IS CBD RIGHT FOR ME?
WHAT IS CBD?
Many people familiar with cannabis have heard of THC, a compound in marijuana that has a number of therapeutic properties, and is most well known for it's intoxicating effects. Cannabidiol, or CBD, is another compound in cannabis that gets a lot of attention for its medical benefits and it is non-psychoactive.
Because it is non-psychoactive, products made with CBD - whether used externally or taken internally – are a great choice for patients looking for relief from pain, anxiety, inflammation, seizures, spasms, and more without feeling “stoned” or lethargic.
The endocannabinoid system
The endocannabinoid system is a group of receptors found in the mammalian brain and the central and peripheral nervous systems. It is known as "the body’s own cannabinoid system" and it is involved in many physiological processes including appetite, pain-sensation, mood, and memory, and in mediating the psychoactive effects of cannabis. CBD affects the CB1 and CB2 receptors in the human brain. CB1 receptors are located throughout the brain and central nervous system, while CB2 receptors are found in high density in the immune system and the gastrointestinal system. This is why CBD can help a wide range of ailments from chronic pain to nausea and gastrointestinal issues. In fact, the endocannabinoid system is the only system of that is involved in nearly everything our body does - that's why cannabis can be used to treat so many conditions. As reported by Constance Therapeutics "pharmaceuticals used to treat the same diseases are less effective and have side effects."
CBD from cannabis VS. Industrial Hemp
We believe that it matters where everything comes from.
So, what is the difference?
CBD from industrial hemp contains far less cannabidiol than CBD-rich cannabis. That means these companies need to use a lot of hemp to extract a small amount of CBD. A lot of hemp equates to more water and more energy usage. Also, industrial hemp is a bio-accumulator. That means that it draws out nasty stuff like heavy metals from the ground, which just increases the risk of toxic contamination. Additionally, CBD from industrial hemp has to be extracted using machines (either CO2 extraction, or even worse extracted using butane) and once it's extracted it's just the CBD molecule without the help of all of the other healing plant compounds that make up the "entourage effect." Companies (like us!) who instead use CBD rich cannabis are making whole medicine. Period. The goodness is just naturally all in there.
A revolutionary study from Israel has documented the superior therapeutic properties of whole plant CBD-rich cannabis extract as compared to synthetic, single-molecule cannabidiol (CBD) (and, as it turns out, compared to aspirin and your typical otc anti-inflammatory pill). Published in the journal Pharmacology & Pharmacy (February, 2015), the article directly challenges the idea that making a “pure” single-molecule pill of CBD is better than “crude” botanical preparations which are seen as inherently low grade and less effective. This study shows that in fact, botanical preparations are more effective in treating more conditions and ailments.
What is Whole Plant Extraction?
Whole Plant extraction means taking the whole plant, in this case cannabis, and using the traditional method of extracting all of the compounds into a carrier oil - in our case, we use olive oil. Olive oil is shown to be especially good at extracting CBD from the plant. Our unique extraction method makes powerful infusions, rich with terpenes and cannabinoids. We think you’ll agree. Also, we use only organic, non-gmo oils to extract all the goodness from our organically grown medicine.
Some companies use Butane or CO2 extraction methods to make their CBD and THC products. The Butane process entails soaking the plant material in Butane to extract all of the compounds, and then washing the solvent off. In CO2 extraction, Supercritical CO2 is inserted into a vessel and pumped through a filter where it is separated from the plant matter once the pressure is released. Then, the supercritical CO2 evaporates and is dissolved into the cannabinoids. CO2 extraction leaves a "pure" CBD molecule, stripped of the rest of the plant's healing compounds and the "entourage effect."
In a 2009 study, investigators found the “pharmacological and therapeutic superiority of many herbal drug combinations in traditional medicine in comparison to isolated single constituents.” This means that all the plant compounds working together are better than the single molecules by themselves. They defined four basic tenants that whole plant extracts provide:
Ability to affect multiple targets within the body
Ability to improve the absorption of active ingredients
Ability to overcome bacterial defense mechanisms
Ability to minimize adverse side effects (medicaljane.org)
the Entourage Effect
Like all plants, cannabis is much more than just a single molecule. In fact, there are approximately 420 additional compounds, including other cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, amino acids, proteins, enzymes, fatty acids, sugars, and so forth. These other compounds not only give the cannabis plant its scent and flavor, but research has shown that terpenes significantly enhance the therapeutic potential of THC and CBD. Scientists call this phenomenon in which all the constituents of the cannabis plant work together, “the entourage effect.”
When processing cannabis using Butane or CO2 extraction methods, many of the these therapeutic compounds and terpenes are often lost. They then must be isolated and added back in to the final product. A Whole Plant extraction method ensures that all of the therapeutic properties of the plant are still there for you - your own personal entourage.
CBD and Pharmaceutical Companies
There has been a great deal of scientific research on the use of CBD, some sponsored by the US government. Research continuously shows the potential for CBD to help treat a wide range of ailments, including depression, PTSD, arthritis, epilepsy, and chronic pain. And because of it’s neuroprotective effects, CBD’s anti-cancer properties are continuously being studied across the globe.
Recently the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has begun trials on a pharmaceutical version of CBD in children with certain forms of epilepsy. One of the drugs is made by GW Pharmaceuticals and is called Epidiolex. Unfortunately, because Epidiolex is synthetically produced, as with all pharmaceuticals, this medication comes with side effects not typically found with users of natural CBD that comes from the plant.
As ProjectCBD.org explains: “According to the federal government, specific components of the marijuana plant (THC, CBD) have medical value, but the plant itself does not have medical value. Uncle Sam’s single-molecule blinders reflect a cultural and political bias that privileges Big Pharma products. Single-molecule medicine is the predominant corporate way, the FDA-approved way, but it’s not the only way, and it’s not necessarily the optimal way to benefit from cannabis therapeutics.”
This is because cannabis contains hundreds of compounds, each with specific healing attributes. Some of these compounds are called terpenes. When all of the compounds are used together, scientists refer to it as the “entourage effect,” which simply means you get WAY more therapeutic bang for your buck.