What Is CBD?
CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a compound produced by the cannabis plant. It has grown quickly in popularity and is firmly headed toward mainstream acceptance. But as the industry grows, there are also growing concerns around the regulation and marketing of CBD. Because there are no set standards in place for what companies can say about their products, it has become a sort of wild west in the industry.
We want to help set the record straight about what CBD is and what CBD isn’t. One big thing we see in the industry is companies trying to sell hemp oil as CBD oil—when the truth is they are not the same things. Customers deserve to be educated about CBD and its components so they can make more educated decisions.
CBD VS. THC
CBD and THC are the two main cannabinoids, or active chemical compounds, found in cannabis plants that account for most of the health benefits associated with cannabis. Both CBD and THC interact with the endocannabinoid system (ECS) to release neurotransmitters in the brain, which then send messages to areas of the brain associated with pain, anxiety, and more.
THC and CBD offer many of the same benefits. But, the main difference between the two is that THC contains psychoactive compounds, which is why the laws governing it are more strict.
THC is what provides the traditional high that people associate with marijuana. CBD, on the other hand, is non-psychoactive and does not cause a high sensation. It’s this psychoactive property that makes THC federally illegal, while CBD is federally legal.
In states where CBD is legal and THC is not, all CBD must have less than 0.3% of THC. In states where THC is legal, CBD can have THC in it—so it’s important to understand what type of CBD you’re getting.
|LEGALITY||Federally legal||Medically or recreationally legal in 33 states|
|EXTRACTED FROM||Hemp or marijuana||Marijuana|
|IMPACT||Non-psychoactive; Does not get you high||Psychoactive; Causes a high|
How does CBD work?
During his presidency, President Ronald Reagan challenged scientists to prove that marijuana causes irreparable damage in the brain. Instead, these studies discovered the endocannabinoid system and opened the doors to more studies about the potential benefits of marijuana and CBD.
The ECS is in charge of maintaining homeostasis in our bodies. It’s a complex network of receptors and neurotransmitters spread throughout the body—many of which are concentrated in the central and peripheral nervous systems and the immune system.
The ECS is vast and far-reaching. It regulates a wide array of bodily functions, from appetite regulation to sleep patterns, moods, metabolism, immune response, the lifespan of cells and much more.
Sometimes our bodies don’t produce enough cannabinoids naturally in the ECS, which can lead to an imbalance in our daily lives. CBD is a supplement that helps the ECS work at its highest potential. We are only just beginning to learn about all the benefits of CBD.
CBD is known to mimic anandamide, a molecule responsible for the production and uptake of serotonin—the neurotransmitter responsible for a runner’s high. When taken, CBD can help raise serotonin levels, helping people who suffer from depression and anxiety find balance
What is CBD used for?
CBD is often used as a supplement to help people find balance in their daily lives. Many people use CBD as a form of natural relief from aches and pains instead of the traditional pharmaceutical drugs that may have unfavorable side effects or long-term complications.
That being said, the benefits of CBD are still being researched. Currently, the effectiveness of CBD products has not been confirmed by FDA-approved research and any information in this document is not meant to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any medical condition. We’re simply here to help you make educated decisions about the benefits of CBD and how to use CBD oil.
WHAT’S THE BEST WAY TO TAKE CBD?
There are many different ways to take CBD. No one way is better than another, it just depends on what you want out of your product.
Also referred to as CBD oil, a tincture is one of the most popular products available in the CBD market. With CBD oil, you can apply droplets directly under your tongue for fast absorption, or add it to other products like food and drink to create your own CBD creation.
CBD capsules are one of the most convenient options because you can easily and discreetly take one when you need relief. Because they have to be digested, CBD capsules are not as fast-acting as CBD oil, but they do offer relief for an extended period of time.
CBD edibles like food, gummies, and drinks are similar to capsules in the fact that the effects last longer. The difference is that CBD gummies and CBD drinks are just designed to taste better.
Because inhaled CBD is considered to be the most bioavailable, CBD vape pens are extremely fast-acting in their benefits. For example, we use nano-emulsion technology to make our hemp oil droplets up to 200 times smaller than the industry standard to allow CBD oil to get more easily absorbed by the body.
For physical aches and pains, CBD lotions and CBD salves offer targeted relief. Simply rub the product onto an area where you feel discomfort and let the natural benefits seep into your skin.
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How is CBD oil made?
Are you wondering what CBD oil is made of? There are many ways to make CBD oil. First, the CBD must be extracted from the hemp plant. Some companies use solvents like butane or even olive oil to extract the cannabinoids from the plant, which can lead to added chemicals or compounds left in the final product.
The most effective way to extract CBD is to use supercritical CO2 extraction, which is much more precise in its ability to extract out all the good, beneficial compounds. After the cannabinoids and terpenes are taken out of the plant, the CO2 is separated from what’s left in order to be reused over and over again. Finally, the cannabinoids are put into an oil or other vessels to be used by consumers.
The supercritical CO2 process is more expensive and requires much more knowledge than other options, which is why only a handful of companies do it. At Green Grove, we follow the highest quality and extraction standards to make sure our end product is high-quality, broad-spectrum hemp oil that doesn’t cut corners.
TYPES OF CBD
There are three main types of CBD: Full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, and CBD isolate. You may have heard of these terms used in CBD marketing and on product labels, but may be unsure of what they actually mean.
Here’s what you need to know about the three types of CBD:
At Green Grove, we use broad-spectrum CBD to make sure zero amounts of THC are found in our products. This means that you receive a high-quality CBD product that’s packed with all the benefits you deserve.
Before beginning, The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act requires that we must inform you that the effectiveness of CBD oil products has not been confirmed by FDA-approved research as a treatment for any medical condition. The information in this document is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. This guide contains information that will help you make educated decisions about why and how to use CBD oil. It is not intended to provide medical advice. It’s important that the reader seek the advice of a qualified medical professional that is well versed in the therapeutic use of CBD before beginning use.