Hemp, CBD, THC and Everything You Need To Know About CBD Oil
CBD is a contraction of Cannabidiol and is a compound that can be extracted from the cannabis plant. It plays a key role in activating the endocannabinoid system in the body which helps to regulate and maintain health in a wide variety of bodily functions. As these effects have been studied CBD has shown remarkable promise in a number of therapeutic applications, most notably, chronic pain relief and treatment for several types of cancer1.
CBD, THC and Other Cannabidiol Compounds
However CBD is far from the whole story. CBD is often used as a shorthand for Cannabis Plant Extraction, but that isn’t actually accurate. CBD only comprises about 40%, at most, of the compounds that can be extracted from the cannabis plant. The exact proportion and the other compounds that can be found in a tincture or topical made from these extractions will depend a great deal on the quality of the plant itself, the conditions in which it was grown, and the process used to extract and refine it.
There are actually over 100 different compounds that can comprise the make up of a particular extraction. Each of which interacts with the body in uniquely beneficial ways. Perhaps most importantly, numerous studies have shown that cannabinoid compounds work best when they are allowed to work in synergy together inside the body 2.
What this means is that “purer” CBD can actually be less beneficial for you than a full-spectrum extraction that includes as many cannabinoid compounds as possible.
Compound Synergy and The Part THC Plays In CBD Extractions
Perhaps the second most recognisable cannabinoid compound to CBD is THC, or Tetrahydrocannabinol. It is the main psychoactive compound in cannabis and is largely responsible for the “high” that people experience.
Though many people assume that this means it should be completely removed from CBD extractions, numerous studies have shown that a small amount of THC is essential for maximising the physical and mental benefits produced by other cannabinoid compounds, including CBD.
At Happy Buddha Hemp, we aim for around a .2% – .3% concentration of THC in our extractions. That’s not enough to impair those using our products, but just enough to properly activate the endocannabinoid system in the body and maximize pick up and interaction of the other compounds.
We want to offer relief to anyone seeking it and many people are precluded from any interaction with THC for a number of reasons. That’s why we also offer a range of extractions that are THC free, even though it may reduce their effectiveness.
These beneficial interactions are not just limited to CBD and THC. As more research is conducted, more and more evidence is being revealed that there are dozens of complex, beneficial interactions between cannabinoid compounds and different parts of the endo-cannabinoid system.
What Is The Endo-Cannabinoid System and What Does It Do?
The answer to the first part of this question is pretty straightforward. The answer to the second part is something that science is still fully exploring.
In brief, the endo-cannabinoid system is a series of nerve receptors throughout the body that interact with cannabinoid compounds. However, the exact nature of these interactions varies widely depending on the compound and what part of the system we’re talking about. The optimal combinations and applications for different situations are the subject of extensive study in a wide variety of therapeutic fields including gut and digestive health 3, cancer treatment 4 and even neural function5.
What science has learned so far tells us that the endo-cannabinoid system is involved in almost every process of the body. In fact cannabinoid compounds interact with almost every aspect of how our bodies function and heal.
The most appropriate blend of compounds and applications for particular conditions are already well understood. More specialized treatments and applications are being discovered every day as we delve deeper into the benefits these compounds can bring us. At Happy Buddha Hemp it’s our mission to bring these benefits to as many people as possible. That’s why we offer both an online CBD product recommendation quiz, and a no-obligation CBD consult with one of our Expert Hemp Advisors, both at no-cost.
Click the links to check them out, and come back soon for more news and information about Hemp, CBD and other cannabinoid compounds that are so important to full health.
- National Library of Medicine – https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31447137/
- National Library of Medicine – https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/18728714/
- National Library of Medicine – https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29562280/
- National Library of Medicine – https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25916739/
- National Library of Medicine – https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25667194/