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What Is CBD?


CBD (short for cannabidiol) is a naturally occurring cannabinoid found in hemp and cannabis plants. The fact that it is not a psychotropic means that it does not make people feel “stoned” and therefore appeals to patients looking for relief from various ailments such as anxiety, inflammation, nausea relief, lack of appetite, and many more conditions. Our bodies have an endocannabinoid system that regulates many of our physiological functions, and CBD helps to bring many people back in check when we get our bodies get out of line.

Much government-funded scientific research has been done in the past 20 years pursuing CBD’s potential for treating a wide variety of ailments. Current investigations are underway at multiple academic research centers throughout the U.S. to learn more about CBD’s anti-cancer properties.


The legality of CBD depends on the concentration and source. CBD products derived from hemp plants are legal to buy and sell in all 50 states in the U.S. If derived from marijuana, CBD oil must be obtained in a state that participates in a regulated medical or recreational marijuana program.

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It depends on which CBD oil you use. If the oil is extracted from a hemp plant, then it will contain extremely low levels of THC and you will not experience a high. If the oil is extracted from marijuana plants, depending on the extraction process, ratio of THC to CBD, and the strain of the plant, there might be levels of THC which will product a feeling of being “stoned”.


Research about the therapeutic potential of CBD has seen a rise in popularity and interest over the past few years. While the FDA has not yet approved CBD, and as of yet there is currently no scientific research proving that CBD oil can cure diseases, numerous studies and anecdotal evidence strongly suggest that it could be beneficial for many serious ailments. These case studies and testimonials from patients have claimed that CBD oil has helped with a variety of ailments from anxiety to epilepsy and Alzheimer’s to cancer.

With more clinical studies on the way, the potential therapeutic benefits of CBD are gaining more clarity. Investigations to date indicate that CBD safely and effectively reduces nausea and vomiting, counters neurological disorders, fights tumor and cancer cells, and more.


One is psychotropic (THC) while the other isn’t (CBD). Sometimes THC can be more beneficial for pain management due to the anesthetic effect of the compound (i.e., the feeling of being “stoned”). The euphoric effects of the cannabis plant comes when THC binds itself to CB1 receptors in the brain, changing how it functions. CBD does not bind itself to these CB1 receptors and as a result does not produce the psychoactive nor the numbing effects of THC and can actually counteract the psychoactivity of it. However, CBD still lends itself well to therapeutic uses and is generally used more widely used for medical treatments.

CBD and THC are both found within hemp and marijuana plants. Over the years, marijuana has been cultivated to maximize its THC content while hemp has a much higher ratio of CBD as it is, by definition, found with no more than a 0.3% THC content.

Depending on the state you reside in, where the CBD is sourced from (i.e. hemp or marijuana plants) impacts its legality.


After extraction from the plant, CBD Oil is infused into many different types of products for consumption. Items include infused drinking water, bath bombs, topical ointments, lotions, salves, dog biscuits, lip balm, baked goods, coffees, teas, massage oils, other pet products, tinctures, and more.