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In this section, we are providing links to studies and sharing experiences. Please review the Certificate of Analysis on our products – if you have questions, ask us! We want to ensure you understand the cannabinoid strength and content of each product.
CBD stands for Cannabidiol. Cannabidiol, or CBD is one of the best known compounds among the cannabinoids, a family of chemical compounds produced by the plant species Cannabis Sativa. Cannabis Sativa that has less than 0.3% THC, a psychoactive cannabinoid, are classified as hemp. These compounds are particularly concentrated in the flowers of female plants.
Natural CBD is not a psychoactive compound.
All of the Happy Llama products are hemp-derived from local farms – many producing organically to USDA Organic standards.
At present, there are an estimated 66 cannabinoids produced by Cannabis Sativa. Other cannabinoids of interest include CBG or cannabigerol.
CBG also known as the “mother cannabinoid” as essentially all of the cannabinoids are produced from CBG through enzymatic process within the plant. Delta 9 THC is also a cannabinoid which has psychoactive and mood altering effects.
Hemp derived Delta 9 THC is found in small concentrations in some Happy Llama products, and the concentration will always be < 0.3% per federal regulations.
Cannabis has been used as plant medicine in human history for at least 5000 years. Researchers looking for the answer to how they work discovered the endocannabinoid system, or ECS in the second half of the 20th century. They discovered 2 types of receptors called Type I and Type II receptors that the cannabinoids interact with.
These receptors are found widespread throughout the body, and they are particularly concentrated in the immune system, the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system. They are also found in connective tissue and organs throughout the body.
Type I receptors are the predominant type found in the nervous system and Type II receptors are the predominant receptor found in most tissues of the body. The ECS is thought to provide homeostatic regulation and balancing of some systems.
There is also a third type of ECS receptor that has not yet been named or fully characterized.
We are learning more every day about these compounds as we try to better understand them and harness their beneficial qualities.
CBD is available as a plant extract mixed in oil. We use a type of coconut oil known as MCT, which is very stable, and if kept in the right environment, will last for years. We have an 18 month expiration date on our products.
We advise you start with a low dosage, monitor its effects, and decide if more is needed. Natural CBD in this form is available in 30 ml bottles with droppers for measurement, and it can be taken under the tongue, or by mouth. In our bottles, a whole dropper is 1ml of oil. In the 1000 mg bottles, one dropper will contain approximately 33 mg of CBD, and a half dropper will contain about 16.5 mg of CBD. Higher concentrations are also available.
If taken under the tongue the CBD is absorbed a little faster than swallowed, but the effect lasts about the same amount of time, typically 4 to 8 hours. CBD can also be infused in gummies or in edibles for oral ingestion. Refer to the label for the exact milligrams of CBD found in each gummy.
Hemp flower, when properly cured, can also be smoked for CBD and other cannabinoids. This results in a faster onset of effect but also a shorter duration.