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Everything you ever wanted to know about
hemp.

WHAT IS CBD AND WHY SHOULD YOU CARE?


That's a great question — and one many people are asking these days. First off, CBD is the acronym used for cannabidiol, one of the over 100 different cannabinoids found in the Cannabis sativa plant. Both CBD and THC are considered a phytocannabinoid. (That's just a fancy way of saying their molecules is made by plants.) Many plants such as black pepper, echinacea, and even cacao contain cannabinoids. Cannabis just has a much higher concentration of them. Any phytocannabinoid will interact with your endocannabinoid (ECS) system. Hemp is a type of cannabis grown specifically with a higher level of CBD and very low level of THC.

Cannabinoids Explained
Cannabinoids are naturally occurring chemicals found in the cannabis plant. You might have heard of CBD and THC. While they are the often the most well-known, they are just two types of over 100 other cannabinoids that exist in the cannabis plant.Cannabinoids can also be found naturally in the body. These particular types of cannabinoids are part of the endocannabinoid system and act as messengers sending signals to the brain, gut or other parts to help regulate basic bodily functions.
Much of the conversation and research on uses and effects of the cannabis plant focuses on CBD and THC exclusively – so it’s important to know the difference.
The difference between CBD/THC
As noted, CBD and THC are both naturally occurring cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. While they both affect the body by communicating with the endocannabinoid system, they each play different roles.THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the psychoactive chemical responsible for making you stoned or high. CBD is non-psychoactive.
CBD is responsible for more calming, relaxed feelings and when acting with THC can counter some of those effects.
Structure of Molecule
Though both the tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) molecules look similar, and share the same molecular formula, there is a slight but very important distinction between them. THC contains a cyclic ring, where CBD contains a hydroxyl group. THC, which is primarily found in marijuana, is the molecule that is responsible for making you stoned or high. CBD on the other hand comes predominantly from hemp, is non-intoxicating.
CBD supports overall wellness and promotes homeostasis, creating balance in the body. It is a powerful antioxidant, supports healthy immune function and can even help support a positive, healthy mood.
What Is CBD?
Though both the tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) molecules look similar, and share the same molecular formula, there is a slight but very important distinction between them. THC contains a cyclic ring, where CBD contains a hydroxyl group. THC, which is primarily found in marijuana, is the molecule that is responsible for making you stoned or high. CBD on the other hand comes predominantly from hemp, is non-intoxicating.
CBD supports overall wellness and promotes homeostasis, creating balance in the body. It is a powerful antioxidant, supports healthy immune function and can even help support a positive, healthy mood.
As noted, CBD and THC are both naturally occurring cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. While they both affect the body by communicating with the endocannabinoid system, they each play different roles.THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the psychoactive chemical responsible for making you stoned or high. CBD is non-psychoactive.
CBD is responsible for more calming, relaxed feelings and when acting with THC can counter some of those effects.
Though both the tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) molecules look similar, and share the same molecular formula, there is a slight but very important distinction between them. THC contains a cyclic ring, where CBD contains a hydroxyl group. THC, which is primarily found in marijuana, is the molecule that is responsible for making you stoned or high. CBD on the other hand comes predominantly from hemp, is non-intoxicating.
CBD supports overall wellness and promotes homeostasis, creating balance in the body. It is a powerful antioxidant, supports healthy immune function and can even help support a positive, healthy mood.

How CBD works
in the Body.

THE ENDOCANNABINOID SYSTEM YOU DIDN'T EVEN KNOW YOU HAD


If you've ever taken biology, you've probably learned about a few major systems in the body — the nervous system, digestive system, endocrine system, immune system — to name a few. But you most likely never had a pop quiz on the Endocannabinoid system. Learn more about this relatively recent discovery in the human body and why it matters to you.

