**First, a disclaimer: While we at Itzel’s Hemp strive to provide information that will make our readers sleep better, our guides should never replace the recommendations of a licensed physician. Before trying CBD oil for the first time, please consult your doctor to ensure this product is right for you.**
What is CBD?
CBD is naturally occurring and is among the largest cannabinoids found in hemp and marijuana. Some studies have revealed that CBD represents more than 40% of the hemp plant’s extract.
The human body also produces cannabinoids, known as endocannabinoids, in a bodily system known as the endocannabinoid system (or ECS). The ECS promotes homeostasis by regulating a wide range of functions, including motor skills, mood, appetite, and sleep. As we age, our ECS produces fewer endocannabinoids; they may also decrease due to physical injury or disease. Replenishing depleted endocannabinoids with phytocannabinoids like CBD can help restore balance to the body.
As a rule, CBD oil extracted from hemp will contain no more than 0.3% THC and have no psychoactive effects; when extracted from cannabis, CBD oil may contain as much as 30% THC — and carry potentially strong psychoactive effects.
CBD oils extracted from hemp generally fall into one of these two categories:
1. Crystalline Isolate, Oil is extracted from the cannabis plant, then allowed to cool; this isolates the CBD from other cannabinoids. The oil forms crystals and is crushed into a powder. No THC. No drug testing risk.
2. Full Spectrum Oil, Oil is extracted from the cannabis plant. Oil is not cooled, allowing it to retain THC and other cannabinoids 0.3% or less THC. Yes, drug testing risk.