What is CBD?

CBD – short for cannabidiol – is one of many cannabinoids found in the Cannabis sativa or hemp plant. Essentially, it is one of hundreds of chemical compounds found in the Cannabis plant and has been shown to have many therapeutic and potentially pharmacological properties.

The unique cultivar or strain of Cannabis is ultimately going to determine the different levels of cannabinoids that will be contained in it. The two most prominent cannabinoids are CBD and THC, and strains of the plant are genetically bred to be rich in one or the other (or both). Typically, industrial hemp is cultivated for its multipurpose stalks, stems, and seeds (and CBD content), and marijuana is the strain that produces high levels of THC that is used for medicinal and recreational purposes. However, CBD can be derived from both marijuana and industrial hemp.

There are some significant distinctions that need to be made between CBD and delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the two most dominant and prevalent cannabinoids found in Cannabis. CBD is non-psychoactive and will not produce a mental fog or high like its notorious cousin THC. THC is known for not only getting users high, but also leading to paranoia and anxiety—CBD has been shown in studies to produce the completely opposite effects. It has shown in preclinical studies to counteract anxiety produced by THC. However, THC and more recently CBD are being explored for their medicinal benefits and the findings are promising.

What makes CBD and other cannabinoids unique is their ability to interact with the body. The body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS) interacts with cannabinoids produced by the body as well as those ingested from external sources (such as from hemp). What that means is our body is designed to accept and utilize cannabinoids in a way that promotes health and balance.

Does CBD make you high?

No, no, and no again! CBD has been shown in study after study to not produce a disoriented, foggy, or stoned state of mind. This is one of CBD’s most important and distinguishing qualities when compared to THC and other drugs or medicines that cause unwanted mental or psychotic side effects.

Is CBD oil legal?

Our CBD is derived from hemp farms in Kentucky that are certified to operate under the 2014 U.S. Farm Bill section 7606 and Kentucky state agricultural laws. In short, yes, our CBD oil is legal. However, laws related to industrial hemp and marijuana are different from state to state, so check your state and local laws to determine the status of CBD in your unique location.

Is CBD addictive?

According to a 2017 report by the World Health Organization, “In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential.”

Unlike THC, CBD does not trigger the dopamine receptors in the brain that lead to tolerance and dependency. Both animals and humans have been observed to see if patterns of dependency formed with regular use of CBD. The results? No signs of tolerance nor withdrawal appeared in either group. No signs of CBD having an addictive nature surfaced.

In preliminary studies, CBD has shown to actually decrease the cravings of those addicted to cigarettes and marijuana, and we anxiously await more research on this subject.

Not only that, CBD is considered as having a “good safety profile”, meaning its negative side effects are uncommon or not severe when they do occur.

Will CBD work for “insert your condition”?

CBD is most widely known and studied for its anti-epileptic properties and its ability to treat both children and adults with serious diseases that involve frequent and severe epileptic seizures or spasms (read our FAQ “Can children take CBD?”).

In addition to that, a host of other therapeutic and medicinal properties of CBD have begun to surface in research, including: anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, analgesic (pain reliever), neuroprotectant (protects nerve cells from degeneration and damage), enhanced sleep, anti-depressant and anti-anxiety. A study titled “Cannabidiol: State of the art and new challenges for therapeutic applications” created this useful chart summarizing the major and minor research findings thus far regarding the therapeutic benefits CBD (its scientific name is cannabidiol).

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