About CBD

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a natural compound that comes from the leaves, stalks, and flowers of industrial hemp or marijuana cannabis. It is the most widely accepted non-intoxicating cannabinoid found in Cannabis sativa plant. Hemp-based CBD extracts should not be confused with CBD from marijuana, even though they both derive from the same plant. CBD is present in more significant quantities in hemp than it is in marijuana.

Thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp and hemp-derived products (including CBD oil) are legal to produce, sell, and consume throughout all 50 states. These products must be derived from industrial hemp containing less than 0.3 percent THC. Individual states can still decide if they want to allow the production and sale of hemp-derived products within their state.

Because CBD is a non-intoxicating component from industrial hemp, which legally must have less than 0.3 percent of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), there’s NO “high”, “stoned” or euphoric effect as a result of using hemp-derived CBD.

You will find online accounts of people using CBD oil for every possible ailment. The science, however, has not had time to catch up with all of the ways that people use CBD oil.

With research into this interesting compound still in its infancy, most of the support that we have is preliminary research, meaning that there have not been many human clinical trials completed. CBD has demonstrated the following properties:

  • Anxiolytic: CBD might be able to help with stress and anxiety symptoms.
  • Anticancer: While it is too early to know if CBD can help with cancer in humans, studies have found antiproliferative effects.
  • Antidepressant: Animal studies have shown CBD to help with a depressed mood.
  • Antiseizure: Both human studies and animal studies have found CBD to help some people with epileptic seizures.
  • Anti-inflammatory: By reducing inflammation, CBD might help with inflammatory conditions like Crohn’s disease and autoimmune disorders.
  • Analgesic: CBD has demonstrated potential at relieving pain in animal models of arthritis, and might help with difficult-to-treat pain conditions like fibromyalgia.
  • Neuroprotectant: CBD may help to protect the health and function of our brains through an ability to promote neuronal growth and neuroplasticity.
  • Antioxidant: CBD combats the damage caused by molecules known as free radicals.

It’s because of these early studies and first-hand accounts that CBD oil is now commonly used with the hopes of relieving stress, pain, sleep troubles, and more. 

CBD’s effects all come down to the body’s endocannabinoid system, which is a network of 5-HT receptors that are activated and play a role in maintaining homeostasis in the body. Homeostasis affects pain, mood, and appetite among others other factors. CBD interacts with the receptors of the endocannabinoid system, predominantly the CB1 and CB2 receptors that are found mainly in the brain and immune cells. While the body already has its own set of cannabinoids, introducing CBD to the body enhances the efficacy of the endocannabinoid system.

5-HT1A Serotonin: CBD has been shown to activate 5-HT1A serotonin receptors in the body, which can help alleviate anxiety, reduce nausea and vomiting, regulate appetite and improve sleep. They’re found in the central and peripheral nervous systems and stimulate many different chemical messages, which can either produce an excitatory or inhibitory response.

GPR55 Protein Receptors: cannabidiol acts as an antagonist to GPR55 protein receptors. By blocking it, CBD can help to hinder bone reabsorption associated with osteoporosis and modulate blood pressure. It can also help to reduce the spread of cancerous cells throughout the body as GPR55 has been associated with the proliferation of cancer cells.
PPARs: CBD plays a role in activating PPARs, which have been associated with reducing the effects of Alzheimer’s Disease and even have anti-cancer effects. PPARs are located on the surface of the cell’s nucleus. By activating the PPAR-gamma receptor, CBD has an anti-proliferative effect on cancer cells. The activation of PPAR-gamma also diminishes amyloid-beta plaque, which is associated with the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. This is why CBD can be an effective agent for Alzheimer’s patients. Further, diabetics can find much use for CBD and its activation of PPAR receptors because they regulate genes involved in insulin sensitivity.
TRPV1 Receptors: CBD binds to TRPV1 receptors in the endocannabinoid system, which helps to reduce pain and inflammation, and regulate body temperature.

