A Simple CBD Terminology Guide For Beginners
I’m sure you’ve heard of CBD over the past few years. If you are curious about how CBD can help you but don’t quite understand all the lingo surrounding CBD, we are here to help. The ever expanding vocabulary of hemp and CBD are so vast, it can make it difficult to navigate through the terminology and make you more confused than before you started.
If you are interested in starting your CBD journey, it is important to do your research and this includes understanding the technical jargon to help you understand what CBD is all about. Here is a glossary of terms to help you get started on your CBD journey.
Bioavailability: This is the amount of a substance that enters your bloodstream and is absorbed to produce an effect on your body.
Broad Spectrum CBD: CBD oil extracted from the hemp plant that contains all of the naturally occurring terpenes, flavonoids, and cannabinoids except for THC. This provides CBD with all of the major benefits without having to worry about THC in your product.
Cannabidiol: This is the scientific name for CBD.
Cannabinoid: This is one of the many chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant. There are over 100 cannabinoids in cannabis with CBD and THC being the most common.
CB1 Receptor: The CB1 receptors are in the central nervous system. The primary role of the CB1 receptors is to regulate neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine.
CBD2 Receptor: The CB2 receptors are primarily found in the immune system and white blood cells. The primary role of the CB2 is to maintain homeostasis function and control inflammation.
Cannabis: Cannabis is also known as cannabis sativa. Both hemp and marijuana plants are from the cannabis plant species.
CBD Isolate: This is a single CBD molecule that we get by processing hemp to remove all compounds such as cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids. This leaves only CBD.
Certificate of Analysis (COA): This is a certified report by a third party laboratory after product testing. COA’s give customers a lab report showing what cannabinoids, terpenes ,and other potential harmful contaminants are in the product. COA’s also give the customer a piece of mind by verifying the amount of CBD that is actually in the product. You can also use COA’s to make sure there is less than 0.03% THC or no THC at all depending on the CBD product you have purchased.
Endocannabinoids: These are similar to cannabinoids that are found in cannabis and are responsible for many functions in the brain and body. They are naturally occurring compounds.
Endocannabinoid System: This is a naturally occurring system found in humans and animals that is responsible for maintaining homeostasis. It consists of enzymes, endocannabinoids, and receptors that bread down endocannabinoids. CBD works with the endocannabinoid system through the CB1 and CB2 receptors discussed above.
The Entourage Effect: This is the full effect of CBD when it works with all of the compounds, terpenes, and flavonoids from the cannabis plant. It provides the most benefit for CBD consumers.
Flavonoids: These are one of three compounds in cannabis that help with the entourage effect. They contain properties that help with anti inflammation, antioxidant, and anti allergic reactions.
Full Spectrum CBD: CBD oil that has all of the beneficial compounds found in the hemp plant. This includes terpenes, cannabinoids, and flavonoids that all work together to get the entourage effect. This product includes THC. However, it has to have less than 0.3% THC to be a legal CBD product.
Gummies: This is a popular CBD product that is a type of edible. They are similar to other types of gummies for vitamins or even candy infused with CBD. CBD gummies taste great and are one of the most popular products on the market.
Hemp: This is a type of the cannabis plant species that has been around for thousands of years. It is a versatile plant used for many different industries from fabric to building materials. There are different types of hemp which contain concentrations of CBD and low levels of THC. Hemp contains cannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenes such as CBD.
Non-Psychoactive: CBD is referred to as non psychoactive, meaning it does not contain intoxicating effects associated with THC. CBD actually causes calling effects for most users.
Potency: This is the strength of CBD or CBD oil. If a CBD product has higher potency than it contains more CBD. For example, if you had a 500mg CBD tincture versus a 1500 mg tincture, the 1500mg CBD product would be more potent.
Softgel: A CBD softgel is another term for capsule. CBD softgels are popular for a couple of reasons. One, they are easy to take, similar to a pill, and can be added to your daily routine. Two, you can add other substances such as melatonin that will help with sleep.
Terpenes: This is a compound found in the cannabis plant that helps with the entourage effect of CBD. Terpenes are compounds that give cannabis plants their aroma or distinct smells. They are also known to be beneficial to help your wellbeing and health and wellness.
Third Party Testing: CBD products that have independent labs test their products and offer a lab analysis. They are used by companies to promote transparency for their customers to know what is in their products. The COA’s contain all of the information for the content and quality of the CBD product. Third Party Testing is essential for overall quality, safety and transparency of your CBD products.
Tincture: CBD oil that is combined with a carrier oil, such as olive oil, that is taken orally. CBD tinctures are the most popular and well known CBD products on the market.
Topical: CBD topicals, also known as CB creams or salves, are designed to be applied directly to the skin to provide targeted relief of a specific part of your body. There are many different topicals such as Glacier Organics Hemp Sports Cream. This is a pain cream that helps support healthy muscles and joints or provide relief for sore muscles.
The world of CBD can be intimidating when you first get started. This guide will help you understand the terminology for CBD and will help you feel more confident when doing your research to find the right product for you. Not all CBD is created equal. Make sure you do your homework to find a quality product that will fit your needs.
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