How CBD Works

CBD has taken off in popularity over the past few years. Hundreds of thousands of people are experiencing amazing benefits from the plant compound, and our customers are no different.

CBD, short of cannabidiol, is the primary active ingredient in the hemp plant. Even small amounts of this plant-derived molecule have a significant impact on health, so maybe it’s not surprising that people are, well, surprised at just how well CBD works.

In a quest to explain this impact, various terms get thrown around — technical stuff like endocannabinoid system, cellular signaling, or homeostasis. While these terms can be useful, they speak to a larger concept that’s actually pretty easy to understand. And it’s this overarching concept that truly explains why, and how, CBD does just what it does. Let’s take a look.

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CBD has taken off in popularity over the past few years. Hundreds of thousands of people are experiencing amazing benefits from the plant compound, and our customers are no different.

CBD, short of cannabidiol, is the primary active ingredient in the hemp plant. Even small amounts of this plant-derived molecule have a significant impact on health, so maybe it’s not surprising that people are, well, surprised at just how well CBD works.

In a quest to explain this impact, various terms get thrown around — technical stuff like endocannabinoid system, cellular signaling, or homeostasis. While these terms can be useful, they speak to a larger concept that’s actually pretty easy to understand. And it’s this overarching concept that truly explains why, and how, CBD does just what it does. Let’s take a look.

Have you ever wondered what life is? Not in a spiritual or existential way, necessarily, but from a biochemical basis?

While the field of physics explains a lot, up until recently it couldn’t really explain the flowing nature of life or the natural world. Its theories, while useful, remained ‘fixed’ within a snapshot of time. There were a lot of things these theories just couldn’t account for.

Within the world of endocannabinoid system science, for example, you may have seen diagrams like this:

Endocannabinoid System

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This visual can be helpful in helping one grasp where endocannabinoid receptors are and what they do. But it doesn’t — and it can’t — really do justice to the ECS.

That’s because in reality these receptor sites and their densities are constantly changing! They actually change based on what the body needs, on where there’s inflammation. Static physics doesn’t take this into account.   

But things have improved with the advent of a new field of physics, called far from equilibrium thermodynamics. (Don’t worry, we won’t get any more technical than this). The only thing to take away from this thermodynamics is that flowing energy organizes matter.

In other words, that energy gives life the fuel it needs to efficiently structure itself.

Think about the human body for a second. It’s an incredibly complex system that has been designed to efficiently process flowing energy…through itself. There’s a lot of moving parts: trillions of cells, hundreds or thousands of energy-producing mitochondria per cell, billions of pairs of DNA, etc. Most of these elements are spinning or otherwise in motion.

This complexity is there for a reason. It allows us as human beings to move, act, think, and ultimately thrive as we move throughout our environment. It allows us to stay far from equilibrium — far from the baseline. Unlike single-celled organisms, we don’t just exist. We can do stuff!  

But what holds all these systemized complexities together? Once again, traditional biochemistry and physics didn’t really have an explanation. Until now.

In the late ‘80s, it was discovered that the human brain contains receptors that could be activated by cannabis. Then, in the early ‘90s, Israeli scientists discovered the first endocannabinoid, anandamide. Anandamide helped regulate mood, emotion, memory, stuff like that.

Intrigued, they kept searching. By the middle of the decade, these isolated discoveries had been pieced together… and it turned out that humans actually had an entire endocannabinoid system.

This system was discovered to be incredibly far-reaching. It was interwoven into every other biological system in the body, and worked behind the scenes to support health in many (mostly subtle) ways. There were endocannabinoid receptors in the brain, in the nervous system, in the heart; in muscle fibers and fat cells.

These many receptors were getting ‘fed’ by a constant flow of endocannabinoids, little molecules that pulled themselves out of cell membranes and traveled back and forth to send signals.

While the existence of most other organ systems has been pretty much established as scientific fact for hundreds of years, it’s only now that we understand there’s another system designed specifically to hold all the rest of them together: the endocannabinoid system (ECS).

Endocannabinoids aren’t the only things that balance out the ECS. Intuitively enough, phytocannabinoids from plants do, too.

And CBD, or cannabidiol, is one of the most potent cannabinoids out there. It’s also among the most gentle. These qualities make it the perfect candidate for boosting the endocannabinoid system. A boosted ECS, of course, means better health!

You know how people report so many different health benefits from CBD? How one person might experience pain relief (which is what they need), while another might only experience the sleep improvements…that they need? In many ways, the versatility of the endocannabinoid system explains the versatility of CBD. It’s a truly holistic solution.

