CBD EDUCATION


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Everything you ever wanted to know about hemp.

WHAT IS CBD AND WHY SHOULD YOU CARE?


That's a great question — and one many people are asking these days. First off, CBD is the acronym used for cannabidiol, one of the over 100 different cannabinoids found in the Cannabis sativa plant. Both CBD and THC are considered a phytocannabinoid. (That’s just a fancy way of saying their molecules is made by plants.) Many plants such as black pepper, echinacea, and even cacao contain cannabinoids.  Cannabis just has a much higher concentration of them. Any phytocannabinoid will interact with your endocannabinoid (ECS) system.  Hemp is a type of cannabis grown specifically with a higher level of CBD and very low level of THC.

 

Cannabinoids Explained
Cannabinoids are naturally occurring chemicals found in the cannabis plant. You might have heard of CBD and THC. While they are the often the most well-known, they are just two types of over 100 other cannabinoids that exist in the cannabis plant. <br> <br> Cannabinoids can also be found naturally in the body. These particular types of cannabinoids are part of the endocannabinoid system and act as messengers sending signals to the brain, gut or other parts to help regulate basic bodily functions.
Much of the conversation and research on uses and effects of the cannabis plant focuses on CBD and THC exclusively – so it’s important to know the difference.
The difference between CBD/THC
As noted, CBD and THC are both naturally occurring cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. While they both affect the body by communicating with the endocannabinoid system, they each play different roles. <br><br> THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the psychoactive chemical responsible for making you stoned or high. CBD is non-psychoactive.
CBD is responsible for more calming, relaxed feelings and when acting with THC can counter some of those effects.
Structure of Molecule
Though both the tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) molecules look similar, and share the same molecular formula, there is a slight but very important distinction between them. THC contains a cyclic ring, where CBD contains a hydroxyl group. THC, which is primarily found in marijuana, is the molecule that is responsible for making you stoned or high. CBD on the other hand comes predominantly from hemp, is non-intoxicating.
CBD supports overall wellness and promotes homeostasis, creating balance in the body. It is a powerful antioxidant, supports healthy immune function and can even help support a positive, healthy mood.
Plant Source - USA Grown
All Elixinol hemp extracts are made from hemp plants grown in the United States. We carefully select farms and farmers who share our commitment to sustainability, integrity and transparency, ensuring quality throughout the process.
Elixinol hemp extracts are made from hemp plants grown in the USA. We work closely with farmers from seed to sale, ensuring quality throughout the process.
What Is CBD?
Cannabinoids Explained
Cannabinoids are naturally occurring chemicals found in the cannabis plant. You might have heard of CBD and THC. While they are the often the most well-known, they are just two types of over 100 other cannabinoids that exist in the cannabis plant. <br> <br> Cannabinoids can also be found naturally in the body. These particular types of cannabinoids are part of the endocannabinoid system and act as messengers sending signals to the brain, gut or other parts to help regulate basic bodily functions.
Much of the conversation and research on uses and effects of the cannabis plant focuses on CBD and THC exclusively – so it’s important to know the difference.
The difference between CBD/THC
As noted, CBD and THC are both naturally occurring cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. While they both affect the body by communicating with the endocannabinoid system, they each play different roles. <br><br> THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the psychoactive chemical responsible for making you stoned or high. CBD is non-psychoactive.
CBD is responsible for more calming, relaxed feelings and when acting with THC can counter some of those effects.
Structure of Molecule
Though both the tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) molecules look similar, and share the same molecular formula, there is a slight but very important distinction between them. THC contains a cyclic ring, where CBD contains a hydroxyl group. THC, which is primarily found in marijuana, is the molecule that is responsible for making you stoned or high. CBD on the other hand comes predominantly from hemp, is non-intoxicating.
CBD supports overall wellness and promotes homeostasis, creating balance in the body. It is a powerful antioxidant, supports healthy immune function and can even help support a positive, healthy mood.
Plant Source - USA Grown
All Elixinol hemp extracts are made from hemp plants grown in the United States. We carefully select farms and farmers who share our commitment to sustainability, integrity and transparency, ensuring quality throughout the process.
Elixinol hemp extracts are made from hemp plants grown in the USA. We work closely with farmers from seed to sale, ensuring quality throughout the process.

How CBD works

in the Body.

THE ENDOCANNABINOID SYSTEM YOU DIDN'T EVEN KNOW YOU HAD


If you've ever taken biology, you've probably learned about a few major systems in the body — the nervous system, digestive system, endocrine system, immune system — to name a few. But you most likely never had a pop quiz on the Endocannabinoid system. Learn more about this relatively recent discovery in the human body and why it matters to you.

