Official Beginners Guide to CBD
It seems that everyone is getting on the CBD bandwagon. On almost every street corner, retailers from all walks of life are offering CBD. From tinctures to soaps to oils to lotions to supplements - navigating the world of CBD can be confusing and overwhelming.
That's why we crafted this beginners guide to help you understand what CBD is and what CBD does.
Let's start off with the # 1 question. What is CBD?
CBD is short for Cannabidiol and is a naturally occurring active compound found within the Cannabis plant. Although an essential component of marijuana, CBD is derived directly from the hemp plant and does not contain 9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). According to the World Health Organization, "CBD is a safe, non-addictive substance with a robust therapeutic profile." Cannabidiol, unlike its cannabis cousin, is not psychoactive -- meaning that it won't make you feel intoxicated or "high." That's because CBD and THC react differently with the receptors in the brain and body. Studies suggest that CBD is regarded as the single most critical cannabinoid ever discovered.
CBD will not get you high!
At Cloud 9 Smoke Co., we pride ourselves on offering you the best CBD products that will help enhance your wellbeing. The main question we get is, "Does CBD get me high?" The answer is no.
Let's break this down -- CBD and THC are the two main components of the cannabis plant. CBD is the non-psychoactive portion of the plant. However, that does not mean that some reactions may occur. According to medical cannabis expert Dr. Junnela Chin, DO -- "some people may experience mild side effects. It is no different than taking an over-the-counter drug. You never know how your body may react with any new supplement."
So, we suggest always starting off your CBD journey slowly and safely, especially if you are beginner.
CBD Fast Facts
- CBD is non-psychoactive or intoxicating
- Non-toxic and safe for human and animal consumption
How does CBD actually work?
This is where CBD gets interesting. Our bodies have an endocannabinoid system -- a built-in molecular receptor that helps our bodies regulate and perform various critical functions. When a cannabinoid enters our system, it will bind to itself, creating a complex chemical reaction that modern science is just figuring out. CBD binds to those receptors and helps boost our ability to relax, fight inflammation and pain, and combat stress and anxiety.
CBD Fast Facts
- CBD Binds to the allosteric receptors
- CBD is an indirect agonist of cannabinoids
- CB1 receptors are present throughout the brain and coordinate with movement, pain, emotion, moods, thoughts, appetite, and memories
- CB2 receptors are more geared toward our immune system and affect inflammation and pain.
CBD and Health Benefits
We have a slew of customers who swear that CBD has positively affected their lives and overall well-being. But once again, because of your own biological makeup, CBD affects people differently. However, according to a recent study by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, CBD can help benefit your well-being in several ways that may include:
- Reducing chronic pain associated with arthritic and joint pain
- Helps reduce anxiety, depression, and sleep disorders
- Alleviates migraines, cluster headaches
- Effective in mitigating PTSD
- Reduces nausea during cancer treatment
- May help treat epilepsy and Parkinson's disease
- Helps to enhance your libido
What are the different types of CBD?
Depending on the cannabinoid profile, CBD is referred to as follows:
- Isolated CBD - is isolated from the rest of the compound within the cannabis plant. When a CBD concentrate is extracted, it is then separated from the rest of the chemical compounds, and then goes through a Winterization Process. This process removes any remaining waxes, terpenes, or cannabinoids -- for a test results as high as 99%.
- Full Spectrum CBD - extracts a complete profile of beneficial cannabinoids and terpenes from the cannabis plant. Often called the whole plant CBD, full-spectrum may contain trace amounts of THC, usually less than 0.03%. So, basically, not enough to alter your state of mind.
- Broad Spectrum CBD - is an option between isolate and full-spectrum CBD. Broad-spectrum CBD goes through an additional refinement process that helps to remove all THC compounds.
How is CBD made?
Believe it or not, CBD just doesn't show up on store shelves. In fact, creating CBD products requires a very carefully executed process from start to finish. A lot of care goes into making a quality CBD product. Here, we take you on a journey on how hemp is turned from a plant in CBD.
Hemp Growing and Harvesting Process
For decades, hemp has had an unfortunate stigma. For years, it was labeled as a Schedule I controlled substance, and therefore deemed illegal to grow or sell. However, the 2018 Farm Bill passage made the production, sale, and possession of hemp legal and agricultural commodities. This made way for a new generation of hemp farmers to start growing and harvesting their plants specifically for CBD.
Hemp is a hardy plant that proliferates in mass quantities, making it a money-maker for farmers all over the country. However, growing CBD specific hemp requires a lot of love and attention to yield the maximum cannabinoid maximum while limiting THC to 0.03% or less.
Only the female hemp plant is used for CBD. Grouping female and male plants together increases seed production and affects the amount of CBD in the plants. Hemp plants are spaced well apart from each other, so there is ample space to grow. The plants are carefully monitored to ensure they are growing well and are tested for CBD, THC, and mold content. Strict monitoring of the hemp plants is essential -- too much THC and/or mold content -- the plant cannot be sold for CBD.
Once the hemp plant is harvested, it then goes through a drying and curing process and keeps 60 to 70-degrees Fahrenheit with a 60% humidity of constant airflow. The slow pace of curing the hemp plant helps create a better quality product with increased cannabinoids and terpenes. The whole process takes up to ten days.
