CBD Practical Notes
"I see CBD everywhere, and I hear about it all the time. But I don't know what it is or what it does."
I hear this almost every day. Not surprising considering the way I work, but the first part of that sentence doesn't match the second part, does it? Usually, we understand the ubiquitous parts of life. Or, at least we think we do. I don't really know the Internet or my cell phone works. But I do know how to use them both.

For most of us, that's probably good enough. What if I do know about the Internet backbone? Nothing. But I do need to know that clicking on weird emails in the spam folder is a bad idea.

The same goes for CBD careddisupercritical. It doesn't matter to us that most cannabinoids are 21-carbon compounds. I'm not knocking on the door knowledge. I'd really like to have a perfect understanding of computer networks and plant biology, but there aren't enough hours in the day.

The goal here is to provide a hands-on understanding of CBD so that you can handle it in your own life and make informed decisions. You can study aspects of this article in greater depth. This is what the links will help you accomplish.

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Part 1 - Cannabis v. Hemp
They are different plants. Really. One is not only the weaker, lower THC, poor cousin of the other. They're actually different plants. Scientifically speaking, they are both cannabis plants, which is the cause of the confusion. (Some people think of hemp as Indian marijuana. People more properly think of it as a subspecies of alfalfa.) They are different species of the same thing.

It doesn't sound strange. Giant Great Danes and toy poodles are both dog-like. A giant herd luring Nyx in Australia and a small cow in a field in Wisconsin? Two Tauruses.

Great Danes and Poodles have something in common: four legs, two ears, and a bark. Not much. Hemp and cannabis also have something in common, but they are distinguished by their differences. Hemp is tall and skinny. Hemp is short and dense. Cannabis leaves are thin. Hemp leaves are broad. Hemp has long and sturdy fiber bundles. Hemp does not.

Because of these differences, the plant is grown for a variety of different purposes. Hemp has many commercial uses that stem from its long fibers and abundant seeds. Cloth, paper, oil, building materials and thousands of end products are made from hemp. Hemp is probably the most versatile, useful, profitable and sustainable plant.

Part 2 - CBD v. THC
For our purposes, the most important difference is that hemp is high in cannabinoids (aka CBD), while cannabis is high in cannabis tetrahydrocannabinol (aka THC). These words are clearly the part that causes confusion. They're long, we're not familiar with them, and they sound similar.

The difference is important because THC produces the "high" you get from marijuana, while CBD does not. THC is considered "psychoactive" while CBD is not. This fact is crucial to understanding the root of the confusion between cannabis and marijuana. Back in the 1920s and 1930s, marijuana swept through the demonization of cannabis and the outlawing of marijuana.

The THC weight of marijuana smokers in the 60s was about 5%. Some of today's "wheelchair weed" strains may be as high as 35 percent. That happens due to selective breeding.

Again, this really shouldn't be that surprising. Modern wheat is different from the wheat grown a hundred years ago because it has been bred to increase yield per acre. The intense focus on one trait has led to the emergence of another plant. There is a vigorous debate about the effect this may have on human health. There is no vigorous debate about whether the plant is different.

Industrial hemp (the variety used in our products) has only a small amount of tetrahydrocannabinol. Less than 0.3 weight percent. You would have to smoke a surprising amount of cannabis to get high.

Part 3 - Where CBD comes from
Hemp. All of our CBD products are strictly from industrial hemp produced in the United States. In Kentucky, to be exact. Kentucky used to be one of the largest producers of tobacco. Now, it's one of the largest producers of CBD. I think that's definitely a step in the right direction!

CBD is obtained from the cannabis plant through an extraction process. there are several extraction methods, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. Our CBD is obtained using the CO2 (carbon dioxide) method. This method is very efficient and produces a clean product.

Although the details of the process are much more complex, what actually happens is that the CO2 is passed through the cannabis under very specific and controlled conditions. The temperature and pressure of the carbon dioxide is maintained at the level designed to maximize the yield. As the CO2 passes through the cannabis, it will extract the oil from the plant.
Now you get a liquid that contains CBD and other elements from the plant itself. In addition to cannabinoids, this liquid will also contain terpenes, oils, waxes, lipids, proteins and other plant substances. This liquid will be further refined to produce the various products that the manufacturer wants to make.

Part 4 - Cannabinoids
CBD and THC are both cannabinoids (sorry for the more jargon). Understanding cannabinoids is crucial to understanding CBD.

Cannabinoids are chemicals that act on cannabinoid receptors in the body to alter the release of neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters in turn regulate many physiological and psychological functions such as heart rate, sleep, appetite, attention, heart rate and breathing. Very important chemicals in our body.

There are three types of cannabinoids: endogenous cannabinoids; those that are naturally present in our bodies, phytocannabinoids; those that are found in plants and synthetic cannabinoids that are manufactured in laboratories.

The part of the body where cannabinoids work is called the endocannabinoid system or ECS. The ECS is a recently discovered and increasingly understood system that has different types of receptors that work with different cannabinoids.CBD and THC have major attractions for different cannabinoid receptors.

The different chemical structure of each cannabinoid means that they can have different effects on our bodies. A good example of this is the high that THC produces. Smoke a cigarette or talk to someone who has just smoked. Then ask yourself if cannabinoids affect our bodies. Whatever happens, the cannabinoid tetrahydrocannabinol definitely has the effect of making us high. Exactly how this works is beyond the scope of this article.

Cannabis CBD has different effects on our bodies. As mentioned above, ECS is a relatively new "discovery" and is less understood than other body systems. Cannabis and to a lesser extent marijuana research has been severely restricted by our drug laws, which means this is an emerging area of research. The research that has been conducted always seems to be shrouded in hedging bets and qualifications.

The potential therapeutic benefits of CBD in certain areas have become apparent in research.

Stroke rehabilitation
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Liver injury
There are no studies like penicillin to support CBD, but the idea that its benefits are speculative or strictly anecdotal is incorrect. In our own lives, CBD has been very helpful and we take it on every day.

The CBD market and the growing confusion
It is safe to say that CBD sales are booming. Unfortunately, not all of it is being sold in the clearest way possible. Of course, the confusion mentioned above, especially regarding field terminology, does not help.

Here is a list of some common products and terms and their meanings

CBD oil - This is an oil in CBD, sometimes called a "carrier" oil because it carries CBD. That stands for medium chain triglycerides and is usually just coconut oil.

Hemp oil - This is the oil made from the seeds of hemp. It's like olive oil.

CBD cannabis oil- Aaah, now that gets interesting. It may be a very prudent choice for manufacturers to make it perfectly clear that their CBD is made from hemp. Or, possibly CBD that uses hemp oil as a carrier. read the label carefully.

Hemp oil - I've seen this oil describe almost everything. It could be hemp oil, CBD oil, extracted untreated liquid, THC oil or a mixture of many other substances. Read the label carefully.

500 mg - Most bottles of CBD oil list the number of milligrams of CBD contained in them. Read the label to make sure that contrary to other cannabinoids, the amount of CBD is the 500 that you will be ingesting.

Full spectrum oil- An oil that has other cannabinoids in addition to CBD. Again, read the label to make sure you are getting what you think it looks like.

Followers Effect- The idea that all the cannabinoids work together creates the most effective experience.

Isolates- This is pure, 100% CBD obtained through further processing. it is isolated from all other items derived through the extraction process, hence the name.


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