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CBD Basics and Benefits


Today, thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill that legalized industrial hemp nationwide, as well as evolving perceptions and increasing knowledge about cannabis, people all over the country are getting a variety of benefits from THC-free CBD.


Here's what you need to know...

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Our products are made with CBD that has been derived from hemp,
not marijuana.

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CBD (Cannabidiol) is...

One of more than 100 cannabinoids, or phytochemicals, found in the hemp plant. The hemp plant is a type of cannabis plant that contains mostly CBD in terms of its cannabinoid content. Marijuana, also a member of the cannabis tribe, contains mainly THC, CBD’s more famous (and often misunderstood) cousin.

Unlike hemp seed oil, CBD is extracted from the plant’s stalks, flowers, and leaves. Hemp seeds don’t contain any CBD oil, although they do contain nutrients similar to flax seeds.

Since the late 1960s, THC was the focal point for researchers and cannabis enthusiasts. But in the 1980s, CBD started to get more attention. It has only been in the past few years that the scientific and health communities have really begun to take CBD seriously. We now know CBD offers many of the same benefits as THC, along with many distinct attributes, without getting high.

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Here's the science...

Studies have shown that CBD interacts with the body’s own Endocannabinoid system.

What is the Endocannabinoid System? The ECS is a self-regulating system of cannabinoid receptors that are located throughout the body. It communicates with nearly every system of the body, including the central nervous system, immune system and organs.

There are two cannabinoid receptors - CB1 and CB2 - and they are located on cells throughout the body. Cannabinoids are designed to stimulate the cannabinoid receptors. This stimulation activates the receiving neuron into action, triggering a set of events to pass along the message and carry out a variety of cellular responses needed for homeostasis and healthy functioning.

CB1 receptors are primarily located on nerve cells in the brain, spinal cord and central nervous system. They have been found to play a role in memory processing, motor regulation, discomfort sensation, mood, and sleep. CB2 receptors are found throughout cells in the immune system and its associated structures. When activated, they stimulate a response that fights inflammation, which can reduce discomfort and minimize damage to tissues.