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Cannabis 101

The ABC's of CBD

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New to CBD? Wondering what it is and if it really works?

You’re definitely not the only one. While CBD continues to grow in popularity (Have you noticed? It’s, like, everywhere!), many people still aren’t sure how to make it part of their daily routine. Mood Ring breaks it all down for you here, starting with the basics:

What is CBD? 

CBD (short for cannabidiol) is a naturally-occurring compound found in cannabis plants that research suggests may offer some therapeutic benefits <sup>1,2</sup> without any of the intoxicating feelings that come from THC (short for tetrahydrocannabinol). CBD and THC both come from the cannabis plant, but while THC is psychoactive (Translation—will get you high”), CBD is not—and won’t.

Wait…so CBD won’t get me high? 

Exactly. Think of THC and CBD like sisters, but not twins. THC is what can give you intoxicating effects like the giggles or make you wonder Dude, is it just me or is time slooowwwing waaayyy dooowwwn?” On the other hand, CBD offers potential therapeutic value without making you feel intoxicated. 

What’s the difference between full spectrum CBD, broad spectrum CBD, and CBD isolate?

When shopping for CBD products, you’re bound to come across the terms full spectrum, broad spectrum and CBD isolate. Each of these contain different compounds from the cannabis plant. Understanding their differences can help you determine which product best makes sense for you. 

Full spectrum means the product includes not only CBD but also all of the other natural compounds found in the cannabis plant, including terpenes and other cannabinoids. While many people believe full spectrum products offer a wider variety of potential therapeutic benefits than products made with broad spectrum or isolate CBD, it’s important to note they also contain a trace amount of THC (less than 0.3%).

Broad spectrum CBD products are different in that they still contain CBD and other plant compounds, but they’re typically THC free.” 

CBD isolate products are just as the name implies—they contain only pure CBD and no other compounds from the cannabis plant. 

So, which one is better? 

That depends. It all comes down to what’s right for you and your lifestyle.

If you want to add CBD to your routine, but it must contain zero THC, a product made with broad spectrum CBD or CBD isolate is the way to go. 

On the other hand, if you want to explore the effects of CBD products that contain CBD along with all the other naturally-occurring compounds in the cannabis plant—and you’re cool with a trace amount of THC—full spectrum is probably your thing. 

What are phytocannabinoids?

Phytocannabinoids—or cannabinoids” for short—are a group of 100+ distinct compounds produced in the cannabis plant. While CBD and THC are the two most well-known phytocannabinoids, researchers also have their attention focused on the others and their unique effects. Been seeing Delta-9-THC, CBDA, CBG, CBN or CBC around lately? These are some of the other phytocannabinoids currently found in products on the market.

What are endocannabinoids?

Endocannabinoids are like phytocannabinoids, but they’re produced in mammals, not plants (Hint: phyto” means plant related). Your body naturally produces endocannabinoids, and science suggests they’re essential in helping achieve homeostasis. That’s the self-regulating process our bodies use to help maintain stability and adjust to conditions that are best for our survival.

What is the endocannabinoid system?

The ECS is a complex system in the body consisting of three main components—endocannabinoids, receptors and enzymes. While research is still ongoing, science suggests that the ECS plays a role in regulating a range of functions, including sleep and mood. The ECS explains how phytocannabinoids like CBD, THC and the others can have an impact on those functions when they interact with the body. To learn more about your endocannabinoid system, check out our earlier post here [link].

Looking for enlightenment?

Mood Ring seeks to awaken the world to the wonders of cannabis by creating ridiculously good products that are accessible, don’t cost a whole lot, and deliver experiences that make sense for you. All while giving back to the planet.

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1 Ligresti, De Petrocelis & Di Marzo (2016). From Phytocannabinoids to Cannabinoid Receptors and Endocannabinoids: Pleiotropic Physiological and Pathological Roles Through Complex Pharmacology. Physiol Rev. 96: 1593–1659.

2 Di Marzo (2018). New Approaches and Challenges to Targeting the Endocannabinoid System. Nat Rev Drug Discov. 17(9):623–639.

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