What Is CBD?
Within the cannabis plant family, there lies two distinct species; Hemp and Marijuana. Both species contain cannabinoids, which are a group of over 120 compounds that affect some of our most vital bodily functions. However, what separates these two plant species are their tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a cannabinoid that does produced a euphoric “high” for its users when consumed. This is due to the way in which different cannabinoids react with our brain’s receptors. The human body contains its own endocannabinoid system (ECS) that is responsible for regulating these interactions, naturally producing endocannabinoids affecting various vital functions such as sleep, immune-system responses, and pain.
The magic of CBD, is in its ability to influence and improve our bodies natural ability to produce endocannabinoids. This wholesome medicine possesses the power to reduce inflammation and dramatically reduce pain, improve sleep, reduce anxiety, in addition to strengthening the body’s immune system. Further, CBD has shown the ability to decrease reliance on prescription drugs and other harmful medications.
Is CBD Legal?
What is hemp and how does it relate to CBD? There’s a lot of confusion surrounding hemp, but luckily, we’re here to clear the air. Part of the cannabis plant family, hemp is a non-psychoactive version of cannabis sativa. Contrary to its cannabis cousin, marijuana, hemp contains less than 0.3% THC and does not produce a euphoric “high” when consumed. In fact, hemp remains one of the oldest and most versatile plants dating back to early civilizations.
In light of the recent 2018 Farm Bill, hemp-derived CBD products are now legal for consumers age 18+, and are available for shipping in all 50 states across the United States. By law, CBD may contain no more than 0.3% THC, and all the products listed on our website have been third-party tested for quality, as we strictly adhere to that guideline.
- Full-Spectrum CBD – Contains no more than 0.3% THC, with natural terpenes and oils for maximum effectiveness.
- Broad-Spectrum CBD – Typically refers to CBD with zero THC content, yet still contains natural terpenes and oils.
- CBD Isolate – Purest and most concentrated form containing 99+% CBD.
What Can CBD Do For Me?
In short, CBD can do wonders for your body, health, and overall well-being. While research is currently being done to better understand the effects of the compound, it has long been limited and restricted by government; however, recently the FDA has altered their stance by approving the first cannabis-derived medicine. This marks the government’s first public acknowledgement of CBD’s medicinal value – as it outperformed prescription drugs in treating childhood epilepsy syndromes such as, Dravet and Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome(LGS).
CBD is commonly used to treat patients with insomnia, chronic pain, and arthritis. Some studies have shown that CBD inhibits both neuropathic and inflammatory pain, with greater results than traditional pain-relievers. Furthermore, CBD may prove to be effective at relieving anxiety and combating the effects of PTSD.
While more research is required to fully understand the effects of CBD, it is widely regarded as a safe, holistic medicine. In a report from the World Health Organization, the following was said with regards to CBD, “In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential… there is no evidence of public health related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.”
A Natural + Holistic Revolution In Medicine
Nowadays, there is a remedy for almost everything; for pain, for stress, and even for emotional discomfort. Our society has grown impatient, expecting instant gratification and demanding immediate results. However, we rarely stop to consider the substances we consume, or more importantly, their potentially harmful side effects. Today, more people than ever are questioning what they put into their bodies – and for good reason.
While research on CBD is far from complete and its effects are still being understood by the medical community, it clearly possesses many advantages over synthetic medication and/or prescription drugs. CBD is all-natural, derived from the cannabis sativa plant l (hemp). CBD works to improve and enhance our bodies’ internal systems (ECS), helping us achieve and remain in a state of homeostasis (a constant internal environment). Furthermore, CBD contains potent antioxidant properties that combat free radicals, a waste product known to induce oxidative stress and damage our cells.
Duration: 0-2 hours
Onset Time: Immediate
Vaping is a process that heats the desired substance to produce a smooth, odorless smoke. When inhaled, CBD is absorbed by the alveoli in the lungs, before then entering the bloodstream. This method provides users with instant effects and is great for those with acute or chronic alignments.
