CBD 101 : How to read your labels
By now, you have most likely found yourself in the midst of the uber popular wellness topic of CBD. Whether at a dinner party or playdate at the park chatting about the benefits of a tincture for aches and pains or for your dog's anxiety- we are breaking down the CBD facts so you can navigate through the topic like an expert.
CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a chemical compound from the cannabis plant. It's a naturally occurring substance
CBD is non-intoxicating (it will NOT get you high)
CBD is not addictive
what it is:
- oil extracted from the entire hemp plant (leaf, flowers, seed, and stalk)
- high concentration of CBD + trace amount of THC (less than 0.3%). If CBD isolate zero THC.
- has a host of benefits including sleep support, stress management, relief for pains, & anti-inflammatory effects
According to the World Health Organization, "In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential... To date, there is no evidence of public health related problems associated with the use of pure CBD."
There is a wide range of potential benefits associated with CBD
Largely because of the fact that CBD interacts with multiple receptor systems in the brain and body that regulate things like appetite, pain management, digestion, reproduction, stress and memory, addiction, and depression.
Numerous studies have been performed around the therapeutic effects of CBD
Suggesting its efficacy in dealing with the following issues:
The FDA has approved the use of CBD in a pharmaceutical drug
Epidiolex to treat children who suffer from one of two specific epileptic conditions (Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome)
WHY EXTRACTION METHODS MATTER
It’s important to know how the CBD was extracted and to be sure that no pesticides or other toxic chemicals were used in the process - another important reason to purchase domestically grown CBD from trusted sources that will provide a COA - certificate of analysis.
The two safe and organic solvents are Ethanol and Supercritical CO2
- Ethanol – considered the safest method of extraction for human consumption and believed to yield the highest volume of cannabinoids. The European hemp industry is well-regulated with rigorous product testing standards.
- Supercritical CO2 – a more complex refinement process that requires more expertise, but also ensures that the CBD maintains its purity and comes out cleaner and healthier.
MAKE SURE THERE IS 3RD PARTY LAB TESTING
Lab testing is key to ensuring quality product that actually is what it says it is. Lab tests will show:
- Total cannabinoid content (CBD, THC, and all the other cannabinoids like CBG and CBN) + how many active cannabinoids are present - for a non-intoxicating product, you always want less than 0.3% THC.
- Terpene breakdown (what other good plant compounds are contributing to the overall effects of your CBD).
- Product is free of residual solvents (from extraction), heavy metals, toxins, pesticides or bacteria (blah!).
UNDERSTAND THE CBD TYPES: WHOLE PLANT / FULL SPECTRUM / ISOLATE
Full-spectrum CBD tends to get a lot of attention as it comes with all of the hemp plant’s compounds which work synergistically to provide more benefits. HOWEVER, there are specific instances where isolate is actually preferred due to its purity, consistency and complete lack of THC.
Last but not least...DON'T get CBD confused with hemp seed oil. Why? Because Hemp seed oil
- is not CBD - it contains little to no trace of cannabinoids
- does not have any of the therapeutic benefits of CBD
Why do we LOVE CBD for our Wash with Water skincare line-up? 3 major reasons:
Quite simply, CBD is a triple threat with (anti-aging, anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory) properties and quickly proving to be one of Mother Nature's holy grail for flawless skin.
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