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How does CBD work?


The Inside Story of Cannabidiol - What are the Benefits of CBD?

Where does CBD come from?

CBD oil and terpenes are commonly sourced from the Hemp plant, which is in some ways similar to the Cannabis plant but differs substantially in CBD content and tetrahyrocannabinol (THC) levels. CBD oil is extracted from the hemp plant, a relative of the Cannabis plant. It does not contain the same mind-altering properties. CBD can be found inside trichomes which are special glands of the hemp plant that gush CBD oil and terpenes when extracted. 

Trichomes that produce cannabinoids and terpenes seen on hemp flower under a microscope.

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CBD is gaining a lot of traction as an alternative health option, but not all CBD is created equal. It's important to do your research on CBD oil before incorporating it into your wellness practices. Where is the CBD oil sourced? Is it organically grown? Are toxic chemicals being used in the process? Additionally, can its potency be verified through third-party testing? It's important to look beyond just CBD content and consider which extraction method was used; does it use Super Critical Co2 or butane for example? Being educated about the source and extraction method ensures you're getting the purest CBD possible. 

What is CBD?

CBD, short for cannabidiol, is one of the major cannabinoids found in hemp that make up CBD oil. CBD works with the endocannabinoid system to interact with two specialized receptors, CB1 and CB2, which are part of the body’s Endocannabinoid System (ECS).  It was discovered by researcher Dr. Raphael Mechoulam back in 1992 when he first identified endocannabinoid receptors and their function in the body and brain. Cannabinoid receptors are found throughout the body. Cannabinoids from CBD oil upon digestion will bind to these receptors and activate them into action. CBD has anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety, and anticonvulsant properties that have helpful effects when introduced into the body. Besides CBD, there are other principal cannabinoids such as 

that also have their own set of effects on the human body and can be combined with CBD for an increased effect. Furthermore, terpenes are also produced by hemp plants.

Cannabinoids and terpenes are combined to create a synergistic relationship aiding CBD's effectiveness; this process is known as The Entourage Effect. 


Entourage Effect

The Entourage Effect is a term in research that demonstrates the cooperation of specific cannabinoids and terpenes to bring greater therapeutic or physiological effects than either could produce on its own. Put simply, it is the combined effect that different elements are able to bring when working together. There has been evidence suggesting this effect occurs with regards to calming and soothing effects derived from hemp components, as they seemingly work in synergy to create a harmonious and integrated experience. In short, the entourage effect describes the dynamic interactions between cannabinoids, terpenes, and other compounds found within hemp plants, and suggests that their collective impact on the body makes for a stronger influence than any single compound alone.

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