CBD has dramatically increased in popularity since the 2014 Farm Bill was signed, although only a small portion of the Farm Bill was devoted to regulations surrounding this new marijuana product. The Farm Bill legalized state pilot programs to grow and cultivate industrial hemp – the cousin to the marijuana plant. The 2018 Farm Bill did what the 2014 Farm Bill didn’t do – rescheduled the industrial hemp plant from Schedule I. CBD is now federally legal, although states still have to set up their rules surrounding growing, testing, processing and selling the products.
The industrial hemp plant, or Cannabis Sativa L., by definition, contains less than .3% Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC. THC is the most famous part of the plant – the part that gets you high. While the THC content is higher in what we traditionally think of as the marijuana plant, it is the opposite in the industrial hemp plant. Some people describe the minuscule amount of THC as non-psychoactive because it doesn’t alter your mind at such low levels.
But THC isn’t the only constituent of the cannabis plant. There are over 100 other Cannabinoids, including the 2nd most well known one, cannabidiol, or CBD, for short.
As you learn about CBD, one of the first things you might hear is that, unlike its cousin, it provides “the health without the high.” While that statement is not entirely accurate, because it implies the marijuana plant only has recreational uses, it is true that CBD has been proven to have tremendous medical benefits, such as helping to ease pain, anxiety, inflammation and even depression. For those living with chronic forms of these conditions, it can be a lifesaver. And if testimonials are to be believed, it just may be that for many people.
As more and more people turn away from pharmaceuticals to treat their symptoms and ailments, CBD offers a viable, less expensive solution. If you can think of a way to get the CBD into your body, there is likely a real-life option that matches your imagination, from tinctures and vaping and soft gels to pre-rolled cigarettes and hard candy and coffee. Even with the dizzying array of choices, there are still 3 main types of CBD to choose from.