Endocannabinoid System and You
Cannabinoids are not only found in the cannabis plant–they're also naturally occurring chemicals found in the body. The cannabinoids created in the body are part of the endocannabinoid system, and they act as messengers sending signals to the brain, gut or other parts of the body to help regulate basic bodily functions. When you smoke, vape or eat cannabinoids, they affect the body talking to the endocannabinoid system.
The cannabinoids created in the body are part of the endocannabinoid system, and they act as messengers sending signals to the brain, gut or other parts of the body to help regulate basic bodily functions.
How Does It Work?
With two primary receptors, the endocannabinoid system is vital to our sense of wellbeing. CB1 receptors are found throughout the brain, central nervous system and peripheral nervous system. These moderate everything from mood and memory to motor function and the perception of pain. CB2 receptors, on the other hand, can be found primarily in the immune system and gut - although recent research indicates that these receptors may also be in the brain. CB2 receptors help moderate our response to inflammation as well as how our body handles pathogens.
The endocannabinoid system is still a relatively recent discovery in the vast timeline of understanding human biology. A lot is unknown about how it works, but emerging research suggests it has a significant role in regulating memories, metabolism, stress and pain response, sleep, and reproduction.
Benefits and Beyond
Researchers, scientists and medical professionals are all working to understand and validate the legitimate benefits of CBD in its various forms and delivery methods.According to Project CBD, a non-profit educational news service, Extensive preclinical research—much of it sponsored by the U.S. government—indicates that CBD has potent anti-tumoral, antioxidant, anti-spasmodic, anti-psychotic, anti-convulsive, and neuroprotective properties. CBD directly activates serotonin receptors, causing an anti-anxiety effect, as well.
CBD & THE BODY
Cannabinoids are not only found in the cannabis plant–they're also naturally occurring chemicals found in the body. The cannabinoids created in the body are part of the endocannabinoid system, and they act as messengers sending signals to the brain, gut or other parts of the body to help regulate basic bodily functions. When you smoke, vape or eat cannabinoids, they affect the body talking to the endocannabinoid system.
The cannabinoids created in the body are part of the endocannabinoid system, and they act as messengers sending signals to the brain, gut or other parts of the body to help regulate basic bodily functions.
With two primary receptors, the endocannabinoid system is vital to our sense of wellbeing. CB1 receptors are found throughout the brain, central nervous system and peripheral nervous system. These moderate everything from mood and memory to motor function and the perception of pain. CB2 receptors, on the other hand, can be found primarily in the immune system and gut - although recent research indicates that these receptors may also be in the brain. CB2 receptors help moderate our response to inflammation as well as how our body handles pathogens.
The endocannabinoid system is still a relatively recent discovery in the vast timeline of understanding human biology. A lot is unknown about how it works, but emerging research suggests it has a significant role in regulating memories, metabolism, stress and pain response, sleep, and reproduction.
Researchers, scientists and medical professionals are all working to understand and validate the legitimate benefits of CBD in its various forms and delivery methods.According to Project CBD, a non-profit educational news service, Extensive preclinical research—much of it sponsored by the U.S. government—indicates that CBD has potent anti-tumoral, antioxidant, anti-spasmodic, anti-psychotic, anti-convulsive, and neuroprotective properties. CBD directly activates serotonin receptors, causing an anti-anxiety effect, as well.

Plant extraction techniques
matter more than you think.


Although CBD is naturally abundant in the hemp plant, extracting it from the plant in quantities high enough to experience hemp’s benefits is a bit of a process. There are three main types of hemp extraction - Steam Distillation, Solvent Extraction and Carbon Dioxide or CO2 Extraction. While each process has its benefits and drawbacks, we believe the cleanest, highest quality extraction methods is CO2 extraction. This method creates the highest quality hemp extract, with a process that's also safer and better for the environment.

Full Spectrum
A full-spectrum extract means it contains all phytochemicals naturally found in the plant. That includes CBD, trace cannabinoids, terpenes and essential oils. These extracts come with THC levels below 0.3%.In this type of hemp extract, the full spectrum of active compounds can work together to enhance or amplify the benefits of individual cannabinoids.
Broad Spectrum
Broad-spectrum CBD contains cannabidiol and the other compounds within the plant. However, the small amount of THC is removed after the extraction.Like full-spectrum CBD, Broad spectrum CBD contains all the cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids found in the hemp plant that create the Entourage Effect, but without any THC. Broad-spectrum products are a great option for those who cannot have any traces of THC in their system.
CBD Isolate
CBD isolate is the furthest down the funnel in the CBD extraction process. Isolate is created by extracting the compound from its natural environment and removing all other ingredients.While noted as the purest and highest concentration of CBD, that does not mean it is the most effective. Because of its pure nature, CBD isolate lacks the entourage of benefits from terpenes and flavonoids that can be found in full- and broad-spectrum extracts.
How It's Made
A full-spectrum extract means it contains all phytochemicals naturally found in the plant. That includes CBD, trace cannabinoids, terpenes and essential oils. These extracts come with THC levels below 0.3%.In this type of hemp extract, the full spectrum of active compounds can work together to enhance or amplify the benefits of individual cannabinoids.
Broad-spectrum CBD contains cannabidiol and the other compounds within the plant. However, the small amount of THC is removed after the extraction.Like full-spectrum CBD, Broad spectrum CBD contains all the cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids found in the hemp plant that create the Entourage Effect, but without any THC. Broad-spectrum products are a great option for those who cannot have any traces of THC in their system.
CBD isolate is the furthest down the funnel in the CBD extraction process. Isolate is created by extracting the compound from its natural environment and removing all other ingredients.While noted as the purest and highest concentration of CBD, that does not mean it is the most effective. Because of its pure nature, CBD isolate lacks the entourage of benefits from terpenes and flavonoids that can be found in full- and broad-spectrum extracts.

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