What is Hemp?
To start off our CBD 101 blog the first thing we need to look at is hemp. This "weed" of a plant has been used for over 10,000 years, from clothing to food to medicine. It wasn't until the last decade of research that we finally began to understand how great its medicinal value really is...enter healing cannabinoids like CBD.
What is CBD?
CBD or Cannabidiol is a phyto-active compound called a cannabinoid found in hemp. To date, we are aware of over 500 active constituents in hemp and the list keeps growing. With over 65 cannabinoids identified, the most well known are THC, THCV, CBN, CBG, CBC, and CBDa.
CBD 101: How does it work?
Hemp, A Perfect Match for Our Bodies
Cannabinoids found in the hemp plant mimic our own body's production of endocannabinoids which work within our endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system is responsible for regulating all our basic processes which affect mood, stress, sleep, pain, appetite & metabolism, immunity, and reproduction. When we are not making enough of our own endocannabinoids, this is where the phytocannabinoids (phyto = plant-based) from the hemp plant can help supplement our body's needs and bring us back to balance or homeostasis (optimal health). It works both internally (when ingested) or topically (applied on top of the skin.
Hemp's cannabinoids work to supplement our own body's endocannabinoids when we are depleted and not producing enough to keep us in optimal health.
CBD 101: What type of CBD?
Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum or Isolate
Now that we understand hemp, next up in our CBD 101 blog is understanding the product lingo. You may have heard of these terms. This is in reference to the type of hemp extract found in a product. Full spectrum means the extract contains all of the naturally occurring compounds and phytoactives found in the hemp plant. Broad spectrum is more refined where THC is removed. Isolate, all other compounds and phytoactives are removed and you are just left with CBD.
We like to think of full spectrum as a rainbow, broad-spectrum as primary colors, and an isolate just as one single color.
Research has shown that full spectrum is the most beneficial type of hemp extract because the CBD works synergistically with the other minor cannabinoids and phytoactives that are present in what is called the Entourage Effect.
We only use full spectrum CBD extracts that are below the legal limit of THC so they will not get you high but contain better medicinal affects.
CBD 101: What product is most effective?
Tinctures are the Most Effective
Compared to vaping, gummies, or pills, tinctures are the most effective way to get CBD/hemp's benefits. When using a tincture and putting it under the tongue, this allows for it to be quickly absorbed by the body through the mucus glands in your mouth. This bypasses the digestive system where many of the beneficial compounds are filtered out by your liver before they can be of benefit to you.
CBD 101: How do I get started?
Start Low & Slow
- Are you new to CBD, adaptogens, or plant-medicine? Start slow. Some people react very strongly while others feel nothing. Its best to give your bod a chance to tell you what it needs. When taking Prismatic Plants’ formulas be aware that we pack in many other powerful plants beyond hemp/CBD. So just a few drops to start will help you find out if it vibes with you bod. Wait 15-20 min, then increase from there. More dosage instructions can be found here.
- Experimenting is key but apply controls. Examples: Time of day. Try things before food or after food. With caffeine or without caffeine.
- Find your flow and then try the routine for 7-14 days consistently. This will give you the best idea of short and longer-term results
CBD 101: Can I take it long term?
Long Term CBD Use: Key Q's
- Can I get addicted to CBD? The short answer is no. CBD is non-psychoactive so it cannot cause a chemical drug dependency. If you are taking CBD with high levels of THC, that’s a different story!
- Can I build up a resistance to CBD? CBD is a supremely unique cannabinoid that is very different than THC. When CBD enters the body, it does not bind directly with our receptors like THC. Instead, it interacts with receptors indirectly and can actually positively influence them, encouraging the production of endocannabinoids that are vital for maintaining homeostasis. Some research points to CBD actually having a reverse tolerance, meaning overtime we need the same amount or less, not more.
We hope this CBD 101 blog helped clarify and answer key questions you might have about using CBD, hemp, cannabis and plant medicine in general! If there is a question that this CBD 101 blog did not answer for you, please reach out to us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. We want to ensure we are answering all your burning CBD 101 Q's!