CBD (Cannabinoid) become an extremely popular product within the health industry. But what do you really know about CBD?
Here are 10 facts about CBD you may not know.
1. CBD Can Be Obtained From Both Hemp and Marijuana
A common misconception is that CBD is only obtained from Hemp. This might be due to the fact that CBD is only considered legal if derived from Hemp.
In fact, CBD can be extracted from the flowers, stalks, and leaves of both Marijuana and Hemp. However, Marijuana is mostly grown for its THC and Hemp for its CBD.
2. CBD Oil is Not the Same as Hemp Oil
“Hemp oil” is often used to describe CBD oil or Hemp seed oil, but each of these are different from one another.
Although CBD oil is typically derived from Hemp, it is different from Hemp oil. CBD oil comes from the flowers of the Hemp or Marijuana plant, while Hemp oil comes from the seeds of the Hemp plant (only).
Keep in mind that CBD products sold in the US are always going to be Hemp—not Marijuana—derived.
3. CBD is CBD, Irrespective of the Source
CBD obtained from Hemp and Marijuana are, at the molecular level, the same.
On a molecular level, CBD from Hemp is the same as CBD from Marijuana. The reason why Hemp is used to derive CBD products in the US is so the THC content can be easily controlled (i.e., kept to a minimum). Just like vitamin C, whether your body gets it from a lemon or an orange, it’ll use it the same way.
4. CBD is Psychoactive, But Won’t Make You High
Almost wherever you read, you must have come across this statement, “CBD is non-psychoactive, unlike THC.” This is technically incorrect. CBD is psychoactive; it just doesn’t get you high like THC.
What most people mean when they describe CBD as non-psychoactive is that it doesn’t cause the euphoric effects of THC that lead to getting high.
5. CBD Can Neutralize the Effects of THC
THC can cause side effects like nausea, vomiting, anxiety, increased pain sensation, paranoia, etc. Fortunately, research shows that CBD has a counteractive effect on THC. So, CBD can help alleviate or neutralize the effects of THC.
6. CBD Works Best in Combination With Other Cannabinoids
Taking CBD with other cannabis compounds might enhance its effects. This is known as the entourage effect.
Shimon Ben-Shabat and Raphael Mechoulam first discovered this in 1998 during their research on Cannabinoids. They found that a combination of all the compounds in Cannabis, including CBD, provides a more powerful effect than CBD would have produced on its own. In other words, consuming full-spectrum CBD oil offers more powerful effects than CBD in isolation. The medicinal benefits of the Cannabis plant lie in the whole plant, rather than in the isolated compounds.
7. CBD is Good for Your Pet
One of the most significant milestones in the study of Cannabis is the discovery of the endocannabinoid system (ECS).
Researchers also found out that humans are not the only ones with the ECS. Your cats, dogs, and most other animals also have an ECS and Cannabis has the same effects on them as on humans. In other words, they enjoy the same benefits of CBD that we do.
This discovery gave rise to a new CBD market for pets. CBD can help pets with various issues like nausea, anxiety, pain, and inflammation without getting them intoxicated.
8. You Cannot Overdose With CBD
According to the National Cancer Institute, “Because Cannabinoid receptors, unlike Opioid receptors, are not located in the brainstem areas controlling respiration, lethal overdoses from cannabis and cannabinoids do not occur.”
A 2011 study showed CBD is generally non-toxic and safe for both humans and animals. It further stated that humans could tolerate high doses of CBD—up to 1500 mg daily.
Even the World Health Organization has declared CBD as generally safe and well-tolerated by humans. Though you cannot overdose with CBD, you should avoid taking unnecessarily high doses, as you might experience some mild side effects.
9. CBD Can Help with Drug Addiction
Scientists have discovered that CBD can also inhibit the addictive effects of painkillers like Morphine.
In another study, Nicotine users were encouraged to use CBD whenever they craved Nicotine. One study found that cigarette smokers were able to reduce the number of cigarettes they smoked by more than 40%.
10. CBD is Federally Legal, Provided it’s Obtained From Hemp
The passing of the 2018 Farm Bill made CBD legal on a federal level, as long as it is extracted from industrial Hemp. For a Cannabis plant to be considered industrial hemp, it must contain no more than 0.3% THC. Any more than that and the plant must be considered Marijuana.