The cannabis industry is now bigger than ever. This is all thanks to the recently proven medical benefits it has. Along with the growth of the industry, we have the emergence of a new line of products derived from the compound that gives cannabis the benefits it is touted for. Yes, we are talking about cannabidiol or CBD.
If you want to find out more about this compound, then we’ve got the perfect guide for you.
What Is CBD?
There are hundreds of compounds in cannabis called cannabinoids, and each of them brings something to the table. For CBD, it brings the health benefits the plant family is known for. This includes the ability to reduce inflammation and swelling, risks of cancer and cardiovascular diseases, reducing anxiety and depression, and more.
Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, CBD does not make people feel “high.” Instead, it calms and relaxes the consumers. It’s also worth noting that drug tests only look for THC and not CBD. Nevertheless, since CBD products contain trace amounts of THC, consuming too much could result in tests coming back positive.
How Is It Extracted?
Manufacturers have different methods of extracting CBD. The primary goal of all of them, though, is to extract CBD as an oil. At the same time, they have to ensure that only trace amounts of THC are present.
How Is It Consumed?
CBD can be consumed in multiple ways — through vaping, edibles, crystal dabs, capsules, tablets, and even in its basic oil form. Its product variety and accessibility is another reason why CBD products continue to take the US by storm.
Is It Legal?
CBD is 100% legal on the federal level if it is extracted from the hemp plant. The general rule of thumb is that CBD products or extracts should not contain more than 0.3% concentration of THC. Anything beyond that will be considered illegal unless the state allows recreational forms of cannabis.
These are just some of the basics you need to know before you start consuming CBD. If you are planning on purchasing some products, then it’s best to research first about its effects and legality in your area. Take a look at this infographic and see what you should be aware of.