What is CBD?
CBD is short for "cannabidiol" and pronounced as (can·na·bid·i·ol). CBD is one of the many cannabinoids produced by Cannabis and Hemp plants. The main difference between these plants is that hemp plants have low concentrations of THC and high concentrations of CBD. Where, many marijuana plants have high concentrations of THC and low concentrations of CBD.
Cannabinoids, terpenoids, and flavonoids are all major components of the Cannabis and Hemp plant. These naturally occurring compounds each provide a unique interaction with the endocannabinoid system.
What Is The Endocannabinoid System?
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is an important molecular system that interacts and send signals to the nervous system which controls most functions of the body and mind. The ECS is filled with "receptors" that await the presence of cannabinoid molecules. Once a cannabinoid nears, the receptor will bind with it, creating a sophisticated chemical interaction. Both humans and animals have an endocannabinoid system that helps the body perform and regulate various critical functions. These functions include balance, coordination, activation & suppression of appetite, and your overall mood.
Is CBD Safe?
These natural compounds are being studied for potential anti-seizure, anti-inflammatory properties, and other wellness benefits. One of the main reasons and excitement that drives these studies is due to CBD being a natural remedy alternative that individuals can use without any issues of abuse or dependency. The (WHO) World Health Organization produced a report on cannabidiol clinical trials, "CBD is generally well tolerated with a good safety profile. Reported adverse effects may be as a result of drug-drug interactions between CBD and patients’ existing medications." If you are currently taking prescription drugs it is recommended to speak to a Medical Professional before consuming CBD to avoid any adverse effects.
Does CBD get you high?
CBD is non-psychoactive, meaning it does not get you "high". Most CBD users will relate the feeling of CBD to providing a calming and relaxing effect on the body and mind. Unlike the more popular cannabinoid known as THC "Delta-9 Tetrahydrocannabinol" the psychoactive chemical which is well known for making users feel “high”.
Is CBD Legal?
In December of 2018, the 2018 Farm Bill was signed into law. This bill removed hemp, defined as cannabis (Cannabis sativa L.) with no more than 0.3 percent THC on a dry weight basis, from the definition of marijuana in the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). This removal made hemp federally legal in the United States. However, every state has different laws or restrictions on CBD.