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WHAT IS CBD & HOW TO USE IT CBD, Cannabidiol, Cannabinoids and the Endocannabinoid System: What is All This Anyway?

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Getting Started

WHAT IS CBD?

CBD (also known as Cannabidiol) is one of about 200 cannabinoids found in the hemp plant. CBD isn’t psychoactive, and has been found to have a wide range of benefits for the body and mind.

AN INTRODUCTION TO CBD

CBD, short for cannabidiol, is one of hundreds of compounds, called cannabinoids, that are naturally occurring in the cannabis plant. A few of the more popular cannabinoids are commonly known as THC, CBD, CBG, CBC and CBN. While CBD remains non psychoactive (no high), it does interact with our internal regulatory processes called the endocannabinoid system.

From wikipedia: A cannabinoid is one of a class of diverse chemical compounds that acts on cannabinoid receptors, which are part of the endocannabinoid system found in cells that alter neurotransmitter release in the brain. Full article.

The endocannabinoid system regulates a wide variety of physiological processes, such as mood, memory and appetite. While ingesting CBD elicits an interaction with our internal receptors, it does so in ways that are quite unique to each individual – which is to say – the effects CBD has on you may differ from the effects it has on others. 

These differences speak to the complexity of our own physiological processes and current state of wellness. With this in mind, we encourage people to experiment and listen to their own bodies. Different products combined with different ingestion methods will contribute to the effect it has on you. Other naturally occurring compounds found in hemp, like terpenes, also factor in to the equation. Thankfully, we provide detailed lab reports as well as suggested use guidelines with each of our products so you can monitor exactly how much CBD you’re intaking. 

Interestingly, CBD is really just the tip of the iceberg in terms of exploring the effects of other cannabinoids. Extract Labs has recently released a CBG tincture to its product line. We are really excited to explore other cannabinoids to see what types of health benefits they may have as well.

For more information on terminology such as terpenes, hemp, full spectrum, broad spectrum and more, visit our post on CBD for Dummies.