What is CBD Oil Basics?
CBD is a natural extract of the hemp plant. The full name for CBD is cannabidiol. CBD is one of the dozens of what are called cannabinoids which grow naturally in hemp and in cannabis.
It is important to know that CBD is not the part of the cannabis or hemp plant which makes you “high.” Hemp CBD has no psychoactive effect. In fact, CBD can moderate the effects of THC, which is the compound that make you high. People who use CBD can drive, work, and engage in normal activities. It can sometimes make you drowsy, which is why many people use it to help them sleep.
CBD has an effect on humans because every human already has a natural ability to use cannabinoids. In fact, people create some of their own cannabinoids. Scientists only discovered the endocannabinoid system in the 1990s. What we know now is that plant-produced cannabinoids, called phytocannabinoids, can augment our naturally produced cannabinoids to help people
Where does CBD come from?
CBD comes from the hemp plant or the cannabis plant. Hemp and cannabis are the same plant, but hemp has much lower THC than hemp does so there is no psychoactive effect from using its extracts.
The CBD and the other cannabinoids are extracted from the hemp plant using the same methods used to make cooking oil and other natural plant-based oils.
All of the CBD in the Elements of Green marketplace are made from natural, non-GMO hemp plants with either no, less than 0.02% of THC so you can use it without getting high.
Many of the selections are even organic. All of the hemp for the products in the Elements of Green marketplace are grown in Europe under European agricultural regulations for the safety and purity of the product.
How Do People Take CBD?
There are several ways to take CBD. The three most popular ways are as an oil, in a capsule or edible product, such as CBD gummies, and as a topical treatment.
- CBD oils are to be applied sublingually. That is, under the tongue. There the body quickly absorbs the CBD and it enters the bloodstream.
- CBD capsules and edibles are to be swallowed. The capsule or the gummy dissolves and the CBD is absorbed by the liver, just as vitamins and other oral supplements reach the bloodstream through the liver.
- CBD topicals are applied directly to the skin. Topical application can deliver CBD directly to an affected area. People can also use CBD vapes.