So What Exactly is CBD and Where Does it Come From?
CBD, or cannabidiol, is the second most well-known compound of cannabis, next to its relative tetrahydrocannabinol, also known as THC. Despite their very similar chemical structures, CBD has shown to react differently with the cannabinoid receptors in the body, with the main difference being its psychological effect, or lack thereof. When isolated from its relative, CBD is known for producing a calming effect or even no felt psychological effect at all, whereas THC is known for its intoxicating “high” effect.
When it comes to the cannabis plant, there are two different classifications known for producing CBD: hemp and marjiuana. Hemp-derived CBD comes from cannabis plants that are grown primarily for their fibers and seeds and are classified as containing no more than 0.3 percent THC, whereas marijuana-derived CBD comes from cannabis plants containing more than 0.3 percent of the psychoactive compound.