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What is CBD?

What is CBD?

CBD (cannabidiol) is the most abundant cannabinoid present in the hemp plant. There are over 80+ naturally occurring cannabinoids found in cannabis, other cannabinoids such as CBG, CBDA, and CBC (we will share more on this) are generally present in trace amounts.                                                                            

How does CBD work? 

CBD primarily interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS), a grouping of millions of cannabinoid receptors found throughout your body, but are primarily clustered in the brain and central nervous system (CNS). While CBD is a phytocannabinoid, or plant-based cannabinoid, your body also naturally produces cannabinoids, known as endocannabinoids. Almost every organ of your body, including your skin and digestive tract, contains cannabinoid receptors. The ECS has four primary purposes including neuroprotection, stress relief, immune response, and regulating the body’s general state of balance, including appetite, sleep, mood, and pain.  A healthy ECS helps feeling a healthier person.   

Unlike THC, CBD does not interact directly with the cannabinoid receptors (CB1 and CB2). This is why CBD does not cause any psychoactive effect. Instead, CBD interacts with the enzymes that break down endocannabinoids, leading to an increase in your body’s naturally-produced cannabinoids.   

In simple terms, we have for example an enzyme called FAAH.  FAAH needs something to do and so it spends it time attacking and destroying Anandamide, our body’s own endocannabinoid.  Anandamide is called the ‘bliss molecule.  CBC is being studied in regard to stimulating Anandamide! When we consume hemp CBD oils, FAAH reroutes its attention and does its job breaking down CBD.  This means it leaves Anandamide alone and our natural levels recover and our ECS functions better and can do its job, homeostasis – meaning balance.

In accordance with health claims regulations, we cannot, nor do we want to make health claims regarding our products. We only recommend our products for general wellness.

There are many reasons to add hemp to our diet.  Many choose CBD to maintain their health, athletes choose CBD to aid their body’s recovery and ever more people seek CBD for system support. There is a growing school of thought, which supports that many of us may have a chronic endocannabinoid deficiency.  

Will it get you High? 

The definition of ‘hemp’ is commonly used for cannabis strains that contain very low levels of THC (the compound that will make you high). The level of THC permitted in the cultivation of hemp plants in the US is 0.3%.  This means hemp only contains trace amounts of THC and it is so little, that it would be impossible to get ‘high’ from hemp.  A scientific investigation calculated that a person would need to smoke 6 kgs of hemp in 8 hours to experience any form of high.  This clearly is physically impossible. 

Hemp evolved alongside humanity for millennia and was not only used for industrial purposes, but the hempseeds contain over 30% fat, are a great source of protein with over 25%, they are exceptionally rich in Omega 6 and 3, are a great source of vitamin E and minerals (phosphorus, potassium, sodium, magnesium, sulphur, calcium, iron, and zinc). Old recipe books show that extracts and tinctures have been made for human use with books showing records in Europe in the 17th century how to make them.  One of the books states ‘every housewife will be familiar with the many benefits of hemp’, we’ve just forgotten until the recent renaissance of hemp.  

Our CBD products and extracts are derived from hemp (not marijuana), and can also be referred to as CBD-rich hemp oil, hemp-derived CBD oil, CBD-rich cannabis oil, or plainly “hemp extracts”. However, CBD oil is different from hemp seed oil, as these are derived from hempseeds, not the flower, and only contain traces of CBD and other cannabinoids. 

We believe the phyto-nutrients present in hemp extracts, cannabinoids, terpenes, ketones, phenols, flavonoids and the array of minerals, vitamins, Omega 6 and 3 are health-promoting. Hemp is a natural way to support your health.

Also Read : Is CBD good for your skin

What is the difference between hemp, marijuana, and cannabis?

Scientifically, Hemp and Marijuana are the same plants, with a genus and species name of Cannabis Sativa. 

 They have a drastically different genetic profile though. Industrial Hemp is always a strain of Cannabis sativa, while “marijuana” can be Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica, or Cannabis ruderalis.

 The major difference is how industrial hemp has been bred compared to a marijuana form of Cannabis sativa. Typically speaking, industrial hemp is very fibrous, with long strong stalks, and barely has any flowering buds, while a marijuana strain of Cannabis sativa will be smaller, bushier, and full of flowering buds. However, newer industrial hemp varieties are now being bred in countries like the USA, with higher yields of cannabinoids and terpenes. 

99% of the time marijuana has a high amount of THC and only a very low amount of CBD. Hemp, on the other hand, naturally has a very high amount of CBD in most instances and only a trace amount of THC. Fortunately, the cannabinoid profile of hemp is ideal for people looking for benefits from cannabis without the ‘high.’ 

Hemp is used for making herbal supplements, food, oils, construction materials (hempcrete and bricks), fabric, paper, bricks, natural plastic, composites, and so much more, whereas marijuana is usually used just recreationally, spiritually, and medicinally. The term cannabis oil can refer to either a marijuana or hemp-derived oil since marijuana and hemp are two different forms of cannabis. 

Shanti Life offers a selection of different brands, including our in-house brand, “Woke Botanicals”, varying strength oils, lotions, gummies, and of course our Woke Botanical hemp-infused teas…. For full product description click on the individual product names, which will give you, detailed information about each product.  Our bottles are clearly labeled and contain the required product information. 


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