Find out about Cannabidiol – what it is, where it comes from and the current research into this interesting and increasingly popular plant based supplement.
CBD is one of over 80 compounds found in the Hemp plant that belong to a class of molecules called Cannabinoids. Of these compounds, CBD and THC are usually present in the highest concentrations, and are therefore the most recognized and studied. Since 1980 more research has been done and findings have been expanding on the wide range of benefits. To this end, much data was hidden from mainstream as during the 80’s and 90’s the Pharmaceutical industry was flourishing creating jobs and economic profits. Only until the first few states in the US voted to legalize medical Cannabis were the results and studies eventually published and understood. CBD oil and THC levels tend to vary among different plants and are just part of these remarkable chemical ecologies which contain dozens of medicinally active substances. This variation in potency and constituency along with complex chemical interactions, further combined with the way the human body metabolizes them, make it very difficult to determine a clear scale of dosage. The health benefits of Cannabidiol are well established with more information coming each day. All mammals have an “endo-cannabinoid system” that exists naturally in the body and works in concert with the immune system to regulate and fight infections. This ECS (Endo-Cannabinoid System) is a group of endogenous cannabinoid receptors located in the bran and throughout the central and peripheral nervous systems, consisting of neuromodulatory lipids and their receptors. CBD specifically interacts with the CB1 and CB2 receptors that send signals to wake up and strengthen the immune system naturally. This is because our endocannabinoid system is intricately linked to our nervous system and immune system, as well as our brain and digestive system via the Vegus nerve. Quality CBD is an effective form of alternative natural treatment to many ailments and illnesses of various types. While these statements have not been reviewed or confirmed by the FDA, there is much in the US that has been proven to be beneficial with no confirmation by the FDA. Additionally, there are in fact many substances that have been proven to be toxic and dangerous to the human body and have been approved by the FDA, so do your own research and get educated on both. Not only does CBD stimulate the immune system, but Cannabidiol (CBD) works to help counteract the psychoactive properties of THC and its brain/body altering effects. In its raw form it is an oily substance that is extracted from seeds, leaves and stock of the Hemp plant. CBD is gaining much awareness and word of mouth is spreading from the people who have turned to CBD for ailments instead of prescription meds and are seeing significant results. For this reason it is vital to be sure you are buying CBD from a reputable source since many low-grade CBD formulas are being sold for high profits. These lower grade CBD formulas contain fillers including Progesterone and sleeping gummies are not as beneficial as pure Hemp CBD. Recently I had a client come into the store with a 60mil bottle of 3,000mg CBD and said she took two full droppers with no effect. Two full droppers of 3,000mg CBD would equate to 100mg of CBD. I had the bottle tested and it came back at 4.066mg per mil meaning there was less than 300mg in the entire bottle. We have also had a lot of people buying online with the same result. Buyer beware and never underestimate the power of greed in people. The CBD molecule is very different than the THC molecule and operates within the body in a different way.