Since we're launching our first CBD product, we thought it would be a good idea to clear up some common questions about the herb at the center of the CBD craze.
What is CBD?
CBD is short for cannabidiol. It is naturally occurring and extracted from cannabis sativa plants typically used in oil. The cannabis sativa plant has two forms that commonly get mixed up or used in the same sentence, yet both contain CBD. The two species of the plant are marijuana and hemp.
CBD, is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid as opposed to THC which is psychoactive. Much of the confusion comes when comparing marijuana and hemp or seeing them used out of context. The marijuana plant contains high levels of THC whereas THC concentration in hemp is extremely low. But on the flip side, marijuana produces about half of the CBD that hemp does.
CBD is legal at the federal level if it is derived from hemp and not from marijuana and contains less than 0.3% THC. However, you need to check with your individual state you live in as some states put restrictions on what/how you can purchase. Also, be aware of state laws that you may be traveling through on business or pleasure as the legality can change from state to state.
Does CBD Get You High?
No. When CBD is extracted from hemp plants and does not contain enough THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) to cause any effect. In fact, CBD from hemp only contains around 0.3% THC – the active component that creates what is commonly referred to as a “high” or “euphoric feeling.”
Marijuana, on the other hand, does contain a high amount of THC which can cause psychoactive effects.
Does CBD Show Up on a Drug Test?
Worried about a drug test coming back positive? You’re probably not the only one. But don’t worry. Assuming you are purchasing your CBD product from a legitimate source/brand, you should have no issues with CBD use showing up on a drug test.
However, if you’re an athlete, the small 0.3% THC could show up as trace amounts, so be advised if you were thinking about using CBD to help with your athletic performance or training it may create an issue. You may want to speak with the school, organization, or governing body regarding CBD use.
Is CBD Addictive?
No. Despite CBD coming from the cannabis plant, it does not have any compounds that make it addictive.
There are different receptors in your body that are affected by THC and CBD. Two of these receptors are the CB1 and CB2. THC affects the CB1 and CB2 receptors which are what creates the “high” or euphoric feeling and because it affects those specific receptors it can cause dependence or addiction. CBD does not affect CB1 and CB2 receptors due to the extremely low or nonexistent THC levels and therefore no tolerance or dependency is formed.
Hemp vs Cannabis
There are various cannabidiols, one of which comes from a hemp plant and one that comes from a marijuana plant (cannabis). A cannabinoid found in both is THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). Their concentrations, however, are different in each type. For instance, THC coming from a marijuana plant can have as much as 30% THC in it which can give you a psychoactive effect. Hemp, on the other hand, only has upwards of 0.3% THC, which is not enough to provide any type of psychoactive effect like marijuana can.
Commonly used hemp oil comes from the seeds of the cannabis plant while actual CBD oil comes from various parts such as the stalks, flowers, and leaves.
Isolate vs Full Spectrum Products
There are several types of CBD products on the market today, two of which are an isolate version as well as a full spectrum. The difference lies in what the actual product contains.
Full-spectrum (also commonly referred to as whole plant) on the other hand isn’t as specific when compared to an isolate. The full-spectrum version of CBD will contain not only CBD but also other cannabinoids and various parts of the plant.
There are many good CBD products on the market and also a lot of junk put out by fly-by-night companies looking to capitalize on the CBD craze. Stick with a product manufactured by a reputable company and you will be amazed at the many benefits of CBD.