What is CBD (Cannabidiol)?
“So what is CBD (Cannabidiol), anyways?” Is a question we are commonly asked.
CBD oil has become one of the most popular and sought-after supplements in recent years all around the world. Since ancient times, hemp has been used for many beneficial purposes by Eastern Asian civilizations, and China. People have harvested its nutritious oil and woven strong cloth from the plant’s fibers. Recently it has become popular in the Western world, after receiving highly publicized exposure in the media for its natural healing properties.
The Endocannabinoid System is perhaps the most important physiologic system involved in establishing and maintaining human health. Although the Endocannabinoid System affects a wide variety of biological processes, experts believe that its overall function is to regulate homeostasis. CBD interacts with the body through the endocannabinoid system. First discovered in the late 1980’s, the endocannabinoid system regulates the body’s general state of balance, impacting such functions as mood, sleep, appetite, hormone regulation, pain and immune response. Like an acrobat on a highwire, as the environment around us impacts our normal balance, the endocannabinoid system “corrects” by mediating our body’s reaction to keep us level.
As the use of CBD Oil is very new, there are still significant gaps in what we know about its effects. While we can confidently say the substance is safe and legal, its exact benefits are still an issue of hot debate and fervent research. CBD, a leading phytocannabinoid that is capable of positively impacting every organ in the human body. Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the most prevalent chemical compounds derived from the industrial hemp plant. Unlike the more famous molecule, Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD is completely nonpsychoactive. For decades, medical professionals and the general public overlooked CBD because psychoactive THC, took center stage. Being nonpsychoactive, makes it a good choice for cannabis users or people who don’t want to get high.
Now, the medical potential of CBD has taken cannabis to mainstream audiences. CBD has many benefits that have been reported in a variety of clinical studies and continues to amaze as we discover more.
Where Does CBD come from?
CBD is extracted and separated from specific varieties of cannabis, known as hemp. CBD is one of 85 chemical substances known as cannabinoids, which are all found in the cannabis plant. CBD is the second most abundant constituent of the Cannabis plant. CBD is legal and safe to consume, yet has long been in the shadow of THC.
However, here is where the confusion starts.
The most abundant constituent of cannabis is the cannabinoid known as THC, a strongly psychoactive substance that is responsible for causing marijuana users to get “high”, and as a result, its production and usage are strictly regulated.
While CBD is completely separated and isolated from THC and CBD cannot get you “high,” there is still a lot of stigma as many people tend to mistake CBD for THC. These fears, are understandable, especially since the terminology surrounding CBD can be very confusing.
Nonetheless, it is impossible to get “high” by CBD hemp (that has no or only traces of THC .3% or less), as it is also impossible to get “high” by consuming CBD oil products (that contain no THC ).
How does CBD work?
Your body actually has areas that are made specifically for cannabinoids — they are called cannabinoid receptor sites, cannabinoids bind to theses receptors on your cells.
Certain receptors are heavily concentrated in the central nervous system while others are found in almost every organ of the body. Cannabinoid receptors are even found in the skin, digestive tract, and even in the reproductive organs.
These sites make up the endocannabinoid system, which is responsible for numerous physiological and mental processes that occur naturally within the body.
These receptors fall into two types: CB1 and CB2. CB1 receptors are found mainly in the brain (but also in the liver, kidneys, and lungs), while CB2 receptors are found mainly in the immune system.
Also, since people often take numerous different cannabinoids together (for example, using medical marijuana), it is hard to attribute specific effects to specific cannabinoids. That’s because unprocessed cannabis includes more than 60 different types of cannabinoids, including CBD and THC.
In addition, some cannabinoids interact synergistically, producing unique effects that are not found when using them individually. For example, CBD inhibits THC’s psychotropic effects when the two are taken together. However, CBD does this (and produces many other effects) without directly interacting with the cannabinoid receptors. At first, scientists thought there was a third type of CBD receptor just for Cannabidiol, but the answer was far more interesting and revealing.
CBD is fairly unique as far as cannabinoids go, because it does not seem to interact directly with either the CB1 or CB2 receptors. So what does it do if it’s not interacting directly with our receptors?
Here’s where it gets good…
Cannabidiol has a particularly low potential for binding with the CB1 and CB2 receptors, but instead acts as an antagonist of the receptors’ agonists. That’s a mouthful.
In layman’s terms, this means that CBD keeps the receptors working at optimal capacity and helps the function of all other cannabinoids, including the body’s own endocannabinoids.
The indirect interactions of CBD with the endocannabinoid system has many effects, some of which surprised scientists and are still being researched.
Some of CBD’s functions include:
Effectively increases CB1 density, amplifying the effects of all cannabinoids that bind to CB1 receptors.
Acts as a 5-HT1a receptor agonist in the brain. This means that CBD has calming and soothing effects such as some potent analgesics, but without the side effects.
