What is CBD
And how does it work?
Our bodies are complex systems that doctors and scientists are still learning more about every day. One of these recent discoveries, made in the 1990s, is the Endocannabinoid System. Each and every one of us has an Endocannabinoid System that helps maintain homeostasis. The Endocannabinoid System has CB1 and CB2 receptors that are located throughout the body. These receptors are prevalent in the brain, the central and peripheral nervous systems, and tissues associated with the immune system. This system helps regulate processes across many biological functions within our bodies. And just like other systems in the body, the Endocannabinoid System can be influenced by external factors, like certain botanical ingredients, to help improve harmony and balance within our bodies and minds.
Cannabidiol (CBD), one of many cannabinoids found in the hemp plant, works within our endocannabinoid system to help keep your body and mind in equilibrium, acting uniquely on both CB1 and CB2 receptors separately and simultaneously to inhibit or activate receptor functions. Along with many other cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids, full-spectrum hemp extract gives your body the broadest spectrum of cannabinoids and other plant compounds to choose from to suit individual physiological needs.
While THC and CBD are both well-known phytocannabinoids, they highlight a key difference between hemp and marijuana. Both hemp and marijuana are members of the genus Cannabis and have similar physical and chemical properties, but their history has taken them down two very different paths. Marijuana contains high amounts of THC, the phytocannabinoid that gets you “high”, and has only been cultivated as a narcotic. Hemp, on the other hand, has been cultivated to minimize THC levels and is grown for a variety of industrial and commercial purposes that already impact our daily lives. Hemp seeds and hemp oil are in energy bars and other food items available on shelves across the country; hemp fibers are used in rope, clothes and paper (including our cartons) by companies as diverse as Patagonia and Levi’s, and hemp products are even used to make building materials.
Hemp is fully legal in the United States and defined by our government as having less than 0.3% THC content. Marijuana, by federal definition, has more than 0.3% THC, the cannabinoid associated with the psychotropic effects of marijuana. With less than 0.3% THC, our products are classified as hemp, legal in all 50 states, and maintain a balanced phytocannabinoid profile without the negative side effects associated with THC for maximum benefit.