As CBD’s natural benefits make waves among the sports and fitness world, it’s important to understand from where the compound originates.
More and more athletes and active people around the world have started to hear about CBD and how it can help encourage the body to perform at its best. As a result, CBD is quickly becoming the most sought after wellness product for athletes of all levels.
You may have heard a bit about CBD from your teammates or training partners, but you likely still have some questions before deciding that CBD is right for you. Here’s the low down on where CBD comes from.
What is CBD?
One of the most exciting training tools for athletes and those physically active is CBD, an all-natural, plant-derived cannabinoid that interacts with the body’s native systems to encourage optimal functioning and performance.
CBD, short for cannabidiol, helps keep the body running at its best through its interaction with the endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system is the body’s major regulatory network, tasked with keeping a wide array of functions and physiological processes in balance so that everything works efficiently.
CBD supports the endocannabinoid system and its efforts by influencing the system’s cannabinoid receptors that are found throughout the brain and central nervous system, and immune system.
Athletes of all levels have started to incorporate daily CBD products into their training regimen to capitalize on its natural benefits to encourage balance for peak performance.
Where CBD Comes From
CBD comes from the stalk, flowers, leaves, and seeds of cannabis plants – including hemp and marijuana.
While cannabis contains more than 100 cannabinoids that scientists have so far identified, CBD is naturally among the most abundant. You’ve likely heard of THC, the psychoactive cannabinoid that dominates the makeup of marijuana and causes a high. In hemp, CBD dominates the plant’s makeup, making it a more ideal source for CBD products.
Cannabis plants actually first synthesize CBGa, or cannabigerolic acid. Using this precursor compound, the plant then creates three major branches of cannabinoids, including CBDa, or cannabidiolic acid. Once the CBDa is decarboxylated, naturally over time or after being exposed to heat or light, the CBDa loses a carboxyl group and converts into CBD.
Because CBD naturally occurs in significant quantities in hemp, it’s relatively easy to extract the compound from the plant in the form of CBD oil. A special extraction process pulls the CBD-rich cannabis oil from plant, which can be consumed directly, formulated into products like tinctures, edibles, and topical salves, or purified to its crystalline form.
Dixie Botanicals® derives our CBD oil from a unique variety of non-GMO, high-CBD hemp. Our team of researchers went through 3,000 possible hemp cultivars before finding the variety that both thrives in our farms’ microclimates and also produces the ideal amount of CBD for our award-winning products.
When made from the stalks and seeds of imported hemp, CBD oil products are legal in the United States under federal law.
How Does CBD Differ From THC
Of the 100-plus cannabinoids found in cannabis plants like hemp and marijuana, CBD and THC are, in nearly all cases, the most prominent. They’re also by far the most extensively studied and best understood.
While CBD and THC both interact with the body through the endocannabinoid system, the two cannabinoids have distinct differences that influence how they interact with the regulatory system and the natural effects they elicit.
The most notable difference between CBD and THC is whether the cannabinoid will cause a euphoric effect. THC is the cannabinoid most people think of when they think of marijuana because it’s interaction with the endocannabinoid system stimulates a psychoactive effect, or “high.”
Hemp contains trace amounts of THC, no more than 0.3 percent — far short of the amount needed for a high. Full-spectrum CBD oil products like Dixie Botanicals® Dew Drop tinctures contain all the nutrients and compounds naturally found in hemp, including trace levels of THC. For those who prefer to avoid any THC, isolated CBD products like Dixie Botanicals® CBD Isolate have undergone a proprietary purification process to remove all compounds except CBD.
You can learn more about the differences between CBD products with and without THC.
Where You Can Buy CBD
Award-winning hemp-derived CBD products are available in the HempMeds® online store.
Need some help deciding which type of CBD product works best for you? Visit our Complete CBD Oil Buyer’s Guide.