There’s no doubt that CBD is a legitimate wellness product. It’s hard not to notice that it has has gone from something brand new to being absolutely everywhere. Coffee shops selling infused drinks, spas that offer infused facials, various companies bombarding us with lotions or adding hemp oils in their current formulas. Seems like everyone from your random acquaintance to your arthritis-suffering grandmother wants to try or already uses CBD.
Even though CBD is pretty much everywhere now, many people still find CBD confusing. Especially proper usage and trying to figure out how to make sure the stuff you’re buying is any good. Let’s set a few things straight.
First things first. What is CBD?
CBD or cannabidiol is a compound from cannabis plants. This naturally occurring substance is used in products from oils to edibles (and everything in between) to provide us with a feeling of relief and calmness. Marijuana on the other hand has tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). This THC makes marijuana psychoactive and you will indeed get you super high.
So CBD is not psychoactive?
While cannabis plants contain both CBD and THC, CBD is the non-psychoactive portion of the plant. That means you won’t have any euphoric effects or “highs”. THC on the other hand will affect you if you smoke or ingest even a tiny amount. As always, one never knows how their body will react to any new supplements. When starting a healthy regimen, it’s best to consult with your doctor just to be safe.
Whatever you do, make sure the products are third-party-tested for potency and purity. As of this writing the FDA doesn’t regulate CBD, so it’s possible to buy a Hemp product that has no cannabidiol. Avoid those products at all costs.
What role does hemp play in this?
The words cannabis, marijuana, and hemp have been mixed and matched so often that most people still don’t know what is what. The Cannabis sativa plant has two primary species, marijuana and hemp. While both contain cannabidiol, there’s much more of it in hemp. Hemp also has very low (from 0% to less than 0.3%) amounts of THC as compared to marijuana.
Finally, don’t be fooled by the term “hemp oil”. More often that not, that’s simply oil extracted or cold pressed from the hemp seeds. There are no cannabinoids “CBD” or THC in hemp seed oil. It’s still a healthy oil but better served on a side salad or in a skin moisturizer. Using hemp seed oil for anxiety, pain or sleep would be like using olive oil. Absolutely nothing will happen.