Most people “sorta” know what CBD is – but if you want to be more informed without wasting tons of time researching, then this article is for you! We’ll answer questions like:
- What does CBD stand for?
- Is CBD legal?
- How does CBD work?
And when you’re finished – be sure to check out our CBD shop for products you can trust!
What Does CBD Stand for?
CBD is short for cannabidiol, which is an active ingredient found in both the marijuana plant and the hemp plant (two distinct plants within the cannabis family). CBD is largely legal to sell and purchase in the United States when it’s derived from the hemp plant (not the marijuana plant). Why? Hemp plants naturally have much lower levels of THC, the ingredient that gives you a high when ingested.
Hemp-derived CBD sold in the U.S. cannot contain more than 0.3% THC. This allows you to get the therapeutic benefits without the mind-altering drug effect.
According to the World Health Organization, there’s no potential for pure hemp-derived CBD to be abused or cause addiction, and there’s no evidence it causes any health problems.
When consumed alone – CBD doesn’t get you “high” or have any psychoactive effect. So you don’t have to worry about it having the same impact as traditional marijuana.
People grow, sell, and consume CBD to help with ailments and various types of pain. Many consumers say they experience notable relief from aches and pains, the effects of chemotherapy, anxiety, insomnia, and much more.
Hemp has been cultivated for thousands of years. The hemp plant originated in Central Asia and became popular throughout Europe during the Middle Ages. Today, China and Canada are the largest exporters of the industrial hemp crop.
Is CBD Legal?
After asking, “What does CBD stand for?” the next logical question becomes – “Is it legal to purchase?” It’s an important question but can be boiled down to a few simple facts.
Until recently, growing hemp was illegal in the United States because of its relationship to the marijuana plant. Thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill, U.S. farmers can now grow hemp for the purpose of producing hemp-derived CBD. The bill removed hemp from the Controlled Substance Act and reclassified it for commercial use. So, it’s no longer lumped together with its ugly cousin – marijuana .
Best of all, federal law now makes it legal to sell CBD products in most states. However, state laws in Idaho, Nebraska, and South Dakota have declared all products from the marijuana or hemp plant illegal. So you can’t legally produce or purchase hemp-derived CBD in those states.
How Does It Work?
Your body produces its own cannabinoids (CBD or cannabidiol is a type of cannabinoid), and scientists call this bodily system the Endocannabinoid System or EC System. It regulates things like sleep, mood, appetite, memory, fertility, inflammation, and pain.
Your EC system uses two receptors CB1 (affects sleep, mood, appetite, memory, etc.) and CB2 (affects inflammation and pain) to receive messages and create effects in the body.
When a person consumes marijuana or detectable levels of THC, the THC directly attaches to the CB receptors and basically hijacks the messaging, affecting your sleep appetite, memory, etc. This is what makes you feel “high”.
When a person consumes hemp-derived CBD only, the CBD doesn’t attach to the CB receptors like THC does. Instead, researches now understand that CBD doesn’t directly interact with the receptors in your brain at all but instead stimulates your body to use more of its own cannabinoids.
Therefore, CBD doesn’t make you feel high, and according to many people, you still feel therapeutic affects after consuming CBD products.
Now that you know what CBD stands for, that’s it’s legal (for most of you), and even how it works in your body, it’s time to try some of our products!
In our CBD shop you’ll find hemp oil products like:
- CBD Oil Tinctures
- CBD Topicals
- CBD Gel Caps
- CBD Gummies
- CBD Pet Products
Have questions? Send them to us, and we’ll get back with you!