Well, ask anyone who knows me, and they'll tell you I tend to take myself too seriously to be funny, so no, CBD doesn't make me feel funny.
And no, CBD is not the Stuff That Makes You Feel Funny, either.
CBD is an acronym for cannabidiol (can-uh-buh-di-ol), one of at least 113 compounds called cannabinoids (can-uh-buh-noids), found in the plant genus Cannabis sativa - more commonly known as cannabis.
Wait....CANNABIS? That's pot, right?!
Yes. And No. Both the industrial hemp and marijuana are in the cannabis family, but they're different plants, and knowing the difference can help you make a more informed decision when buying CBD products.
Of the 113+ compounds found in cannabis plants, CBD and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) are usually present in the highest concentrations, so they are the most recognized and studied.
Industrial hemp and marijuana come from the same family of flowering plant - Cannabis sativa - but they are not the same plant. Industrial hemp is always a strain of Cannabis sativa. Marijuana can be Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica, or Cannabis ruderalis.
What's the difference in marijuana and hemp?
The major difference in marijuana and hemp is how they’re bred and how we use them.
A marijuana strain of Cannabis sativa will be smaller, bushier, and full of sticky, dense, flowering buds, with a high amount of THC and only a very low amount of CBD. It’s bred specifically for its medical or psychoactive effects and is generally used recreationally, spiritually, and therapeutically. It has very high levels of the psychoactive compound THC (what gets you “high”) and very low levels of CBD.
New hemp strains are being introduced, but generally, industrial hemp is very fibrous, with long strong stalks, with few flowering buds, very high levels of CBD in most instances, and only a trace amount of THC. Hemp-derived CBD is perfect for people looking for benefits from cannabis without the ‘high.’
And this is one of the things that really fascinates me about Cannabis sativa:
It’s believed to be one of the oldest cultivated crops in history, dating back 10,000 years. It has been planted and harvested by various cultures around the world for centuries, and every part of the plant, from the root to the flower, can be used to sustain life in some way.
Hemp is used for making herbal supplements, oils, lotions, seeds and other foods, fiber, rope, clothing, paper, bricks, natural plastic, and other construction materials.
And did Henry Ford really build a car from hemp? Well, sort of...maybe...but it’s a great story about American genius!
I have to share a secret. I've lost some sleep over the thought of actually creating a blog, which is what the Experts recommended. And it actually turned out to be a lot of fun for my geeky self. So, until next time…