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What is CBD?

The world of CBD is filled with almost unpronounceable terms like “endocannabinoid system,” and seemingly magical claims about all the wonderful things it can do. But what you’re probably really wondering is: What can CBD do for me and why should I try it?

The reasons to try CBD are very convincing when you really look at all the potential benefits of such a simple, natural product. But let’s start with the basics:


What is CBD?

CO2 Hemp Extract (CBD) is extracted from industrial hemp – cannabis. It’s a safe, natural extract commonly thought to be incredibly helpful with a variety of issues. The benefits are due to natural chemicals in the cannabis plant called cannabinoids.

Cannabinoids are the chemical components of cannabis we think of as “CBD.” CBD is produced naturally by your body and also by many plants, especially cannabis.

Yes, you did read that correctly! Your body actually makes its own cannabinoids! But let me explain a little further. For the purpose of this article, we’re going to talk about the two most important kinds of cannabinoids:

  • Endocannabinoids are the type of cannabinoids that occur naturally in your own body.
  • Phytocannabinoids come from plants, including cannabis.

Both types of cannabinoids interact with your body’s endocannabinoid system (eCS) to help maintain full-body balance.

The term CBD is actually a little misleading as well. While we think of it as the “everything else” in the cannabis plant apart from THC (which we’ll get to in a second), there are actually many other cannabinoids in cannabis. Including some you’ve probably never heard of like CBN, CBC, CBG and many, many more. We also know these other cannabinoids can interact in beneficial ways with your body’s eCS.

But the industry term “CBD” has almost become synonymous with a wide range of CBD products. So to make this complicated topic easier to understand, when we at Plant Therapy say “CBD” we’ll be talking about the broad range of useful phytocannabinoids (the ones that come from cannabis).


What can CBD do for me?

Plant Therapy CBDThe short answer is that CBD can potentially do a lot!

CBD interacts with your body’s own endocannabinoid system (or eCS for short). Your eCS regulates a huge range of bodily processes like your appetite, pain, mood, memory, the nervous system, immune activity, blood pressure, bone density, glucose metabolism, stress…and so much more it’s hard to type it all out. If you’re curious like me, you can read even more about your eCS here, but for the sake of simplicity, I think you get the idea. The eCS is pretty important for your optimal health!

So what happens when your eCS doesn’t function properly? If you’re chronically deficient in endocannabinoids or have an overactive eCS that produces too much, it can throw your whole body out of balance. Modern science has found that endocannabinoid issues are found in nearly all pathological conditions.

Let that sink in for a minute. This system, that science has only recently discovered, is involved in nearly all pathological conditions.

That means using CBD to support your endocannabinoid system functioning has incredible therapeutic potential for many human diseases:  

  • Pain and inflammation: A healthy eCS has the potential to significantly reduce opioid dependency for chronic pain and has potent anti-inflammatory effects.
  • Mental health: Anxiety, depression, and other conditions may be improved when CBD is used to support the eCS, and as an addition to traditional mental health treatment.
  • Other neurological effects: CBD has protective effects on the liver, may be an anti-convulsant and may help reduce seizures.
  • Other findings: Regular use of CBD may help gastrointestinal issues, drug addiction, and more.

And while CBD is working hard in your body by supporting a healthy endocannabinoid system responses, what do you get to do? Sit back and relax!

Let CBD work on your behalf, doing the work of supporting your eCS, helping maintain balance and health.


Why is Plant Therapy selling CBD?

Plant Therapy CBDAt Plant Therapy, everything we do ties back into our desire to do as much good for as many people as possible. After carefully researching CBD and all the potential health benefits that can come from supporting your eCS with cannabinoids, we feel that this product has the potential to do a great deal of good for a large number of people.

But like everything we do, Plant Therapy is bringing our company values to this new product.

Safety: You can trust that we are transparent about our product and what it does. We don’t make unsubstantiated claims. We do cite our resources and provide GC/MS tests for each oil (including CO2 Hemp Extract). This way you know exactly which chemical constituents go into your CBD.