Endocannabinoid System and You
Cannabinoids are not only found in the cannabis plant–they're also naturally occurring chemicals found in the body. The cannabinoids created in the body are part of the endocannabinoid system, and they act as messengers sending signals to the brain, gut or other parts of the body to help regulate basic bodily functions. When you smoke, vape or eat cannabinoids, they affect the body talking to the endocannabinoid system.
The cannabinoids created in the body are part of the endocannabinoid system, and they act as messengers sending signals to the brain, gut or other parts of the body to help regulate basic bodily functions.
How Does It Work?
With two primary receptors, the endocannabinoid system is vital to our sense of wellbeing. CB1 receptors are found throughout the brain, central nervous system and peripheral nervous system. These moderate everything from mood and memory to motor function and the perception of pain. CB2 receptors, on the other hand, can be found primarily in the immune system and gut - although recent research indicates that these receptors may also be in the brain. CB2 receptors help moderate our response to inflammation as well as how our body handles pathogens.
The endocannabinoid system is still a relatively recent discovery in the vast timeline of understanding human biology. A lot is unknown about how it works, but emerging research suggests it has a significant role in regulating memories, metabolism, stress and pain response, sleep, and reproduction.
Benefits and Beyond
Researchers, scientists and medical professionals are all working to understand and validate the legitimate benefits of CBD in its various forms and delivery methods.<br><br> According to Project CBD, a non-profit educational news service, Extensive preclinical research—much of it sponsored by the U.S. government—indicates that CBD has potent anti-tumoral, antioxidant, anti-spasmodic, anti-psychotic, anti-convulsive, and neuroprotective properties. CBD directly activates serotonin receptors, causing an anti-anxiety effect, as well.
For more on the benefits and how CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system, visit ProjectCBD.org.
CBD & the Body
Endocannabinoid System and You
Cannabinoids are not only found in the cannabis plant–they're also naturally occurring chemicals found in the body. The cannabinoids created in the body are part of the endocannabinoid system, and they act as messengers sending signals to the brain, gut or other parts of the body to help regulate basic bodily functions. When you smoke, vape or eat cannabinoids, they affect the body talking to the endocannabinoid system.
The cannabinoids created in the body are part of the endocannabinoid system, and they act as messengers sending signals to the brain, gut or other parts of the body to help regulate basic bodily functions.
How Does It Work?
With two primary receptors, the endocannabinoid system is vital to our sense of wellbeing. CB1 receptors are found throughout the brain, central nervous system and peripheral nervous system. These moderate everything from mood and memory to motor function and the perception of pain. CB2 receptors, on the other hand, can be found primarily in the immune system and gut - although recent research indicates that these receptors may also be in the brain. CB2 receptors help moderate our response to inflammation as well as how our body handles pathogens.
The endocannabinoid system is still a relatively recent discovery in the vast timeline of understanding human biology. A lot is unknown about how it works, but emerging research suggests it has a significant role in regulating memories, metabolism, stress and pain response, sleep, and reproduction.
Benefits and Beyond
Researchers, scientists and medical professionals are all working to understand and validate the legitimate benefits of CBD in its various forms and delivery methods.<br><br> According to Project CBD, a non-profit educational news service, Extensive preclinical research—much of it sponsored by the U.S. government—indicates that CBD has potent anti-tumoral, antioxidant, anti-spasmodic, anti-psychotic, anti-convulsive, and neuroprotective properties. CBD directly activates serotonin receptors, causing an anti-anxiety effect, as well.
For more on the benefits and how CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system, visit ProjectCBD.org.

Plant extraction techniques

matter more than you think.

WHY WE CHOOSE THE METHODS WE DO


Although CBD is naturally abundant in the hemp plant, extracting it from the plant in quantities high enough to experience hemp’s benefits is a bit of a process. There are three main types of hemp extraction - Steam Distillation, Solvent Extraction and Carbon Dioxide or CO2 Extraction. While each process has its benefits and drawbacks, we always choose the cleanest, highest quality extraction methods – predominantly CO2 extraction. This method creates the highest quality hemp extract, with a process that's also safer and better for the environment. When we use something other than CO2, we do so in order to comply with strict standards like USDA organic which requires clean ethanol since CO2 cannot be certified organic.

