What is CBD
CBD is a cannabinoid derived from hemp that works by regulating our body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). We strive to educate the Kerwell community on the benefits, uses, and terminology relating to the hemp plant and CBD, as well as product, brand, and industry developments within the market. Contact us at any time for our opinions on CBD products or to help find the best fit for you.
Why We Love CBD
Our bodies have a natural Endocannabinoid system comprised of cannabinoids (neurotransmitters that carry communications cells) and receptors (the part of a cell that receives those communications). This system helps maintain a state of homeostasis, or general well being. where everything is functioning as it should. When something is going wrong, cannabinoids are released to rush in and calm the tissues down and bring them back to a natural healthy resting state.
There are a lot of claims and rumors floating around about CBD and all of its potential benefits. So many that even we were skeptical as to how a single compound could possibly be effective in correcting so many different ailments. How is something that helps with epilepsy also good for inflammation and arthritis? It’s not precisely understood yet, but recent research suggests that CBD supports and amplifies our bodies’ own corrective system. Meaning CBD itself doesn’t actually intervene in anything going on inside of us, it just enhances our bodies own ability to repair and correct irregularities. It’s possible CBD acts as a preservative to our own cannabinoid communicators, enabling them to better repair and maintain healthy systems throughout many different types of cells.
How Does it Work?
Like our nervous or immune systems, our endocannabinoid system (ECS) has a nuanced, important role in how our bodies and minds function. You can think of your ECS as the ultimate regulator, helping to maintain homeostasis while our bodies do their thing. It regulates everything from our mood, memory, pain sensations, inflammation, and even fertility.
Endocannabinoids are produced naturally by our bodies as needed and work by binding to our cannabinoid receptors to help maintain balanced systems. Similarly, plant cannabinoids (found in cannabis) also bind to our cannabinoid receptors, which is how they have an impact on our psychological and biological functions.
Due to decades of restrictions on hemp and other cannabis product in the U.S., research is still growing on CBD and its potential uses. CBD is believed to have an effect on our body’s endocannabinoid “tone,” increasing the presence of our naturally occurring endocannabinoids, increasing our ECS activity.
Will I Get High?
No, CBD will not get you high. It's non-intoxicating. Like we just said THC is the molecule that binds to receptors in our brain and is the one responsible for the psychoactive effects of marijuana. In fact, CBD is antagonistic to the marijuana high; some research expresses its potential to prevent THC molecules from binding to the brain’s receptors (hence the reason why it’s often used to subdue the ‘paranoia’ effects of super-potent THC strains).
Will I Test Positive on a Drug Test?
A high-quality CBD product with minimal THC is incredibly unlikely to show up on a drug test. However, low quality CBD products may contain more traces of THC than they claim, in which case it is possible for a screening to pick up on the drug. (Research has shown that people who consume 6 mg of THC per day have a 25% chance of failing a drug test. This translates to about 2,000 mg per day of CBD oil with a THC content of 0.3% or less).
How Do I Know What Dose Is Right for Me?
This one is tricky because it, of course, depends on what you’re using the compound for, and also on how strong the product is. Most people consume between 10-50 mg of CBD per day total. (For reference, 1 mL of a potent oil might contain 50 mg of CBD. Make sure you read the label on your product to ensure a proper serving.