It's the oldest new thing out there and there are so many companies using so many words and nothing seems to match from one to another so let's decipher some of the vocabulary and help you make an informed decision about whether it's right for Your health.
This is the word describing the pieces of the Cannabis plants that interact with receptors in the human body. Technically they are Phyto Cannabinoids and the ones Your body makes are called Endocannabinoids. The plant makes ones like THC (the major culprit behind the euphoric high your brain experiences from marijuana) and CBD (the balancer) while your body makes Anandamide (the bliss hormone associated with "runners high" and the natural high that accompanies happiness) and 2-AG (the body's police officers). Science believes our bodies make even more and has proven that the plant has 113 including CBG, CBC and CBN.
This includes our own internal cannabinoids and receptors. Two of the main receptors in the ECS are CB1 receptors, which are mainly found in the brain and nervous system, and CB2 receptors which are primarily found in the immune system and other organs of the body. When stimulated, this system supports balance, stability, and overall homeostasis in the body.
This means that the entire plant was used to create the product, it will contain 0.3% THC as well as other cannabinoids beyond just CBD and terpenes, which are the flavor profiles of the plant. Due to different variations in Hemp strains and cultivation the exact makeup can differ greatly so you should always consult the lab report for the batch to see exactly how it measures up.
This means that it includes several cannabinoids but does NOT contain THC. A true broad spectrum will also include terpenes though the term is widely used to describe anything without THC but more than just CBD so check those labs!
This is a refined and potent 99% pure CBD leaving out any terpenes or other cannabinoids resulting in them being undetectable on the lab results. This is the safest way to use CBD if you are subject to drug testing though you should always check the lab results to ensure the CBD was refined without harsh chemicals.
Not many of us would decide to sit down and chew on a stalk of hemp which means the delivery method needs to be altered. In order to transform the parts of the plant into a liquid form extra oils or liquids are added and which ones are used will change the way you can dose, how fast the dose effects you and the bio-availability of the dose. For example, oil and water do not mix so products with a Hemp Oil or MCT (multi-chain triglyceride, aka coconut oil) base will be restricted to sublingual use. Vegetable Glycerin however will mix with beverages allowing you to drink your dose.
This is an oil extracted from the seeds of a hemp plant using a cold expeller-pressed method. This oil does not contain cannabinoids. It is a food product that can be used for cooking and flavor. Hemp seed oil is high in Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids which are very good for heart health and makes delicious popcorn and salad dressing!
The number on the outside of the bottle denotes the amount of CBD in the entire bottle. Some companies will also break it down to how much you receive per dose/dropper which is just a division of the total milligrams by the total volume. Regarding a recommended dose, I keep it simple and small to start, 1:10. 1 milligram of CBD for every 10 pounds of person or pet. This is not a limit or definite, we are all different with different battles, but that gives you a place to start and the freedom and control to decide each day what your body needs.
I'm in Florida and the Sunshine State, as well as many others, demand that CBD products be tested to show potency and purity. Those results must be easily accessed via a scannable code on the product and/or a website providing the batch results. Your bottle should be stamped with a batch/lot number and that should lead you to the third party lab results proving to you what is in the bottle (and what isn't).
I cannot stress enough how important it is to deal with a company that provides labs and it totally transparent with you regarding their practices. You have made a conscious decision to use a natural alternative, now make sure it is.
The list is always growing and there is so much more to learn! Please visit my friends at Relive and enjoy their compilation in their CBD Dictionary.
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Hemp and Cannabinoid products are not evaluated or approved by the FDA. Nothing is guaranteed to provide medical relief, the information and products I share here are to be used with your best judgement and further research is always encouraged.
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