A Comprehensive Guide to CBD

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Cannabidiol oil, often referred to as CBD oil, is quickly emerging as an option people are discovering for their holistic needs. Here’s a comprehensive guide to CBD oil to help you learn more about this natural product, and how it might be an ideal addition to your health and wellness plan.

What is CBD (cannabidiol)?

CBD is a 100 percent naturally-occurring compound in cannabis (hemp) plant varieties. CBD is a cannabinoid within the plant itself, one of two primary components in the plant that are utilized for medicinal and therapeutic purposes.

Is CBD marijuana?

shutterstock_757738825CBD is not marijuana in the traditional sense of the word; instead, it is a distinct cannabinoid occurring in hemp and marijuana. It is just one of many chemical compounds derived from the plant and can be singularly extracted. “Marijuana” is generally used as a blanket term to refer to varieties utilized for THC, the famous psychoactive cousin to CBD that gets you “high”. Further, CBD is a cannabinoid found within both hemp and marijuana but is typically extracted from high CBD varieties of hemp.

Is there a difference between CBD derived from hemp and CBD derived from marijuana?

Hemp and marijuana are both part of the cannabis species and are incredibly similar in their biological makeups. One significant difference is that marijuana plants are typically grown for their THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) content (the psychoactive cannabinoid), while hemp plants are generally grown for their high CBD (cannabidiol) content, or stalks and fibers. Technically speaking, there isn’t a difference between the CBD molecule within these plants, but there are differences in the quality of CBD depending on the parent material (genetics), and farming and production practices.

What are the effects of CBD?

The effects of CBD are utilized by some consumers therapeutically for the relief of physical symptoms and are particularly desirable because they do not include any psychoactive effects. It is most commonly used according to consumer feedback to relieve symptoms of chronic pain, inflammatory conditions, and anxiety/depression, specifically by interacting with the body’s endocannabinoid system. As we like to say, all of the benefits of the cannabis plant without the high!

What is the endocannabinoid system?

The body’s endocannabinoid system, or ECS, is an extensive network of neuroreceptors and transmitters that are often considered the human body’s natural cannabis system. It produces and interacts with natural compounds that are nearly identical to those found within the cannabis plant, working with cells and tissues throughout the body. These compounds are responsible for regulating inflammation, immune system, pain response, cell production, and psychological response.

What are the reported health benefits of CBD?**

Because CBD can interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system naturally, it supports a myriad of biological processes and health benefits**. Thousands of studies have shown connections between the use of supplemental cannabinoids (CBD) and positive health benefits, specifically correlating CBD and potential for treating health conditions such as:

  • Seizures/epilepsy
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Chronic pain
  • Inflammation (including arthritis)
  • Diabetes and resulting nerve pain
  • Cardiovascular issues
  • Muscle spasms
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic Stress
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • PTSD

**The statements made regarding these products have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The efficacy of these products has not been confirmed by FDA-approved research. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. All information presented here is not meant as a substitute for or alternative to information from healthcare practitioners. Please consult your healthcare professional about potential interactions or other possible complications before using any product. The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act require this notice.

What is CBD oil, and “the entourage effect”?

CBD oil is made using naturally-derived pure CBD from the raw cannabis plant. Pure CBD takes on a crystallized form, visually appearing very similar to salt. This form is referred to as isolate CBD. The oil form, typically referred to as full spectrum hemp oil, is utilized to make CBD easier to ingest with higher bio-availability. Full spectrum CBD oil has been found to be more effective than pure CBD itself. Because of the oil form – and the complimentary cannabinoids used in addition to CBD – the body can metabolize the CBD more effectively. This is commonly referred to as “the entourage effect”, the synergistic use of multiple cannabinoids working together better than in isolated form.

How CBD oil works

CBD oil works through an interaction with the body’s natural endocannabinoid system. Endocannabinoids are primarily responsible for maintaining a healthy balance throughout the body’s systems, including playing a critical role in immune responses, pain regulation, cell regeneration, disease prevention, and psychological health. In a normally-functioning human body, the endocannabinoid system can create the ideal balance to maintain all proper functions. However, many health conditions cause an imbalance in the system.

By interacting with the endocannabinoid system (specifically CB-2 receptors), and supplementing the naturally-occurring cannabinoids in the body, CBD oil can restore proper balance.**

**The statements made regarding these products have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The efficacy of these products has not been confirmed by FDA-approved research. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. All information presented here is not meant as a substitute for or alternative to information from healthcare practitioners. Please consult your healthcare professional about potential interactions or other possible complications before using any product. The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act require this notice.