Quality: High-quality products have always been a priority, but CBD is incredibly important. We sourced the highest-quality product right here in the United States from reputable, ethical growers. We also test each batch of CBD to ensure that we exceed the stated mg per serving by a minimum of 3%. Our testing is done through an independent lab which verifies each batch, and the testing corresponds to the lot number printed on the bottle.

Education: Our team will provide continuing education through content, videos, downloads, and trained staff members.

Pricing: Low, fair, and affordable pricing has always been our first priority.


Will CBD get me “high?”

Plant Therapy CBDNow that you know what CBD is, let’s discuss the next obvious question, and the one on the minds of lawmakers and CBD newbies alike: Will CBD get you high?

This is the big one and the reason that hemp is such a controversial topic right now. Luckily, we’ve got an easy (and comforting) answer for you: No, CBD will not get you high.

In fact, not only will CBD not get you high, it actually can’t get you high. CBD isn’t the chemical compound in cannabis that causes the psychotropic effects commonly associated with cannabis. Which means no “high” whatsoever.

CBD is non-psychoactive, which means cannabinoids themselves don’t (and can’t) cause the “high” feeling associated with marijuana use. That comes from THC, a different chemical compound found in cannabis and the culprit behind that high feeling. 

The most common form of CBD is actually an isolate. Which, if you’ve read our past blog post on isolates, you’ll remember means that the specific chemical component, in this case, cannabidiol (CBD), is isolated from the whole plant compound using a process called chromatography. That leaves you with just the part of the plant you want to use.

Other than the CBD isolate, there are two other common terms you’ll see when describing CBD:

  • Full-spectrum CBD: Contains trace amounts of THC. The legal limit for these types of products is less than 0.3%.
  • Broad-spectrum CBD: Starts as full-spectrum CBD, and when the THC is removed, it becomes broad-spectrum.

Both broad-spectrum and full-spectrum CBD contains all the other beneficial chemical constituents of the hemp plant, which means you get all the benefits of the other chemical constituents (called the “entourage effect”), as well as the benefits of cannabidiol, without the high feeling.


Can CBD cause me to fail a drug test?

Plant Therapy CBDThis is a tricky question, but it’s fair to say you probably won’t fail a drug test using CBD. Our CBD is THC-free, But passing or failing a drug test does depend on the kind of test being performed.

There are two types of drug tests. The first type of drug test looks for cannabidiol, which is a phytocannabinoid. This test is no longer federally legal. That said, some companies may not have updated their testing requirements to meet the new legal standards.

Most workplace drug screens and tests target Delta 9-Tetrahydrocannabinol (or THC) and do not target or detect the presence of cannabidiol (CBD) or other legal natural hemp-based constituents. So we really recommend checking with your employer to learn which type of drug test they perform if you’re choosing to use CBD, just to make sure.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medications, or under a doctors care, please consult with a physician or qualified professional before using this product.


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80 thoughts on “What is CBD?”

  • When Plant Therapy initiated marketing cbd oil, I dismissed the topic because I didn’t think I would ever consider purchasing it. However, as my elderly mother has endured years of debilitating knee pain due to arthritis and is no longer able to take NSAIDs to address the daily pain, I am now looking at other alternatives to address the issue. I trust Plant Therapy and am grateful for receiving an ‘education’ on this product.

  • Very excited that after reading all the information about CBD oil that Plant therapy is sharing I feel better about trying your product. Thank you PT

  • I just discovered your company. I have been using YL oils. Their CBD says the chances of failing a drug test are very minimal. Plant Therapy says there’s a slight chance. Why would I chose your product over YL other than the cost difference?

  • I read that Plant Therapy isn’t ingestible and now am reading about how good the flavored CBD oils taste. Can you explain the discrepancy?

    1. Hi Donna! CBD is an entirely different product than traditional essential oils, and was designed to be used orally. Because of this, and adhering to federal guidelines, it is safe to ingest.

