What is CBD Oil?
Cannabis has taken the world by storm. There are several different cannabis-related products on the market and they all serve different purposes, so it’s important to do your research so you can make an informed decision about which products will be best for you.
So, what is CBD?
Cannabis has been around for thousands of years and it’s only in recent memory that it has been outlawed. Although it has developed quite the reputation over time as the plant of choice for people looking to alter their minds, there are quite a few uses for the plant outside of what is commonly known.
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), otherwise known as the chemical that gets people high, is just one of many different chemical compounds in the cannabis plant.
The chemical that we’re looking at today, cannabidiol (CBD), is a separate compound that does not have any psychoactive effects. Instead, research indicates that the primary benefit to CBD is that it has a variety of beneficial features.
How Does CBD Work?
Although many people have heard of CBD and may even know some of its uses, not everyone knows exactly how the compound works inside their body. Found mostly in the trichomes of the female cannabis plant, CBD is one of over 115 different chemical compounds known as cannabinoids. To paint a clearer picture of how cannabinoids work, they are agonists that attach themselves to the cannabinoid receptors found inside of your body.
Although some of these receptors are concentrated heavily in your central nervous system, almost every single other organ in your body contains receptors. To give you a bit of a better visual, you can think of the agonists and cannabinoid receptors as a lock and key system. When you take in the CBD (an agonist) it acts as a key that interacts with the various locks in your body (cannabinoid receptors). All of this together makes up what we call the endocannabinoid system (ECS).
Your ECS is a massive network inside your body, and the cell receptor proteins have many different functions. To give you an idea of how big this system is, just have a look at a few of the various functions that it plays a role in:
However, the ECS has four primary purposes: neuroprotection, stress recovery, immune system balance and homeostatic regulation. You can think of homeostatic regulation as the system of checks and balances that keep your body fine-tuned.
Based on what scientists have seen, CBD manages to tap into the homeostatic regulation system. This interaction with the homeostatic regulation system is what appears to create the therapeutic effects of CBD. What helps CBD interact with our body is that it is similar in nature to chemicals found naturally in our body called endocannabinoids (‘endo’ meaning inside and ‘cannabinoids’ refers to the action on cannabinoid receptors).
Technically, the cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant are called phytocannabinoids. These phytocannabinoids are making big news because researchers believe they have the potential to be life-saving for many people.
CBD vs. THC
The problem for many people who are advocating the use of CBD oil is that there is still the public perception that any cannabis-related product or chemical is being used to get the person high. However, that is far from true. CBD (a non-psychoactive) and THC (the chemical in cannabis that gets users high) are different in many ways, and CBD does NOT result in getting high.
CBD and THC interact with the human body in different ways. To find the difference, you have to look at cannabinoid receptor 1 (found primarily in the central nervous system), which is the receptor that THC interacts with after ingestion. CBD does not interact with this receptor in the same way as THC.
According to neurologist Dr. Ethan Russo, “[CBD] doesn’t tend to bind directly to what’s called the orthostatic site [on cannabinoid receptors] where THC binds. Rather, it binds on what’s called an allosteric site, another site on the receptor, and so it alters the binding of both THC and the endogenous cannabinoids, the endocannabinoids.” The result is that the two chemicals connect to receptors in different ways, which leads to the different effects.
Sources of CBD
For those who are interested in discovering the benefits of CBD, there are many different ways that you can administer it. Whether you prefer to consume edibles, vape or smoke your CBD, CBDfx has you covered. If you prefer to vape your CBD, these CBDfx products are worth a try:
If smoking or vaping isn’t for you, you can get your dose of CBD without smoking. For example, these products are all excellent alternatives to smoking or vaping CBD:
CBD Gummies by CBDfx
Are There Any Side Effects?
One of the most important questions people ask is whether there are any serious side effects to using CBD in their daily lives. Although the research is still in the preliminary stages, there is no indication of any serious side effects from using CBD medicinally. However, as usual, we highly recommend that you consult with your doctor before administering CBD.
Is CBD Illegal?
The legality of CBD varies from country to country but in the US/UK, it depends on where the company sourced the CBD and what parts of the plant the CBD is derived from.
At CBDfx we only source European sourced hemp and our CBD oil is derived from the stalks of the plant only. The reasoning behind this is that the DEA considers these parts exempt from the definition of marijuana and states that “The new drug code (7350) established in the Final Rule does not include materials or products that are excluded from the definition of marijuana set forth in the Controlled Substances Act (CSA)” and that “ If a product consisted solely of those parts of the cannabis plant excluded from the CSA definition of marijuana, such product would not be included in the new drug code (7350) or in the drug code for marijuana (7360).
The Controlled Substances Act (CSA) defines marihuana by “The term marihuana means all parts of the plant Cannabis sativa L., whether growing or not; the seeds thereof; the resin extracted from any part of such plant; and every compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of such plant, its seeds or resin. Such term does not include the mature stalks of such plant, fiber produced from such stalks, oil or cake made from the seeds of such plant, any other compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of such mature stalks (except the resin extracted therefrom), fiber, oil, or cake, or the sterilized seed of such plant which is incapable of germination” (21 U.S.C. 802 (16).
The CSA sets fort that CBD hemp oil derived from the stalk of the mature industrial hemp plant is exempt from the term “marijuana”. CBDfx is one of the only companies to offer a fully compliant line of CBD products made with full spectrum, CBD oil derived from the stalks of the mature industrial hemp plant. At CBDfx, our mission is to give people access to the best quality and fully compliant CBD products on the market.