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How is CBD derived from Plants?

by Angel Ferrer 6 min read


Plants Are Our Friends

We take nature for granted when it comes to just about everything. One area this holds true more so than others is when it comes to medicinal plants. Medicinal plants refer to those plants which have the unique ability to improve medical conditions or ailments. But instead of looking towards nature’s wonders, many of us opt to swallow a man-made synthetic pill that “might” be effective, but also likely comes with a literal laundry list of side effects. 

Case in point, go check the back of any bottle in your medicine cabinet. Don’t worry, we’ll wait….

Whether you grabbed a bottle of aspirin, Nyquil, or a legally prescribed painkiller, what you probably found on the back was an appetizing list of potential health risks that can arise from normal use.

Alternatively, pay attention to the next pharmaceutical commercial touting a new prescription. Take note of ever increasing list of side effects that are disclosed at the end. Ever notice something crazy? Pay close attention and you will. On a great deal of those commercials one of the side effects is DEATH. Yes, the synthetic drug that is supposed to help you can quite literally kill you.

Meanwhile, pharma companies lure you in with the image of an overly ecstatic family having a great time at a picnic. 

"Are you suffering from back pain? Try Backtopia! It eliminates back pain so you can once again play your favorite sport of being knocked over by your 7 children that are currently darting towards you for no valid reason! You’ll even enjoy that mouthful of potato salad your wife makes you eat because it's her mother’s recipe, which obviously makes it the best potato salad around, and the side effects include: vomiting, uncontrollable diarrhea, spastic mouth twitches, and death," for example. 

And we all scream, "yeah, no more back pain!" as if the part where the possibility of death isn't a life threatening phenomenon.

They literally tell you that there is a chance that you could die!

It's commercials like these that instigate our indifference to living in a world where the cure for our pain resides in naturally grown plants. Furthermore, these plants grow specifically for our use as a cure for pain, and they heal the exact same thing that the heavily marketed, manmade pill claims to fix.

The only difference is that these plants actually work, and they have very few side effects.

For example, let’s look at the Aloe Plant.

Aloe Plants are free to grow, and they pop up with a leaf full of aloe that is readily prepared to heal the hand you burned when you were making midnight brownies...again. 

Aloe Plants are so widely accepted that it's even in the lotions we buy…because if they can't sell it, they can't make money. And if they can't make money, evidently they don't want us to know that it exists.....even though it literally exists.

Having said that, there are many plants that grow with pain-healing powers. In fact, there is a plant that exceeds the magical wonders of an Aloe Plant but, up until recently, has caused too much controversy and wasn't accepted as legal. Think about it: we actually had a plant that was an illegal plant.

Cannabidiol (CBD)

The Cannabis plant is made up of not one, but two primary organic compounds: THC and CBD. The problem was that we, as an argumentative species of opinion-induced fabrications, were too offended by the psychoactive chemical (THC) that we ignored the non-psychoactive, highly beneficial, pain relieving aspect of this plant: CBD.

CBD, also known as Cannabidiol, and was shortened to CBD because scientists like to abbreviate long words. Which is fine by us because “cannabididiol” is quite frankly a mouthful to say.

With the legalization of cannabis for medical (and in some cases recreational) use, CBD has been receiving much attention in the realm of academic, scientific and medical communities. With new research findings demonstrating the potential health benefits of CBD, cannabididiol extracts, waxes and other applications have been surging in popularity.

See More: CBD vs CBG

Among other factors, CBD is an all-natural anti-inflammatory that regulates and balances the chemicals in our body. CBD is a beneficial in that it can offer an all-natural alternative or compliment to traditional medicine, helping you to potentially reduce the amount of chemicals and pills you need in your life…not to mention keeping your hard earned dollars out of the pockets of “big pharma” (greedy jerks).

For example, remember the aforementioned Backtopia and all of its chemical-altering side effects? The act of balancing those chemicals solve a problem that is creativity called, "chemical imbalances.”

For example, Depression. If you happen to be a human being, then you will find that you have a system in your body which you've probably never learned about in school because, well, mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell. 

