Learn About CBD

What exactly is CBD?

Cannabidoil (CBD) is a chemical compound from the cannabinoid family that naturally occurs in the cannabis plant. Scientists have isolated over 100 different types of cannabidoids in cannabis.

THC is the best known due to its psychoactive properties; that’s what gives you the “high” sensation. CBD, on the other hand, gives you the therapeutic benefits without feeling the psychoactive effect.

This compound interacts with our body through the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is the system that regulates the body’s natural homeostasis moods, sleep, pain, immune function, amongst many other functions. CBD does not alter the functions of the ECS, but rather it enhances the productiveness of the system; which gives the desired effects.

The endocannabinoid receptors affect many parts of our body:

  • Muscles
  • Skin
  • Gut 
  • Spleen
  • Liver
  • Heart
  • Kidneys
  • Bones
  • Blood vessels
  • Lymph cells
  • Reproductive organs

The Power of CBD

Inside all of us are endocannabinoid receptors. These special parts of our biological system that work within the superhighway of our central nervous system. CB1 and CBD2 receptors throughout the body stimulate the endocannabinoid system, which promotes homeostasis, and then does something awesome: it reduces pain and decreases inflammation. Whatever way you take CBD, the health effects are incredible whether it’s topically for skin and connective tissue problems, or orally via a gummy or dropper. 

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Linalool

If you are a fan of lavender then you are a fan of Linalool! Linalool is one of the most universally used terpenes to help alleviate stress. It can be found within 200 different types of plants, including lavender, lemon, and coriander. Its scent is described as floral with hints of spice.

The Power of Linalool

It’s been said that humans have used linalool since ancient times to help reduce stress levels, fight inflammation, and repel depression/anxiety. A recent study was performed in which lab rats were exposed to a stressful condition while simultaneously inhaling linalool.

Results included that mice exhibited to linalool vapors spend more time in fear-inducing situations, and they’ll continue to work to flee from a seemingly futile situation instead of becoming submissive to the stress. It’s not particularly like testing anxiety and depression in the clinic, but in these well-validated measures, linalool appears to help. Stress is the cause of anxiety and depression, after all.

Other benefits and effects of linalool include acting as a sedative, anti-inflammatory, anti-epileptic, and analgesic. It also contains anti-microbial properties.

Lavender plants at dawn. Linalool is a terpene that is also found in Lavender.
Lavender plants at dawn

There is another study that was done in 2016 to research if linalool is an effective treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. After administering linalool to mice with Alzheimer’s, it reversed many of the cognitive impairments associated with the disease. It also reduced the number of brain plaques and cellular damage that contributed to brain degeneration, which defines the disease.

While linalool still has a long way to go before it makes its way into the clinical field, these studies demonstrating benefits in pain, anxiety, and depression point to the essence of continued investigation into the therapeutic benefits of linalool and other terpenes in cannabis.

Cannabis Strains

Some strains that frequently show high levels of linalool include Lavender, LA Confidential, OG Shark, Pink Kush, Master Kush, and Amnesia Haze.

Other Products

There are also CBD isolate products that include terpenes, but no THC. If you are someone who likes to dab their dose of CBD, for example, some companies make CBD isolates with added terpenes, known as terpsolate. You can get the benefits of CBD and terpenes without the high!

It’s also important to know there are differences in how terpenes are added to products. Be sure to look for products that include terpenes that are derived from plants. If you live in a state where cannabis is still not fully legalized, chances are the products you are buying don’t have terpenes that are derived from cannabis itself.

Do not worry, as long as the source of the terpenes come from a natural and reliable source, they should be safe and effective regardless. If you ever have any questions about a product, please reach out to us. We are here to help!