What is CBD?

Hemp and marijuana are both forms of cannabis. Cannabis rich in THC (what makes people high) is marijuana. Cannabis with low THC is called hemp.

CBD is extracted and separated from specific varieties of cannabis. It is the second most abundant compound in cannabis, typically representing up to 40% of its extracts. CBD can be found in both psychoactive cannabis (marijuana) and non-psychoactive cannabis (hemp). However, most legal CBD products that you find on the market will be extracted from hemp.

 

What is the difference between CBD and THC?

CBD (Cannabidiol) and THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) both come from cannabis (hemp plants) and they often get mixed up with each other. However they both have very different properties and benefits.

THC, an intoxicating and illegal substance, is responsible for causing marijuana users to get 'high'. Unlike THC, CBD is non-psychoactive because it does not act on the same pathways as THC. Therefore it is impossible to get 'high' by vaping or ingesting CBD oil extracted from industrial hemp plants, as they only have minuscule traces of THC (0.2% or less).

 

Is it legal?

Yes it is 100% legal. CBD that contains less than 0.2% THC (and therefore cannot make you 'high') is legal in the UK, EU and many countries around the world. As CBD products are classified as Food Supplements rather than Medicine, they do not need a medical license. But then sellers cannot make any medicinal claims, or talk about any benefits one may receive by taking CBD.