🌱What is CBD?🌱
Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a non-intoxicating component of the cannabis (hemp) plant with enormous therapeutic potential. Unlike the Tetrahydrocannabinol (or THC) strain of marijuana, CBD oil does not produce any psychoactive effects.
CBD & Marijuana are both from the same plant, cannabis (hemp), but they are different varieties.
Marijuana is produced when the hemp plant is grown without the male variety present. The resin produced from the small, hairlike appendages (called trichomes) of all female plants is full of THC, which produces the psychoactive effects associated with Marijuana.
CBD (Cannibidiol) is a natural substance from another variety of hemp. It is produced when the hemp plant is grown with both the female and male plant. The resin produced is full of CBD, which does not contain the same heavy psychoactive effects as THC, and has only small amounts of THC.
In order to extract CBD oil from the cannabis plant, producers isolate the CBD from the THC to ensure that the oil will not be psychoactive.
History of Hemp/CBD:
CBD (Cannibidiol) is a natural substance from the hemp plant. Hemp originated in Asia and the Middle East thousands of years ago and has since spread world-wide. It showed up in the United States back in the 16th century. In fact, farmers used to be fined if a certain percentage of their production was not hemp plants because of how incredibly useful the plant can be. Hemp is used for paper, food, fiber, construction materials, clothes, and other products.
So what changed? Why was CBD illegal? Is it bad? In the 1920s, a negative media war was waged on Hemp/“Marijuana” due to financial (i.e., corrupt) reasons, and it was eventually deemed a Schedule 1 controlled substance. This category is for substances that have NO benefit and have a HIGH potential for abuse.
However, in July 2018, CBD was downgraded from a Schedule 1 controlled substance to a Schedule V controlled substance, meaning that it has SOME benefits and the potential for abuse is LOW. The FDA changed the category so that a drug containing CBD called Epidiolex could be sold.
Finally, in December 2018, CBD went from a Schedule V controlled substance to an unscheduled substance due to the Hemp Farming Act of 2018, which removed hemp (defined as cannabis with less than .3% THC) as a controlled substance; this means that federal law makes CBD LEGAL in all 50 states. Some states have their own regulations so it is important to know what the regulations are in your state. If you are in the military, there may still be very strict regulations, so please do your research.
🌱The Endocannabinoid System (ECS or EC System)🌱
The Endocannabinoid System is a biological system composed of endocannabinoids, which are endogenous lipid-based retrograde neurotransmitters that bind to cannabinoid receptors (CB1 & CB2) and cannabinoid receptor proteins that are expressed throughout the vertebrate central nervous system (including the brain) and peripheral nervous system.
In normal people everyday terms, the ECS is linked to these body functions to help the body maintain homeostasis (healthy normal functionality):
If any of these get out of balance, the ECS sends out natural endocannabinoids produced inside the body and enzymes to regulate the body and bring it back into homeostasis (healthy balance).
If your body is unable to adjust to changes and effectively maintain homeostasis, this increases the likelihood that you will develop a disease.
Your body makes its own endocannabinoids but you can use plant cannabinoids (phytocannabinoids), like CBD, to help support the ECS in maintaining homeostasis in your body just like you use vitamins for extra nutrients.
Still confused? Try watching Parts 1 & 2 of this quick video explanation.
Part 1: The Endocannabinoid System- Part 1
Part 2: The Endocannabinoid System- Part 2 (Inflammation)
🌱THC vs CBD🌱
Most people using phytocannabinoids (cannabinoids created from plants and taken to enhance the functionality of the ECS) are interested in the effects of THC and CBD.
Let’s look at the difference between THC and CBD in regards to the CB1 and CB2 receptors.
🌱CB1 receptors are in the central nervous system (brain and nerves of the spinal cord).
🌱CB2 receptors are found all over the body in the peripheral nervous system (nerves in your extremities), the digestive system, and specialized cells in the immune system.
THC acts on CB1 and CB2. When they attach to CB1 in the brain, it causes the intoxicating effects that are experienced with hashish, cannabis, and marijuana. It also affects the peripheral nervous system when it attaches to CB2, which is why some smoke marijuana to feel calmer or to decrease pain. It’s also why cancer patients receiving chemotherapy are prescribed medical marijuana, because the effects on the digestive system help prevent nausea.
While THC can have some great benefits, sometimes it isn’t a good idea to be exposed to THC. For some, there can be some risks of developing schizophrenia. Some are genetically much more sensitive to THC. It may be illegal in your state and of course if you need to pass a drug test*, you can not use anything containing TCH because you will fail the drug test.
