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CBD 101

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What is CBD?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally occurring botanical compound in the cannabis plant, referred to as a phyto-cannabinoid. There are more than 100 cannabinoids in the whole plant, with CBD being the most prevalent. Cannabidiol (CBD) is non-intoxicating and has no "high" effect.  Studies show that CBD offers a number of healing and potentially therapeutic benefits. 

How does it work?

CBD works with the body's natural Endocannabinoid System (ECS) which is comprised of receptor sites throughout the brain and body.  The two main ECS receptors are CB1, found in the central nervous system (CNS), and CB2 found in the immune cells and tissues. The central nervous system consists of the brain and spinal cord and controls most functions of the mind and body while your immune system protects and heals you from acute and chronic diseases. Cannabinoids work with these receptors to facilitate homeostasis and restore balance.

What about THC in cannabis?

There are three recognized species of the Cannabis Genus; Cannabis sativa (generally, known as industrial hemp), Cannabis indica (often referred to as marijuana, weed, pot, etc), and less well-known is Cannabis ruderalis. Hemp naturally contains high levels of CBD and very low levels of THC. The oil is extracted from the whole plant flower and trichomes, and is regulated to contain 0.3% THC, or less. Cannabis that is cultivated for medical and recreational use contains a variety of levels of THC and relatively low levels of CBD. The psychoactive effects associated with cannabis are determined only by the level of THC, not the CBD content.

What benefits can I expect?

Much research has been conducted around the world, covering a range of diseases and conditions and the possible therapeutic benefits. Still, even more research is needed to understand the full scope of its potential. There is a great deal of information available online, including clinical research conducted by reputable sources and universities. We urge you explore the available resources to learn as much as you can about this natural botanical.

Is it legal? YES!

YES! On December 20, 2018 the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 ( Farm Bill) was signed by the President which removed Industrial Hemp from the list of controlled substances, making it federally legal.  Each state is free to establish a Hemp Program and legally produce products, permitted under state law.  In Texas, on March 15, 2019, the Commissioner of the Texas Department of Health and Human Services, signed an amendment to follow suit and became effective April 7, 2019. Visit: Hemp Industry Daily for the latest news.

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