If you keep up with current events or the latest lifestyle trends, you might have heard the news: CBD, or cannabidiol, is a game-changer when it comes to treating issues like chronic pain, stress, and anxiety. While the medicinal properties of this cannabis extract are no secret, there are a few facts about CBD that might surprise you.
We rounded a few things you didn’t know about CBD — and maybe a few that you did. Read on to learn why we believe in the power of this all-natural substance, and how it can help you focus your mind on what’s good, what’s real, and what’s next.
12 Surprising Facts About CBD
1) No, CBD won’t get you high.
Hemp-based CBD products, like Reverie, are 100% THC free, meaning there are no psychoactive agents to negatively affect your body or mental wellbeing. That’s the best part of our broad spectrum CBD oil — there’s no mental haziness, fog, or setbacks caused by our organic products.
2) CBD is legal.
Hemp-derived CBD is legal and can be shipped to and consumed in all 50 states.
3) CBD was removed from banned substance list by the World Anti-Doping Agency.
In October 2017, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) announced the removal of CBD oil from its list of banned substances, opening the door for athletes to reap the pain-relieving benefits of cannabidiol. WADA’s statement read: “Cannabidiol is no longer prohibited. Synthetic cannabidiol is not a cannabimimetic; however, cannabidiol extracted from cannabis plants may also contain varying concentrations of THC, which remains a prohibited substance.”
4) CBD is highly unlikely to show up on a drug test.
It’s very unlikely that CBD will show up on a drug test, and here’s why: Drug tests are looking for traces of THC or THC metabolites. Because Reverie is 100% THC-free, the average drug test will not detect any CBD intake. However, we can’t guarantee that you’ll pass every drug test, so when in doubt, be cautious.
5) We have an endocannabinoid system in our bodies that responds to CBD.
CBD works by stimulating specific receptors in the brain and the body, in particular, the endocannabinoid system. This biochemical communication system plays a crucial role in regulating our physiology, mood, and everyday experience, by way of receptors in the brain that respond to cannabis and also how cannabinoid compounds in the body bind to these receptors.
6) Our bodies actually produce their own cannabinoids.
What is CBD like? Turns out, you’ve been experiencing your body’s own form of it this whole time! Endogenous cannabinoids, such as anandamide and 2AG, occur naturally in the human brain and body and work to modulate our many physiological systems.
7) CBD activates the CB1 receptor in our brains, which produces a whole bunch of benefits.
When you take CBD, it sends a signal of sorts to the receptors in your brain. There are many benefits that occur when the CB1 receptors are activated in this way. They include:
- Relieving depression
- Increasing myelin formation
- Lowering intestinal inflammation
- Lowering blood pressure
- Lowering anxiety
- Reducing fear and paranoia
8) CBD oil can help decrease seizures in children and adults with epilepsy.
One of the most exciting and thoroughly researched applications of CBD is its use as an epilepsy treatment. Since 1881, it has been documented for its anti-epileptic effects. Clinical studies involved CBD date back to 1978, with a study published in 1980 that resulted in four out of eight subjects remaining “almost free of convulsive crises throughout the experiment” with three other patients demonstrating “partial improvement in their clinical condition.” Today, CBD is becoming increasingly more popular to treat epilepsy, along with other medical conditions.
9) CBD potentially has more benefits than we originally thought.
Generally speaking, we know that CBD can help with issues like chronic pain and anxiety. But did you know that cannabidiol is a promising potential therapy for many specific illnesses? These include:
- Neuropathic and chronic pain
- Multiple sclerosis (MS)
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Heart Disease
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
10) There’s a major difference between isolate CBD and broad spectrum CBD.
When it comes to the difference between broad spectrum CBD oil and CBD isolate oils, we’ve got an analogy that sums it all up nicely: It’s like night and day (seriously). Whereas it was previously believed that CBD isolate was the purer, more potent form of CBD, a study by the Lautenberg Center for General Tumor Immunology in 2015 debunked this myth by testing both broad spectrum and CBD isolate. As it turns out, broad spectrum provided higher levels of relief across the board.
11) CBD was granted Generally Considered As Safe (GRAS) status by the FDA.
This designation means that a chemical or substance (in this case, CBD) added to food or food products is considered safe by experts. It is therefore exempt from the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) food additive tolerance requirements. In other words, go ahead and enjoy it!
12) The market is unregulated, so standards can vary among CBD products.
Unfortunately, not all CBD oil is created equal. We decided to conduct a study to find out just how much CBD the top brands actually contained, and what we found out was shocking: Many of the formulas contained less than .03 percent CBD — far below the amounts they claimed on the labels.
That’s why we created Reverie with 100% pure broad spectrum CBD. Whereas other popular CBD products contain blends and additives in their CBD oils, we are committed to always providing a pure, natural experience with each one of our products.
Ready to try CBD oil like you’ve never seen it before? Shop our Reverie Broad Spectrum CBD Oil, or visit our comprehensive guide to learn even more about the benefits of CBD.