Where Does CBD Come From?
If you haven’t been living under a rock, you’ve probably seen CBD tinctures, oils, and edible goods pop up in your local cafes, restaurants, and farmers’ markets.
After a wave of legalization started in 2014, CBD has become gradually more popular as a healthy alternative to addictive prescription medications and other traditional medical treatments. Users are reporting a massive array of health benefits from integrating CBD into their diet, mentioning positive outcomes like: better skin, more regulated appetite, improved mood, less physical pain, and decreased anxiety symptoms.
What Is CBD And Where Does It Come From?
Also known as cannabidiol, CBD is a natural organic compound that derives from strains of hemp and cannabis plants. More technically, CBD is carefully extracted from the sticky cannabis resin that lives on the heads of a small trichomes found on the female flowers’ or buds. Some of this resin also lives on the leaves of the cannabis plant.
Despite its long association with marijuana, CBD is actually neither psychoactive nor addictive; in fact, CBD has been found to counteract the high sensation caused by compounds like THC. The only true similarity between THC and CBD is that they are both classed as cannabinoids, which is another name for the subset of active ingredients found in cannabis plants.
CBD can be derived from both marijuana and hemp, the two major categories of cannabis plant. Marijuana is a fully mature cannabis plant that is rich in THC (or legally, has over 0.3 percent THC concentration). On the other hand, hemp is a type of Cannabis sativa plant that has a high concentration of cannabinoids like CBD and strictly no more than 0.3 percent THC content.
Originally, hemp was classed as an illicit, Schedule I drug because it was not a legally distinct term from marijuana. In the seventies, the original classification for marijuana plants had to do with the presence of cannabis resin in the flowers’ buds: a completely binary mode used to justify criminalization.
As scientific methods have breached public policy, substances like hemp are able to classified as an agricultural commodity rather than an illicit substance because they don’t contain enough THC to cause euphoria or a high.
This legal bifurcation of hemp from marijuana has made it possible for the CBD market to breach nearly every corner of the United States and other Western countries. More and more, hemp derived CBD is being recognized as a powerful anti-spasmodic, anti-anxiety, and analgesic substitute to traditional health remedies.I