CBD 101: What It Is, How It Works & Why We Love It

Balance is the secret to sustained health and one of the reasons why we love seeing CDB be a staple in your wellness cabinet.

We seek balance across many aspects of our lives – mind, health, work, and relationships, just to name a few. And just like you, our bodies are in a constant quest for balance, and the most important tool it has to achieve this state of homeostasis is its endocannabinoid system (ECS).

The ECS involves a variety of physiological processes (appetite, sensation to pain, mood, and memory), includes two main types of cannabinoids (endocannabinoids that are produced naturally within the body and phytocannabinoids that are produced from plants, such as CBD), and has cannabinoid receptors all over the body that work to protect cells.

Over time, emotional stress, poor diet, use of recreational or pharmaceutical drugs, disease, or a genetic mutation can all take their toll on the body and lead to an imbalance in the ECS. As a result, many people experience significant results using CBD to regulate their stress or mood, manage pain, fight inflammation, build strong bones, and so much more.

Phytocannibinoids from plants may lead to a variety of highly individualized, positive outcomes

C1 & C2 are the two main cannabinoid receptors in the ECS, and unlike THC, CBD is a naturally-occurring phytocannabinoid that actively influences these receptors without binding directly to them.

  • C1 receptors are essential for a healthy functioning brain and one of the most common receptors in the entire nervous system. The greatest density of C1 receptors are found in the central nervous system, but they play an important role in other parts of the body that include pregnancy, hormone production, cardiovascular health, and digestion. Depending where they are in the brain, C1 receptors can moderate memory, motor function, and the perception of pain.

  • C2 receptors are most often found in the cells of the immune system to help moderate inflammation and the immune system’s response to pathogens. This is why CBD may help combat ailments due to an overactive immune system, such as arthritis, asthma, allergies, autoimmune disorders or digestive issues like inflammatory bowel disease.

Breaking down CBD basics

You’ve likely come across CBD promoted in gas stations, as an add-in booster to your post-workout smoothie or morning coffee, and it seems to be everywhere sold by everyone with little background on how it was produced and what health benefits it realistically offers. Let’s break it down:

What it is

CBD is the second most prevalent and active ingredient in cannabis and is derived from the hemp plant – a cousin to the marijuana plant. CBD is one of the hundreds of compounds found in marijuana, but when isolated, it does not cause a ‘high’. The FDA has approved the use of CBD for epilepsy syndromes, and while the federal government files patents on the compound, they leave its legal status to states with no oversight by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA).

What it does

CBD offers a wide range of benefits that are unique to the homeostasis needs of the body. It influences C1 and C2 receptors to potentially improve anxiety, insomnia, chronic pain, such as arthritis or nerve pain, and the list goes on and on (suppresses muscle spasms, relieves psoriasis, inhibits cell growth of tumors and cancer cells, reduces vomiting and nausea, reduces contractions in the small intestines, kills or slows bacteria growth, reduces risk of blocked arteries, and reduces blood sugar levels).

Scientists are also developing ways to use less prevalent cannabinoids, such as CBG, in combination with CBD to target ailments, such as bone health, to deliver specific and enhanced health benefits.

CBD may increase the level of coumadin in the blood and can have the same side effects as grapefruit juice on blood pressure and cholesterol medications. If you take blood thinners, blood pressure or cholesterol medication, do not take CBD before consulting your doctor.

Sourcing pure & effective CBD

CBD isn't regulated by the FDA, so it is extremely important that you understand what you are buying and that it has been third-party lab tested for efficacy. Buying from a reputable brand will ensure you aren’t wasting your money to ingest who even knows what. Was your CBD shipped off to China to be cut with artificial ingredients and then shipped back to your door?

At Veg’n Out, we’ve partnered with Dr. Duffy’s CBD for People and Pets, a local veteran and woman-owned business. They have the highest quality hemp-sourced CBD product in the market. It is 100% THC free, grown using strict organic and eco-friendly farming practices, and is vegan (except for the salve that contains beeswax), gluten, and soy-free. They use zero artificial preservatives or flavors. Each batch of CBD is third-party lab tested and certified for potency and then custom-formulated to ensure you get the precise amount of high-quality ultra-concentrated CBD.

They offer a full product line across various concentration levels that includes starter kits, capsules, tinctures, salves, hand and body creams, muscle relief rollerballs, and more.

Dr. Duffy's CBD has absolutely zero THC and guarantees you will not fail an employer or veteran beneftis drug test from taking Dr. Duffy's CBD for People & Pets.

Getting started with CBD

We always recommend starting with 300 mg of CBD and then increase the dose as needed. There is no reason to start high if the lower dose delivers the needed effects. You can take a look and order our full Dr. Duffy’s CBD product line here. We deliver locally or ship nationwide.

Disclaimer: CBD statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.