SO what if you want the effects of cannabinoids but do NOT want the psychotropic effects that you get from THC? Or you need to be able to pass a drug test? You use a CBD isolate from hemp.
CBD does not bind directly to either of these receptors but instead impacts them indirectly by modifying the receptors' ability to bind to cannabinoids. These indirect actions include activating another receptor called TRPV1 that works to control important functions in the endocannabinoid system.
By targeting and using the endocannabinoid system through cannabinoids, in this case CBD oil, we can help the body to regulate itself and in so doing accomplish a whole host of things. Basically, we can utilize what the body already has in place, in a better, more consistent way by using CBD.
Please note that Nature’s Ultra CBD is an isolate and therefore does not contain any THC. You will not test positive on a drug test using Nature’s Ultra CBD. For this reason, and others, Nature’s Ultra is a great option for anyone to use.
Terpenes give plants their aroma. The fragrant imprint of each plant is a result of different combinations of terpenes. Above you'll see some common terpenes you may already be familiar with. Want to learn more about what Terpenes are? Watch this Video! (What Are Terpenes? Whiteboard Explainer Video for Cannabis, Hemp, CBD from Canna Insider)
Cannabis is unique in that each strain has a unique profile of terpenes. Terpenes are believed to have many positive effects on the body. These properties can act independently and in addition to what cannabinoids offer.
There are several known and studied terpenes that all exhibit different medicinal effects. Overall, terpenes contribute to the medicinal properties of cannabis - a phenomenon known as the “Entourage Effect”. Think of a team of players versus a single player; the team is the entourage effect of terpenes + Cannabinoids.
Image from Canna Insider
🌱CBD Usage & Safety🌱
First, clean the area and pat dry. Then, massage a generous amount topically into your skin. Don’t overwork the skin in the area but give it a firm rub. Apply a second or third application if needed.
Suggested places to apply:
CBD can also be ingested. Place the oil under the tongue and hold for 30-60 seconds then swish and swallow. Follow the recommended product dosage instruction. Remember this is taken as a food grade supplement and as such needs to build in the body. For best results use daily for 2 weeks at the same dosage and then decide to increase or decrease dosage as needed.
SAFETY (LOW & SLOW REMINDER):
If you are new or sensitive in nature, start with ½ the recommended dose and increase the dose as you read your body and notice how you are feeling.
The known side effects of CBD are potential fatigue, appetite change (increase OR decrease depending on which type of product), and, if one is sensitive to hemp products, then possible diarrhea.
CBD is also affected by your food intake. More cannabinoids are absorbed on a full stomach, and because CBD is fat-soluble, consuming with a healthy dose of fats can increase the amount of CBD that reaches your bloodstream by up to three times.
The other consideration to keep in mind is that CBD is broken down in the liver. This is done by the same enzymes that a lot of pharmaceutical drugs are broken down by. Therefore, it’s possible for your system to get a little overloaded trying to break down too many things as once. So we suggest that you always talk with your physician when thinking about utilizing a CBD product.
CBD products have not been tested in combination with pregnancy and have not been released with dosage instructions for children under 18. Please do your own research and consult a physician before utilizing any CBD products for these groups.
🌱How to Pick your CBD🌱
There is certainly a lot of availability when it comes to CBD products. There are a few important factors to consider. Regulation does not fully exist for the safety of CBD products. The hemp plant is a taker plant (aka phytoremediator) which means it pulls everything from the ground and environment. After Chernobyl, which caused the most disastrous nuclear disaster the world had ever seen, they planted hemp to try to clean the environment from the radiation, pesticides, solvents, heavy metals, explosives, crude oil, and poisons.
THIS is why its important to know your farmer, know your farm, and see party test results.
**They are finding that cbd on store shelves have pesticides and poisons in them and some contain no cbd at all!
TYPES OF CBD:
Full spectrum CBD still has some trace THC in it. So while you won’t get the psychogenic effects of straight THC (marijuana), there is still the possibility of some effect from the THC. However, a lot of people gravitate toward full spectrum CBD because it still contains terpenes and many more compounds, thus it delivers the powerful Entourage Effect. (if this is the route you choose we recommend Golden Sol CBD
The other way to produce CBD is in its isolated form. CBD Isolate is pure CBD, and while it has no THC, no heavy metals or other compounds, it also has no terpenes in it and, therefore, loses the Entourage Effect.
But as already discussed, there is something else that contains terpenes that we can add to the CBD to create a synergistic effect and thereby increase the positive effects of isolate CBD; essential oils! This is what Nature’s Ultra has done, creating a SMART Spectrum CBD product for you. To learn more about Nature's Ultra CBD Products, check out our CBD product and usage guide.
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