Let’s say you’re taking CBD in full spectrum oil form, which is what we recommend. Hold the oil sublingually for a little while, and some of its cannabinoids will seep into the bloodstream (via glands in the mouth and under the tongue) almost immediately. This explains why those with anxiety or epilepsy can get fast relief from CBD in many cases.

Fully ingest the CBD oil, and the rest of its cannabinoids (and terpenes, and flavones, and chalcones…) get processed in the liver. It’s there that partial conversions to other cannabinoids take place, and then everything is released into the bloodstream. The entire process may take an hour or two.

At this point, really good things really start to happen. Soon enough, individual molecules of cannabidiol find their way to endocannabinoid receptors. Unlike resident compounds like anandamide, CBD doesn’t bind directly to ECS receptors; it has what researchers call a “low affinity” for them.

Instead it actually helps these receptors ‘open up’ more fully so that they can be totally saturated with endocannabinoids! The plant molecule has this impressive effect mostly at type-2 receptors (located in the body), though it’s also indirectly involved in improving function at type-1 receptors in the brain.

CBD’s activity isn’t limited to the endocannabinoid system, either. It also gently activates receptors for serotonin (improving mood and reducing anxiety) and adenosine (improving sleep and muscle relaxation).

One more significant interaction: CBD quiets inflammation via directly activating the TRPV1 system. That’s the same one responsible for your perception of heat… like how you feel when eating a capsaicin-filled hot pepper.  

And that’s just the start. Listing everything CBD interacts with as it promotes health would take some time. As we said, the endocannabinoid system is incredibly far-reaching — and so is CBD!

Our hope is that in reading about some of these mechanisms you can better appreciate just how holistic CBD is. At the hearts of its qualities is this amazing ability to maintain homeostasis, or balance, in the body… allowing one to overcome equilibrium and truly thrive.

To summarize everything in just one sentence: CBD helps the body heal itself and rise above external stress. Sounds pretty good, right? And it’s all factual, from a scientific perspective.

CBD-Infused Coffee: The DIY Version

What do CBD and coffee have in common? Besides both coming from antioxidant-rich, intermittently-flowering plants, of course?

There’s a reason for that. CBD and coffee hit our psychological fixes and meet our physiological needs. Both of them address — and overcome — normal limitations on our health, energy, and drive. Use them in tandem, and a perfect pairing emerges.

There are differences in popularity; CBD’s has come back around only recently, while coffee usage has stayed pretty consistent over the decades. But the two substances have this in common: both are currently trending up.

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What do CBD and coffee have in common? Besides both coming from antioxidant-rich, intermittently-flowering plants, of course? 

There are differences in popularity; CBD’s has come back around only recently, while coffee usage has stayed pretty consistent over the decades. But the two substances have this in common: both are currently trending up. 

There’s a reason for that. CBD and coffee hit our psychological fixes and meet our physiological needs. Both of them address — and overcome — normal limitations on our health, energy, and drive. Use them in tandem, and a perfect pairing emerges. 

A Positive (and Pricey) Trend

So maybe it’s not surprising that people are catching on. CBD-themed coffee shops have materialized all over the Country, and even your favorite local place may be covertly offering a CBD-infused option or two. The trend isn’t selective, either; it’s happening in trendy urban areas and in small towns where cannabis use is still frowned on.

While the shift in consciousness this represents is definitely very cool, that CBD’d latte from downtown’s coffee bar might not exactly be optimal. For one, it may only contain a few milligrams of CBD — in exchange for a hefty upcharge. And the CBD this drink does have could’ve been damaged by heat, or even converted to CBN, if the compound was added to a too-hot beverage. 

Finally, the CBD might not be well mixed into your coffee. You could get an oily first sip…or accidentally leave CBD in the bottom of an empty cup. This problem is pretty tough to address given the fact that CBD is usually fat-soluble.

A CBD + Coffee Solution

Thankfully there’s a better route to take. You can make CBD-infused coffee yourself! 

It’ll be cheaper, more convenient, and most importantly, better than anything you could get from a store. Make the elixir the right way, and you’ll be able to avoid every downside we listed earlier. How? Let’s take a look. 

Step one: Select a high-strength, full spectrum CBD oil or tincture. Preferably a liposomal one — we’ll get to why that’s important later. 

Step two: Brew your coffee. Using your favorite method, of course! Then let it cool off a little bit. If you have a thermometer, you might wait until the coffee drops below about 150 degrees Fahrenheit before proceeding. Don’t worry about it being cold; research shows that 140℉ is just about optimal anyways.

