CBD & Hemp 101

All you need to know

What is CBD?

Before we satisfy your curiosity…

There’s a huge BUZZ around CBD and Hemp. Together they are the drivers of a quickly growing modern industry. CBD has become a source of inspiration for the next generation of people who value a natural, healthy lifestyle. However, there’s still a lot of movement out there. Constant innovation, ongoing research, a plethora of benefits, miracle claims and more. It’s very easy to get lost in all the information. That’s why this page attempts to bring some clarity to your CBD journey. Let’s go through the basics together.

Hemp – humanity’s old friend

Hemp is a strain from the Cannabis plant family. It has been around for thousands of years, and humanity has found many uses for it. Nature has gifted Hemp with resilience and fast growth, which helped Hemp spread on its own. After stumbling upon it, our ancestors began to cultivate Hemp. They made clothes, ropes and sails from its fibre. Our ancestors also discovered that they could use Hemp as an anaesthetic. To unlock Hemp’s powers, they would grind it to dust and mix it with wine or brew it with tea.

Hemp was known to all of the first human civilizations from Mesopotamia to India and China. It’s earliest recorded usage dates back to 6000 B.C. The Romans also adopted Hemp cultivation. In the Middle Ages Hemp was known throughout Europe. The first colonists in the Americas had to cultivate Hemp to survive. It seems that wherever people went, Hemp followed. Nowadays, Hemp continues to be a driver in many industries. Hemp fibres continue to be used in textile. We’ve also learned to refine Hemp into biofuel and paper. Hemp has also found its way in many kitchens as a natural supplement and taste enhancer. However, this isn’t why Hemp has become so popular lately…

Hemp’s healing qualities are constantly explored and refined by modern science. Hemp has inspired a new generation of natural medical solutions. Through Hemp extraction, CBD was born.

CBD – Hemp’s wonder cannabinoid

Cannabidiol or CBD is one of the many cannabinoids within the Cannabis plant. It’s the second most abundant compound from more than 100 specific cannabinoids. Only Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is found in larger quantities. However, THC has psychoactive effects that get you ‘high’ or ‘stoned’. Yet the CBD cannabinoid is known to alleviate THC’s effect, while also adding beneficial effects of its own.

CBD’s benefits eventually led to the purposeful breeding of the Hemp Cannabis strain. To be classified as Hemp, a Cannabis plant must contain no more than 0.2% of THC, while CBD levels average at about 18%. In this way, CBD has been brought to the highlight, while THC has been all but removed. Hemp is the rocket that carries CBD’s benefits straight to you… one extraction away.

CBD quick benefits

- CBD can calm you down

Do you ever feel burned out? Like you are always playing catch-up because there’s always something going on. Life in a busy city can easily overwhelm you. Stress and anxiety can creep up on you day by day. We all know what that’s like. But it doesn’t have to be like that…

CBD has a soothing effect that calms down your mind. It does so by interacting with CB1 endocannabinoid receptors in your peripheral and central nervous systems. CBD affects your serotonin levels, which play a huge role in mood disorders. Moreover, CBD has been found to improve neural regeneration. Long story short: CBD can help out if you are feeling burned out and stressed.

- CBD can alleviate pain

There is a consensus that CBD has a direct impact on pain relief by affecting your pain receptors. Because it interacts with the CB1 and CB2 receptors all over your body, it can help against many types of pain. From headaches to menstrual pains, CBD can help out. Moreover, CBD has anti-inflammatory qualities that can be especially helpful against joint pains like arthritis. Many athletes already use CBD to help them recover from intensive workouts, as CBD eases muscle pains.

- CBD can improve your sleep

CBD can be the difference between deep 8-hour sleep and a disrupted sleep pattern. CBD can restore your normal sleeping pattern. It does so by helping you deal with external factors that cause sleeplessness – anxiety, stress and pain. Higher doses of CBD are known to make you feel sleepy and tired. In this case, that’s the desired effect. CBD puts you in a relaxed state of mind and ready for bed.

- CBD can boost your overall wellness

The best news about CBD is that you don’t have to be sick to enjoy it. CBD is a natural immune booster that interacts with your Endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is responsible for processing cannabinoids in your body and keeping them in natural balance. The work of the ECS helps other systems in your body perform better.

CBD oil – Hemp ambrosia

To enjoy the benefits of CBD, it must first be extracted from the Hemp plant. There are many methods to do this, but the overall cleanest method is supercritical CO2 extraction. In this method, pressurized carbon dioxide is used to pull CBD as well as other cannabinoids from the Hemp plant. After the extract is purified, it is diluted with a carrier oil, because CBD is fat-soluble. In short, CBD oil is the easiest way for you to enjoy the benefits of CBD. To do so you just need to put a few oil drops under your tongue. The CBD will do the rest.

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