CBD is just one of more than 85 cannabinoids that are present in the cannabis plant. It is the second most prevalent cannabinoid in marijuana, and the most prevalent one in hemp. Research is suggesting that other cannabinoids, such as CBG and CBN may also have health benefits for the human body as well.
On its own, CBD has many potential benefits, some mirroring the benefits of THC. These include reducing nausea and PTSD, as well as treating migraines and inflammation. For those seeking the medical benefits of marijuana, without any risk of being high, CBD oil provides a practical solution.
Most states (and countries) do not consider CBD oil to be marijuana. This is mainly because CBD is non-psychotropic. This quality means it will not get its users high.
Another reason that CBD oil is not considered marijuana is that it is typically made from hemp rather than marijuana plants. Hemp plants are ideal for CBD oil because they rarely develop tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), making them undesirable for many recreational users. They also have high amounts of CBD.
In some recreational states, however, CBD oil is made from low-THC marijuana plants, instead of hemp. However, because the oils still contain high amounts of CBD and very low amounts of THC, they are still called CBD oils. Whether a CBD oil is made from a marijuana or a hemp variety of cannabis it still has beneficial effects on the body.