What is CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a compound found in cannabis that has been linked to significant medical benefits, but does not make people feel “stoned” and can actually counteract the psychoactivity of THC.
How does CBD work?
We have recently discovered the presence of and Endocannabinoid System (ECS) in all humans and most mammals. This was an interesting breakthrough for proponents of the healing power of marijuana, a cannabis plant that has long been vilified for nefarious reasons.
The ECS is composed of cell receptors that reside inside your body and are responsible for taking in chemicals that your body produces naturally called endocannabinoids.
As it turns out, cannabis plants contain over 80 chemical compounds knowns as cannabinoids, which are molecularly similar to the endocannabinoids in your body. Perhaps the two most popular cannabinoids found in cannabis plants are Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD).
If CBD is non-psychoactive, is it still illegal?
Every country has different laws on cannabis, therefore CBD is more readily available in some regions. In the United Kingdom, the National Health Service (NHS) recently declared CBD as a medicine. Therefore, a lot of the CBD that is manufactured in the United States is sourced from the UK.
In the United States, how the CBD was sourced is the main consideration in it's legality. CBD that is derived from hemp plants and contains less than .3% THC is legal in all 50 states. However, CBD that is derived from cannabis sativa plants is legal only in the states that have allowed medical marijuana. HerbBox only curates products that are hemp derived and therefore are legal in all 50 states.