  • I really want to try this for pain? I’ve dug around the whole website reading. I have cervical dystonia. Besides the pain, this muscle disease comes with constant fatigue. I’m wondering if CBD would contribute to making the fatigue worse? That’s all that’s keeping me from trying it at this point.

    1. Hi Samantha! CBD works by supporting the eCS (as you probably know from all your research!) and its effects depend on each individual person and their own physiology. I would suggest trying CBD for yourself and pay close attention to how it makes your body react, and if fatigue is part of how it affects your body, make a judgment call accordingly. I hope that helps, and I’m sorry for your pain, and I sincerely hope that CBD helps you!

  • You have provided great information about Cbd. Through your blog, you have increased awareness about Cbd and how these are beneficial for us. You have explained beautifully how it works on the human body. Great information.

  • So what if someone gets pulled over does it show up can someone be found guilty of driving under the influence? Im trying to understand does it effect someone as if they are high.

  • Thank you for this basic and informative description. I plan to read additional materials for greater understanding; however, greatly appreciate PT’s information, research, and product availability.

  • Thank you so much for the info. I have had nausea for 4 weeks. Age 52, after I started using a small dose for 4 or 5 days. I have stopped taking it since, stomach just ill. Advice?

  • I cannot wait to try new CBD from Plant Therapy, I company I can trust! Thank you for bring in this line!

  • Thank you for the answers to the questions I have been asked about CBD! Hopefully this will truly help many!

  • I was surprised to learn today that PT has CBD oils. I have been wanting to try them out, but just didn’t want to buy from some unknown source. I will be placing an order soon to try CBD oils.

  • This is good news! I have been wondering how find a reputable source of CBD oil. Two questions: is this able to be shipped internationally, and would this be able to be used on dogs? Thanks!

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  • I am excited to try PT’s CBD product. I have used another brand (16mg, full spectrum) which cost over $80 more than the 16mg offered by PT. Theirs was an MLM brand, so you know where all my money went and I never really felt any different. So, like I said, I am excited to try PT’s CBD, because everything I have bought from this company is the highest quality and their information transparency makes them trustworthy.

  • So excited about this!! I would much rather spend my money here anyday!! Looking forward to trying it out.

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  • So glad you explained everything so well. Everyone i know that uses cbd oil claims it works. Because there are cbd places on every corner, i never know which one I can trust. I work in law enforcement, so cant take chances with just any company. Also, due to its price variation at each corner, it made me nervous to spend money on it since it isn’t super cheap. Now that pt carries it, i know i can trust it and wont be afraid to pull the trigger and spend a lot on it. Really need to try to save up some of my meager monthly government paycheck so i can take advantage of this.

  • Thank you for this article and the addition of CBD to the PT line up. I have been reading about the health benefits of CBD for a number of years and I’m sure I will soon figure out how I and/or my family can benefit from its use. Now I won’t have to figure out where/how to get it.

  • Thank you Plant Therapy! I have been researching CBD from various companies but now I can stop knowing how thorough and honest PT is! I will be ordering soon!

  • A co-worker of mine keeps encouraging me to try this for my sleep issues. I’m still wary. Maybe I’ll keep an eye on comments posted.

  • I’m so curious to try this out. I deal with a whole host of things that could be helped. Thanks PT for being a safe place to get this!

  • stoked to try the pina colata flavor. I have tried CBD oil in past, but with a natural flavor, and i couldnt stomach it. cant wait to see where PT goes with this line.

  • Thank you for the great information on Cbd. I learned so much!! After talking to my dr. I will be ordering from you!!

  • I’m really looking forward to trying this once I talk with my doctor. I have 100% trust in PT and know it is good quality.

  • I have just begun researching CBD for a variety of the benefits. I am happy to see PT selling this. I know that I can trust PT and won’t be getting any “snake oil” or other things I don’t want!

