An introduction to CBD or Cannabidiol. Understand the basics and take wellness into your own hands. CBD stands for Cannabidiol. It is a natural, non-psychoactive and non-addictive oil derived from the Hemp plant, along with over 100 other naturally occurring cannabinoids.
What is CBD?
CBD stands for Cannabidiol. It is a natural, non-psychoactive and non-addictive oil derived from the Hemp plant, along with over 100 other naturally occurring cannabinoids. The Hemp plant is derived from the Cannabis plant and is cultivated to have extremely low to no THC and high CBD. CBD products sold legally in the United States must have their oil extracted from the Hemp plant and contain no more than 0.3% THC, which allows for wellness benefits without getting ‘high’.
Types of CBD
Content CBD is typically sold as Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum, and Isolate. While these categories are not federally regulated, the chart to the right shows common definitions understood within the industry. CBD product labels and Certificate of Analysis (COA) found online will tell you what type of product you're purchasing.
How does CBD work?
Every living mammal has a physiological, regulatory system called the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). The ECS naturally produces cannabinoid-like structures when the body senses imbalance so you can live comfortably and control things like pain, sleep and mood. It helps the body raise hormone levels that are too low, and lower hormone levels that are overabundant. The ECS has two receptors for cannabinoids - CB1 receptors are more prevalent in the brain and CB2 receptors are more common in the immune system. CBD is a phytocannabinoid (plant-based cannabinoid) that attaches to ECS receptors and inhibits the enzymes that break down endocannabinoids, leading to an increase in the body’s naturally produced cannabinoids. CBD becomes an asset when the body cannot produce enough cannabinoids naturally.
Benefits of CBD
Clinical research is limited on the effects of CBD, however early studies show it may be beneficial for overall and need-based wellness. What we do know is that the body’s ECS receptors are responsible for homeostasis regulating pain, inflammation, sleep, mood, appetite, immune system, memory, and the reproductive cycle. CBD may aid in activating the ECS receptors. This is true for both humans and our pets.
How to take CBD
CBD can be found in a multitude of products today - from tinctures (drops you put under your tongue) to capsules to topical creams. We recommend exploring the category to find what works best for you or your pet. You may combine more than one format. There is no official recommended serving size or dose for CBD. Effects will likely vary by individual based on weight, metabolism, CBD potency and usage frequency. We suggest starting with 2mg for every 10lbs of weight, two times per day, around the same time of day. Serving size may be increased until the optimal level is achieved. Our suggested usage is intended as a starting point and should not be considered medical advice.