What is CBD or Cannabidiol? It is one of at least 113 active cannabinoids identified in the hemp plant. It is a naturally occurring botanical compound found in hemp plants. Two of the most common cannabinoids found within the plant are THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD.

The euphoria commonly associated with cannabis family is caused by the THC compound, which is psychoactive and creates a “high” effect. THC cannabinoids produce the effects associated with cannabis by binding to the Endocannabinoid System CB1 cannabinoid receptors in the brain. Recent evidence shows that the CBD compound counteracts cognitive impairment associated with the use of cannabis. But what is CBD and how does it work? Cannabidiol has little affinity for CB1 and CB2 receptors of the body’s Endocannabinoid System but acts as an indirect antagonist of cannabinoid agonists. There is no way to become intoxicated from its use.

The percentage of both CBD and THC varies depending on the strain or variety of the hemp plant. Specially-bred industrial hemp contains the highest amount of CBD and virtually no THC.

CBD has been consistently overshadowed by psychoactive cannabinoids (THC), but recently has become a popular dietary supplement. In recent times the US government has sponsored scientific and clinical research which underscores CBD’s potential as a treatment for a wide range of conditions.

Namaste products only use CBD manufactured from industrial hemp plants and sourced from within EU where organic hemp cultivation is permitted.

The Endocannabinoid System

The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) is a group of endogenous cannabinoid receptors located in the brain and throughout the central and peripheral nervous systems, consisting of neuromodulatory lipids and their receptors. Known as “the body’s own cannabinoid system”.

Endocannabinoid Receptors are involved in controlling a wide range of functions, including appetite, pain- sensation, mood, inflammation, memory, etc.

The Endocannabinoid System includes two primary types of receptors that bind to cannabinoids: CB1 and CB2. Unlike THC, which fits directly into the CB1 receptor, cannabidiol does not fit into either type of receptor perfectly.

Instead, it stimulates activity in both receptors without binding to them. This results in changes within any cells that contain either receptor. Because CB1 and CB2 receptors are present throughout the body, the effects of CBD are systemic.

CB1 Receptors are primarily found in the brain and central nervous system, and to a lesser extent in other tissue.
CB2 Receptors are mostly in the peripheral organs especially cells associated with the immune system.

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CBD Facts.

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Key Ingredient

Cannabis contains more than 100 unique compounds called “cannabinoids.” Two of the most common found within the plant are THC and CBD (otherwise known as Cannabidiol). Of all the compounds, these two have received the most extensive scientific study.
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Won't Get You High

The euphoria commonly associated with cannabis is caused by the THC compound binding to CB1 nerve receptors in the brain. CBD is non-psychoactive and will not give you the “high” or intoxicated from its use.
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Cannabinoid Levels Vary

The percentage of both CBD and THC varies depending on the type of plant. Industrial hemp has no virtually no THC, while marijuana grown for recreational use tends to have much higher levels of THC and lower degrees of CBD. Specially-bred industrial hemp contains the highest amount of CBD.
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IS CBD Legal

CBD Oil/Hemp Oil and other hemp products are considered to be food-based by the US FDA. As such, there are no restrictions on the production, sale and consumption of hemp oil in the United States. CBD Oil/Hemp Oil is legal in most countries in the world as long as it contains low or in some countries untraceable concentrations of the molecule THC. Many EU countries allow CBD if it contains less than 0.2% (or 0.3%) THC then it’s considered non-Psychoactive and isn’t designated as a controlled substance. The best advice is that you should undertake your own research in the country where you reside.
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Has Medical Value

Namaste and other CBD companies are not at liberty to make medical claims on the potential health benefits of CBD. We encourage you to do your own research. A 2013 review published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, as well as a 2003 U.S. Government Patent, found that CBD acts as an antioxidant, reducing free radicals that can cause neurodegenerative disorders. The 2013 study, along with the clinical trials performed in the 2003 patent claims to list many potential health benefits. These and other credible sources can be found with your own due diligence.