Interest continues to grow. Last year, the federal government pledged $3 billion to research CBD.
You’re probably already familiar with tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, which is another compound found in the cannabis plant and its main psychoactive component. But unlike THC, CBD is not psychoactive. In other words, it’s not what gets you stoned. It’s also different from medical marijuana, which has been shown to reduce pain.
What is CBD?
CBD is everywhere lately — in skin care, coffee and even pet treats. But is it really all it’s hyped up to be?
The law depends on where you live, and whether the CBD comes from hemp or marijuana. The Farm Bill of 2018 legalized hemp. Marijuana is trickier because the federal government still considers it an illegal drug, although states have their own swiftly changing laws. Some states have legalized recreational use of marijuana, while others have legalized medical marijuana. Still others have introduced CBD-specific legislation.
“I do believe that cannabidiol has potential, absolutely,” Dr. Yasmin Hurd, a neuroscientist at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, told TODAY. Hurd’s research suggests CBD can may have positive effects on opioid addicts.
However, hemp also belongs to this amazing plant family. Hemp contains less than 0.3% THC by definition, but in some strains, it can be loaded with CBD. Manufacturers extract pure CBD for use in supplements, ensuring (for compliance purposes) that THC content stays negligible.
That being said, CBD should never be touted as a panacea or miracle cure. In fact, CBD products derived from hemp are not designed to treat or cure any disease or medical ailment.
CBD Stands for Cannabidiol – Here Are The Basics
CBD stands for cannabidiol, which is an active compound (called a cannabinoid) found in hemp. There are hundreds of different cannabinoids, but in recent times, CBD has become one of the most talked about – and one of the most popular.
Also, remember that CBD is not the only cannabinoid in hemp. It’s often common for hemp-derived products to contain multiple cannabinoids like CBN (cannabinol) and CBG (cannabigerol). These products are usually under the label ‘full-spectrum’ or ‘broad-spectrum.’ Alternatively, a CBD isolate is a product containing almost pure cannabidiol.
Why is that important?