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What is CBD? In recent years, CBD has hit headlines across the country and around the globe. While cannabis itself has remained a hot topic in recent political news, it’s wonderful to see the integration of Cannabidiol (CBD) as a natural alternative.
At Infinite CBD, our mission is to improve the quality of life while educating the world on how to elevate their health to the next level.
This blog is a comfortable overview of all you need to know about CBD. Understanding the origins of CBD, its potential benefits, applications, global and local impacts, and legality is what we’ll go over.
Here, you will read a comfortable overview of CBD and all that it has to offer the world.
How Does My Body Absorb CBD?
Thanks to your internal Endocannabinoid System (also referred to as your ECS) cannabinoids are able to process within our bodies. Cannabinoids are the compounds one can find within cannabis plants – each with its own unique capabilities.
Your ECS is able to utilize these cannabinoids to work towards balancing your body’s homeostasis, allowing you to reach peak health when paired with a balanced diet and exercise. The ECS is built specifically to break down and absorb cannabinoids. Yes, that’s right – your body’s design is compatible with cannabinoids! Without the ECS, there would be very few benefits for consuming any cannabinoid, let alone CBD. Within your ECS there are receptors that grab onto the cannabinoid and absorb the particle. This brings us to our CB1 and CB2 receptors. To read more about the Endocannabinoid System and learn how it interacts with our bodies, check out our blog dedicated to just that!
How is CBD able to manage such a wide range of issues? All of this is due to those receptors – CB1 and CB2. In short:
- CB1 Receptors – These are personal to us, affecting our mood, appetite, thoughts, and other active brain functions. Our CB1 receptors support the attributes of ourselves that others are commonly able to notice.
- CB2 Receptors – Our “behind the scenes” receptors. CB2 manages inflammation and pain, working through our immune system.
A Brief History of CBD
It may seem like CBD is a recent discovery. However, this is far from the truth. CBD, as well as an array of other cannabinoids, have been used for centuries. The first documented use of cannabinoids was in 2737 BC, during the reign of Chinese Emperor Sheng Nung, who used his cannabis-infused drinks to avoid memory issues, malaria, rheumatism, and even gout. Even Queen Victoria is believed to have consumed CBD to assist with painful menstrual cramps until 1901. Among many other historical moments for cannabis, one stands out among the rest. In 1942, Roger Adams was the first chemist to successfully document the isolation of a CBD particle, separating the cannabinoid from its counterparts. It is Adams’ research that led future scientists to discover the most popular cannabinoid, tetrahydrocannabinol, or “THC” for short.
Chemists can extract CBD from both hemp and cannabis plants. So, what’s the difference between the two? For those that are unfamiliar, marijuana plants produce flowers that fuel the medical and recreational markets with THC. Hemp plants produce minute amounts of THC (<0.03%), leading them to be naturally less psychoactive. The hemp plant contains a much higher CBD concentration. It also contains a way higher protein content within its seeds.
The “Father of CBD”
In order to understand the potential of CBD identified by scientists, it is equally important to know where and why so much CBD research is being conducted. What you might not know is that Israel is a huge proponent of cannabis research. The country is, without a doubt, leading the world in THC, CBD, and other cannabinoid research. This brings us to Dr. Raphael Mechoulam Ph.D., a man that many refer to as the “father of cannabis” began researching cannabis with the blessing of government officials in Israel decades ago. Not only has he identified the structure on many cannabinoids, but isolated the molecules to learn more about specific attributes.
This history of research means that a significant amount of the research published today comes out of Israel. As worldwide restrictions on cannabis have decreased, more and more institutions are able to dive into the clinical applications of cannabis and CBD specifically. Before the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp was classified as a Schedule I drug by the FDA. This schedule status made it very difficult for institutions to study CBD in any capacity. Currently, as far as the FDA goes, there are fewer steps for companies to go through when studying clinical applications for hemp (contains less than 0.3% THC) compared to marijuana. As CBD grows to become the subject of more findings, it’s important that consumers have access to all of the information available. This way, they can note potential benefits.
Research confirms that the endocannabinoid system, and more specifically the CB1 and CB2 receptors, help the body achieve homeostasis, or balance. Receptors are located throughout the central nervous system. More specifically, one study states, “The ECS has emerged as one of the key regulatory mechanisms in the brain controlling multiple events such as mood, pain perception, learning and memory among others.” A body of research has tied a variety of CBD benefits to these essential body mechanisms.
How to Use CBD
There is a vast range of ways to get your daily intake of CBD. At Infinite CBD, product use and administrations vary to ensure that each customer can keep their preferences while trying something new. Customers have reported adding CBD to their favorite foods, cooking with CBD oil, utilizing tinctures, enhancing topicals and more. Thanks to modern science, we’re able to produce CBD products that fall perfectly into homes everywhere.
The only thing you want to be mindful about is the amount of extract and your preferred way to consume CBD. Rest assured, there is not a single report available that correlates overdosing and cannabinoids. Chances are, you won’t be the first. Keep in mind that less is more with CBD consumption, where a smaller dosage can be elevating and larger dosages can be sedative. If you’re experiencing discomfort in specific areas, apply directly to the location. This will make sure that absorption is quick and effective.
Know Your Local Laws
Due to major advances in our political system and a proper exercise of state rights, the farming and manufacturing of hemp in the U.S. is nearly as easy as farming any other crop. Like most others, it does require a list of licenses and certifications, but nothing too difficult. The 2018 Farm Bill has been a huge contributor to the movement of hemp and cannabis throughout the American political system. Every 5 years, congress takes a look at this bill to ensure the country is growing crops to adhere to the needs of their time. Since hemp was in high demand and the government saw no danger in passing farming laws for a non-psychoactive plant, hemp products (specifically CBD) were all thrown onto shelves – almost overnight.
While we believe this is a huge step for the entirety of cannabis, this has led to some uneducated business practices – taking advantage of a popular product to maximize on profit. As a consumer, it is more than overwhelming to sift through fact and fiction regarding a virtually unknown compound. This is why CBD 101 has come into effect – to educate the public on this topic as much as possible. Know Your Local Laws. Here is a handy tool for checking on the local laws of your area. Based in Lakewood Colorado, Infinite CBD is fortunate to have local legislation in favor of our business and valued customers. However some states require maneuvering and extra steps for customers to receive CBD
*Click here for an interactive map to check out your local laws regarding cannabis..
Infinite CBD Prodcuts
Infinite CBD is located in Lakewood, Colorado. Infinite CBD believes in the principle of creating the highest quality CBD products from organic Colorado-grown hemp. To ensure the highest quality products, we extract our CBD oil exclusively from hemp. We lab-test each batch of CBD at third party licensed laboratories. We’re happy to be transparent with our customers, and always willing to share the purity of our products. We understand each member of our community adds CBD to their wellness regimen for a different purpose. This is why we create a variety of CBD products. You can personalize how you would like to deliver CBD and also decide the potency of the product.
Infinite CBD products can be found in the form of Droppers, Capsules, Gummies, Nano, Topical, and even Pet products. For our plant-based customers, we offer vegan options. Additionally, to further our commitment to sustainability, our Leaping Bunny Certification guarantees cruelty-free CBD product selection. As you continue to learn more about CBD, we are eager to hear what you think. Please reach out to our team if you have any questions.