WHAT IS CBD?
CBD (cannabidiol) is one of 100+ cannabinoids present in the hemp plant. These natural compounds have a lot of benefits for the human body. CBD is the second most prevalent compound in hemp, right next to psychoactive THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), it has a very similar chemical structure, but the effects on the body are very different. CBD is 100% non-psychoactive, and it has positive effects on inflammation, pain, anxiety, sleep, and recovery.
What is the difference between hemp, cannabis, and marijuana?
The word Cannabis is often used to describe a Cannabeceae family, which includes over 170 different species (hops and hackberry among others). The word hemp is usually used as a blanket term for all Cannabis plants, and marijuana is usually used in connection with the high THC containing hemp. There are for sure some cultural differences as well, but generally, they are all just different names for the same thing.
We recognize two main varieties of this plant, Cannabis sativa, and Cannabis indica. They are very different in how they look (sativa is a lighter green and is fairly tall, while indica is darker and looks like a smaller, wider bush), but also in their effect on the human body (sativa is more stimulating, indica is more relaxing).
History of hemp
Hemp as a plant has been a part of human civilization for thousands of years. 6000 BCE in China, people used hemp seeds and hemp oil as a regular part of their diet, and later they started making hemp-based fabric. The first use of hemp as a healing tool dates to 2727 BCE, when Chinese emperor Sheng Nung used hemp tea to treat gout and rheumatism, and since then the plant started to spread all over the world. 100 AD marks the first mention of hemp-based paper in China, hemp-based rope in Great Britain, and a couple of hundred years later in Greece, hemp was already being prescribed as medicine.
Fast forward to 1940, when a group of scientists from the University of Illinois discovered and isolated a CBD molecule as an active, but in no way psychoactive compound of the plant. In the 1970s, the research practically ended, because of the war against drug use, but later in the 1990s, CBD testing started again. CBD was legalized in many countries all over the world, separated from psychoactive THC in the public eye, and finally recognized for its medicinal benefits, especially pain relief. Today, the benefits of CBD are scientifically proven, but in some countries, it is still not legal to sell products containing this amazing compound.
BENEFITS OF CBD
Endocannabinoid system (ECS)
All mammals have this ECS in the body. This system works on maintaining the homeostasis within the body using cannabinoids, both produced by the body (because yes, our bodies do make their own cannabinoids) and those we ingest. This system helps us recover from damages and injuries, get our bodies back to a healthy state after a traumatic experience, it helps to regulate our sleep, appetite, pain, and immune reactions.
CBD and pain
CBD helps to block pain in two different ways.
- CBD activates receptors in the brain that lower the pain signal before it reaches the brain
- CBD lowers inflammation, and by lowering inflammation in the area of injury, it can significantly lower the number of pain signals sent to the brain (similar to how Aspirin works)
There are many studies confirming the positive effect of CBD on lowering chronic pain and inflammation thanks to endocannabinoid receptors in our body. Some studies even showed that a combination of CBD and THC is effective for MS and arthritis-related pain.
CBD and sleep
We should not have to tell you how important quality sleep is for the quality of your life. Your body repairs itself when you sleep. In today’s world full of stressors, toxins, constant external stimulation of the brain, it is harder and harder to maintain a good sleep routine, it can be hard to fall asleep fast, and it can be hard to stay in deep sleep all night.
CBD is one of the best natural solutions to your sleep problems. It has been proven that CBD stimulates GABA neurotransmitter production in the brain, which supports relaxation and helps you wind down after a long, stressful day. CBD lowers anxiety, and anxious thoughts can be one of the reasons you can’t fall asleep at night and get into the deep sleep phase.
CBD and recovery
Every time we move during exercise, we cause microscopic tears in our muscle fibers, which ultimately makes our muscles stronger and more resilient, but of course, these micro-tears need to be repaired first. The initial reaction of our body to these micro-tears is an acute, short term inflammation you probably know as muscle soreness. This is a good thing, but only in the short term. This acute inflammation helps to bring blood and nutrients right to the area of damage and supports the recovery of the muscle.
In many cases, this inflammation state lasts way too long, the recovery is too slow, and this can be a problem, not just for active athletes. CBD has a very strong anti-inflammatory effect, so the inflammation does not last longer than it is necessary, and you recover much faster. No more sore muscles after a long walk!
CBD and mental health
According to researchers, depression, and anxiety are the biggest social problems today. In the mainstream, these conditions are treated with pharmaceuticals with long lists of side effects including drowsiness, insomnia, sexual dysfunction, or headache. CBD is an excellent alternative with virtually no side effects.
CBD helps to calm down the body and the mind, it does not make you numb, but it helps to stimulate mood-regulating neurotransmitter serotonin that naturally works as a mood booster. When you suffer from depression and anxiety, your body has a hard time producing this compound without help from the outside.
CBD oil was used to treat insomnia and anxiety for children with PTSD, and this magical compound has a positive effect on a number of other mental health problems, like OCD or even schizophrenia.
CBD and skin health
Because CBD is very anti-inflammatory, it is a great remedy for inflammatory skin issues, like acne. Acne is a common skin condition, and it is not just a problem for teenagers or women suffering from hormonal imbalances. Add CBD oil into your skincare routine (apply on the skin or ingest) and help your immune system fix your skin!
IS CBD RIGHT FOR ME?
Are you an athlete? Do you suffer from stress, depression, anxiety? Is your sleep less than ideal? Is chronic pain a regular part of your life? Is your face covered in inflammatory acne? Do you need a mental boost? I would almost bet you that at least one of these questions made you say yes.
The easiest thing you can do is to try CBD and see how it works for you! Remember, CBD does not make you high, it doesn’t make you stoned, it does not alter your thinking in any way, all it does is support the healthy function of your body. Cannabinoids are compounds that your body is very familiar with (because we make our own!), so you are not putting any dangerous or hostile thing into your mouth
You can choose from a wide range of products on our website and choose the one that you think would work for you the most. You can try oil, capsules, gummies (especially great for kids who don’t like to swallow pills or ingest oils), body or face creams, lip balm, you name it!
If you are not sure where to start, you can always call us, the number is (866) 543 3388. We are here to answer all your questions and help you choose the right approach and product for your specific needs!