WHAT IS CBD?
CBD is the abbreviated name for cannabidiol, one of the active components in cannabis plants (called cannabinoids or phytocannabinoids). Phytocannabinoids are only found in cannabis plants, and play a big role in their therapeutic properties.
There are around 100 active phytocannabinoids in cannabis plants, and CBD is typically one of the most prevalent components, along with THC.
While THC is responsible for causing the ‘high’ that is traditionally associated with cannabis use, CBD is non-psychoactive, meaning it cannot get you high. Instead, CBD is known for its beneficial properties that are gaining widespread popularity in the health & wellness world.
HOW DOES CBD WORK?
CBD works by interacting with a system in the body called the endocannabinoid system (or ECS). The endocannabinoid system is made up of a network of neurotransmitters and receptors that can be found all over the body, but primarily in the brain & central nervous system. Neurotransmitters in the endocannabinoid system are nearly identical to cannabinoids found in cannabis plants, which is what allows cannabinoids like CBD and THC to interact with the endocannabinoid system. Because CBD, THC, and other cannabinoids are so similar to the neurotransmitters naturally released by our endocannabinoid system, they’re able to act similarly in the body. The endocannabinoid system helps regulate a lot of things, like the immune system, fight-or-flight responses (and other psychological responses), neurogenesis (new cell production), and more.
IS CBD LEGAL?
The 2018 Farm Bill was signed into law in December of 2018. With that, industrial hemp & hemp products were made federally legal in the U.S., and that includes CBD products that are made from hemp. According to the Farm Bill, any cannabis plant with less than .3% THC is considered hemp, and any product produced from that plant must remain under the limit of .3% THC. So, hemp-derived CBD is federally legal, as long as it meets those stipulations. Period.
Is CBD Marijuana?
CBD is an active component of all cannabis plants, which means that CBD is a part of marijuana- but it would be wrong to say that CBD is marijuana.
The US government made hemp products federally legal in the 2018 Farm Bill. So, in order for CBD to be a legal product, it must be considered a hemp product.
Both marijuana and hemp are part of the ‘Cannabis’ scientific family of plants, so both marijuana and hemp are considered cannabis, but only CBD products made from hemp are legal.
So What’s The Difference Between Hemp & Marijuana?
According to federal law, cannabis plants are now divided into two categories: marijuana and hemp.
Marijuana: any cannabis plant with over .3% THC content is considered marijuana.
Hemp: any cannabis plant with less than .3% THC content is considered hemp.
So, to reiterate, a cannabis plant with less than .3% THC content is legally considered hemp, and can be used to source legal CBD. This is called ‘hemp-derived CBD’. ALL of our products are made with hemp-derived CBD, and meet the federal legal limit of under .3% THC.
[Not All CBD Is Legal: A plant with over .3% THC is considered marijuana- even if the subsequent CBD oil made from that plant were under .3% THC, because the CBD was sourced from a marijuana plant rather than a hemp plant, that product would NOT be considered federally legal.]