An Overview on CBD

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol, more commonly known as CBD, is by-far the most studied cannabinoid of the more than 116 known cannabinoids found in the cannabis (hemp) plant. CBD is all-natural and embodies around 40% of the hemp plant. 


Unlike THC, CBD is non-psychotropic which means CBD will not get you high. CBD is often regarded as the single most important cannabinoid ever discovered. With on-going research, the list of its benefits continues to grow giving more and more hope to patients suffering from a multitude of symptoms. 


Although we cannot make medical claims, in clinical studies CBD has strong anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anticonvulsant, anti-depressant, anti-psychotic, anti-tumoral, and neuroprotective qualities.


What Are Cannabinoids, and Why Do They Matter

The unique health benefits of cannabinoids came to the forefront of research, when in 1995 researchers discovered how CBD and other cannabinoids interact with receptors in the human endocannabinoid system (ECS).  It was through this research that it was discovered how each cannabinoid effect the body differently, specifically how THC delivered psychoactive effects while CBD counteracted those effects. 


With various ranges of effects delivered by other cannabinoids like Cannabigerol (CBG) and Cannabinol (CBN), the full collection of cannabinoids forms what is referred to as the “cannabinoid spectrum.”  This cannabinoid spectrum range is a natural byproduct of the extraction of CBD and other compounds extracted from the hemp plant, including terpenes, flavonoids and other cannabinoids.  The contents of the refined extract is what determines if the CBD extract is CBD isolate, broad spectrum or full spectrum.  


CBD Isolate

In scientific terms, an isolate is the purest form of a compound, which is produced by singularly extracting that compound from its environment and isolating it from all other compounds.

With that being said, CBD isolate is the purest form of CBD, which is produced by removing all other compounds found in the plant including terpenes, flavonoids, plant parts, and other cannabinoids.

In general terms, CBD Isolate is best for: 

  • first-time users wanting to understand how their body responds to CBD and hesitant to try full spectrum products;
  • those who regularly undergo drug screening tests;
  • those who are recommended to specifically take high doses of CBD; 
  • people with sensitivity to THC or other cannabinoids; 
  • individuals who prefer light flavors or no flavor. 


Full Spectrum CBD

Full spectrum CBD is an extract that contains all compounds found naturally occurring in the plant, including terpenes, essential oils, and other cannabinoids.  The full spectrum of cannabinoids, terpenes, and essential oils extracted from the plant work together to magnify the therapeutic benefits of each individual cannabinoid. This is commonly referred to as the “entourage effect“.

In general terms, Full Spectrum CBD is best for: 

  • People who would like to receive all of the healing benefits of CBD
  • Those with severe conditions that did not receive benefit from CBD isolate or Broad Spectrum products.  


Broad Spectrum CBD

Broad spectrum CBD is a bit of a mix between Full Spectrum CBD and CBD Isolate.


Like Full Spectrum CBD, the other compounds found within the plant are preserved in the extract; however, like CBD Isolate, THC is completely removed. Because Broad Spectrum CBD contains multiple cannabinoids, it can deliver the enhanced benefits of the “entourage effect,” without the risk of psychoactive effects of THC.


The Difference Between Hemp (Seed) Oil and CBD Oil

Very often, when I stop into shops that offer CBD oil, what I typically find is a large selection of “Hemp Oil”.  

The challenge is that in 99% of these cases, products called ‘Hemp oil' are ‘Hemp seed oil.'  Whereas there is nothing wrong with Hemp seed oil, it does not contain the therapeutic amounts and benefits of full spectrum CBD with its terpenes and flavonoids. 


It is said that hemp seed oil is similar to grape seed oil or sunflower oil, a wonderful oil that’s high in antioxidants, omega-3 and -6 fatty acids, but contains no CBD,


The benefits of Hemp seed and oil are many.  In fact, hemp seed is a highly nutritious source of protein and essential fatty oils. Many populations have grown hemp for its seed — most of them eat it as `gruel’ which is a lot like oatmeal. The leaves can be used as roughage. Hemp seeds do not contain any THC and they do not get you `high.’


Hemp seed protein closely resembles protein as it is found in the human blood. It is fantastically easy to digest, and many patients who have trouble digesting food are given hemp seed by their doctors. Hemp seed was once called `edestine’ and was used by scientists as the model for vegetable protein.


Hemp seed oil provides the human body with essential fatty acids. Hemp seed is the only seed which contains these oils with almost no saturated fat. As a supplement to the diet, these oils can reduce the risk of heart disease. It is because of these oils that birds will live much longer if they eat hemp seed.


With hemp seed, a vegan or vegetarian can survive and eat virtually no saturated fats. One handful of hemp seed per day will supply adequate protein and essential oils for an adult.


But the bottom line is that it contains no CBD. 


Cautions

The Lucky Box Club team are not doctors and do not offer medical advice.  However, we are big believers in the power of the plant and love how it enriches our healthy living.  If you are taking other medications, please consult your doctor and pharmacist about drug interactions.  


Please note, CBD is a more potent inhibitor of cytochrome P450 than the grapefruit compound Bergapten, so ask your doctor if grapefruit interacts with your medication. If it does, then CBD probably does, too. Your doctor may need to monitor blood levels of prescription medications and make adjustments.


The team at Lucky Box Club CBD cares deeply about the products we sell in our boxes and website and ardently require products that are natural, lab-tested and contain no harmful ingredients.  Each product has a Certificate of Analysis and we only sell products that does not contain pesticides, heavy metals or anything unhealthy to ourselves or our pets. 

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