You finally found it, the ultimate guide to CBD (cannabidiol)!
We know, there are countless online resources trying to inform everyone on the current craze of CBD and Hemp Oil. Some require a master’s degree in science to understand, others are laden with generalities and obscurity. We aim to deliver something in between: based on scientific research but easy to read and gain a fundamental understanding of cannabidiol.
Before we dig into CBD specifically, let’s familiarize ourselves with some terms:
Endocannabinoid system (ECS): The endocannabinoid system is network of receptors (CB1 and CB2) found throughout the body. It’s primary role is maintaining homeostasis by regulating a variety of physiological processes (mood, appetite, memory, inflammation, pain perception, etc.). The endocannabinoid system is naturally occurring in all mammals, vertebrates, and a number of other animals. It is believed to have been developed over 600 million years.
Cannabinoid receptors: receptors found throughout that body that are stimulated by cannabinoids.
CB1 receptors: primarily found in the nervous system, gonads, connective tissues, glands, and is the most abundant neurotransmitter in the brain.
CB2 receptors: predominantly located in the immune system and bones, lymph cells, reproductive organs, blood vessels, heart, liver, kidneys, spleen, and endocrine glands.
Cannabinoids: a diverse family of chemical compounds that interact with the cannabinoid receptors. Cannabinoids can be endogenous, extracted from plants, or made synthetically.
Endocannabinoids: cannabinoids naturally produced by the body, such as those present in breast milk.
Phytocannabinoids: cannabinoids naturally produced by plants like cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) - the two most prevalent phytocannabinoids found in industrial hemp and cannabis plants. Extracted phytocannabinoids, like CBD, are often used as an all-natural nutritional supplement for a variety of therapeutic benefits.
What is cannabidiol (CBD)?
Cannabidiol, most often referenced CBD, is one of numerous (80+) phytocannabinoids found in the cannabis and industrial hemp plant. It was originally identified and isolated in 1963 by Dr. Raphael Mechoulam in Israel.
Scientific research and personal trials and testimonies suggest CBD is an effective all-natural supplement promoting balance and health.
Unlike THC, CBD delivers zero high or any intoxicating effects. In fact, it’s been shown to reduce the high of someone who has consumed too much THC. Also, CBD does not show up on a drug test. Although, products that are described as “whole plant” or claiming to provide an “entourage effect” also contain THC.
*All products offered on The CBD Marketplace contain zero to 0.3% THC, in line with federal guidelines.
Why do people use CBD?
For a variety of reasons.
Some people supplement their diet with CBD simply for general well being, as many researchers believe inflammation is the root of most diseases. Therefore, a growing population utilize CBD as part of their proactive daily health regimen given its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Other researchers are suggesting an endocannabinoid system deficiency is directly responsible for a number of illnesses. While research is limited to date, with a new found awareness and acceptance of cannabinoid therapy, more and more is being discovered daily on what and how CBD can contribute to our health.
Countless consumers claim CBD helps with their:
- Pain management
- Sleep quality
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Neurodegenerative disease
- Gastrointestinal disorders such as Crohn’s disease, colitis, and irritable bowel
Which CBD product is right for me?
There are 5 mains things to consider when selecting which CBD product is right for you: manufacturer credibility/ quality control, delivery method, accuracy of CBD serving size, potency, and budget.
- Manufacturer credibility/ quality control: Are the CBD products you’re considering made by a legitimate manufacturer or someone in their garage envisioning a grandiose CBD empire? Given the heightened awareness and use of CBD, new CBD brands and “manufacturers” pop up everyday. Any CBD product considered should have third party testing to ensure its quality and contents.
- Delivery/Consumption method: Do you prefer swallowing capsules, putting oil under your tongue, applying a topical to your body, consuming an edible, or vaping? Or are you targeting a specific area of the body when consuming CBD? All things to consider when selecting the right CBD product for you.
- Accuracy of serving size: If accurate servings of CBD are critical to your diet or health regimen, CBD capsules and edibles should provide the most consistent serving sizes to control and monitor. Of course, pump mechanisms and measured droppers help ensure a consistent target serving of oils and liposomes.
- Potency: How much CBD is optimal for you? Many people claim therapeutic benefits from 15-30 mgs of CBD daily, while others require 500+ mgs per day. Also, the bioavailability of the CBD effects how much your body actually absorbs and uses.
- Budget: Like any other industry, CBD products are marketed and offered for a variety of price points. Your budget can help determine which CBD product is right for you.
Where can I buy CBD?
At The CBD Marketplace, we offer Quality Products with Simplicity and Convenience. Our team has sampled and tested countless brands and products to ensure we are supplying our customers with Quality Products. All of our products come with 3rd Party Testing results ensuring safe products.
We accept credit and debit payments and provide convenience and savings by allowing our loyal customers to autoship products, ensuring you never run out of your favorite CBD while also earning you 5% off! Plus, all US orders exceeding $49.99 earn FREE shipping.