CBD is widely recognized for a variety of wellness-promoting effects, both internally and topically, without the psychoactive effects associated with THC. CBD, which stands for cannabidiol, is a non-intoxicating cannabinoid compound found in the hemp plant. In coordination with the other non-intoxicating and beneficial compounds of hemp, broad spectrum CBD products work within our own endocannabinoid systems to support our overall wellness. Hemp-based products offer a safe, environmentally friendly and healthy option that’s easy to incorporate into our daily wellness routines.
- CBD is a completely plant-derived compound that has numerous wellness benefits.
- CBD, which stands for cannabidiol, is one of the most abundant and therapeutic cannabinoid compounds found in the resinous flower of the Cannabis sativa plant. Extensive research shows that cannabidiol acts positively within several systems of the human body. Hemp plants used for CBD are cultivated to have a higher percentage of CBD, while keeping THC content to less than 0.3%. In broad spectrum hemp extracts, the remaining THC is removed using a processes to ensure a 0.0% THC product. In comparison, THC is not removed from full spectrum hemp extract. Other compounds from cannabis, such as flavonoids and terpenes, work synergistically with CBD in broad spectrum extracts to encourage healthy functioning of the human body.
- CBD works by generating responses from the body’s systems rather than inhibiting or manipulating them.
- The human body produces its own cannabinoid-like compounds, called endocannabinoids, so it knows how to respond to cannabinoids from hemp.
- The endocannabinoid system is a complex network of receptors and molecules throughout the human body. CB1 receptors are located primarily within the central nervous system and CB2 receptors can be found throughout the peripheral nervous system, immune system and other tissues. Together, these receptors and the molecules that target them regulate how our cells communicate. In doing so, they help maintain homeostasis, or balance, in our system.
- Endocannabinoids, which are fat-based molecules produced by the human body, resemble the cannabinoids found in cannabis (including CBD) and activate cell signaling within the endocannabinoid system. Because the cannabinoids from hemp so closely resemble those produced by our own body, the human body is easily able to assimilate and respond to hemp-based products like CBD oil.
- Growing hemp helps the environment by removing more carbon dioxide per acre and requiring less intensive farming practices than most other crop plants.
- Industrial hemp requires less water than most crops, and does not require heavy pesticide, herbicide or fungicide use. The large taproot of the hemp plant allows it to access water and nutrients from deeper in the soil, reducing the need for chemical fertilizers.
- Studies show that hemp crops sequester more carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere than most other crops, making it a valuable tool in combating climate change. Industrial hemp products, such as paper, rope and clothing fiber are 100% biodegradable.
- Broad spectrum CBD allows us to experience the benefits of hemp without the psychoactive and intoxicating effects of THC.
- While CBD can affect the nervous system it does not create the “high” associated with THC. It is one of the non-intoxicating cannabinoid compounds found in Cannabis sativa. CBD and THC stimulate cannabinoid receptors in the body in a very different way, which is why they affect us so differently.