It is popular but is too young. It is CBD we are talking about, and inspite of the hype it is making in the US markets, not everyone has a clear understanding of CBD. Here are some of the frequently asked questions about CBD.
What Is CBD In The First Place?
CBD is the abbreviation for cannabidiol, which is an active cannabinoid found in the plants of cannabis family. The legalized CBD products that you get in the stores are extracted from hemp plant that is traditionally cultivated for its seeds and fiber. US Farm Bill passed in 2018 defined hemp as any part of the hemp plant that contains less than 0.3% THC and added hemp CBD into the list of agricultural products.
How Does THC Affect The Legal Status Of CBD?
THC (tetrahydrocannabidiol) is an active cannabinoid present in the plants of the cannabis family and is infamous for its intoxicating property. The higher amount of THC in blood gives you a high and leads to failed drug tests, which explains why the law is so strict about keeping the THC content at the minimum level.
Is Hemp CBD And Marijuana CBD Same?
Three recognized species of cannabis plants are Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica and Cannabis ruderalis. Hemp plant and marijuana plant belong to the same species, Cannabis sativa but due to years of selective breeding, they are completely different plants. Marijuana was bred traditionally for using it in the medicinal industry while hemp was traditionally cultivated for its nutritious seed and industrially important stalk fiber.
CBD derived from hemp plant will have high CBD content while the THC content in it is negligible and manufacturers make sure that the THC content is below 0.3%. Marijuana CBD on the other hand contains a high amount of THC indicating that it is federally controlled, as it is psychoactive.
Do CBD Products Have THC?
Three spectrum options are available in CBD, namely full spectrum, broad spectrum and isolate CBD. As full spectrum CBD products contain all the essential hemp plant compounds, it will have some amount of THC too but the level is less than 0.3% and is not something to worry about. Broad-spectrum CBD products contain all essential plant compounds except THC while CBD isolate is the purest form of CBD as its exclusive content is CBD.
Before starting to use CBD, conduct thorough research on it to clear misconceptions in your mind if you have any.