The CBD lowdown
What Exactly is CBD?
CBD (or Cannabidiol) is one of over 100 active compounds found in the cannabis plant. It is a non-intoxicating cannabinoid and is known for its interaction with the Endocannabinoid System when ingested.
What is the Endocannabinoid System?
The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) helps the body maintain homeostasis, or balance, by communicating with and supporting other biological systems in the body.
The ECS regulates and balances a variety of responses in the body: stress, appetite, sensation, mood, energy, metabolism, skin function and more.
The ECS also can positively affect a number of functions in various parts of the skin, including the epidermis (skin barrier/protection, health, and appearance); sensory nerves (sensation); immune cells (immune response); sebaceous glands (sebum production); hair follicles (hair loss/growth/maintenance); sweat glands (sweat production).
What Does CBD Do?
Taking CBD as a daytime supplement will help you counter everyday stressors, feel less anxious and nervous, feel calmer and more relaxed, and improve overall quality of sleep.
Alternatively, taking CBD at night before going to bed can help curb stress and promote greater physical comfort.
CBD can help rebalance the appearance of stressed skin and leave skin feeling soothed and calm.
What is the Difference Between ‘Full Spectrum’ and ‘Broad Spectrum’ Formulas?
Full Spectrum is a whole plant formulation that contains hemp-derived CBD extract as well as the plant’s original phytocannabinoids, terpenes, and oils. It includes traces of minor or rare cannabinoids, such as CBG, CBDV, CBN, CBL, and THC.
Broad Spectrum is a whole plant formulation that contains hemp-derived CBD extract as well as the plant’s original phytocannabinoids, terpenes and oils. The hemp plant material used to create a broad-spectrum extract undergoes an additional purification process to remove as much THC as possible.
What are the Things to Look For When Buying Reputable CBD?
To get all the benefits of CBD, you want to make sure you are buying the highest quality. Some things to look for when buying CBD are:
- Purchase from a source that cultivates its hemp in the USA.
- Find products that are third-party lab-tested for heavy metals, microbiological contaminants, residual solvents and pesticides to ensure purity and consistency.
- Make sure lab test results are easily accessible on the company’s website.