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3 Surprising Facts About CBD

by Lois Earles
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It seems like CBD products are taking the world by storm. You may even know someone who uses CBD to help relieve pain or stress for themselves or even their pets. While CBD products are abundant, you may wonder what CBD is, where it comes from, and interesting facts about this popular product.

What Is CBD and Is It Safe To Use?

You may have heard the terms CBD and THC associated with marijuana. Do you know what the difference between CBD vs. THC is? The main difference between these two natural compounds is where they come from and how they may affect the body. Both cannabinoids commonly called CBD, and tetrahydrocannabinol called THC, are compounds known as phytocannabinoids that come from the cannabis or marijuana plant. THC gets you high, and CBD doesn’t.

1. CBD Products Come From Hemp Plants

Most THC products come from the Cannabis indica or Cannabis sativa hybrid plants. Indica marijuana contains higher amounts of THC that generally range from 15-20%. CBD products come from special Cannabis sativa plants called hemp that’s cultivated to produce less than 0.3% THC. Producers of CBD products including oils, topical creams, tinctures, and gummies use the whole hemp plant to extract all of the beneficial CBD properties found in it.

2. You Won’t Feel Intoxicated or High When You Use CBD Products

CBD is non-psychoactive with trace amounts of THC. CBDs generally won’t get the user high like cannabis products that have high levels of THC, the compound that generally produces euphoria and sleep. Even though CBD products don’t make you high, nearly all CBD products have small amounts of THC, just not enough to affect you the same way that THC does. Legally, any CBD product sold must not exceed 0.3% THC, and cultivators who make CBD products source out hemp that meets the legal requirements or grow the hemp themselves.

3. CBD Is Legal in the United States and Other Parts of the World

When you buy CBD products that contain less than 0.3% THC, it’s legal. The Farm Bill passed in 2018 removed hemp products from the Drug Enforcement Agency’s controlled substance schedule, paving the way for the legalization of hemp growing and making CBD products available to the public. Retail stores and some online stores can sell CBD products as long as they have less than 0.3% THC in them.

However, some states regulate hemp and CBD products differently. You can use The National Cannabis Industry Association’s state-by-state map to see what each state’s CBD regulations are.

CBD oil and products can help relieve stress and anxiety for some people and also offers pain relief for others. Before using any CBD products, consult with your doctor to ensure that the product is right for you and won’t interfere with any other medications you may take. In addition, take the time to read the CBD product label to see if it has less than 0.3% THC, making the product legal under federal law.

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