CBD 101, A Guide
Think Botanicals Intro to CBD
This guide is here for both new and seasoned users to learn more about Cannabidiol Oil. We know jargon surrounding CBD can be confusing and sometimes misleading, which is why we have created this guide — to educate and inform. If you want to learn more about what it is, where it comes from, or simply how it works, you’re in the right place. Let us walk you through it!
What is CBD?
Cannibidiol (CBD) is a natural compound found in the Cannabis Sativa plant. It is one of many many cannabinoid molecules in the plant. It is completely non-psychoactive, which means it does not produce a high or intoxication. We will touch on this later, but this is where it is different from its counterpart, THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). Both the hemp and marijuana plants have cannabinoid molecules. Think Botanicals sources CBD only from hemp plants.
Since CBD is non-psychoactive, we benefit from the many health properties of the Cannabis plant without the negative side effects of getting high. Since CBD can be harvested from the hemp or cannabis plant (which we’ll talk about later on), people generally associate it wrongfully to marijuana and it’s recreational use. But to answer the question of all questions, no, CBD does not create the high sensation that THC from Marijuana does.
The History Of CBD
Cannabis has a rich history of treating health problems — going back thousands of years. The recorded history of the research of CBD can be traced back to 1940 when American Chemist Roger Adams isolated and extracted CBD. Later, in 1960, Israeli Organic Chemist Dr. Raphael Mechoulam made a breakthrough in CBD history where he was able to isolate and describe CBD’s chemical structure, confirming its non-psychoactive properties. Many people refer to Dr. Mechoulam as the “Father of Cannabis” for his ongoing studies and contributions.
In 1980, Dr. Mechoulam and a team of research scientists published an experiment using CBD to treat epilepsy patients. This specific study found that a 200-300 mg daily dose of CBD was effective in preventing or reducing seizures. This test also showed the CBD was well tolerated and there were no signs of toxicity or serious side effects. This study was the catalyst for what was to come!
How does Cannabidiol Work In The Body?
CBD helps provide natural stress, anxiety and pain relief. But how is it able to treat so many conditions? It’s all how the cannabinoids in CBD interact with our bodies.
This happens through the endocannabinoid system. To keep it simple, we’ll refer to it as the ECS. The ECS is what regulates the body’s homeostasis (the general state of balance). It also impacts functions such as mood, sleep, pain response, appetite, and hormone regulation. All of which are important day to day functions.
By stimulating the ECS, CBD helps promote balance, reduces pain sensation and decreases inflammation. The list of conditions CBD can help are ever-expanding, but we’ve rounded up some of the most common conditions and symptoms CBD is used for; epilepsy and seizure disorders, pain and inflammation, PTSD and anxiety, Crohn’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and opioid withdrawal.
What is the difference between CBD and THC?
While THC and CBD have similar chemical components, THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD act in different ways on different receptors in your brain and body. They do not have the same psychoactive components. THC is the main psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis. This is a lot of big words, but what do they actually mean?
THC = psychoactive (what gives you the “high” sensation)
CBD = non-psychoactive
What is the difference between hemp and marijuana?
To be clear, hemp and marijuana are not the same, but because they are both apart of the Cannabis family, it can be confusing. Cannabis is a family of plants — Indica and Sativa. While Marijuana can be considered either of the families, Hemp is a member of the Cannabis Sativa family. They are used and sourced in completely different ways from each other.
Hopefully this guide has answered a lot of your initial CBD questions! If you’re ready to try CBD, check out our range of CBD Oils and products here.
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