What is CBD?
The way CBD interacts with the body is complex and continues to be researched. The human body naturally produces certain cannabinoids on its own. Cannabinoids are also found throughout the plant kingdom and are referred to as phytocannabinoids. Many of these plants are consumed today as common superfoods. All cannabinoids, including CBD, affect the body by interacting with the body’s natural endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is responsible for setting the baseline activity levels for our immune system and nervous system, which then work to maintain our health. In simplistic terms, the ECS is responsible for helping the body maintain homeostasis or stability. CBD is believed to promote normal health and function of the ECS.
The choices of CBD products on the market today can be overwhelming. Not all products are created equal therefore quality and effectiveness can vary widely.
5 things to look for in a High-Quality CBD product:
CBD is extracted from the hemp plant using a variety of methods. The cheapest methods may involve toxic solvents that can be harmful to your health. More reputable companies will use either an ethanol extraction process or a CO2 extraction process. The CO2 extraction process uses sophisticated equipment and a more complex series of refinement steps, ensuring that the final produced CBD oil maintains its purity and efficacy.
Not all hemp is equal, we advise you only to purchase products that are manufactured with U.S. grown hemp. U.S. farmers are required to be certified by state departments of agriculture which have rigorous standards in place for ensuring the hemp is grown without the use of harmful pesticides and other chemicals that can be absorbed by the plant.
Using whole plant extracts ensures that the oil contains not just CBD, but also the full range of primary and secondary constituents of the hemp plant. These include terpenes, flavonoids and other cannabinoids (e.g., THC, CBC, and CBG ) that are generally believed to work synergistically with the CBD enhancing its effectiveness. This is often referred to as the entourage effect. Check to ensure the manufacturer uses full spectrum, or whole plant hemp derived CBD. Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry.
The amount of hemp extract oil listed on a package does not equal the amount of CBD present. Hemp extract oil includes everything extracted from the hemp plant, including plant matter. The amount of hemp extract oil listed is sometimes as much as twice the amount of CBD present in the product. Look for manufacturers that clearly list the amount of CBD present in the product. Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry.
A reputable CBD brand will have recent third-party validated lab results available. These independent labs test manufacturer's products to ensure that the claimed amounts of CBD and other cannabinoids are present. Additionally, they assure that products are free of harmful contaminants, toxins, and impurities. Reputable CBD manufacturers will provide a Certificate of Authenticity (COA) upon request.