CBD From A to Z
CBD – a Working Definition
CBD is simply shorthand for Cannabidiol, which is one of the many Cannabinoids (a group of closely related compounds -there are more than 100) in the Cannabis plant. CBD found in Cannabis is 100% natural. The human brain has receptors known as the CB1 and CB2 receptors which are responsible for accepting & assimilating CBD and other Cannabinoids into our bodies.
Will It Get Me High?
CBD is non-psychoactive, and this means that it will not get you high the way it’s cousin THC does. Many people do report a “relaxed” feeling when ingesting CBD. Although most people do not report impairment, we are all individuals capable of our own unique experience.
Will I pass a Drug Test?
This is one of the more common questions for average working people. The short answer is “maybe”.
Your safest bet is to use a CBD isolate from a professional and trusted extraction facility. Isolates are designed to remove all other cannabinoids leaving only the CBD. Thus the name, because it isolates the CBD from the other chemical compounds.
Smoke-able flower is a little more questionable because it will contain trace amounts of THC. Not enough to produce a high, but possibly enough to show up on a drug test. This is especially true if the flower you are smoking is above the legal hemp limit. Make sure your product comes from a trusted farm and is tested by a reputable lab.
How Does CBD Relate to Hemp?
The 2018 Farm Bill defines hemp as follows:
Cannabis sativa L. and “any part of that plant, including the seeds thereof and all derivatives, extracts, cannabinoids, isomers, acids, salts, and salts of isomers,” with no more than a 0.3 percent concentration of THC.
All legal CBD comes from the hemp plant. When you acquire a full-spectrum CBD product it would be more accurate to say that you are buying a full-spectrum hemp product as you are getting the entire cannabinoid and terpene profile of the hemp plant.
Is It Safe?
Negative effects due to CBD are generally unheard of. In some cases lightheadedness or a mild headache is reported, but this is usually the result of lower quality CBD flower.