Let's be honest, Hemp and CBD are confusing. CBD went from mostly unknown to everywhere in just a year. So, it's not surprising that there are many misconceptions when it comes to Hemp and CBD. We're here to separate fact from fiction. Here are three facts you should know when considering Hemp and CBD:
Fact #1: Hemp and CBD have been studied for decades
While CBD only recently appeared throughout the country, the compound has been studied for decades. CBD is one of many "cannabinoids" found in the Hemp plant. Cannabinoids were first identified by Israeli scientists in the 1960s. In the early 1990s, researchers discovered that cannabinoids interact with a previously unknown system of the human body. This system is known as the "endocannabinoid system" (ECS for short).
The ECS is prevalent throughout the human body. The ECS plays a critical role in maintaining "homeostasis" - your body's way of keeping itself in a state of balance. Across stress, sleep, and pain, the ECS plays a role in maintaining healthy functioning. This is why cannabinoids are useful for such a wide range of health needs.
In Summary: Hemp and CBD have been studied since the 1960s. They are increasingly being studied for their potential as natural aides for stress, sleep, and pain
Fact #2: Hemp and CBD are not the same
Hemp and CBD are often used interchangeably, but they are not the same. Hemp is a non-intoxicating, federally legal variety of the cannabis plant. Hemp contains over 100+ cannabinoids (described above) which support our body's endocannabinoid system. CBD is just one of these cannabinoids. Many researchers and practitioners believe true Hemp oil (extracted from the hemp plant) to be more effective than CBD alone. As such, when starting with Hemp, it's important to find a true Hemp extract rather than a CBD isolate.
In Summary: Hemp is a non-intoxicating plant that contains over 100 cannabinoids. CBD is just one of these cannabinoids.
Fact #3: Hemp and CBD will not get you high
Hemp is a variety of the cannabis plant that will not get you high. This is because Hemp contains minimal THC, which is the compound responsible for feeling "high". Hemp has gained massive consumer interest because it provides the therapeutic potential of the cannabis plant without the high and is federally legal, unlike cannabis containing THC.
In Summary: By definition, Hemp is non-intoxicating. Hemp is a federally legal plant and does not contain significant levels of THC, which is the compound responsible for the "high" feeling.
We hope this helps you on your Hemp journey. If you have any questions, you can always reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org.