CBD stands for cannabidiol and is a compound found in hemp and cannabis plants. CBD is one of many different compounds of its type produced by cannabis and hemp. Want to know more? Read our CBD 101 guide.
As members of the cannabaceae family, hemp and cannabis have many similarities. The primary difference, however, is their chemical profiles. Hemp plants are low in THC, a phytocannabinoid (compounds in hemp and cannabis - “phyto”=plant + cannabinoid) that produces intoxicating effects. In the United States, hemp is classified as cannabis plants that contain less than 0.3% THC. In other countries the limit can be even lower, commonly 0.2%. CBD concentrations vary too. Thanks to intentional breeding efforts, CBD can now be found in concentrations as high as 20% or 25% in hemp plants intended for CBD-rich resin production.
CBD is pretty different from THC. To start, CBD does not cause intoxicating or euphoric effects like THC does. To discuss the differences in how CBD and THC affect the body, it is important to talk about the endocannabinoid system or ECS. The endocannabinoid system is a physiological system in your body that primarily controls the function of oily compounds that tell your body what to do. That’s why the ECS is called a lipid (oily) signaling system, and it affects just about every part of the body, modulating sleep, mood, pain, fear, appetite, inflammation, and more. Want to know more? Read our CBD 101 guide. CBD and THC interact with the ECS in different ways. The first and foremost difference in the effects of CBD and THC is that CBD does not cause you to be high, while THC does.
CBD is a natural alternative to prescription and over-the-counter remedies. Growing research on CBD supports what people have known for years: it can provide relief for chronic pain, inflammation, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and more. At Commons, we want to work with you on the best way to integrate CBD into your lifestyle.
CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system (ECS). CBD actually doesn’t interact with the ECS directly very much - instead, it elicits effects through a variety of other mechanisms in the body, ultimately indirectly stimulating the body’s endocannabinoid system by making the body produce endocannabinoids and helping those endocannabinoids circulate in the body for longer.
No. CBD will not alter your state of mind. Even if you take a lot of it, you still will not get high on our CBD supply. Sorry!
Yes! Many people who say they have tried CBD and felt nothing are underdosing. With CBD, if you find you’re not responding to 20mg a day, it doesn’t mean it didn’t work. It probably means you didn’t take enough. Figuring out how much CBD is best for you is a process, and we have more information on it in our CBD 101 guide. But let’s be clear - there are also some people who don’t respond to CBD at all. Why? It’s been suggested that perhaps some people don’t absorb enough in their bodies through no fault of their own, but we still need a lot more research...
Commons takes pride in our world-class supply chain. We work with top partners across the country who extract our CBD and formulate our products in licensed pharmaceutical grade facilities that are GMP certified (current Good Manufacturing Practices).
CBD isn’t one-size fits all. Generally, we recommend starting small and increasing your dose until you find what feels best for you. Based on where you are in your CBD journey and what health improvements you want to make, you might opt for higher doses or more or less frequent doses. The important thing to remember is that everyone is different, so it can take a few tries and combinations to find what works. Coaches are here to help you use CBD in the way that works best for you.
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There is no real danger of overdosing with CBD. The general consensus among professionals and even the World Health Organization is that in extremely large doses (like 10,000mg), CBD is likely to cause extreme drowsiness, lethargy, upset stomach, and other unpleasant or disorienting side effects, but not death. Additionally, CBD is one of the only substances deemed by the WHO to have no major side effects or risk of dependency.
Yes. The 2018 farm bill legalized CBD at the federal level so long as it is extracted from hemp and contains less than 0.3% THC (as ours is and does).
THC is the psychoactive compound found in the cannabis plant and hemp plant. Full spectrum CBD contains trace amounts of THC, and other types of CBD do not contain any THC. The THC in full spectrum CBD is not enough to make you feel high.
The hemp plant and the cannabis plant are like cousins: related but not the same. They both come from the cannabis sativa species, and the same compounds are found in both of them - but how much of each compound is found in each one varies. The amounts of the different compounds are also manipulated in the extraction process. Hemp plants have very low levels of THC (the compound that gets you high) while cannabis plants have higher levels of THC. All of our products come from hemp plants.
All types of CBD are made from the same plant, but actually making the CBD into a format you can consume (aka the distillation process) produces different variations.
There are three types of CBD: