From firsthand experience to emergent research in the medical field, CBD has proven to be a safe, natural and truly effective remedy for ailments of the body. Understanding how CBD affects the brain and body will not only better your understanding of your experience, but will help you educate others.
what is cbd
Cannabidiol (CBD) and Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are the two most prominent cannabinoids amongst the 100+ found in cannabis. Working in synergy, these cannabinoids provide relief to an array of symptoms including pain, nausea, and inflammation.
CBD supports the positive effects of our body's endocannabinoids, which are a type of chemical messenger that our bodies make naturally. These endocannabinoids are active in maintaining internal stability and health by regulating and balancing our body systems.
When there is a deficit in the endocannabinoid system, physiological symptoms and complications can occur. CBD is able to supplement the endocannabinoid system and mitigate these ill effects, all without the “stoned” feeling typically associated with THC.
CBD IN TODAY’S
What was once an underground market defined by stigma is now a transforming industry filled with elevated boutique experiences and an increasing awareness of the medicinal applications of cannabis.
During the prohibition decades, breeders focused on maximizing THC in their plants; this trend all but eviscerated CBD-dominant strains from the market. We’re now seeing a reversal and a rise in demand for high-CBD cultivars like Harle-Tsu, Cannatonic, and AC/DC, to name a few. Across Oregon, producers are growing high-CBD cultivars for their flower and for use in making concentrates, extracts and edibles.
A term typically associated with the wine industry, terroir refers to the place-based environmental factors—such as soil, water and climate—that combine to give distinct characteristics. It’s terroir that enables identical cannabis cultivars to be grown in different regions and produce distinctive smells, tastes, and effects. The native soil of Oregon’s Illinois Valley gives our cultivars their unique and unparalleled qualities, coupled with our sustainable farming practices and meticulous drying and curing methods.
When choosing a cannabis cultivar, there are two traits that are most commonly compared: taste and smell. Where these traits come from is both simple and complex. The smell, taste, and—to some degree—the effect, are tied to Terpenes. Terpenes are aromatic compounds found in the oils of the flower, originating in the same glands as the cannabinoids (including CBD and THC).
Terpenes can influence the neurotransmitters in the brain; for example, they can affect dopamine and serotonin production and destruction. This insight gives us an idea of why different strains not only smell and taste different but also have different physiological effects on our mood or high sensation. There are over 100 known terpenes found in cannabis, and each plant/cultivar has a unique terpene composition.