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Cannabidiol (CBD) is an aromatic oil found in the Hemp plant. The main active constituent of this oil comes from a family of chemicals called terpenes. You may have also heard people talk about terpenoids. The words terpene and terpenoid are increasingly used interchangeably, although these terms do have different meanings. The main difference between terpenes and terpenoids is that terpenes are hydrocarbons (meaning the only elements present are carbon and hydrogen); whereas, terpenoids have been denatured by oxidation (drying and curing the flowers) or chemically modified.
Due to the body’s cellular activity and specificity to terpenes, there are several ways to deliver CBD to help create and support specific health outcomes. CBD can be delivered via transdermal (through the skin), inhalation or through the digestive system. Each delivery system has its own benefit for time of delivery and therapeutic effects.
- For more site specific musculoskeletal discomfort, transdermal application is a preferred method to maintain a more localized effect.
- For a rapid delivery response (typically less than a minute) inhalation can be utilized.
- Digestively there are 2 modes of administration, tinctures and liposomes. Think of these respectively as fast acting and extended release.
Tinctures are delivered sublingual and absorb in the blood stream due to the thin mucosa and capillaries under the tongue. One should notice a response from CBD within 5-10 minutes from a tincture. Tinctures will metabolize quicker than liposomes. Liposomes are a spherical delivery system that entraps the oil. This allows it to be consumed in water and pass through the denaturing effects of stomach acid and into the lower portion of digestion like a slow steady drip of the oil into the blood stream, hence the extended release effect and better bioavailability. Liposomes typically take a 15-30 minutes to reach a therapeutic effect but sustain that effect longer.
Limiting factors in receiving the health benefits of CBD can include age, genetics and receptor desensitization due to chemical overburden and or medications. We strongly urge users to live a well-balanced life through proper nutrition, consistent exercise, optimal sleep principles and stress reduction techniques. If you focus on these 4 pillars of health you will certainly receive the benefits of CBD oils. Enjoy!
Reported Benefits of CBD
The Endocannabinoid System
The human body contains its own natural endocannabinoid system. This internal structure assists in the regulation of other systems such as the nervous, immune, digestive and endocrine systems. All of these have an effect on the body’s various responses to internal and external stimuli.
The endocannabinoid system consists of endogenous cannabinoids and cannabinoid receptors (CB1 and CB2) as well as enzymes that break down cannabinoids. This system determines the way we process and utilize cannabinoids within the body both internally and topically. Therapeutic applications of cannabinoids have been heavily linked to CB2 receptors given their connectivity to the immune system. HERE is more on the science of the endocannabinoid system.
The Science Behind CBD has been Studied Through the Ages
History shows that the benefits of cannabis have been studied for centuries. The first reported medical uses date back as early as 2900 B.C. in China by Emperor Shen Neng. Centuries later in 1563 A.D. Portuguese physician Garcia de Orta discussed the medical benefits of cannabis in a report. This was around the same time that Roman Emperor Nero’s army physician included cannabis in his medical inventory. By 1940 studies from French doctor Jaques Joeseph Moreau showed applicable uses for multiple medical disciplines.
Modern technology and high tech laboratories have taken the science behind CBD to a whole new level. The truth behind the research continues to amaze and astound. If you aren’t a believer, we strongly recommend you try it for yourself. Don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have.