The Basics of CBD:

Understanding Cannabidiol (CBD) and Its Benefits

In recent years, CBD (cannabidiol) has gained significant attention for its supportive and gentle benefits and properties. Our team at Kauai Hemp Company is here to help shed some light on all things CBD. We will delve into the fundamentals of CBD, including what it is, how it works, and the differences between various CBD products.

What is CBD?

CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a naturally occurring compound found in the cannabis plant. It is one of over 100 cannabinoids identified in cannabis. Unlike THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), another well-known cannabinoid, CBD is not psychoactive, meaning it doesn’t cause the “high” typically associated with marijuana use.

What is a Cannabinoid?

Cannabinoids are chemical compounds found in cannabis plants. They interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is crucial in regulating various physiological and cognitive processes. CBD and THC are the most studied cannabinoids, each producing different effects due to their interactions with the ECS.

What’s the Difference Between
Hemp and Marijuana?

CBD can be administered internally (through ingestion) or externally (applied on the skin) depending on the CBD product you’ve purchased. Understanding these methods can help you choose the most suitable option for your needs.

What are the Benefits of CBD?

CBD is purported to offer a range of potential benefits. When ingested these benefits include

  • Having a calmative effect that will support your mood and ease stress throughout your day*
  • -May help to maintain healthy sleep cycles*
  • -Can help you cope with travel fatigue*
  • -Helps maintain a healthy immune system*
  • -Can help reduce irritability, bloating, and cramping associated with premenstrual syndrome (PMS)*
  • -Help you manage everyday stress so you can maintain a healthy emotional balance*
  • -Eases muscles after strenuous exercise*
  • -Helps you work relaxed when you’re under occasional stress

Potential benefits of CBD when applied topically:

  • -Relieves dry skin
  • -Prevents damage caused by dryness
  • -Improves elasticity/resiliency
  • -Creates a barrier between your skin and the elements
  • -Keeps skin moisturized and healthy

However, more research is needed to understand the extent of CBD’s potential benefits fully.

When is the Best Time to Take CBD?

The optimal time to take CBD can vary based on individual preferences and desired effects. Many people take CBD in the morning to promote relaxation when dealing with restlessness or nervous irritability throughout the day*. Others prefer taking it in the evening to help with occasional sleeplessness or additional support in keeping healthy sleep cycles while traveling*. Experimentation with timing and dosage is recommended to determine what works best for you. How to Take CBD

Should I Go THC-Free?

Whether to choose THC-free CBD products depends on personal preferences and considerations. THC-free products, such as our Broad Spectrum CBD, are ideal for individuals who want to avoid THC entirely due to drug testing requirements or concerns about ingesting THC. Full-spectrum CBD contains trace amounts of THC (within legal limits) along with other cannabinoids and terpenes, which some believe enhances the overall therapeutic benefits through the “entourage effect.”

What is the Difference Between Full Spectrum and Broad Spectrum?

Full Spectrum CBD

Contains all naturally occurring cannabinoids, including THC (within legal limits), along with terpenes and other beneficial compounds. The synergistic interaction of these components is believed to enhance the therapeutic effects of CBD.

Broad Spectrum CBD

Similar to the full spectrum but undergoes additional processing to remove THC, while retaining other cannabinoids and terpenes. Broad-spectrum CBD offers the benefits of multiple cannabinoids without THC.

CBD Isolate

A pure, crystalline form of cannabidiol (CBD) that has been isolated from all other compounds found in the cannabis plant. During extraction and purification processes, all other cannabinoids, terpenes, plant materials, and other compounds are removed, leaving behind a product that is at least 99% pure CBD.

So what have we learned? CBD is a versatile compound with many potential benefits that can be used to enhance and support your wellness routines. CBD is sourced from hemp and available in both ingestible and topical forms. Check out Kauai Hemp Company’s full product offering underneath our “All Products” section or if you’re looking for a specific benefit try our “Shop By Benefit” function. Not sure where to start? No problem, use our easy and quick “Product Finder Quiz” to find the right match for you. Answers to other common questions about CBD can be found in our FAQ.

As with any supplement, it’s advisable to consult with a healthcare professional before incorporating CBD into your wellness routine, especially if you have underlying health conditions or are taking other medications.