The acronym CBD is an abbreviation for Cannabidiol – one of many cannabinoids found in the cannabis or hemp plant. CBD is non-psychoactive and has been recognized for its use to treat varying ailments through humans’ Endocannabinoid System (ECS).
Non-psychoactive cannabinoids from hemp, that are naturally occurring, are actually already legal to purchase and sell in all 50 States. The reason is that hemp plants are classified as “industrial hemp” – and regulated through State Departments of Agriculture through the 2014 Federal Farm Bill. The regulations for hemp are very different from the regulations that affect the markets that deal with high-THC products.
And, just because the hemp is called “industrial” – this does not make it bad or ‘dirty’ – it is merely just the word that is used to classify hemp that is grown on a large scale (versus small operations that are usually associated with other types of cannabis/hemp products).
Franjo Grotenhermen of the International Association for Cannabinoid Medicines has said, “CBD is CBD. The human body does not care where the molecule comes from.”
So, what IS important, when looking for a CBD product, is to know how the hemp is grown (Does the farmer use organic farming practices? Biodynamic farming practices?) and how the hemp is processed (Is there any harmful chemical solvents used that may leave residue? Is it a Supercritical CO2 extraction process?). And lastly – is the CBD product a “full-spectrum” product containing a full profile of cannabinoids as well as terpenes? This can affect the Entourage Effect mentioned by Sanjay Gupta of CNN.