Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, is one of more than one hundred phytocannabinoids found throughout the stalks, seeds, and flowers of cannabis plants. CBD is found in all varieties of cannabis, but truly dominates the makeup of hemp plants. Phyotcannabinoids including CBD are active chemical compounds that mimic the endocannabinoids naturally produced by our own bodies (anandamide or AEA and arachidonylglycerol or 2-AG).
To understand more about how CBD works, it’s helpful to learn a bit about our body’s Endocannabinoid System (ECS).
The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) was discovered in the early 1990’s and is one of the largest neurotransmitter networks in the body.
At its most simple, the ECS’s communications are composed of messengers and receptors. Endocannabinoid receptors are found throughout the body on the surface of cells in the brain, organs, tissues, and glands. These receptors are embedded in cell membranes and produce varying reactions when stimulated by cannabinoids and play roles in regulating cardiovascular activity, appetite, mood, memory, and pain in the body.
In each tissue, the cannabinoid system performs different tasks, but the goal is always the same: to keep balance or homeostasis which is the maintenance of a stable internal environment despite fluctuations in the external environment.
What specific issues does CBD help with?
To maintain alignment with federal guidelines required by the FDA, we cannot make claims about whether CBD is beneficial for any specific health issue. However, we do encourage people to research CBD on their own. Additionally, it might be helpful to review completed peer-reviewed CBD research studies and follow the progress of CBD research studies currently underway.
You may also find it interesting to read the World Health Organization reports on cannabidiol (CBD). The first was published in November 2017 and a comprehensive follow-up report was published in the summer of 2018.
Please note that Good Plant Hemp products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Additionally, our products have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
Should I talk with my doctor about CBD?
Absolutely! If you have a medical condition, are currently taking prescription medication or are pregnant, we recommend that you consult with your doctor about whether you should consider incorporating CBD into your wellness routine.
Whole-Plant, Full Spectrum CBD vs. CBD Isolate
Whole-plant hemp contains many cannabinoids including an abundant amount of CBD, a trace amount of THC, and more than 400 other compounds. Many of these compounds including terpenes interact synergistically to create what is known as an “entourage effect” that magnifies the potential therapeutic benefits of the plant’s individual components—so that the impact of the whole plant is greater than the sum of its parts. CBD Isolate, on the other hand, is simply purified CBD that has been extracted from the hemp plant and isolated from the other cannabinoids. There is an ongoing debate about whether CBD Isolate is as effective as whole-plant, full spectrum CBD.
Another added benefit of whole-plant CBD is that it maintains its natural essential vitamins and minerals, fatty acids, protein, chlorophyll, fiber, flavonoids, and terpenes.
Does CBD create a euphoric high?
Although hemp has elevated levels of CBD, it is actually very low in the cannabinoid THC. In fact, for cannabis to be considered hemp, it must have no more than 0.3 percent THC. As hemp contains only trace amounts of THC, CBD derived from hemp does not produce a euphoric high.
Will the CBD in your products show up in a drug test?
The THC level in our whole-plant hemp CBD oil is tested to be below .3 percent as mandated by the 2018 Farm Bill. Although it is a trace amount, a drug test could nonetheless register a positive result for THC. With that in mind, we recommend erring on the side of caution if you may be subject to future drug tests.