And that's really all that matters, I guess. But regardless, we all have a system in our body called the Endocannabinoid System. It's much like the Nervous System but with a stranger name: the Endocannabinoid System. This system interacts with and is mediated and activated by CBD.

See more: How Cannabinoids are Used in Medicine

How Does CBD Work?

Your Endocannabinoid System is made up of two sets of receptors: CB1 and CB2. This goes to show that the CBD that is naturally grown in the Cannabis plant is scientifically meant to interact with the receptors in our bodies because they have the same letters.

Here's How It Works

The CB1 and CB2 receptors act as a GPS system in that they make sure that everyone (i.e. neurotransmitters) is going to where they are supposed to go. In other words, they are the receptors that manage and maintain a chemically balanced body, leaving you to live a happy anxiety-free life.

Sometimes, though, our brain chemicals get thrown off balance; as in, they get lost because they use Apple Maps instead of Google and end up on the wrong side of town.

At some point, we have all gotten lost and ended up in the wrong place, but we eventually figured out where we were supposed to be. Unless of course, you were too stubborn to ask for directions, then you probably are still wandering lost and reading this article from some random internet café.

When neurotransmitters get lost they need to be directed back to the correct location, otherwise we are left with an ongoing chemical imbalance and, that is exactly what causes issues like anxiety, depression, pain and more.

CBD is the experienced professional that directs your lost chemicals back to where they should be. This is the balance and regulation can mediate and relieve a number of ailments. In other words, CBD activates the Cannabinoid receptors in our Endocannabinoid System and reminds them to go to the correct place therefore easing the chemical imbalances.

What is So Great About CBD?

One of the great things about CBD is that there are very few side effects; none of which are life threatening, and all of which are temporary. 

Side Effects

  • Dry Mouth; a temporary side effect that is easily curable by literally drinking water. 
  • Drowsiness; easily eliminated by lowering the dosage of CBD and/or taking a nap.
  • Lightheadedness; just don't inhale as much and you will be fine.

The Main Attraction: BENEFITS

  • CBD is not addictive
  • CBD is not psychoactive 
  • CBD is slightly amusing in that the letters CBD are not in alphabetical order but, then again, neither are the letters in OCD. 

Brace Yourselves:A List of Medical Issues That CBD Cures/Treat/Relieves 

  • Nicotine 
  • Addiction 
  • Acne 
  • Diabetes
  • Fibromyalgia 
  • PTSD
  • Schizophrenia 
  • Anxiety 
  • Insomnia 
  • Multiple Sclerosis 
  • Cancer
  • Seizures 
  • Arthritis 
  • Nausea 
  • Depression 
  • Dyskinesia 
  • Bacteria 
  • Bone Growth 
  • Insomnia 
  • Mood Disorders 
  • Reproductive Health 
  • Depression 
  • Addiction

How to Use CBD 

There are many ways to use CBD, some of which include taking it as a capsule, dissolving it in liquid, or even using a CBD nasal spray. However, the most effective way to use the benefits of CBD is also the most common; and that is, through inhalation. In other words, buy a vape

At Hemper we carry a full line of legal forms of CBD Products that contain no more than 0.3% THC. Some forms include:

Taking a capsule of CBD or simply drinking it in water only allows for about 15% of the benefits. And so, vaping is generally the most popular way that people use it as inhalation guarantees 100% of the “good stuff” to be absorbed into your bloodstream. If you don't have a vape and you're not sure of where to buy one, check out They have vapes as well as vaporizers specifically designed for CBD oil and, most importantly, you can even control some of their products with your phone. Because that's obviously important these days.

Final Thoughts

If you happen to be one of those people who believe that nothing is a coincidence and that everything happens for a reason...

If you believe that this world grows the way it does for a purpose...

And if you believe that the earth has a strategic design…

Or, even if you don't…

Then CBD is legitimate proof that you just may be right. Natural remedies like Cannabidiol grow as plants and act as the missing piece of the medically curable solution puzzle that we cannot create ourselves. 

So if you are suffering from one of the above mentioned imbalances, take a leap of faith and see how the benefits of CBD will help rebalance your chemicals, and allow you to finally be able to live the life you’ve always wanted and no doubt deserve.