CBD 101 - Everything You Need To Know!

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CBD: The Beginners Guide To Everything CBD

Okay, you’re interested in CBD. So let’s talk about it. 

You may be asking a variety of questions such as, “What is CBD?” “Where does CBD come from?” “Is it legal?” “What are the benefits?”

That’s a lot to answer. So let’s start at the beginning.

First things first – What is CBD?

The term CBD is actually short for Cannabidiol – a natural chemical compound found in the cannabis plant. Yes, we just said cannabis. But no need to be startled. We’re not taking about THC-potent marijuana, we’re talking about CBD-potent hemp. Hemp is a term to describe cannabis that contains less than 0.3% THC. It is completely non-psychoactive and under the Farm Bill, hemp plants are completely legal throughout the United States.

So, for starters, CBD is not marijuana – It is found in marijuana. See, we’re already learning something, yeah? Let’s keep going!

Contrary to popular belief, CBD is not actually marijuana but is a cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant, itself.

Cannabinoid?

Cannabinoids are chemical compounds secreted by the cannabis plant. There are over 100 known cannabinoids – The two most popular being THC and CBD. The rest of them? Maybe we’ll save that for another time.

THC VS CBD: What’s The Difference?

Both of these are completely separate cannabinoids found in cannabis. While THC is the popular substance, known for it’s psychoactive effects – CBD is the less talked about substance that, while carrying no psychoactive effects, provides many users with an abundance of benefits.

No need to worry!

It is impossible to get high consuming CBD-high hemp with small traces of THC.

Alright, so now that we know THC and CBD are two completely different things – let’s push our focus on the latter.

Let’s begin by tackling the two biggest concerns – Legality and Safety.

While it is mostly legal, the laws aren’t quite specific on just how legal it is at the moment. And as far as safety, much research is being done but many believe CBD is totally safe and can be very beneficial.

Let’s take a look at how CBD works.

CBD – How Does It Work?

I know, I know. We said this was going to be a beginners guide to CBD, so we’ll keep this part short.

Basically, CBD interacts with the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) in your body – Yes, it’s a real thing. The ECS is responsible for regulating a range of processes and functions in your body including but not limited to sleep, mood, appetite and memory.

This system exists and is active in your body even if you don’t consume cannabis.

The receptors in the ECS are divided into two categories: CB1 and CB2.

CB1 Receptors

Typically found in the nervous system – These receptors affect sensations like appetite concentration and more. 

CB2 Receptors 

Huge part of the immune system – These receptors play a role in regulating pain and other immune responses. 

What Does CBD Do?

CBD doesn’t interact directly with CB1 or CB2, but stimulates the ECS to produce it’s own cannabinoids while also slowing their breakdown so Endocannabinoids can stay in your body longer.

Pretty amazing stuff, right?

Now that we know what CBD is, the benefits and how it works – let’s move on to some popular CBD products on the market.

Popular CBD Products and Consumption Methods

You may have seen CBD in just about every form, including gummies, food and lotions sold everywhere from gas stations to online stores. The amount of products may seem overwhelming, but ultimately it’s best to decide what works best for you.

Let’s check each of these products out.

 CBD Oils and Tinctures

One popular CBD product on the market is oils and tinctures that users consume orally by dropping a CBD concentrate or oil underneath the tongue.

CBD Creams and lotions

CBD creams and lotions are very popular, allowing users to reap the benefits of CBD by applying a select amount of lotion onto an area of the body that may be inflamed or painful.

CBD Capsules and pills

Some users prefer a CBD capsule or pill that can be consumed daily which allows the body to digest it with longer effects.

CBD Edibles

The most popular CBD product are edibles or gummies that taste great and can be consumed by users.

CBD Vaporizing

Last but not least, CBD vapes are very common and the preferred method of consumption as opposed to smoking which produces harmful carcinogens.

But are these products really as healthy as they promote themselves to be?

The Current Downside of CBD

Unfortunately, with all of these CBD products on the market, it is hard to know the ingredients. Many additives and chemicals are being used and added to create degraded products, that are not beneficial to your health.

Researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University found that the products, all from Diamond CBD, a publicly traded company, contained a compound called 5F-ADB. That compound, often found in illegal synthetic marijuana products such as “K2” and “Spice,” can trigger paranoia and panic attacks, increase heart rate and blood pressure, and cause convulsions, organ damage, and even death, according to the Drug Enforcement Agency. https://www.consumerreports.org/cbd/dangerous-chemicals-found-in-popular-cbd-products-diamond-cbd-5f-adb/

Enter NugSmasher.

With our machines, we give people the opportunity to create their own CBD products 100% solvent-free without any additives or chemicals.

With one of our heat presses, users have the ability to create their own CBD concentrates safely, affordably and easily.

CBD Rosin – Potent, Flavorful & Chemical Free

One CBD product I didn’t mention is CBD rosin. That’s because I always save the best for last. What is rosin, you may ask?

Rosin is a solventless concentrate made by the application of heat and pressure. In this case, heat and pressure applied to hemp, would deliver the most potent concentrated form of CBD, you could ever dream of.

Hemp bud that is sold only contains a small percentage of CBD, average of about 10-15%, while CBD rosin can give you CBD contents upwards of 60%. Amazing!

By using a heat press, you have the ability to create CBD concentrates that would be:

– Less Deteriorated (No added solvents)

– More Potent (CBD percentages upward of 60%)

– Full of Flavor (Without removing natural terpenes for flavor)

Not to mention, by using a heat press, users can know exactly what they are consuming and remove any excess additives or chemicals.

CBD Rosin – Limitless Consumption Methods

A NugSmasher heat press will give users the ability to extract a concentrated form of CBD, that is completely solvent-free, by simply applying heat and pressure. From this point, users have the option to consume the product in many ways including:

Dabbing (A vaporization method done by placing the rosin on a hot nail, inhaling through a glass rig)

Vaping (Mix the rosin with some organic terpenes and add it to your favorite vaporizer)

Edibles (Use the rosin to make a batch of your favorite foods)

Tinctures (Mix the rosin with organic hemp oil to make your own tincture drops)

And much more (Activated or unactivated, the choice is really up to you how you want to consume your rosin)

As you can see, the sky is the limit for what you can do with solventless CBD rosin. The most important part is investing in a high-quality heat press that will give you access to creating your own organic CBD products easily, affordably and most importantly – solvent free.

On our website you can find everything you need to get started making your own CBD concentrates, today!

These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease.

List of sources:

www.health.com

www.health.harvard.edu

www.leafly.com

www.consumerreports.org

www.healthline.com

www.uclahealth.org

www.whybiotech.com


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