What is CBD (Cannabidiol)?
Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, is a natural substance that has recently come into the spotlight for a number of reasons. It is a relatively new dietary supplement that is still being researched. Recently, CBD oil has become an accepted means of relief from anxiety and inflammation, and the substance’s popularity is rising at a rapid rate.
What Are the Benefits of CBD?
Numerous people are reporting success in using CBD to ease a variety of symptoms, and the scientific community is currently experimenting with the substance on a wide scope of medical applications to epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, spasms, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, nausea, convulsions, inflammation, and many other conditions, including cancer. What we know so far is that CBD has been shown to be effective for decreasing anxiety and helping in a number of inflammation-related problems, including arthritis and other inflammatory ailments as well as multiple sclerosis. CBD also has strong antioxidant properties, a fact that so far has been largely ignored by the broader dietary supplements industry.
How does it work?
CBD binds to a network of receptors (CB1+CB2) located throughout the body that are part of the endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system is involved in a variety of physiological processes including appetite, pain-sensation, mood, and memory. Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency (CECD) was coined by Dr. Ethan Russo in 2004 to characterize symptoms found when there is not enough endocannabinoid system signaling. Most of the disease states related to CECD are marked by chronic pain, dysfunctional immune systems, fatigue, and mood imbalances. This is not surprising as the endocannabinoid system (ECS) regulates most of these physiological processes.
Where Does CBD Come From?
CBD is one of 85 chemical substances known as cannabinoids, which are all found in the cannabis plant. Marijuana and Industrial Hemp are the two primary sources of CBD. CBD is non-psychoactive. You could smoke acres and acres of industrial hemp and it will not produce a high.
What is the difference between Hemp-Derived CBD and Marijuana-Derived CBD?
Hemp is a richer source of CBD and Marijuana is a richer source of THC. The former is legal in all 50 states, and the later is not. This article gives you a side-by-side comparison.
How is CBD extracted from the Hemp plant?
The extracts we use come from a CO2 process, where supercritical carbon dioxide is used to extract the plant constituents. This is a similar process to essential oil distillation, where no solvents are used.