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What is CBD?

CBD is the acronym for cannabidiol, the non-psychoactive, non-intoxicating organic compound found in hemp, a variety of the Cannabis Sativa plant that was once primarily known for its many other industrial and agricultural uses. Now hemp is the face of CBD! 

CBD is a cannabinoid, one of the over 100 unique organic chemicals (typically referred to as compounds) produced by cannabis plants. In plants, these compounds are specifically referred to as phytocannabinoids. They are also produced in the bodies of humans and animals; in that case, they are called endocannabinoids. You may have heard of the endocannabinoid system in the human body – that’s where the name comes from! (More on that later.) 

 

Cannabis is easily the most famous source of cannabinoids, but it’s not the only one. Other plants you may not have realized contain cannabinoids include black pepper, echinacea, and cacao. 

To very briefly touch on CBD vs. THC, the latter is the other famous cannabis compound. Short for tetrahydrocannabinol, this is the chemical responsible for the psychological effects of cannabis. This is in contrast to CBD, which is non-psychoactive and doesn’t lead to a head high, paranoia, or racing thoughts that are closely associated with THC.

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Where Does CBD COME FROM?

The cannabis plant itself has a long history, with earliest recorded use appearing to be in ancient China, sometime around 6000 B.C. But CBD as we know it was not discovered until 1940, by an American chemist named Roger Adams – a descendent of John Adams, the second president of the United States! Roger Adams was the first person to isolate and identify CBD. 

 

Unfortunately, in 1970 came the Controlled Substances Act, which made the possession of cannabis illegal and threw all forms of cannabis, including the hemp plant, into the same category. It wasn’t until the ‘90s that some progress toward legalizing cannabis for medicinal purposes was finally made. California was the first state to legalize medical cannabis. Massive progress has been made since then, with medical cannabis now legal in 36 states, while recreational cannabis is legal in 18 states, and public opinion continues to grow in favor of both.

 

Partially due to the groundswell of support for medical cannabis, CBD has become more and more popular. This is largely due due to the fact that it may be able to provide many medical benefits without the psychoactive components of THC. 

 

 Now, a plethora of research into CBD’s ability to help with pain is ongoing, with many studies showing promising results. A short list of studies includes a 2006 article which describes that preclinical and clinical studies have suggested that CBD may be useful in treating diverse diseases, including those related with acute or chronic pain; 2019 study that found application of CBD cream for pain twice a day to provide pain relief for a group of people suffering from a particular kind of jaw pain; a 2020 study about nerve pain in which many participants experienced reduced pain levels with the use of topical CBD oil; and a 2020 review of CBD formulations in pre-clinical studies found to have diverse medicinal properties, including anti-nausea, anti-emetic, anti-tumor, anti-inflammatory, anti-depressant, antipsychotic, and anti-anxiolytic.

Hemp vs marijuana

A quick lesson on hemp vs. marijuana: they are both botanical classes of the Cannabis Sativa plant, but tend to be grown for different reasons, resulting in different uses. Marijuana tends to have higher concentrations of THC and is typically grown for recreational, entheogenic, and medicinal purposes. Hemp is grown specifically for industrial and medicinal use, has naturally lower concentrations of THC, and higher concentrations of CBD. We’ll get into the modern legality in the next section, but another way to distinguish hemp is by its federally legal definition: cannabis and cannabis derivatives with extremely low (no more than 0.3%) amounts of THC.

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IS CBD LEGAL?

Yes! H.R. 2: The Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018, also known as the Farm Bill of 2018, legalized the use of non-THC cannabinoids from the hemp plant grown according to the specifications laid out by the legislation. Put simply, CBD is legal!

Hemp is defined as cannabis and cannabis derivatives with extremely low (no more than 0.3%) amounts of THC. The Farm Bill declassified hemp from the definition of marijuana in the Controlled Substances Act, allowing it to play a larger role in the agricultural industry.

 

Some states have their own hemp laws that do not mirror the Farm Bill. This handy chart from Leafly includes each state and explains the restrictions. Alaska, for example, has bans on CBD-infused food and beverages, while in Delaware all hemp growers must be affiliated with Delaware State University. The only states which have their own restrictions against CBD are Idaho, Iowa, and South Dakota, but federally, CBD is legal everywhere. 

What Are the Benefits of CBD? How Does It Work?

As we mentioned, CBD is one of hundreds of components in cannabis. A source no less than Harvard Medical School cites a report from the World Health Organization that states "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."

 

As for how CBD works, it’s now time for a quick lesson on the endocannabinoid system. A biological system in the human body, it’s composed of endocannabinoids, cannabinoid receptors, enzymes, neurons, and neural pathways. The ES is involved in a great deal of processes, including motor learning, appetite, and cognitive functions. The cannabinoid receptors exist to interact with endocannabinoids, but they also interact with phytocannabinoids, like CBD. The overall goal of the endocannabinoid system is to create and maintain homeostasis, or balance, within the body.

The existence of the endocannabinoid system is a major reason behind the potential benefits of CBD

which include the ability to support pain relief, ease tension, help with insomnia and sleep issues, provide stress relief, and even more medicinal and calming effects.

