WHAT ARE CANNABINOIDS?
Cannabinoids are a type of compound found in the Hemp/Cannabis plant. Most people think of CBD and THC when they think about the hemp or cannabis plants, as those were naturally present at higher levels. However, there are more than 100 different Cannabinoids found in the hemp plant. As more cannabinoids are being studied more completely, growers are starting to breed new strains that have higher contents of these other cannabinoids.
Cannabidiol (CBD), Cannabinol (CBN), Cannabigerol (CBG), Cannabichromene (CBC), Tetrahydrocannabinol (Delta-9 THC), and Delta-8-Tetrahydrocannabinol (Delta-8-THC)
There are additionally CBDV, CBDA, THCV and THCA however we will be focusing on the first list.
Each cannabinoid has a slightly different effect on people based on body chemistry. We can give a quick basic explanation of these here.
CBD is generally the second most abundant cannabinoid in the cannabis plant and when grown as Hemp becomes the most abundant. It has been recognized as having many healing properties and is non intoxicating.
CBN is actually formed from the THC molecule in the plant "degrading" from age or sunlight exposure. CBN has been recognized as being a superior sleep aid.
CBG is often called the Parent molecule, through a specific chemical process in the plant called biosynthesis becomes all the other cannabinoids. CBG is noted as having impressive neuroprotective properties. It is also known to help enhance the benefits of other cannabinoids when used together.
CBC is almost as prevalent as CBD in some Cannabis strains. CBC interacts with the endocannabinoid in a way that seems to enhance many of the healing aspects of THC without increasing the "high". It is ideal for increasing the benefits of the small amount of THC in Full Spectrum CBD products.
Delta-9-THC was the first cannabinoid that was known and studied that will get you "high". However, there are some definitions that would include other cannabinoids in the Psychoactive category, it is widely accepted that Delta-9-THC (V&A) are the molecules responsible for the "High" from Cannabis.
Delta-8-THC is a little controversial and newer on the market. Delta-8 is only slightly different from Delta-9, but reportedly does not have the same "High" as Delta-9. There are reports of it having similar healing benefits to Delta-9. However, it does show up on drug tests the same as Delta-9.
WHAT DOES CBD OR CANNABINOIDS DO?
This can be a complex answer.
First, we can say, CBD and Cannabinoids interact with the Endocannabinoid system in our bodies. This system was only discovered in animals in the late 1980’s and then in humans in the 1990’s. The Endocannabinoid is a complex system that communicates with multiple systems of the body. The endocannabinoid system is vital in balancing and maintaining the bodies different systems. Some have said it is almost like a translator between systems. We could get really complicated and talk about the endocannabinoid system but let’s save that for another place and time.
Second, CBD and Cannabinoids are known as “adaptogens”, this term has been used to describe other herbal substances as well. Adaptogens basically help the body adapt, it will help your body chemistry adjust to what is happening at that time. Whether you need help relaxing to fall asleep or if you need to focus better and wake up for the day. The reality is depending on what your body needs at that time, adaptogens can help your body adjust and adapt utilizing the cannabinoids in different ways as needed.
The Documented properties of CBD and Cannabinoids include:
Anti-inflammatory, antipsychotic, anticonvulsant, anti-tumoral, antidepressant and more.
We in the industry must avoid calling it a “Cure all”. We are not trying to sell you a “Miracle”, Cannabinoids can do some impressive things, but we don’t want to mislead anyone.
Here is a list of just some of the symptoms or conditions that CBD use helps with and has evidence to support those claims:
Acne, ADD/ADHD, Addiction, AIDS/HIV, ALS, Alzheimer’s Disease, Anorexia, Antibiotic Resistance, Anxiety, Atherosclerosis, Arthritis, Asthma, Autism, Bipolar, Cancer, Digestive Issues, Depression, Diabetes, Endocrine Disorders, Eczema, Epilepsy, Fibromyalgia, Glaucoma, Headaches, Heart Disease, Huntington’s Disease, Inflammation, IBS, Kidney disease, Liver Disease, Menstrual Cramps, Metabolic Syndrome, Migraines, Mood Disorders, Motion Sickness, MS, Nausea, Neurodegeneration, Neuropathic Pain, Obesity, OCD, Pain, Parkinson’s Disease, Prion & Mad Cow Disease, PMS, Psoriasis, PTSD, Rheumatism, Schizophrenia, Seizures, Sickle Cell anemia, Skin Conditions, Sleep Disorders, Spinal Cord Injury, Stress, Stroke & TBI, and Tremors. The list continues to grow all the time.
We have many options for people just starting out with CBD and the experienced CBD customer.
Dosage largely depends on body chemistry and everyone is unique. You will find that some trail and error will be needed. However, we have many tools and ways to help you find your dose.
There is information about finding your dose in
in the third section specifically
"How do I find my dose?"
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The simple answer:
Broad Spectrum CBD products generally contain more of the plant and other cannabinoids but has no THC down to 0.001% or below and is generally undetectable.
Full Spectrum, indicate that there is up to 0.3% Delta-9 THC and would most likely show on a drug test.
Isolate means that one of the cannabinoids such as CBD, CBG, CBC or CBN has been "isolated" down to the molecule and is 99% pure, containing no other cannabinoids and definitely no THC.
So many choices!
Sublingual Oil, many times called "Drops".
We also have Hard Candy that are a hybrid between "Edibles" and Sublingual.
Topicals application is popular.
For more on these options please feel free to read about it in the Blog:
You will find the relevant section towards the end of that Blog.