CBD 101

Getting Schooled

We take our ingredients seriously but our approach is decidedly lighthearted. So, we’ve provided a condensed refresher course on all the CBD essentials. Consider this your trusted place to learn the power of our favorite molecule. Class in session! 

🌱 What is it? 
Cannabidiol (CBD)  is the non-psychoactive component of the cannabis plant and is known for its soothing and calming effects. Humans and animals (we dogs!) produce our own cannabinoids, called endocannabinoids, that help keep our bodies in homeostasis, essentially your body’s happy place. 

🌱 How’s it work? 
Cannabis contains phytocannabinoids and cannabimimetics (cannabinoid-mimicking) that work in synergy with our body to help regulate our Endocannabinoid System (ECS), a network of receptors, molecules and enzymes working together in our bodies. CBD regulates your body’s endocannabinoid system, which ushers your body into homeostasis more effectively. 

Through the Microscope CBD, at its core, is just a molecule. Its chemical makeup—21 atoms of carbon, 30 of hydrogen, and two of oxygen—is actually identical to that of THC, but how those atoms are arranged in the chemical structure is different, and so is the way that it interacts with our bodies. CBD binds to CB receptors:

CB1 receptors are found in the brain and central nervous system and deal with coordination and movement, pain, emotions, and mood, appetite and other functions. 
CB2 receptors are most often found on the cells of our immune system. They help moderate inflammation and our immune response to pathogens.

🌱 Decoding Ingredients:  CBD vs. Hemp Oil 

Hemp and CBD have distinctive differences even though they are classified in the cannabis family. Both CBD and hemp oil are from the same cannabis plant. But they are all together different.  Hemp oil is made from industrial hemp plants, which are grown and manufactured specifically for their fiber and seed, and they do not contain any CBD. Therefore, hemp does not have any of the therapeutic benefits of CBD. 

🌱 Bottom line: Our CBD is grown specifically for its therapeutic properties, a cornerstone of Smilyn.