It seems like everywhere you turn you see something about CBD. It’s hard to know what is real and what is hype. Misinformation runs rampant these days, so it’s important to have access to legitimate scientific expertise to help make informed decisions.
What is CBD?
CBD is a compound found naturally in both the cannabis (marijuana) and hemp plants. The hemp plant has been used for medicinal purposes for over 2,000 years, with early accounts from China where it was used as a pain remedy. The primary distinction between cannabis and hemp centers on whether the plant contains significant levels of THC, with hemp typically containing low levels of THC. CBD rich oil is extracted from the hemp plant and must contain less than 0.3% THC, although products containing CBD isolate should have no THC in them.
2. Can CBD get you “high”?
No, CBD will not cause you to feel the “high” that is characteristic of THC use. THC is the primary psychoactive component of the cannabis plant. CBD is one of many non-psychoactive components of the hemp plant. Cannabis contains significant levels of THC and is associated with getting “high”, while CBD does not promote the “high” associated with recreational THC use.
3. CBD works naturally in your body.
CBD is a cannabinoid, which are compounds that work on the endocannabinoid system in the body. The endocannabinoid system is a system that helps provide physiologic balance in humans. When CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system other body systems are impacted, particularly systems that impact mood and sleep. In addition to the well-known and well-studied cannabinoids CBD and THC, there are more than 100 other cannabinoid compounds in the hemp plant that have been identified. If you would like more information on CBD and hemp and the benefits that they can provide, see the article “CBD, Hemp, Cannabinoids and the Endocannabinoid System” found in the membership section at ICNS.com.
4. CBD can help with sleep, mood and pain.
Some of the more common uses of CBD and hemp are as complementary approaches to help with sleep problems, mood challenges and pain conditions. It is also reported to be helpful with nausea and suppressed appetite that often accompany chronic health conditions.
5. CBD and hemp quality matters.
There are important considerations that you should take into account when seeking a reputable source of CBD. Certificates of analysis (CoA), clear labeling of ingredients, impurity profiles and extraction methods used are some of the important considerations that should be taken into account when sourcing CBD. For a comprehensive list of what to look for when sourcing, or to just learn more about CBD, see the article “CBD, Hemp, Cannabinoids and the Endocannabinoid System” found in the membership section at ICNS.com.