Q: What is CBD?
A: CBD or Cannabidiol, is a chemical compound extracted from the cannabis plant. It is the primary chemical compound found in the hemp variant. It differs from THC because of its non-psychoactive properties. It will not have an effect on an individual's mind.
Q: What is THC?
A: THC or Tetrahydrocannabinol is a chemical compound extracted from the cannabis plant. It is the primary compound found in marijuana variants. THC is the chemical that gives marijuana its psychoactive properties or “high” effects.
Q: Are CBD and marijuana from the same cannabis plant?
A: No, CBD and marijuana come from different plants. They do, however, come from the same species of cannabis plant. There are three recognized species of cannabis plants—Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica, and Cannabis ruderalis. Both CBD and marijuana are derived from the Cannabis sativa species. While CBD and THC both come from the same species of the cannabis plant, they are derived from varied genetic and environmental factors during the plant's growth phase. CBD is derived from hemp, while THC is derived from marijuana.
Q: Do CBD products contain THC?
A: CBD products must contain less than 0.3% THC to be legal according to Federal Law. Terms such as "full-spectrum" indicate the presence of THC, whereas terms including, "broad-spectrum" or "CBD isolate" indicate that THC has been removed.
Q: Is CBD legal?
A: CBD that is extracted from hemp and contains less than 0.3% THC is legal at the federal level with the passage of the Farm Bill in late 2018. Each state also has its own law regarding the legality of CBD and therefore the legality of CBD products can vary from state to state.
Q: Is CBD the only cannabinoid in the hemp plant?
A: No. CBD is one of many cannabinoids within the hemp plant, but it’s currently the most popular one being researched for potential wellness benefits.
Q: How does CBD work?
A: CBD is a cannabinoid, a chemical compound that occurs naturally in the human body, and actively interacts with cannabinoid receptors located throughout the human body, known as the endocannabinoid system. When CBD binds to these receptors, it triggers various physiological actions that help to regulate your appetite, pain sensation, mood, and memory.
Q: How does CBD get incorporated into various products?
A: Once extracted, CBD can be combined with a carrier oil, which is then incorporated into tinctures, foods, topical creams, and more.
Q: Who to trust for CBD?
A: CBD is everywhere these days. Asking questions is the first step in finding reputable products. Lab reports should be readily accessible. Labeling should be clear and easy to understand. Potency, purity, and consistency are the hallmarks of quality CBD products.
Q: Why is CBD so popular?
A: There is a lot of hype surrounding the benefits of CBD. Celebrities are starting their own CBD companies. Research is ongoing and regularly makes the news. Filtering out the noise, people take CBD for a variety of reasons. It's certainly not a cure-all supplement. It's also much more than "snake oil".
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