What is CBD oil?

What is CBD oil? CBD is short for cannabidiol. Cannabidiol is part of a family of compounds scientists call phytocannabinoids, essentially meaning plant-based cannabinoids. And scientists have identified more than 100 active phytocannabinoids in cannabis which can account for up to 40% of the hemp plant’s extract.

Most notably, while science has shown that CBD provides health benefits, it has also shown that CBD does not have psychotropic effects such as those caused by another, more well-known cannabinoid called delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC for short. We find THC in marijuana.[1]

What is CBD oil used for?

People are using CBD to treat a variety of conditions. Futhermore, some common reasons people use CBD oil are to treat anxiety and depression, to relieve pain, and to reduce inflammation.

CBD also has antiviral and antibacterial properties. And, according to research, it may be helpful in treating Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, epilepsy, and diabetes.[1]

But CBD isn’t just for sick people. Rather, healthy people all across the world are adding CBD to their dietary regimens for its potential health maintenance and disease prevention benefits.

A number of studies on CBD indicate that it may be useful in treating inflammation. And a 2012 study published in the European Journal of Pharmacology concluded that cannabidiol has anti-inflammatory effects in lab mice.[2]

Another 2012 study found similar anti-inflammatory effects when treating acute pancreatitis in mice.[3]

And an earlier study done in 2006 found that CBD oil effectively treats chronic inflammatory and neuropathic pain.[4]

How does CBD work?

Now that we’ve answered the question, “what is CBD oil?”, let’s look at how CBD oil works.

There are more than 100 plant-based cannabinoids. They mimic compounds naturally made in the human body called endocannabinoids. [5]

Endocannabinoids are one of the numerous types of signaling molecules produced by the human body. Their purpose is to regulate bodily functions at a cellular level. And the body produces them in response to particular conditions. Endocannabinoids bind only to particular receptors to which they are structurally “keyed.” Triggering a receptor signal a cell to change its function.

We find cannabinoid receptors in abundance on the outer membranes of cells throughout the body. They are especially prevalent in the major organs. Scientists call the receptors which have an affinity for cannabinoid molecules, appropriately, cannabinoid receptors. And they call the entire system of cannabinoid receptors the endocannabinoid system, or ECS, for short.

How does the endocannabinoid system work?

The brain takes in information from the nervous system. And then it makes determinations on required adjustments. Then it produces chemical keys that unlock receptors, activating particular functions within the cell.

Cells are extremely complex living systems. Cannabinoids and other signaling molecules control a myriad of cellular functions. These functions include increasing metabolism in fat cells. Also, they regulate electrical activity in neurons. And, they even instruct unhealthy cells to commit suicide in a process called apoptosis.

CBD also has antioxidant properties. Antioxidants will latch onto bad molecules called free radicals. Free radicals can damage your DNA and cause diseases including cancer.

Also, CBD can act as both an antibacterial and antiviral compound. In fact, CBD is five times more potent as an antioxidant than Vitamin C.

What are CBDa and CBDv?

What is CBDa?

CBDa, also known as CBD acid, is a compound very similar to CBD. We find CBDa oil in raw, unprocessed cannabis. Like CBD, CBDa is non-psychotropic. Some people use it as a nutritional supplement or apply it to the skin. Also, it has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. And once heated via smoking or cooking, CBDa converts into CBD. Scientists call this process decarboxylation.

What is CBDv?

Cannabidivarin (CBDv) is a slightly degraded version of CBD. Extended exposure to air or heat turns CBD into CBDv. And, like CBD, many scientists believe CBDv offers medicinal properties. Like CBD, CBDv may act as an anti-epileptic. It also shows promise for reducing nausea.

What is CBD oil made from?

The agricultural industry has termed a particular group of cannabis strains “industrial hemp” or “agricultural hemp.” And then there’s the other, more familiar form of cannabis we all know as “marijuana.” Marijuana is used only for its medicinal and physiological effects, whereas hemp has thousands of uses. People also use hemp for building materials, textiles, food and more. And hemp is high in CBD and contains negligible amounts of THC.

Curative Biosciences’ uses hemp extract with  zero THC in all our products.

What is CBD oil microemulsion?

CBD oil is, by nature, non-water soluble. For this reason, the fatty tissues of the digestive system will trap a portion of the CBD oil consumed.

For maximum bioavailability in its softgels, Curative uses a patent-pending, water-soluble form of CBD oil called a microemulsion which vastly increases the percentage of CBD available to the body.

This property of being water soluble allows for fast absorption into tissues in the mouth, stomach and intestines. And this also prevents it from getting trapped in fatty tissues or filtered out by the liver. Because of this, CBD microemulsions result in bioavailability 3-5 times higher than cannabinoids delivered in oil.

CBD microemulsions are made by mixing the CBD into a slurry containing surfactants and emulsifiers. After vigorous mixing, the oil breaks down into microscopic droplets which are encapsulated within the emulsifier.

Another major benefit of a CBD microemulsion is that it enters the system more quickly and lasts longer.

About Curative Biosciences’ CBD Oil Products

Curative Biosciences products are made with a whole-plant extract produced from non-GMO hemp plants using a supercritical CO2 extraction system. And we grow our hemp in full compliance with both Colorado and U.S. hemp laws and without the use of herbicides, pesticides, or chemical fertilizers.

All Curative Biosciences’ products contain a full spectrum of naturally occurring cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids with zero THC, and no additives or preservatives. And our state-of-the-art manufacturing process are GMP, NSF and ISO certified.

And, finally, we put all of our products through rigorous lab-testing to assure quality and purity and accurate levels of phytocannabinoids and to confirm the absence of THC or any toxic contaminants.

All of these quality measures assure consistent, pure, and premium CBD products that are safe for your entire family.

Sources

  1. Cannabidiol https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cannabidiol
  2. Cannabidiol, a non-psychotropic plant-derived cannabinoid, decreases inflammation in a murine model of acute lung injury: role for the adenosine A(2A) receptor”. European Journal of Pharmacology. 678 (1–3): 78–85. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22265864
  3. Anti-inflammatory role of cannabidiol and O-1602 in cerulein-induced acute pancreatitis in mice. Pancreas. 42 (1): 123–9. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22850623
  4. The non-psychoactive cannabis constituent cannabidiol is an orally effective therapeutic agent in rat chronic inflammatory and neuropathic pain. European Journal of Pharmacology. 556 (1–3): 75–83. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17157290
  5. Endocannabinoid system https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Endocannabinoid_system