CBD 101

Get the DL on CBD

So… what exactly is CBD?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the 100+ Cannabinoid compounds found in Cannabis. Historically, people ignored CBD in favor of THC, the compound known for producing the high we’re all familiar with. But there has been increasing research done on CBD and its associated benefits.

What’s the difference between Cannabis vs Hemp? And Hemp vs Marijuana?

In scientific terms, cannabis refers to both hemp and marijuana. So technically hemp is cannabis and cannabis is hemp because they are merely different words for the same plant. That said, there is a lot of confusion between the terms, much of which stems from concern around whether or not one will get you high and the other won’t. 

First off, remember: cannabis is a plant and it has been grown around the world and used by humans for thousands of years. It has been harvested for a myriad of reasons: to make textiles, food, medicine… the list goes on.

Cannabis, (like many plants!), contains a variety of species, and hemp and marijuana are essentially just two names that have been used to define and differentiate one cannabis plant’s cannabinoid profile from another.

Every cannabis plant is likely to have some amount of all 100+ cannabinoids (more on full spectrum oil below!), but what distinguishes hemp from marijuana is really just the level of THC in a given plant. Our government defines hemp as a cannabis plant that by law contains less than .3% THC by dry weight — a low enough level of THC that you won’t get high. Marijuana is any cannabis plant containing greater than .3% THC, and often has been bred to have a much higher percentage of THC.

What exactly is the 'Endocannabinoid System' and why does it matter?

Curious about what this system even is? Never heard of it until now and you’re suddenly curious? And where exactly does cannabis come into the equation?

Just like we have circulatory, nervous and digestive systems, everyone has an endocannabinoid system. But unlike the other systems in our bodies, you probably didn’t learn about this system in school. It was only discovered in the 1990s and we still have a lot to learn. But we do know the endocannabinoid system is an incredible and important system because it helps keep all of our other systems (digestive, cardiovascular, etc.) in harmony.

The system is comprised of cannabinoid receptors that exist throughout your body (think: in your immune system, embedded in organs, found in your tissues and so on).

Your body naturally produces two endo-cannabinoids of its own called Anandamide and 2-AG that stimulate these cannabinoid receptors and support overall function of this system. 

Cannabis produces what are known as phyto-cannabinoids that also stimulate these cannabinoid receptors. So, if you have an endo-cannabinoid deficiency, you can supplement with cannabis to keep your system in balance. I think it’s helpful to compare cannabinoids with other nutrients in your body. For example, if you’re deficient in Vitamin C, you typically eat foods rich in Vitamin C, or supplement when it’s necessary. So, when you’re deficient in cannabinoids, it makes sense to consume more cannabis.

There is currently a lot of research regarding specific diseases and how they may relate to cannabinoid deficiencies in our endocannabinoid systems. There isn’t anything definitive yet, but we’re excited share as we learn more!

What's the 'Entourage Effect' I’m hearing so much about?

The Cannabis plant contains over 100 cannabinoid compounds that work synergistically in what is known as the "Entourage Effect". CBD is one of these compounds best known for its wellness properties. All of our products use 100% Full Spectrum CBD-rich oil, comprised of the widest breadth of cannabinoid compounds – each with their own unique strengths – that when combined provide maximal wellness benefits.