What exactly is CBD and how is it different from marijuana?
CBD is short for Cannabidiol. It is derived directly from the hemp (or Cannabis) plant. Marijuana is a species of the hemp plant that had been specifically bred to yield far greater concentrations of THC - for recreational use. In the past, Hemp traditionally has very low levels of THC, and was originally used for fiber and rope, while Marijuana has significantly higher THC content. This has changed in recent years, with Hemp being cultivated to yield far greater percentages of CBD, rather than THC, and to match the overall yield, density and flavors that are the enjoyable traits of normal Marijuana, Hemp's cousin.
THC is the psychoactive compound in Marijuana that makes you feel high and impairs your cognitive functions. Typically Marijuana will have somewhere between 5% and 30% THC. All of out strains of Hemp have below 0.3%.
Hemp vs. CBD
CBD is one of the 104 chemical compounds known as cannabinoids found in the cannabis or marijuana plant. One of the reasons we sells hemp plants whole, is that they contain most of these other compounds that, together, have stronger positive effect than purely extracted CBD.
Full-spectrum CBD extracts contain all of the cannabinoids that occur naturally in the plant they were extracted from. In addition, full spectrum oils have very small amounts of THC in it - under the federal limit of 0.3%.
Broad-spectrum CBD products contain additional compounds found in the plant, including terpenes and other cannabinoids, excluding THC. In broad-spectrum CBD, all of the THC is removed. CBD isolate is pure CBD. It doesn’t contain additional compounds from the plant it was extracted from, and CBD isolates do not contain THC or the other beneficial compounds found in the plant.