What Is CBD?

CBD is a naturally occurring compound found in the cannabis (hemp) plant. CBD is an abbreviation for ‘cannabidiol’ and is one of many cannabinoids found in the plant. It will not get you high and is legal to consume/possess in Wisconsin. 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

CBD molecule
Molecular Structure 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 also called phytocannabinoids (from the Greek prefix ‘phyto’ meaning ‘of a plant’). These phytocannabinoid – ECS receptor interactions are what give cannabis and cannabis extracts their effects.

ECS

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. CBD is used to treat anxiety, depression, and other mental illnesses. However, CBD does not induce any significant mind-altering effects like its fellow cannabinoid THC.

USES

Through CBD’s interaction with the body’s ECS, it can help alleviate some of the following:

  • Pain
  • Anxiety/Depression
  • Seizures
  • Addiction
  • Schizophrenia 
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Insomnia 

CBD is by no means intended to be a complete solution to any of the above, but it can provide subjects with an additional treatment option with minimal side effects. Please discuss CBD with your healthcare professional prior to initiating use as a part of an overall wellness program. 

PRODUCTS

Products depict their CBD content in milligrams (mg). This can range anywhere from 25 mg to upwards of 2500 mg in a single tincture bottle. Of course, what is most important is the amount you are actually using in a single dose. Our recommendation for dosage is what is referred to as “uptitrating.” This is where a user starts with a small dose and gradually increases the dosage until satisfying effects are observed. Typically this is done over the course of a few weeks. Doses should be measured in milligrams of CBD and not just drops. This will allow you to directly compare CBD oils of different concentrations.

CBD in its purest form is a white crystal which is often turned into a powder and is referred to as “CBD isolate.” While this may sound appealing, CBD isolate is lacking all other remedial compounds found in the cannabis plant. The interactive synergy of all cannabis compounds (mainly cannabinoids and terpenes) has been dubbed the “Entourage Effect” which has been proven to be more curative than any single compound in isolation. This is why we are advocates for what is known as “full spectrum” CBD oil which does contain these secondary compounds. 

In summary, CBD is a natural compound with immense medicinal potential that is still being understood. 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!

Further reading on CBD: Project CBDHealer.com, NY TimesHealthlineWebMD.