Everything you wanted to know about CBD
At Mellow, we want to provide as much as clarity as we can about CBD (cannabidiol) as we can. We’ve put together a very basic guide to CBD and how it can support your overall wellness and lifestyle.
What is CBD and why?
CBD (cannabidiol) is just one of 400+ cannabinoids found in the Cannabis sativa plant that interacts with your endocannabinoid system. Each cannabinoid is a distinct chemical compound that can be found in what’s known as “hemp” or Cannabis sativa, otherwise know as marijuana. They can be found in both plants, as phytocannabinoids, or found in people as endocannabinoids.
Other plants have cannabinoids, but in the various strains of Cannabis sativa it is the most abundant. After THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) CBD is the most commonly commonly found phytocannabinoid in cannabis.
The difference between CBD and THC, comparing just two of the many cannabinoids found in a cannabis plant, is whether it induces a psychoactive effect. THC does and much of the Cannabis sativa strains are bred to showcase THC and its effects. Other strains, especially those with less than 0.3% THC content in the phytocannabinoid – labelled as hemp – is legally grown in many parts of the world, and contains CBD.
What does CBD do?
CBD works by interacting with your endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid influences your overall wellness in a variety of ways, and medical studies have described the endocannabinoid system as a “master regulatory system.”
The endocannabinoid system refers to a vast network of cannabinoid receptors that exist in your body. Different cannabinoids will affect different types of receptors to produce different outcomes. CBD is a potent cannabinoid as it interacts with receptors that can regulate other cannabinoids in your body to produce a particular outcomes — such as euphoria or support your body may need from a cannabinoid.
CBD and THC. What’s the difference?
CBD doesn’t get you high, as in, there are no psychotropic effects. Not in the conventional sense, anyhow. THC, simply put, delivers the euphoria, and CBD effectively acts as a balance to that. The relationship between THC and CBD is complex, co-dependent, and a dichotomy.
While CBD in itself isn’t psychoactive, it does interact by by sending signals to systems in our bodies that are within and outside of the endocannabinoid system. Some people who ingest CBD may describe a sense of well-being, calmness and a “mellow” 🙂 state.
What’s the difference Hemp vs Marijuana?
Hemp and marijuana are both types (or strains) of Cannabis sativa. The difference between them is that “hemp” has less than 0.3% THC per dry weight and the hemp plants used to make most of the the products on Mellow contain a high percentage CBD and a THC percentage that is lower than 0.3%.
How can you use CBD?
CBD can be taken in many forms – sublingually (under the tongue), orally, in tinctures, mixed into topical salvos or creams, capsules, vaporizers, in food and more. The form that you take will depend on what you’re looking to use CBD for.
CBD Isolate versus Full-Spectrum CBD
Full-Spectrum CBD (full-spectrum hemp) refers to the oil extracted from the whole hemp plant that contains both CBD and other naturally occurring cannabinoids in the plant but with less than 0.3% THC.
CBD isolate refers to pure CBD with no other cannabinoids. While you may get the benefits of the CBD itself, you would miss out on the entourage effect. Mellow offers both whole-plant extracts and isolates.
What is “Hemp-Seed Oil” and how is it different than CBD?
Hemp Seeds (hemp seed oil) contain NO cannabinoids. It is sometimes used as an ingredient with CBD or full-spectrum CBD since it is a good carrier oil for other cannabinoids. Some hemp products are being sold as a cannabinoid, but are basically simple hemp oils or hemp extracts, but with zero benefits from the cannabinoids. It’s also great in breakfast cereals that you may eat regularly, but be aware, non of the beneficial effects that cannabinoids might have are in hemp seed oil or hemp seeds.
It will however, help your body’s digestion in many ways.