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What is CBD?

Updated: Nov 14, 2022

Cannabidiol is the reason why most people look to cannabis for wellness. It’s found in ample supply across most strains of cannabis and hemp, just like tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), but its consumption doesn’t lead to intoxication.

CBD was first discovered in 1940, and its chemical structure was first described in 1963. In the two decades between, researchers tested the effects on primates before conducting clinical studies in people.

Cannabis is one of the first plants to have been used as a medicine, for religious ceremonies and recreationally, the first accounts of its use for these purposes stretching back 5000 years...

In the 1970s, CBD began to gain interest for its anti-seizure properties. Its success in clinical trials led to the formulation of some of the first synthetic cannabinoid drugs. Its effectiveness as epilepsy medicine has boosted CBD’s credibility in promoting health.

In recent years, CBD has grown in popularity and can be seen widely used in self care and holistic wellness.

How CBD works

THC and CBD act on the same endocannabinoid receptors in the body, but CBD does so indirectly. With this remote effect, CBD is thought to inhibit THC binding at these receptors. This is also thought to be why CBD does not have psychoactive side effects.

While THC is responsible for much of the psychoactive effects of cannabis, research suggests that it works together with CBD like yin and yang to balance the experience. CBD has antipsychotic properties, and inhibits stress response throughout the body to counteract intoxication from THC. These benefits are retained even when CBD is extracted, purified and consumed independently.

CBD is unique in its ability to interact with the opioid, dopamine and serotonin receptors throughout the body as well, suggesting many paths for future clinical research and therapeutic approaches in psychopharmacology.

What are the benefits of CBD?

Compared to other cannabinoids and phytochemicals, CBD is the most studied for its clinical potential — which is promising.

Animal models and anecdotal evidence from medical cannabis patients reveal the following clues about CBD's potential benefits:

  • Topical application of CBD has been shown to help lower pain and inflammation associated with arthritis

  • In cases of addiction, CBD may help curb cravings for harmful drugs including tobacco, opiates, stimulants and heroine, with potential for use in counteracting other substances as well — even THC

  • Clinical trials are currently exploring reports that CBD may help relax those with anxiety

  • Many studies have observed that CBD may help users regulate their sleep

How we use CBD

CBD is the backbone of the Kinloch Wellness product line.

As the main cannabinoid in our gummies, pre-rolls, tinctures and capsules, it delivers a potent entourage effect when paired with minor cannabinoids and complex terpene profiles.

Our CBD is sourced from hemp, which is bred to contain less than 0.3% THC. Each Kinloch formula is infused with purified extracts to ensure high contents of rare cannabinoids, and minimal to no THC. The benefit is that our products deliver no psychoactive side effects, so you can rely on a clear-minded CBD experience every time.

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