As you may have noticed, CBD information and CBD products are all over the place lately! It’s on the news, in the grocery store, on Amazon, and you probably know someone who swears by it. There’s certainly a lot of misinformation out there, and there are many phony CBD products in the marketplace, so that’s why YouAndMeAndCBD is here. We aim to cut through the clutter with straight-forward facts, so you can become CBD educated and know exactly what to look for when making a CBD purchase. Plus, the CBD products we sell are all grown using organic methods, in the USA, and have third-party test results (so, you can confirm you’re getting exactly what you’re paying for)!
The point of this blog post is very straightforward—to explain a bit more about what CBD is (and what it isn’t) and to let you know how it can potentially help you!
What is CBD?
CBD (Cannabidiol) is a component of the hemp plant with innumerable therapeutic benefits. We often get asked if CBD comes from the marijuana plant, and the answer is yes and no! CBD CAN come from the marijuana plant, but it can also come from the hemp plant. Both the marijuana plant and hemp plant are part of the cannabis family—think of them as cousins. However, CBD from the marijuana plant usually also comes with accompanying higher levels of THC (i.e. the psychoactive component that gets you “high”). Due to this fact, CBD from the marijuana plant is typically only found in medical marijuana dispensaries (unless marijuana is recreationally legal in your state, and then that’s a story for another day).
The CBD we sell here at YouAndMeAndCBD comes from the hemp plant, and in order to be federally legal, it must contain less than 0.3% THC and abide by the rules of the December 2018 Farm Bill. This law states that hemp and hemp-derived products have been officially removed from the purview of the Controlled Substances Act, such that they are no longer subject to Schedule I status and are now considered a nationally legal agricultural crop! This means that as long as CBD is extracted from the hemp plant and grown by licensed farmers in accordance with state and federal regulations, it is legal as a hemp product.
What is the Endocannabinoid System?
CBD is just one of at least 113 beneficial cannabinoids found in the hemp plant! It’s just that CBD and THC are the two most well-known cannabinoids.
CBD works with your Endocannabinoid System. If you’ve never heard of the Endocannabinoid System, you’re not alone. In fact, it was only discovered in the late 1980s! Basically, it’s a group of cannabinoid receptors present in the brain, central, and peripheral nervous systems. As far as we know, it’s found in humans and many animals. The main function of these receptors—called CB1 and CB2—is to interact with cannabinoids in the body. The human body naturally produces endocannabinoids, but cannabinoids can also be created synthetically or found naturally in plants like cannabis/hemp. Research shows the endocannabinoid system may be involved in many of our body’s important functions, and it’s most commonly said to help maintain balance and homeostasis throughout the entire body.
Remember when I said CBD is just one of at least 113 beneficial cannabinoids found in the hemp plant? Well, that’s not all! There are actually 400+ beneficial compounds in the hemp plant. This includes the cannabinoids but also other parts such as flavonoids and terpenes (more to come on this in another blog post!). Many argue that consuming the hemp plant in its whole form, with all these wonderful compounds intact, provides all the necessary cofactors to facilitate proper absorption and that they all work together to create a particular effect on the body. This phenomenon is called the Entourage Effect. For example, 100 mg of isolated CBD may be substantially less effective at alleviating symptoms than 100 mg of a whole plant/full spectrum CBD.
How Can CBD Help Me?
CBD has been known to help with a wide range of ailments and issues. Here are some of them:
- Reduces pain
- Relaxes muscle spasms
- Potent anti-inflammatory
- Diminishes nausea and vomiting
- Supports a healthy appetite
- Lessens anxiety and depression
- Counters psychotic thoughts
- Anti-tumor effects
- Strengthens immune activity
- Aids in healthy circulation and cardio function
- Supports digestive cleansing
- May help strengthen bones and joints
- Aids in controlling blood sugar levels
- And the list goes on…
If you have any questions about CBD, please don’t hesitate to reach out! And download our FAQs below for more information.