Understanding the Potential Sources of CBD
Yes, CBD (cannabidiol) is extracted from cannabis, one of the oldest domesticated crops in history. It is not uncommon for people to see the word “cannabis” and have their thoughts immediately turn to the well-known intoxicating effects of marijuana. After all, marijuana is cannabis.
CBD oil extracted from marijuana is likely to cause a psychoactive effect, the high, but don’t be too alarmed. Marijuana is not the only cannabis plant available for CBD extraction. You can benefit from all the potentially beneficial properties of marijuana without the high, by ensuring your CBD is sourced from organic hemp.
Differentiating Between Marijuana and Hemp
Marijuana and hemp are both designated cannabis sativa; they are both cannabis plants. Hemp plants were bred for food, rope, and textiles. Marijuana plants were bred for medical use and religious purposes. There is one very important difference between these two plants, the levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) they contain. THC is the cannabinoid responsible for marijuana’s psychoactive reputation.
Until a few years ago, both plants were illegal to cultivate in the US. That changed with the Agricultural Act of 2014 (US Farm Bill). The US Farm Bill cleared the legal confusion and spelled out the criteria for differentiating marijuana from hemp. With the parameters clearly in place, CBD manufacturers are free to market their wares. Understanding the differences will help reassure you that you cannot get high from hemp-sourced CBD.
THC is one of the many cannabinoids found in cannabis, but the only cannabinoid that causes intoxication. The CBD extracted from marijuana contains 5 to 30 percent THC. Tetrahydrocannabinol binds with the CB1 receptors within your brain and causes the psychoactive effects associated with marijuana use. Because of the high levels of THC and potential side effects, marijuana is classified as a schedule 1 drug. With the exception of a few states, marijuana is only legal when prescribed by a doctor.
Due to selective breeding, the CBD extracted from organic hemp contains only trace amounts of THC (.3 percent or less), not enough to cause any type of psychoactive effect. Even if you were to consume enormous amounts of hemp-derived CBD, you would not get high, even if you were trying. That’s why CBD from hemp is not classified as a schedule 1 drug and is available for use without a prescription.
Understanding the Potential Impact of CBD on Your Body
CBD from hemp will not make you feel high, but it does offer many potential health benefits. To understand the benefits of CBD, you may need a bit of background information to understand what it does. Here’s a brief explanation.
Your body relies on messengers and receptors to regulate nearly every essential function in your body. This vital communication system is called your endocannabinoid system. Maintaining balance within your endocannabinoid system is critical to your health and wellbeing. Just a few of the processes regulated by your endocannabinoid system include:
- Inflammation and pain perception
- Immune system function
- Digestive processes
- Mood, memory, and memory recall
- The life cycle of healthy cells
- Cardiovascular and digestive processes
- The reproductive processes
- Metabolism and thermal regulation
Your body makes its own messengers that influence the cannabinoid receptors throughout your body. These messengers are called endocannabinoids. Ideally, your body would make enough endocannabinoids to keep this communication system functioning efficiently. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen. Today, researchers believe that many common health conditions are caused by endocannabinoid deficiencies.