May 23, 2016

Hemp and CBD

CBD is part of a diverse group of chemical compounds known as Cannabinoids, which are primarily found in Cannabis plants or Industrial Hemp.

What is Industrial Hemp?

Hemp is a commonly used term for high-growing varieties of the Cannabis plant and its byproducts, which include fiber, flower, and seed. It has traditionally been refined into products such as oil, wax, resin, rope, cloth, pulp, paper, and fuel.

There are many different varieties, or strains, of Cannabis. Strains of cannabis sativa that contain less than 0.3% THC are classified as hemp, or industrial hemp. The growing trend towards ending the prohibition of hemp nationwide has re-opened the market for industrial grade hemp production in the United States.

The Hemp community has developed, through careful genetic selection, crossbreeding and hybridization, strains of industrial hemp with extremely high overall Cannabinoid content, but next to zero levels of THC. These strains of industrial hemp are now harvested to extract Cannabinoids for use in dietary supplements and herbal remedies.

What are Cannabinoids?

Cannabinoids, also known as Phytocannabinoids, are molecular compounds that interact with receptors in your body, known as Endocannabinoids, to repress neurotransmitter release in the brain. Cannabinoids appear naturally in hemp, cannabis, and other plants such as Echinacea, the Kava plant, and Black Truffles.

Cannabinoids are not stored within the body, but are synthesized on-demand. The two primary endocannabinoid receptors are known as CB1, which affects the brain, and CB2, which affects the body and peripheral nerves.

There are at least 85 different cannabinoids isolated from Hemp and Cannabis, all of which exhibit varied effects. CBD has shown greater affinity towards the CB2 receptor, while THC, a different cannabinoid, has greater effect on CB1, hence its psychoactive qualities.

Cannabinoids appear in varying concentrations among different strains or varieties of plants. Of all cannabinoid compounds, CBD and THC are usually present in the highest concentrations, and are therefore the most recognized and studied. Other known Cannabinoids include: CBC (Cannabichromene), CBG (Cannabigerol), and CBN (Cannabinol).

Cannabanoids in hemp are patented by the U.S Governement for their neuroprotectant and antioxidant  properties.

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol (CBD) [can-a-bi-die-all] is part of a diverse group of chemical compounds known as Cannabinoids, which are primarily found in Hemp and Cannabis plants. CBD interacts with endocannabinoid receptors within your body that repress neurotransmitter release in the brain.

Of all Cannabinoids, CBD is of primary interest because of its super-nutrient status. Research indicates that CBD can act as a muscle relaxant and analgesic, and helps to reduce muscle spasms. It has also been shown to reduce anxiety (anxiolytic) and help to manage nausea. CBD also possesses definitive evidence as an antiepileptic.

Cannabinoids from hemp and the cannabis plant have well-known and understood medicinal properties.  CBD may be used for the purpose of treating most medical conditions for which medical marijuana may benefit without experiencing the stigma or psychoactive side effects of THC.

CBD has many of the same noteworthy effects of THC but none of the psychoactive properties. CBD itself cannot get you high, and in fact, acts to slightly suppress the psychotropic effects of THC. Furthermore, CBD and THC can now be completely isolated from each other during the processing phase using modern extraction technologies.

Getting to Know Your Cannabinoids

Cannabidiol (CBD) [can-a-bi-die-all] is of primary interest because of its super-nutrient status. Research indicates that it acts as a muscle relaxant, an analgesic, and reduces muscle spasms. It has been shown to reduce anxiety (anxiolytic), help to manage psychosis, reduce the risks of arterial blockage, and possesses strong, definitive evidence as an antiepileptic.

CBC (Cannabichromene) has been shown to be useful for its sedative qualities, analgesic effects, and as a natural antidepressant, as well as acting as a moderator for the psychoactive effects of THC.

CBG (Cannabigerol), is non-psychoactive (like most cannabinoids), has been shown to relieve pain, reduce inflammation, stimulate bone growth, induce sleep, decrease intraocular pressure, and has an antimicrobial/antibiotic effect.

CBN (Cannabinol) seems to have a very mild effect as a non-narcotic analgesic; it aids with sleep, while being noted as effective at relieving or diminishing convulsions or seizures.

THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) [tet-rah-high-drow-cana-bin-all] is probably the best known and most notorious cannabinoid because of its psychoactive properties and psychotropic effect.

 

 

What size dosage of CBD should someone take?  Truly, there is no scientific answer for this as of yet.  The many reported benefits of CBD has yet to provide a definitive guideline other than “experiment with what works best for you and your situation”.  The chart of information below is intended as merely a starting point for someone trying CBD.  The FDA requires us to say that the information is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure any disease or health condition.

 How Much CBD Should I Take?

Many of our customers have used the CBD Information above as a starting point, then , after a few days of continuous CBD usage, they move up or down from these points based on what works best for them.  We believe this is a sensible approach.  Use this information as you see fit, and we highly suggest you do your own research online to find what other people are doing for their concerns.