- Concentrates/ Vape Cartridges: Pure, pre-packaged CBD
- Oils: CBD in the form of a E-Liquid – typically mixed with natural-derived terpenes or vegetable glycerin (affecting the taste). Beware of CBD Vape Oils that contain additives such as propylene glycol or polyethylene glycol. When overheated, such additives produce formaldehyde (a known carcinogen) as a byproduct, according to a 2015 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Duration: 4-6 hours
Onset Time: 15-45 minutes
Tinctures fall under the category of oral-mucosal drugs, which are intended to be consumed orally. Once taken, the cannabinoids are absorbed directly into the blood vessels in the mouth before being distributed throughout the entire body. These products typically come in the form of oral sprays or droppers. For maximum effectiveness, it is advised to let the medicine sit under your tongue for several minutes before swallowing.
Duration: 6-8 hours
Onset Time: 1-1.5 hours
Capsules are a convenient and efficient way to consume CBD. After being administered orally, the cannabinoids pass through both the metabolic and digestive systems before eventually being absorbed in the gut and sent to the liver. Once in the liver, the cannabinoids released by full-spectrum CBD, (containing less than .3% THC) will be modified through a process known as “first-pass metabolism”. The result is an increased intensity in effect, and prolonged relief.
Duration: 2-4 hours
Onset Time: 0-30 minutes
CBD topicals include all lotions, creams, balms, or oils that are intended to be applied directly to an area of the body for treatment. When applied, CBD is absorbed through the skin and quickly binds with cannabinoid receptors for immediate relief to the affected area. CBD topical products are also typically infused with other natural ingredients and nutrients with healing properties, including essential oils and organic compounds. CBD topicals are recommended as a popular remedy for managing pain, inflammation, infections, and skin conditions.
Duration: 3-4 Hours
Onset Time: 5-20 Minutes
CBD Isolate is the purest and most concentrated form of CBD. It is derived using an extensive extraction method that produces a 99+% CBD byproduct – void of any cannabinoids, THC, terpenes, or other extraneous compounds found in the cannabis plant. The consistency of CBD Isolate typically resembles a fine, odorless, white powder or crystallized substance. Furthermore, due to its consistency, CBD isolate is extremely versatile and can be consumed in almost any way imaginable. In particular, CBD Isolate is recommended for those with sensitivity to products that may contain small traces of THC, especially individuals that are subject to frequent drug testing.
Duration: 8+ Hours
Onset Time: 30 Minutes
CBD Patches utilize transdermal administration wherein active CBD cannabinoids are delivered across the skin (typically applied to a targeted area of the body) for systemic distribution. Such adhesive patches enable CBD to be absorbed directly through the body’s blood vessels and into the bloodstream. Subsequently, the blood carries the CBD compounds through our circulatory system and distributes it through the rest of the body. CBD patches are available in a variety of isolated cannabinoids based on the desired effect. Ultimately, CBD patches are an effective and non-intrusive alternative best suited for treating chronic pain, insomnia, and long-lasting inflammation.
Duration: 4-6 hours
Onset Time: 15-45 minutes
Our pets mean the world to us, and when conventional medicine does not provide us with results, it is only natural to seek alternatives. However, due to the shifting legality of CBD products, veterinarians and educated-professionals are unable to guide patients with regards to cannabis-derived medicines. Much like humans, our pets (or any animal with a backbone), possess their own endocannabinoid systems. Animals can benefit from CBD in many of the same ways as humans – with anxiety, pain, seizure control, gastrointestinal disorders, and even relief from debilitating cancers.
As always, it is our recommendation to air on the side of caution – start small and increase the amount as necessary. Tinctures have proven to be a successful way of administering a predictable and controlled dose for pets, allowing the chance for the medicine to be absorbed directly into the bloodstream via linings in the mouth, before being digested and distributed throughout the body. While both THC and CBD are non-toxic and safe for pets, it is always a good idea to monitor your animal for any signs of drowsiness or potential adverse reaction – altering the dose when needed.
CBD comes in many different forms, and even more varieties are being introduced to the global marketplace everyday. We strive to bring our customers reliable, safe, and innovative products that are sure to satisfy your any and every need. Didn’t find what you are looking for in our other product sections? Feel free to contact us with any suggestions or specific product requests!