CBD has become a modern health phenomenon. Unless you live entirely off the grid, you’ve heard of cannabidiol oil on the news, over the internet, or from a friend or family member.
CBD is the acronym for cannabidiol, one of the more than 100 cannabinoids found inCannabis Sativa. Cannabis is thought to be one of the oldest cultivated plants dating back, in written records, to at least 6,000 BC. In a Chinese encyclopedia on agriculture and medicine dated from 2900 B.C., cannabis was used to treat pain and a variety of other ailments. Two thousand years later in 1,000 B.C., there is clear evidence of cannabis being used in India for its analgesic, antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties. Cannabis use, as a medicine, appears to have been slow on the uptake in the West but by the late 1800s, over 100 publications discussing the medicinal aspects of cannabis were published in Europe and the U.S.
Confusion is common when it comes to talking about CBD because of its “cousin”, THC or Tetrahydrocannabinol, the psychotropic ingredient in marijuana. THC is what produces the high we normally associated with consuming cannabis products.
Recent discoveries show that humans have cannabinoid receptors throughout their body. These are molecular sites with which THC and CBD can bind. Although they are both cannabinoids, the two compounds produce very different effects on the body. THC can create potent psychotropic effects, the “marijuana high”, that recreational users seek. CBD, on the other hand, has only .03% active THC and has no known psychoactive effects.
Humans clearly have a very long and interesting relationship with cannabis as our bodies also produce their own cannabinoids—called endocannabinoids—like anandamide. The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is currently a hot topic of research because of the part it may play in our immune system, pain regulation, sleep, and appetite. One study, in 2006, documented the effectiveness of Sativex, a cannabis-based medicine, on the pain experienced by people who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis. Two other studies from 2007 and 2017 show that CBD products may be effective in reducing chronic inflammation and pain in rats as well as decreased pain due to incisions. Many other studies have been done and are currently being done to determine the effectiveness of CBD oil for a variety of conditions.
Given this long history and the recent legalization of hemp and marijuana in Colorado as well as the subsequent outpouring of products in the market, we’ve come to realize that not all CBD oils are created equal. They range across the spectrum in terms of cannabidiol bioavailability, concentration, and quality.
While it’s an exciting time to be involved in the hemp industry, we remain committed to our original mission: To help people feel better and live better through simple means and a deep connection to the natural world. This means treating our customers, suppliers and our plants with respect through all phases of production.
NED understands the potent healing powers to be found in the natural world and honors and celebrates that goodness by carefully handcrafting small-batch,CBD oil products.
Our products begin in spectacular Paonia, Colorado where Farmer Curt grows a hemp strain rich in terpenes and cannabinoid density. Next, we extract the CBD oil, using a gentle and slow ethanol-based method, from the bud (flower) of the plant only; this means the lovely aromatic qualities of the hemp flowers remain in the final distillate. Neither high heat—ours is extracted at -17°F—nor high pressure are used to extract the oils. We use a very gentle and slow process so we don’t compromise the profile of the hemp flower or its cannabinoid or terpene content.
NED recognizes the innate intelligence of the natural world. Mysteries abound in nature and the “entourage effect” is one such mystery. Nature bundles certain compounds together for reasons we don’t yet understand. In CBD products, there are cannabinoids such as CBG, CBC, CBDa, hemp terpenes, and other bioactive compounds. Mounting evidence suggests that these compounds have the potential to complement and enhance each other's desired effects. When taken out of this natural matrix by creating an isolate in a lab, some of the effective healing essence of the oil appears to be stripped away. These CBD isolates are ever more present in products found in the marketplace. We believe full-spectrum hemp extracts have the greatest healing potential.
After the oil is extracted, we energetically infuse each bottle with the words “love” and “gratitude”. To learn more about why this is important, check out Dr. Masura Emoto’s pioneering work in his NY Times Best Seller, The Hidden Messages in Water. Lastly, our oil is given a “sound bath” of specific frequencies called binaural beats which may help restore calm, balance and focus. By working in tandem with the extraordinary power of nature, NED’s commitment to our planet and to the healing power of plants shines through.