What is CBD?

CBD is commonly used for its positive effects on the mind and body. Many clinical studies have shown that CBD has the potential to act as a natural pain reliever as well as an anti-anxiety remedy, but more tests need to be done (and are currently underway). Because CBD can be taken in large doses without any known serious side effects, the medical industry is just beginning to warm up to the idea of acknowledging CBD as a legitimate potential medicine.

CBD can be taken in various ways. Some people prefer to vape CBD because of how quickly this method allows the compound to reach the brain. Others enjoy eating edible CBD products that allow the compound’s effects to be felt more subtly and last for a longer period. There are also topical CBD products that can treat localized pain when massaged into the affected area.


  • Not psychoactive/intoxicating
  • Possible anti-anxiety applications
  • Legal to buy and own
  • Indirect agonist of cannabinoids
  • Binds to the allosteric receptor site 


  • Highly psychoactive/intoxicating
  • Has been shown to cause anxiety in some users
  • Still illegal in some parts of the USA
  • Directly binds to CB1 and CB2 receptors
  • Binds to the orthosteric receptor site
  • Legality varies from state to state
  • Legal to buy and own in the USA
  1. What is CBD ?

    CBD, or Cannabidiol is a natural substance obtained from hemp plants that can promote wellness without any psychoactive effects. 

    CBD, a non-psychoactive compound, is known for helping people maintain health and overall wellness.

    It keeps you healthy and doesn’t get you “high”. Cannabinoids are the molecules which give the cannabis plant its medical and recreational properties.  CBD is used more for its health purposes.

    The most well know cannabinoid is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is used for recreational function of the cannabis plant.

    CBD from Hemp contains little to no THC, therefore it does not cause a “high”.

    When sourced from marijuana, CBD will be found in conjunction with THC and the THC will cause an utoxicating effect.  Marijuana is currently illegal unless you are in a state that allows for medical or recreational uses.  Hemp is legal in all US states so long as it is properly sourced.

  2. What are cannabinoids and phytocannabinoids ?

    Cannabinoids are a diverse class of chemical compounds that naturally occur in the body

    (endocannabinoids) as well as in several plants including cannabis.

    Phytocannabinoids are the primary chemical compounds found in all cannabis plants.

    Two of the most prominent phytocompounds are THC and cannabidiol (CBD).

    CBD is the best known non-psychoactive cannabinoid and is found predominantly in hemp.

    Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the only psychoactive cannabinoid and is found predominantly in cannabis plants classified as marijuana.

  3. What are the common benefits of using hemp oil products ?

    Digestible hemp oil products are classified as dietary supplements.  Similar to other supplement companies, hemp oil companies are not able to claim that hemp oil will treat or cure specific conditions.  Hemp oil is commonly described as helping to relieve discomfort,

    Support sleep and promote an overall sense of balance and homeostasis to the body.

    Hemp oil users are encouraged to review the growing number of research studies that advise findings

    Supporting the many potential benefits such as pain relief, anxiety relief and reduction of inflammation.

  4. What are the possible side effects from using hemp oil products?

    For most people, hemp oils are safe and there are very few, if any potential side effects.

    The vast majority of people take them without experiencing any unpleasant effects and the few who do will most likely experience minor symptoms such as mild stomach upset or dry mouth.  Drinking plenty of water and taking hemp oil products with food can relieve these symptoms.

  5. What is the difference between a full-spectrum hemp oil and CBD oil ?

    CBD is a subset of hemp oil. Full-spectrum hemp oils are made with whole plant hemp extracts that contain all of the beneficial phytocannabinoids (CBDA, CBG, CBN, and others),

    Terpens (beta-caryophyllene, b-pinene, humulene, and limonene), plus flavonoids, polyphenols, and other important hemp-derived phytocompounds.

    (CB Complex is a term synonymous with full-spectrum.) In contrast, some CBD oil products are made with a single layer CBD isolate, usually from concentrate, and do not contain many of the beneficial phytocannabinoids.

  6. What can CBD be used for ?

    This is the million dollar question: what can CBD be used for? Before we dive into some of the uses, we need to make clear the fact that CBD research is in its infancy, and there are only a handful of definitive CBD studies right now. Therefore, it would be highly irresponsible to suggest that CBD is definitely or directly linked to any of these potential applications. Right now, CBD usage is wide open, and people are self-treating for a wide variety of symptoms.

    • Pain and Inflammation Relief
      One of the most highly researched potential applications of CBD right now is its analgesic effect. It’s likely that CBD disrupts pain receptors, paradoxically triggering release of dopamine and serotonin instead. There’s evidence to suggest that this can work even in patients for whom pharmaceutical options aren’t working, or for whom it isn’t safe to prescribe them.
    • Anxiety Relief
      One of the most popular reasons people purchase products on CBDfx.com, according to reviews and anecdotal user reports, is for anxiety relief. CBD has even been shown to counteract many of the effects of THC, including reduction of paranoia, stress, and anxiety. Several studies have already demonstrated measurable anxiety reduction from CBD usage based on biometric data while participants engaged in public speaking.
    • Anti-Nausea Effect
      Via indirect agonism of 5-HT(1A), CBD has been shown to attenuate vomiting and nausea-related behavior according to a 2012 study. CBD indirectly activates autoreceptors in the dorsal raphe nucleus, which produces an anti-emetic (anti-nausea) effect. This can be an unspeakable relief for people who are experiencing nausea for a wide variety of reasons.
    • Anti-Psychotic
      CBD is often discussed as part of a potential future treatment for schizophrenia and other forms of psychosis. The compound has been shown to induce a calming, anti-psychotic property in both humans and animals in more than one study.
    • Skin Care
      Particularly when it comes to the cessation of eczema and acne, CBD oil (used as a topical treatment) is becoming increasingly popular. It’s thought that CBD’s anti-inflammatory potential could work synergistically with its positive effect on skin appearance and health.
    • Insomnia Treatment
      CBD can have a sedative effect, particularly at higher doses. If you’ve ever suffered from insomnia or a condition that was keeping you from falling asleep, you know what a relief it can be to finally drift off for even a few hours.

    Cannabidiol can also be use topically. Skin and beauty products made from hemp are all natural and good for the skin.  Athletes often use CBD salves on their joints and muscles before and after workouts to help with soothing aches and pain from rigorous exercise.

  7. What is the difference between full-specturm hemp oil and hemp isolate ?

    Full-spectrum hemp oils are made with whole plant hemp extracts that contain all of the beneficial phytocannabinoids (CBG, CBN, and others), terpenes (beta-caryophyllene, b –pinene, humulene, and limonene), plus flavonoids, polyphenols, and other important hemp-derived phytocompounds. In contrast, some hemp oil products are made from isolate concentrate, and do not contain many of the beneficial phytocannabinoids.

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