What Is CBD? – First Look
CBD is a naturally occurring compound found in the cannabis (hemp) plant. CBD is an abbreviation for cannabidiol. This is one of many cannabinoids found in the hemp plant. Unlike THC, CBD will not get you high and is legal to consume and possess in every state. More and more people are using CBD on a daily basis to alleviate a wide variety of ailments. It is commonly ingested via food/tinctures/capsules or applied topically via lotions/oils. This post will serve as an introduction to the immense potential of CBD.
Science of CBD
Cannabinoids are a general class of compounds that interact with your body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). This system was only recently discovered and is still being researched. The ECS is responsible for regulating many biological processes (sleep, appetite, memory, energy/metabolism to name a few). Your body has naturally occurring cannabinoids (endocannabinoids) which interact with the two ECS receptors (CB1 and CB2). CB1 is primarily found in the brain while CB2 is spread throughout the rest of the body. Cannabinoids found in cannabis are synonymous with phytocannabinoids (from the Greek prefix ‘phyto’ meaning ‘of a plant’). These phytocannabinoid – ECS receptor interactions are what give cannabis and cannabis extracts their effects.
Many sources will say that CBD is “non-psychoactive” but a more accurate term is “non-intoxicating.” CBD influences your ECS which is spread throughout your mind and body, so to say that it doesn’t affect your mind is technically incorrect. However, CBD does not induce any significant mind-altering effects like its fellow cannabinoid THC.
Uses of Cannabidiol
CBD’s interaction with your body’s ECS allows it to have an effect on an (almost) an unbelievable number of ailments. Unfortunately, due to federal scrutiny, we cannot advertise CBD’s true potential. We encourage you to seek out other trusted sources on this matter. Please discuss CBD with your healthcare professional prior to implementing it into your wellness routine.
There are essentially two categories of CBD products: topicals and tinctures. Tinctures are the most popular CBD product. Topical products range from roll-ons and lotions to salves and balms. Each method has its advantages and disadvantages. For most customers, we would recommend a 500 mg CBD Tincture to start.
Products typically depict their CBD content in milligrams (mg). This can range anywhere from 25 mg to upwards of 2500 mg in a single tincture bottle. Other bottles show this value by the amount of CBD per serving. This can make it quite confusing for the uninitiated customer. Regardless, it is vital to take the proper amount of CBD for a pleasant experience.
CBD is a natural compound with immense medicinal potential. Medical professionals are still fighting through past stigmas to properly advise patients and the general public on its full potential. Our goal is to produce high-quality and effective CBD and help as many people as possible. We are excited to be a part of the Wisconsin CBD revolution.
Future posts will go into further detail about Full Spectrum oil and the Entourage Effect. Stay tuned!