What is CBD? Where does it come from? How does it work?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is often covered in the media, and you may see it touted as an add-in booster to your post-workout smoothie or morning coffee. But what exactly is CBD? And why is it so popular?

CBD, or cannabidiol, is the second most prevalent active ingredient in cannabis. While CBD is an essential component of medical cannabis, it is derived directly from the hemp plant, a cousin of marijuana. One of hundreds of components in cannabis, CBD does not cause a “high” by itself. According to a report from the World Health Organization, “In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential…. To date, there is no evidence of public health related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.”

  • Where is CBD legal

In December 2015, the FDA eased the regulatory requirements to allow researchers to conduct CBD trials. In 2018, the Farm Bill made hemp (cbd) legal in the United States. The Farm Bill removed all hemp-derived products, including CBD, from the Controlled Substances Act, which criminalizes the possession of drugs. In essence, this means that CBD is legal if it comes from hemp, but not if it comes from cannabis – even though it is the exact same molecule. Currently, many people obtain CBD online without a medical cannabis license, which is legal in most states.

Written by Daniel Veilleux

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