People choose to use CBD to enhance their wellness. Using something for your wellness doesn’t make much sense if you don’t understand what it is or where it comes from. It’s smart to make wellness-conscious choices informed — you want to know the things you buy and use are pure and natural.

CBD is pure and natural. It comes from a plant and has compounds your body naturally creates. Here’s what you need to know about the origin of CBD and how it works with your body.

What Are Cannabinoids?

Cannabinoids are compounds that occur in nature. Plants produce cannabinoids, with cannabis plants being the primary source of the cannabinoids we use. Other plants, like ginseng and black pepper, also produce cannabinoids.

Animals, including humans, can produce cannabinoids in their bodies. The human body makes at least two unique cannabinoids that it uses to provide support to important systems and processes.

What Is Cannabis?

Cannabis (aka the marijuana plant) is a flowering plant native to Asia. Most cannabis originated in the mountains surrounding Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nepal, Tibet, and China. 

Historically, cannabis was used as a medicinal herb in primitive cures and formulas. Some groups used cannabis as part of their religious rituals. 

Cannabis contains over 100 unique cannabinoids. It’s rich in a cannabinoid called delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which has psychoactive properties. When people say that cannabis makes them high, they’re referring to the effects of THC.

Now, cannabis is federally regarded as an illicit drug in the United States and carries legality issues. Some states have medical cannabis programs that allow patients with medical conditions access to cannabis under the guidance of a doctor. Some states have laws permitting the recreational use of cannabis by adults. 

What Is Hemp?

Cannabis is a very valuable crop that is sustainable, durable, and versatile. It can make paper, rope, fabrics, and even biofuel. The seeds can create oil for cooking and personal care products. The cannabinoids inside of the plant can also make wellness supplements.

The federal government needed a way to make growing cannabis legal for practical, non-drug-related uses. They created the designation of industrial hemp to allow farmers to produce cannabis plants on a mass scale. 

Hemp plants are cannabis Sativa plants that have been selectively bred for very weak THC content. Hemp plants can contain a maximum of 0.3 percent by their dry weight. This amount greatly contrasts with conventional cannabis, which often contains upwards of 20 percent THC by dry weight. 

Unlike cannabis, industrial hemp is legal on a federal level. The 2018 Farm Bill outlined the specifics of hemp production and allowed American farmers to produce hemp.

Where Does CBD Come From?

CBD, or cannabidiol, is a cannabinoid that usually comes from hemp. Hemp plants can be bred and cultivated to enhance certain characteristics, like CBD production. Many American farmers are growing hemp with the specific intention of using them to create CBD wellness products. 

How Are CBD Products Made?

CBD is within the flowers and leaves of the hemp plant. It needs to be extracted from the plant to become CBD oil or CBD gummies. There are several ways that hemp companies can extract the cannabinoids from the plant, but most companies use a food-grade solvent and a special machine.

The plant material goes into a multi-chambered extraction machine with a food-grade solvent like alcohol. The alcohol absorbs all of the cannabinoids, fats, waxes, and phytonutrients from the plant material. 

The plant material is removed from the mixture during the extraction process, and the solvent evaporates, leaving behind highly concentrated hemp extract full of cannabinoids.

Then, the hemp extract is diluted to a suitable strength with a carrier oil. A lot of companies use medium chain triglyceride oil from coconuts. Some companies use hemp seed oil or extra virgin olive oil to make tinctures.

If the CBD is used to make gummies, it’s diluted by being mixed with the recipe's other ingredients. If it’s used to make topical products like CBD roll on, it’s diluted with the rest of the formula.

How Does CBD Work in the Human Body?

You’re supporting your body’s endocannabinoid system when you use CBD. Your body already knows how to use cannabinoids because it does so all the time. CBD works with the same receptors your natural cannabinoids use.

How Does the Endocannabinoid System Work?

The endocannabinoid system is a giant group of receptors within every organ and system of the human body. There are two officially recognized types of cannabinoid receptors, called CB1 and CB2. There may be as many as five cannabinoid-specific receptors, and research is still looking into the possibility of other receptors.

Cannabinoids also work with other types of receptors, like vanilloid receptors. Most of your body is open to the influence of cannabinoids. 

Although researchers understand the existence of the endocannabinoid system, they’re still trying to determine the full extent of its importance. It’s unknown how many cannabinoids the human body produces and uses and if they have any unique effects. 

