You may not have heard the word Cannabidiol but are probably familiar with its initials CBD. CBD is not as well known as the famous tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which is the intoxicating constituent of marijuana. Cannabidiol and THC are only two of over one-hundred cannabinoids found in cannabis. The effects of THC are psychoactive, whereas CBD is considered non-psychoactive, or simply non-intoxicating. THC can cause anxiety, cravings and addiction. CBD on the other hand, has been shown to alleviate symptoms of anxiety and aid in recovery from opioid addictions, according to some studies. Because Hemp has been Federally legalized in the United States, for the most part almost all THC has been bred out of the plant. On the contrary, because marijuana has been legalized in the United States, the THC content in marijuana plants have steadily increased. The legal threshold for THC in Hemp in the US is set at .03%. However, reputable suppliers of organic Hemp rarely come anywhere close to that mark. Levels of THC in Hemp plants supplied for quality CBD consumption are almost zero %.
CBD and THC both have medical benefits. THC is beneficial when taken in small amounts with other cannabinoids and terpenes present. CBD, CBG, CBN and many other cannabinoids are currently being studied for their numerous benefits for the human body. As always, consult with your doctor before adding any new product to your regimen.