February 17, 2021 4 min read

"CBD" WHAT DOES IT STAND FOR?

The medical abbreviation of "CBD" stands for cannabidiol, which is a compound (sometimes referred to as a cannabinoid) derived from the industrial hemp cannabis plant. Cannabidiol is a non-psychoactive component, just one of 100+ phytocannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. Unlike the well-known cannabinoid THC, CBD won't “get you high” or produce euphoric, mind-altering effects. 

"CBD" HOW DID IT GET ITS NAME?

CBD gets its name letters in the word:cannabidiol.In addition to learning the proper name behind the acronym, it’s important to understand just how impactful the discovery of CBD has been.

Marijuana usage dates back to at least 2737 BC, when the Emperor Shen Neng of China prescribed marijuana as a treatment tea for various issues. Fast forward to 1492, it’s been suggested that Christopher Columbus brought cannabis into the New World (America). Fast forward even more to 1942 - Roger Adams, an American chemist, successfully isolated the first cannabinoid from the cannabis plant, cannabidiol (CBD). 

There are more major cannabis stepping stones we do not mention, to be written about in the future, so stay tuned.

With the discovery of the hemp cannabis plant, dating back millenia, it’s no surprise that researchers and scientists from all over the world have their eyes laser focused on the therapeutic benefit of cannabis, especially CBD. Interestingly enough, the potential therapeutic effects of CBD are still much unknown and in the foundational stages, thus, the work continues. 

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF CBD?

The benefits of CBD may cover a wide range of therapeutic opportunities, including:

  • Anti-anxiety
  • Antifungal
  • Antibacterial
  • Antivirus
  • Reduce depressive symptoms
  • Improve quality of life
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Improve mental well-being
  • Enhance muscle recovery
  • Improve heart health
  • Reduce acne
  • Reduce seizures

The benefits of CBD are continuously blooming, with more researchers diving into the world of cannabis and its potential as a viable therapeutic option.

With CBD being a generally safe and well-tolerated cannabinoid, with little to no side effects, it’s no wonder researchers, athletes, medical professionals, and cannabis-friendly users are raving about CBD. 

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HOW DOES CBD WORK?

CBD works by connecting with and activating various receptors in our body, especially in our endocannabinoid system (ECS). These cannabinoids have an effect on several receptors in the body to generate many different effects. Just as a refresh, cannabinoids are active molecules found in the cannabis plant that give it its medicinal and therapeutic properties. They are able to have medicinal applications by mimicking compounds that the body produces naturally to maintain homeostasis. These compounds, known as endocannabinoids, are tasked with maintaining proper communication between cells in the brain and body.

The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a biological system that is able to interact with active chemical compounds, such as CBD and THC. Not only does it allow the body to experience non-psychoactive effects from the cannabinoid CBD, it also plays a key role in reducing inflammation and overall immune health because of its ability to regulate important biological aspects.

When a user takes CBD, the CBD oil binds to receptor sites in the brain. The main two receptorscannabinoid receptor 1 (CB1) and cannabinoid receptor 2 (CB2). Unlike THC, CBD doesn’t give users a “high” because itbinds indirectly to the CB receptors

On the other hand, THC produces euphoric effects on the brain that recreational cannabis users typically seek bybinding directlywith cannabinoid receptors. 

CAN CBD SHOW ON A DRUG TEST?

The possibility that CBD can show on a drug test is unlikely, but the answer isn’t so simple. Most drug screening tests are assessing levels of narcotics and specific levels of cannabis (THC) present in the body, thus, some drug testing may not necessarily screen for CBD. However, drug tests differ in thoroughness - some may tests for any and all substances with any level of concentration, whilst others may only test for high levels of certain substances. 

If your CBD products or CBD oils are hemp-derived, containing less than 0.3% THC, you may be “good to go”. Please take this with a grain of salt, as the research on CBD and drug screening is still sparse.

CAN CBD GET YOU HIGH?

CBD does not get you high, if it is hemp-derived cannabidiol, with less than 0.3% THC. 

We describe that very specifically because some CBD oils may contain levels of THC as well - these are called full spectrum CBD oils. THC may provide you with euphoric effects, thus, you may feel a high. Many customers prefer to use broad spectrum cbd oils that are THC Free, to ensure they have no risk of consuming THC.

Knowing what is in your CBD products and what part of the plant is the oil derived from is key! CBD that is taken from the hemp plant is considered legal in the US, again, only if it contains little to no THC ( < 0.3%). 

Again, CBD is the non-psychoactive compound of the cannabis plant. It does not directly bind with CB1 and CB2 receptors, thus, users don’t feel mind-altering effects.

CBD is legal just about everywhere, well almost. The reality of THC getting people high has created much legal controversy and skepticism around CBD. Since CBD does not produce these psychoactive effects, its use is not yet as legally controlled as THC. 

Keep in mind - CBD can be derived from both marijuana and hemp plants. Not all CBD is created equal here friends. The main difference between marijuana-derived CBD and hemp-derived CBD comes down to the differences between the two plants.

According to current federal laws, CBD must be extracted from the hemp plant in order to be legally obtained. To legally access CBD extracted from marijuana, it would need to be obtained in a legal state, such as California, Oregon, Washington or Colorado.

All NanoCraft products fit the bill of being THC Free or <0.3% THC. If you are unsure of the THC content, you can contact us for more information. NanoCraft offers a variety of products to choose from including: