What is CBD?
CBD stands for cannabidiol, a compound extracted from cannabis plants, and the main compound found in the hemp plant. Unlike THC within marijuana plants, CBD is not psychoactive, so it does not change a person's state of mind when they use it.
What is THC?
THC stands for tetrahydrocannabinol, the main compound found in marijuana plants. THC is what gives marijuana its psychoactive properties or “high” effects.
Are CBD and Marijuana the Same?
No, CBD and marijuana come from different plants. They do, however, come from the same species of cannabis plant. There are three recognized species of cannabis plants—Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica and Cannabis ruderalis. Both CBD and marijuana are derived from the Cannabis sativa species. While CBD and marijuana both come from the same species of the cannabis plant, they are derived from different species of Cannabis sativa. CBD is derived from hemp, while marijuana is derived from the marijuana species.
Do CBD Products Contain THC?
CBD products must contain less than 0.3% THC to be legal according to Federal Law.
What is the Difference Between Hemp and Marijuana?
Hemp and marijuana are different species of Cannabis sativa and bred for different purposes. Industrial hemp is exclusively produced by Cannabis sativa, while marijuana can be derived from Cannabis sativa or Cannabis indica.
Both hemp and marijuana contain CBD, but there’s a much higher percentage in hemp. Hemp also has much lower levels of THC (less than 0.3%) than the marijuana species.
Industrial hemp is grown to be durable, have very long stalks and as few flowering buds as possible—this can make it easier to extract the high amounts of CBD and smaller amounts of THC. Hemp’s chemical profile means that you can’t get “high” from it, and it is used to create medicinal remedies, food and oil, as well as other products, including rope, bricks, natural polymers, fiber, clothes and many more.
Marijuana strains of cannabis are typically smaller, flimsier and have many flowering buds with the sole purpose of maximizing the concentration of THC. Marijuana is used recreationally and medicinally only.
Is CBD legal?
CBD that is extracted from hemp and contains less than 0.3% THC is legal at the federal level with the passage of the Farm Bill in late 2018. Each state also has its own law regarding the legality of CBD and therefore the legality of CBD products can vary from state to state.
Is CBD the only Cannabinoid in the Hemp Plant?
No. CBD is one of many cannabinoids within the hemp plant, but it’s currently the most popular one being researched for potential wellness benefits.
Will CBD get me High?
No, CBD will not get you high. It's non-intoxicating. As stated above, THC is the molecule that binds to receptors in our brain and is the one responsible for the psychoactive effects of marijuana. In fact, CBD is antagonistic to the marijuana high; some research expresses its potential to prevent THC molecules from binding to the brain’s receptors (hence the reason why it’s often used to subdue the ‘paranoia’ effects of super-potent THC strains).
What Restrictions have the FTC made on CBD?
The FDA has previously sent warning letters to other companies illegally selling CBD products in interstate commerce that claimed to prevent, diagnose, mitigate, treat or cure serious diseases, such as cancer, or otherwise violated the FTC Act.
Some of these products were in further violation because CBD was added to food, and some of the products were also marketed as dietary supplements despite products which contain CBD not meeting the definition of a dietary supplement.
What can I say about CBD?
Statements, testimonials, videos, and/or live streaming content can discuss the effect CBD has had on the individual. The threshold for all examples is that the stories are true. You cannot make a statement that is untruthful. Some examples include:
Since I started taking CBD, I notices a decrease in my migraines, and overall, I feel better;
CBD has helped with my arthritis; my joints feel better;
Since taking CBD I feel as if I have more energy, mornings are easier, and I’m generally more happy;
After rubbing CBD on my muscles I feel immediate relief, and can feel its effects helping my soreness.
What can’t I say about CBD?
As stated above, statements, testimonials, videos, and/or live streaming content cannot claim to prevent, diagnose, mitigate, treat or cure serious diseases. Additionally, you cannot recommend that CBD be mixed with food or other “edibles.” An edible is a product that you eat. Furthermore, as with traditional supplements you should not recommend that an individual stop taking prescribed medication in after starting on CBD or supplements. Prohibited statements include:
CBD (Supplement) works better than Lipitor®;
CBD (Supplement) is “totally safe” and has “virtually no negative side effects”;
Once I started taking CBD (Supplement) I completely stopped taking my blood pressure medicine and I recommend anyone taking CBD should stop hurting your body with prescription drugs;
For years I have gone in and out of remission with cancer, now that I’m taking CBD (Supplement) I am cancer free;
The ingredients contained in our CBD (Supplement) are 100% natural, as a result you are getting the finest product available without any chance of risk or negative effects.