CBD: The Breakdown

When it comes to cannabis consumption there isn’t a once-size-fits-all kinda remedy; with that in mind, the most recent hype surrounding CDB piqued my interest. When Gwyneth Paltrow and the gals at GOOP give something their seal of approval, the upper echelon of heath and wellness stand at attention.  I am not a part of this sub-group of women who steam clean their vag, (yes you read that right), but when GOOP announced a partnership with MedMen dispensary back in June, I took notice. While most of the products are fan favorites such as Beboe, it was the CBD-centered products that I seemed to know the least about. Then it struck me that while I was consuming vast amounts of THC, there was very little I knew about its sibling CBD. 

I poured over articles, videos, and others’ research, and pulled together the basics to create a cheat sheet of sorts. THC isn’t the only cannabinoid in the cannabis flower; other cannabinoids include the much-hyped CBD, CBN, THCA and CBC. These are just a few of the over 100 different types of cannabinoids. So now that you’re on information overload, lets focus on today’s main cannabinoid: CBD. With the current change in the way society is looking at cannabis, in both its medical and recreational forms, there has been more research done on the complexities. CBD is THC’s non-psychoactive sibling, AKA it will NOT get you high.  

Understanding how our bodies process the different parts of the flower is easier when you understand your ECS, sorry! I know I said no more acronyms. Your endocannabinoid system is responsible for the CB1 (central nervous system) and CB2 (throughout the body) receptors found in your body naturally. The reason that’s important to note, is that depending on what you’re consuming, it communicates differently to those receptors. Cannabinoids can bind to those receptors (CB1/CB2) or they can affect the way your receptors receive the cannabinoid: CBD is the latter. While we continue to make great strides in understanding exactly what this all-encompassing flower can really do progress is slow. Most research is commissioned by private companies looking to improve quality and test products, but ultimately they are not completely impartial. 

The claims thus far about CBD are: it can help with chronic pain a an anti-inflammatory agent, it can help with epilepsy and other neurological symptoms and disorders, it can help fight cancer, anxiety disorders, type 1 diabetes, and even help treat acne. With a list like that, no wonder CBD is breaking the Internet. Remember that cannabis is still classified as a Schedule 1 narcotic along with all of its cannabinoid counterparts, this means there are no overall standards when comparing CBD products.  When looking at any CBD product be sure to look for transparency in their process, don’t trust any brand that won’t share lab results with regard to potency, chemicals, and overall quality. 

In an effort to tackle the CBD trend, and be able to speak to its potential effects StilettoJanes and myself scored a partnership with Alysm. With a brands packaging being as important as what it actually promises to achieve, Alysm scores a 10/10. As far as the products themselves I’ll be trying a 30-day supply of their high quality CBD tinctures. They only use the highest quality hemp, derived from premium hemp cultivators. I’m most excited to see how this effects my anxiety. I promise to keep you guys updated during the process and at the end of this trial.  


Alexandria Kostoff