What is CBD?
CBD is short for cannabidiol and is one of many chemical compounds found in hemp. These chemical compounds are also known as cannabinoids, and the hemp plant contains over 80 plus cannabinoids. Along with CBD, other cannabinoids include CBC, CBN, and CBG. There have been a few studies regarding cannabinoids other than CBD, but further research is needed before we can definitively say what roles certain cannabinoids play within our body.
But what exactly is CBD and what can it do? CBD is extracted from the flowers and leaves of the hemp plant. High-quality CBD oil is made via CO2 extraction. The CO2 process involves high pressure and extremely low temperatures which in turn isolates the product and maintains purity. Viridipharm ensures high-quality CBD through a patented CO2 process. After it has been extracted, CBD is then dissolved in a carrier oil; coconut oil and olive oil are examples of commonly used carrier oils. In short, CBD needs a carrier oil to be delivered in liquid form as CBD is not naturally water-soluble.
CBD and The Endocannabinoid System
Once CBD is extracted from hemp, dissolved in a carrier oil and consumed, it can interact with the endocannabinoid system found within the human body (and many animals too, which is why CBD oil works for dogs as well). The endocannabinoid system is attributed to influencing many key functions including movement, feeling, and reaction. Further, two of the common receptors for cannabinoids are in the brain and immune system and known as CB1 and CB2 respectively. Due to this interaction, people report having therapeutic effects from CBD.
Hopefully this brief run-down provides a basic understanding of what CBD is and how it works. Don’t forget to check out our other articles to stay up to date on CBD news and other important terms. Have a question regarding CBD? Feel free to send us a message!