Let's talk cbd
CBD stands for cannabidiol, a phyto cannabinoid produced by the hemp and marijuana plants as well as other plants.
Surprisingly, cbd can also be found in:
- black truffles
- black pepper
- electric daisy
- Japanese Liverwort
- Chinese Rhododendron
- tea plants
CBD is highly antioxidant and highly anti-inflammatory which is benefical for the body.
When eaten or rubbed on, it is absorbed by the endocannabinoid system (ECS) and helps the body balance itself in a number of ways.
CBD, short for cannabidiol, is one of the many naturally occurring compounds found in the cannabis plant. When eaten, inhaled or rubbed on topically, it interacts with a complex system in the humanbody known as the endocannabinoid system (ECS).
The ECS is a network of receptors, enzymes, and endocannabinoids that work together to regulate homeostasis which includes various functions in the body, including sleep, mood, appetite, pain, inflammation and immune response. The ECS is found throughout the body, including in the brain, organs, connective tissues, glands, and immune cells.
When CBD is consumed, it interacts with the ECS by binding to and activating receptors known as CB1 and CB2. These receptors are found throughout the body, with CB1 primarily located in the brain and nervous system, and CB2 primarily
found in immune cells and peripheral tissues.
Once activated, these receptors help regulate various physiological functions by modulating the release of neurotransmitters and hormones.
Another important note is that we already produce cannabnoids in our body. So taking phyto cannabinoids (meaning from a plant) helps to boost our own ECS system.
This is the most common question we get and the answer is, it is hard to say. They say the average adult dose is 25 mg. But that is a general guideline and it varies with each person. Every person has their own threshold with CBD and it also depends on the method of ingestion or application. The best answer we can give is to start small and increase as needed. You should always consult with your doctor if you are on medication. But if you choose to try it, the best way to determine your customized dosage is by starting at a low amount and increasing it gradually until the desired effects are met.
Many small studies have shown CBD safety in humans, suggesting that it is well tolerated at doses of up to a whopping 1,500 mg/day. From the
patent that the US Department of Health and Human Services holds (regarding toxicity):
"Nonpsychoactive cannabinoids, such as cannabidiol, are particularly advantageous to use because they avoid toxicity that is encountered with psychoactive cannabinoids at high doses useful in the method of the present invention."
- ‘Cannabinoids as Antioxidants and Neuroprotectants’ (Patent # 6,630,507) held by the United States Department of Health and Human Services
Studies have not found any significant side effects on the central nervous system, vital signs
or mood with either light or heavy use.
However, if you are on medication, check with your doctor first to see if CBD is right for you. With some medications, it is contra-indicated as they compete with CBD for enzymes in the liver. When in doubt, have your doctor check it out!
No. CBD is sometimes confused with THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the compound found in marijuana which creates a mental or body “high”. THC is also a phytocannabinoid, it also binds to the Endocannabinoid System in the body but it is important to know they are two very different compounds, with different properties and benefits.
While there are over 100 different
cannabinoids, CBD has it’s own molecular structure that is not psychoactive. Most people have described their experience as feeling contented, clear headed and composed. And while you can extract CBD from both marijuana and hemp, hemp has miniscule amounts of THC (<0.3%) in
Yes! CBD works for all mammals the same way that it works for us, including dogs, cats, horses, etc. It can help support: pain relief, anxiety, inflammation and provide general immune system support.
If you saw hemp and marijuana plants side by side, they would look the same and smell the same. The main difference is that hemp has less than .3% THC and is federally legal as deemed by the Farm Bill of 2018.
Marijuana can have more than .3% THC, is legal in many states under medical or recreational state statutes yet is not yet federally legal and is psychoactive.