We know that there is a lot of information on the internet regarding CBD and it can be hard to know what is correct and what is not. Below we have answered some commonly asked questions to help you navigate the market and so you know if CBD is right for you.
What is CBD?
CBD, or cannabidiol, is a cannabinoid that is extracted from the hemp plant, and is just one of over 100 different cannabinoids that have been identified in the hemp plant so far.
Cannabinoids are naturally present in the hemp plant, but also in the human body where they are produced by our Endocannabinoid System to regulate us and keep us healthy.
The Endocannabinoid System
We all have an endocannabinoid system (ECS) within us, which is a cell-signalling system that targets specific cannabinoids in our bodies. It contains cannabinoid receptors which help to balance the body’s essential functions, such as sleep, mood and appetite to support our wellbeing.
The ECS is a self-regulating system that produces its own cannabinoids, but the levels of cannabinoids often fluctuate within the body and so introducing phytocannabinoids (cannabinoids that occur naturally in the hemp plant and are extracted, such as CBD), can help the body in regulating the levels of cannabinoids present and ultimately improve general wellbeing.
Will CBD get me high?
The short answer is no, CBD will not get you high. CBD is found in the hemp plant, which is in the same family as the marijuana plant, which famously has the cannabinoid THC present in large amounts, which gets you ’high’. What is the difference between Hemp and Marijuana?
Hemp and marijuana are close relatives in the cannabis family of plants, but are not the same. By definition, hemp contains no more than .3% THC – the psychoactive compound that is found in higher concentration in marijuana. By contrast, hemp naturally has higher levels of CBD, a non-psychoactive compound.
Will CBD harm me?
In November 2017, the World Health Organisation (WHO) published a report on CBD which came to the conclusion that CBD “does not appear to have abuse potential or cause harm.” In animal studies and in controlled human studies, physical dependence on CBD also has not been identified. For example, in studies with mice, there were no tolerance or withdrawal effects found. Similarly, it does not appear to have a stimulus, intoxication, physiological or psychotic effects.
What kind of CBD can I take?
There are three main types of CBD on the market:
- Full spectrum – contains the full range of compounds found in the hemp plant, including trace amounts of THC
- Broad spectrum – contains many other compounds, but no THC
- Isolate – contains nothing but CBD (sometimes referred to as ‘pure CBD’)
We hope that this answers any queries you may have about CBD and Hemp in general. If there is anything that we have not answered on this page, or if you would like to ask us anything else then please feel free to drop us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will try to help.