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January 20, 2021

What Does CBD Stand for?

You have likely heard the words CBD discussed but you are unaware of what CBD is or what does CBD stand for. CBD stands for cannabidiol, and is one of over 100 cannabinoids found in the cannabis sativa plant.

The Cannabis plant has two primary strains, Hemp and Marijuana. Both the marijuana and hemp have over 100 beneficial cannabinoids but the two best known chemical compounds are compounds are CBD and THC. THC which stands for tetrahydrocannabinol is the more well known of the two associated with tetrahydrocannabinol with marijuana and the feeling of being "high or stoned" from which it is well associated. CBD on the other hand, does not have and intoxicating effect and is one of the beneficial compounds that is non psychoactive and believed to have many health and wellness benefits. Thus Terahydrocannabinol THC and CBD are very different compounds.

Since the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill Act, the result has been that people have been using the CBD compound at increasing numbers for health and wellness benefits. In this article we will discuss cannabidiol, cannabis, the numerous compounds, immune system, using CBD, effects of CBD, how CBD works and what it may help with in greater detail.

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How Does CBD Work

As discussed, CBD stands for cannabidiol, a compound that is believed to work as it interacts with the the body's endocannabinoid system (ECS), by interacting with receptors CB1 and CB2 to bring the body into a state of homeostasis or balance. In fact, humans are not the only ones with and endocannabinoid system, all mammals have an ECS in their body.

CBD is an phyto cannabinoid, phyto meaning coming from a plant base, which interacts and binds with the human body's endocannabinoid system (ECS), endo meaning coming from the body. CBD is believed to work within the central nervous system resulting in homeostasis and the bodies natural way to bring itself into balance. Homeostasis, an acronym for balance is crucial to keeping the body healthy.

Now that you know what CBD stands for, and how cannabidiol CBD may promote overall health, you now understand why people throughout the world are taking CBD on a daily basis as dietary supplements to support and maintain health and wellness.

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Does CBD come from Hemp or Marijuana

This question gets asked often but the answer is cannabidiol CBD most commonly comes from the Hemp variety of the cannabis sativa plant, however it can also be produced from marijuana plants. The main reason that Hemp is the preferred choice of the cannabis plants is because the extract removed has a significantly lower amount of THC than marijuana.

Why Levels are Important

The reason that Hemp is the preferred plant for CBD is do to issues of legality. In 2018, the Farm Bill Act was passed which made Hemp oil legal so long as it did not contain more than .3% THC. Therefore, since the THC levels of in Hemp are lower than that of Marijuana, it is significantly easier to bring the levels below the legal limit when producing CBD products by starting with Hemp oil.

Which is the Preferred Plant

For comparison purposed, marijuana inherently has THC levels of 30% so it is not an economical or easy process to remove that much quantity. Since the other main characteristics of the marijuana and hemp plant are similar, Hemp oil is the path of least resistance for CBD.

The other reason why Hemp is preferred to Marijuana for cannabidiol production is that Hemp oil has significantly higher levels of CBD than Marijuana. For these two reason, Hemp is the easy choice for making CBD products.

The vast majority of people searching for CBD near me or buy CBD oil are searching for CBD made from Hemp Oil, also commonly referred to as hemp extract as this is the product that is federally legal per the 2018 farm bill act.

Those that have a prescription for medical marijuana, may be able to purchase marijuana derived CBD products which will contain much higher levels of THC.

Legality of Hemp CBD Oil at State and Municipal Level

It is important to reiterate that even though CBD products derived from Industrial hemp are legal at the federal level in the United States at this time, it is important to check with you state and further check with your city to understand the legality. For example, in NJ, CBD is legal at the state level but in some municipalities, they have prohibited the sale at CBD shops or CBD stores.

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Benefits of CBD

As discussed above, CBD is believed to support overall health and wellness by interacting with the human bodies ECS system. Additionally, the two main characteristics CBD are anti inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

There are many CBD brands in the market place that are promoting CBD as the cure all for all kinds of medical claims such as chronic pain relief or for anxiety disorders. Although a simple google search will result in thousands of people claiming CBD can cure all kinds of ailments, the reality is that CBD has not been evaluated by the FDA and is not intended to treat cure or prevent any diseases. The hemp industry is working hard to provide more clinical trials and human studies to measure the potential of CBD on certain medical conditions.

What Can CBD Help With

However, since CBD is assumed to have little side effects, many people are using CBD extracts in an attempt to improve the following without prescription medications:

  1. Support a restful nights sleep
  2. Promote an improved mood
  3. Supports the body's muscle and joint function
  4. Promote increased focus

The amount of CBD taken to achieve desired results will vary from person to person. Many factors including weight, metabolism, severity of medical condition, and type of CBD product all play an important role. Additionally, although there are very few side effects to when using CBD, taking too much CBD may cause a sense of drowsiness, or lethargy.

