What Is CBD? A Cannabis Field Guide

CBD oil dropper with doctor looking under a microscope in the background

You probably have heard about it on the news or at a dinner party, but what is CBD exactly? Let’s dive right in and answer some of the most common questions.

A lot of people tend to think that CBD is an acronym for something, but is short for cannabidiol. Cannabidiol is just one of the many chemical compounds called cannabinoids. These cannabinoids occur naturally in marijuana and hemp plants. It is the primary chemical associated with with the medical and healing properties of both marijuana and hemp plants. It has been touted as a sleep aid, pain remedy and an effective treatment for cancer-related side effects, but what is CBD not good for?

There have been many studies done on CBD by highly accredited medical institutions around the world. This molecule is non psychoactive, non toxic and there no known side effects. It is useful for treating addictions and many other things. Just because CBD has been shown to help with so much does not mean that is is a magic solution for everything. Some people adjust better than others to this compound so it is a case by case basis. It is extremely important to be educated and to understand that it is a novel approach.

With the passage of the Farm Bill, you can get CBD just about anywhere but it is still important to speak with a healthcare provider on ways that it can be used as a medication. It is also import to understand that not all CBD is the same. Cannabidiol derived from marijuana plants is different than cannabidiol that is derived from the hemp plant.

Marijuana Derived CBD

This particular product can only be sold in a licensed dispensary. In order for CBD to be sold in a licensed dispensary, it must be compliant with the states marijuana regulations. The product has to be lab tested, packaged in a child proof container, tracked from the beginning stages of the plant, and sold behind the counter. These strict regulations are the main reason why this form of CBD is only popular in legalized states. This form also contains a full spectrum of cannabinods, which means that marijuana derived CBD contains enough THC to be considered a psychoactive product and is placed under the same classification as THC.

Hemp Derived CBD

If you are living in a prohibition state then you have access to hemp derived cannabidiol. This particular form of cannabidiol can be sold nationwide and contains less than 0.03% THC, so it is not considered to be a psychoactive product.

Which so much to know about cannabidiol, it is easy to get lost in the haze. Being informed is the best way to stay ahead of the game. Come back to The Happy Campers for all the latest cannabis news and findings.

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