Learn About CBD
Cannabis – industrial hemp and recreational marijuana are part of the same plant family – cannabis.
CBD – Cannabidiol is one of the many components in the cannabis plant scientists have been able to define and separate.
Decarboxylation – the process of heating cannabinoids transforms eg CBD-A into CBD and THC-A into THC etc.
Endocannabinoid System – a network process in the human body’s immune system, responsible for balance and well-being.
Entourage Effect – when the total is greater than the sum of all parts. This effect happens due to the synergy of terpenes and cannabinoids.
Phytocannabinoids – are the naturally occurring cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant.
THC – Tetrahydrocannabinol is another cannabinoid with different properties to CBD.
Terpenoids or Terpenes – a phytochemical that gives a plant its flavour and colour.
What is CBD Oil ?
CBD, known scientifically as cannabidiol, is one of around 100 different cannabinoids found within the cannabis plant.
It can also be called CBD hemp oil, full spectrum hemp oil or whole plant hemp oil. It is extracted from the aerial parts of industrial hemp plants. The plants used are specially bred to contain high concentrations of naturally occurring cannabidiol. While CBD has many health benefits, it is not intoxicating and has been deemed safe by the WHO (World Health Organisation).
What are Cannabinoids ?
More than 100 different chemical compounds, known as cannabinoids, have been identified in the cannabis plant. The two most famous cannabinoids are THC and CBD, but there are many others. Cannabinoids have a wide variety of effects on the body as well as health benefits.
What are Terpenes ?
Terpenes are a phytochemical found in plants that give the plant its aroma, flavour and/or colour. Like many household herbs, terpenes are also found in cannabis plants. Terpenes often contribute to the overall effect felt by the plant as well as have a variety of health benefits.
What is the difference between Raw and Decarb CBD ?
The difference between raw and decarb (decarboxylated) is a heating process.
Raw CBD contains the full range of cannabinoids and terpenes. Our raw extracts contain CBD + CBDA with over 400 other natural compounds such as terpenes, flavonoids and photo-nutrients. They all work together in a synergistic way; this has been called ‘The Entourage Effect’.
Raw oil is amazing for inflammation, focus, muscle recovery and energy, to name just a few and can be associated with being more energising than decarb oil.
Decarboxylated CBD has been heated to decrease the amount of acid groups (CBDA to CBD, CBGA to CBG etc). Decarb is often preferred for insomnia, anxiety and to increase relaxation. However, this can vary from person to person.
Some customers report that they get better results using raw (CBD + CBDA), others prefer decarb CBD (CBD only). This doesn’t mean that one is better than the other, it is just a matter of finding which one is right for you. Sometimes it is simply personal preference. If you don’t get the results you expect with one type it’s often a good idea to try the other to see if one works better for you.
Is Full Spectrum Hemp (CBD) the same as Medical Marijuana ?
No, the industrial hemp plant used to produce CBD is a variety of cannabis that contains only negligible levels of the intoxicating cannabinoid THC. Industrial hemp is used to produce hemp CBD and is essentially a cousin of marijuana, without the intoxicating effects.
What is the difference between the Oil and the Paste ?
Both the oil and the paste are full extracts from the hemp plant however the oil has been through an additional filtration process which removes some of the natural paraffin and waxes. Hence, you could say that the paste is closest to the natural form of the plant. Another difference between the two is the texture, the paste also tastes a lot stronger. When holding the extracts under the tongue, the oil will break down more easily in comparison to the paste, and the effect of the CBD will appear more quickly in the body.
Will I get “high” if I consume Hemp CBD ?
No, you will not feel the high associated with marijuana from consuming recommended and suitable doses of hemp CBD. However, please be aware that this product, as with all hemp CBD, contains a minute level of the psychoactive properties THC of circa 0.3% and some individuals may be sensitive to noticing this in their system if they take large doses.
What is the Endocannabinoid System ?
Everyone has a system of cannabinoid receptors throughout our brains and bodies. When these receptors are activated, they enable two-way communication between body systems, like regulating anxiety, fear, appetite, energy, immune and inflammatory responses. It looks after us by keeping the balance for mental and physical health.
Dogs have Endocannabinoid Systems too
The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) is present in all mammals including dogs, cats and horses. It is an intelligent and very complex system – helping to maintain mental and physiologic balance – otherwise known as homeostasis.The ECS is comprised of Cannabinoid-1 type receptors known as CB1, and Cannabinoid-2 type receptors known as CB2. Although these are not the only receptors affected, CB1 and CB2 seem to have a special affinity for cannabinoids.
When the ECS is out of balance due to lack of enough endocannabinoids, many negative physical signs are often observed in pets, including digestive issues (vomiting, irregular bowels, diarrhoea), poor appetite, sleep issues, stress, anxiety/fear and aggression, lethargy and lack of activity, poor balance and coordination, pain and inflammation.