- the science
what is cbd?
cannabidiol (better known as cbd) is one of 100+ beneficial compounds aka cannabinoids that are found in the cannabis plant. currently being studied around the world, cbd is widely touted for its adaptogenic properties. think of cbd like nutrients for your endocannabinoid system which helps maintain homeostasis in our bodies.
what does cbd do?
defends against free radicals and
prevent (or slow) oxidative
damage throughout the body
may help to reduce swelling in the brain and nervous system
promotes proper brain function
and helps maintain healthy
blood flow to the brain
acts as a capable anti-convulsant
in both maximal electroshock
and audiogenic seizure tests
may assist with aches and soreness
by binding with pain receptors
to offer protection and relief
may help with mood
by optimizing serotonin
production and availability
the wide world of hemp extracts
while cbd itself is a simple molecule, there is a major difference
between the types of hemp extracts you will find on the market.
terpenes with thc
terpenes sans thc
just cbd by itself
hemp seed oil vs hemp flower extract
we're here to set the record straight once and for all.
hemp flower extract
hemp flower extract is generally extracted via supercritical co2 or ethanol and -- differing from hemp seed oil -- is extracted from (you guessed it) the tops aka flowers of the hemp plants. usually, hemp flower extract is cbd-rich and also contains essential terpenes, fatty acids, and other cannabinoids.
hemp seed oil
hemp seed oil is made from cold pressed hemp seeds. hemp seed oil is rich in essential fatty acids and antioxidants and is extremely healthy with many benefits in its own right, but it typically contains very little to no cbd content. many brands are out there selling hemp seed oil and claiming cbd, so beware.
discovered in the 90s, the ecs helps maintain homeostasis and regulate internal functions. homeostasis is the ability to maintain stability in an organism to account for environmental changes. basically, think of homeostasis as your body’s equilibruim and endocannabinoids as the tiny chemical engineers keeping it running at 100%.
can be found primarily in the brain and central nervous system, but are also present in your lungs, liver, kidneys and reproductive organs. modern research has found that cb1 receptors play a part in memory retention, motor functions, appetite, pain sensation, mood, and sleep.
located predominantly in the immune system with the highest concentration located in the spleen. when activated, cb2 receptors can stimulate a response that helps fight inflammation and reduces damage to tissues.
the ecs & your pets