From coffee shops to convenient stores, today, CBD products are everywhere. This increasingly popular cannabis compound now comes in a variety of forms such as capsules, salves, gummies, and so much more, and is being used to treat conditions like anxiety and depression, joint pain and inflammation, migraine headaches, and sleep disorders.

It’s no secret that the buzz surrounding cannabidiol (CBD) oil continues to grow at a rapid rate, but does it really work as well as everyone says? This guide to hemp-derived CBD will teach you everything you need to know about one of the most popular supplements on the market today and how it can benefit you.

What is CBD?

CBD, short for cannabidiol, is the second most abundant component of the cannabis plant, after the other well-known cannabinoid, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Unlike THC, CBD is non-psychoactive, meaning it is not intoxicating and can be used without feeling “high”.

For individuals seeking symptom relief from anxiety or pain without experiencing any mind-altering effects, CBD may be a better alternative to marijuana or certain prescription drugs.

The Endocannabinoid System

When it comes to understanding CBD oil and its therapeutic benefits, it is important to have a basic understanding of the human endocannabinoid system or ECS for short. “Cannabinoid” comes from “cannabis,” and “endo” is short for “endogenous,” which means that it is produced naturally inside of your body. So “endocannabinoid” simply means cannabis-like substances that naturally occur inside us.[1]

The endocannabinoid system, first discovered between the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, is the largest neurotransmitter network in the body and is mainly composed of endocannabinoids, receptors, and enzymes that are now believed to help promote homeostasis. While this isn’t an all-inclusive list, the ECS has a complex connection to a wide variety of functions, including:

  • Sleep
  • Appetite
  • Mood and stress
  • Memory
  • Reproduction
  • Pain and inflammation
  • Liver function

When cannabinoids are introduced into the body from external sources, such as CBD capsules, cannabinoid receptors responsible for regulating the balance of many everyday functions are then activated. It’s important to remember that activating the ECS, through cannabis consumption or by any other means, isn’t a cure-all. Like most of biology, it’s complicated.[2]

Types of CBD

Full spectrum refers to CBD derived from the whole plant matter. This means when the pure oil is extracted from the plant, it contains all the same cannabinoids and compounds found in the original plant.

Broad spectrum CBD is created the same way as full spectrum CBD. The difference is, after the pure oil is extracted, the THC is separated and removed entirely, leaving the full cannabinoid profile.

Isolate refers to a single isolated compound from the plant, typically done through CO2 extraction. Through various processes, all the compounds and other substances from the cannabis plant are extracted, including THC, leaving behind pure CBD in crystal form.

Marijuana CBD vs Hemp CBD

What the differences are between CBD derived from marijuana and CBD derived from hemp and which is more beneficial are common questions we get from consumers. There are two classifications for the cannabis plant that produces CBD: hemp and marijuana.[3] However, when simply looking at cannabidiol in its pure form, CBD is CBD, meaning the compound is exactly the same on a molecular level. So what makes CBD from marijuana and CBD from hemp different?

CBD oil derived from hemp is sourced from industrial hemp plants while CBD oil derived from marijuana is extracted from marijuana plants typically used for their psychoactive effects.

One critical point of difference between hemp-derived CBD and marijuana-derived CBD is legality. Hemp-derived CBD became legal in all fifty states following the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill. Marijuana-derived CBD, on the other hand, can only be purchased in states where medical or recreational cannabis has been legalized, such as Florida, Colorado, and California.

Why Choose DOC-CBD?

Our superior CBD products were created to solve the common issues linked to other standard CBD products such as low bioavailability, brief shelf life, and the numerous false claims regarding nanotechnology and medicinal effectiveness. Unlike similar products, DOC-CBD’s liquid soft gel capsules are stable for up to 4 years and do not get converted to anything other than CBD in the stomach. Our mission is to provide the public with a hemp-derived CBD product that is backed by science, confirmed through 3rd party analysis and recommended by doctors.