Lets start with the question: What is CBD and how is it different than THC? Although CBD itself is not marijuana, the CBD compound is found in marijuana. Cannabidiol is a cannabinoid and, along with over 100 other cannabinoids, it is found in both marijuana plants and hemp plants, both of which fall under the plant family cannabis. It can be confusing so let’s break it down a little further!
- Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) are the two primary cannabinoids occurring naturally in the Cannabis sativa plant – or what most people know as cannabis.
- Both hemp and marijuana plants are part of this cannabis family of plants.
- CBD can be found in both hemp and marijuana.
- THC levels above 0.3% in cannabis classify it as being marijuana.
- Hemp refers to strains of cannabis containing less than 0.3% THC.
- CBD and THC are not the same, even though they are both found in marijuana.
- THC is responsible for the mind-altering ‘high’ associated with marijuana – that is, it has both psychoactive and intoxicating effects.
- CBD will not get you high – in fact, some research suggests that CBD can counteract the mind-altering effects of THC.
- CBD products can be made from both hemp and marijuana – those made from marijuana may contain traces of THC. Xceptol products always utilize hemp derived CBD.
- CBD derived from hemp is legal under federal law, and state regulation is still evolving. CBD derived from marijuana is not legal under federal law (although it is legal in some states).
DID YOU KNOW?
A large percentage of literature, both scientific and otherwise, answering the question "what is CBD?" refers to it as being non-psychoactive. This is not technically true. The terms ‘psychoactive’ and ‘intoxicating’ are frequently treated as if they were interchangeable, but this isn’t actually the case. The dictionary definition for psychoactive is “affecting the mind”; and for intoxicating, “liable to cause intoxication”, with ‘intoxication’ further defined as “affected by alcohol or drugs, especially to the point where physical and mental control is markedly diminished”. While CBD does affect the mind, in that it can cause a decrease in anxiety and an increase in feelings of happiness and well-being, it does not get you high or intoxicated. Conclusion: CBD is psychoactive but not intoxicating. Even if CBD is legal in your state, its use may not be permitted by your employer, therefore, it is best to check with your employer or ask about employment laws in your state.