Cannabidiol: The Basics
Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, is one of over 85 active cannabinoids that have been identified in cannabis. Cannabinoids are a class of chemical compounds that react with our cannabinoid receptors. CBD occurs naturally and in high quantities in cannabis and is found in the stalks and flowers. CBD is extracted easily from cannabis due to its prevalence in the plant.
In short, cannabidiol is a chemical compound found in cannabis.
The Different Strains of Cannabis
When we refer to cannabis, we are referring to both hemp and marijuana. There is a difference between these plants. Both are strains of the cannabis plant but have different uses and extraction processes.
Marijuana is cultivated for its psychoactive properties. Hemp is grown for more industrial purposes such as for food and textiles. They require different growing conditions and have different parental genetics.
The major difference between hemp and marijuana is the THC levels. CBD can be extracted in the form of an oil from industrial hemp and marijuana; the former is legal while the latter is not. To be considered hemp, the plant must contain less than 0.3 percent THC. This is a trace amount that does not have psychoactive effects. All of Made by Hemp’s products are made with hemp oil that contains trace levels of THC. Our products are legal to sell and purchase.
Effects of Cannabidiol
Cannabidiol is non-psychoactive. As mentioned previously, CBD extracted from industrial hemp contains less than 0.3 percent THC, which is a trace amount. In fact, CBD has been shown to negate the effects of THC.
CBD interacts with the cannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2. CBD does not react directly with these receptors, rather it inhibits other enzymes from activating with it. This includes THC. For that reason, you do not get high with CBD.
The benefits of cannabidiol are being studied thoroughly. As of now, we know that CBD works positively with our endocannabinoid system, which is responsible for keeping our body in homeostasis. Cannabidiol reacts with the cannabinoid receptors to maintain that balance. Since we cannot make any medical claims, we encourage you to research the effects of cannabidiol further.
How is Cannabidiol Extracted?
Hemp oil must be extracted properly in order to receive the benefits of CBD. Cannabidiol can be extracted in a number of ways, but what is most important is the quality of extraction.
We receive hemp oil that is extracted using a CO2 extraction method. In this method, carbon dioxide is exposed to high pressure and low temperature. Although complicated, this is the safest and cleanest method.
Products with Cannabidiol
Made by Hemp offers a variety of products that contain CBD oil. Whether you’d like to take CBD in the form of a supplement, tincture, or edible, we have a wide range of options to suit your needs. All of Made by Hemp’s products are selected for their quality and effectiveness.