What is CBD? — Greenbelt Botanicals

What is CBD?

CBD, also known as cannabidiol, is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid. Cannabinoids are chemical compounds naturally derived from the cannabis plant, otherwise known as the hemp plant. Hemp is not the same as the marijuana plant. They are in the same plant family but different species. Unlike marijuana, hemp is known to have tens of thousands of uses. Out of the known 113 cannabinoids, THC and CBD are the two most widely known and studied. Unlike THC, CBD does not get you high and is non-addictive. CBD is often used to treat things like anxiety, insomnia, inflammation, pain, and stress. CBD can promote the body’s healthy regulation of the central nervous, immune, and endocannabinoid systems by engaging with your endocannibinoid system, which we humans and animals, have. Did you know even a sea squirt has an endocannibinoid system?

The ECS is perhaps the most important physiologic system involved in establishing and maintaining human health. Endocannabinoids and their receptors are found throughout the body: in the brain, organs, connective tissues, glands, and immune cells. In each tissue, the cannabinoid system performs different tasks, but the goal is always the same: homeostasis, the maintenance of a stable internal environment despite fluctuations in the external environment.  Cannabinoids promote homeostasis at every level of biological life, from the sub-cellular, to the organism, and perhaps to the community and beyond.

Endocannabinoids are found at the intersection of the body’s various systems, allowing communication between different cell types i.e. after an injury, cannabinoids can be found decreasing the release of activators and sensitizers from the injured tissue, stabilizing the nerve cell to prevent excessive firing, and calming nearby immune cells to prevent release of pro-inflammatory substances. Three different mechanisms of action on three different cell types for a single purpose: minimize the pain and damage caused by the injury.

The endocannabinoid system, with its complex actions in our immune system, nervous system, and all of the body’s organs, is literally a bridge between body and mind. By understanding this system we begin to see a mechanism that explains how states of consciousness can promote health or disease. There are many different ways to supplement CBD into your daily routine to awaken and maintain your endocannibinoid receptors and Greenbelt Botanicals Co. takes great pride in carrying a wide variety of products from your daily tincture oils, delicious treats and pet treats. We source locally every chance we get and carry products with guaranteed potencies and only use USA grown hemp and ingredients. Greenbelt Botanicals has a team of product testers of all different walks of life with all different pain or problem descriptions, different ages and different sex.


One of the ways Greenbelt Botanicals stands apart from other CBD stores and sites is this: we seek to empower you to research and educate yourself; to have those difficult conversations with your child’s ADHD doctor; have those conversations with your older loved one’s later care doctor; have those talks with your veterinarian about supplementing for your pet. We always recommend talking to your doctor before starting a CBD regimen to see what would work best for you, especially if you are on prescribed medications. Some medications have been known to counteract CBD’s effects.

Additionally, when you begin to have the endocannibinoid conversation with health care providers, they are more inclined to research this beneficial compound helping to make it necessary curricula in western medicine schools. It’s the 21st century, yet our institutions are still stigmatizing non pharmaceuticals.

Although, we generally recommend new CBD users to start their journey taking 25mg of CBD daily and customizing their regimen to their body’s metabolism, digestion, absorption. We recommend beginning with taking notes on how and what you take and when, and how you felt when you took it, how long it took to feel that effect, and the outcomes. What feels right for you may be a lot of CBD for someone else and vice versa.


To your health,

Greenbelt Botanicals

Austin Texas