A Guide to CBD Oil
There is no doubt that CBD is shaking up the medical cannabis industry. Recently canna-connoisseurs aren’t the only ones jumping on the cannabidiol (CBD) bandwagon. Below, we answer the most commonly asked questions about what CBD is, how it interacts with the human body, an understanding of the various products, and more.
A Brief Explanation of CBD
CBD (cannabidiol) is a cannabinoid extracted from cannabis plants. While CBD derived from marijuana has high levels of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the CBD extracted from hemp does not. You benefit from supporting the endocannabinoid system, with no risk of THC intoxication.
The exogenous cannabinoids in CBD mimic the naturally occurring endocannabinoids, anandamide, and 2-ag, both essential to the functioning of the nervous systems. By supplementing endocannabinoid deficiencies, communication and balance are potentially restored to the body.1
CBD Works with the Endocannabinoid System
While the endocannabinoid system is a relatively new field of study, you may be aware of the critical role this network of neurotransmitters and receptors play in the normal functioning of the central and peripheral nervous systems. This complex system is responsible for regulating almost every vital system in the body. Some of the processes regulated by the endocannabinoid system include:
- Pain perception
- Stress responses
- Metabolism and thermal regulation
- Learning and memory
- Muscle movement
- Immune system responses
- Circulation and digestive processes
- Reproductive systems
Since the endocannabinoid system regulates so many essential functions, some researchers suspect that endocannabinoid deficiencies may be the cause of many health conditions.
The Potential Benefits of Supplementing the Endocannabinoid System
CBD from hemp is showing remarkable potential in laboratory and animal studies. By supplementing the endocannabinoid system, or alleviating cannabinoid deficiencies, communication and balance can be restored to the body. Much of the research on the effectiveness of CBD is based on laboratory tests, animal studies and the testimony of those who report symptom relief.
Safe Supplementation without Potentially Risky Pharmaceuticals
Research shows that doses up to 1,500 mg/day are well tolerated, although starting at a much smaller dosage is typically recommended. We recommend starting at 25mg/day and going up from there. The potential risks of side effects are much lower than pharmaceuticals. Some of the potential side effects of cannabidiol from hemp-based sources include:
- Interaction with some medications
- Dry mouth
- Psychomotor slowing
One of the best features of supplementing the endocannabinoid system with hemp-based CBD supplements may be its record for safety. Even in high doses, CBD is considered safe and non-toxic, with no reported fatalities or serious side effects from CBD use.
Full-Spectrum CBD Oils
A full-spectrum product contains all the plant terpenes and phytochemicals found in the original plant source. This also includes other potentially beneficial phytocannabinoids, unsaturated hydrocarbons, and the beneficial flavonoids of the original plant source. You will also find:
- All 20 amino acids
- Omega-3 fatty acids
- B complex vitamins
- Vitamins C, E and A
- Potassium and magnesium
- Calcium and phosphorous
- Iron and Zinc
Some CBD enthusiasts claim that full-spectrum CBD is the more effective option due to the multiple phytocannabinoids and plant terpenes found in the natural plant. It is believed that full- spectrum products facilitate an entourage effect, each component magnifies the benefits of the others.
CBD isolate is a “purified” form of CBD, all of the plant terpenes have been removed leaving a product that is 99 percent cannabidiol. Some people may prefer an isolate for the following reasons:
- Taste and odor free
- The legal trace amounts of THC (<0.3 percent) are removed
- More precise control of the amount of CBD in a product
- Products can be created with more CBD per dose
The Legality of CBD Supplements
While hemp was once banned alongside marijuana, the Agricultural Act of 2014 cleared the legal confusion by distinguishing between the two cannabis plants. The legal definition of hemp is a cannabis plant with less than 0.3 percent THC or less, trace amounts that can produce no intoxicating effects. The Drug Enforcement Administration no longer regulates hemp products, including CBD.
Although CBD is legal in almost all states, CBD companies are not able to provide legal advice regarding our products. We encourage you to continue your investigation of CBD and check for any restrictions issued by your state.