CBD, or cannabidiol, is found in the genus Cannabis, which includes marijuana and hemp. This ancient plant contains many beneficial phytocannabinoids (or phytochemicals) that work naturally with the receptors in our natural endocannabinoid system. Our endocannabinoid system maintains homeostasis, or balance, in our bodies, helping to regulate appetite, pain sensation, memory, and mood. CBD by itself, whether derived from hemp or cannabis, is non-psychoactive, meaning it cannot create a mind-altering state.
Some so-called CBD products contain only hemp seed oil. There is very little CBD in the seeds, so while there are other beneficial compounds in the oil, it doesn’t provide very much CBD. Oil extracted from the whole plant, including the important flower, contains a wealth of CBD plus secondary cannabinoids and other natural constituents that work together to create an “entourage effect,” multiplying their healing properties. Products made from Broad Spectrum CBD contain all the same cannabinoids and terpenes as Full Spectrum CBD but with zero THC.
Terpenes are the stuff in essential oils responsible for taste and aroma. (Limonene, for instance, smells like lemons). Essential oils have been used since ancient times, valued for their therapeutic and medicinal properties. Researchers today believe that terpenes are an important contributor to the entourage effect..
The World Health Organization released a report in 2018 stating that whole plant derived CBD is safe and well-tolerated in humans and animals, and not associated with any negative health effects. They determined that CBD is an effective treatment for epilepsy. In addition, the study found preliminary evidence that CBD could be beneficial in treating a variety of other ailments without the side effects of opioids. While CBD has been found to be helpful for many users, it’s important to verify a product’s source and extraction methods before using it.
The answer is no. CBD extracted from hemp by law must contain less than 0.3% THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) the principal psychoactive constituent of cannabis. All of our products are made from Broad Spectrum CBD which contains zero THC.
Whole-plant hemp extract with THC under the 0.3% limit, as defined by the 2018 United States Farm Bill, has been removed from the Controlled Substance’s Act as a Schedule 1 drug. The signed 2018 Farm Bill, supported by both parties, makes hemp-derived CBD legal on the federal level.
The World Health Organization recommends that CBD remain unscheduled, and CBD is not scheduled under any United Nations drug control treaties.