CBD Basics: What You Need to Know About Cannabidiol

CBD Basics: What You Need to Know About Cannabidiol

Get informed about the major compounds found in cannabis and review some of the premium CBD products available in the US.

Scientists and consumers are both very interested in the benefits and uses of CBD. As a result, this compound has become increasingly popular in mainstream society. Statistics show that as many as 33% of Americans report using this natural compound as of 2020. Below we break down what CBD is and discover what products are available for adult consumers.

The Cannabis Plant

Let's start with the cannabis plant. The term cannabis refers to a species of plant which has existed for over 28 million years. More recently, the plant has been used for a variety of purposes. For example, its hemp fibers can be used for making paper and clothing, and its seeds can be harvested for their nutritional value. The plant can also be used in construction materials, can replace plastics, and has the potential to be used as a biofuel.

Cannabis strains can be classified as either sativa, indica, or hybrid. However, after years of crossbreeding, there are very few pure strains of cannabis and most are now some form of hybrid. Used for either medical or recreational purposes, cannabis flowers and their leaves contain as many as 540 different chemical substances. Compounds such as cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids will produce a certain effect when interacting with the body's endocannabinoid system (ECS).

One of the main cannabinoids found in cannabis includes CBD, which is the abbreviation for Cannabidiol. It's known as a non-intoxicating compound and has potential uses for health and wellness.

Another compound commonly found in cannabis is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, and is known to produce a psychoactive effect. Research shows THC may have health and wellness benefits, as stated in the National Academies of Sciences report.

The Synergy of Cannabis

There is a lot of talk about the "entourage effect". This term is used to describe the combined effects of the compounds present in each cannabis strain or cultivar. Cannabis products can be broken down into three types based on the formulation. Consumers can purchase a product that is full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, or isolate. Full-spectrum products contain all the available compounds in the plant. In comparison, broad-spectrum products contain some compounds but are usually without THC. Isolate products are made up of one cannabinoid, usually CBD, and have no other compounds present. To achieve maximum benefits, consider full-spectrum or broad-spectrum products if you use cannabis for wellness.

Everyone's Experience With Cannabis Is Different.

Each consumer has a different experience depending on many factors like the product formulation, individual genetics, tolerance, etc. However, CBD is widely accepted as safe to use. For those wanting to experience the benefits of cannabis but do not want the psychoactive effect of THC, CBD products are a good option. However, those who are new to CBD should start with a low quantity and gradually increase as needed.


Are CBD products legal in the US?

The simple answer is yes, hemp-derived CBD products with less than 0.3 percent THC are legal, but it depends on your state. So be sure to check if your state allows it. 

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