According to Harvard Medical School, both studies and self-reported anecdotes from humans suggest the following CBD benefits:

  • Relief from anxiety. Many studies and clinical trials are currently exploring this in depth; here’s one 2015 study that states current evidence indicates CBD has considerable potential as a treatment for multiple anxiety disorders.

  • Treating insomnia and general sleep troubles. In one 2019 study, CBD was found to improve sleep scores within the first month in 48 patients, as well as decreasing anxiety within the first month in 57 patients. 

  • Chronic pain. Numerous studies are exploring the role that CBD can have in chronic pain relief, with this 2020 study concluding that CBD is a well-tolerated and safe natural compound exerting analgesic effects in animal models alongside clinical studies. 


*Additional potential benefits of CBD include helping reduce cancer symptoms and side effects of cancer treatment; reduction in acne through the use of CBD oil; benefits for neurological disorders like epilepsy and multiple sclerosis; heart health; and substance abuse treatment. As time goes on and more research continues to be conducted, we’re sure to learn a great deal more about CBD and its growing list of potential benefits.

What are the effects?

We’ve discussed the major effects of CBD above, but to sum it up CBD may be able to promote a calming sense of well-being, which can contribute to stress and anxiety relief. Additionally, CBD is currently being studied for anxiety, depression, and pain, particularly chronic pain. Broadly speaking, CBD is generally well tolerated. According to the Mayo Clinic, the side effects are minimal and include dry mouth, diarrhea, reduced appetite, drowsiness, and fatigue. More important than these side effects is the fact that CBD can interact with other medications, specifically blood thinners. Avoid CBD if you’re on blood thinners and make sure to consult your doctor about interactions with all medications.

TYPES OF CBD PRODUCTS

Thanks to the federal legalization supplied by the Farm Bill, CBD is readily available in a variety of forms these days. What is CBD oil? How do topicals work? If you’re wondering about these CBD questions and more, keep reading to learn a bit about the types of CBD products!

CBD Edibles

As with any other herb, CBD can be infused into foods and beverages alike. Upon consumption, CBD enters the bloodstream through the digestive tract, taking an hour to absorb and lasting for about six hours. The word edibles probably brings to mind the cookies and brownies of pre-legalized yore. Now, CBD edibles come in a wide variety of forms. Other common edibles include the aforementioned baked goods, drinks, and all kinds of candy forms.

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CBD Oil Tinctures

CBD oil (essentially the same thing as CBD hemp oil) is becoming more and more common. The best CBD oil tinctures are produced by infusing cannabis flower or concentrate into a base in order to separate the active cannabinoids. The CBD oil is then combined with a carrier oil to help improve the bioavailability of the CBD, which helps the body absorb it – particularly ideal when it comes to CBD Night Oil, for example. One of the best carrier oils for CBD is organic MCT oil, which is what we use for our CBD oils at The Heart of Hemp

 

CBD oil usually takes 30 minutes to absorb and can last for five hours. CBD oil effects are similar to the effects of CBD across the board, although the bioavailability of the oil means that it may work more quickly. Tinctures come in small bottles and are served with droppers, so you would simply squeeze a serving size out of the dropper and under your tongue or into your food.

CBD Creams, Lotions & Topicals

CBD cream is one of our most popular CBD topicals. Arguably the easiest way to use CBD, all you have to do is rub it onto the part of the body that feels pain, allowing the skin to absorb the CBD. When CBD is rubbed onto the skin, it triggers a reaction with the receptors in the endocannabinoid system we discussed earlier. Since the goal of the endocannabinoid system is to achieve balance within the body, the interaction between CBD and the receptors can help do just that, supporting homeostasis and pain relief. 

 

CBD cream can be beneficial to many medical applications, such as the Active Release Technique specialized in by chiropractor Dr. Justin Lewis. In addition to body creams and lotions, other CBD topicals include skincare products like CBD Under Eye Balm and Body Oil alongside CBD Hand Sanitizer and CBD Facial Mist

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CBD Cartridges

CBD cartridges are a popular and convenient way to enjoy the potential therapeutic benefits of cannabidiol (CBD). These cartridges, compatible with vaporizer pens or vape devices, come pre-filled or refillable with CBD e-liquid or oil. Using them is straightforward – ensure your vaporizer pen is charged, attach the cartridge securely, and follow the device-specific instructions. Some pens may require a button press while inhaling, while others are activated by the act of inhalation itself. Once your CBD cartridge is ready, take slow and controlled inhalations, allowing the vaporized CBD to enter your lungs.

Cartridges are a widely popular choice as they don't take a lot of effort and are very easy to sneak off with without anyone knowing! Here at The Heart of Hemp we have 3 different flavors of CBD Cartridges, Cantaloupe Haze, Gelato Purple Punch.

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CBD Capsules

CBD capsules are yet another common form of CBD product that’s growing in popularity. CBD capsules are an easy-to-take option for anyone who doesn’t like the taste of CBD oils or other forms of CBD, but wants to benefit from the effects.

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