Although CBD oil is becoming a popular dietary supplement in the United States, many people don’t realize there are actually different variations of it. Collectively, any oil derived from a hemp plant is known as CBD oil, hemp oil or CBD hemp oil. CBD stands for cannabidiol, the active ingredient in hemp plants that contributes to the plant’s health benefits. Cannabidiol is a type of cannabinoid, which interacts with the human body through the endocannabinoid system to regulate other systems within the body and maintain homeostasis.
Cannabinoids are separated into a few major categories, including:
- Endocannabinoids, which are produced inside the human body.
- Synthetic cannabinoids, which are produce artificially.
- Phytocannabinoids, which are produced in plants like cannabis.
So, CBD is not just a type of cannabinoid, it is more specifically a type of phytocannabinoid. Another known phytocannabinoid is THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol. Both CBD and THC interact with the endocannabinoid system, but THC reacts more strongly with the cannabinoid receptors in the brain, producing its well-known psychoactive effect.
What makes phytocannabinoids so beneficial?
There is a wide range of compounds that are classified phytocannabinoids and similar benefits to the human body have been found in all the ones that have been researched. Most users report an overall enhancement in their physical and mental well-being.
Phytocannabinoids promote overall well-being through their interaction with the endocannabinoid system. They bind with cannabinoid receptors (CB receptors), which cause a stimulation that essentially gets different organs and other physiological systems, like the immune system and nervous system, to run smoother and more effectively. For example, when CB receptors stimulate the nervous system, symptoms of anxiety can be reduced because the production of cortisol is reduced. Similarly, CB receptors can reduce inflammation and stress through interactions with the immune and neurological systems.
Because phytocannabinoids are natural, using CBD oil made from phytocannabinoids means ingesting an organic substance over other synthetic CBD oils. While the side effects of synthetic oils are just as minimal, many users feel more comfortable taking a natural variation over something produced in a lab. This is why Dr. John's only uses organically grown, full spectrum hemp oil to deliver concentrations of CBD to our customers.