes throughout the human body. Muscle and skeletal health, mood, appetite, pain sensation, circulatory system and sleep patterns are just a short list of biological processes facilitated by the ECS. Our bodies interact with phytocannabinoids found in the cannabis plant but also produce endogenous cannabinoids such as 2AG and anandamide. The endocannabinoid anandamide, also known as the "bliss molecule," is the culprit of the well known "runner's high."
CBD | Will it work for me?
"Will this help with my.....?"
"Is this good for.....?"
IT HAS THE POTENTIAL TO.
Contrary to public opinion, CBD products are not miracle workers. The potential applications of CBD are vast, and the experiences of those who have used CBD tend to be positive. Many have a flawed view of how CBD works, often being referred by friends or family who have reaped benefits from the phytocannabinoid. CBD works differently for everyone. Every human being has his or her own unique body chemistry. As with any other chemical substance on the planet, cannabidiol interacts with and has different effects on each person's individual physiology.
There are also no specific products that guarantee any relief, cure or healing of any ailment. Again, CBD is NOT a miracle cure-all.
Full Spectrum vs. Broad Spectrum
Full spectrum CBD products contain other cannabinoids including CBN, CBG, and THC. While typically present in small amounts, the use of full spectrum products can still offer the benefits of the entourage effect. Each cannabinoid has its own profile and is known for different effects or potential benefits. CBN, or cannabinol, for example, has many of the same properties as CBD, but has also shown to be an excellent anti-insomnia agent. CBN is generally found in small amounts in dried cannabis flower, unlike THC and CBD which can be found in very plentiful amounts depending on the strain. CBG, or cannabigerol, is another non-intoxicating cannabinoid that plays a rather significant role in the effects of cannabis. CBG is actually the chemical parent molecule of THC and CBD. The acid form of CBG, CBGA, synthesizes the acid forms of THC, CBD, and various other cannabinoids. In the presence of heat, the acid forms of the cannabinoids convert to THC and CBD.