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What is CBD?

WHAT IS CBD? 

Cannabidiol, or CBD as it is commonly known, is a very interesting chemical. And it is responsible for many people changing their views on marijuana use for medicinal reasons. While everyone has heard of THC, not many are aware of CBD. The two chemicals are both contained in marijuana, but they serve very different reasons. While the THC in marijuana is going to get you high, CBD is something that poses huge benefits from a medicinal point of view - and it does not have the same side effects on the body as THC. 

For people new to the cannabis industry, there are so many novel terms they may not be aware of. This includes vocabulary with tongue-twisting scientific names and acronyms. One such term you will need to get acquainted with it "cannabidiol." You won't hear this term as often as its abbreviated counterpart "CBD." Throughout this post, we'll alternate between the two terms but keep in mind they're one and the same thing. 

  

CANNABIDIOL DEFINED 

We cannot define cannabidiol without defining "cannabinoid" first. The latter consists of a group of closely related compounds found in the cannabis plant. There are about 80 to 85 turns of cannabinoids, each with their own benefits (and potential side effects) on the human body. 

Cannabidiol is simply one of these cannabinoids. Researchers have compiled numerous studies over the years on CBD. It is perhaps the most popular cannabis compound next to THC. CBD is quickly becoming a commodity in the health supplement industry due to its verified health benefits. About 40 million people in North America have used or are actively using cannabis in one form or another. 

  

CBD IS NOT THC 

CBD and THC are the two most sought-after cannabinoids in cannabis. The latter is renowned for its psychoactive compound and is what gives you the feeling of being high. It's a favorite among recreational users. It must be said that CBD on its own does NOT produce the same feeling of being high. 

Due to the popularity of the two, both get lumped into the same category. It's as if one automatically entails the presence of the other. This is not an entirely accurate assessment. Certain parts of the cannabis plant, such as the flower and buds typically contain a wide spectrum of cannabinoids. This includes both CBD and THC, the latter of which with concentrations often above the 0.3% legal limit. 

Most cannabidiol products, however, are derived from industrial hemp. Hemp comes from the fibrous portions of the plant strain cannabis sativa. Manufacturers use hemp because it has a high CBD concentration with very little THC. This allows makers to avoid legal hurdles involving the much-illegal THC compound. 

Cannabidiol oils may be in the form of CBD isolate, meaning cannabidiol only. Other variations include full-spectrum CBD with other cannabidiols, which may or, not include THC. Aside from oils, extracts may also include capsules or wax for use with vaporizer pens. 

  

THE DIFFERENT STRAINS OF CANNABIS 

When we refer to cannabis, we are referring to both hemp and marijuana. There is a difference between this plant. Both are strains of the cannabis plant but have different uses and extraction processes. 

Marijuana is cultivated for its psychoactive properties. Hemp is grown for more industrial purposes such as for food and textiles. They require different growing conditions and have different parental genetics. 

The major difference between hemp and marijuana are the THC levels. CBD can be extracted in the form of oil from industrial hemp and marijuana; the former is legal while the latter is not. To be considered hemp, the plant must contain lezz than 0.3 percent THC. This is a trace amount that does not have psychoactive effects. All of Made by Hemp's products are made with hemp oil that contains trace levels of THC. Our products are legal to sell and purchase. 

  

KEY INGREDIENT IN CANNABIS 

When we look at the main ingredients in cannabis, we immediately note the relevance of THC and CBD. These chemicals are present in the highest concentrations in cannabis story, no matter how it is grown. Even recreational marijuana breeders have noticed that there are high levels of CBD in their store. Some have even managed to grow cannabis with a lot of CBD, but very little THC - and these strains are becoming more and more popular each year. People want the benefits of CBD without the negative side-effects of THC. 

  

Is CBD MARIJUANA? 

Since CBD is simply an active chemical compound of the marijuana plant, it wouldn't be correct to say that "CBD is marijuana" - it's just a part of it. When most people think of marijuana, of course, they think of regular "weed" that you would roll ur into a joint (or rut in a bowl, bong, etc.) and smoke to get high. This is not how CBD works. 

Rather, CBD (after it has been extracted from the plant, of course) is typically taken as CBD oil tincture rather than smoked. As we'll see here shortly, though, there are actually several different ways that CBD can be taken for medicinal therapy - none of the which produce the stereotypical marijuana "high." 

  

How Does Cannabidiol Interact With The Body?  

All of the 60-plus cannabinoids unique to the plant genus Cannabis interact with our bodies thanks to a network of neurons called the endocannabinoid system. 

The endocannabinoid system runs throughout your body. And it's loaded with receptors that bind to the cannabinoid you introduce to your bloodstream when you consume weed. And it's the chemical interactions of those bonds that create a wide and largely unknown series of responses in your body. 

Without distorting the sense too much, you could say that human beings are "hard-wired" for weed. The endocannabinoid system runs deep and touches all of the major systems of the body. And that's why weed can do so many things for us, from altering and regulating moods to stimulating appetites and reducing pain. 

And even though cannabidiol has no toxicity for humans-meaning, it doesn't make you intoxicated (i.e. high)-it is highly reactive with the endocannabinoid system. To put things as simply as possible, CBD makes things happen. When it binds to the endocannabinoid system's receptors, it stimulates all kinds of changes in the body 

Most of those Changes are incredibly beneficial, and researchers keep uncovering real and potential medical uses for them. 

  

CBD is not Psychoactive 

Contrary to popular belief, products such as CBD oil or CBD Capsules are not going to get you high. The CBD in these products, or the CBD you find in cannabis, is not going to make you feel the same as the THC does. It is THC which is a psychoactive substance - CBD is not. It does not act in the same manner when it comes into contact with your brain's pathways. It does not interfere with your psychomotor or psychological functions either. For those who want a simpler explanation: CBD is 100 percent safe and is not going to get you high! 

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3 comments

  • This is a wonderful, informative post! I have often been questioned about whether hemp products I use such as hemp seed oil and hemp milk are safe and how they relate to the marijuana plant. I never knew the answer to these questions except to say that they are a different part of the plant that doesn’t contain THC. Now I truly understand the difference! Thank you

    Higher Olive
  • I would not recommend taking any CBD or anything that grows alongside marijuana for that matter, if you require a clean drug test to keep your job. Not because of the THC, but the THC level. Some tests are super sensitive and could trace even the slightest thc which is enough to say no.

    Mike
  • I have a commercial driver license I was wondering with random drug testing would the cbd flower or the cbd oil make me fail a such test Thanks .

    James Cozart

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