With the increasing popularity of CBD products, here's a quick breakdown of some CBD basics courtesy of Garden of Life.

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol, abbreviated to “CBD”, is one of approximately 115 “phytocannabinoids” naturally occurring in hemp (cannabis) plants.

What are cannabinoids?

Cannabinoids are a diverse group of chemical compounds naturally found in the human body (endocannabinoids) and also in cannabis plants (phyto-cannabinoids).

How do Cannabinoids work?

Cannabinoids interact with receptors of the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) in the body to restore a normal state of healthy balance.

Is CBD Psychoactive?

No, CBD present in all strains of hemp is not a psychoactive compound—CBD will not get you high (unless it contains THC). A good quality tested CBD product that is THC-free should not cause you to fail a drug test.

What is THC?

Delta-9 THC is largely responsible for the psychoactive effects of cannabis. THC can build up in the body and can result in failed drug tests over time.

Is CBD Legal?

On 20th December 2018 the Farm Bill declared that all “hemp” extracts (CBD) are legal agricultural products provided that they contain <0.3% THC

What is Industrial hemp?

Industrial hemp is the hemp plant which has been used historically to produce hemp seed oil, rope, paper, household items, clothing and now CBD extract. By law, industrial hemp strains must contain less than 0.3% THC.

What are the components of whole hemp?

The hemp plant consists of over 480 natural “phyto” compounds which includes cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids and fatty acids.

What are terpenes?

Terpenes are the primary constituents of the essential oils providing the scent and flavor of the plant. They may also have other functions such as protection of the plant.

What is the Entourage Effect?

The Entourage Effect results when the many components within the hemp plant interact with the body to produce a stronger influence than any one of those components alone—it’s a synergistic effect.

This information is not intended as personal medical advice and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.