Everything You Need to Know
What Is CBD?
CBD is short for cannabidiol. It’s a non-psychoactive extract from the cannabis plant (it won’t make you high).
CBD is suggested to support a wide variety of health conditions and symptoms. This supplement is used to manage neurological disorders like epilepsy, anxiety, and depression. It’s also used to alleviate pain, inflammation, insomnia, and much more.
There are many different ways to use CBD products. You can find CBD in the form of oils, capsules, topical salves, vape pens, edibles, and more.
What Are the Benefits of CBD?
CBD has many well-documented health benefits. Most of its effects come from its ability to interact with the endocannabinoid system (ECS) — which is made up of a series of receptors spread throughout the body.
Other benefits stem from CBD’s impact on cell regeneration and neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine.
The primary benefits of CBD include:
Alleviates pain & inflammation
Supports mental health & wellbeing
Supports healthy skin
Protects the brain
Supports digestive function
May protect the cardiovascular system
Supports reproductive health
Regulates hormones & metabolism
What Does CBD Feel Like?
The effects of CBD are subtle. It’s non-psychoactive, which means CBD won’t make you high — however, it can give you a mild “fuzzy” sensation.
The relaxing effects of CBD can make you feel as though you’re floating or hovering. Your body may feel lighter or heavier, and your mind feels loose and relaxed.
The higher the dose of CBD, the stronger these effects are — but even very high doses (over 100 mg) won’t produce strong enough effects to make you high.
Some people describe the effects of CBD as producing an autopilot sensation. It feels like your body is reacting automatically without much conscious thought. While this is happening, you remain perfectly in control, and your mental state remains clear.
Some people may find high doses of CBD makes them feel sleepy or tired. This is especially prevalent in CBD products containing a high concentration of a related cannabinoid called cannabinol (CBN), which is a strong sedative.
What’s The Difference Between Hemp & Marijuana?
Hemp and marijuana are the same species of plant — Cannabis sativa.
Like other plants, cannabis has many different forms (called phenotypes) depending on its genetic lineage and growing environments. Even though two plants may be the same species, they can be exceptionally different from each other.
The main difference between hemp and marijuana is the amount of THC they produce. THC is the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis that makes users feel high.
Officially, hemp is any plant that contains less than 0.3% THC by dried weight.
Marijuana is any cannabis plant containing more than 0.3% THC.
Hemp is completely legal in the United States and much of the world, while marijuana is generally considered illegal due to its psychoactive effects.
There are two other species of marijuana as well — Cannabis indica and Cannabis ruderalis. These species are always classified as marijuana rather than hemp.