What Is CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD) holds the key to the wide variety of therapeutic effects marijuana offers, all with zero toxicity to humans.
What is CBD?
Many people are familiar with cannabidiol (CBD), which is found in our products’ highly concentrated amounts. Still, there are actually dozens of cannabinoids found in hemp, which have shown many benefits in studies. We choose to make most of our products with full-spectrum hemp oil, which includes all of the cannabinoids found in the plant, so you don’t miss out on any of the benefits. We use CBD Isolate for certain products, for children and for people who need to take drug tests, as full-spectrum hemp oil does contain a minute amount of THC (.3% or less).
In addition to the dozens of cannabinoids, which you can learn more about below, hemp oil can be a great source of essential vitamins, minerals, Omega fatty acids, flavonoids, chlorophyll, and terpenes.
Cannabidiol—CBD—is a cannabis compound that may have significant benefits but does not make people feel “stoned” and can actually counteract the psychoactivity of THC. The fact that CBD-rich cannabis is non-psychoactive or less psychoactive than THC-dominant strains makes it an appealing option for patients looking for possible relief without disconcerting feelings of lethargy or dysphoria.
Scientific and clinical research—much of it sponsored by the US government—is investigating CBD’s potential as a treatment for many disorders. CBD may have demonstrable health effects that are currently being investigated at several academic research centers in the United States and elsewhere. Further evidence suggests that CBD is safe even at high doses.
Tell me more about these receptors:
Cannabinoid receptors are found throughout the human body embedded in the cell membranes that are responsible for regulating multiple processes that we experience daily including mood, appetite, memory and pain sensation. When they’re activated, it can be by naturally occurring endocannabinoids, as well as by the phyto-cannabinoids found in hemp and cannabis. There are two major cannabinoid receptors – CB1 and CB2 (Researchers speculate there may be a third cannabinoid receptor waiting to be discovered.) CB1 receptors are concentrated in the brain and central nervous system but also sparsely populate other parts of our bodies. CB2 receptors are mostly in the peripheral organs especially cells associated with the immune system.
With this endocannabinoid system in place, it seems that we are biologically designed to make use of the cannabis plant. If you’d like to learn more about the ECS, check out our previous blog: what is the endocannabinoid system
Potential Health Benefits
Because of the way that CBD components acts in the body, it has many potential uses. The oil is taken orally, rubbed on the skin, and sometimes inhaled through vapor to produce its effects. Unfortunately, due to banking and FDA regulations, we’re not allowed to tell you of the complete spectrum of benefits that CBD can provide!
Potential side effects and health risks
Many small-scale studies have looked into the safety of CBD in adults and found that it is well tolerated across a wide dose range. There have been no significant central nervous system side effects, or effects on vital signs or mood among people who use it either slightly or heavily. The most common side effect noted is tiredness. Some people have noticed diarrhea and changes in appetite or weight. There are still very little long-term safety data, and tests have not been carried out on children as of yet. As with any new or alternative treatment option, a patient should discuss CBD/hemp oil with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using it.
So how does CBD actually work in our body?
When someone takes CBD, the compound goes into your system and to the endocannabinoid system (ECS) which is made up of receptors throughout the body and brain.
The Endocannabinoid System (ECS), named after the plant that led to its discovery, is perhaps the most important physiologic system involved in establishing and maintaining human health. The endocannabinoid system (ECS) plays a very interesting and varied role within the body. At its most basic, the endocannabinoid system is a huge network of cannabinoid receptors which are spread through the body. The human endocannabinoid system releases cannabinoids that interact with receptors found in virtually all of the tissues in our bodies. You can also take in phyto-cannabinoids (CBD) in addition to those compounds that your body produces to help boost this system. The role of the endocannabinoid system is to bring balance to our tissues, including the heart, digestive, endocrine, immune, nervous, and reproductive systems. In short, it’s working to keep you in neutral. Neutral means different things in different areas of your body, which is possibly one of the very best things about the compound – it can have a different impact on different receptors in your body.
The hemp CBD found in Grand Valley Hemp Infusions is Quality Tested with zero side effects and no prescription needed. 99.9% Pure and is sourced from locally grown hemp. By definition and by law, industrial hemp is <0.3% THC, therefore has no psychoactive effects which mean it will not get you high.
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Always consult with your qualified physician before starting any new regimens.