What gets you going? We’re being literal here. What powers you? If it’s a daily guided mediation and an apothecary’s worth of herbal supplements, you might want to skip the next couple of paragraphs. For the rest of us, we’d bet money that the answer is caffeine. A daily (or several-times-a-daily) latte, cold-brew, or straight up cuppa joe is what keeps our hair on and our eyes open. It anchors us within our days, giving us something to look forward to. There’s only one issue - caffeine, on its own, ain’t that great.
Now before you hiss and fling your triple-shot, consider this: once caffeine enters our bodies, it puts our system on Defcon 1. It’s a stimulant, which means you’ll experience alertness and increased focus. But since there’s usually nothing else in our systems to tamp down its effects, that bright-eyed, bushy-tailed feeling can very quickly devolve into irritability, anxiety, nausea, and headache. We’ve all been in the throes of withdrawal or the victim of coffee jitters.
Now, we’re not saying you should ditch your daily habit. But we are proposing the idea of making room for another beverage, one that you can reach for to start the day, or when the day itself has started to take you over. Joy tea is formulated with classic black tea, but also contains CBD, a compound found in marijuana that has been shown to reduce anxiety, stress, and inflammation - awfully similar to caffeine’s negative side effects, no?
The Endo(cannabinoid System)
The human body is home to something called the endocannabinoid system, which is a series of receptors located throughout the central and peripheral nervous system, and is built to absorb and break down cannabinoids, or compounds found in marijuana.(1) Currently, we know of two receptors, aptly named CB1 and CB2. First discovered in the late 80s, the receptors were classified in 1995. Quite a recent discovery for such a longstanding system! (2) CB1 receptors are located in the areas of the brain concerned with memory, cognition, and emotion. CB2 receptors are found in the central nervous and immune system.
There are many sources of CBD available currently, that allow for various methods of absorption. CBD-infused lotions, tinctures, and oils, are suspended in lipids (fats) and meant to be taken either orally or through the skin - don’t worry, the packaging should specify.
The difference absorbing through the skin, or through the bloodstream, means it has different effects. For example, a CBD lotion will relieve pain and inflammation in the area of the skin and muscles it’s applied to, but a tincture (or drink!) taken orally will affect the receptors in the brain and nervous system. Yet due to the molecular nature of CBD itself, no matter how you ingest it, it cannot get you high.
Why Won’t I Get High?
The two most prominent cannabinoids are THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol). As molecules, they’re virtually identical. (3) They possess the same number of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen atoms. But the way they interact with the CB1 and CB2 receptors makes all the difference.
THC bonds directly with CB1 receptors (remember, those are located in the brain). This direct bond triggers THC’s psychoactive effects.
However, CBD bonds indirectly with CB1 receptors, and more directly with CB2 receptors (remember, those are found throughout the nervous and immune systems). CBD’s molecular structure lacks the component which allows THC to “lock in” and produce a mental high. CBD, therefore, provides all the positive physical effects of THC, short of the actual brain “high”.
THC is also what causes the “munchies” - so consuming CBD or CBD-infused products won’t make you start acting like Cookie Monster. (4)
Cannabinoid metabolism is a fascinating process, and one that is still being researched by scientists (5). What it means for us is that we are able to isolate the non-psychoactive effects of cannabinoids for a variety of therapeutic uses that largely skirt the legality issues that plague THC. A word to the wise: each state has its own laws concerning the purchasing and usage of CBD…it’s a convoluted topic that has to do with where and how the CBD is sourced. (6) We’ll touch more on that in later posts.
Getting the Good Stuff
So, we know that there is an entire system in our body built to process cannabinoids. We also know that there is a hugely therapeutic benefit to the ingestion of cannabinoids, with or without the brain high. Now what?
If you’re at all like us, you’re looking to get in on it. Or perhaps you already have - CBD-infused tinctures, lotions, and treats are widely available. They’re also quite costly, and don’t all have the same benefits. What sets Joy Tea apart from other CBD-infused products is that it’s taken internally - one sip, and the CBD starts flowing through the good old endocannabinoid system. It’s carried through your digestive system the way infused chocolate or candy might, but without the hit of sugar. There’s also no need to wait til dessert to enjoy Joy; the natural fruit flavors are suitable any time, morning to night.
Scientifically speaking, when it comes to maximum mental and physical benefits, internal consumption of CBD is your best best. Chances are you’re no stranger to the positives of tea - less intense than coffee, with less of a “crash”. That’s what we’ve got, plus all the good stuff your body is already primed to process.
For more information on the CBD we personally source, check out East Fork Cultivars. (7) If any of this piques your interest, drop us a line (link to email). We’re happy to answer any questions you might have.