By Jessica Cobb, Certified Aromatherapist:
The world of CBD is filled with almost unpronounceable terms like “endocannabinoid system,” and seemingly magical claims about all the wonderful things it can do. But what you’re probably really wondering is: What can CBD do for me and why should I try it?
The reasons to try CBD are very convincing when you really look at all the potential benefits of such a simple, natural supplement. But let’s start with the basics:
What is CBD?
CO2 Hemp Extract (CBD) is extracted from industrial hemp – cannabis. It’s a safe, natural extract commonly thought to be incredibly helpful with a variety of issues. The benefits are due to natural chemicals in the cannabis plant called cannabinoids.
Cannabinoids are the chemical components of cannabis we think of as “CBD.” CBD is produced naturally by your body and also by many plants, especially cannabis.
Yes, you did read that correctly! Your body actually makes its own cannabinoids! But let me explain a little further. For the purpose of this article, we’re going to talk about the two most important kinds of cannabinoids:
- Endocannabinoids are the type of cannabinoids that occur naturally in your own body.
- Phytocannabinoids come from plants, including cannabis.
Both types of cannabinoids interact with your body’s endocannabinoid system (eCS) to help maintain full-body balance.
The term CBD is actually a little misleading as well. While we think of it as the “everything else” in the cannabis plant apart from THC (which we’ll get to in a second), there are actually many other cannabinoids in cannabis. Including some you’ve probably never heard of like CBN, CBC, CBG and many, many more. We also know these other cannabinoids can interact in beneficial ways with your body’s eCS.
But the industry term “CBD” has almost become synonymous with a wide range of CBD products. So to make this complicated topic easier to understand, when we at Plant Therapy say “CBD” we’ll be talking about the broad range of useful phytocannabinoids (the ones that come from cannabis).
What can CBD do for me?
The short answer is that CBD can potentially do a lot!
CBD interacts with your body’s own endocannabinoid system (or eCS for short). Your eCS regulates a huge range of bodily processes like your appetite, pain, mood, memory, the nervous system, immune activity, blood pressure, bone density, glucose metabolism, stress…and so much more it’s hard to type it all out. If you’re curious like me, you can read even more about your eCS here, but for the sake of simplicity, I think you get the idea. The eCS is pretty important for your optimal health!
So what happens when your eCS doesn’t function properly? If you’re chronically deficient in endocannabinoids or have an overactive eCS that produces too much, it can throw your whole body out of balance. Modern science has found that endocannabinoid issues are found in nearly all pathological conditions.
Let that sink in for a minute. This system, that science has only recently discovered, is involved in nearly all pathological conditions.
That means using CBD to support your endocannabinoid system functioning has incredible therapeutic potential for many human diseases:
- Pain and inflammation: A healthy eCS has the potential to significantly reduce opioid dependency for chronic pain and has potent anti-inflammatory effects.
- Mental health: Anxiety, depression, and other conditions may be improved when CBD is used to support the eCS, and as an addition to traditional mental health treatment.
- Other neurological effects: CBD has protective effects on the liver, may be an anti-convulsant and may help reduce seizures.
- Other findings: Regular use of CBD may help gastrointestinal issues, drug addiction, and more.
And while CBD is working hard in your body by supporting a healthy endocannabinoid system responses, what do you get to do? Sit back and relax!
Let CBD work on your behalf, doing the work of supporting your eCS, helping maintain balance and health.
Why is Plant Therapy selling CBD?
At Plant Therapy, everything we do ties back into our desire to do as much good for as many people as possible. After carefully researching CBD and all the potential health benefits that can come from supporting your eCS with cannabinoids, we feel that this product has the potential to do a great deal of good for a large number of people.
But like everything we do, Plant Therapy is bringing our company values to this new product.
Safety: You can trust that we are transparent about our product and what it does. We don’t make unsubstantiated claims. We do cite our resources and provide GC/MS tests for each oil (including CO2 Hemp Extract). This way you know exactly which chemical constituents go into your CBD.
Quality: High-quality products have always been a priority, but CBD is incredibly important. We sourced the highest-quality product right here in the United States from reputable, ethical growers. We also test each batch of CBD to ensure that we exceed the stated mg per serving by a minimum of 3%. Our testing is done through an independent lab which verifies each batch, and the testing corresponds to the lot number printed on the bottle.
Education: Our team will provide continuing education through content, videos, downloads, and trained staff members.
Pricing: Low, fair, and affordable pricing has always been our first priority.
Will CBD get me “high?”
Now that you know what CBD is, let’s discuss the next obvious question, and the one on the minds of lawmakers and CBD newbies alike: Will CBD get you high?
This is the big one and the reason that hemp is such a controversial topic right now. Luckily, we’ve got an easy (and comforting) answer for you: No, CBD will not get you high.
In fact, not only will CBD not get you high, it actually can’t get you high. CBD isn’t the chemical compound in cannabis that causes the psychotropic effects commonly associated with cannabis. Which means no “high” whatsoever.
CBD is non-psychoactive, which means cannabinoids themselves don’t (and can’t) cause the “high” feeling associated with marijuana use. That comes from THC, a different chemical compound found in cannabis and the culprit behind that high feeling.
The most common form of CBD is actually an isolate. Which, if you’ve read our past blog post on isolates, you’ll remember means that the specific chemical component, in this case, cannabidiol (CBD), is isolated from the whole plant compound using a process called chromatography. That leaves you with just the part of the plant you want to use.
Other than the CBD isolate, there are two other common terms you’ll see when describing CBD:
- Full-spectrum CBD: Contains trace amounts of THC. The legal limit for these types of products is less than 0.3%.
- Broad-spectrum CBD: Starts as full-spectrum CBD, and when the THC is removed, it becomes broad-spectrum.
Both broad-spectrum and full-spectrum CBD contains all the other beneficial chemical constituents of the hemp plant, which means you get all the benefits of the other chemical constituents (called the “entourage effect”), as well as the benefits of cannabidiol, without the high feeling.
Can CBD cause me to fail a drug test?
This is a tricky question, but it’s fair to say you probably won’t fail a drug test using CBD. Our CBD is THC-free, But passing or failing a drug test does depend on the kind of test being performed.
There are two types of drug tests. The first type of drug test looks for cannabidiol, which is a phytocannabinoid. This test is no longer federally legal. That said, some companies may not have updated their testing requirements to meet the new legal standards.
Most workplace drug screens and tests target Delta 9-Tetrahydrocannabinol (or THC) and do not target or detect the presence of cannabidiol (CBD) or other legal natural hemp-based constituents. So we really recommend checking with your employer to learn which type of drug test they perform if you’re choosing to use CBD, just to make sure.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medications, or under a doctors care, please consult with a physician or qualified professional before using this product.
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