CBD 101 | Everything you need to know about cannabidiol

Eaze Team
Feb 7, 2019

Our mission at Eaze Wellness is to take the guesswork out of CBD. That’s why we put together this guide to break down everything you need to know about incorporating CBD into your lifestyle. Whether you’re new to CBD or looking to learn more, we’ve got you covered.

What is CBD?

CBD (cannabidiol) is one of more than 100 cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant that interacts with the human endocannabinoid system. A cannabinoid is a chemical compound that can be found in either plants, as phytocannabinoids, or found in humans, as endocannabinoids. While there are other plants that have cannabinoids, cannabis has one of the most abundant cannabinoid profiles. CBD is the second-most abundant phytocannabinoid in cannabis, after the more commonly known THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol).

How does CBD work?

CBD like all cannabinoids, works by interacting with your body’s endocannabinoid system. This system can influence your health in a myriad of ways and many studies have described this system as your body’s “master regulatory system.” In plain speak, the endocannabinoid system refers to a network of cannabinoid receptors that are naturally located throughout your body. Different types of cannabinoids have different types reactions with different types of receptors to produce different types of effects. CBD is a powerful cannabinoid because it interacts with the receptors and can regulate other cannabinoids in your body to produce a particular feeling or effect.

What’s the difference between CBD and THC?

It doesn’t get you high.

At least not in the way we’re used to thinking about what “high” means.

That’s the role of CBD’s famous cannabinoid cousin THC, or Tetrahydrocannabinol, the psychoactive yang to CBD’s yin. And as with darkness and light, their relationship can be complex, co-dependent, and stubbornly paradoxical.

CBD by itself is not psychoactive, yet it does interact with our body’s signaling networks both within and outside of the endocannabinoid system, and some who use it describe a sense of well-being, an overall calm and relaxed state that’s not quite a buzz, but not exactly nothing, either.

Clinical research has shown potential for many therapeutic benefits of CBD. But unlike THC, CBD does not make people feel intoxicated or “high.”

Hemp vs. ‘Marijuana’: What’s the difference?

Hemp and ‘marijuana’ are both types of cannabis. You read that right. The only difference between the two is that hemp has less than 0.3% THC per dry weight. The hemp plants used to make the products you see on Eaze Wellness have been specifically bred to have a high CBD percentage and a THC percentage that is lower than 0.3%.

What can you use CBD for?

According to our 2018 Eaze Insights Report, CBD consumers nearly doubled in 2018, growing from 2.6% in 2017 to 4.8% in 2018. This growth was driven by consumers reportedly using CBD for pain, anxiety, sleep, inflammation, focus, and appetite regulation.

How can you use CBD?

CBD can be taken in many forms such as tinctures, topicals, capsules, vaporizers, and more. The form that you take will depend on what you’re looking to use CBD for. If you have any questions on what to take, you can reach out to our expert concierge team ([email protected]).

CBD Isolate vs. Full-Spectrum CBD vs. Hemp-Seed Oil, what’s the difference?

Full-Spectrum CBD (aka full-spectrum hemp) refers to the oil extracted from the whole hemp plant. It contains both CBD and other naturally occurring cannabinoids in the plant but with less than .3% THC.

CBD (aka CBD isolate) refers to pure CBD with no other cannabinoids.

Hemp Seeds (hemp seed oil) contain ZERO cannabinoids. Although it contains no CBD, it is often used as an ingredient with CBD or full-spectrum CBD since it is a good carrier oil for other cannabinoids.

Is this legal?

So long as CBD is derived from hemp, defined as cannabis with less than 0.3% THC, it is legal in most states. Most states? Yes, most states. While the Farm Bill that was passed in December 2018 legalized industrial hemp on a federal level, states still need to write their own laws that allow for the sale of hemp-derived CBD. Not sure if your state allows it? We don’t ship to states where it’s not allowed.

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