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In the Know: What is CBD and why are people using it?

November 3, 2020 - Science - Written by: Dr. Jonny Lisano, Ph.D.

Disclaimer: Part of our mission is to always present the latest cannabinoid research; however, none of this is intended to represent the safety or efficacy of our products. These statements and our products have not been evaluated by the FDA, and our products are not intended to diagnose, prevent, treat or cure any disease. You should consult your physician or other health care professional before taking CBD to determine if it is right for your needs.

Written by: Dr. Jonny Lisano, Ph.D.

It seems like the latest buzz word to permeate the health and wellness industry is CBD, short for Cannabidiol. But what is CBD exactly, and why are so many people not only talking about it but adding it to their wellness routine? Should you consider doing the same? Let’s talk about it. 

What is Cannabidiol (CBD)?

Cannabidiol is one of more than 110+ different chemical compounds known as cannabinoids that are produced within the hemp plant. However, unlike another popular cousin THC, CBD has not been observed to produce intoxicating effects. In fact, as mandated by the 2018 Farm Bill, within hemp products, THC is not legally allowed to be present in concentrations of more than 0.3% by weight. Making CBD the dominant cannabinoid within these aptly named “CBD products” derived from hemp.

You might ask, “If people aren’t taking CBD products for the intoxicating effects, then why are they using them?” Well, CBD interacts with various receptors throughout the body that are heavily expressed in your peripheral tissues (Basically every tissue except for your brain and spinal cord). It’s CBD’s interactions with these cannabinoid receptors that can alter our physiology to produce effects on:

Anxiety

Research suggests that CBD may mitigate feelings of anxiety at doses as low as 6-12 mg. It is believed that these observed effects are primarily due to CBD’s ability to naturally quite neural synapses and it’s actions on the serotonin receptor. Curious to read more about the science? Read our full blog on CBD and anxiety here.

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Sleep

As we get older, it seems like quality sleep becomes harder and harder to get. Clinical research has observed improvements in natural sleep cycle rhythm in individuals using as little as 25 mg of CBD ingested approximately an hour before bedtime. Get the full take on CBD and clinical sleep research here.

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Inflammation

There are many receptors within the body with which CBD can interact. In fact, immune cells abundantly express many of these receptors. Numerous pre-clinical studies have observed cannabinoids, including CBD, to support a natural inflammatory process and suppress the excessive release of chemicals known as cytokines and chemokines from immune cells. Learn more about research on CBD and inflammation in our dedicated blog.

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Conclusions

So, does it sound like you could potentially benefit from adding CBD to your wellness routine? Here at 6 Degrees Wellness, we are confident in the quality of our products. Every batch of our products is third-party verified and we provide all of our certificates of analysis on our website. We even offer a 30-day money-back guarantee if you don’t like our products. So what have you got to lose?!

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JONNY LISANO, Ph.D.

Jonny received his Ph.D. from the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) in Exercise Physiology. During his time at (UNC) he and his advisor established the first cannabis and exercise performance laboratory in the nation. Jonny’s early research pertaining to cannabis focused on the assessment of how the long-term use of cannabis products in physically active individuals affected parameters of overall health and exercise performance. As he progressed into the field of cannabis research his focused shifted from exercise performance to that of how CBD affects immune function in physically active individuals who are using cannabis products.

Jonny has always been an advocate for living a healthy lifestyle and believes CBD can be an integral part of that. His focus at 6° Wellness is to provide and explain the most current scientific knowledge pertaining to cannabis in a way everyone can understand, and providing recommendations on how the products we offer can fit into your lifestyle.

In his free time Jonny enjoys training for competitive obstacle course races, hiking the beautiful Colorado backcountry, and partaking in the occasional beer from the local craft beer scene.

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