Acts as inverse agonist of CB2 receptors, effectively reducing the effects of cannabinoids that make CB2 receptors less responsive.
Acts as an antagonist for the putative GPR55 receptor, an element of the endocannabinoid system that is still being researched. (It is suggested that GPR55 may be a third type of cannabinoid receptor altogether.)
Between the above functions, most of CBD’s observed effects are well explained. However, scientists are still unclear about how some effects of Cannabidiol are actually occurring. The most possible explanation is via the hypothetical GPR55 receptor, or through more indirect and synergistic effects that still await discovery.
The indirect nature of CBD’s effects have made it difficult for scientists to pinpoint its exact effects up to now, but many positive effects of this unusual phytocannabinoid are still being studied.
The endocannabinoid system is closely interconnected with the nervous and immune system. Since CBD has been shown to boost just about every function of our cannabinoid receptors, it is proven to have far-reaching soothing and relaxing effects.
The ECS as the greatest neurotransmitter system in the body. It lends a hand in seemingly just about everything, including:
Four primary purposes of the ECS include neuroprotection, stress recovery, immune balance, and homeostatic regulation. The last one is a fancy way of referring to a system that creates optimum energy balance in the body.
Somehow, CBD seems to tap into this balancing system to produce its therapeutic effects. CBD is able to interact with cells in our bodies because the molecule has a similar composition to similar chemicals that the human body produces naturally, called endocannabinoids.
It’s not often that a plant compound can make headlines over and over again. However, CBD is a phytocannabinoid with some serious life-saving potential.
In fact, CBD has only gained mainstream attention quite recently, after the family of one brave little girl decided to throw caution to the wind and speak out about medical cannabis.
How CBD Hemp Oil Works Topically
When hemp oil is applied topically, it is absorbed directly through the skin. Cannabinoid receptors are located throughout the skin, the body’s largest organ, making CBD a potential therapy for a range of conditions, from dry skin to skin cancer. Because it is applied right to trouble areas, the CBD hemp oil works directly where needed most.
A 2010 study in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology revealed that the endocannabinoid system is critical to the life cycle of basal cells, which make up around 90% of the cells in the epidermis. Healthy skin relies on the body’s ability to grow new cells and discard dead ones. Manipulation of the endocannabinoid system can help regulate the life cycle of cells for more radiant, youthful skin.
CBD as an antioxidant is even more powerful than Vitamin C, E, A, or omega 3 fatty acids, which are all also present in hemp oil, making CBD hemp oil a good source for antioxidants. Protecting the skin from free radicals, like UV rays, smoke, and environmental pollutants, is critical in having younger looking skin. Free radicals in the atmosphere cause fine lines and wrinkles; antioxidants protect our bodies from the damage of these free radicals, including fighting the effects of aging.
Acne is frustrating, and among adults, it is surprisingly common. Besides its natural causes, acne can also be brought on by stress, hormone changes, changes in medication, and even current skin care products being used. The anti-inflammatory properties of CBD can help control the effects of acne and balance oil production. CBD can act as an antibacterial agent, decreasing the likelihood of further acne in the future.
One study in the British Journal of Pharmacology found that phytocannabinoids, particularly CBD and cannabigerol (CBG), can control cell proliferation and differentiation, indicating they can be used in novel treatments for skin diseases like allergies or cancer. Anecdotally, CBD oil works on warts, moles, and even HPV outbreaks because it can cause cell death in these abnormally growing cell groups, but clinical research in this area is lacking.
Atopic dermatitis (eczema) has been shown to improve after treatment with hemp oil. Although the exact cause of atopic dermatitis is unknown, it is suspected to be a type of allergic response, with the corresponding rash associated with inflammation of the skin.
Like with eczema, researchers are unsure of the exact causes of psoriasis. It is thought to be linked to problems with the immune system, specifically white T cells in the blood. Researchers have seen promise in using cannabinoids to treat psoriasis through immune system regulation and anti-inflammatory effects.
Finally, cannabinoids have been shown to be particularly effective in controlling potential skin cancers like melanoma. Through its ability to control cell growth and death, CBD has been considered as a potential adjunct to current skin cancer treatments.
Hemp vs Marijuana : What’s the Difference?
There’s often some confusion between hemp oil vs cannabis oil. Both come from the cannabis sativa plant, but the biology of the two are decidedly different. While both plants contain compounds known as cannabinoids, marijuana contains the most well-known cannabinoid, THC (responsible for the “high” most people associate with cannabis in general) while hemp contains large amounts of CBD (also known as cannabidiol, which contains no psychoactive effects).
