I’ve Heard About It, But What Is It?
Looking for a basic understanding of what CBD is (and isn’t)? We’ve got you covered.
CBD, short for cannabidiol (pronounced canna-bi-dial) is a chemical compound found in the cannabis plant. Cannabis actually contains 80+ similar compounds called cannabinoids, which include THC. The reason you get high from marijuana is due to the effects of THC—but other cannabinoids (like CBD) don’t get you high at all.
The more we learn about CBD, the more it seems poised to revolutionize medicine as we know it. Because CBD is safe and there is no danger of it getting you intoxicated if it is sourced from industrial hemp. The best part, in the US due CBD-based products aren’t restricted by the legal ban on marijuana.
Where Does CBD Come From?
Is it hemp? Marijuana? Cannabis? There’s actually no need to be confused about this. It works like this; Hemp and marijuana are both sub-species of cannabis. Both of them contain CBD. Hemp tends to contain far more CBD than marijuana, and marijuana contains far more THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, than industrial hemp.
Some people have been misled to believe that hemp plants don’t have THC in them—this is technically not true. It’s more accurate to say that hemp contains very little to almost untraceable amounts of THC.
Hemp CBD extract that’s made from a wholesomely grown, CBD-rich strain of hemp is an incredibly powerful substance with alleged natural healing properties. And remember, CBD derived from hemp is legal in most US states, so you can get it hassle-free (check your local regulations if you’re unsure). That’s why at Happy Tea we use only the best-quality, American-grown hemp we can find—we want to get the power of CBD into the hands of people who need it.
But it’s important to know that CBD doesn’t come from the hemp seeds that many people are familiar with—hemp-seed oil, which you might have seen in your local health food store, is not a source of CBD. CBD comes mainly from the flowers and leaves of the hemp plant. Today, growers are smart, and they’ve learned how to cultivate hemp that’s higher in CBD concentration.
The bottom line is that whether your CBD comes from a hemp plant or a marijuana plant, it’s all CBD to your body. What you have to know is, CBD sourced from anything other than industrial hemp is illegal according to the United States Government. Finding a high-quality hemp CBD source like Happy Tea means you’ll get a product that’s clean, safe, and 100% legal.