Step three: Once your coffee has cooled down, you can accurately add some CBD oil. Measure out either your daily dose or 10 milligrams, whichever is less. Add this slowly while making sure the dropper doesn’t touch the liquid. You may want to do this in a larger intermediate container or even a shaker bottle. Once again, use a high-strength oil for this if you can. The less total volume you add to the drink, the better. 

Step four: Mix. If you’ve opted to use a liposomal CBD oil (our cinnamon version works perfectly here), you don’t have to put too much energy into this step. That’s because the smaller liposomal molecules in this type of CBD product are water-soluble — so they’ll dissolve right into an equally water-soluble beverage like coffee!  

Step five: Throw in some extras. If you’re into bulletproof-style coffee, add butter, MCT oil or ghee. The additional fat content tastes great, plus it may boost CBD absorption slightly. You can also add in spices like cinnamon or nutmeg. Not only will they complement the right CBD oil; they’ll also add some plant synergy of their own! 

CBD + Caffeine = Controlled Energy

At this point, all that’s left is to sit back and enjoy your custom-made beverage. In addition to the normal energizing effects of, well, normal coffee, you might also notice some less expected benefits. That’s because CBD and caffeine don’t just counteract or balance each other out — they actually complement each other, making it possible for you to get the best of both worlds. You can be on the lookout for:

Fewer jitters. A jittery feeling is one of the worst side effects of coffee consumption…but with CBD, you may be able to avoid it entirely. CBD calms down systems that oversee muscular control (like Adenosine A2A) by gently guiding the central nervous system. That means fewer jitters, more relaxed muscle tone, and no heart palpitations!

Less anxiety. It’s already known that CBD reduces anxiety. Conversely, even coffee companies themselves are admitting that caffeine is a drug capable of making anxiety and stress significantly worse. Since this happens via activation of the same stress hormones that CBD so powerfully reduces, it may be that taking CBD with caffeine is the most holistic choice. 

A reduced energy crash…or even a nonexistent one. Since CBD helps regulate fatty-acid liberation (aka fat burning) and keeps things to a slow burn, it may greatly reduce the chance of you experiencing a caffeine crash. 

Better sleep. If you have the dubious habit of drinking coffee late into the day, don’t worry. CBD may allow your body and its sleep cycles to stay photo-entrained, or in sync with the sun. Of course, we don’t advocate for this level of coffee-drinking, but it’s nice to know that CBD could still help.

Better sports performance. You probably already know that caffeine is great for many different types of athletes. And if you’ve been reading our blog, then you know that the same can be said of CBD. Take the two together as a pre-workout, and good things happen. 

Both substances boost CNS activation and fat burning, meaning your energy levels will stay high throughout even the most difficult workouts. Plus CBD functions as an adaptogen, so don’t be surprised if you find yourself recovering faster in anticipation of your next workout session!

While more research is needed when it comes to CBD and coffee, the concepts behind using them together are as solid as it gets. Anecdotal evidence is very promising, too, at least when the combo is served correctly — preferably in a DIY-style setting. 

Research Around Full Spectrum Hemp Oil

As the world continues to be more accepting of cannabis, there has been a considerable growth of interest in CBD and the physical & mental benefits it can provide. Over the last few years in an attempt to build credibility, CBD has been isolated into its purest form to gauge the benefits on a sole basis. But people have realized returning hemp to its natural state can maximize its benefits.

In recent years, full spectrum hemp oil has emerged as a way to combine CBD with the rest of the hemp plant to massively boost effects and amplify dosage. Like any person interested in natural health, scientific evidence supporting claims can help you feel more confident in giving it a shot.

We wanted to recap the most prolific studies done, and give some suggestions if you’re going to take it yourself. CBD products can vary in effectiveness based on the person, goals, and amount taken, so the best judge is your own experience.

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As the world continues to be more accepting of cannabis, there has been a considerable growth of interest in CBD and the physical & mental benefits it can provide. Over the last few years in an attempt to build credibility, CBD has been isolated into its purest form to gauge the benefits on a sole basis. But people have realized returning hemp to its natural state can maximize its benefits.

In recent years, full spectrum hemp oil has emerged as a way to combine CBD with the rest of the hemp plant to massively boost effects and amplify dosage. Like any person interested in natural health, scientific evidence supporting claims can help you feel more confident in giving it a shot.

