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Common Questions About CBD
CBD is an abbreviation for the cannabinoid CannaBiDiol, which is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid that can be used as a daily supplement to contribute to overall health and wellness. Cannabinoids are naturally occurring compounds and are found within the hemp plant.
CBD is used as a daily supplement as well as a natural aid for many ailments. Current CBD users subscribe to CBD to alleviate insomnia, anxiety, inflammation — such as in the hands or neck, and certain types of seizures. It is used to encourage restfulness, and may serve as a neuroprotectant.
CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid and should not produce a “high” feeling when ingested. While any ingested substance can affect people differently, being non-psychoactive, CBD should not affect your mental state and should promote a clear, calm mind for the user.
CBD can be taken in many forms – pill-capsules, tinctures, gummies, vaporizers, and water-miscible powders being some of the more popular options for consuming CBD. Now with the advent of higher-quality hemp flower, it’s also becoming popular to ingest CBD in the form of low-THC, high-CBD flower cigarettes.
CBD is generally considered a very safe, non-addictive natural compound. Though research has shown it may be able to disrupt and deactivate cytochrome P450 enzymes that work to metabolize certain compounds (such as the active ingredient in some painkillers as well as THC), more research is needed in this area.
Industrial hemp and marijuana both belong to the plant genus Cannabis. Although they’re closely related genetically, like in other species, even one genetic difference can drastically change the characteristics of a plant. Hemp has been bred for more industrial uses, typically focusing on fiber and grain production, while marijuana cultivation and breeding has focused on flower and THC production. Hemp is defined as having at or below 0.3% THC on a dry weight basis. In recent years the hemp industry has begun to also focus on flower and legal cannabinoid production such as Cannabidiol, or CBD.
CBD is typically extracted by either CO2, hydrocarbons, or ethanol and then is then be refined into a crude, distillate, or isolate product.
CBD isolate is the purest form of CBD available, reaching levels of purity that meet or exceed 99% pure CBD. Several methods are used to extract CBD from hemp and reduce it to a powder, crystalline-like form.
Full Spectrum Extract is the fully extracted spectrum of the hemp plant, including all of the cannabinoids and terpenes. Cannabinoid and terpene profiles vary with each variety, so the makeup of a full spectrum extract varies as well. Research is ongoing as to how different cannabinoids and terpenes interact with the body.
Yes. Hemp-derived CBD is legal per the federal 2014 Farm Bill that allowed for hemp production. Tennessee and many states have specific laws in effect that allow for the production and sale of CBD derived from hemp.