Updated: Oct 18, 2019
CBD stands for Cannabidiol, which is a compound extracted from the hemp plant.
It is one of more than 100 unique compounds found in hemp, known as cannabinoids.
Cannabinoids are known to promote health and to keep people resilient to changes in their environment. And while CBD is an incredibly safe and therapeutic component of cannabis, as its popularity grows, so do the questions.
Is CBD marijuana and will it make me high? The answer: no and no.
CBD is non-psychoactive (it doesn’t make you feel euphoric) and is considered extremely safe. In fact, CBD can actually counteract the psycho-activity of THC, the component of marijuana that makes you feel “high.”
Hemp vs. Marijuana
Hemp and marijuana come from the same plant family, but are completely different in function, cultivation and application. Marijuana generally has a high level of THC and is used for medicinal or recreational purposes. Hemp contains a negligible amount of THC (but is high in CBD) and is used in dietary supplements, skin products, clothing, paper and more. Just like oranges and lemons are both citrus, hemp and marijuana are both cannabis, but look different and have a different chemical makeup.
Hemp and marijuana come from the same plant family, Cannabis sativa L., but are completely different in function, cultivation and application. Marijuana generally has a high level of THC, the psychoactive compound that makes you high, and is used for medicinal or recreational purposes.Hemp may contain a trace amount of THC (less than three-tenths of one percent are allowed), but hemp has significant levels of CBD. CBD extracted from marijuana is illegal in most states. CBD extracted from agricultural hemp is legal under federal law, as long as it contains less than 0.3% THC.