What is CBD and why should you care?
Cannabinoids are naturally occurring chemicals found in the cannabis plant. CBD is the acronym used for cannabidiol, which is just one of the over 100 different cannabinoids found in cannabis.
Cannabinoids are also found naturally in the human body as part of the endocannabinoid system, where they act as messengers sending signals to the brain, gut or other parts to help regulate basic bodily functions.
CBD vs THC
So what’s the difference between CBD and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol)? While they are both naturally occurring cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant and they both affect the body by communicating with the endocannabinoid system, they each play different roles. THC is the psychoactive chemical responsible for making you “high”, while CBD is non-psychoactive and is responsible for calmer, more relaxed feelings. So, in summary they have the same wellness benefits however CBD doesn’t cause the euphoric effects that occur with THC.
CBD supports overall wellness and promotes homeostasis, creating balance in the body. It is a powerful antioxidant, supports healthy immune function and can even support a positive, healthy mood. CBD is well tolerated, even in large doses, and was ruled by WHO as generally safe.
To find out more about how CBD works in the body and its benefits, visit https://www.elixinol.com/cbd-education
Why hemp-derived CBD?
CBD can be derived from hemp plants (cannabis plants than contain less than 0.3% THC) or marijuana plants (cannabis plants with higher concentration of THC).
All of our hemp extracts are made from industrial hemp grown in the United States. We carefully select and source the biomasse and ingredients that go into our products, and ensure the highest quality throughout the production process.
How is the CBD extracted?
CBD can be extracted from hemp using a number of methods. Elixinol uses a completely organic plant and extracts CBD and a full spectrum of other cannabinoids using a specialised CO2 extraction process. Other CBD suppliers may use chemical extraction which diminishes other essential cannabinoids, which we believe reduces the effectiveness of CBD.
Full-spectrum and broad-spectrum
A full-spectrum extract means it contains all phytochemicals naturally found in the plant. This means the full spectrum of active compounds can work together to enhance or amplify the benefits of individual cannabinoids.
Broad-spectrum CBD contains cannabidiol and the other compounds within the plant. However, the small amount of THC is removed after the extraction. Broad-spectrum products are a great option for those who cannot have any traces of THC in their system.