Hemp-based CBD products are federally legal to be purchased anywhere in the U.S. without a marijuana card or doctor’s prescription. Please check your local laws to verify that CBD is legal in your state.

While hemp-based CBD products are manufactured from hemp plants containing less than 0.3% THC, there are still trace amounts. It is very unlikely that you will fail a drug test from consuming CBD products. While not likely, there is a small chance that consuming CBD products may lead to a positive drug test for THC. If this is a significant concern, we advise speaking with your employer or doctor before use.

Determining the right amount of CBD will be unique from person to person and everybody processes CBD differently based on key factors like age, weight, and diet. The “right” dose of CBD can vary based on the need you are trying to address and whether your condition is mild or severe.

With that being said, a good rule of thumb to determine your proper CBD dosage is to take 1–6MG of CBD for every 10 pounds of body weight.

Many CBD products will list the serving size and potency per serving too.

It is recommended to consult a doctor or health professional to determine an amount right for you.

There have been thousands of scientific and medical studies have been carried out specifically on CBD. Project CBD is a non-profit organization strictly dedicated to documenting the research progress on this incredible drug. In just a year of (2017), Cannabidiol has been shown to help with Anxiety, Epilepsy, Seizures, High Blood Pressure, Psychotic Disorders, PTSD, Stroke Rehabilitation, Pain, Colitis, Liver Injury.Over the past years, hundred CBD-Related studies have been operated in dozens of countries and institutions. Bringing many to devote to the growing, understanding and acceptance of CBD.

The World Health Organization (WHO) conducted an exhaustive report in 2017 on the public health impact and efficacy of CBD. Their conclusion? CBD is safe and non-toxic to use, even in extremely high doses.

If you are taking prescription medications, consulting with a qualified medical professional is a must.

CBD is not known to have any negative side effects. However, large servings of CBD may cause drowsiness, diarrhea, and reduced appetite.

CBD is completely safe for your pets to consume in the same way that it is safe for your consumption. The effects of CBD come from its ability to stimulate the endocannabinoid system, which is involved in the body’s ability to process things such as pain, appetite and stress. These organic systems are found in every mammal on earth, meaning that many animals also possess it. This system is something that we share with our pets, and differences are minute enough that the effects of CBD on a human and the effects on an animal are extremely similar.

The general fear for pet safety when being given CBD is associated with the fact that many do not understand the key differences between CBD and THC. It is very easy to mix up the two, as they come from the same group of plants and are structurally very similar. At first glance, it would appear as though CBD would have negative effects on your pet, similar to THC. The main difference between CBD and THC is that CBD does not have any intoxicating attributes. The feeling that THC gives us that we call a “high” is our body reacting to the psychoactive properties of the compound, and when ingested by pets, these effects can be dangerous. CBD lacks these properties and the ability to bind with the same receptors as THC.

As is the rule with human consumption of CBD, all of these products are completely safe for your pet when taken in moderation.

Full Spectrum CBD is the most minimally processed type of CBD. It contains every plant material that can be extracted from Hemp including cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, and fatty acids. Full-spectrum products are often preferred because they’re most accommodating to the “entourage effect”. That’s the effect of having all the naturally occurring compounds in the plant working together, instead of filtering or excluding some compounds. Full-spectrum CBD contains trace amounts of THC (under 0.3%), so it’s best to avoid if you have concerns about drug testing.

Broad Spectrum CBD contains everything that full spectrum CBD contains, except for the THC. This requires an extra step in processing to isolate and remove the THC, which is what makes it possible to consume CBD without any psychoactive effects.  Because Broad Spectrum CBD contains 0% THC, it is federally legal in all 50 states.

CBD Isolate is 99+% pure CBD that has been completely isolated from all other cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, and fatty acids. It’s typically sold as a fine white powder that can be added to other oils, beverages, or food. CBD isolate is great for people who are sensitive to other cannabinoids or want to supplement an existing product with some straight CBD.

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