There’s no question that CBD is the buzzy wellness product of the moment. If you live in a state where it’s currently legal, you might feel like CBD has gone from being sort of around to absolutely everywhere all at once.
Your coffee shop down the street sells CBD lattes, spas offer CBD facials, and beauty companies are rushing to release lotions with CBD or hemp oils in their formulas. And everyone from your anxious coworker to your arthritis-suffering dad wants to get their hands on some CBD gummies.
But even though it’s infiltrating pretty much every corner of the wellness world many people still find CBD a little confusing.
What is CBD? Does CBD get you high? What are the actual benefits? Will it show up on a drug test? Here’s everything you need to know about the product that’s suddenly everywhere.
OK, first things first. What is CBD?
CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a chemical compound from the cannabis Sativa plant, which is also known as marijuana or help, according to the US National Library of Medicine.
It’s a naturally occurring substance that’s used in products like oils and edibles to impart a feeling of relaxation and calm. Unlike its cousin, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the major active ingredient in marijuana, CBD is not psychoactive.
So you’re saying CBD won’t get me high?
Nope. The cannabis plant is made up of two main players: CBD and THC. CBD is the non-psychoactive portion of the plant, so what that means is you won’t have any effects like euphoria.
It’s also crucial to buy third-party-tested CBD for quality assurance (more on this later). Because the FDA doesn’t regulate CBD, it is possible to buy a product that is more or less potent than advertised or even contains small amounts of THC.
Where does hemp come into all this?
You’ve probably heard the terms cannabis, marijuana, and hemp all tossed around in relation to CBD. The plant cannabis Sativa has two primary species, hemp, and marijuana. Both contain CBD, but there’s a much higher percentage in hemp, which also has very low (less than 0.3%) levels of THC compared to marijuana.
When people talk about hemp oil, they’re referring to oil extracted from the seeds of the hemp plant. There are no cannabinoids—CBD or THC—in hemp oil. This ingredient is packed with healthy fats and often appears in beauty products for its moisturizing benefits.
What’re the health benefits?
As CBD continues to grow in popularity, more and more research has been done and studies have come out that suggest CBD can have an effect on your overall health.
- Some of the benefits include:
- Relieve pain
- Offset anxiety and depression
- It may benefit heart health
- Loosen joints and muscles
- Improve sleep
As a CBD brand, we let transparency, inclusiveness, innovation, and education guide our work instead of greed so we can make everyday products for everyday people! Care Division is dedicated to creating products that help your good life flow, and that’s exactly what CBD can do for you.