Cannabis Basics

Cannabis is indigenous to central Asia and the Indian subcontinent, and has been grown for industrial, medicinal, spiritual+ recreational use dating back to prehistoric times.

HEMP V. MARIJUANA

Hemp, or industrial hemp, refers to a diverse variety of Cannabis Sativa plants with no more than 0.3% THC by dry weight.  Hemp is a legal distinction in the U.S., defined as any cannabis having <0.3% THC, and is generally cultivated to produce high levels of CBD.

HEMP OIL V. HEMP SEED OIL

Hemp oil is derived from flowering buds and leaves cannabis. It is rich in cannabinoids and terpenes, which have beneficial effects on human health.  Hemp seed oil is derived from hemp hearts and kernels. It helps bolster the skin’s natural protective barrier while softening and plumping the skin’s outer layer. 

 

HOW IT WORKS

 

Cannabis exerts it's therapeutic effects by modulating the endocannabinoid system, which is one of the most important physiologic systems involved in establishing and maintaining homeostasis and human health.  Cannabis contains molecules called cannabinoids (also called phyto-cannabinoids) like THC and CBD, which mirror substances that the body produces on its own, referred to as endocannabinoids.  Endocannabinoids and their receptors are found throughout the body, and are most highly concentrated in our immune system, nervous system, and vital organs, serving as a bridge between mind and body.

The endocannabinoid system helps regulate many basic functions of the human body, including metabolism, appetite, sleep, immune function, digestion, pain, mood, temperature, reproduction, memory and learning. Different cannabinoids produce different results, which is why a full spectrum cannabis product can have more profound effects than isolated cannabinoids.

 

CBD IS AN ADAPTOGEN

a·dapt·o·gen

əˈdaptəjən/

noun

1. (in herbal medicine) a natural substance considered to help the body adapt to stress and to exert a normalizing effect upon bodily processes.
 

Cannabis’ mechanism of action can be summed up as delivering an adaptogenic effect, helping to stabilize systems and networks with in the brain and body that are out of balance due to genetic or environmental aggressors.

 

PLANT ANATOMY

 

CANNABINOIDS

Researchers have identified 113 cannabinoids in cannabis, which show a myriad of therapeutic effects, like decreasing pain, nausea, anxiety, and inflammation. 

 

TERPENES

The building blocks of essential oils, these aromatic hydrocarbons are responsible for cannabis' distinct fragrance.  Biologically, they exert what's called the "entourage effect", aiding the uptake and efficacy of cannabinoids, while delivering therapeutic benefits on their own.

 

SKINCARE BENEFITS

 

Chronic inflammation results in premature skin aging.  While inflammation is a natural immune response and necessary for recovery, it must be kept in check. Cannabinoids like CBD modulate immune receptors to achieve this balance.

Moisture balance is essential for optimal skin aging.  Overproduction causes inflammation, while a defecit erodes the skin's natural protective barrier. Cannabinoids solve both issues by balancing oil production in your sebaceous glands.

Apoptosis, or programmed cell death, ensures that skin cells die if and when they are not functioning optimally, allowing new cells to take their place. Cannabinoids regulate apoptosis, ensuring proper diversity and health of skin cells

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