Everyone seems to be talking about CBD products right now. By and large CBD was the most discussed supplement in 2019 and is positioned to continue to be a hot topic in 2020 as well. If you are interested in CBD it might actually be an overwhelming process weeding through all of the information available, so we are starting with 1 term you will see and hear in your research journey – Hemp Derived CBD. Since most people associate CBD with marijuana and assume it carries the same qualities and physical properties of marijuana knowing the difference between help derived and marijuarna derived CBD is a great place to start in understanding CBD.
So, what is CBD? Believe it or not, it was found way back in 1940. It’s known as a phytocannabinoid, and its actual name is Cannabidiol, with “CBD” serving as an abbreviation. It’s one of over 100 cannabinoids extracted from cannabis plants, which lends itself to the mischaracterization of being a drug. It’s actually not a drug at all and has been studied in relation to a wide manner of ailments.
Many people buy CBD oil and other products containing Cannabidiol as they believe in the health benefits. Although CBD as a health and wellness supplement is not approved by the FDA yet, there is no shortage of athletes and celebrities using and endorsing CBD oil products for general health and wellness.
The Differences Between Hemp and Marijuana CBD
There actually are two main types of CBD, however, which is another reason it lends itself to confusion for people who haven’t studied the topic. There’s hemp-based CBD and marijuana-based. According to the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, hemp was separated from marijuana, as hemp is not a drug and only contains trace amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol, known commonly as THC, the chemical responsible for the effects of marijuana.
So let’s take a look to see if the products differ based on their source.
In CBD that comes from marijuana, it comes directly from the mature plants. However, this version of the product does not contain levels of THC that will have any intoxicating effect, even though the plants themselves are harvested and dried when they bud in order to produce the material that people use for its intoxicating purposes. The extract itself simply does not have that “high” effect.
CBD that’s derived from hemp plans come from industrial-use plants that are grown for the purposes of using hemp, which has a ton of different uses. While the same species of plant, the hemp plant is slimmer and doesn’t bloom like a marijuana plant and is grown more for its fibers and seeds. The CBD extracted from hemp is chemically identical to that extracted from marijuana, however, due to its chemistry.
Are CBD Products Legal?
This is another area that’s easy to explain, although it can initially seem simultaneously cloudy and clear; a bit of a paradox. This is because hemp plants are perfectly legal in the United States and can even be grown for research by various institutes. However, marijuana is only legal in certain states, and even then it’s highly regulated, which means for all intents and purposes that marijuana is illegal to grow.
Though CBD is perfectly legal. Even if it comes from marijuana plants, it doesn’t suddenly become illegal, because there’s no way to tell chemically as they’re identical. Though most CBD you find will come from hemp, since those plants are legal.
Discussing the THC Question
As mentioned briefly above, CBD doesn’t have that intoxicating “high” effect because it does not contain levels of THC elevated enough to impact the body in such a way. While THC levels of only 0.3% are enough for a plant of the species to be considered marijuana, that’s still orders of magnitude more THC than one will find in some CBD products. Others will contain more, but all will contain less than the 0.3% that’s used to classify those levels as an intoxicant.
No wild claims here, and no boasting about studies done or benefits gained. The gist of CBD products is that you should do your own research and figure out what’s best for you. Just know that the substance itself is perfectly legal and it is not an intoxicant. Enjoy your research and if the path leads you to add CBD to your healthcare routine don’t forget to share your experience with others who are ready to take a similar journey.