If you were looking for the technical definition of CBD, you have probably already stumbled across that CBD stands for cannabidiol (can·na·bid·i·ol). Cannabidiol is a compound found primarily in the flowers of the hemp plant.
What Is CBD?
Now that we know what CBD stands for, let’s dive into what exactly it is. CBD may be able to promote wellness without any psychoactive or intoxicating effects that THC has.
Taking a step back, cannabinoids are the molecules that give cannabis plants its medical and recreational properties. So far, there have been over 100 cannabinoids discovered. The two most common being CBD and THC. THC is well known for its intoxicating effects whereas CBD has been associated with promoting an overall sense of wellness and balance by supporting our bodies’ ECS.
Endocannabinoid System (ECS)
CBD and all cannabinoids work by supporting our bodies’ endocannabinoid system (ECS). The endocannabinoid system is an internal series of cannabinoid receptors that are located throughout our bodies which work to bring our body back into balance or homeostasis.
Our body naturally produces its own cannabinoids called endocannabinoids. When our body is not able to naturally produce enough endocannabinoids, supplementing with cannabinoids like CBD can help to support a healthy endocannabinoid system. To learn more about how CBD works with our ECS, check out this post!
CBD Derived From Hemp vs Marijuana
One of the most important things about the CBD you’ll be taking is making sure where it is sourced from. CBD that comes from hemp is much different than from Marijuana.
CBD derived from hemp contains little to no THC and actually is required by US law to contain less than 0.03% THC. Here at Neurorganix, we like to remove any chance of confusion and extract any trace amounts of THC from all of our CBD.
In order to check if your product is sourced from hemp and what exactly else the hemp extract contains, you can ask the company you are purchasing from for a third-party lab test or a certificate of analysis.
The Different Types Of CBD
There are a lot of different ways that CBD can be taken today! You can find nearly anything infused with CBD, and we know it can be a little confusing so we try and help educate as best as we can! Here are the different type of CBD out there and what to look out for!
Hemp Seed Oil
Hemp seed oil is a term you will see often in the CBD industry, and this is an important one to understand correctly. Hemp seed oil is not the same thing as CBD oil. Hemp seed oil is created by cold pressing the seeds of the hemp plant, and these seeds contain no cannabinoids and are not a source of CBD.
With that being said, it’s important to not confuse hemp seed oil with CBD hemp oil. A product like our CBD Oil Tinctures is created with CBD hemp extract, which very much has CBD within it.
A CBD isolate product is a product that contains purely CBD and nothing else. In order to get to this isolate, manufacturers extract all cannabinoids from the plant and filter the extract repeatedly until only CBD is left.
Full Spectrum CBD
On the other side of the scale, full spectrum CBD oil contains a wide variety of plant compounds and cannabinoids. It is the least processed form of CBD, and when made from hemp, full spectrum CBD still contains trace amounts of THC that will not lead to intoxication.
Since full spectrum has a wide variety of cannabinoids and other compounds, such as terpenes, it is thought that they may cause what is called an entourage effect, which basically means that the potential benefits of CBD are more than without them.
Broad Spectrum CBD
Broad spectrum CBD is very similar to full spectrum CBD. The difference between the two is that broad spectrum has 0% THC. All trace amounts of THC are extracted, but it still has other cannabinoids and terpenes.
Broad spectrum CBD is very common option to those who have any worries about putting even trace amounts of THC into their body.
Wrapping Up What CBD Stands For…
We know that there are plenty of questions out there about CBD oil in general and we encourage you to ask them! Feel free to send us a message directly and if we don’t know the answer, we’ll make a new article to answer your question specifically!