Curious About CBD?
CBD is short for cannabidiol, one of over a hundred compounds called cannabinoids. They were given the name ‘cannabinoid’ because researchers identified the first cannabinoid compounds while trying to understand the properties of cannabis (marijuana and hemp). Research in the 1940s by American organic chemist Roger Adams and in the 1960s by Dr. Raphael Mechoulam in Israel led to the discovery of THC (delta 9- tetrahydrocannabinol), the most well-known and best studied cannabinoid; followed by the identification of CBD (cannabidiol).
Fast forward through a few more decades of research and we now know that the body creates its own cannabinoids called endocannabinoids (endo stands for endogenous, which means originating within the body) which are created from Omega fatty acids in our diet.1 Cannabinoids are also found in plants and are called phytocannabinoids (phyto meaning ‘plant’). In addition to cannabis, phytocannabinoids are found in truffles2, echinacea, turmeric, black pepper, cacao3, flax4, liverwort, hops, and rosemary1.
In 1992 scientists identified the first of many cannabinoids made by the body and called it anandamide5. This name comes from the Sanskrit word ananda meaning ‘bliss’ plus amide which describes the chemical type. Anandamide is affectionately called the “bliss molecule.” Anandamide interacts with receptors in the central and peripheral nervous systems6 and influences how we experience pain and pleasure, as well as impacting our mood and appetite.
Doctors who take the time to familiarize themselves with cannabinoids have observed that topical CBD preparations can be effective for localized painful joints and muscles. This is likely because receptors that respond to anandamide are found throughout the body and specifically in the skin, in the tissues immediately under the skin, and around joints of the hands, feet, elbows, knees, and shoulders.11
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Our CBD products are white, do not smell like marijuana, are not greasy, spread easily on the body and are quickly absorbed into the skin.
CBD isolate is cannabidiol (CBD) in its purest form. It is a naturally occurring chemical compound that is first extracted from a whole hemp plant using a carbon dioxide extraction method. This separates all of the plant oils, waxes, terpenes and other fat-soluble materials from the plant. This oil-based mixture then undergoes high-pressure liquid chromatography or (HPLC) during which all its various chemical components are separated. What remains is pure cannabidiol in the form of white crystals or powder that has been isolated from the rest of the plant.
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- Smith, MD, MPH, Gregory L., CBD: What You Need to Know. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2017.
This information was excerpted from: https://www.shikai.com/2018/12/19/cbd-and-the-bliss-molecule/
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