Full Spectrum
A full-spectrum extract means it contains all phytochemicals naturally found in the plant. That includes CBD, trace cannabinoids, terpenes and essential oils. These extracts come with THC levels below 0.3%. <br><br> In this type of hemp extract, the full spectrum of active compounds can work together to enhance or amplify the benefits of individual cannabinoids.
Full-spectrum hemp is the base for the majority of our products. Looking to get all the benefits from full-spectrum CBD? Try our Daily Balance Capsules
Broad Spectrum
Broad-spectrum CBD contains cannabidiol and the other compounds within the plant. However, the small amount of THC is removed after the extraction. <br><br> Like full-spectrum CBD, Broad spectrum CBD contains all the cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids found in the hemp plant that create the Entourage Effect, but without any THC. Broad-spectrum products are a great option for those who cannot have any traces of THC in their system.
Looking for a broad-spectrum CBD solution? Try our Daily Balance Winter Mint Tinctures
CBD Isolate
CBD isolate is the furthest down the funnel in the CBD extraction process. Isolate is created by extracting the compound from its natural environment and removing all other ingredients. <br><br> While noted as the purest and highest concentration of CBD, that does not mean it is the most effective. Because of its pure nature, CBD isolate lacks the entourage of benefits from terpenes and flavonoids that can be found in full- and broad-spectrum extracts.
At Elixinol, we make our products with only full- and broad-spectrum hemp oil so you can enjoy all the benefits the wonderous hemp plant has to offer.
How It's Made
Full Spectrum
A full-spectrum extract means it contains all phytochemicals naturally found in the plant. That includes CBD, trace cannabinoids, terpenes and essential oils. These extracts come with THC levels below 0.3%. <br><br> In this type of hemp extract, the full spectrum of active compounds can work together to enhance or amplify the benefits of individual cannabinoids.
Full-spectrum hemp is the base for the majority of our products. Looking to get all the benefits from full-spectrum CBD? Try our Daily Balance Capsules
Broad Spectrum
Broad-spectrum CBD contains cannabidiol and the other compounds within the plant. However, the small amount of THC is removed after the extraction. <br><br> Like full-spectrum CBD, Broad spectrum CBD contains all the cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids found in the hemp plant that create the Entourage Effect, but without any THC. Broad-spectrum products are a great option for those who cannot have any traces of THC in their system.
Looking for a broad-spectrum CBD solution? Try our Daily Balance Winter Mint Tinctures
CBD Isolate
CBD isolate is the furthest down the funnel in the CBD extraction process. Isolate is created by extracting the compound from its natural environment and removing all other ingredients. <br><br> While noted as the purest and highest concentration of CBD, that does not mean it is the most effective. Because of its pure nature, CBD isolate lacks the entourage of benefits from terpenes and flavonoids that can be found in full- and broad-spectrum extracts.
At Elixinol, we make our products with only full- and broad-spectrum hemp oil so you can enjoy all the benefits the wonderous hemp plant has to offer.

Different intake systems

and different formulas.

WHAT IS THE BEST TYPE OF CBD FOR YOU?


At Elixinol, we're all about you. What makes your life better, easier and just a little more amazing. That's why we're constantly developing new CBD products. From formats and delivery systems to unique formulations and ingredient combinations - we never stop working to create new, innovative products to fit the many needs of your ever-changing daily life.

