Frequently Asked Questions
What is CBD?
CBD or Cannabidiol is a chemical compound found in hemp. Hemp, which contains the CBD compound, is a variety of the Cannabis sativa plant species. Marijuana is also a variety of the Cannabis sativa plant species. The two plants have a unique difference. Hemp is genetically different in that it contains only a marginal amount of the psychoactive compound tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which is contained in marijuana and causes one to feel “high”. Hemp is one of the fastest growing plants and was one of the first plants to be spun into usable fiber over 10,000 years ago.
In the 1940’s Roger Adams, a chemist from Harvard University became the first person to successfully extract CBD from the Cannabis sativa plant. In 1946, Dr. Walter S. Loewe conducted the first CBD test on lab animals. These tests proved that CBD did not cause an altered mental state. Dr. Raphael Mechoulan is often credited as the scientist who discovered CBD when he identified CBD’s three-dimensional structure, also in 1946. In recent years, studies have increased significantly to establish the benefits of CBD. People are successfully using CBD to reduce anxiety, to address chronic pain, to dramatically reduce the number of specific epileptic seizures, and to reduce symptoms related to the side effects of cancer treatment.
How does CBD work?
CBD or Cannabidiol is a chemical compound found in hemp. CBD interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS), a grouping of millions of cannabinoid receptors found throughout the body. Almost every organ in the body contains cannabinoid receptors. The ECS exists to respond to cannabinoids produced by the human body – called endogenous cannabinoids (or endocannabinoids). The ECS is involved in regulating a variety of physiological and cognitive processes including appetite, pain sensation, mood, and memory. Scientists have learned that the system will also recognize and respond to cannabinoids from external sources. Externally introduced CBD inhibits the enzymes that break down endocannabinoids, leading to an increase in the body’s naturally produced cannabinoids.
What’s the difference between hemp and marijuana?
Both hemp and marijuana are from the same plant genus and species: Cannabis Sativa.
The main difference between the two plants is in the chemical composition, specifically tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is the chemical responsible for marijuana’s psychoactive effect – feeling “high”. Depending on the Cannabis strain, marijuana can contain anywhere between 5% and 30% THC content. Hemp has levels of THC of less than 1%. The Federal legal limit for industrial hemp to meet the 2014 and 2018 Farm Acts is to not exceed 0.3% THC.
Because hemp – and CBD made from Industrial Hemp – is essentially devoid of THC, it’s impossible to get “high” on the product.
Is CBD legal? Are ALON Wellness premium CBD products legal?
The US Congress successfully passed 2 Bills into law that defined the criteria for CBD to be legal in the US. The 2014 and 2018 Farm Acts – signed by Congress and the US President – defined that CBD is legal if it is derived from US industrial hemp and has a THC content of less than 0.3%. CBD products that meet those 2 criteria are considered legal in the US.
ALON Wellness premium CBD products are derived from organic US industrial hemp. ALON Wellness products contain less than 0.3% THC. Yes – ALON Wellness products are legal in all states in the US. Quality certificates of analysis for all ALON Wellness products are available on the site.