Updated: 4 days ago
Chances are you’ve probably heard a thing or two about CBD (Cannabidiol), the new, hemp-based compound that’s sweeping the nation. A potent anti-inflammatory agent often sold as CBD oil, CBD is non-intoxicating, meaning it doesn’t get you “high”. This, combined with CBD’s potential therapeutic uses, has resulted in a CBD boom, with industry analysts predicting the industry will be worth $22 billion by 2022.
But just what is CBD, really? Will it work for me?
Many people report using CBD to help with a variety of issues such as chronic pain. But before we can fully understand what CBD is we have to understand the systems our body has in place to metabolize it. Which brings us to…
The Endocannabinoid System
Our body relies on a complex system of chemical messengers to help it maintain balance. These chemical messengers and their receptors form a network known as the endocannabinoid system (ECS).
The ECS is responsible for governing many different systems to maintain balance. These include the digestive tract (digestion/appetite), processes relating to sleep, mood, memory, pain and inflammation.
Chemical messengers produced by our bodies that interact with the ECS are called endocannabinoids. Endocannabinoids “dock” at receptor sites to interact with them. The binding affinity, or how well a chemical binds to a receptor, is a good indicator of how well a certain chemical will activate the ECS.
Two prominent receptor sites within the ECS are the CB1 and CB2 sites. CB1 receptors are found throughout the brain and nervous system while CB2 sites are primarily located in the immune system and digestive tract.
What does this have to do with CBD?
Everything, dear readers.
How CBD Interacts With The Endocannabinoid System (ECS)
The reason why cannabinoids feel so wonderful in our bodies is because of the ECS.
CBD is a phytocannabinoid produced by hemp/cannabis plants. What makes it remarkable is the fact that phytocannabinoids can interact with our ECS in a very similar way to our own endocannabinoids.
When we consume CBD it binds to CB receptor sites within the ECS. This binding triggers a wave of effects that can be very therapeutic.
CBD’s Therapeutic Properties
CBD is an extremely versatile compound. A few of its potential health benefits include:
Full/Broad Spectrum Vs. Isolate
CBD can further be broken down into two different types: full/broad spectrum and isolate.
Full/broad spectrum means the product you’re buying contains the full spectrum—i.e. all of the plant’s various compounds such as cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids. The compounds work together to enhance each other, a phenomenon titled “The Entourage Effect.” You can learn more about that here.
As such full spectrum products may contain trace amounts of THC (<0.3%). They are also viewed as the standard for medical patients as research shows full spectrum products are more effective than isolates alone.
You may also see ‘broad spectrum’. This is the same as full spectrum but lacks any THC.
An isolate, like its name implies, is pure CBD extracted using advanced chemistry techniques. It contains no additional compounds and is 100% THC-free. Some of our customers also find that using the isolate is preferable to full spectrum oils as a full spectrum oil can make them feel “sleepy”. This sleepy feeling is likely due to a reaction to the small amount of THC in the full spectrum oils.
Another added bonus of CBD isolates is that they’re 100% THC-free, meaning you don’t ever have to worry about testing positive for a drug screening.
Different Types Of CBD = Different Effects
Another thing to keep in mind is CBD is available in a variety of different forms.
One of the most common CBD products are CBD oils. We here at RopaNa are proud to say we’ve put a lot of time and effort in to perfect our CBD oils. All of the CBD we produce is made using local, fair-trade and/or organic ingredients. We also make sure every product is third party lab tested so you know exactly what you’re consuming.
Our Entourage CBD oils are full spectrum products. We also have isolate CBD oil options available via our Nectar line. These oils are directly absorbed via capillaries under the tongue and are great for patients with any gastrointestinal issues. Typical duration time is 4-6 hours.
Other forms of CBD include topicals. A topical is any lotion, cream or balm that’s been infused with CBD oil. Topicals provide local pain relief and can help with a variety of conditions from eczema to muscle aches and beyond. Many customers love using our CBD Salve for these reasons. Topicals are more fast acting, generally providing relief within a few minutes, but last for less time than tinctures.
Is CBD Right For Me?
Many people report using CBD to improve their quality of life. A 2019 Quartz survey conducted by the Harris Poll revealed 50% of Americans polled used CBD for stress/anxiety relief. A number of those who were surveyed also reported using CBD for pain relief—specifically for muscle, joint and chronic pain.
While it isn’t currently FDA approved, studies show doses of up to 1,500 mg of CBD are safe and well-tolerated in humans.
CBD, however, can have some drug interactions, which is always why it’s best to talk to your doctor if you have any concerns.
All in all, we consider ourselves extremely blessed to be living in a day and age where we can finally utilize the full healing power of plants. We’re honored you took the time to get to know our brand a little better, and wish you all the best in your healing journey.
Andrew and Rachael