Cannabidiol, or CBD, is one of over 100 chemical compounds know as cannabinoids that are found in the hemp (or cannabis sativa) plant. CBD is believed to help restore balance to the endocannabinoid system, which is present throughout our bodies and impacts most of our regulatory systems. ‡
Hemp is a variety of the cannabis sativa plant that produces a broad range of cannabinoids, including CBD and THC (the main intoxicating cannabinoid in marijuana). To be classified as hemp in the U.S., industrial hemp cannot contain more than 0.3% THC. Although hemp produces some THC it produces a much higher concentration of non-psychoactive cannabinoids (including CBD).
Cannabinoids are compounds found in the cannabis plant. Examples of cannabinoids include tetrahydrocannabidiol (THC) and CBD. There are at least 144 different cannabinoids isolated from cannabis, exhibiting varied effects.
Cannabis Sativa (hemp) seed oil is a nutrient-rich oil that comes from cold-pressing the seeds of the hemp plant. Its composition of fats and amino acids is very similar to our natural skin oils, making it well tolerated by most skin types - including dry, sensitive and aging skin. Hemp seed oil is packed with more essential fatty acids than any other oil and is known for its ability to deeply hydrate skin without clogging pores (to treat your skin with hemp seed oil, check out our Petal Milk Face Serum).
Phytocannabinoid-rich hemp oil is another name for hemp extract oil and by law it cannot contain more than 0.3% THC. True phytocannabinoid-rich hemp oil will contain all the other vital cannabinoids and terpenes found in the hemp plant.
Both broad spectrum CBD and CBD isolate are extracted from the hemp plant. Whereas broad spectrum CBD still contains small amounts of other cannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenes, CBD isolate is further refined so that it only contains CBD. Some evidence suggests that broad spectrum CBD is more effective because of the of the other beneficial compounds in the extract, but CBD isolate provides peace of mind to those avoiding THC completely. ‡
Everyone's experience with CBD is different, and more is not always necessarily better. For that reason, we agree with the classic advice to "start low and go slow." The most important thing to realize is that cannabinoids (like CBD) take time to build up in our system, so give it time and pay attention to how it's making you feel. Listening to your body is the greatest tool you have in your CBD journey, and we invite you to begin this check in with our Self-Centered Wellness resources. ‡
No, CBD is non-psychoactive and will not get you high.
If you are undergoing drug testing for any reason, we recommend sticking with CBD isolate (like our Merrimint body balm), which contains no THC.