CBD Extraction Process
Once the hemp plant is deemed ready for additional processing, it will go through an arduous extraction process. Extracting CBD from hemp is exceptionally complex and requires scientific methods that include one of the following:
- Carbon dioxide (CO2) extraction - is the most used way of obtaining CBD as it cuts chemicals and solvents from contaminating the CBD. As the CO2 moves through the plant material, it extracts the most vital parts of the plant, including the CBD, fatty acids, and terpenes.
- Ethanol extraction involves pulling the CBD as well as cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids using an ethanol solvent. The solvent is removed, providing a full-spectrum CBD.
- Water vapor extraction is the most costly of processes. Finely minced hemp plants are blended with ice (or dry ice) and rapidly spun, separating the extract from plant material. The entire mixture is strained through a dense mesh bag, leaving behind only the extracted remains.
- Isolate extraction is often an extra step companies use in conjunction with a centrifugal partition chromatography technique to dissolved terpenes, leaving you with pure CBD.
Once the CBD is successfully extracted, it will be time to start the production of CBD products. As the CBD products' list continues growing, it becomes increasingly confusing which product to buy. You can choose CBD products based on how quickly you want to experience the effects. Or purchase CBD based on your budget as well as your personal taste.
Beginners Guide to CBD | Product Profiles
There are several ways you can use CBD products. Some want a CBD product that is instantaneous, while others prefer a more time-released option. The good news is there are so many options available that will suit your needs. Here is our Beginners Guide to CBD products.
Tinctures are a full-spectrum hemp extract infused into a base that may include alcohol, coconut, or glycerin. Cloud 9 Smoke Co. carries the best-selling Long Beach Hemp Co. CBD Tincture that can be used anytime during the day with a simple drop under the tongue. Each of these Long Beach Hemp Co. CBD tinctures comes in strengths of 500mg, 1000mg, and 2000mg and are all physician-formulated using only the best quality hemp.
A vast majority of CBD enthusiasts love using edibles. Gummies are one of the best ways of consuming your daily dose of CBD. Just think of them as any other gummy vitamins—a tasty, simple way to take CBD. Cloud 9 Smoke Co. offers top-of-line CBD Gummies from the renowned brand, Long Beach Hemp Co. Each edible gummy product is infused with full-spectrum CBD for quick and effective treatment. Long Beach Hemp Co. CBD Gummies are available in 250mg and 500m great tasting flavors such as Melon Drop, Maui Wowie, Blue Dream, Grape Ape and Candy Apple. For CBD Gummies, the full-spectrum CBD combined with natural flavors, juices, and corn syrup make them a fan favorite.
Here are the benefits with CBD Gummies
- Longer Lasting - Ingesting CBD takes longer since it needs to reach the digestive system and then goes into the bloodstream. However, the positive is you will have longer-lasting results.
- Precise Dosage - Gummies will offer you exact dosing per serving. For instance, you take 500mg gummies, you are getting exactly that much in CBD.
- Better Taste - CBD in its natural hemp flavor has an earthy taste. Edible gummies make taking your daily CBD a bit more tasty and fun.
We love using CBD topicals because it provides you precise, targeting relief to different parts of your body. The combination of CBD and a carrier (essential oil or creams) helps absorb quickly for pain relief. However, unlike vaping or regular ingestion, topical CBD is not absorbed into the bloodstream. For most of you, a topical CBD can take up to an hour to take effect. However, it does result in longer-lasting effects on targeted areas. Cloud 9 Smoke Co. offers the best CBD topical creams from Long Beach Hemp Co. From CBD Roll-On to lotions to CBD Joint & Muscle Cream, CBD Soothing Balms to creams to CBD Bath Bombs, Long Beach Hemp Co. has a variety of CBD offerings in all types of milligram strengths that will make you feel whole again.
Much like CBD tinctures, capsules are often suspended in a carrier oil (like coconut MCT oil). The only difference is that the dose is housed in pill form. When ingesting CBD capsules, it does take a while for it to absorb into the body, but the results have a more lasting effect.
CBD Vape Juices
Vaping CBD is the fastest way to get all the benefits into your systems. However, it also leaves your system the quickest. Vape juices involve mixing CBD with vegetable glycerin and propylene glycol. The vape juice can be used in a variety of vape mods for consuming. Cloud 9 Smoke Co. offers a variety for CBD Vape Juice by Long Beach Hemp Co. We recommend starting off with the 250mg and gradually increasing the milligrams as time goes by.
CBD Flower and Pre-Rolls
Evidence suggests that consuming hemp flowers or pre-rolls can boost CBD's overall effect. This method plays a critical role in how long the effects of CBD last. Inhaling or vaping the dry hemp flower is considered more effective since it is quickly absorbed into the body. Cannabinoids sent directly to the lungs are rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream and instantly circulated throughout the body.
CBD Oral Sprays
Just like the name suggests, CBD oral spray contains Cannabidiol as the active ingredient. The Long Beach Hemp Co. CBD oral spray is a combination of herbal ingredients in which Cannabidiol is the main ingredient. Cannabidiol is a non-intoxicating substance of the hemp plant, which binds to various receptors and is known for its calming effect. The herbal ingredients are designed to provide you with an immediate calming effect and help with concentration and mental fitness. CBD oral spray is made from the hemp oil, which goes directly from the mouth's mucous membranes. CBD infused sprays are one of the easiest and discreet ways of getting your daily dose.
There are so many ways you can take CBD. When choosing between dosing methods and CBD products, you will want a product that is high-quality and that you will enjoy taking. Check out our entire inventory of premium Long Beach Hemp Co. CBD products here.