Understanding CBD

It may come as a surprise, but your body is made to "receive"CBD! Every human (and most animals) have an endocannabinoid system (ECS) with receptors throughout our bodies. This system is involved in almost all brain and body functions, from our ability to handle pain, stress and anxiety, to our mobility and muscle health. In short, it keeps our bodies in balance. CBD from hemp is a natural supplement that keeps this system, and you, in optimal health!

What is CBD?

CBD is an acronym for Cannabidiol (Can-a-bid-i-ol), a prominent and naturally occurring class of molecules called cannabinoids found in the plant genus Cannabis Sativa L. CBD comprises up to 40% of the plant and is one of at least 113 different cannabinoids (compounds) found in cannabis. Of these compounds, CBD and THC are usually present in the highest concentrations, so they are the most recognized and studied. CBD is a non-psychoactive component of the plant that possesses a wide range of benefits and does not cause a high, unlike THC.

What's the difference in hemp and marijuana?

Industrial hemp and marijuana come from the same family of flowering plant - Cannabis Sativa - but they are not the same plant.


Cannabis Sativa is believed to be one of the oldest cultivated crops in history. This plant species has been planted and harvested by various cultures around the world for centuries. Every part of the plant, from the root to the flower, can be used to sustain life in some way. Of the Cannabis plant species, there are several subspecies that fall underneath it. Two of the most famous are hemp and marijuana.

Hemp refers to the variety that has been bred specifically to produce fiber used in clothing, construction and other materials, oils, and lotions, and seeds and other foods. Hemp contains very high levels of CBD and very low levels of the psychoactive compound THC.

Marijuana is the variety of Cannabis Sativa that has been bred specifically for its medical or psychoactive effects. This is the cannabis plant that produces flowers with sticky, dense buds.  Opposite of hemp, it has very high levels of THC and very low levels of CBD. Where hemp is used for fuel and fiber, marijuana is used to get you high.

How much CBD should I take?

While most supplements have a single recommended dose, CBD is different. The amount of CBD you take depends on your doctor’s recommendations and your own research into how CBD will work for your unique needs. In general, it’s smart to start with a low dose of CBD, then increase or decrease the dose as needed.  In general, it’s recommended to start with one half ML (half a dropper) of CBD oil.  As always, consult with your doctor or a healthcare professional before adding CBD to your supplement regimen.

Check out CBD Origin's dosage calculator for more information in determining the best dosage for you.

What is the Endocannabanoid System?

Our bodies are made up of an endocannabinoid system (ECS) and use cannabinoids to maintain healthy cells.​  The endocannabinoid system is composed of at least two difference types of CBD receptors that can be found in almost every part of our body, but especially our brain, nervous system, and immune system. 

Research on marijuana’s effects led directly to the discovery of this previously unknown biochemical communication system in the human body which plays a crucial role in regulating our physiology, mood, and everyday experience.

Learn more from verywellhealth.com, partner of the world-famous Cleveland Clinic, about the science of your ECS, CBD receptors, and how endocannabinoid deficiency can affect your body. 

Will CBD get me high?

Our CBD products will not get you high. THC (not CBD) is the chemical in marijuana that produces a "high". All our products are derived from industrial hemp, which is defined by the federal government as having no more than .3% THC. Our products have been further extracted to remove almost all remaining THC.  The products are then sent to an independent, third-party lab, to ensure that there are only non-detectable levels of THC in all finished products. You can see the lab sheets for any product – down to the individual batch – by scanning the QR code on the package with your smartphone.

Is CBD legal in my state?

Will CBD show up on a drug test?

There is no detectable THC in Green Roads products.  Green Roads CBD is extracted from 100% hemp. After extraction, our products are formulated and tested by an independent lab, yielding results of non-detectable THC.  Check out the lab results on all Green Roads CBD products.

What are terpenes?

Simply put, terpenes are the colorful, aromatic parts of essential oils found in all plants that give the essential oils their smell and flavor. They are organic compounds with very strong smell and taste.  The most common source of natural terpenes are plants but even some insects can produce terpenes on their own.


Over 200 terpenes have been identified in the cannabis plant, and each individual terpene is associated with unique effects.

You encounter terpenes every day, in cosmetics, perfumes, bath products, and much more. One common place you will find terpenes is the kitchen.  The terpene limonene gives lemon juice and lime juice its distinct, citrusy scent and is believed to elevate mood.  Some terpenes, such as linalool, promote relaxation and stress-relief.