CBD 101: Everything You Need to Know About CBD
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CBD (cannabidiol) is a hemp-derived compound that is renowned for its health and wellness benefits. CBD is a phytocannabinoid found in hemp, which synthesizes cannabinoids in reaction to heat and light under natural growing conditions.
Anyone familiar with hemp-derived products has likely seen the diverse list of benefits that CBD has to offer. Many consumers use CBD to relieve symptoms of various ailments, while others use CBD as an everyday supplement to improve their physical and mental health.
But what is CBD, and where does it come from? How does CBD work, and what are its benefits? How do you use CBD products, and what type of CBD product is best for you?
In this article, we answer all of these questions and more. This guide covers everything that you need to know about CBD, and through this discussion, we aim to educate and empower customers who are interested in using CBD to improve their quality of life.
The Benefits of CBD
Scientific studies and anecdotal reports show that CBD may have diverse range of benefits for physical and mental health. Possible benefits vary in each individual and some might not even notice any changes.
- Relieve pain and inflammation
- Lift mood
- Reduce stress and anxiety
- Improve sleep
- Boost immune system health
- Enhance mobility
- Reduce joint pain
- Relieve muscle aches and spasms
- Increase focus and alertness
- Promote relaxation
And much, much more.
Where Does CBD Come From?
CBD is a cannabinoid found in the hemp plant, a non-psychoactive variety of the cannabis plant. CBD accounts for more than 40% of the hemp plant, which contains over one-hundred other cannabinoids such as CBG, CBN, CBC, CBDA, and more. The hemp plant is also rich in terpenes, naturally-occurring compounds that grow alongside cannabinoids in hemp. Each of these holistic compounds has its own, distinctive healing benefits, and KLEAN captures all of these benefits by providing CBD products rich in other cannabinoids and terpenes.
By combining CBD with other cannabinoids and terpenes, KLEAN products enhance the potency of CBD while multiplying its therapeutic benefits. This is known as the “entourage effect,” a widely sought phenomenon that has become the gold standard for CBD products. The entourage effect refers to the botanical synergy of cannabinoids and terpenes in broad spectrum products, which have been scientifically proven to produce superior benefits that are otherwise unattainable with products that contain CBD alone.
Types of CBD: The Differences Between Broad Spectrum, Full Spectrum, and Isolate CBD
There are three main types of CBD: isolate, full spectrum, and broad spectrum. KLEAN provides broad-spectrum CBD products; our formula combines potent CBD with other cannabinoids and terpenes, while remaining completely THC-free.
Isolate CBD contains CBD, and CBD only. As aforementioned, CBD performs best in the company of cannabinoids and terpenes, and scientific studies have shown that isolate CBD is less potent and has fewer benefits than broad spectrum products.
While our broad-spectrum CBD contains no THC, full-spectrum CBD contains trace amounts of THC, albeit at a non-psychoactive level of below 0.3%.
This is why KLEAN offers broad-spectrum CBD, which, for many customers, provides the ideal middle-ground between isolate and full spectrum products. Each additional cannabinoid and terpene in KLEAN’s broad-spectrum CBD contributes its own, distinctive benefits to the overall effect of our products. This makes KLEAN products perfect for those hoping to reap the synergistic benefits of cannabinoids and terpenes, while avoiding the traces of THC that full-spectrum products contain.
How Does CBD Work?
CBD exerts its effects through its interaction with the endocannabinoid system (ECS), a network of neurotransmitters and cannabinoid receptors that spreads throughout the body and brain. The ECS was discovered in the 1980’s, when scientists realized that the human body had an inbuilt system designed to interact with cannabinoids. In other words, the discovery of the endocannabinoid system led to the realization that humans actually need cannabinoids to thrive.
The body produces its own endocannabinoids, yet due to common lifestyle factors--stress, diet, and so forth--we often become endocannabinoid deficient. Endocannabinoid deficiency is very common, and it can lead to a variety of ailments, since the ECS is involved in nearly every aspect of our physical and mental health.
This is where CBD comes in. CBD and the other cannabinoids in hemp-derived products replenish the body’s cannabinoid levels, and in doing so, restore health to the ECS.
The ECS impacts nearly all aspects of human health, including:
These are just a few of countless physiological processes that the ECS controls. When the ECS is cannabinoid deficient, these aspects of your health can suffer. Yet consuming CBD promotes a healthy ECS, which allows consumers to improve these facets of their overall health.
How to Use CBD
CBD is offered in various forms, including tinctures, capsules, topical creams and lotions, gummies, and many more. The type of CBD you should use depends on your unique needs as an individual, and the benefits that you seek from integrating CBD into your health and wellness routine.
How to Use Tinctures: CBD Oil
CBD tinctures are perhaps some of the most popular hemp-derived products.
KLEAN CBD Oil Tinctures combine organic olive oil with premium-quality, THC-free CBD.
CBD tincture is consumed sublingually, or under the tongue. When you take your daily dose of KLEAN CBD Oil, be sure to hold the drops under your tongue for at least thirty seconds before swallowing. This allows CBD to enter your system faster and more efficiently.
How to Use CBD Capsules and Gummies
KLEAN also provides CBD Gummies and CBD Softgel Capsules, offered in travel-friendly bottles that make it easy to experience the benefits of CBD on-the-go. Our CBD capsules and gummies come in carefully pre-measured strengths of 10mg or 25mg, allowing for precise dosing that makes it easy to know exactly how much CBD you should take.
Because they are swallowed, CBD gummies and capsules are processed through your digestive system, and release steady amounts of CBD into your system over a long period of time. The resulting effects are subtle, consistent, and longer-lasting than those of other CBD products.
CBD Topicals: How to Use CBD Creams and Salves
CBD topicals are hemp-infused creams and salves that are applied directly to the skin. These products are especially popular among those seeking relief from pain, inflammation, swelling, sore joints, muscle aches, and irritating skin conditions.
KLEAN CBD Salve makes the perfect product for those seeking fast-acting, powerful relief from pain and inflammation. Simply rub our CBD Salve onto the problem area to relieve discomfort and soothe the skin, muscles, and joints.
Other customers use CBD topicals to improve overall skin health, and integrate CBD creams into their daily skincare routines. KLEAN CBD Cream will moisturize and rejuvenate your skin, reducing redness and clearing imperfections. CBD creams are thought to reduce redness, acne, inflammation, irritation, dryness, chafing, and other dermatological problems. This makes KLEAN CBD Cream the perfect product for anyone seeking to add CBD to their daily skincare routine.
CBD Pet Products: How to Use CBD for Pets
Did you know that your pet can benefit from CBD as much as you do? All mammals--humans and animals alike--have endocannabinoid systems, and CBD can provide the same therapeutic benefits for pets that they can for their owners. Various clinical trials and scientific studies have confirmed that CBD is not only safe for pets, but can enrich their well-being. KLEAN offers two CBD pet products: CBD tincture, and CBD dog treats, making it easy for owners to choose an option that their dog or cat will love.
A recent, groundbreaking study at Cornell University found that CBD has incredible benefits for pets suffering from treatment-resistant pain. And pain reduction is just one of many benefits that CBD can bring to your cat or dog’s life. When administered to pets, CBD reduces stress, boosts immune system health, enhances joint mobility, alleviates separation anxiety, and reduces travel anxiety.
How Do You Know If a CBD Product is Reputable? Finding High-Quality, Safe CBD
In today’s unregulated industry, it is more important than ever for customers to know how to differentiate high-quality CBD products from their low-quality counterparts. There are many crucial factors to consider when buying CBD. KLEAN is dedicated not only to providing high-quality CBD, but also to providing customers with the information they need to make safe, informed choices when buying CBD products.
Third-party lab results are one of the most important factors in ensuring the safety and quality of any CBD product. Third-party lab results come from tests conducted by independent laboratories who perform tests on a brand’s CBD products. All safe, high-quality CBD brands will make third-party test results easily accessible for all of their products, and KLEAN is no exception. By inspecting our third-party lab results, you can confirm that there are no harmful impurities in our products; that they contain no THC; that they contain the same amount of CBD advertised on the label; and that they contain a wide range of individually-identifiable cannabinoids and terpenes.
In addition, KLEAN CBD products are GMP compliant. GMP stands for Good Manufacturing Practice, and GMP compliant CBD is created using processes that adhere to FDA-enforced guidelines. By providing GMP compliant CBD, we guarantee the safety, purity, and consistency of our products.
KLEAN has something to offer for everyone, from those seeking symptom relief to those looking to improve their overall physical and mental health. CBD is a naturally therapeutic compound that provides an incredible variety of health and wellness benefits. No matter what product you choose, you can count on KLEAN for the highest quality, broad-spectrum CBD.