CBD 101

CBD 101

Glass dropper of CBD oil sitting on burlap with industrial hemp buds.

The retail market has been flooded in recent years with a variety of products containing CBD. With many varying opinions, the wealth of information can be overwhelming. We are here to help shed some light on what CBD is and how it promotes health. It is important to know not only what you are putting into your body but where it came from! We break down everything you need to know with our CBD 101 guide.

CBD 101: The basics

What is CBD?

Phytocannabinoids are molecules found primarily within the cannabis family of plants. There are 113 known phytocannabinoids, some of which have been found to be more beneficial in promoting health than others.  Two of the most widely talked about and most widely researched are CBD and THC.

We can’t have a hearty discussion about CBD without first at expanding upon THC. THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol ) is the primary phytocannabinoid found in the marijuana plant.  It is commonly referred to as “The High Causer.” THC is responsible for the psychoactive effects of marijuana, sometimes described as a euphoric feeling. Most marijuana plants contain a larger percentage of THC than they do CBD.  

On the contrary, CBD (Cannabidiol) is always found in larger percentages in hemp plants than is THC. CBD doesn’t have the psychosomatic effects of THC, but promotes many other positive effects in the body.  According to an article by Harvard Medical School, studies have shown that CBD has been effective in treating such ailments as epilepsy, insomnia, and chronic pain. Many users of CBD have reported that it has helped lessen ailments such as anxiety, inflammation, depression, and other conditions

How Does CBD Work?

Early research into cannabinoid receptors lead researchers to discover the body’s Endocannabinoid System (ECS).  It is a biochemical communication system that plays a crucial role in balancing and regulating your body’s systems.  Your ECS is comprised of an incredibly complex network of cannabinoid receptors which by themselves, can be compared to a lock on a door. Cannabinoids and phytocannabinoids (like CBD and THC) supply the key.  Small doses of these naturally occurring molecules can support the ECS and promote its ability to lock or unlock the receptors.

The body’s ECS is thought to play a role in many diseases since its role is to help bring balance to the body.  Several articles published by the National Institute of Health document changes in endocannabinoid levels and receptor expression for such diseases as arthritis, cancer, and neurodegenerative disorders. Supplementing your body with high quality, natural CBD products can help balance the ECS, regulating and modulating many of your body’s systems for optimal performance.

Is CBD Addictive?

As part of our CBD 101 guide, let’s talk addiction. Addiction is prevalent in many areas, but our own beloved state of Tennessee is currently facing an opioid addiction epidemic. Many people are curious as to whether CBD can be addictive, especially when it is often grouped into discussions regarding marijuana and THC. The answer is no, CBD has not been found to be addictive.  Let’s investigate this a little further to see why.

Addictive substances flood the brain’s reward system with dopamine.  Dopamine released in the brain is associated with the body’s “feel good” sensation. According to Harvard Health, “dopamine not only contributes to the feeling of pleasure, but also plays a role in learning and memory — two key elements in the transition from liking something to becoming addicted to it.”

CBD does not trigger an excessive release of dopamine in the brain.  In fact, it is very effective at promoting a balance among neurotransmitters.  In fact, studies suggest that CBD can actually help reduce withdrawal symptoms for those struggling with addictive substances.

“In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential…. To date, there is no evidence of public health related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.”

World Health Organization, 2017

How much CBD do I need?

Since CBD is not an FDA approved drug, there are no formal regulations regarding CBD dosage.  It is up to the consumer to educate themselves and listen to their bodies. There are some factors to take into consideration in addition to things like height and weight.  The delivery method of CBD you choose to consume can affect the speed at which you feel the effects. Inhaling CBD, such as our Hemp Prerolls and premium Hemp Flower, is the fastest way for CBD to enter your bloodstream.  Those methods are ideal for immediate, short-term relief.  Edible CBD, such as our CBD Gummies, provides a steadier level of CBD for a longer period of time.  Topical solutions, such as our CBD Salve, are somewhat slower to take effect but provide long lasting relief to a specific area, such as an inflamed muscle or joint. 

Make education a priority where CBD is concerned and be sure your CBD product of choice provides third party, independent lab results.  TN Hemp Farmacy is proud to provide lab results for our products and are here to serve you! Changing lives, one customer at a time.