It’s also unknown if it’s possible to have a deficiency or a surplus of natural cannabinoids and what the implications would mean. 

How Does CBD Influence the Endocannabinoid System?

CBD can stimulate every cannabinoid receptor throughout the human body, as well as other receptors that are open to cannabinoid influence. CBD doesn’t bind to these receptors or alter their functions. It won’t change the way your body is designed to work.

CBD can provide the support your endocannabinoid system needs to do the best possible job at performing its natural functions. It won’t make your body radically different; it can simply help your body be the best version of itself. 

What Are The Benefits of CBD?

CBD can inspire your body to perform to the best of its ability. Most people experience these benefits in three ways.

CBD Has Naturally Soothing Properties

CBD’s naturally soothing properties can help to ease feelings of tension or discomfort. Many athletes use CBD while training, and gym-goers enjoy CBD as a post-workout recovery tool. 

CBD Can Support the Body’s Stress Management System

We all feel overwhelmed from time to time. The support CBD provides to the body’s stress management system can have a calming effect. 

When you’re wound a little tight, you can incorporate CBD into your de-stressing routine. Enjoy some CBD, curl up with a good book, and leave the world behind for a few minutes. Take some time to find your zen place.

CBD Can Support a Good Night’s Rest

CBD can support your circadian rhythm, which is your body’s internal clock. Your circadian rhythm sends the message throughout your brain and body when it’s time to go to bed. 

The chemical messengers of your circadian rhythm help you relax to get some sleep. CBD can support this process if you need a little extra help catching some quality ZZZs. 

How Do I Know My CBD Is Pure?

It’s important to know where your products come from and if they’re safe to use. Reputable CBD companies will send samples of every batch to an independent third-party cannabinoid lab for analysis.

A lab technician will use special techniques to measure the amount of each cannabinoid the sample contains, verifying that they contain as much CBD as the company claims. 

Labs can also check for contaminants like residual pesticides or heavy metals. Seeing these analyses will give you peace of mind that you’re choosing a pure CBD product held to strict quality standards.

CBD products come in distinct categories: full-spectrum CBD, broad-spectrum CBD, and CBD isolate. Full-spectrum products have beneficial plant parts (including terpenes) and detectable but low levels of THC. Broad-spectrum has beneficial plant parts with no detectable THC. CBD isolate is CBD extract — pure and THC-free.

To avoid the psychoactive side effects of THC, broad-spectrum and isolate are the best bet.

How Much CBD Should I Use?

It’s easy to know how much of each vitamin you need and how much protein you should eat daily because of a recommended daily intake. CBD is not a nutrient, so there is no official daily recommended intake. 

We do know that the safe upper limit of daily CBD is somewhere around 1,500 mg of CBD, and we also know that it’s probably impossible to overdose on CBD fatally.

Most people will never use anything close to the upper limit — general recommendations from the CBD wellness community span between 25 mg per day and 100 mg per day. 

If you’ve never used CBD before, try 25 mg per day. The effects of CBD last about eight hours. If 25 mg works great for you during the day and you’d like to extend the potential health benefits into nighttime, use another 25 mg CBD before bed.

When Should I Use CBD?

CBD oil products can take about 30 minutes to reach your endocannabinoid system. CBD edibles like gummies can take about an hour. It helps to plan accordingly. 

If you’re using CBD as a post-workout supplement, it’s a good idea to use it before you begin or even during your workout. The CBD will begin to work when your workout is over.

If you’re using CBD to get a good night’s rest, you’ll want to take it about an hour before bedtime. If you eat a late dinner, it might be wise to use your CBD before you eat, giving the CBD time to work without competing for resources in your digestive system. It will reach your endocannabinoid system when you want it to.

Find Relief with Pure Relief

Pure Relief’s lab-tested CBD gummies use premium hemp. Each gummy contains 25 mg of CBD. 

We have daytime and nighttime gummies. Our daytime blend uses ingredients like ginkgo biloba and green tea extract to support healthy energy levels throughout the day. Our nighttime blend utilizes the soothing properties of ingredients like chamomile and melatonin to help you relax at bedtime. 

Eat a gummy and find pure relief. 

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Oldest evidence of marijuana use discovered in 2500-year-old cemetery in peaks of western China | Science

Hemp Production and the 2018 Farm Bill - 07/25/2019 | FDA

Endocannabinoid Binding to the Cannabinoid Receptors: What Is Known and What Remains Unknown | National Library of Medicine

August 01, 2022