Are you curious about CBD? CBD products have been gaining mainstream traction due to their purported health benefits. However, since its rise in popularity is relatively new, it can be hard to get all the CBD facts straight. These 10 CBD Facts will help clarify your understanding about CBD and if it is right for you.
10 CBD Facts
1. Legally Compliant CBD Comes From Hemp Plants
CBD Fact #1 – Hemp and marijuana are both sources of CBD. Hemp generally contains higher amounts of CBD compared to THC, and marijuana is the opposite. That’s why CBD derived from hemp (like Aunt Bonnie’s) is legal, and CBD derived from marijuana isn’t. (Continue reading for more on the legalities.)
2. CBD Doesn’t Produce the same “high” of THC
CBD Fact #2 – CBD’s most well-known effect is the calming feeling frequently associated with the cannabinoid. Aunt Bonnie likes to compare it to the way you feel after you enjoy a few sips of wine. CBD is, however, non-intoxicating, which means it doesn’t produce the same “high” of THC.
3. CBD and the Endocannabinoid System
CBD Fact #3 – Research is still being conducted about the full effects of CBD on the body. The Human Endocannabinoid System (ECS) plays a role in sleep, memory, mood, reproduction, fertility, and appetite functions. This is good news for people who want to address issues with those body functions.
In addition to these known functions, the Human Endocannabinoid System has also been linked to several other processes like learning and memory, motor control, liver function, bone remodeling and growth, immune system responses, metabolism, and skin and nerve function.
Everyone responds differently to CBD. Some people may see or feel the effects more than others. When you start taking CBD, start small, see how you feel, and adjust from there. The dose varies for everyone. It depends on your age, weight, the severity of the issue you would like to address, and your body’s absorption rate. Incrementally increasing your dose over time will help you find the right CBD dose for your unique needs.
4. The Entourage Effect Includes CBD
CBD Fact #3 – The “entourage effect” means that compounds found in hemp plants work together to increase the therapeutic benefits of each cannabinoid, which define each type of CBD—more on that later. Basically, this effect is what makes hemp products effective. CBD by itself has many potential benefits, but when it’s paired with other cannabinoids found naturally occurring in the hemp plant (Full Spectrum), you can enjoy CBD the way nature intended.
5. CBD Oil and Hemp Seed Oil are Totally Different
CBD Fact #5 – CBD oil and hemp seed oil are not the same things. Hemp seed oil is made from the seeds of the hemp plant. Hemp seeds are even sold in grocery stores! Hemp seed oil is commonly found in cooking oils because it’s high in omega-3 fatty acids. There is no CBD in hemp seeds.
Full Spectrum CBD oil or Full Spectrum Hemp Oil is made from the flower of the hemp plant. CBD-rich flowers can have up to 10% CBD content. With a natural hemp flavor, CBD oil may help to relax your body and mind, increase focus, maintain healthy sleep cycles, manage everyday stress, and aid in exercise-induced inflammation*
As you shop for CBD oil be sure to look for Full Spectrum not Hemp Oil as the Full Spectrum Extract is made from the flower/buds of the hemp plant and contains hundreds of cannabinoids. Click here to browse Aunt Bonnie’s Full Spectrum CBD oil products.
6. There Are Three Types of CBD
CBD Fact #6 – There are three types of CBD; Full Spectrum CBD, Broad Spectrum CBD, and CBD Isolate.
Full Spectrum CBD is an extract that contains everything that occurs naturally in the plant. The full spectrum of compounds found in the plant creates the “entourage effect.” All of the elements work together to increase the therapeutic benefits of each cannabinoid. If you’re looking for the full benefits of the hemp plant the way nature intended, Full Spectrum CBD is the right choice for you. The versatility and positive effects of Full Spectrum CBD are well suited to the widest range of people, which is why we carry Full Spectrum CBD here at Aunt Bonnie’s.
Broad Spectrum CBD is full spectrum hemp extract but with the cannabinoid THC removed. Now that full spectrum CBD has been around for a while, consumers understand that full spectrum CBD does not get you high like traditional weed and most consumers are reaching for full spectrum to receive the full benefits as nature intended. If you are nervous about full spectrum CBD Aunt Bonnie recommends starting with a half dose of our Starter Strength Full Spectrum Hemp Extract.
CBD isolate is where the cannabinoid CBD is removed from the full spectrum hemp extract. This leaves you without all of the full benefits of the plants working together as it also removes other compounds such as flavonoids.
7. Pets Can Consume CBD
CBD Fact #7 – CBD has been shown to improve joint mobility, ease joint stiffness, and support flexibility in pets. It also helps calm hyperactive or nervous animals like dogs and cats. Many pet parents choose CBD products for their furry friends because CBD supports the management of everyday stresses such as riding in the car, separation, or fear from loud noises. CBD may also improve pet skin and coat health.
Here at Aunt Bonnie’s, we offer CBD for pets as a chew and as an oil. The CBD Dog Chews are specifically for dogs but the Pet CBD Oil is designed for cats or dogs. Which product is best for your pet depends on how you would prefer to give the CBD. Some pet lovers like to start their pet’s morning breakfast with the CBD oil and then give them some tasty treats throughout the day, or when on the go. Learn more about CBD for pets.
8. CBD Is NOT Addictive
CBD Fact #8 – Since CBD is derived from the cannabis plant, many people associate it with marijuana and assume it has the potential for addiction. The World Health Organization Expert Committee on Drug Dependence recently concluded that CBD is nonaddictive, has no withdrawal symptoms, and that it exhibits no potential for abuse or dependence.
CBD is non-habit forming because CBD doesn’t have much influence on the brain receptors. THC stimulates the brain’s dopamine-based reward system, meaning that with THC the brain will be trained to receive a reaction whenever THC is consumed. So with THC, you may develop an addiction to stimulating the brain, but with CBD you’re safe from addiction. CBD has minimal effects on the brain and doesn’t stimulate the reward system, so you won’t become addicted to consuming the substance.
9. CBD is Safe
CBD Fact #9 – With CBD, you typically don’t see side effects and only experience the potential benefits. According to the World Health Organization “To date, there is no evidence of public health-related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.” CBD has what clinicians call a ‘favorable safety profile,’ due to the fact that it doesn’t change major factors like heart rate, blood pressure, or body temperature and it doesn’t affect psychological functions.
As with any dietary supplement you many want to consult your licensed physician, especially if you are taking other medications, pregnant or breastfeeding.
10. CBD is Legal
CBD Fact #10 – We’ve got some great news for you! Buying CBD products is legal in the United States! The Federal Farm Bill (the Agricultural Act of 2018) legalized the production and sale of hemp bred with 0.3% percent or less THC. Therefore, yes, CBD like Aunt Bonnie’s is federally legal. Learn more about CBD legalities.
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*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.