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Different Types of CBD

CBD has taken the health and wellness scene in full force and CBD products can be found available for sale almost everywhere. You can find CBD oil at health food stores, online at CBD ecommerce shops, at your local physical therapists practice and yes, even at gas stations or at a mall CBD stand.

Although this may seem like a good thing having CBD available all over, the reality is that there are so many types of CBD products, knowing what you are buying may be overwhelming.

Below we will break down the most common product types of CBD available

Hemp Seed Oil

When you see the words "Hemp Seed Oil" when you are searching to buy CBD oil, buyer beware. The is a HUGE difference between CBD oil derived from hemp extract and hemp seed oil. Although this may seem confusing, simply look at the word "seed." Hemp seed oil is made by pressing the seeds and only the seeds of the plant. The problem with this is that CBD is not found in the seeds of the plant, CBD is most found in the stems flowers and leaves.

Therefore, if you purchase hemp seed oil, you are getting zero to very little CBD at most. In some instances, hemp seed oil will be used as the carrier oil which is commonplace.

If you are looking to get Cannabidiol CBD products keep reading below


When you see the word isolate used in conjunction with CBD, simply look at the meaning or definition of isolate. Isolate means that the manufacturer is isolating only one of the cannabinoids of the hemp plant, generally only CBD. When you purchase isolate compounds, you are getting only CBD in the product and not any of the other 100 plus cannabinoids or active compounds in the cannabis plant. A CBD isolate product generally costs less and the seller of the brand is not likely going to bring this to your attention so you should ask or investigate if the CBD brand you are purchasing is only an isolate.

One of the benefits or reasons people may choose an isolate is because they want to avoid tetrahydrocannabinol even in trace amounts altogether for numerous reasons including

  1. Drug testing by employer
  2. Less expensive
  3. Not wanting to administer those compounds to their children
  4. Sensitive to THC at any even small levels

Full Spectrum

Full Spectrum CBD products mean that the oil you purchase from Hemp has all of the cannabinoids from the whole plant including the psychoactive compound THC but the level must not exceed the .3% requirement of the Farm bill act.

Full Spectrum is believed by many to cause was is referred to as the entourage effect as all the cannabinoids from hemp are needed because CBD works in conjunction with one another in the body.


Broad-spectrum CBD, which is the product that Palm Organix™ sells exclusively lies in between Isolate and Full Spectrum however much closer in characteristic to full spectrum. High quality broad spectrum contains all the beneficial cannabinoids from industrial hemp EXCEPT THC and is considered by many in the CBD industry to be the best all around choice.

Why is this believed to be the case:

  1. Broad Spectrum derived CBD offers all the beneficial cannabinoids except THC
  2. No Psychoactive negative side effects if taken in large doses
  3. Effects of this type of CBD will not impair the body ability to function normally
  4. You will not fail a drug test that is specifically testing for THC

Absorption, Efficacy and Nano Emulsion

Nano emulsion technology refers to making the CBD particle size extremely small which leads to higher absorption rates and efficacy.

Studies have shown that nano emulsion technology and the smaller particle size leads to more efficient use in the body and bioavailability especially when ingested. An example of a product using nano emulsion technology are CBD softgels by Palm Organix™.

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CBD Products

We have discussed some of the beneficial effects , or positive effects CBD may deliver, so what are the various delivery methods? There are a variety of products available on the CBD market today. The most popular form is CBD edibles, which includes the tincture oil, softgels, CBD gummies, and CBD drinks. Edibles allow the CBD to go throughout the body as opposed to just spot treating an area with a topical product. CBD topicals, including CBD salves, lotions, creams and even beauty products enable the CBD extract to penetrate a specific area. Lastly, some people choose to inhale CBD vape oils, which is not recommended due to the current issues with vaping.


You now know the answer to the question that CBD is the abbreviation for Cannabidiol, it comes from the cannabis plant, and is one of the over 100 cannabinoids derived from hemp. You also know that pure CBD interacts with the cannabinoid receptors in the human body, it may result in health benefits over time, and you know have the information to make a more educated decision on what product derived from this amazing compound is best for your needs.

Since CBD is so new to the health and wellness community and more research is needed, it is strongly recommended that the consumer educate themselves on which CBD oil product to choose for their desired result before beginning their personal journey.

Questions on CBD oil

If you have any further questions on the topic after reading this article, feel free to email or call our friendly staff and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the ECS system, Cannabis, different product types and your personal CBD journey. We have likely heard most of your questions before and we are knowledgeable as we constantly study the industry.

For those first time CBD users, we recommend discussing the use of CBD with your health care practitioner before taking hemp products.

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This product is not for use by or sale to persons under the age of 18. The statements made regarding these products have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The efficacy of these products has not been confirmed by FDA-approved research. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. All information presented here is not meant as a substitute for or alternative to information from health care practitioners. Please consult your health care professional about potential interactions or other possible complications before using any product. The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act require this notice. PLEASE NOTE: Zero THC is defined as (0.0%) no detectable THC, as supported by our lab testing.

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