CBD 101

The 411

CBD, short for Cannabidiol, is one of more than 113 active cannabinoids found in cannabis—also known as hemp. CBD is non-intoxicating, and has been found to offer a vast range of healing properties, most notably to suppress inflammation throughout your body.

Let's start with some basics:

  • Does CBD get you high? No. CBD is completely non-psychoactive.
  • Are cannabis, hemp, and marijuana all the same thing? No. Think of cannabis as an umbrella. Hemp and marijuana are two pals huddled under it (but very different pals).

Cannabis (or Cannabis Sativa) is a family of plants, of which marijuana and hemp are members. Although they’re relatives, marijuana and hemp have distinct differences in biology, appearance, and cultivation methods. The two were grouped together and banned during Nixon’s “War on Drugs” when his administration signed into law the Controlled Substances Act of 1970. And ever since, they've often been wrongfully lumped together. But just like two sisters, they're different.

Think of it like this: you're holding a bell pepper in one hand and a jalapeño pepper in the other. They're both peppers, but one is spicy and one is sweet. CBD (hemp) and THC (marijuana) are the same: both are cannabinoids, but they have thoroughly different effects on our bodies.

Hemp vs. Marijuana: the Deep Dive

You've probably heard of THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (Cannabidiol), the two most notable cannabinoids in cannabis. While they may have similar chemical structure, they have very different properties.

THC is what gets you "high" on cannabis. By contrast, CBD is completely non-intoxicating. Marijuana is high in the psychoactive compound THC, or delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol, the compound in marijuana that causes a high.

Hemp is not marijuana. Although hemp does contain some cannabinoids, it has negligible amounts of THC. In fact, in order to be legally cultivated, industrial hemp must contain less than 0.3% THC. Hemp is also grown as an industrial crop for the use of fibers in textiles and even building materials. Most industrial hemp is grown for its fiber and contains relatively small concentrations of cannabinoids and terpenes, so it is not the most desirable source of CBD oil.

While many of the CBD products on the market are produced from this kind of industrial hemp, the CBD oil in our products at Chill is made from a CBD-rich strain known as PCR hemp. PCR is short for phytocannabinoid rich — it contains as much as ten times the concentration of CBD as generic industrial hemp and only negligible amounts of THC. TLDR: we use uniquely concentrated CBD, and it'll never get you high.