CBD which is short for Cannabidiol, belongs to a family of over 113 phyto-nutrients, known as cannabinoids. CBD is generally derived from the non-euphoric hemp plant, and is extracted and refined from its stem leaves and flower, usually as an oil or resinous substance.
Cannabinoids are plant compounds found commonly in a variety of plants. Generally speaking, the most popular cannabinoids are Cannabidiol (CBD) and Delta-9 Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is the main active cannabinoid in cannabis products and is in large part responsible for the “high feeling”, commonly associated with its use.
Because hemp derived CBD contains low (less than 0.03%) or no THC, it is 100% federally legal (unlike cannabis) under the 2018 Farm Bill. Legislation does vary at the state level however, with states like Idaho and South Dakota imposing certain restrictions on purchasing of products containing even trace amounts of THC.
Although CBD may come from substances such as marijuana, the CBD used in our featured products, are 100% hemp derived and are completely devoid of any mairjuana like substances or effects.
The noticeable feelings and effects from CBD can vary slightly from person to person. When taken internally CBD, can produce a “calming” or “balancing” effect, which is especially noticeable in instances of high stress or discomfort from pain. Similarly, topically applied CBD may offer “spot relief” to bruises or sore areas, though is far less likely to affect mood or stressors.
There are generally 2 main forms for CBD, these include; full-spectrum extracts and CBD from isolate. Full spectrum CBD is regarded as the more popular and potent option as it contains the full phyto-nutrient profile of the hemp plant, whereas CBD from isolate contains 99% pure CBD, absent any other cannabinoids or phyto-nutrients.
While CBD is still a relatively new topic for scientific inquiry, there have been several published studies and research papers looking at the effects of CBD when taken internally or applied as a topical. A recent development within the medical field was the approval of the drug; epidiolex (who’s main ingredient is CBD) as a prescription for those suffering from epileptic seizures.
In the area of athletics, CBD is beginning to show special promise in relation to recovery. A 2015 review, published in Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry, took a look at CBD and it’s effect on inflammatory responses, and noted a strong potential for CBD as a possible aid.