For those of you who aren’t entirely familiar with what CBD is, sit back and we’ll fill you in.
At its most basic, CBD is short for cannabidiol, a chemical compound found in the cannabis plant. It does NOT get you high – that responsibility falls on its cousin THC (which is short for tetrahydrocannabinol). CBD is used in stuff like oils and edibles – but, again, we’re not talking about the highs generally associated with recreational THC drugs.
Separating CBD from THC
This is probably the greatest misunderstanding of CBD and it’s easy to see why. The fact that it comes from the same plant we find our THC in coupled with both lazy writing and hysterical propaganda have led to a general confusion of the two. But don’t just take our word for it. Junella Chin, DO, an osteopathic physician and a medical cannabis expert for cannabisMD says, "CBD is the non-psychoactive portion of the plant, so what that means is you won't have any effects like euphoria. You won't feel sedated or altered in any way."
CBD In Hemp
CBD comes from the plant Cannabis sativa but that plant has two main species; marijuana and hemp. In fact, hemp contains more CBD in it than the marijuana plant. But let’s not confuse hemp oil with CBD; the hemp oil that’s extracted doesn’t contain any cannabinoids so that means no CBD or THC. Hemp oil is currently used more for beauty products than anything else.
At the time of writing, the US Congress passed the 2018 Farm Bill which remove hemp (defined as cannabis with less than 0.3% THC) from Schedule I controlled substances and making it an ordinary agricultural commodity. However, CBD can not be sold in Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. For more information, the organization Americans for Safe Access has a helpful guide to the specific laws in each state.