Learn how hemp is grown, how CBD works and how it impacts the endocannabinoid system in this infographic series.
Much like the consumption of poppy seeds may lead to a positive drug test for opioids, the consumption of certain hemp products may lead to a positive drug test for tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is inherently present in trace amounts in hemp plants. The legal limit of THC in hemp is no more than 0.3%. Furthermore, the underlying science behind the conversion of certain cannabinoids, for example cannabidiol (CBD), when consumed, to other related cannabinoids, for example THC, is not yet fully understood. Although the risk is low, individual biochemistry, the possibility of conversion of cannabinoids and the possibility of trace, but legal, amounts of THC inherent in hemp products, we strongly suggest consulting your health care provider before consuming any hemp products if you are subject to drug testing.a
CBD is short for cannabidiol, it is a critical phytocannabinoid found in hemp known for supporting the body and mind in many ways. It is not to be confused with oil from hemp seeds which does not contain cannabinoids.
CBD does not come from marijuana, it comes from hemp plants. Hemp and marijuana are close relatives but are not the same, by definition hemp contains no more than 0.3% THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) the psychoactive compound found in higher concentrations in marijuana.
Hemp naturally has higher levels of CBD, a non-psychoactive compound known for helping human bodies maintain health and overall wellness and has no psychoactive effect.
There has been an almost exponential growth in the number of different CBD oils and hemp extract products available in the market place, purely as a result of people seeing positive effects in their health and wellbeing after using this health supplement in the daily dietary routine.
The best quality CBD oil products are derived from whole hemp plant extract with a full spectrum cannabinoid content with other cannabinoids and beneficial plant compounds like terpenes and flavonoids. It is believed that using whole plant maximises benefits derived throughout the body and supplies additional wellness components.
How does CBD work?
Decades of research have shown phy-tocannabinoids (CBD) to be a potent aid in supporting overall wellbeing in human bodies, achieved when CBD enhances the Endocannabinoid System (ECS).
What is the Endocannabinoid System (ECS)
The ECS was discovered in the 1990s and is thought to be one of the most vital and vast receptor systems for sustaining good health and has been recognised as an important modulatory system in the function of brain, endocrine and the immune tissues.
Recent science has found that the ECS does not only respond to Endogenous cannabinoids produced in the body, but also responds to external Phyto-cannabinoids or CBD as a means of enhancing the bodies ECS function.
Within the ECS there are receptors CB1 and CB2, located throughout the body. These neurons are a sort of lock, with cannabinoids acting as the key.
CB1 receptors exist in high numbers in the brain, especially in the Hypothalamus, Hippocampus and Amygdala.
CB2 receptors occur most commonly in the spleen, tonsils, thymus and the immune cells. The endocannabinoid system plays an import role in homeostasis.
Traceability is an important factor to take into consideration when looking for a product to buy, as the Hemp plant which is renowned for cleaning soil, was used in the process of cleaning the contaminated soil around Chernobyl (location of the world’s worst nuclear disaster). The results have been so remarkable that Japanese scientists considered using it as part of their clean up process for the Fukushima disaster, however, the difficulty obtaining hemp licenses prohibited them from using this miraculous plant.
Why mention this? It is important to remember that (for the same reason hemp is amazing at cleaning soil and pulling out heavy metals) the consumer ensures the products they are considering buying are quality hemp extract products that are responsibly grown with great agricultural care, preferably with a good manufacturing practice (GMP) accreditation such as that which has been awarded to CW Hemp (Charlotte’s Web Oil).
These are the questions we asked when looking for a quality whole plant hemp extract to stock in our shop. The questions where asked as a consequence of Savage Cabbage CEO Jade Proudman undergoing a number of major operations which took their toll on her, and we realised there was a need to enhance her wellbeing and improve her homeostasis.
We discovered that Charlotte’s Web Oil is a full spectrum hemp extract, more than just a CBD oil, with many beneficial compounds that come from their plants containing more than 80 other phytocompounds including Cannnabidiol (CBD) Cannabigerol (CBG) Cannabichromene (CBC) along with Terpenes and flavonoids.
Before you buy a CBD product consider using the following checklist:
What are terpenes and flavonoids?
While Terpenes and flavonoids are not cannabinoids they are compounds found in hemp and other plants. Terpenes are fragrant oils that bind to receptors in the human body and carry a variety of health benefits; flavonoids are groups of phytonutrients that serve as cell messengers with their own health promoting benefits.
All the component parts working together produce what scientist have named the “Entourage effect”
What is the Entourage effect and why is it important?
When researching the benefits of cannabinoids, or CBD and whole plant extracts, you may have seen mention of the “entourage effect” but what does that mean, and why is it important. The entourage effect is the results/effect produced from the synergistic interaction of the cannabinoids, flavonoids, terpenes and fatty acids naturally found in hemp. The entourage effect refers to the beneficial effect of all theses compounds working together as opposed to just one or two of these compounds working in isolation.