Multiple formats and formulations
Due to its unique molecular structure, CBD can be absorbed in the body both topically or orally allowing for it to be enjoyed in a whole library of formats and formulations. <br><br> Keep reading to learn about the various types of kind of amazing CBD products we offer. CBD is often used within dietary supplements, cosmetics, food, pet products, and body care products. At Elixinol, we create product formats with you in mind- so you can simply and reliably find the right serving size and format that is one of a kind as you are.
At Elixinol, we create product formats with you in mind- so you can simply and reliably find the right serving size and format that is one of a kind as you are. Keep reading to learn about the various types of kind of amazing CBD products we offer.
Oil Capsules
Elixinol capsules are manufactured from high-potency, non-GMO organic hemp, and make it easy to get just the right dose of CBD along with the full spectrum of synergistic cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids naturally found in hemp. <br><br> All of our capsules are liquid CBD at their base, encapsulated in vegan capsules for an easy on-the-go option.
Want to try CBD Oil Capsules? Shop our Daily Balance Capsules.
Oil Tinctures
Using organic hemp and a chemical-free CO2 extraction, Elixinol full-spectrum and broad-spectrum tincture oils ensure the benefits of the 'entourage effect’ by activating all the cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids and other compounds to work together for your wellbeing. <br><br> All of our CBD Oil Tinctures start with high-quality hemp extract at the base and are blended with MCT coconut oil and other ingredients to boost delivery and efficacy.
Want to try CBD Oil Tinctures? Shop our Daily Balance Tinctures.
CBD Topicals
Did you know the positive benefits of CBD can also be enjoyed topically? Due to the molecular structure of cannabinoids, CBD topicals such as lotions, balms, gels, or creams can deliver benefits through the skin – allowing for a more targeted application. If you’re looking to improve skin vibrancy or for a bit more localized comfort – CBD topicals may be right for you. <br><br> Our Sports Gel & Hemp Balms provide convenient ways to get fast-absorbing CBD in comfortable, advanced topical formulas blended with essential oils and other complementary ingredients.
Want to try a topical CBD? Shop our best-selling Hemp Balm.
Formulas & Types
Multiple formats and formulations
Due to its unique molecular structure, CBD can be absorbed in the body both topically or orally allowing for it to be enjoyed in a whole library of formats and formulations. <br><br> Keep reading to learn about the various types of kind of amazing CBD products we offer. CBD is often used within dietary supplements, cosmetics, food, pet products, and body care products. At Elixinol, we create product formats with you in mind- so you can simply and reliably find the right serving size and format that is one of a kind as you are.
At Elixinol, we create product formats with you in mind- so you can simply and reliably find the right serving size and format that is one of a kind as you are. Keep reading to learn about the various types of kind of amazing CBD products we offer.
Oil Capsules
Elixinol capsules are manufactured from high-potency, non-GMO organic hemp, and make it easy to get just the right dose of CBD along with the full spectrum of synergistic cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids naturally found in hemp. <br><br> All of our capsules are liquid CBD at their base, encapsulated in vegan capsules for an easy on-the-go option.
Want to try CBD Oil Capsules? Shop our Daily Balance Capsules.
Oil Tinctures
Using organic hemp and a chemical-free CO2 extraction, Elixinol full-spectrum and broad-spectrum tincture oils ensure the benefits of the 'entourage effect’ by activating all the cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids and other compounds to work together for your wellbeing. <br><br> All of our CBD Oil Tinctures start with high-quality hemp extract at the base and are blended with MCT coconut oil and other ingredients to boost delivery and efficacy.
Want to try CBD Oil Tinctures? Shop our Daily Balance Tinctures.
CBD Topicals
Did you know the positive benefits of CBD can also be enjoyed topically? Due to the molecular structure of cannabinoids, CBD topicals such as lotions, balms, gels, or creams can deliver benefits through the skin – allowing for a more targeted application. If you’re looking to improve skin vibrancy or for a bit more localized comfort – CBD topicals may be right for you. <br><br> Our Sports Gel & Hemp Balms provide convenient ways to get fast-absorbing CBD in comfortable, advanced topical formulas blended with essential oils and other complementary ingredients.
Want to try a topical CBD? Shop our best-selling Hemp Balm.

Frequently asked questions

How does CBD work in the body?

Cannabinoids are naturally occurring chemicals found in the body and are part of the endocannabinoid (ECS) system. They act as little messengers, sending signals to the brain, guts and other areas to regulate basic body functions. CBD interacts with the ECS system to support your immune response, mood, memory and motor function.

How long does it take for CBD to take effect?

CBD is truly a personal experience, and it depends on the individual and their endocannabinoid (ECS) system. Since CBD has no psychoactive component, there is no high, but you might feel a sense of calm and relaxation. Different formulations and servings sizes will also determine how CBD works in your body.

How is CBD extracted from hemp?

There are three main types of hemp extraction - Steam Distillation, Solvent Extraction and Carbon Dioxide or CO2 Extraction. While each process has its benefits and drawbacks, at Elixinol we always choose the cleanest, highest quality extraction methods – predominantly CO2 extraction. This method creates the highest quality hemp extract, with a process that’s also safer and better for the environment.

What is the endocannabinoid system?

The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a group of endogenous cannabinoid receptors found in the brain of mammals. It is present throughout the CNS and peripheral nervous system. The ECS is composed of neuromodulatory lipids and many endocannabinoid receptors which regulate many mechanisms within the body. The Endocannabinoid system receptors are specifically receptive to cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant.

What are the side-effects of CBD?

CBD produces no psychoactive effect so there is no high or particular concern about your ability to function normally.

Is it possible to overdose on CBD?

No.

WHY ELIXINOL

Trusted for 25+ years.


Leading the industry, before it was an industry

We have always been committed to hemp. Learning from it. Teaching others about it. Helping the world discover the healing properties that are locked inside its humble leaves and flowers. Along the way, we discovered that hemp was an amazing source of some of the most poorly researched yet most impactful wellness ingredients known to man - cannabinoids.

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