Whether you’ve seen it on social media, TV, heard a friend mention it or even just overheard it at your local coffee shop, the term “CBD” is becoming more and more popular and people want to know what CBD is and where it comes from.
THC or marijuana is often used when talking about Hemp or CBD simply because it comes from the same plant, Cannabis Sativa, that marijuana comes from yet the two are very different.
The Cannabis Sativa plant produces Hemp leaves, known for its high potency of CBD and low levels of THC and marijuana leaves, known for its low potency of CBD and high levels of THC.
Hemp plants are used to create CBD so the oil has high levels of CBD and low levels of THC (.3% or less legally) so thats why there are no psychoactive effects when taking CBD oil! Many people think that since CBD comes from the same plant as THC that it has the same effect but it does not. In fact, Both CBD and THC share the exact same molecular formula, however there is one structural difference and that small difference in molecular structure makes a big difference in side effects.
So simply put, CBD comes from the hemp leaves of the Cannabis Sativa plant. The hemp leaves have high levels of CBD and very low levels of THC. Physically, THC gives you a psychoactive side effect or “high” feeling while CBD does not have the psychoactive side effects. Scientifically, there is only one structural difference between the two.