What is CBD?

CBD (Cannabidiol) is one of the many compounds that occur naturally in the Cannabis sativa or hemp plant. While they come from the same plant, hemp oil and CBD oil are not the same product and offer different benefits. Similarly, CBD has a lot in common with essential oils – such as the benefits of the terpenes found in both – but they also are not quite the same.

Production of CBD is either natural or synthetic. In the natural method, producers extract cannabidiol directly from the cannabis plant. Scientists can also produce CBD in a lab.

There are three different ways to extract CBD oil: CO2, ethanol, and olive oil extraction. There are pros and cons to each method, so it’s important to research which type suits your needs best.

Many legal entities consider synthetically-produced CBD a regulated substance. So, the CBD you can buy legally is all naturally sourced.

CBD made with the industrial hemp plant contains little to no THC (another cannabidiol known for its mind-altering effects).

It can be hard to know what to expect when you start using CBD. Those who are familiar with the effects of THC may wonder how CBD will make them feel. The clearest difference between CBD and THC is that THC provides users with a high, and CBD does not. CBD on its own causes no intoxicating effects and is often used for medicinal purposes.