CBD is here–and it’s here to stay. It’s infiltrating basically every corner of the wellness world (hello, CBD baked goods!) but many people still find the whole topic of CBD just a little bit confusing.
If you’ve heard about CBD from your coworker, yoga teacher, or friend, you probably don’t want to be left out of the loop–especially on something so valuable. If you’re still in the “what is CBD?” camp, we’ve got you!
Here, we’re talking about CBD. Specifically: what is CBD??
Here’s the short answer:
CBD (short for cannabidiol) is the second most prevalent ingredient in the cannabis (aka marijuana) plant.
THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the other–and possibly more famous–active ingredient, famous for its high-inducing properties. The major difference between these two compounds is that CBD alone won’t give you that “stoned” feeling.
Here’s the slightly longer answer:
The cannabis plant, or hemp plant, has been used for both medicinal purposes and recreational purposes for a very, very long time. There are even reports claiming that George Washington used the cannabis plant for his chronic toothaches.
The cannabis plant produces more than 113 unique compounds, known as cannabinoids. One of the more predominant cannabinoids is our friend, cannabidiol (or CBD)–accounting for about 40% of the plant’s extract.
Even though the cannabis plant is one of the richest sources of cannabinoids, it’s far from the only one. Other plants–like kava, chocolate, and black pepper–can produce different types of cannabinoids that stimulate the Endocannabinoid System, an intricate network of chemical signals and receptors that run throughout the brain and body.
CBD interacts with your body’s ECS, blocking the breakdown of naturally-produced endocannabinoids and allowing your body to use more of what it’s already producing.
For a deeper dive into how CBD works, check out this article.
CBD oil is formulated with a base (carrier) oil–most commonly coconut oil or hemp seed oil. Here are Seabedee, we use These are called tinctures. You can get tinctures in different concentrations. The oil can also be put into capsules, gummies, and sprays.
Although both THC and CBD have proven therapeutic effects, CBD offers similar benefits- without the intoxicating effects, so you can add CBD to your everyday routine without experiencing a high.
Many people claim that CBD is “non-psychoactive” but that’s actually not true.
The FDA classifies psychoactive drugs as “substances that affect mental processes” like “perception, consciousness, cognition or mood and emotions.” By this definition, caffeine, sugar and pain relievers are also psychoactive. But this doesn’t mean that it’s dependence-inducing or dangerous.
Another question that usually follows up the “what is CBD?” question is the “is CBD legal?” question.
This one is easy to remember: for CBD to be legal, it must contain no more than .03% THC.
All of our Seabedee products are 2018 Farm Bill compliant and 100% legal in all 50 states. We ship nationwide and to most international countries. So, even though our CBD products might make your aches and pains melt away, they will NOT get you high.
Though CBD hasn’t been rigorously studied with humans, preclinical and clinical studies suggest that it has “broad therapeutic value” and can be well-tolerated by most people.
We source our sun-grown hemp directly from US farms and manufacture them in beautiful San Diego. It doesn’t get much more local than that!
But, you don’t have to take our word for it; all of our products go through a rigorous third-party testing process.
This testing includes:
With Seabedee, you’re in good hands. If you’re interested in learning more about CBD, check out a few of our recent articles: