What is CBD?
CBD is cannabidiol and is one of the two major cannabinoids found in cannabis, among approximately 100 other known minor cannabinoids. It is not intoxicating.
In the early 1990s, researchers discovered the human body’s endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system regulates many of our bodily functions, like mood, memory, appetite, thermoregulation, metabolism, pain, sleep and more – basically a person’s health, balance and homeostasis in his or her body.
Our endocannabinoid system naturally produces endogenous cannabinoids. These receptors bind to our cannabinoid receptors to help maintain our health. However sometimes our systems don’t produce enough, which can create health issues like anxiety, inflammation, depression, autoimmune diseases, neurological issues, insomnia and more.
The endocannabinoid system consists of cannabinoid receptors that are found throughout the brain, nervous system and peripheral organs and tissues. In fact, in the spine, wherever there is an opioid receptor, there is a cannabinoid receptor.
Cannabis, like hemp, naturally and efficiently produces phytocannabinoids, which are plant-based cannabinoids. When ingesting these phytocannabinoids, they react similarly to endogenous cannabinoids, binding to our cannabinoid receptors. In this case, hemp cannabinoids, like hemp extract, are an excellent supplementation to our enodcannabinoid system. And hemp-derived cannabinoids are non-intoxicating!
U.S. Government Patent on Cannabinoids
Because of federal regulation, these cannabinoids have had limited research; however, in 2003, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services became an assignee to patent 6,630,507 which labels “Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants.”
Frequently Asked Questions
What does Patent 6,630,507 for Cannabinoids entail?
“Cannabinoids have been found to have antioxidant properties, unrelated to NMDA receptor antagonism. This new found property makes cannabinoids useful in the treatment and prophylaxis of wide variety of oxidation associated diseases, such as ischemic, age-related, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases.
The cannabinoids are found to have particular application as neuroprotectants, for example in limiting neurological damage following ischemic insults, such as stroke and trauma, or in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and HIV dementia.
Nonpsychoactive cannabinoids, such as cannabidiol, are particularly advantageous to use because they avoid toxicity that is encountered with psychoactive cannabinoids at high doses useful in the method of the present invention.”
What is CBD?
CBD is cannabidiol. It is one of the two main cannabinoids found in Cannabis sativa. CBD is found in higher concentrations in industrial hemp and is non-intoxicating.
What are the benefits of CBD?
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, CBD is “a neuroprotectant and antioxidant.” Neuroprotectants and antioxidants are beneficial for inflammatory diseases, autoimmune diseases and neurodegenerative diseases.
What is the difference between CBD and THC?
There are two main cannabinoids found in Cannabis (both hemp and marijuana). One is CBD or cannabidiol and the other is THC or tetrahyrdocannabidiol. CBD is non-intoxicating and is found in higher concentrations in hemp; whereas, THC is intoxicating and is found in higher concentrations in marijuana.
What is the difference between CBD and cannabinoids?
Cannabis (both hemp and marijuana) produce cannabinoids. Cannabis’ two major cannabinoids include CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (delta-9 tetrahydrocannabidiol). Beyond CBD and THC, cannabis produces over 100 minor cannabinoids.
Some more well-known cannabinoid examples include: CBN (cannabinol), CBC (cannabichromene), CBG (cannaigerol), THCV (tetrahydrocannabivarin), CBDa (cannabidiolic acid), CBGa (cannabigerolic acid) and THCa (tetrahydrocannabinolic acid). The acidic forms of the cannabinoids are in their raw form and are the acidic precursor to their respective cannabinoid.
What is the difference between Full Spectrum and CBD Isolate?
Full Spectrum CBD contains CBD and other minor cannabinoids. This may or may not include THC, as some Full Spectrum CBD products are THC-free. CBD Isolate is 99.9% CBD and contains no other cannabinoids.
What is the difference between hemp oil, CBD oil, hemp extract and CBD extract?
Buyer beware! Because of regulation and other market factors, there is a common misconception between hemp oil, CBD oil, hemp extract and CBD extract.
Technically hemp oil is cold-pressed from the seed; whereas, CBD oil is extracted from the flowers of the plant. However, some companies label CBD oil (extract) as Hemp Oil in order to navigate regulation. Before buying, it is best to consult the label and search for the terms “CBD” or “extract.”
Anything labeled as CBD extract or hemp extract should contain CBD because the “extract” is extracted from the flowers of hemp, which is where the cannabinoids are produced.
Is CBD legal?
Hemp-derived CBD contains less than 0.3% THC and is legal to purchase and consume in accordance with the 2014 Farm Bill. A medicinal marijuana card is not required to purchase or consume hemp-derived CBD products.
However, some CBD products are marijuana-derived and contain higher concentrations of THC. The sale of these products are only permitted in states with proper medical or recreational marijuana legislation. In these instances, marijuana-derived CBD is not permitted to cross state lines.
Where do I buy CBD?
You can purchase CBD in Think Hempy Thoughts’ marketplace! We offer a variety of companies and their brands.
All the products sold through Think Hempy Thoughts have been lab-tested and third-party verified by our quality control unit, Verified Life Cycle. We analyze for quality ensuring all products sold are contaminant-free and contain the concentrations of CBD marketed. Once the products pass our analysis the product receives our Verified Life Cycle seal of approval.
You deserve to purchase the best quality, so we make it easy for you to understand and compare premium quality, verified products.
Will I fail a drug test?
Because Full Spectrum CBD contains trace quantities of THC, it can trigger a positive drug test for “marijuana metabolites.” However, the detection depends on the quantity of product ingested on a continuous basis and the type of drug screening. If there is concern, it is best to purchase CBD isolate, THC-free CBD or notify the drug screener that you are taking hemp-derived CBD.
What are the side effects?
Side effects from CBD may include nausea or fatigue. If you have experience side effects from taking CBD, please let us know!
If you are taking other medication, please consult with your physician.
Is there an age restriction to buy CBD?
Age restrictions depend on each states’ regulation.
If a product contains THC concentrations above 0.3% THC, an individual must be over 21 to purchase; however, these are considered marijuana-derived CBD products and are not sold through Think Hempy Thoughts.
What are the different ways to ingest CBD?
CBD comes in a variety of forms. Tinctures, salves, balms, capsules and patches are the most common. Dosages depend on the individual. It is best to start with smaller dosages and build to higher dosages. But please consult your physician.
What does CBD taste like?
CBD has an earthy tone. Depending on the processing technique and refining, flavor can vary. All natural flavors mixed with coconut oil offer an Olive Oil flavor; however, flavored tinctures offer the flavor of that brand, with a slight earth tone.
Where can I find published research about CBD?
We have curated a research library for interested parties. Please feel free to visit our library and learn more about cannabinoid research.