Flowers of Cannabis (CBD)Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally occurring compound found in the resin produced by flowers of cannabis, a plant with a rich history as a medicine going back thousands of years. Today the therapeutic properties of CBD are being tested and confirmed by scientists and doctors around the world. A safe, non-addictive substance, CBD is one of more than a hundred cannabinoids, which are unique to cannabis and endow the plant with its robust therapeutic profile. The flowers are what is typically referred to as “buds.” Those buds are where the CBD lies, not in the roots, stems, or seeds. Most products you see mislead you into thinking they contain CBD when they say an ingredient is hemp seed oil. The seeds are a good source of Omega fatty acids, and are tasty, but not a good source of CBD. You ideally want CBD extracted from the hemp flowers, or secondarily, a whole plant extract will do.

CBD is closely related to another important medicinally active cannabinoid: tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the compound that causes the high that cannabis is famous for. These are the two components of cannabis that have been most studied by scientists.

Both CBD and THC have significant therapeutic attributes. But unlike THC, CBD does not make a person feel intoxicated or “stoned.” That’s because CBD and THC act in different ways on different receptors in the brain and body.

Many people want the health benefits of cannabis without the high – or with less of a high (CBD can actually reduce the intoxicating effect of THC when taken together). The fact that CBD is therapeutically potent as well as non-intoxicating, and easy to take as a CBD oil, makes it an appealing treatment option for those who are cautious about trying cannabis therapy for the first time. Important detail – your body actually makes cannabinoids, and has receptors for them throughout your body. That’s right an entirely new body system was recently discovered called your endocannabinoid system (ECS). So, you are merely adding to the cannabinoids that your body already produces. Thus everyone is going to need different amounts. A dose that works great for your spouse, may be much more, or less, than what you need. Every body is unique.

The saying at Ontogen regarding trying CBD is to start low (dose), go slow (increasing dose), and go all the way (up the dosage according to product directions until you feel the response you are looking for). The starter kit with 5mg capsules and the amazing 500mg Balm is a great way to begin your CBD therapy.