Hemp is such an interesting and useful little plant. Most notably, it is where we are able to derive our CBD! While we know so much about this product, there is so much still to learn…
How much do you actually know about CBD, with the current available information? Keep reading for six fun facts about CBD and its benefits!
1. It derived from hemp is federally legal in the United States
Thanks to the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, CBD is now legal in all 50 states, as long as the it is derived from the hemp plant and not the cannabis plant. While the two plants are virtually identical, the hemp plant is bred to contain less THC than the cannabis plant. The hemp plant contains less than 0.3% of THC. Meanwhile, the cannabis plant is used for THC extraction and contains more than 0.3% of THC. It can be derived from both cannabis and hemp plants, but to maintain its legal stature across the United States, it has to be produced from hemp.
2. It is not psychoactive
If you’re skeptical or nervous about the psychoactive component of cannabis, you do not need to worry about taking CBD. There is no psychoactive component to pure CBD products, so you will never experience that ‘high’ feeling after using it. However, note that there are some products on the market that contain a hybrid of CBD and THC in states where it is legal.
3. Researchers think that there are many other cannabinoids in addition to CBD and THC
If you thought that there was still lots to learn about CBD and the cannabis/hemp plant, you’d be 100% right. The two most popular cannabinoids that you’re probably familiar with are the ones we’ve already discussed in this blog – CBD and THC. However, researchers think that there are between 80-100 additional cannabinoids that research has barely scratched the surface on!
There are some of these cannabinoids that we do know a little bit about. For example, you may have heard of cannabinoid products like CBN, CBG, or CBC. While research has started to explore these cannabinoids, there is still much to understand about how these compounds work within our bodies, and if they may benefit our health like CBD does. If you want to know more about these additional cannabinoids, check out this recent blog!
4. Your body naturally produces cannabinoids
It’s true – we have the ability to produce cannabinoid-like molecules, called endocannabinoids, through our endocannabinoid system. This system is thought to play an important role in homeostasis, which is essentially our body’s way of adapting to changes (such as changes in blood pressure, body temperature, etc.). The endocannabinoid system is also how CBD and THC exert their effects on our body!
5. Your pets can benefit from CBD!
Like us humans, our pets also have an endocannabinoid system and can benefit from the use of CBD! While there is still research to be done, preliminary studies have shown that its use could help pets by:
– Easing stress and boosting mood
– Supporting joint health
– Stomach and digestive support
– Mobility support
– Protecting the nervous system
Want to learn more about how you can use CBD for your furry friends? Check out this blog!
6. CBD has the potential to show up on drug tests
It’s important to consider whether or not your intake of CBD might put you at risk of failing a drug test. While it is possible, there are steps that you can take to limit or eliminate your risk of testing positive for THC while using these products.
As previously mentioned, it can be derived from both hemp and cannabis plants. Because hemp plants are legally required to contain less than 0.3% of THC, you’ll want to choose a product that is hemp-based. This will decrease the likelihood of testing positive for trace amounts of THC. Another important factor to consider is the extraction method used for your CBD product.
For example, full-spectrum marijuana-derived CBD oil may contain varying amounts of THC, but is legally required to contain less than 0.3 percent THC. On the other hand, broad-spectrum and isolate products are filtered of THC, and should not contain any trace amounts. Broad-spectrum and isolate products are much less likely to contain THC than full-spectrum products.
If you were hoping for more good news about SomaLeaf’s CBD Turmeric, you should know that it is created using the broad-spectrum extraction method! We wanted to make sure that you can get all the benefits of CBD without the drawbacks. Our CBD is also created using the CO2 extraction method, and is formulated using micelle liposomal technology. Learn more about the process and benefits here!