a beginner's guide to
Welcome to our EDUCATION section.
For we receive a lot of questions regarding the CBD products, we've decided to gather frequently asked questions and have a Q&A section on our site, answering all of them in simple and easy manner, CBD 101, if you will.
We will add more questions and answers as we go about our natural remedy journey. For more questions, please give us a call or drop an email.
This is probably the most asked question from people who are not familiar with the substance. CBD is one of many compounds in cannabis plant. Many times, CBD is sold in concentrated oil form. Yes, it comes from the same plant where marijuana comes from.
CBD, as well as other cannabinoids, work by attaching itself to certain receptors such as CB1 and CB2 in human body; the human body actually has specific receptors for these because it produces certain cannabinoids on it own.
CB1 receptors are present throughout the body, but they are mainly populated in the brain. They deal with coordination and movement, pain, emotions, mood, thinking, appetite, memories, and other functions. THC attaches to these receptors, creating a high for the users.
CB2 are more common in the immune system, which affect inflammation and pain. CBD was thought to attach to CB2 receptors, but now it appears that it does not attach directly to either receptors; it is thought to direct the body to use its own cannabinoid.
CBD has been the latest craze, and the studies suggest more and more benefits of CBD in medical fields as we get to know more about the substance.
CBD VS. THC
Until recently, THC (delta 9-tetrahydrocannabinol) was the best known cannabinoid, which gives psychoactive effect to its users. CBD, on the contrary, is known to have little to no “high,” although some of its properties may have medicinal effects on people.
However, THC is not "just" a high-causing, recreational substance. It also has therapeutic properties. CBD, when used together with THC, is known to lessen the high THC causes. Also, recent studies show that THC and CBD work best when consumed together. This is also known as "Entourage Effect."
HEMP VS. MARIJUANA
CBD is mostly derived from hemp plant, the least processed form of cannabis plant. Although both hemp and marijuana come from the same plant, cannabis sativa, there is great difference in their THC contents. Hemp plants were rarely modified, whereas marijuana plants were modified over time, in order to produce high level of THC.
The biggest difference is the resin content between the two. Industrial hemp, which CBD is extracted from, has low resin content, whereas marijuana ("drug plant") is high in its resin.
Industrial hemp plants are usually grown from pedigree seeds and machine harvested. They are also used to create fabric and paper, other than the edible oil we see. Marijuana plants are usually cloned and modified to contain more THC. Their flowers are harvested and trimmed manually for its consumption--for their intoxicating and medicinal effects.
Full spectrum CBD contains all the therapeutic compounds of cannabis, including terpenes, cannabinoids, flavonoids, fatty acids, etc.
Isolate, however, is nothing but CBD molecules--everything else is removed.
Studies say single molecule CBD is less effective than full spectrum and should be used in high doses, for isolate lacks secondary cannabinoids.
* The information provided above is general information regarding CBD and should not be used as medical advice. The studies say CBD can interact with common pharmaceuticals, although CBD itself is known to be safe. Please consult your physician and/or healthcare provider for detailed information.