One of the most valuable properties of the hemp plant is its versatility. Its fibers are strong and can be used to create anything from clothes to concrete. Its seeds are packed with nutrition and can be used in recipes or cold-pressed into a hemp oil, which is used in products like Dr. Bronner’s soap. Its flower is incredibly unique and contains hundreds of compounds, each with their own health-supporting properties. CBD, which seems to be everywhere right now, is one of those compounds. In this article Anavii Market answers the question: What is CBD?
CBD is a Safe, Naturally Occurring Compound found in Hemp
CBD, short for cannabidiol, is one of hundreds of compounds called cannabinoids that are found in the cannabis plant. The cannabis category of the plant includes both hemp and marijuana species. CBD is found in higher quantities in hemp. THC, another well-known cannabinoid, is found in higher quantities in marijuana. Unlike THC, CBD is not psychoactive - it can’t get you high. It is important to note this difference between CBD and THC so that when you see or hear “CBD oil,” you know to clarify if it is hemp-derived (containing no more than 0.3% THC) or marijuana-derived (containing upwards of 30% THC).
This distinction is one of the reasons we created Anavii Market – to ensure people have a trusted place to go for hemp-derived CBD products.
CBD has Health-Supporting Benefits
CBD works with our body’s endocannabinoid system. This is a fancy word for a network of receptors and neurotransmitters found throughout our bodies. They maintain internal balance of our physiological and cognitive functions like sleep, stress, mood, discomfort, and more. You (and even your doctor) may not have heard of it because it was only discovered in the 1990s! New research is rolling out regularly and we’re excited to continue to learn more about the positive effects CBD has on our health.
In 2017, the World Health Organization (WHO) published this report that recognized CBD as a safe, non-addictive compound with therapeutic and medical benefits. WHO noted that, “CBD has been demonstrated as an effective treatment of epilepsy in several clinical trials.” And continued that, “There is also preliminary evidence that CBD may be a useful treatment for a number of other medical conditions.” While research on these conditions is less advanced than that for epilepsy treatment, they include:
● Alzheimer’s disease
● Parkinson’s disease
● Multiple sclerosis
● Huntington’s disease
● Chronic pain
● Inflammatory diseases
● Rheumatoid arthritis
● Crohn’s disease
● Opioid, cocaine, tobacco and marijuana addiction.
We recommend using resources like PubMed to learn more. But ultimately, CBD is safe and the best way to see if CBD works for your needs is to simply give it a try!
CBD Should be Purchased from a Trusted Source
There are a handful of nuances when it comes to determining what CBD to purchase. We recommend shopping with a trusted retailer who has quality products and a staff with deep CBD knowledge.
If you’re ready to use CBD, make sure to first define your health goals so that you can determine the best type of CBD to buy for your needs and more deliberately track results. We created this “What Type of CBD is Best for Me?” quiz to help you get started!
Once you’re ready to buy CBD, read the label and ingredients to make sure you’re getting what you want. Some questions to consider:
Is the CBD hemp-derived or marijuana-derived?
Where does the hemp come from? Look for American-grown!
What carrier oils are used?
What CBD extraction method was used?
What is the CBD concentration?
What is the total packaging volume?
Is there a batch number and a website where you can view third-party lab test results?
This may sound like a lot to look out for and most CBD brands are high-quality and transparent. However, not all CBD is created equal, which is why we recommend shopping with a knowledgeable, trusted retailer.
Pointers for Getting the Most out of your CBD
Take Control, Set a Goal - Why are you using CBD? Is it for a specific reason or more general? Make a mental note of your response (or write it down!) and deliberately track how you feel after one day, a few days, one week, a few weeks.
Start Slow and Grow - Begin with the recommended amount on the packaging and if you don’t feel results, increase incrementally every few days.
High Fat Snacks are Your Friend - CBD is a fat-soluble compound so taking it with a fatty snack will help make sure you get the maximum effect. Think avocados, a handful of nuts, or a spoonful of peanut butter.
We hope you’ve found this overview to CBD helpful!
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
The seed of Anavii Market was planted when co-founder Annie was diagnosed with Lyme disease. To help with her symptoms, she started trying hemp-derived CBD products, but her experience was troublesome. She learned that all CBD is not created equal.
From that moment, she made it her personal mission to understand why, educate others, and to source only the highest quality products for those seeking alternative solutions to support their health.
This is why all CBD oil products that Anavii Market sells have completed a third-party verification for product purity as well as inhouse testing for effectiveness.
The Anavii Market team has experienced the benefits of the hemp plant first-hand. They now see it as their duty to empower all Americans to inform their natural well-being.