What is cbd?
When people hear the word cannabis, most think of marihuana, brownies and smoking culture. However, it’s only the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis – THC that is responsible for that reputation. In the cannabis plant, you can find about 100 cannabinoids and other compounds that have several benefits and different ways of usage.
CBD, also known as Cannabidiol, is a compound that has been found beneficial for many people who use it as a food supplement to help maintain their health. The attraction in CBD lies in almost no side effects, especially when compared to other supplements.
The CBD oil extracted for Plant Be comes from what is known as ‘industrial hemp’, that is a cannabis plant with very low psychoactive ingredient – THC. The plants are grown legally in a safe and clean environment, under a licence.
Cannabis itself was known to people for hundreds of years, and before it gained a bad reputation for its use, many farmers grew it as an agricultural crop. The fibre was used in textiles, rope making, fishing nets, clothes and many more.
The leaves were used as a natural remedy and part of various treatments. It was only in the last century that governments started to ban the plant all over the world.
Cannabis itself was known to people for hundreds of years, and before it gained a bad reputation for its use, many farmers grew it as an agricultural crop.
Some places are now changing their relationship with cannabis and allow for medical use, in few countries even recreational use of the plant is possible.
However, CBD is not and never was part of that process, and that’s where the confusion lies.
Even though the cannabis plant was banned all over the world, the ban was for the unit high in psychoactive ingredient THC. The industrial hemp with low THC was still allowed to be cultivated, under some regulations.
Industrial hemp is still used for different purposes, but its role in people’s diet is growing, as a supplement for food and part of a balanced life.
One thing that we need to add, CBD is not the same as hemp seed oil. Many people get confused about these two very different products and some, not so honest sellers, try to offer hemp-seed oil to customers, promising the same benefits as CBD.
CBD is extracted from dried flowers of the cannabis plant, the process is complicated and takes time.
Hemp seed oil is made from seeds, by pressing them. Hemp seed oil is still highly nutritious and can be used for baking, salad dressings or low-temperature cooking. It’s rich in Omega 3 and 6 however it contains only trace amounts of cannabinoids. Definitely not the same as CBD!
Before buying any CBD product, check the producer, the extraction method and the reputation of the seller. Do not be swayed by products on popular online marketplaces who try to sell ‘CBD oils’ for a fraction of regular price. The industry is still growing so always do due diligence!
Plant Be Team