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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The differences between marijuana and hemp

Although both marijuana and hemp come from the Cannabis Sativa family, they’re distinctly different. Marijuana is bushier with wider leaves, while hemp is thinner with shinier leaves.

It’s their chemical composition differences that really make them different though.

More than 113 chemical cannabinoids are found in cannabis, but the amount of cannabinoids differs drastically between marijuana and hemp.

Marijuana’s most prominent cannabinoid is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) — the chemical cannabinoid associated with the plant’s psychoactive effect. In marijuana, THC levels can reach past 35%, depending on the strain, but THC levels in hemp plants are less than 0.3%.

The low amount of THC in hemp means that, unlike marijuana, it has traditionally been used for industrial purposes.

Hemp’s fast growth and strong and versatile fibers made it ideal for crafting durable rope, clothing, sail, and paper.

Although hemp can’t get you high, it does contain abundant amounts of another cannabinoid, cannabidiol (CBD), which is also found in marijuana.

CBD is a nonpsychoactive cannabinoid, and its interaction with receptors in the central nervous system and immune system can offer medicinal benefits.

Source: https://weedmaps.com/learn/the-plant/hemp-vs-marijuana/