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October 4, 2018

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:

  1. What is CBD and CBD oil?
  2. What is the difference between THC and CBD?
  3. What is the difference between hemp, cannabis, and marijuana?
  4. What is Broad-Spectrum CBD?
  5. How does CBD work in the body?
  6. CBD and Terpenes
  7. What are the health benefits of CBD?
  8. CBD for mental and emotional health
  9. What are the different ways to use CBD?
  10. Choosing a good CBD oil
  11. Is CBD legal?

Let’s get started!

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 Body

Did 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.

 

What to expect in part two: What is the difference between THC and CBD?

Questions or comments? Share below!

 

References:

Echo. “What is Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency?”. Education, Collaboration, Hope. May 10, 2018. https://echoconnection.org/clinical-endocannabinoid-deficiency/

Johnson, Jon. “Everything You Need to Know About CBD Oil.” Medical News Today. July 27, 2018. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/317221.php

“CBD Extract Guide: Full-Spectrum, Broad Spectrum, & Isolate.” IntelliCBD. September 25, 2018. https://intellicbd.com/articles/full-spectrum-cbd-oil-vs-isolate/

“The Brian Loves CBD: What Are the Effects of This Major Cannabinoid?”. CBD Health and Wellness. September 2018. https://cbdhealthandwellness.net/2018/09/04/the-brain-loves-cbd-what-are-the-effects-of-this-major-cannabinoid/

“Why CBD & Your Brain Can Be Best Friends (Scientific Approach).” Healthy Hemp Oil. https://healthyhempoil.com/cbd-for-mood/

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Thank you for this information. Part one already gave me a piece of info that I didn’t know regarding how the body produces cannabidoids. I’m hoping this is a daily blog on the eleven parts, otherwise this will take forever to learn about. LOL

Kimberly J | October 5, 2018 | Reply

How often can we expect to see the rest in the series? I can’t wait for the next one !!

Jay Peterson | October 7, 2018 | Reply

    We are expecting to post about every other week for this series. Definitely keep a look out next week for next post! 🙂

    Customer Service RMO | October 8, 2018 | Reply

I have been courious about CBD oil…and am happy to now get the chance to learn more about it.

Flo | October 12, 2018 | Reply

Are you going to sell CBD oil?

Heather | October 13, 2018 | Reply

    Thank you for your question, Heather! We do not have current or immediate plans to sell CBD oil. However, as it is such an up and coming element in the health and wellness industry, it is important for us to share our research with our customers.

    Customer Service RMO | October 15, 2018 | Reply

Just wondering if you’re planning on carrying the CBD oil as I don’t see that referred to in the article.

Carol J. | October 13, 2018 | Reply

    Thank you for your question, Carol! We do not have current or immediate plans to sell CBD oil. However, as it is such an up and coming element in the health and wellness industry, it is important for us to share our research with our customers.

    Customer Service RMO | October 15, 2018 | Reply

This information is very intriguing. I look forward to reading the rest of the series.

Michele | October 14, 2018 | Reply

I’ve started looking into CBD more recently and happy I found this blog. It is hard to make informed decisions in today’s society because of all the misinformation out there. I look forward to reading these daily posts so I can learn more about this amazing plant and its’ oils. Thank you!

Olivia | October 14, 2018 | Reply

Wow great information. so much that I needed to know. I want more information… I will start digging into this thanks for getting me started

jackie l cooley | October 15, 2018 | Reply

I didn’t know that cbd was a chemical compound found in cannabis. This seems like something that would be very important to some people. Hopefully, anyone wanting cbd looks into finding the best place in their area to get it.

Ellie Davis | November 14, 2018 | Reply

Thank you for the explanation of the CBD Oil. I used CBD Oil and was thinking o purchase. The above listed product description will help me to purchase CBD Oil!

Garry | November 15, 2018 | Reply

Thank you for this series!

Glenna | December 10, 2018 | Reply

    You’re welcome, Glenna! We are so pleased to know that our customers are enjoying it.

    Customer Service RMO | December 10, 2018 | Reply

Love cbd oil. Hoping you will see the benefit to carrying it.i ordered some from s company ,they even had mint essential be oil in it. So good some be of to he oils give me heartburn. I take I to at least 4-5 times a week for arthritis. I live in damp Ohio. What s difference

Beverly | December 22, 2018 | Reply