CBD is the health supplement buzzword right now. Even celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow name check it as part of their optimum health routine because of all of CBD’s benefits. But what is CBD and does it really live up to all the hype?
CBD, or cannabidiol, is a compound found in the cannabis plant. Yes, you heard it right, we said the cannabis plant. But before you start panicking about failing a drug test, understand that CBD’s effects do not include the high associated with marijuana. That’s because most CBD oil contains only trace amounts (less than 0.3%) of a compound called THC, which is responsible for the high feeling from marijuana, but in these tiny amounts its effects are barely perceptible. As a result, CBD oil is legal and safe.
Wondering what CBD feels like? It has all sorts of positive effects on the body such as relieving discomfort, reducing stress, boosting mood, easing inflammation, and generally helping the body get back into balance. And the fact that CBD doesn’t make you “high” means that people of all ages can safely enjoy its benefits.
What is CBD Made From?
Once upon a time, a few thousand years ago, a plant called “Cannabis Sativa” grew wild across the planet. In India cannabis was bushy and laden with glistening flowers. Ancient civilizations used substances found in the sticky buds to make health tonics and to “commune with the gods.” In Northern Europe, that same plant had long stalks and fewer flowers. Its incredibly strong fibers were used to make everything from rope to parchment and clothing. This variety of cannabis, known as hemp, became a staple crop. Hemp was the same plant as cannabis, it had just developed in different ways. People didn’t use it for psychotropic effect, but it was a vital part of folk medicine in northern cultures.
Fast forward to the late 20th century and scientists began to understand the different compounds in the cannabis plant and how they interacted with the human body. They called these compounds cannabinoids, but most of the early research focused on the psychoactive variant THC.
Meanwhile, a prohibitionist movement had taken hold in the US, and any cannabis containing THC was deemed illegal and dangerous.
In addition to THC, a much more low-key cannabinoid called CBD could be found in cannabis, which scientists originally thought was inactive. While CBD is found in very low levels in recreational marijuana, it is the most abundant cannabinoid in hemp. Hemp now provides the raw material responsible for most of the CBD oils on the US market.
Is CBD Marijuana?
At this point you might be asking, “If cannabis is hemp, what the heck is marijuana? And is marijuana the same as CBD?”
Marijuana is a term coined by the prohibitionist movement to discredit cannabis and confuse regulators. These days, it can refer to both recreational and medical cannabis, but the key point is that marijuana contains the compound THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), which is responsible for marijuana’s famous intoxicating effect.
Most CBD products on the market contain either less than 0.3% or zero THC. At SHEbd™ we use our own proprietary extraction techniques to remove all traces of THC, while keeping hemp’s other natural and beneficially active ingredients (minor cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, etc.) intact.
Either way, to answer the question: “Will CBD get you high?” The answer is definitely no. The lack of THC also means that CBD oil made from hemp is legal in most states.
Is Hemp Oil the Same as CBD oil?
Things can sure seem confusing for anyone buying CBD oil for the first time. Some companies sell hemp oil, others hemp seed oil, and they all look the same. But are they, really?
Let’s start with hemp oil. Some CBD brands call their CBD products hemp oil for legal reasons, and the only way to really know for sure whether they contain CBD is by looking for CBD or cannabidiol on the label. To be doubly sure, it’s also a good idea to look for third party lab tests that confirm what you see in their marketing materials. These lab tests will show not only the cannabinoid content, but also whether the products contain dangerous pesticides, heavy metals, or mold.
And then there’s hemp seed oil. This is extracted from hemp plant seeds and is a nutritious source of Vitamin E, as well as the essential fatty acids Omega 3 and 6. However, hemp seed oil doesn’t usually contain CBD or any of the other active ingredients found in CBD oil. That said, many CBD companies use hemp seed oil as a carrier oil for their CBD products.
What Does CBD Oil Contain?
This may seem like an obvious question. I mean, CBD oil must contain CBD, right?
