What is CBD?

What is CBD?

What is CBD? CBD is short for cannabidiol.  It is a chemical compound, called a cannabinoid, that can be found in both the cannabis plant and the hemp plant. According to the 2018 Farm Bill, the federal government classifies the difference between hemp and cannabis by its THC content. THC is a cannabinoid like CBD, but, unlike THC, CBD does not get you high.  As long as a plant contains less than .3% THC, it is considered to be hemp and legal in all 50 states.

So, CBD won’t get me high?!

Nope!  CBD does have intoxicating properties. But only a calming effect, and some will say that CBD can improve focus.  CBD does not have an intoxicating effect.  Meaning it will not get you high like THC.  We only sell products that have less than .3% THC at Chillum.  If you require a high THC for medical purposes, feel free to come into the store and we will be happy to recommend a cannabis doctor for you.

CBD affects the same system of the body that THC does, the endocannabinoid system, but it does so in a different way.  CBD actually blocks the receptors that THC binds to, which ultimately results in its medicinal benefits and the “high” affects.  That means that CBD not only doesn’t get you “high”, but it prevents you from getting you high.

What is Hemp?

As stated above, according to our federal government, hemp is a plant that contains less than .3% THC. There are 2 main types of hemp:

Industrial Hemp

As its name suggests, this hemp is grown for industrial purposes.  Although similar in genetics to cannabis, it grows quite different than the plant.  It is grown primarily for its long stalk and its seeds, rather than its flower.  The industrial purposes of this plant are vast. Including but not limited to: textiles, plastics, concrete, fuel, etc..

Phytocannabinoid Rich (PCR) Hemp

This is where hemp-based CBD comes from. PCR Hemp smells and looks just like cannabis.  The only difference is cannabinoid levels. Because PCR Hemp contains less than .3% THC it is considered to be a different plant by law. Every good CBD product on the market is derived from this type of hemp, and everything you can do with cannabis you can do with PCR Hemp.  Meaning you can smoke it, infuse it into edibles, process it into a concentrate, make a tincture of it, etc.. You can even make pet products out of it!

What is CBD Good For?

The only CBD medication that is currently FDA approved is Epidiolex.  It was approved for certain types of epilepsy.  But many people swear that CBD helps them for a number of other reasons.  CBD is believed to be good for pain, anxiety, and inflammation.  It is also believed to provide a bit of a boost to the immune system.


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