Cannabidiol (CBD) is a cannabinoid, AKA an active chemical compound unique to the cannabis plant. Over 100 different cannabinoids have been identified in cannabis, with CBD and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) being the two main ones. CBD products are made with extracted CBD from the cannabis plant.
There’s a lot of confusion around this, but here’s the bottom line: marijuana and hemp are the same plant — cannabis. The difference between the two lies in how they’re grown. Hemp is grown with a max of 0.3% THC. So, any cannabis plant that has more than 0.3% THC is marijuana. (THC is the psychoactive cannabinoid that makes you feel high.) While both hemp and marijuana have the CBD cannabinoid, in states like Texas where recreational cannabis isn’t legal, the CBD available comes strictly from hemp.
No, CBD will not get you high since it’s not intoxicating like THC. But! It can offer a variety of benefits including helping with pain, inflammation, seizures, and anxiety. Either way, be sure to check with your doctor before trying CBD.
C’mon, you know we keep things on the up-and-up here. CBD is legal! The 2018 Farm Bill removed hemp from the Controlled Substances Act and classified it as an agricultural commodity. But! Remember that hemp (where our CBD comes from) can contain up to 0.3% THC. So, while that trace amount of THC will not get you high, it may show up on a drug test. Your best bet if you’ll be drug tested, or if you want to avoid THC altogether, is to buy CBD isolate, as opposed to full spectrum or broad spectrum CBD. (More on spectrums below!)
Okay, this question can get technical AF, so we’ll try to keep it short. Basically, every cannabinoid affects the body by stimulating certain receptors. Usually, they stimulate your two cannabinoid receptors — CB1 and CB2 — that are part of what’s called your endocannabinoid system (ECS). CBD is special in that it doesn’t particularly take to either your CB1 or CB2 receptors. (THC, for example, prefers your CB1 receptor.) Instead, it likes non-cannabinoid receptors like your serotonin and pain receptors, among others.
Dealer’s choice! You can try CBD tinctures, edibles, and topicals. (Oh my!) You can also vape or smoke it, and you can find it in other items like beauty products. Consider choosing how you take it based on what your needs are. If you’re having bad knee pain, a topical you rub directly on your knee could be just the ticket. If you’re looking to feel generally more relaxed, trying a tincture or edible could help since those will spread throughout your body. Of course, check with your doctor first before deciding how or if to take it.
There’s still a lot of research being done around CBD, so not all benefits or side effects are known at this time. There have been some cases of CBD causing dry mouth, dizziness, and fatigue. The best way to approach this is to research the purity of your CBD, check for third-party-lab testing, and consult your doctor before trying it. Luckily, we took care of those first two things, as all our products are pure and third-party-lab tested.
Full spectrum CBD uses all the cannabinoids the hemp plant has to offer, including trace amounts of THC. If you’re an experienced cannabis user, this one’s for you. Broad spectrum CBD is more of a maker’s blend. Here, the producer chooses which cannabinoids to include, so you can experiment to see which you like best. Heads up — some may contain traces of THC. CBD isolate is just that — pure, isolated CBD. If it’s your first walk on the green side, try this one first to get a feel for CBD in your body. This is also a great option for those who can’t have or don’t want any THC.
We got you! We understand dietary restrictions. We created MaryJae as a space where everyone can partake, so we absolutely offer vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free products. You can even filter your product search on our website to show only vegan, vegetarian, or gluten-free items.
We were hoping you’d ask! We founded MaryJae to offer a helpful, judgment-free experience for the canna-curious because to us, this is more than a trend or business. This is a passion. So, not only can you trust that all our products are clean and effective (we personally test each product before ever putting it on our shelves), but you can also trust we’re not here just for the sake of sales. We’re here to help you.
Trust, MaryJae’s staff is straight fire. Not only are they passionate and knowledgeable, but in 2020 they’ll all be certified in CBD, hemp, and cannabis by MJ Hybrid Solutions. This certification includes training on the cannabis plant and what it has to offer, the makeup and uses of cannabis products, and an understanding of the ailments cannabis can help with. Need we say more?