What is CBD? February 19, 2019 – Posted in: Alaska CBDs, Other
The cannabis plant contains over 80 naturally occurring and well known active compounds called cannabinoids.
CBD, or cannabidiol, is one of the main cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. The health benefits of cannabis are often associated with CBD.
THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the most well-known cannabinoid and is responsible for the psychoactive properties of cannabis. THC is what gets you high.
CBD does not create any psychoactive effect and provides major relief and medical benefits without the “high” that comes with typical marijuana consumption.
The cannabis plants are separated in two different types of crops, Hemp or Marijuana.
The two plants differ in their cannabinoids ratios, but come from the same species, Cannabis Sativa L.
WHAT IS THE MAIN DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HEMP AND MARIJUANA?
Hemp has been cultivated by man for thousands of generations, often used to produce paper, food, clothing, oils, CBD, and much more…
Back in the 1700’s, American farmers were required by the government to grow Hemp as a staple crop.
The main difference between Hemp and Marijuana is the level of THC present in the plant.
Marijuana contains high levels of THC, between 3% and 15%+ of THC.
Industrial hemp, in terms of legal classification, concerns all plants with less than 0.3% of THC.
CBD, when properly extract and isolated, is on a chemical level exactly the same. It does not matter if it comes from Marijuana or Hemp.
HOW IS CBD MADE?
CBD can be extracted from Marijuana or Hemp. Most of the CBD is extracted from industrial hemp for legal purposes.
After the plants are successfully harvested, they are transported to an extraction facility, where the cannabinoids are extracted.
There are two safe forms of extraction: Ethanol and C02 extraction methods.
The safest form, however, is C02 extraction(what we use for Alaska CBDs). It involves filtering the plants through a series of chambers that control pressure and temperature. For that reason, it requires expensive and sophisticated machines.
Once extracted, the hemp undergoes an additional step known as chromatography, which removes unwanted planted phytochemicals from the cannabinoid.
Once separated, CBD and other beneficial terpenes can be isolated while other elements such THC can be disposed of.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF CBD?
In the 80s, the Endocannabinoid System was found both in humans and animals. It helps regulate all of our critical functions — sleep, appetite, pain, fertility, mood, immune function, pleasure, memory.
If the system is well-calibrated, you experience the benefits of homeostasis.
CBD binds to your endocannabinoid receptors and support your endocannabinoid system by regulating your body’s most important functions.
There are hundreds of well-designed studies praising the benefits of CBD. Here’s what the studies show:
- CBD decreases inflammation
- CBD reduces anxiety
- CBD reduces arthritis and joint pain.
- CBD can have an antidepressant like effect.
- CBD can improve sleep and fight insomnia.
- CBD reduces and prevents seizures.
- CBD helps prevent the memory loss associated with THC.
- CBD can help with nicotine addiction
- CBD can provide major pain relief.
CAN YOU OVERDOSE ON CBD?
No! The Department of Health and Human Services states:
“No signs of toxicity or serious side effects have been observed following chronic administration of cannabidiol to healthy volunteers, even in large acute doses of 700mg/day.”
WHAT ARE THE MOST COMMON REASONS PEOPLE USE CBD?
The top conditions treated by CBD, according to a survey by the Brightfield Group, are:
- Insomnia And Sleep Problems
- Joint Pain/Inflammation
Furthermore, 80% of CBD users found it to be “very or extremely effective treatment” and 42% have stopped their pharmaceutical medications!