Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a phytocannabinoid commonly found in high concentrations certain strains of hemp. It is one of at least 113 cannabinoids discovered in the cannabis plant and is non-intoxicating in its effects.
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a biological system composed of endocannabinoids (cannabinoids produced by the body) and the receptors they bind to, cannabinoid receptor type 1 (CB1) and cannabinoid receptor type 2 (CB2). The endocannabinoid system has been shown to be involved in the regulation of a number of physiological and cognitive processes throughout the human body.
Cannabinoids are a group of chemical compounds that are most commonly found in–but not exclusive to—cannabis. In addition to being produced endogenously by the human endocannabinoid system, cannabinoids have also been found in other botanical sources, including hops and varieties of Echinacea. At least 113 cannabinoids have been isolated from cannabis and characterized, with two of the most notable ones being cannabidiol (CBD) tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
CBD naturally occurs in the hemp plant as Cannabidiolic Acid (CBDA), which is a very closely related analogue of CBD. In order to transform CBDA into CBD, a given plant or extract must undergo a process known as decarboxylation. Sometimes, this process is referred to as “activation” as it produces a more biologically active version of the CBD molecule. Decarboxylation is defined as the removal of a carboxyl group from a given molecule, and is accomplished in CBD by heating the material to approximately 110 °C (230 °F). This facilitates the removal of the carboxyl group on the CBDA molecule and produces CBD as the end product.
Our full-spectrum products are made by a whole plant C02 extraction. We carefully control our process to maintain and preserve the full suite of naturally occurring phytocannabinoids, flavonoids and terpenes in the hemp plant. This suite of compounds has potential synergistic benefits which are currently being researched.
Products made with Broad Spectrum and Isolated CBD do not retain all these natural compounds and therefore may not have the same effects or benefits.
Our full-spectrum products are standardized to specific CBD potencies and due to the natural variation of plant extracts, the levels of peripheral cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids may fluctuate from batch to batch.
CBD meets the World Health Organization (WHO) definition of being psychoactive. The WHO defines psychoactive substances as substances “that, when taken in or administered into one’s system, affect mental processes, e.g. cognition or effect.”
However, while this may be the case for CBD, it must be noted that CBD is non-intoxicating in its effects. It does not produce feelings of euphoria, stupor, or loss of control; effects commonly associated with THC ingestion. Research suggests that this is due to the fact that CBD does not bind to the CB1 receptor in the same way that THC does. In fact, CBD has been shown in some studies to modulate or reduce the intoxicating effects of THC.
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We cannot make specific recommendations regarding serving sizes; however, we recommend anyone new to cannabinoids start with a small amount of CBD, and gradually increase the serving size until the desired effect(s) is achieved.
Your serving size will be dependent upon your body weight, metabolism, individual body chemistry, and other metabolic factors. Due to the wide range of use-cases for CBD, appropriate serving sizes can vary widely.
The 2018 Farm Bill will greatly increase the availability of CBD products for sale to the general public, by removing hemp-derived CBD from the federal list of Controlled Substances.
When federal laws change, there is often a transition period where state/local laws and regulations must be brought into compliance with federal law. We are currently in such a transition period, where multiple state and local laws may undergo rapid change. We encourage users to always check with your local government, law enforcement or customs office for the most up-to-date information regarding the legality of CBD in your area before making a purchase.