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CBD 101

New to CBD? We’ll make it simple for you. Learn about the basics of CBD from our team of experts. From how much to take to how to integrate CBD into your daily routine. We make Wellness Simple.

You may be asking yourself what exactly CBD is, how it works, and what it may be able to do for you. You might have heard and seen tons of reported benefits from your friends or online. The truth is tons of people are waking up to the potential benefits of CBD, trying it in different forms such as topicals, tinctures, vape cartridges, or CBD hemp flower.

If you’re looking to try CBD, but unsure where to start, read further.

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol (CBD), a constituent that naturally occurs in industrial Hemp, is just one of over 140 cannabinoids that are identified in hemp. CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid, unlike THC. 

Chances are you know someone who has tried it, or you have tried it for yourself. Perhaps you’ve even tried its psychoactive cousin THC.

Both THC and CBD can be extracted from hemp or cannabis. But, you might be more familiar with the term marijuana. So what’s the difference?

Marijuana vs. Hemp: The Difference

The difference? Well, that may depend on who you ask. Hemp and marijuana are actually part of the same exact species of plant — the genus Cannabis (Family Cannabaceae). But, legally the two have been differentiated based on the amounts of THC a given cannabis plant has.

Most CBD products are made from hemp that is rich in CBD.

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The Endocannabinoid System

When your body metabolizes CBD or THC, they interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). And even if you don’t use cannabis, this system is active in your body.

The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) is a cell-signaling system that plays a role in regulating the body’s functions and processes. Though science doesn’t know exactly how it works or all of its functions, research links ECS to many bodily functions.

These functions include:

These functions contribute to the stability of your body’s internal environment. Many experts believe the ECS takes action to help the body maintain homeostasis.

The ECS works through three main components: endocannabinoid receptors, endocannabinoids, and enzymes.

Endocannabinoid receptors are mainly found in the central nervous system and the peripheral nervous system.

Endocannabinoids are naturally produced as needed by the body and bind to these receptors.

Enzymes break down these endocannabinoids after they’ve served their function.

How CBD interacts with the ECS

Unlike THC, CBD won’t make you “high.” CBD binds to the endocannabinoid receptors in a different way. Experts aren’t completely sure how CBD binds to the receptors, but many believe it can prevent endocannabinoids from being broken down. Others believe it binds to receptors that have yet to be discovered.

Research suggests CBD can help certain conditions like pain, nausea, and other symptoms associated with health conditions. And one theory some experts believe in is clinical endocannabinoid deficiency (CECD).

This theory suggests that low endocannabinoid levels can contribute to the development of certain conditions. In a 2016 research review, this theory could explain why some people develop migraines, fibromyalgia, and irritable bowel syndrome.

If CECD plays a role in the development of these conditions, CBD may be a missing element to treating them. Though, research is yet to come to a conclusion.

Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum, & CBD Isolates

If you’ve shopped around for CBD, you’ve likely seen these terms throw around. But what do they mean?

Full Spectrum CBD | <0.3% THC

Full Spectrum CBD products contain a hemp extraction that contains the full range of compounds found in hemp. They contain cannabinoids (including less than 0.3% THC), vitamins, minerals, flavonoids, proteins, and flavorful terpenes found from a hemp source. All of these together are intended to provide the full potential of health benefits.

Broad Spectrum CBD | <0.05% THC

Broad spectrum CBD products take the extraction process a step further to reduce the amounts of THC to non-detectable levels. They’re also intended to provide all of the potential benefits of hemp extract, with a stronger emphasis on reducing THC levels.

CBD Isolate | 0% THC

CBD isolate products have removed all the other compounds found in hemp extract, leaving the CBD completely isolated. These products can provide all of the potential health benefits of CBD, but may lack the potential benefit of the other compounds.

The Main Benefits of CBD

Anecdotes most often claim the following benefits of CBD:

pain relief

Relief from chronic pain

sense of calm

Relaxation from mild anxiety

improved sleep

Improved sleep quality

anti inflammatory

Reduced inflammation

Servings and Dosages

Unsure which milligram dosage and CBD strength to buy? The best recommendation is always going to come from your primary care physician. And, the FDA has not standardized a recommended daily intake of CBD.

How much you take depends on variables such as weight, metabolism, genetics, gender, and other things we don’t quite know fully yet. Research has shown that as little as 25mg a day can have an effect.

Just as trying anything new, it’s best you ease into your CBD routine starting with a small dosage for a consistent period to understand how it affects you. Finding your ideal dose may take time, so be patient.

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Purity and Potency of CBD Products Matters

Your experience with CBD can be largely determined by the quality of the product you choose. Ensure a positive experience by choosing a product from a reputable, transparent source.

At SMPLSTC, our motto is “Wellness Made Simple.” And we believe you’ll find simplicity in our lab-tested CBD products. Our CBD oils are CO2 extracted resulting in a solvent-free, pure extract. You can verify the purity of yourself by simply looking at the lab test results on our products pages or scanning the QR code on the product label.

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