Today I want to talk about the science of CBD and how it connects to my motto in life: “knowledge is power.” My goal is to help you understand the chemistry and biochemistry of CBD so you can make an informed choice about whether or not it might be right for you. I want to empower you to look at the research and the science to look past the stigma and stereotyping associated with hemp. The grass-roots growth of the hemp industry (completely separate and distinct from marijuana) is a result of people choosing a more natural route to health and wellness. Because the “health” system we knew growing up no longer has our best interest in mind. The opioid crisis is a clear example.
The first step in making an informed decision about CBD is to understand the chemical makeup of the full class of compounds know as cannabinoids. Cannabidiol (usually abbreviated CBD) is a specific molecule found in both marijuana and hemp. Marijuana and hemp are closely related. They are both cannabis plants and they look similar, thus the confusion. The only way to truly tell them apart is to do chemical testing on the plants.
The difference between the two is a somewhat arbitrary legal definition based of the amount of another chemical, THC, (delta-9-tetrahyrdoxycannabidol) which is found in both plants. THC is the chemical that causes the “high” associated with marijuana. Therefore, to be classified as hemp, the plant must not contain more than 0.3% THC by weight. The Federal government has determined that this level will not produce any psychoactive effect from the use of extracts from this plant. Recent cultivation techniques have produced marijuana plants with varying levels of THC versus CBD, but typically, marijuana is high in THC and low in CBD content. Hemp, on the other hand is very high in CBD content and, by definition, must be extremely low in THC content (almost zero). Taking CBD will not cause you to test positive for marijuana, since the substance being tested is the THC compound.
(Be sure to ask, though, before taking any tests, because tests in some states still include CBD profiles)
The biochemistry of cannabinoids is relatively recent science. It was only in the 1990’s that biochemists discovered an endocannabinoid system within the human body. There are two distinct receptors, one type located in the brain and the other throughout the body. Similar to cholesterol, the body produces cannabinoids naturally, but one can also ingest them. The endocannabinoid system has been found to be involved with inter-cellular signaling that modulates a multitude of biochemical processes such as inflammation, blood pressure, cerebral blood flow, bronchial passageways and nervous system stimuli. Therefore, CBD has been found to be helpful for treating pain, migraines, headaches, muscle spasms, COPD, seizures, tremors, arthritis, anxiety and sleep disorders among other issues. It has been endorsed for use by the American Cancer Society for treatment of symptoms related to cancer and research is ongoing—but not yet conclusive—for use in shrinking tumors for some kinds of cancer.
Our CBD oils are made without the use of any chemical solvents. Many other brands of CBD are produced using butane, heptane, iso-propyl alcohol or worse. These leave residual solvents that are not healthy, especially for people who are already compromised due to medical issues. Additionally, these solvents are not healthy for the workers creating the products, and they are not healthy for the environment because they must ultimately be disposed of somewhere.
We at Hypatia Extracts are committed to our solvent-free formula for all of those reasons.
I encourage you to do your own research. Look at the links we have provided on our website and look beyond. Don’t let the stigmas against marijuana stop you from exploring the use of this powerful tool for health and wellness. If you do try CDB, I encourage you to be an informed consumer and be sure that it is not made with chemical solvents, and that it is hemp-derived.
And let us know how it goes!
Be well friends!