What is CBD?

CBD is short for cannabidiol, which is a constituent of the hemp plant, a cousin of the marijuana plant. Hemp and marijuana are both members of the same family, cannabis. These constituent parts of cannabis plants are called cannabinoids. CBD is one of at least 113 cannabinoids identified in hemp plants, accounting for up to 40% of the plant’s extract. [1]

 

The main difference between the two is that hemp contains very small amounts of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), a psychoactive cannabinoid, meaning hemp CBD products don’t make you high. Marijuana contains higher amounts of THC, which means it does make you high.

 

So, if there’s THC in hemp, are CBD products legal? (Continue reading)