As demand for CBD continues to skyrocket, the CBD industry has developed into a unique market that is independent, yet still closely related to the Cannabis industry, including its controversial reputation and shifting legalities.
Due to the confusion and complications that this can present for CBD users, it has become increasingly important to understand the difference between hemp and marijuana and how they relate to Cannabis.
Cannabidiol and Marijuana- There is a difference!
CBD stands for cannabidiol. It is the second most prevalent of the active ingredients of cannabis (marijuana).
While CBD is an essential component of medical marijuana, it is derived directly from the hemp, which is a related to marijuana but is actually different. While CBD is a component of marijuana (one of hundreds), by itself it does not cause a “high.” According to a report from the World Health Organization, “In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential…. To date, there is no evidence of public health related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.”
It seems that everywhere you look these days on mainstream media, magazines, and newspapers, people are talking about the potential health benefits of CBD. Many people are talking about CBD as the next superfood, but what are the facts?
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the main active cannabinoids found in both the hemp and marijuana plants. Unlike the other main cannabinoid, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD has no psychoactive properties at all.
What does this mean? Unlike THC, which leaves users with a euphoric high, CBD doesn’t get you high and won’t. Most people report a feeling of relaxation after consuming CBD.
CBD comes from both the hemp and marijuana plants. Both plants belong to the cannabis sativa plant family, but each has unique differences. Industrial hemp plants are high in CBD but contain less than 0.3% THC. Marijuana plants, on the other hand, are much higher in THC. You can get strains of marijuana that are high in both THC and CBD, but it’s hard to separate the two cannabinoids.
When & Where did CBD become legal?
In 2018 the US legislator passed the 2018 US Farm Bill making it legal to grow industrial hemp plants and produce products from hemp at a federal level across the United States. However, each state has its laws and not all states have ratified their laws to come into line with the new federal regulations.
The popularity of CBD oils and other CBD products is increasing at such a rapid pace that it's outpacing government regulations regarding the use, manufacture, the age to buy CBD, and the sale of CBD products. You must always purchase your CBD products from reputable CBD companies that stand behind their products and back them up with independent third-party laboratory reports.
Here at Ancient Herb CBD we pride ourselves in providing quality, fully tested CBD products manufactured by reputable companies. It is important to understand that, in general, the law is more favorable to CBD produced from hemp than from marijuana, and products sold by our company are produced exclusively from hemp. Also, any of our products that contain THC have only 0.3% which is considered an undetectable level of THC and shouldn’t cause any psychoactive symptoms.
Why take CBD
Cannabis has been used for medical purposes across the world for centuries. CBD has a lot of potential as a natural alternative to a variety of different pharmaceutical products.
How does CBD interact with our bodies?
Inside everyone, regardless of whether they have consumed any cannabis products, is something known as the Endocannabinoid System. Even cats and dogs have an ECS, which is why CBD products are helpful for animals as well as people.
Our bodies naturally produce endocannabinoids, but sometimes when we’re sick or run down, our bodies don’t produce enough of these endocannabinoids.
That’s where phytocannabinoids (cannabinoids that come from plants) such as cannabidiol can be useful to boost our low levels of endocannabinoids.
The ECS is made up of a series of receptors that are spread throughout the body and central nervous system. These receptors are all linked together like a chain. When you take CBD products, the cannabinoids enter the bloodstream and interact with the receptors in the ECS. Cannabidiol (CBD) binds with the CB1 and CB2 receptors.
When CBD binds with the receptors in the ECS, it creates a chemical reaction, which sends different messages to our body and brain. One of the great things about CBD is how versatile it is.
CBD can be taken as an oil, edibles, applied as a topical cream or lotion, inhaled as a vapor, or taken as supplements and a variety of other options. There truly is a delivery system to suit every condition and person.
CBD has very little in the way of any serious negative side-effects and is non-addictive. It’s because of this that so many people prefer to use CBD instead of pharmaceutical medications. However currently, the FDA does not regulate the safety and purity of dietary supplements. So you cannot know for sure that the product you buy has active ingredients at the dose listed on the label. In addition, the product may contain other (unknown) elements. We also don’t know the most effective therapeutic dose of CBD for any particular medical condition.
The most important thing is that anyone, especially anyone under 21, speaks with their doctor or healthcare provider before trying any CBD products.
How old do you have to be to buy CBD?
The way laws and regulations stand in the United States regarding CBD and how old you have to be to buy CBD oil it’s challenging to give a straight yes, or no answer to the question is CBD legal for people under 18?
Most reputable CBD companies limit the sales of CBD products to those above the age of 18 years old and have systems in place to ensure minors aren’t purchasing products that may be harmful to them.
The information contained on our website and any other communication from company representatives is for informational purposes only and in no way constitutes either medical or legal advice and you should always seek your own independent professional legal or medical advice before deciding to purchase or use any CBD products.
FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION (FDA) DISCLOSURE: Statements on our website about CBD products or hemp-based products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. Always check with your physician before starting a new dietary supplement program. Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally-occurring constituent of the industrial hemp plant and hemp oil. All of the cannabinoids in our products, including our CBD, are natural constituents of industrial hemp and hemp oil. Ancient Herb, Inc does not sell or distribute any products that are in violation of the United States Controlled Substances Act (US CSA). Ancient Herb, Inc does sell and distribute industrial hemp-based products.