Industrial Hemp Supplements
Since industrial hemp is naturally rich in CBD and has been bred to have only trace amounts of THC, many people today are turning to industrial hemp products as an alternative to medical marijuana. Medical marijuana is not legal in all states in the US and many countries worldwide, while products made from industrial hemp can be a safe and legal alternative. You can get many of the same beneficial effects of medical marijuana from industrial hemp products without getting “high.”
When made into an oil (whether it’s hemp or marijuana oil), the compounds stay intact. And it’s the compounds contained in the plant that mark the only difference between marijuana and hemp at all. The single most distinguishing feature between marijuana and hemp oil is the amount of THC contained in each.
Hemp oil contains very little THC. For an oil to be considered hemp, it must contain less than 0.3% THC. Marijuana oil, on the other hand, contains higher doses of THC oil and causes the high most people associate with marijuana. Marijuana oil generally contains 5-20% THC and has a higher ratio of THC than CBD.
Interestingly enough, the high amounts of CBD contained in hemp oil have been shown to counteract the psychoactive effects of THC. For instance, if someone’s consumed “too much” high-THC marijuana oil, a hemp oil could reduce the effects.
Industrial hemp is produced by strains of Cannabis sativa that have been specifically bred to produce the lowest concentrations of THC possible and are instead selected and bred to grow taller and sturdier. Industrial hemp is exclusively made from Cannabis sativa.
Here’s the main concept to understand, Cannabidiol is Still Cannabidiol in regard to its chemical composition, CBD remains unchanged regardless of which plant produces it.
However, the main question people have is not just about the CBD compound, which is constant from plant to plant, but the actual difference in CBD oil from various plants. Naturally occurring CBD is the same CBD regardless of the plant it came from, however, CBD and CBD oil are not in fact the same thing. As we’ve seen above, CBD is a chemical compound, while CBD oil is a mixture of various natural substances as they are derived from the plant of cannabis.
The production of hemp oil involves extracting the fatty acids from the stalks of the cannabis plant. Within these fatty acids fat-soluble substances can be found, and as cannabinoids are fat-soluble, they come out of the plant, dissolved in the oil.
Let’s use an example here. A high-CBD hemp oil product made from industrial hemp. It has a concentration of CBD between 18% and 24%. This means that it has 18%–24% parts CBD dissolved in the actual oil, which is composed by other substances. So 18%–24% is pure CBD, and the rest are hemp oil extracts and other fatty acid substances.
The main point here is that CBD is always CBD, but CBD oil from hemp is not the same as the oil that is extracted from medical marijuana.
The main difference between the two remains that CBD oil from medical marijuana can contain any varying amount of THC. As a result, this type of CBD oil is considered a Schedule 1 drug and is not legal in many states in the US and countries worldwide.
Besides the difference in THC concentration, the CBD oils will also have differing amounts of other cannabinoids. But those make up a much smaller percentage of the overall volume and are not as pronounced in their effects as CBD or THC are. So, if you are looking for a safe and legal CBD oil product, Blue Botanical’s CBD oil produced from industrial hemp is a great choice, because it’s naturally rich in CBD and has 0% THC.
Does CBD Oil Work & Will It Work for Me?
I don’t feel anything yet, what’s going on?
I read it worked for one customer immediately, why isn’t it working for me like that?
How long does it take for CBD to produce results?
If you’re wondering any of these questions, you’re not alone. We have customers report incredible effects immediately, which make us ecstatic. For most of us, though, dietary supplements can take time.
We’ve found that response times are just as unique as the people taking them. We all have different genetic and biochemical makeups, and individual health issues that can take days or sometimes months to address. The bottom line is you have to be patient and consistent, and know that dietary supplements work with your body naturally, supporting it to better function on its own. The results come by way of steady improvement, making your health more sustainable to reach a level of life-enhancing natural wellness.
Anxiety, Stress, Inflammation, Joint Pain, Autoimmune disease, Seizures, Insomnia
If you are suffering from one of the above issues, it’s very likely that you will see a benefit from using CBD oil. We get many, many reviews and comments from people about how CBD has changed their lives for the better.
Here are some common factors that play into reaching your desired results:
- The nature of your health and wellness issue will affect how and when you’ll reach your optimal goal, if you’re taking CBD Oil for mild anxiety, generally you’ll feel faster relief than someone with more severe issues. Although, we have had various testimonials where users notice instant relief in all types of cases.
- Taking the right concentration: A good method for seeing what concentration works best for you is a step-up approach. Gradually increase the concentration until you reach the desired effects. A good marker is to address how you feel at the 4-6 week point.
- Being consistent: For any dietary supplement to work properly, it must regularly be taken. Missing days or servings can throw off its maximum effectiveness.
- Listen to your body: Taking supplements today is really about investing in your future self, whether you’re taking them preventatively or for a specific reason. With that in mind, sometimes people fail to recognize that they’re improving because natural health changes often happen subtly and progressively. Paying attention to your body today will help you gauge where you’ll stand tomorrow and also, if you need to adjust the concentration you’re taking.
