What is CBD and is it legal?

CBD (short for cannabidiol) is one of at least 113 natural chemical compounds known as cannabinoids found in the Cannabis sativa plant. Hemp is the name used for cannabis that contains less than .3% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Although hemp is cannabis, the terms “cannabis” and “marijuana” generally refer to cannabis that contains more THC and less CBD. The 2018 farm bill made CBD derived from hemp legal at the federal level. CBD derived from hemp, which is what Nature’s Legend sells, is now also legal at the state level in all 50 states.

How will CBD benefit me?

CBD is thought to play a role in human wellness, health, and vitality. Studies and anecdotal evidence suggest that CBD supports stress management, provides relief from aches and pains, and promotes restful sleep. Three reasons CBD is so exciting to people are: 1) CBD has limited side effects; 2) CBD is not addictive, and 3) It’s nearly impossible to overdose on CBD.

Will CBD get me high?

By law, hemp-derived CBD must have less than .3% THC, which is the component in cannabis that causes a psychoactive effect. Because it contains such a small amount, CBD doesn’t have any psychedelic effects, meaning CBD won’t make you feel high. Because CBD is also extremely safe and free from many of the common negative effects of THC, like anxiety, munchies, forgetfulness, and clumsiness, it’s a great option for people who want to benefit from cannabinoid-based supplements, without having it interfere with their daily lives.

What is the Entourage Effect?

When the phytocannabinoids are present together, they have a synergistic effect within your body called “the entourage effect” where they work together to increase the overall wellness potential. The entourage effect is why full spectrum CBD, which contains multiple phytocannabinoids is more popular than CBD isolate, which just contains CBD.

What is the difference between CBD isolate, full spectrum CBD, and broad spectrum CBD?

CBD isolate is made by isolating CBD and then refining it to a single compound, which results in an almost pure (about 99%), highly potent dose. Pure CBD sounds appealing but does not give you the benefits of the entourage effect, which, as mentioned, is why most people prefer full spectrum CBD.

Besides other phytocannabinoids, full spectrum hemp CBD products contain other beneficial components such as flavonoids, terpenes, vitamins, minerals, proteins, and fatty acids. 

Broad spectrum CBD is similar to full spectrum CBD, but with all the THC removed. It’s ideal for first-time users who are hesitant about taking even a small amount of THC

What is the endocannabinoid system?

The endocannabinoid system (ECS) was discovered by scientists in the mid-1990s. All vertebrates and invertebrates have an endocannabinoid system.

The endocannabinoid system acts on multiple systems in our body including the cardiovascular, respiratory, reproductive, and nervous systems. It sends outs neurotransmitters to all your body parts to check whether everything is running smoothly. If it finds a problem, it sends out instructions on how to fix it.

Unfortunately, the endocannabinoid system is easy to throw out of whack. Your diet, how much you exercise, your stress level, and so on can take a toll on it.

It’s our good fortune that the cannabis plant interacts positively with the endocannabinoid system, our body’s primary control system. 

Note: The cannabinoids in cannabis are commonly referred to as “phytocannabinoid” with “phyto” meaning plant. The term “endocannabinoid” (“endo” means internal; within) refers to the cannabinoids found in our bodies–which work similarly to phytocannabinoids.

What is endocannabinoid deficiency?

Endocannabinoid deficiency is when your body doesn’t produce enough cannabinoids on its own, which results in an imbalance within the homeostatic processes. It’s a theory first proposed in 2001 by Dr. Ethan Russo, Director of Research and Development for the International Cannabis and Cannabinoids Institute. It’s not known if endocannabinoid deficiency happens because of illness or mental distress or whether it’s genetic. Because the ECS plays such a critical role in so many bodily functions (sleep, mood, clarity) not having enough cannabinoids can cause problems and have lingering effects. It’s why many people have embraced cannabis high in CBD and the various other cannabinoids as part of their preventative medicine strategy.

How does CBD work within your body?

Unlike other cannabinoids, CBD doesn’t bind directly to the cannabinoid receptors in your ECS. It’s thought that, among other things, CBD works to prevent the endocannabinoids in your body from being broken down. Plus, CBD interacts with neurological pathways such as serotonin receptors (for mood), vanilloid receptors (inflammation, pain, and heat perception), and your immune system. In a nutshell, it’s thought that CBD helps your body “fix” itself by restoring balance, which helps you function at an optimum level.

Are there any side effects from taking CBD?

Although CBD is generally well-tolerated, in some instances, people have experienced side effects. The good news is that side effects tend to be very mild and include things like, nausea, dry mouth, decreased appetite, fatigue, or diarrhea. If you find that you have any side effects, simply reduce your CBD dosage until you feel better.

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