What Does CBD Stand For? (And What is it?)
With its recent rise in popularity, you might have heard about CBD products, but what does CBD stand for and how is it used? CBD stands for cannabidiol (can·na·bid·i·ol) which is naturally found in hemp plants. Understanding CBD is the key to knowing how hemp oil supplements work and why this compound has captured the attention of so many scientists.
We now know what CBD stands for, but what exactly is it? CBD is a natural substance obtained from hemp plants that can promote wellness without any psychoactive or intoxicating effects. It is an active compound known as a cannabinoid.
Cannabinoids are the molecules which give the cannabis plant its medical and recreational properties. CBD is used more for its health purposes. The most well-known cannabinoid is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is what is used for the recreational function of the cannabis plant.
CBD Derived from Hemp vs Marijuana
When a person is interested in taking CBD for the first time, they should know where it is sourced from. Cannabidiol from Hemp is much different than from Marijuana.
CBD from Hemp contains little to no THC, therefore it does not cause a “high”. When sourced from Marijuana, CBD will be found in conjunction with THC, and the THC would obviously cause an intoxicating effect. Marijuana is currently illegal unless you are in a state which allows for medical or recreational uses. Hemp is legal in all US states, as long as it is properly sourced.
More info about properly sourced hemp >> Is CBD Hemp Oil Legal in the United States?
CBD Product Types
There are a wide variety of CBD products on the market. At Made by Hemp, we offer CBD in the form of pure hemp oil, tincture extracts, oil concentrates, vape oils, and even oils for pets! You can also choose from many infused foods such as chocolates, gum, or gummies. Hemp oil has a pretty strong and distinct taste (think earthy) so some decide to purchase capsules instead of raw forms or oils. If a flavor is added to the oils, however, they taste a lot better.
CBD has to be ingested; pure oils and tinctures are taken sublingually. This means you place the oil under your tongue, wait 1-2 minutes and swallow. Vape oils must be inhaled using a special vaporizer e-pen.
Cannabidiol can also be used topically. Skin and beauty products made from hemp are all natural and good for the skin. Many athletes enjoy using CBD salves on their joints and muscles before and after workouts to help with soothing aches and pains from rigorous exercise.
Now you know what CBD is, what’s next?