What are the ingredients?
We are proud to use the fewest possible ingredients in our CBD Oil. To get the highest concentration of CBD possible, we use 99% Pure CBD crystal and 100% Organic Fractionated Coconut Oil, flavor extract. The natural has no flavor extract added and no taste. The limited ingredients allow our product to be pure and taste great! No fillers or other crap, just the stuff that works.
Can I use CBD Oil while pregnant or breastfeeding?
Please consult your family doctor. Out of an abundance of caution, we recommend not using Blue Botanicals Pure CBD Oil while pregnant or breastfeeding.
What type of CBD Oil is best for me?
There are many different types and brands of CBD oil to pick from, and your final choice will be determined by your personal needs and how you plan to utilize CBD.
How much CBD Oil should I use?
Blue Botanicals suggested use: Adults take one full dropper (1 ml) 1-2 times daily. Taking a few small doses over the course of the day rather than one big dose seems to work better for some people since this allows you to stay more balanced. The 500 mg bottle had 17ml in one full dropper and the 250mg bottle has 8.3mg in one full dropper. You can adjust your serving size to your needs. Shake well, put the desired amount under your tongue for 30 seconds, then swallow. Sublingual placement is ideal for fast relief and precise dosing.
At the right serving size, CBD has been shown to significantly help with anxiety, pain, and inflammation (and potentially many other problems as well). An appropriate serving size of CBD will give you all the desired effects you need, and there is really no risk of overdose as CBD is harmless even in high concentrations. However, most people will feel little effect if they take too low a serving size, effectively wasting CBD’s powerful beneficial properties. People with different requirements and different metabolisms will need different CBD serving size to experience positive effects, and serving sizes can vary dramatically because there is no one-size-fits-all “typical CBD serving size.”
When will I get my order?
We ship orders Monday through Friday, orders placed on our website will ship out the next business day.
Products are sent through the United States Postal Service. Once an order is placed you will be sent tracking information, so you can follow your purchase all the way to your doorstep.
Work-place drug screens and tests detect for THC and not the presence of Cannabidiol (CBD) or other legal hemp-based constituents. This product is THC Free and has not psychoactive effects.
If you are subject to any form of drug screening or testing or are a member of the United States Armed Services, we recommend that you please consult with your healthcare practitioner as well as your employer or drug screening company.
Is Cannabidiol Legal? What’s it’s Current Legal Status?
This is a tricky question, because Cannabidiol comes in two main forms. Cannabidiol can come from medical marijuana plants or from industrially grown hemp plants. Both are varieties of Cannabis, but they are grown for different purposes, and each one comes with its own legal status.
In addition to the above complication, you must also consider your country or state to figure out whether Cannabidiol is legal in your area. But first, let’s discuss the two types of Cannabidiol.
Cannabidiol from Medical Marijuana
The first form of Cannabidiol is extracted from medical marijuana plants. These plants are grown to be high in CBD but have varying amounts of the psychoactive compound THC. They are sold to licensed dispensaries and prescribed by doctors for particular conditions in places where marijuana is regulated — like the US.
While medical marijuana is grown to be high in CBD for the treatment of specific ailments, the THC content can vary dramatically, sometimes getting as high as the CBD content.
The problem with medical marijuana (besides the possibility of getting a strain that is high in THC) is that it’s not currently legal everywhere. In the United States, you must be living in certain states and obtain a prescription from a doctor to receive medical marijuana.
Cannabidiol from Industrial Hemp
Cannabidiol oil that comes from industrial hemp plants, like the products found on our website, are a different story. The FDA of the United States considers hemp oil (and it’s derivative CBD) to be a dietary supplement since they are made from industrial hemp plants.
If you live in the US, this means you don’t need a prescription and can legally purchase and consume Cannabidiol in any state.
Cannabidiol from industrial hemp also has the added benefit of having NO THC. This is why it’s not possible to get “high” with our products. There simply isn’t any THC.
Is Cannabidiol Legal in My Country?
If you live in the US, the legal status is clear. Cannabidiol made from industrial hemp is legal to purchase and consume in any state. However, if you obtain Cannabidiol from medical marijuana, you must be located in a state in which medical marijuana has been legalized.
Unfortunately, outside of the United States, the legal status is more confusing. Since regulations can vary from each country, we recommend that you reach out to your country’s customs department. Ask if you can import dietary supplements from the US. If you are allowed to do this, then you should be good to receive our products.
Will Cannabidiol Remain Legal?
While no one can answer this question with absolute certainty, recent studies indicate that CBD has no negative side effects at all. Until research proves otherwise, the legal status of Cannabidiol is safe and will remain unchanged for the foreseeable future. Therefore, you can safely consume CBD without worry.