What is CBD and Why is it Booming?
There are around 100 different cannabinoids that can be found within cannabis, the most well known among them are THC and CBD. THC is the part of cannabis that is strictly regulated, as it is the cannabinoid that is responsible for the psychoactive effects of smoking marijuana. On the other side of cannabis however, is CBD, a non-psychoactive and legal cannabinoid with many potential benefits to the mind and body. CBD stands for cannabidiol and has become a popular ingredient within natural supplements.
CBD is relatively new to the food supplement industry and is still being researched. As a result, there are still many gaps in what we know about its effects. However, we do know that it is both safe and legal to use and many people claim that it helps them to reach a state of calm and relaxation. This article will attempt to explain the various benefits of CBD that we know do exist, as well as where the cannabinoid comes from.
The truth is, CBD has become increasingly popular recently, and why not meet that growing demand in a format that the average everyday person already loves. Coffee is a widely consumed beverage that allows our customers to try something new in a way that’s feels familiar and comfortable. Coffee by itself is already great! We all love the boost of energy our morning cup brings us, but the caffeine can sometimes leave us with the jitters. That’s where CBD comes in. With its calming effects, CBD can actually help to counteract those coffee jitters and still get the other great benefits of CBD.
How Does it Get Added Into the Coffee?
One of the great things about our CBD-infused coffee is that you don’t have to do any mixing yourself. As the name suggests, it is directly infused into the coffee and all you have to do is brew the coffee to have it ready-made at your fingertips. We offer a few varying levels of CBD-infused coffee, so that you can fine tune the right amount for your individual need. Most of our coffees are strict varietals. We only have a few blends.
What Are the Benefits?
Many people have claimed success in reaching a state of calm and relaxation from CBD products. Yet, each person is different and may have a different experience, as is true with any product. From a strictly objective perspective, CBD is known to have powerful antioxidant properties, which can help to reduce inflammation, therefore providing many health benefits to the body and mind. CBD also plays an indirect role in influencing various receptors in the brain: 1) The Opioid receptors, which regulate sensations of pain; and 2) Serotonin receptors, which actively helps to regulate mood. As a result, CBD can potentially help reduce the sensations of pain one might be experiencing while also lifting their mood at the same time. Other known benefits may include improved sleep, healthier skin, and helping people cope with PTSD.
While CBD is primarily used to provide a sense of calm and relaxation to the average person, there has also been strong scientific evidence that CBD might especially help people who suffer from epilepsy. The FDA has even gone as far as recommending CBD medication in rare cases of childhood epilepsy.
Despite these many potential benefits, it’s important to remember that CBD-infused products are not meant to diagnose, treat, cure, nor prevent any adverse conditions one might be suffering from. Much research still needs to be done in order to understand the potential effects of CBD. Nonetheless, the initial results are very promising, and exciting!
Where Does it Come From?
CBD is initially extracted from the hemp variety of the cannabis plant. It is the second-most abundant compound within hemp, providing up to 40% of the extracted material. The first-most abundant being THC, which is why many people confuse CBD with causing the intoxicating effects that THC does. The truth however, is that CBD can not get you “high” by either smoking or ingesting CBD, resulting in its legality as a product. It’s most commonly extracted as an oil and then mixed into other products in varying concentrations.
1) What is the difference between CBD and THC?
CBD and THC are two naturally occurring cannabinoids that can be found within hemp. The key difference is the arrangement of a single atom. They both bind to the CB2 receptor in the brain, but interact with the CB1 receptor in different ways.
2) Can CBD get me “high”?
No. The THC in marijuana is the cannabinoid responsible for causing people to feel “high”, as it creates psychoactive and mind-altering effects. However, CBD does not create these psychoactive effects, it is not possible to get “high” from CBD. There are trace amounts of THC in CBD, but none high enough to cause any psychoactive effects that one would see in recreational THC use.
3) What is the difference between CBD Full Spectrum and CBD Isolate?
CBD Full Spectrum contains CBD as well as numerous other cannabinoids, including THC. No legal product may contain more than 0.3% THC, so Full Spectrum products fall within that limit. The small amounts of THC in Full Spectrum products could potentially build up in a person’s system over time. On the other hand however, is CBD Isolate. Isolate is CBD in its purest form, containing only cannabidiol, often found at 99.999% purity. Our CBD-infused coffee is broad-spectrum distillate, which is a Full Spectrum. Some of the believed benefits of full-spectrum is that other oils in hemp may also play a part in the health benefits of CBD. Due to being less refined than CBD Isolate, it is easier for the body to absorb these oils. Think about eating an orange compared to taking a Vitamin C supplement. With the orange, you get all the vitamins, the fiber, and the absorption rate is much higher since it is completely natural. However, with a supplement you are only receiving the Vitamin C, most of which is lost through urination since the body does not absorb it as easily as the previous method of intake.
4) Why do some potency tests show above or below 99% CBD?
The manufacturing process has been refined to eliminate any detectable THC. However, it can’t guarantee 99.999% CBD. There are inherent margins of error when testing and this is compensated by frequent equipment calibration and testing.
5) Can I take and pass a drug test after ingesting CBD-infused Coffee?
WebMD notes that products with Pure CBD are drug test safe, in that you can definitely pass them. But this has everything to do with the purity of the product. In a typical setting, this isn’t always the case due to processing.(-Source A) CBD products from hemp are supposed to contain no more than 0.3% of THC. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t detectable in a drug test. It is possible that over time, the small amounts of THC allowed in CBD products could build up in the body to detectable levels. As such, if you plan on using any CBD product, you should be aware of this possibility. Our CBD-infused Coffee adheres to the CBD Full Spectrum standard of no more than 0.3% THC. While this doesn’t guarantee complete passibility of a drug test over prolonged use, it does offer the best option in terms of gaining the most CBD health benefits.