What Is CBD Oil? Our 2021 Ultimate Guide


CBD is a powerful plant extract that has been used for wellness for thousands of years. Our CBD is derived from a specific strain of the hemp plant. It is one of many cannabinoids in hemp that has various effects on our body’s endocannabinoid system. We actually have receptors and compounds in our bodies that interact with those naturally occurring in hemp. Have you heard the latest buzz about CBD and its many uses? We want to provide the highest quality CBD products on the market and give you all the information we have so you are educated and knowledgeable. So, enjoy a little CBD 101 — if you’re craving more information, head to our blog for loads of CBD education on an array of topics.


  • CBD: The Basics
    • Hemp vs. Marijuana
    • CBD: Legality
  • The Endocannabinoid System (ECS)
  • CBD Benefits
  • CBD Product types
  • Getting Started With CBD

CBD: The Basics

CBD, short for cannabidiol, is something you must have already heard of but may not yet fully understand. If you haven’t yet included the famous cannabinoid into your routine, you might have countless questions in mind, beginning with what is CBD?

In short, CBD is an active compound in cannabis, which renowned chemist Roger Adams first isolated in 1940, followed by the discovery of psychoactive THC by Raphael Mechoulam in 1964. Studying these two cannabinoids helped scientists better understand the effects of cannabis on humans and distinguish two types of cannabis plants.

Hemp vs. Marijuana

Although many use terms marijuana and cannabis interchangeably, there’re two types of cannabis plants – marijuana and hemp. The primary difference between these two is the amount of each cannabinoid – CBD and THC.

Marijuana has high THC and low CBD amounts, while hemp has high CBD and low THC.

CBD, unlike THC, is non-psychoactive, so hemp doesn’t cause mind-altering symptoms, euphoria, or impairing effects like marijuana. Hemp naturally features up to 0.3% THC, so CBD products on the market labeled as full-spectrum also feature trace THC amounts, which isn’t enough to produce any psychoactive effects.

CBD: Legality

Unlike its famous cousin THC, CBD is federally legal per the 2018 Farm Bill, which removed hemp and its derivatives from schedule I in the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). So now hemp with no more than 0.3% THC and its products are legally allowed for purchase, consumption, and transportation in the U.S.

The Endocannabinoid System (ECS)

The discovery of the Endocannabinoid System in the late 20th century helped science unravel the mystery behind the effects of cannabis on consumers, not only the famous psychoactive properties of marijuana.

The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a complex cell signaling system in humans and animals. The ECS plays a crucial role in regulating body processes and functions such as appetite, memory, mood, and others, as well as helping the body maintain or achieve homeostasis.

The ECS system consists of 3 primary components:

  • Endocannabinoids – human and animal-made cannabinoids
  • ECS receptors
  • Enzymes

Endocannabinoid receptors exist all throughout the body, as well as in the brain and immune cells. Endocannabinoids are endogenous lipid-based retrograde neurotransmitters that activate ECS receptors to signal that something is out of balance and needs action.

Enzymes are responsible for the synthesis and degradation of cannabinoids, while endocannabinoids have the primary function to signal when something goes out of balance through activation of ECS receptors. 

THC and CBD are very similar to endocannabinoids; they both deliver their effects through interacting with ECS and its receptors. However, unlike THC, CBD doesn’t bind to ECS receptors and affects them indirectly. As a result, CBD products can supply the ECS system with plant-derived cannabinoids and affect different body processes.

CBD Benefits

With the discovery of the endocannabinoid system and the legalization of hemp and its derivatives in the U.S., hemp-derived products like CBD are storming the wellness market. As a result, millions of health and wellness enthusiasts like you have already made CBD the healthy choice they use every day.

Although very popular, CBD can still raise numerous questions amongst beginners or even seasoned CBD consumers, including its health benefits. Although many CBD enthusiasts claim to experience versatile health benefits from CBD, it’s not a drug, and CBD’s effects are still being researched and yet to be fully understood.

We know for now that it affects consumers differently, based on their body chemistry, health conditions, dosage, regularity of use, and the product type they choose.

According to the 2019 US CBD Insider Consumers report, a great majority of consumers – 58% use CBD for aches and discomfort, followed by relaxation (50%), muscle soreness and recovery (41%), rest (38.8%), mood (37.9) and general health (28.9%), amongst other reasons.

One of the most crucial aspects of the benefits of CBD is the product type you choose. For instance, when using CBD for aches and discomfort, most consumers choose CBD topicals, while those using CBD for general health reasons may choose oral CBD products working inside the body.

CBD Product Types

You may want to learn more about each product type before adding them to your routine or gifting them to your loved ones when getting started with CBD. At Joy Organics, Wichita, we are dedicated to helping you make the proper healthy choice bringing the wellness outcome you seek for you and your family. Learning more about hemp-derived natural ingredients in our inventory is an essential step in getting started with your own CBD journey, so here’s what you need to know.

CBD products fall into three primary categories:

  • CBD sublingual and oral products
  • CBD Topicals
  • CBD Vaporizers and Smokables

CBD sublingual products like tinctures and oils are famous for delivering the quickest effects thanks to the sublingual blood vessels making a shortcut for CBD to the bloodstream bypassing the digestive tract. They are also popular amongst beginners who choose tinctures to carefully dose their CBD intake with a measurement dropper until they move to premeasured products like softgels. If you’re unfamiliar with sublingual, don’t feel bad! It just means “under the tongue.”

CBD softgels and edibles provide a convenient and easy way of consuming CBD; however, they might take longer to kick in than sublingual CBD unless they contain nano emulsified CBD, like Joy Organics softgels.

CBD topicals like creams, salves, lotions, oils, bath bombs, or any other skincare products with CBD work outside of the body to deliver results in a targeted body area. They usually combine numerous beneficial ingredients to provide instant relief, nourish the skin, and boost CBD’s absorption into the skin.

Finally, CBD vape products and smokables allow CBD’s consumption through inhalation. Like sublingual administration, vaporizers and CBD flower products provide fast results, and CBD through inhalation will bypass the digestive tract.

Getting Started With CBD

Although jumping on the bandwagon of CBD enthusiasts is indeed exciting, selecting the right product for your journey might get challenging and seem daunting. The best way for you to get started with CBD is to find a high-quality, safe and effective CBD product in a proper product type suitable for your needs. At Joy Organics Wichita, we offer options for anyone’s needs, and most importantly, all products in our inventory are of the highest quality. In addition, we third-party lab test them all to ensure their purity, safety, and effectiveness.

Stop by at our chic boutique store in Wichita, or order your products online today and start your CBD journey with the high-quality and effective products you deserve!