CBD is derived from Hemp, which is a crop that has been with us since the founding of this country; in fact, the Declaration of Independence was written on Hemp paper! Only for the last 80 years or so has Hemp been illegal and before that, it was used for everything from paper to clothing to rope to uses as a source of protein.
New England regulated and grown CBD comes from trusted sources of reliable, all-natural, high-quality hemp derived CBD. The products we feature are carefully made in small batches with all-natural ingredients including potent hemp extract oil that contains a broad spectrum of non-psychoactive cannabinoids. Much of the CBD used in products we feature comes from partnerships with local family farms in New England that grow premium hemp. These farms are provided with proprietary hemp seeds which are certified by each respective states Department of Agriculture.
The hemp grown by our farming partners is then refined and extracted in a state-of-the art labs. This hemp extract is used to create all CBD products and is guaranteed to contain less than the 0.3% THC regulatory limit as per Federal and State laws.
Hemp became fully legal Nationwide in 2018, and slowly the States are all coming out with their local policies regarding Hemp and CBD. Hemp is relatively easy to grow outdoors and offers Farmers the prospect of a new, sustainable, high value cash crop. Hemp is a crop that greatly benefits farmers, and the CBD oil that is extracted from Hemp has a list of extraordinary potential benefits for its users. For many users, CBD may provide a safe, legal, non-addictive, non-psychoactive alternative to many over-prescribed drugs. CBD is a natural eco-friendly product that provides relief from many ailments for millions of people, and it’s produced from a crop that directly benefits beleaguered Farmers right here in New England – what a great combination!
CBD is one of over 100 chemical compounds known as cannabinoids found in the cannabis sativa, which includes hemp and marijuana plants within its category. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the main psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis and causes the sensation of getting “high” that’s often associated with marijuana. However, unlike THC, CBD is not psychoactive. This quality makes CBD an appealing option for those who are looking for relief from pain and other symptoms without the mind-altering effects of marijuana or certain pharmaceutical drugs. CBD oil is made by extracting CBD from the cannabis plant, then diluting it with a carrier oil like coconut or hemp seed oil.
Here are a few benefits of ingesting or topically using CBD products.
Can Relieve Pain
More recently, scientists have discovered that certain components of marijuana, including CBD, are responsible for its pain-relieving effects. The human body contains a specialized system called the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is involved in regulating a variety of functions including sleep, appetite, pain and immune system response. The body produces endocannabinoids, which are neurotransmitters that bind to cannabinoid receptors in your nervous system. Studies have shown that CBD may help reduce chronic pain by impacting endocannabinoid receptor activity, reducing inflammation and interacting with neurotransmitters.
Could Reduce Anxiety and Depression
Anxiety and depression are common mental health disorders that can have devastating impacts on health and well-being. According to the World Health Organization, depression is the single largest contributor to disability worldwide, while anxiety disorders are ranked sixth. Anxiety and depression are usually treated with pharmaceutical drugs, but CBD oil has shown promise as a treatment for both depression and anxiety, leading many who live with these disorders to become interested in this natural approach.
May Reduce Acne
Acne is a common skin condition that affects more than 9% of the population. It is thought to be caused by a number of factors, including genetics, bacteria, underlying inflammation and the overproduction of sebum, an oily secretion made by sebaceous glands in the skin. Based on recent scientific studies, CBD oil may help treat acne due to its anti-inflammatory properties and ability to reduce sebum production. One test-tube study found that CBD oil prevented sebaceous gland cells from secreting excessive sebum, exerted anti-inflammatory actions and prevented the activation of “pro-acne” agents like inflammatory cytokines. Another study had similar findings, concluding that CBD may be an efficient and safe way to treat acne, thanks in part to its remarkable anti-inflammatory qualities.
Could Benefit Heart Health
Recent research has linked CBD with several benefits for the heart and circulatory system, including the ability to lower high blood pressure. High blood pressure is linked to higher risks of a number of health conditions, including stroke, heart attack and metabolic syndrome. Studies indicate that CBD may be able to help with high blood pressure. One recent study treated nine healthy men with one dose of 600 mg of CBD oil and found it reduced resting blood pressure, compared to a placebo. The same study also gave the men stress tests that normally increase blood pressure. Interestingly, the single dose of CBD led the men to experience a smaller blood pressure increase than normal in response to these tests. Researchers have suggested that the stress- and anxiety-reducing properties of CBD are responsible for its ability to help lower blood pressure. For example, one study found that treatment with CBD reduced oxidative stress and prevented heart damage in diabetic mice with heart disease.
CBD oil has been studied for its potential role in easing symptoms of many common health issues, including anxiety, depression, acne and heart disease. For those with cancer, it may even provide a natural alternative for pain and symptom relief. Research on the potential health benefits of CBD oil is ongoing, so new therapeutic uses for this natural remedy are sure to be discovered.
Though there is much to be learned about the efficacy and safety of CBD, results from recent studies suggest that CBD may provide a safe, powerful natural treatment for many health issues. CBD should not be given to children unless through prescription by a doctor’s orders. If you’re interested in trying CBD, we have a few curated boxes that feature high quality New England grown CBD including a bath bomb from Boston Hempire and CBD goat's milk caramels from Big Picture Farms in VT.