What is CBD?
A shortened form of the word “cannabidiol” One of the most abundant active compounds or “cannabinoids” in the hemp and cannabis plant. A wellness SUPERFOOD that is growing in popularity. A non-psychoactive compound –it won’t make you “high.” CBD stimulates your endocannabinoid receptors, thus promoting balance throughout your body. It is a powerful new tool in your fight for wellness.
CBD is a compound found in both Hemp and Cannabis plants. A non psychoactive compound that helps stimulate your endocannabinoid receptors, thus promoting a balance throughout your whole body.
The Endocannabinoid System
For years scientists have known that certain compounds in the cannabis plant, known as phytocannabinoids, have noticeable effects on functions of the human body. However they didn’t fully understand the reasons behind these effects. In the 1990’s scientists discovered that the brain itself produces compounds similar to phytocannabinoids, which are known as endogenous cannabinoids. These substances bind to specific sites in the brain known as cannabinoid receptors.
Cannabinoid receptor sites are located throughout the body, from the brain to the connective tissue. Cannabinoids bind to or stimulate these sites in order to regulate the function of the muscular system, immune system, nervous system and more. Scientists have discovered that cannabinoids stimulate two main receptors in the body; called CB1 and CB2.
Cannabinoid receptor type 1 is found primarily in the central nervous system, although some of these receptors are also present in the peripheral tissues, including the endocrine glands, spleen, heart and other locations. They respond to endogenous cannabinoids, such as anandamide, as well as external cannabinoids, such as THC and CBD.
Cannabinoid receptor type 2 is found only in peripheral tissues and is not typically found in the central nervous system. CB2 receptors respond to endogenous cannabinoids, as well as CBD, THC and other phytocannabinoids.
Together, CB1 and CB2 are responsible for regulating neuro-hormones in the body. These receptors have an active role in many different physiological processes, including memory, mood, sensations of pain, and appetite regulation. When cannabinoids are introduced to the receptors, the receptors activate and produce physiological changes and symptom relief.
Medical Research and Implications
Research about the effects of phytocannabinoids on the body’s cannabinoid receptors is ongoing. However scientists have already learned that certain cannabinoids, such as THC, bind directly with a specific type of receptor. In the case of THC, CB1 receptors are affected. Cannabidiol, or CBD, does not bind directly with either CB1 or CB2 receptors. Instead, it stimulates both types of receptors.
Cannabinoid receptors are responsible for regulating the balance of many everyday functions in the human body. These receptors are activated when cannabinoids are introduced into the body from external sources, such as CBD sublingual drops, CBD capsules or CBD infused lotions.
How do strains/cultivars differ?
The two most well-known strains of cannabis plants are Indica and Sativa. There is also a third category which is where the Sativa and Indica are cross bred to produce a hybrid. The differences between Indica and Sativa cannabis strains are the cannabinoids & terpenes profile, which are the naturally occurring chemical compounds that develop as the plant grows.
These result in giving a large and varied range of benefits.
The Indica range tends to provide a sense of calmness and relaxation and The Sativa provides many people with an uplifting and energising feeling.
Legalities regarding CBD products
Products containing CBD will not fall under the scheduling system that controls drugs in South Africa. CBD forms part of cannabis but is not psychoactive as you will see in our lab reports that our oils contains no THC the main psychoactive cannabinoid in marijuana.
Although you might feel energising experience with our Sativa oils you will not be ‘High’. If you are still uncertain please give us a email and we will answer any questions you might still have.