How does CBD Work?
Our bodies contain a system called the Endocannabinoid System that receives transmission signals from cannabinoids in our bodies.
CBD is not psychoactive meaning there is no “high” unlike THC. It is one of the many compounds found in the cannabis plant.
Our bodies produce certain cannabinoids on their own and humans have two receptors for cannabinoids, called the CB1 receptors and the CB2 receptors. They are present throughout the body but are mainly located in the brain. The CB1 receptors pertain to coordination/movement, pain, emotions, mood, thinking, appetite, memory and many other things among these. THC attaches to these receptors.
CB2 receptors are common in the immune system and deal more with inflammation and pain. CBD does not attach to either receptor, however it appears to direct the body to use more of its own cannabinoids.
Cannabidiol– Also known as CBD, cannabidiol is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis plants. Because of the many endogenous cannabinoid receptors found throughout the body, many people believe CBD promotes restful sleep, supports normal cartilage and joint function, relieves occasional inflammation and nausea, enhances relaxation, and more.
Cannabis-A genus of flowering plants in the family Cannabaceae comprised of three species: Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica, and Cannabis ruderalis.
Cannabinoid-A classification for a chemical compound found in a cannabis which acts upon cannabinoid receptors. CBD is an example of a cannabinoid.
Carrier Oil-Refers to the type of oil CBD is dissolved in. Commonly used oils are coconut oil, MCT oil, and olive oil. CBD isn’t naturally water soluble, so it must be dissolved in a carrier oil in order to be delivered in a liquid form.
CBD-Also known as cannabidiol, CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis. Because of the many endogenous cannabinoid receptors found throughout the body, many people believe CBD promotes restful sleep, supports normal cartilage and joint function, relieves occasional nausea, enhances relaxation, and more.
Decarboxylation-A reaction which removes the carboxyl group from a chemical compound. This is a necessary step in the CBD extraction process, as CBD naturally occurs as CBD-A before undergoing decarboxylation. This process “activates” the CBD molecule, allowing the CBD to have the desired effect when consumed orally.
Endocannabinoid System-A biological system composed of cannabinoid receptors and endocannabinoids, which are internal neurotransmitters that bind to cannabinoid receptors. Depending on the receptor and where it is located, endocannabinoids can have different effects. Endocannabinoids and their receptors are found throughout the body: in the brain, organs, connective tissues, glands, and immune cells.
Entourage Effect-Refers to a concept and proposed mechanism by which the various compounds present in cannabis can work together to cause a greater effect than they would individually.
Full Spectrum-A term used to describe CBD extracts which include all of the peripheral cannabinoids and terpenes found alongside CBD. By contrast, CBD isolate consists of 98-99% CBD by mass, with no other terpenes and trace (sometimes undetectable) levels of other cannabinoids comprising the remaining 1-2%.
Hemp-A variant of the Cannabis Sativa plant species specifically grown for the industrial uses of its derived products. Hemp has low concentrations of THC and high concentrations of CBD. CBD products derived from hemp are legal for purchase in the United States as well as over 40 countries.
High Potency-A term used to describe products with a high concentration of CBD. The CBD potency of a product is usually measured in mg/ml.
Isolate-CBD in crystalline form. Isolate is comprised of >98% CBD by mass.
Sublingually-This term refers to the method of using an eyedropper to place a CBD solution beneath the tongue. Held underneath the tongue, the CBD is absorbed directly into the bloodstream via the blood vessels beneath your tongue.
THC-THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the principal psychoactive chemical of cannabis. All of our products contain less than 0.3% THC.
Whole Plant Extract– When you see this term referring to a CBD product, it means the product contains all of the cannabinoids and terpenes naturally found within hemp were extracted from the plant alongside CBD in its creation. In contrast, isolates include only CBD and all other terpenes are excluded.