It’s true, CBD is the main active ingredient in CBD oil, but whole plant or broad spectrum CBD oil also contains other key molecules from the hemp plant (spoiler alert – some fancy science is coming your way, but stay with us, it will be worth it).
In addition to minor cannabinoids such as CBG, CBN and CBC, broad spectrum CBD oil contains organic compounds known as terpenes. These guys are found throughout nature, giving plants and flowers their pleasant aroma. But that’s not the extent of their wonders. Terpenes have been found to produce various medicinal effects in the body: limonene can ease anxiety; pinene is antibacterial and eases breathing; and linalool promotes deep relaxation. All of these terpenes and more can be found in hemp.
Then there are flavonoids (sorry, another scientific term) – these provide the myriad of colors found in plants and flowers, but with some interesting therapeutic effects of their own. They are perhaps the least studied compounds in hemp, but that doesn’t mean they’re unimportant.
Whole Plant CBD vs. CBD Isolate
We believe it’s important to highlight all the amazing ‘extras’ in CBD oil to help clarify the difference been ‘whole plant CBD’ and ‘CBD isolate’.
CBD isolate is a purified form of CBD, with everything else taken out. This might sound attractive to those of us used to thinking “the purer the better,” but this isn’t the case when it comes to CBD oil. There is a unique synergy found among hemp’s hundreds of molecules which is known as the “entourage effect.” To quote Aristotle, this is when “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.”
Science hasn’t yet demonstrated how the entourage effect works, but anecdotal accounts suggest that not only is whole plant CBD more effective, but you can take a lower dosage and get the same benefits compared to taking just a CBD isolate. The health benefits provided by extraction from the whole plant, in addition to the lower dosage needed, is why all of SHEbd’s products contain whole plant, broad spectrum CBD oil rather than isolate.
How will CBD Make Me Feel?
People take CBD for different reasons; to ease anxiety and stress, to reduce discomfort and inflammation, to aid sleep, or even just as a dietary supplement to boost optimum health. Every woman is unique, and CBD’s effects are different for every woman.
Some people feel very relaxed, others may experience greater alertness or concentration; it really does vary from person to person. Very few people experience side effects, especially if the CBD oil they have bought comes with third party verification. But occasionally some people report feeling energized when what they really want to do is go to sleep, or having some minor stomach upset. But really, CBD has an excellent safety record which has even been acknowledged by the World Health Organization.
Remember, our products are THC-free, so the only high you’ll feel will come from the peace of mind (and body) you get from fast-acting relief from discomfort, aches and the stresses life can throw at you.
Furthermore, there is also no risk whatsoever of becoming addicted to CBD. Furthermore, the compound is currently being researched as a potential treatment to reduce the cravings in cocaine, heroin, and tobacco withdrawal.
Where to Buy CBD
There are currently hundreds of CBD oils on the market in the United States and knowing which brand to choose can feel like an insurmountable task. One thing we do know: it’s important to look for CBD made from organic hemp using the cleanest extraction methods possible. Our SHEbd CBD is made from 100% organic certified American grown hemp. We have developed our own proprietary extraction technique to remove all traces of THC while keeping the other naturally synergistic compounds intact.
But don’t just take our word for it. We test all our CBD products in house. These results are then verified by a third-party lab, with certificates of analysis and potency reports available for review. This, combined with our commitment to Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) standards, means that by choosing SHEbd, you can trust that your CBD oil contains just what it says on the bottle.
Many people buy CBD oil online. This is nothing to be worried about and is perhaps the most popular way of buying CBD. Increasing numbers of health food stores also offer CBD for sale. No matter where and how you buy, just make sure the products include the key certifications crucial to quality CBD oils.
At SHEbd™ we take great pride in our organically sun-grown, whole plant broad spectrum CBD containing 0% THC. In addition to CBD Oil Tinctures, we also offer CBD Softgels, CBD Balm, CBD Comfort Cream, and CBD Sheet Face Masks.