What is CBD?

CBD oil

Jul 21

So what is CBD or Cannabidol? Cannabidol (CBD) is one of several compounds derived from the hemp plant.  Unlike the psychoactive compound THC (delta 9 tetrahydrocannabinol). CBD does not have psychoactive properties.

Researchers have discovered that Cannabidiol (CBD) has many health supportive effects. At the time of this publication.

CBD is legal in all 50 states in the United States and in some other countries. 

Because regulations change, it is important to do your homework and determine if CBD is legal where you are. 

THC remains regulated and only products with less than 0.3% can be sold without a medical marijuana prescription.

CBD is extracted from the plant matter either into a carrier oil or a tincture that can be used to deliver its benefits.

The potency and appearance may differ widely due to the various formulas and amounts used by different companies. 

Before diving in any further, here is a quick review of relevant keyword.  Being able to distinguish between the terms “hemp,” “marijuana,” and “cannabis” helps clear some muddy water.

Cannabis is an umbrella term that includes both hemp and marijuana plants.

Cannabis sativa is the scientific name of the cannabis plant (Cannabis = genus; sativa = species), and hemp and marijuana are just two different “varieties” of it.

Here’s a cheat sheet:

  • Marijuana mostly contains both THC and CBD, it gets you high, and, depending on the state you live in, it is illegal.
  • Hemp contains minor amounts of THC, 0%-0.3% is all that is allowed by law.
  • Hemp contains other cannabinoids, one of them is CBD.  CBG and CBV are other cannabinoids being researched for health benefits.
  • CBD is non- psychoactive and no matter how much you consume, it never gives the mind-altering effects that you get from marijuana.
  • Both hemp and marijuana plants fall under the larger umbrella term of “cannabis” plants


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