What Exactly is CBD?
CBD, short for ‘cannabidiol’, is the most abundant cannabinoid found in ‘industrial’ hemp strains of the Cannabis sativa plant.
CBD has a wealth of scientific research supporting its positive effects for a huge number of health conditions, and its use as a natural remedy is truly booming.*
Learn more about CBD, how it works with the body, and its many potential health benefits, in these posts on the Ananda Apothecary Blog:
- CBD and the Endo-Cannabinoid System
- CBD, Cancer, Inflammation & Addiction Support
- CBD and How You Use It: Your Top Questions Answered
- 350+ Peer Reviewed Research Articles on CBD and a Variety of Health Conditions
If you have not used CBD before, CBD ‘Plus’ is an excellent choice. This ingestible formula, in addition to CO2-extracted CBD, contains hemp essential oil. The terpenes Myrcene and β-Caryophyllene synergize profoundly with CBD, which is itself a non-psychoactive cannabinoid abundant in the hemp plant.
This research review discusses the many benefits of combining the terpenes of Hemp’s essential oil along with its cannabinoids. The abundance of health supportive actions when the two are combined is termed “the entourage effect”! Many of Ananda’s employees use this formula daily to support health issues such as pain, anxiety, and inflammatory conditions (to name a few).*
This formula normally retails for $16.17. To receive your free bottle with your order over $99, please note “CBD PLUS” in the comments section of the checkout page, and use the coupon code “free-ship”.
In addition, all our floral oils and absolutes are on sale now! All Lavenders, Roses, Jasmines and more…see our Sales and Specials page for the details!
And now back to our regularly scheduled programming ;)
So what exactly are Terpenes?
Terpenes are aromatic molecules produced by virtually every member of the plant kingdom, and are found in most essential oils. The terpene ‘Linalool’, for example, is the primary constituent of Lavender essential oil, imparting much of its scent and therapeutic properties.
Hemp essential oil is rich in both Myrcene and ß-caryophyllene (along with other terpenes) which, like CBD itself, have wealth of scientific research supporting their potential health benefits.*
The Cannabinoid + Terpene Connection
Interestingly, both terpenes and phyto-cannabinoids (cannabinoids made by plants, as opposed to those made within our own bodies) share a molecular precursor. They are biochemically produced from the same molecule (geranyl pyrophosphate) by the hemp plant…and research is showing terpenes and cannabinoids may have synergistic health benefits when used together.*
Both Myrcene and CBD have been shown in research to be:
- Analgesic (pain relieving)
- Anti-spasmodic (relieves muscle spasms)
- Anti-psychotic (alleviating symptoms of mental disorders)
- Anti-prolific / Anti-mutagenic (inhibits cell mutation, potential cancer treatment)
Myrcene PROFOUNDLY synergizes with CBD in that it actually lowers resistance to CBD at the blood brain barrier (allowing more CBD to enter the central nervous system) and, at the same time increases the saturation level of the brain and CNS’s “CB1″ receptors. This means the brain can uptake and use more CBD with the addition of myrcene-containing essential oil in a formula.
ß-caryophyllene and CBD have both been shown to be anxiolytic (anxiety-relieving) in research as well. Curiously, CBD is known to interact with the CB1 receptor, and caryophyllene with the CB2 receptor – these are the two receptors found in our own endogenous cannabinoid system.
Ananda’s CBD Formulas
Our blends are carefully formulated to deliver 1mg CBD in every 2 drops ~ and our ‘Plus’ and ‘x3′ recipes include significant amounts of Myrcene, ß-caryophyllene, and other terpenes considered to have potential therapeutic health benefits as well.*
1. Taming THC: potential cannabis synergy and phytocannabinoid-terpenoid entourage effects, Ethan B Russo, from British Journal of Pharmacol. 2011 Aug; 163(7): 1344–1364.
2. Cannabis and cannabis extracts: greater than the sum of their parts?, McPartland JM, Russo EB. from J Cannabis Therap. 2001b;1:103–132.
3. Myrcene mimics the peripheral analgesic activity of lemongrass tea. Lorenzetti BB, Souza GE, Sarti SJ, Santos Filho D, Ferreira SH. from J Ethnopharmacol. 1991;34:43–48.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.