We are here to set the record straight on CBD.
When shopping at your local health market, it’s common to now see CBD products lining the shelves. CBD comes in many different forms such as oils, capsules, topicals, drinks, and edibles. 1 With cannabis and CBD products becoming a part of mainstream culture, many CBD consumers may surprisingly be left wondering “what does CBD stand for?” Luckily, we are here for you.
What Does “CBD” Mean?
The acronym CBD stands for cannabidiol.2 Cannabidiol is one of at least 150 cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. These cannabinoids exist in all cannabis plants, whether hemp or marijuana. However, what is most fascinating about these cannabinoids is that the cannabis plant is currently the only known living organism that can actually produce exocannabinoids, which bind with our endocannabinoid system to bring homeostasis and balance to our body.
The distinction between hemp and marijuana is based on the level of another cannabinod, delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol, also known as THC. Most people know THC as the chemical in marijuana that gets you high. And in order to be defined as hemp, a cannabis plant must have a THC level not above 0.3%.3 CBD does not affect the brain the same way as THC. This allows people to experience the benefits of cannabis without getting high.
What is the Endocannabinoid System?
In 1992, scientists researching cannabinoids at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem discovered a previously unknown system in the body that responded directly to cannabinoids from the cannabis plant. They named it the endocannabinoid system.4
The endocannabinoid system, or ECS, is a network of receptors throughout the nervous system and organs of the body. These receptors bind to cannabinoids to produce different effects in the body, like maintaining homeostasis and general health and wellness.
What are Phyto-cannabinoids?
Endocannabinoids are already produced by the human body. 5 Phytocannabinoids come from the cannabis plant.6 Phytocannabinoids are different from the body’s endocannabinoids. But, they are similar enough to interact with the ECS7 in the same way. These phytocannabinoids are also called exocannabinoids, as we mentioned above, and they are the only source of cannabinoids found in nature that can supplement our body’s natural supply of them, stimulating our own endocannabinoid systems.
What is the Entourage Effect?
Scientists call the action of all cannabinoids working together the “entourage effect.” 8 When scientists isolated CBD from the other cannabinoids, they found that it was not as effective as when all the cannabinoids worked together. Studies showed a drop off of effects of CBD isolate infused cannabis oil, whereas those we received a full spectrum CBD extract did not experience the same drop-off effect in its effectiveness.9
CBD oil that contains a complete phytocannabinoid profile is also called “full spectrum” oil. Consumers looking to experience all that the hemp plant has to offer should make sure they are shopping for full spectrum CBD products to get the most benefits from the coveted entourage effect.
For those struggling to understand what the entourage effect is, or why it occurs, let us explain it in a more simplified way that we can all relate to. Think of the full spectrum of cannabinoids as a basketball team. Each player on the team plays an important role in how the team performs, and if one of the players goes missing all of the sudden, undoubtedly the team is going to perform worse.
The same is true with full spectrum cannabinoids. By removing the THC and separating it from its teammates, providers of THC-free products may actually be doing their customers a large disservice in terms of the potency and effectiveness of the CBD extract. That’s why at Cornbread Hemp, we only use the highest quality, most potent full spectrum CBD extracts when formulating our USDA organic CBD oils.
Will CBD Oil Get You High?
Some people want to avoid potential THC intoxication by purchasing CBD isolates or broad spectrum CBD. What they do not realize is that the high ratio of CBD can actually inhibit THC from bonding to the endocannabinoid receptors in the brain, creating a barrier between the THC and the part of your brain that gets you high.
THC can actually help the CBD affect the body’s receptors more efficiently, while the brain does not experience any unwanted psychotropic effects. It’s just another reason why choosing full spectrum CBD products is always the best way to go, especially if potency and effectiveness are of any concern.
The Best CBD Extraction Methods
There are several different processes to choose from to extract CBD from raw plant material. One way to extract phytocannabinoids without harsh chemicals is under high pressure with supercritical carbon dioxide. 10 This method requires a lot of heavy machinery,11 and leaves an extract with a bitter aftertaste. While popular, there is a better method of extraction.
Ethanol extraction can be certified organic by using organic sugarcane ethanol as a solvent. This method is gentle, safe, and effective. 12 Organic ethanol extraction creates an oil with a smoother flavor than other methods, because rather than relying on pressurizing CO2 to push the oil through, we utilize the properties of the sugarcane ethanol to “strip” the cannabinoids from the plant matter.
This creates a process with much less internal friction, which in turn creates the best tasting full spectrum CBD extract you’ve ever had. Seriously. Ethanol extraction requires less machinery, a smaller carbon footprint, and less energy in general than other extraction methods. Ethanol extraction also produces yields that are higher in CBD volume and in quality, while also being completely safe for humans to enjoy as a finished product.
What Does Cornbread Hemp Stand For?
Local Kentucky Farmers
Cornbread Hemp strives to produce the highest quality CBD oil available. Located in Louisville, Kentucky we work directly with organic Kentucky farmers to encourage development of the local economy while also taking advantage of the Bluegrass State’s ideal hemp growing climate.
By now you may be wondering why we call ourselves Cornbread Hemp. Well, it turns out that Kentucky has been home to the finest cannabis in America for over 250 years. The first hemp plant in Kentucky was planted in Danville in 1775. 13 Since then, Kentucky has been a market leader in the production of outdoor hemp, both for fiber and grain, as well as for cannabinoids.
So what does that have to do with Cornbread? In 1985, law enforcement arrested 70 men on charges or marijuana cultivation across 10 states in America. All 70 were from central Kentucky, and had spread out across the country to further their cultivation efforts. Authorities nick-named this group of cannabis growers “The Cornbread Mafia,” and ever since, folks around Kentucky have associated the word “cornbread” with the finest cannabis plants.
USDA Organic Certification
Cornbread Hemp sources hemp organically grown from organic, non-GMO seeds. We then use organic sugarcane ethanol to extract the beneficial properties from the raw organic hemp material. The final step is to mix the extract with organic MCT coconut oil.
Cornbread Hemp is the only company in the midwest that has USDA certified organic CBD oil. This guarantees the product to be free from pesticides and other contaminants. USDA organic certification is the only certification offered by the federal government to vouch for a CBD product’s safety and quality.
Third Party Lab Testing
All of Cornbread Hemp’s products have scannable QR codes that lead directly to easy-to-read lab reports on the company website. Cornbread Hemp partners with Kaycha Labs, a multi-state cannabis testing company with a location in Kentucky.
Full lab reports include potency levels, and tests for pesticides, solvents, heavy metals, and microbials. All things you don’t want in your CBD oil!
Our Core Values
CBD is steadily changing the way the mainstream community views medicinal herbs and plants. Cornbread Hemp values our customers by making CBD shopping easy and accessible to everyone.
Our website offers discount programs to veterans and to those on government assistance. We also have a subscription program so our customers can have CBD auto-shipped to the safety of their homes.
Cornbread Hemp is a family owned company working to provide the best CBD oil in the region. Our team serves and supports our local communities.
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