What is CBD?

CBD is a natural occuring compound found in the Cannabis sativa plant that can interact with the human body to create a sense of wellness.  

The main points of CBD is that:

  • It's made from hemp (with less than 0.3 percent THC)
  • One of 100+ known cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant
  • Non-intoxicating (meaning it won't get you 'high')
  • Found in a variety of wellness products..

Hemp plants contain 113+ naturally occurring compounds called cannabinoids. Cannabidiol, which is the long version for CBD, is one of these many cannabinoids found in hemp and marijuana plants. But why is it so popular in our society and in the health industry? We'll get to that in a moment.

How Does CBD Work?

The cannabis plant is in fact quite a fascinating plant, created by mother earth. Most living beings on this planet have what's called an Endocannabinoid System. This system is a network of messenages and receptors that regulate the way your body functions. It is the communication system between your body and your brain. The messengers, which we call cannabinoids, bind with the receptors located throughout your body.  

The cannabinoids that are made in your body are endocannabinoids. Although your body generates endocannabinoids as needed (2-AG and amandamide), they are quickly broken down by your body's enzymes.

This is where CBD comes into play

Very similar to daily vitamins and nutrients, CBD supplements the endocannabinoid system, which plays a vital role in optimal biological performance in the human body.

The endocannabinoid system regulates:

  • Appetite
  • Fertility
  • Immune Function
  • Memory
  • Mood
  • Motor Control
  • Pleasure
  • Pain
  • Reproduction
  • Sleep
  • Temperature Regulation

Hemp vs Marijuana. What's the difference?

We're sure you've heard these terms countless of times, without understanding the true breakdown between the two. Hemp and Marijuana are terms often use interchangeably to describe any cannabis plant or it's defivatives. Here's an easy way to delineate between them.

Hemp is Cannabis. Marijuana is Cannabis. Hemp is NOT Marijuana.

Hemp plants are typically tall and thin. They are used to cultivate a number of industrial products such as foods, oils, paper, textiles and high CBD extractions.

While they have many different chemical properties, according to the Federal Government, industrial hemp includes the cannabis plan Sativa and any part or derivative with a THC concentration of no more than 0.3% on a dry weight basis.

This small percentage is the magic number, the legal limit laid out in section 7606 of the Farm Bill. All CBD product manufactured by Vida Optima are derived from crops grown in accordance within this legal limit.

CBD = Zero High

The trace amounts of THC that exist in hemp are not enough to cause any intoxication, even if large amounts are ingested. CBD from hemp provides the same level of endocannabinoid system support without the high or risk of marijuana's potential side effects.