CBD: What is it?
What is CBD anyway?
Cannabidiol oil (CBD) has become a popular product in recent years and is seen by some as an alternative to THC, but how does it actually work? CBD interacts with our body through the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) and has several potential benefits. Let’s explore the different receptors and molecular pathways that are affected by CBD via the ECS and learn what happens when they are stimulated.
The Endocannabinoid System
The ECS is a receptor system responsible for supporting and maintaining a healthy balance, or homeostasis. It’s composed of cannabinoid receptors–CB1 and CB2–on cell membranes that regulate processes of eating, sleeping, relaxation, and cognition.
CB1 and CB2 receptors are activated when cannabis is consumed. CB1 receptors are found mostly in the brain and other areas of the body, and CB2 receptors are found mainly in the peripheral nervous system, organs, immune and gastrointestinal system. When it comes to CBD vs THC — the psychoactive compound of cannabis — THC binds more closely to the CB1 receptor than the CB2 receptor, while CBD interacts directly or indirectly with various receptors.
How CBD Oil Works
Derived from hemp plants, CBD is a mighty phytocannabinoid found in hemp and known for supporting the body and mind in many ways. CBD oil can’t interact directly with CB1 and CB2 receptors, but it activates the ECS to create balance. Our bodies produce their own endocannabinoids – but getting these compounds from outside sources, such as high-quality CBD oils, can give our system a real boost. CBD may also slow the breakdown of endocannabinoids by inhibiting the enzyme that metabolizes them, so the endocannabinoids can stay in your body longer.
CBD specifically comes from the flowers and leaves of the hemp plant. After harvesting, CBD oil is obtained by CO2 or alcohol extraction of the ground plant material to pull out the CBD and other beneficial compounds. Our CBD oils include premium hemp extract, carrier oil, and flavor. CBD contains less than .03% THC!
CBD Oil Benefits
CBD oil is lauded as a dietary supplement with multiple benefits, served in a typically a liquid dropper or sometimes capsules. Depending on the type of product or serving size, effects may vary but generally we to turn CBD oil for:
- Better sleep
- Reducing inflammation after exercise
- Supporting a sense of calmness
- Fighting Stress
CBD oil is a versatile supplement and health-conscious consumers who use it on a regular basis see positive effects. Studies show that hemp extract with CBD can be well-tolerated by many. With common results of calm and focus, relief from exercise-induced inflammation, support for healthy sleep cycles, and relief from everyday stresses, anyone looking for support in these areas might benefit from CBD oil. Quiet Fox Farms is proud to offer you a premium selection of CBD products that are organic and pesticide free! Feel free to take a look while you are browsing our site.