Is CBD oil legal?

If it is derived from the marijuana plant, the CBD (and its corresponding product) generally falls under the state marijuana use laws. However, CBD derived from the hemp plant is legal, due to the virtual absence of THC (the psychoactive compound often associated with marijuana). For this reason, most CBD-based products are sourced from hemp plants.

Is cannabidiol oil FDA-approved?

At present, CBD oil is still undergoing the process to achieve official FDA approval. Because the widespread use of CBD oil is still relatively new, and the FDA approval process requires a significant amount of testing and time, it is still a work in progress to earn a stamp of approval for CBD oil as a whole for treatment of widespread medical conditions.

However, the FDA did recently approve its first CBD oil-based product, specifically for use in treating epilepsy and its correlating symptoms. This is an extremely positive step towards earning approval for CBD oil as a viable treatment option for a range of conditions.

Is it safe to take CBD oil?

CBD oil has been widely praised for its safety and lack of side effects, even earning a glowing recommendation from the World Health Organization in 2017. Because it does not have any psychoactive effects and has not been connected to any potential for abuse or addiction, CBD has been deemed an extremely safe alternative to traditional pharmaceuticals – many of which are laden with adverse side effects and risks.

What is the difference between cannabinoids?

There are upwards of 100 different cannabinoids found within the cannabis plant, but CBD and THC are two of the best known – and the two most active. The main difference between cannabinoids, in general, is the way they interact with the body’s natural endocannabinoid system. Depending on the way a specific cannabinoid engages with your body’s system, it will have different physical effects.

What are the differences between CBD and THC?

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The primary difference between CBD and THC is the way they each interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system. Because CBD only engages with CB-2 receptors, it does not produce the psychoactive effects that THC does (which interacts with CB-1 receptors in the brain as well).

What makes hemp CBD oil unique?

As cannabis-based treatment products become more popular every day, it can be challenging to understand the differences between the countless options on the market. However, hemp-based CBD oil is unique in that it provides therapeutic amounts of cannabidiol, which is critical in producing useful results and measurable symptom relief. A genuine, high-quality hemp CBD oil should have upwards of 3 percent CBD by volume, and zero THC.

Does CBD oil make you high?

No. CBD, unlike the THC compound, does not produce any psychoactive effects – and thus, does not create the “high” experience.

What is the optimal dosage of CBD?

Determining your optimal dosage of CBD depends on some factors and can be established by starting with a low dose and working your way upwards until finding the amount that works best for you.

How to use CBD oil

CBD oil is a versatile product that can be used in a variety of ways. Many people ingest it orally, placing drops directly beneath the tongue for optimal absorption. It can also be used in topical creams, salves, and lotions applied directly to a specific area of the body for symptom relief. CBD oil can be incorporated into edible products.

 

How to calculate the CBD content of any product

Many online calculators can help you calculate the CBD content of any product, but you can also do it by hand using this simple process:

    • Locate the percentage of CBD of the product, as well as the total volume. For example, a bottle of CBD hemp oil may be labeled as 8 percent CBD, with 10mL of oil total.

 

    • Convert the total volume to milligrams. For example, a 10mL bottle converts to 10mg. You can easily use an online calculator for this conversion.

 

  • Calculate the percentage (using the milligrams measurement). If you have 10mg of oil that’s 8 percent CBD, then 8 percent equals 800 mg of pure CBD oil.

 

Where can I get CBD hemp oil products?

When searching for CBD hemp oil products, it is critical to locate a reputable source that utilizes responsible farming, harvest, and production practices. At 43 CBD, our Colorado-grown hemp is of the highest quality, grown with zero pesticides and sourced from premium seeds. Our CBD hemp oil products are full spectrum, producing far more effective and natural effects that other (often CBD isolate-based) products on the market. Our products are sold in locations across the U.S., as well as our online store.

Final thoughts about CBD and cannabis

For those searching for an all-natural, a consumer reported relief option for a range of conditions, CBD can be something to consider. Learn more about CBD and its potential in your life by contacting 43 CBD Solutions or browse our FAQs to find answers to our most commonly asked questions.

The statements made regarding these products have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The efficacy of these products has not been confirmed by FDA-approved research. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. All information presented here is not meant as a substitute for or alternative to information from healthcare practitioners. Please consult your healthcare professional about potential interactions or other possible complications before using any product. The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act require this notice.

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