CBD 101: Covering the Basics
Part One: What is CBD and CBD Oil?If you take a look at the news headlines, it's easy to see just how much people are talking about cannabis, and this topic is far from being old news. In fact, the discussion about medicinal marijuana has recently started to include CBD products. Unfortunately, however, this discussion has turned more into a debate that is actually a tangled mess of myths, false claims, and actual facts, making it hard to know what is true and what isn't. As CBD has gained more and more attention across the nation, we recognize that many of our customers are interested in learning more about what CBD actually is and what it can do. To help you easily find answers to your questions, we have created an eleven-part series of blog posts. During this series, we will cover some of the most frequently asked questions about CBD and provide essential information you won't want to miss. Here's what you can expect to learn in this series:
- What is CBD and CBD oil?
- What is the difference between THC and CBD?
- What is the difference between hemp, cannabis, and marijuana?
- What is Broad-Spectrum CBD?
- CBD and Terpenes
- What are the health benefits of CBD?
- What are the different ways to use CBD?
- Choosing a good CBD oil
- Is CBD legal?
What is CBD?CBD stands for cannabidiol, which is a chemical compound found in the cannabis plant. CBD is one of the many cannabinoids found in cannabis. Odds are you are familiar with the cannabinoid THC, which is the compound that produces the psychoactive, or "high", effect in the drug marijuana. It is important to note, however, that while CBD is a cannabinoid like THC, it is not psychoactive and will not get you "high". We will go more into this in part two of this series.
Cannabinoids Are Already In Your BodyDid you know that your body naturally produces its own cannabinoids similar to CBD? The cannabinoids that your body produces are called endocannabinoids, and they travel through the endocannabinoid system (ECS) to regulate just about everything in your body, from your mood to vital conditions. Your endocannabinoid system has several cannabinoid receptors that interact with your body's natural cannabinoids through chemical stimuli. This interaction helps regulate everything, including your mood, pain management, and appetite. If one or more of these normal functions gets unbalanced, your body will synthesize, or combine, the cannabinoids it needs in order to restore balance throughout the body.
What is CBD Oil?CBD oil is the essential oil extracted from the hemp cannabis plant. It contains concentrated levels of the specific cannabinoid CBD, and a minimal or non-existent amount of THC.
Why Do We Need CBD Products or Supplements?
This is a great question! Although our bodies do naturally produce cannabinoids, there are cases where the body struggles to produce enough cannabinoids to restore complete balance, or homeostasis. Recent studies of this condition, called clinical endocannabinoid deficiency, have shown that lower levels of cannabinoids can cause people to become more susceptible to a wide range of ailments and diseases, including migraines, Alzheimer's disease, and fibromyalgia. When the body fails to produce the necessary amount of cannabinoids to create homeostasis, CBD products, like CBD oil, can help your body carry out its natural balancing process. We will dive more into just how CBD does this in part five.