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What is CBD?

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CBD is a naturally occurring substance that can be extracted to create numerous plant-based products. It is derived directly from the hemp plant and the extraction technique is a carefully curated procedure. CBD is made from the leaves and flowers of the hemp plant under carefully controlled conditions, and users report many benefits to implementing CBD products into their daily lives.

CBD is becoming an increasingly popular remedy and it is one of many cannabinoids that exists within the plant extract. Cannabinoids are similar in makeup to the chemicals that our body produces in order to interact with the receptors responsible for managing functions such as pain, memory, and movement. These chemicals, known as endocannabinoids, are part of an internal structure known as the endocannabinoid system. Research suggests that cannabinoids like CBD can complement the way in which these systems operate. 

It’s important to reiterate that CBD is a naturally occurring substance and is used in oils, topicals, tinctures, and edible products, to deliver a host of benefits. It is also important to distinguish CBD from its structural cousin: tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, which is the main ingredient in marijuana and is responsible for getting users ‘stoned’ or ‘high’ 

At EthicaCBD we go further than what is required of us by law. All of our oils contain less than a combined 1mg of all controlled cannabinoids (THC and CBN) per container, or 0.01% in the case of our oil extracts, and this figure is even lower in our topicals, creams, and gels. The result is a product that you can safely enjoy, without any fear of unwanted side-effects.

What does CBD stand for?

CBD stands for cannabidiol. It is one of over 100 cannabinoids that can be extracted from the hemp plant. These extracts have been found to have multiple benefits and CBD is becoming an increasingly popular addition to people’s daily routine. CBD can be enjoyed in isolation as a Pure product, where all other cannabinoids and natural elements are removed, or alongside the many other cannabinoids, terpenes and oils that are present in the hemp plant. We are still learning about the benefits of each individual cannabinoid, and every fresh development further enhances the reputation and credibility of this innovative natural product. 

Cannabidiol (or CBD) can be administered as a spray, with a dropper, a capsule, or as a topical cream or gel. It is available in many different applications and strengths, and finding the right one is an important part of your journey with the natural extract.

How is CBD oil made?

CBD is a natural substance that is extracted from hemp. EthicaCBD uses precision methods of manufacture to ensure that our range is superior to other CBD products. The process begins by selecting the finest organically grown hemp. Much of our raw material is hand cultivated to ensure particular attention to quality. Our hemp is sensitively handled and carefully hung during the drying process in order to preserve as much of the plant goodness as possible. It is then ready to move on to the extraction phase of production.

EthicaCBD is committed to using the finest production practices available and takes pride in the techniques it implements to separate its CBD across the entire range. The extraction method varies depending on the final product, but we largely deploy a supercritical CO2 extraction process (widely regarded as the best) in order to detach the CBD from the hemp plant. At every stage, we only use processes that preserve the quality of the CBD, allowing us to deliver a premium range of products.

Our cannabidiol is regularly tested throughout the extraction, allowing us to regulate quality and keep a careful eye on the structural makeup of our final product. It also allows us to confidently state exactly what is in every drop of our CBD oils, creams and topicals.  

CBD Science

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of more than 100 naturally occurring, active components (cannabinoids) found in Cannabis species, cannabis sativa L. It was first isolated in the 1940s. CBD is a major cannabinoid, which accounts for up to 40% of the cannabis plant's extract and is formed from a cannabidiolic acid precursor. Delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the major psychotropic (mind altering) cannabinoid present in cannabis.

Cannabinoids such as CBD and THC from cannabis plants (phytocannabinoids) can interact with the human endocannabinoid system. After its ingestion or smoking, THC produces its pharmacological effects by stimulating certain proteins (cannabinoid receptors) in the endocannabinoid system of the human body. CBD does not activate these cannabinoid receptors and is not psychotropic: it does not affect the nervous system to produce intoxication, or alterations in perception, mood, consciousness, cognition, or behaviour. In other words, it does not get you “high”.

The human body also synthesizes various cannabinoid molecules which act as chemical signals in the endocannabinoid system. This biological system is composed of endogenous lipid-based nerve signalling molecules that bind to cannabinoid receptors, and receptor proteins, which are expressed throughout the vertebrate central nervous system (including the brain) and peripheral nervous system.

Professor David Heal
Scientific Advisor for EthicaCBD
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