Cannabidiol (CBD) is a phytocannabinoid discovered in 1940. It is one of 113 identified Cannabinoids in cannabis plants, along with tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), and accounts for up to 40% of the plant's extract. CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a chemical compound from the Cannabid sativa plant. It's a naturally occurring substance that's used in products like oils and edibles. Unlike its cousin, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the major active ingredient in marijuana, CBD is not psychoactive.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is quickly growing in popularity and headed toward mainstream acceptance. CBD oil is finding its way into a variety of products, from tinctures and drops to CBD-infused edibles as well as a wide range of cosmetics. CBD oil is even becoming popular among pet owners.
Hemp, or industrial hemp, is a variety of the Cannabis sativa plant species that is grown specifically for industrial use. It can be used to make a wide range of products. Along with bamboo, hemp is one of the fastest growing plants on Earth. It was also one of the first plants to be spun into usable fiber 50,000 years ago. It can be refined into a variety of commercial items, including paper, rope, textiles, clothing, biodegradable plastics, paint, insulation, biofuel, food, and animal feed.
Although cannabis as a drug and industrial hemp both derive from the species Cannabis sativa and contain the psychoactive component tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), they are distinct strains with unique phytochemical compositions and uses. Hemp has lower concentrations of THC and may have higher concentrations of cannabidiol (CBD), which decreases or eliminates its psychoactive effects. The plant Cannabis sativa has two primary species, hemp and marijuana. Both contain CBD, but there's a much higher percentage in hemp, which also has very low (less than 0.3%) levels of THC compared to marijuana.
Broad Spectrum CBD is a form of cannabidiol that contains terpenes and a variety of cannabinoids to create a “broad spectrum” of naturally occurring compounds. Excluded from this list of compounds is the well-known tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Even though this psychoactive compound is missing from the bunch, there is a multitude of cannabinoids present that work together to create the “Entourage Effect” which we will discuss more in depth.
Difference Between Full Spectrum (Compliant) and Broad Spectrum
So, what is the difference between Full Spectrum (Compliant – less than 0.3% THC) CBD and Broad Spectrum CBD? One major difference is the lack of THC in the latter. With a Full Spectrum Compliant CBD oil, you receive a “full spectrum” of cannabinoids, terpenes, and even trace amounts of THC, from the plant that are pulled out together during the extraction process. The combination of these components is called the “entourage effect.” Because of its minimal amounts of THC (less than 0.3% THC), Full Spectrum Compliant CBD may not be the best option for people who want to exclude the psychoactive compound from their consumption.
What is the Entourage Effect?
In addition to THC and CBD, other cannabinoids like Cannabigerol (CBG), Cannabinol (CBN), Cannabichromene (CBC) and more come together to create the “cannabinoid spectrum.” When the CBD is extracted, other compounds are also extracted from the plant, including terpenes, flavonoids and other cannabinoids. The entourage effect is when the properties and benefits of the CBD are boosted by these other cannabinoids and terpenes present in the composition.
Each cannabinoid has different abilities, just like terpenes. The more cannabinoids and terpenes present, the more they can collaborate to do their job. Benefits can be focused and differ depending on the composition of the plant, meaning some hemp plants have a higher concentration of certain cannabinoids and terpenes that may make it more effective. Depending on the strain and type of extraction used, there will be different cannabinoid profiles for each product – Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum or CBD Isolate.
Massage therapy is a great way to relieve stress and ease sore muscles. With a number of different types of massage styles, from deep tissues to Swedish, a massage is an important way to balance your mind, body and spirit. When getting a massage, it is important to use the best oil as your skin is the largest organ and absorbs anything that's applied. A high quality massage oil with CBD is a great option.
Your skin contains endocannabinoid receptors and is connected to your endocannabinoid system. The main function of the endocannabinoid system is to to regulate an maintain bodily hemostasis, while keeping the biological harmony of our body in place in response of environmental changes. It also plays a crucial role in helping regulate an array of physiological and cognitive processes, which include supporting memory retention, balancing mood, maintaining a normal appetite, boosting our immune system and supporting overall wellbeing.
Ever wonder what the difference is between CBD & CBG Tincture Oil? Which one do you use?
I’ve included a link for more information on CBG and how it works!
Feeling like your lashes and brows need a boost? Let CBD help you!
Developed with a highly effective combination of vitamins, amino acids and co-enzymes. The Lash & Brow Boost Serum with CBD can work to create stronger hair follicles and facilitate healthy growth of lashes and brows. This serum can help to combat breakage, hydrate and strengthen hair to promote healthier growth.
CBD Lip Plumper, what is it and what does it do?
Moisturizes and smooths, while plumping and tingling. Lips can become fuller and smoother with the patented peptide formula. Can promote collagen production, smooths fine lines increases hyaluronic acid levels to moisturize and hydrate lips.
Self–Care Awareness Month is a time to remind us that taking care of ourselves, first and foremost, is essential. Self-care is often neglected in our everyday lives. We all tend to put others’ needs before our own and it is crucial to remember, that we cannot fill another’s cup from our own empty vessel. While getting a massage or taking a walk are beautiful examples of taking time for our well-being, self-care can be more expansive than that.
Have you tried CBD Oil?
There are so many reasons to use CBD oil on your skin, It’s very soothing thanks to the cannabinoid's anti-inflammatory qualities!
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