What is CBD?

To really understand CBD and its benefits, we first have to break down what it does in each of our bodies – which starts in the endocannabinoid system! 

Your body has an Endocannabinoid System (ECS), which might sound intimidating, but what it does is aid our body in keeping us healthy, happy and thriving. The ECS is essential to almost all our body’s processes by regulating our body temp, water level, blood sugar levels and more, keeping us comfortable, or in a state of homeostasis

What is Homeostasis?

Homeostasis is defined as the equilibrium within our cells that causes the regulation of our body processes. For example, when you’re the perfect temperature, not too hot or too cold – you’re in homeostasis! Our bodies are able to achieve this with continual monitoring and feedback through the endocannabinoid system, which binds to cannabinoid receptors in our ECS. In short- the endocannabinoid system is crucial to our survival! 

How does CBD fit in?

CBD is short for cannabidiol, which is the chemical compound in a group called cannabinoids, all of which can be found in the cannabis plant. It’s the plant’s version of our body’s endocannabinoids. These specific chemical compounds interact with the cannabinoid receptors and the endocannabinoid system. 

These kinds of interactions are what make CBD and its counterpart, THC, a popular option for holistic medicine. THC binds to the cannabinoid receptors in the brain which causes a psychoactive reaction. Researchers in contrast, believe that cannabidiol does not bind to any cannabinoid receptors so there are not any psychotropic effects, meaning no high. Instead, it’s believed that cannabidiol can help your body produce more endocannabinoids, leading to better functioning of the ECS, promoting homeostasis. 

Hemp CBD plant

Where does cannabidiol come from? 

Commercial CBD typically comes from a hemp plant, but CBD can also be found in marijuana. There’s more cannabidiol in a hemp plant, so that’s where CBD is typically harvested from. The two plants are both Cannabis strains, so it’s easy to get them confused, but the hemp plant contains less than .03 percent of THC. Cannabidiol is taken from the flower of the hemp plant. Once the flowers are cultivated, they are sent to an extraction facility to be turned into the CBD products you know and love like oil, gummies, tinctures, and whatever else we whip up in the lab.

What Kinds of CBD are there?

There are three main types: 

  • Full Spectrum
  • Broad Spectrum
  • CBD Isolate 

All of these types of CBD are made from the same plant, but the distillation process produces different types of oil that contain different compounds. We suggest starting with Broad Spectrum if you’re a first time user, just to get the full effect of everything CBD has to offer.

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