We wanted to recap the most prolific studies done, and give some suggestions if you’re going to take it yourself. CBD products can vary in effectiveness based on the person, goals, and amount taken, so the best judge is your own experience.

What is Full Spectrum Hemp Oil?

First, we should quickly outline what full spectrum hemp oil is. As opposed to an isolate, it contains all the cannabinoids found within the hemp plant, in addition to vitamins, minerals, flavonoids, terpenes, fatty acids, and more.  These compounds work together in your body Provide anti-inflammationstress reductionaided sleep, assistance with anxiety and depression, and much more.

The first research paper we want to focus on is a 2015 staple piece regarding the superior effects of having the entire plant as opposed to a CBD isolate. The colleagues at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem looked over studies done in the last 15 years regarding the anti-inflammation effects of isolated CBD. among all of them a consistent factor was found when the amount of CBD exceeded a certain dosage size; the results began to slow down and eventually disappear entirely creating a bell curve.

Because of this, its medical usage became very difficult to gauge. You needed to fit your dosage within a specific window, and if you over or under did it, you could potentially waste your money and time and have no beneficial effects. Looking for a better solution they began combining CBD with a variety of minor cannabinoids, and other vitamins found within the hemp plant. The goal of this was to eliminate the bell-shaped curve that CBD produced, in hopes of finding a way to create a measurable and effective dosage.

The results proved decisive as their new Full Spectrum solution provided real pain relief with a much smaller dosage amount compared to isolated CBD. Also, the effects did not disappear after a certain amount of dosage was reached, instead it plateaued which suggests that the maximum beneficial potential was reached. Finding this is fantastic news, as dosage could now be measured and appropriately administered.

It seems funny is that the most logical and practical solution with the simplest. Instead of isolating certain compounds of the hemp plant, use the entire thing! But sometimes, the most straightforward answers can only be reached once you’ve exhausted every option. Also, scientific research is fundamental to make sure we are dosing correctly and providing optimal solutions to patients with a variety of illnesses. It’s incredible how powerful and effective natural medicine can be!

The Entourage Effect

This concept of synergizing hemp compounds to maximize effects is referred to as the Entourage effect. The Entourage effect means that the cannabinoids, vitamins, minerals, and other compounds help bring the best out in each other making the plant greater than the sum of its parts. The best example of this is how trace amounts of THC in full spectrum hemp combined with the CBD to produce entirely different positive medical effects on the body. CBD has been researched to show that it helps Mitigate the effects of THC by blocking cannabinoid receptors, which can reduce anxiety and paranoia the THC causes typically.

One of the most common benefits of CBD cited as its assistance with pain relief. Many people mention its properties as the natural painkiller, even going so far as to switch to it thoroughly compared to over-the-counter drugs. People with chronic pain may be prescribed marijuana, but do not like the effects large amounts of THC can have on your body. Taking full spectrum hemp oil or a CBD isolate can help you achieve freedom from pain, but still, have it be a natural solution.

Mentally, CBD dosage can reduce anxiety for things such as public speaking, completing stripped stressful tasks. Many people have come to rely on CBD to help with social anxiety, or even with things such as going to parties, introducing yourself to new people, or speaking in front of a class. Building on its anxiety-reducing effects, it can also help with sleep and insomnia, using it as a sleep aid is much better than traditional over the counter methods and will make you much less dependent on it in a toxic way.

Other benefits include anti-cancer properties, protection from neurodegenerative diseasesmultiple sclerosis symptoms, and even potentially reducing seizures or helping people deal with epilepsy. You can read more about the effects CBD has had on people in our testimonial section, as the results tend to vary from person to person, as well as their dosage and for how long they’ve taken it.

What you need to know before you order

No matter the reason, ensure you’re ordering your products from someone you can trust. With the industry snowballing, many people are looking to cash in on a growing space. Usually, this is by repackaging other people’s products and selling low-quality CBD for absurd prices. Always look into the background on the computer ordering from, ask questions via email and ensure they can provide you with the necessary documents, or expertise to help you improve your health.

When taking full spectrum hemp oil, we strongly suggest using the up-titration method. Just start with a small dosage and track the effects as you work your way up on a week-by-week basis. Once you’ve reached a dosage amount that produces the desired results, you can maintain that. This works much better than taking a massive dosage at once, and never knowing explicitly how many drops it took to reach that point.

If you are transitioning from CBD to full spectrum hemp oil, we strongly suggest starting small as well because the effects are hugely amplified, and we do not want you wasting any money, time, or product. Best of luck on your journey!