July 31, 2018
CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid compound found in marijuana—and legal in 43 states. The cannabis plant contains at least 80 chemical compounds called cannabinoids. You’re probably already familiar with THC, the cannabinoid that prompts the psychoactive effects commonly associated with marijuana, like euphoria, relaxation, and, of course, the munchies. CBD is another cannabinoid, but, unlike THC, it’s not psychoactive. This is the source of CBD’s popularity: the ability to provide some of marijuana’s therapeutic effects without the high.
Scientific research on marijuana is still limited, and CBD is no exception. Still, dozens of studies have found evidence that CBD can treat epilepsy, act as a therapy for schizophrenia, and alleviate joint pain, among other illnesses.
CBD can be found in cannabis sativa (weed) and industrial hemp, a legal variety of the plant grown for paper, textiles, and non-dairy milk. The ability to extract CBD from industrial hemp has made it possible to sell CBD products across state lines—not just in states with legalized marijuana. The compound is currently legal in 43 states, and it’s currently up for debate in states like Texas and Indiana.
As people cash in on marijuana’s increasing legalization, the market is flooding with new CBD products. The options are truly dizzying, from chocolates and capsules to vaporizers and sublingual oils like CW Hemp, which are placed under the tongue to quickly diffuse into the bloodstream. Unsurprisingly, the dessert market has CBD cornered. There is an abundance of options, from CBD/THC blend chocolate bars to foraged Icelandic berry CBD gumdrops inspired by the music of Sigur Rós.
Some medical experts say that CBD derived from industrial hemp (as opposed to marijuana) is less potent, but it’s still possible to feel the effects from these products. “As a rule, I do not recommend industrial hemp as medicine,” says Dr. Goldstein. “That being said, there are some “hemp” products on the market that, when tested, show that they contain medicinal amounts of cannabinoids and terpenes, albeit with very low THC that allows for the “hemp” designation.” Really, the best course of action is to do some research