Chances are, you’re probably hearing about CBD just about everywhere you turn right now. There’s a lot of confusion, hype, and misinformation out there and it can be a bit daunting to try to determine exactly what it is and whether or not it’s right for you. Fortunately, you don’t need a Ph.D. to understand it.
Our team of experts (with actual Ph.D.’s) have distilled the information down into clear, easily accessible explanations that will equip you with what you need to know to make confident and empowered decisions for yourself and your family.
WHAT IS CBD?
There are over 113 known compounds (also called cannabinoids) found in the Cannabis plant—CBD is one of them along with others such as CBDA, CBG, CBN, CBC, phenolics, and terpenes—CBD accounts for about 40% of the extracts found in the Cannabis plant.
CBD, which is short for cannabidiol, is known for its powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety, and pain mitigating properties. When used as a concentrated isolate, CBD can help address specific therapeutic needs by combining it with other supplemental compounds.
CBD can also be utilized as a “full-spectrum” supplement, which means that the oil contains all of the naturally occurring compounds found in the Cannabis plant, not just CBD. By including all of the cannabinoids, full-spectrum CBD creates what’s known as the “entourage effect,” where the full group of compounds works synergistically together with our bodies to help support and regulate many of our bodies internal processes.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Every mammal on the planet (including us humans) have a natural endocannabinoid system. It’s one of our most important regulatory systems and is comprised of millions of cannabinoid receptor sites located primarily throughout the brain, central nervous system, and immune system.
The endocannabinoid system plays a vital role in helping to regulate our body’s cellular communication, metabolism, memory, and countless other fundamental daily processes.
When one of our body’s systems becomes unbalanced, our endocannabinoid system goes into action by synthesizing our bodies naturally-occurring cannabinoids to interact with receptors on the cell walls and reestablish homeostasis.
Despite the importance of this function, most people do very little to support the health of their cannabinoid system because cannabinoids have not been part of the average diet.
When we consume quality sources of externally generated cannabinoids (like CBD), we can assist our endocannabinoid system in regulating a healthy neurological and immune response to address pain, anxiety, inflammation, and countless other issues.
IS CBD SAFE?
For most people, concerns about CBD largely revolve around a lack of clarity about what the difference between CBD, THC, and Medical Marijuana actually are.
The shortest answer is—yes, they are very different … and yes, CBD is completely safe to use, as long as it comes from a trustworthy source. But we can drill down a bit more on that to explain things in a little more detail.
The actual plant we’re discussing here is called Cannabis sativa. It has two primary species: hemp and marijuana. While both technically contain the compound CBD, there’s a much higher percentage of it in hemp.
All WBRx products are sourced exclusively from the hemp species for maximum purity and potency.
WHAT ABOUT THC?
The active compound responsible for the “high” associated with cannabis is THC, which is very high in the marijuana species and extremely low (less than 0.3%) in the hemp species.
Medical marijuana is derived from the whole cannabis plant and relies on the heavy concentration of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in the marijuana species, along with the full-spectrum cannabinoids, for its medicinal applications.
Hemp-derived CBD, (what WBRx uses) relies exclusively on the hemp species. To be considered hemp-derived CBD, the extract must contain less than 0.3% THC.
Even though that concentration is extremely low, our unique refinement process is able to reduce the THC content from our CBD products to well below the 0.3% threshold—so much so that we are able to ship our products across state lines.