You’re probably here because you’ve heard about CBD and you’ve seen CBD products appear in many of your favorite stores. CBD is certainly growing in popularity, but many people have no idea what it is! If that’s true, you’ve come to the right place.
This is a simple introduction to CBD that tries to answer the most basic question – What is CBD?
What Does CBD Stand for? CBD Definition
CBD is the shortened name for Cannabidiol.
Cannabidiol is one of the two most active ingredients found in hemp and cannabis plants. The other active ingredient is the more infamous THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol).
Pure CBD oil is made by separating the chemical from marijuana or hemp plants, isolating CBD from the other compounds (like THC), then distilling it down into concentrate. All the THC is removed during this process leaving pure CBD oil.
While CBD derived from marijuana plants is still illegal (in most states), CBD derived from industrial hemp — which consists of extremely low levels of THC — is legal in all 50 states and more than 40 countries. The specific guidelines state that CBD must contain no more that 0.03% THC in order to be legal.
The CBD compound is very similar to THC, but not psychoactive. Users of CBD do not experience the euphoric feeling associated with being “high” like THC. People report CBD makes them feel calm and relaxed, although these claims have not been evaluated by the FDA.
Adventure CBD products are made with one of two kinds of CBD oil – CBD Isolate or Full-spectrum CBD.
CBD isolate has 100% of the THC removed during processing, so CBD isolate contains 0.00% THC, making it truly THC free.
Full-spectrum CBD contains trace amounts of THC (<0.03% THC), which meets the legal requirement. However, since full-spectrum CBD contains trace amounts of THC, we recommend that those concerned with passing a drug test refrain from using full-spectrum CBD and choose products made with CBD isolates instead.
CBD is still relatively new and scientists are conducting research to better understand the compound. Expect more information about CBD and its benefits to emerge as these studies are released, and for laws to change in the US and around the world.