WHAT IS CBD?
CBD interacts with the ECS to promote balance. Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally occuring Cannabinoid found in the hemp plant.
CBD is one of the most studied compounds found in Cannabis sativa plant. There are 100-plus known cannabinoids and one of at least 85 active compounds that has quickly gained in popularity among those seeking an alternative approach to everyday wellness. Emerging studies seem to point towards the quality benefits CBD has in human body and support the idea that CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system (ECS). ECS is a biological network composed of cannabinoid receptors designed to help the body maintain balance or homeostasis (overall health and wellness).
Where Does CBD Come From?
CBD is one of the many cannabinoids extracted from industrial hemp, which is bred to contain minimal THC. According to federal law, THC levels must be less than 0.3 percent. Hemp-derived CBD products offer the properties of the entire hemp plant (CBD, additional cannabinoids, and terpenes) without the presence of THC – No high associated with CBD.
CBD is also considered a phytocannabinoid. One of the many identified phytocannabinoids found in the Cannabis sativa plant. Other examples include cannabinol (CBN) and cannabigerol (CBG). A phytocannabinoid is a cannabinoid that synthesizes in plants organically, and conversely, an endocannabinoid is one that our bodies naturally produce. Endocannabinoids and phytocannabinoids react to the same type of receptors stretched throughout the human body, which is why phytocannabinoids are particularly useful.
Cannabis sativa contains varity of unique types of phytocannabinoids. CBD is a Phytocannnabinoid. Typically separated into subclasses that include their cannabinoid form and their 2-carboxylic acid form. Others are standalone compounds, each having a unique effect.
The most common types include:
Is one of the primary ingredients in raw cannabis. It is an acidic cannabinoids, containing anti-inflammatory properties. It may also be useful for reducing spasms and cell proliferation.
It is an essential acidic cannabinoid because it ultimately converts into the other main cannabinoids, including CBG. And similarly to THCA, it also contributes to cannabis’ anti-inflammatory characteristics.
Another primary ingredient found in raw cannabis, much like THCA. It also plays a role in the anti-inflammatory attributes associated with cannabis.
Is an acidic cannabinoid that usually converts from THCA. THCA turns into CBNA when THCA is oxidized.
A unique cannabinoid found in cannabis from tropical regions. Research suggests CBC is useful for pain relief, inflammation, cellular proliferation, and bone growth.
A rare cannabinoid that’s only available in particular strains of cannabis. And though its structure is only slightly different than THC, it has unique properties that are useful for bone growth, anxiety, and appetite.
it is another minor cannabinoid that slightly differs from CBD. Much of its usefulness is unknown because research is still in the beginning stages, but recent studies indicate CBDV may have benefits towards managing epilepsy.
Cannabis plants grow and mature through a process called decarboxylation from sunlight and oxidation. Through this procedure, the acidic cannabinoids convert into many other cannabinoids we commonly hear about.
The least abundant cannabinoid found in industrial hemp but found the most in marijuana cannabis THC is known for its psychoactive effects and typically helpful as a mild painkiller. It may contain antioxidant features as well.
Is a cannabinoid produced separately from oxidized THC and when CBNA becomes exposed to prolonged heat or sunlight. Raw cannabis converts THC into CBN as as it matures. CBN acts as a mild psychoactive having sedative effects.
Is a non-intoxicating cannabinoid created from CBGA during decarboxylation. Research suggests that CBG contains antibacterial properties and is useful for cell proliferation, bone growth, and inflammation.