  • I’ve been using CBD oil for a while and have had great results managing my neuropathy. I’m beyond excited that I’ll now get to purchase it from Plant Therapy!

  • Thanks for the informative article. Thinking about getting CBD for my husband. I think it could help him with some of his health issues.

  • I have a DOT licence. When I listened to a company talk about their CBS oil, I was convinced that this product was for me. I researched on line about protecting my license. Next step was visiting my Doctor. She said there’s no way to know how its tested. Meaning theres no way to know if the product you purchase has NO thc in it. Now I know where I can purchase my CBD, and not worry about having a “hot test”. Thankyou Plant Therapy for your research, purity, and trust. I’m excited to get rid of sleeplessness and depression. So glad I listened to the June 26th live show. You covered everything I needed to make an educated decision. I love you guys!!

  • I am very excited to see these products. I have been looking at CBD for awhile for pain, but I have not tried any yet!

  • Thank you for explaining the difference between full spectrum and broad spectrum. I also appreciate the information about what type of drug tests out there could account for not passing if using broad spectrum CBD. I look forward to trying out PT CBD in the future.

  • I am so excited to try this! I’ve been using CBD oil for months now and its amazing! I’m loving that PT came out with a CBD product!

  • Thank you for all of the info. I’m going to try it for anxiety and pain. I appreciate all of the trustworthy info before putting anything into my body

  • This is such wonderful news and Information! From a company I know I can trust, I can’t wait to try it and see how it helps with my anxiety, and migraines.

  • This makes me soooo happy CBD changed my life got me off of pain, sleep & depression meds. ❤️

  • My mom has been interested in trying CBD oil for a while now but hasn’t been able to find any that she is comfortable buying. I can’t wait to tell her that this company that we know, love, and TRUST, is now selling it. Thank you so much PT for the abundance of information in these blog posts as well!

  • I can’t wait to try this! I’ve always hesitated seeing it elsewhere because I wasn’t sure I could trust the other companies, so thank you!!

  • This so made my day. CBD oil made a huge difference in my frequency in migraines, and was a life saver while dealing with pain from Lyme Disease. So happy Plant Therapy has added this to the product line.

    1. Nichole please find out how you can email me…. My husband and I are
      TheOddCouple …what are the odds of 2 people in the same family getting bit by 2 infected ticks and getting RockyMtSpottedFever? We’ve both had it before and titers showed both a and ACTIVE. Like so many PT clients, I am grateful for their INTEGRITY and EDUCATIONAL incites . I am now placing an order for THIS CBD

  • I think CBD helps a little bit, but not enough to pay the outrageous prices the dispensary wants for it. It’s a weird thing to walk in to a store to buy your wee, lol

  • So happy to see the flavored options! I tried an unflavored, nasty awful tasting tincture from a licensed cannabis store and could barely gag the stuff down. Appreciate the informative article and look forward to the educational articles/videos to come.

  • So happy that Plant Therapy is now selling CBD Oil. I am sure mix with a few essential oils, this is going to help so much with my Fibro. Thanks Plant Therapy!!

  • Thank you for this information. Still learning about this supplement and will hopefully try one day. Great information and I can say I trust Plant Therapy on their products.

  • I am looking forward to knowing more details, like will your CBD oil be a broad or full spectrum , will it be safe for pets, etc.

    1. Hi K! Our CBD is currently broad-spectrum, and as for pets…well you may have to keep an eye out on the future for that one! We don’t currently carry a pet-specific CBD oil.

  • Thank you for this. I’ve been looking for a reputable CBD source, and I’m so glad it’s being offered by a company I trust!

  • Wish I could show you my happy dance right now!! No one I’d rather buy this from than PT!!

  • Thank you for this very informative article!!! I’ve been curious about using CBD, but just didn’t know where to start… or even where to start reading about it. I look forward to trying it out!

    1. Very excited plant therapy now offers CBD. Very informative blog, answered a lot of questions I had about the benefits of CBD

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