Is CBD for you?
Should you incorporate CBD into your wellness routine? The first step in your CBD journey is understanding the basics of CBD. What is it exactly?
CBD is short for Cannabidiol, which is an oil found in the flower or bud of the cannabis plant. The plant species Cannabis Sativa has many different varieties, with hemp and marijuana being the most widely known. This oil is made up of over 100 chemical compounds called cannabinoids that elicit a unique response from our bodies. THC and CBD share the stage with other cannabinoids such as CBG, CBN, CBGA, and CBC, to name a few. It is the presence and amount of each of these cannabinoids that define each variety of the cannabis plant. CBD does not produce a psychoactive response like THC.
How CBD works in our bodies
Cannabinoids work alongside our body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS), and each one has its own unique response. Our ECS system controls and regulates various bodily functions. Once CBD enters our body, it binds with endocannabinoids and receptors in our central nervous system to trigger responses.
We would love to share these responses, but government regulations say we cannot. The FDA prohibits us from “making medical claims,” and unfortunately, explaining the effects CBD has on your body falls in that category. We encourage you to do your research with the extensive information available on CBD from a reliable medically-based internet source.
How do you know if CBD comes from hemp or marijuana?
CBD can be found in all varieties of cannabis. A large group of consumers want to be sure they aren’t using marijuana products that are marketed as CBD products. Since 2018, most domestically produced CBD comes from the hemp variety because it is bred to produce high levels of CBD and low levels of THC. Being able to buy CBD from domestically grown secure sources has helped the CBD industry gain following with therapeutic retailers and consumers alike. So, how can you be sure? Read the labels and ask questions. Look for products that are made in the USA and use domestically grown CBD as a resource.
CBD won’t get me high?
Yes, that’s correct. CBD is not psychoactive like it’s cannabinoid cousin THC. This means you can use CBD based products without being worried about getting high.
How can they produce different results when they are still closely related? Let’s allow science to answer this question. Being from the same species of plant, the chemical makeup of THC and CBD are almost similar except for some slight differences. It is these differences that are responsible for creating different reactions while interacting with our bodies. For example, when THC enters the body, it binds itself with CB1 or cannabinoid one receptors to produce the psychoactive effects marijuana is known for.
On the other hand, CBD doesn’t bind itself with CB1, and in most cases, CBD weakens the bond of THC with CB1. So, all in all, the consumption of CBD doesn’t result in getting “high.” It is THC, or 9 Tetrahydrocannabinol, which is the real culprit behind all kinds of psychoactive effects associated with the consumption of the marijuana variety of the cannabis plant.
Think about giving CBD a try!
Before purchasing any CBD based product, make sure you verify the product has been obtained from a Hemp plant that contains little THC (less than 0.3%) to avoid the psychoactive effects. Caprock Farms’ oil is Broad Spectrum meaning that it has practically 0% THC (about 0.06%), so you get all the benefits of the cannabinoids without the worry. What could be more perfect than that!