Terpenes are aromatic organic hydrocarbons within plants, including cannabis, it gives the cannabis plant its unique smell and taste. There are a lot of terpenes (over 200) found in the cannabis plant. Terpenes are the reason that different strains of cannabis have distinct aroma and flavor profiles. More importantly terpenes influence the effects of cannabinoids, like Cannabidiol (CBD) and Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which in turn modulate the effects of neurotransmitters. This means that Terpenes have medicinal and therapeutic benefits, both alone and in combination with cannabinoids, that can be used to treat and control various medical conditions.
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Cannabidiol, better known as CBD, is one of the 113 chemical compounds known as cannabinoids found in the hemp plant, which accounts for up to 40% of the plantâ€™s extract. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the main psychoactive cannabinoid in cannabis and is responsible for the getting â€œhighâ€ sensation often associated with cannabis. CBD is not psychotropic which makes it an appealing option for those who are looking for pain relief without the mind-altering effects of medical cannabis. CBD oil is made by extracting the CBD compound from the cannabis plant, then going ahead to dilute it with a carrier oil like coconut or hemp seed oil.
Cannabis products are mostly tested to verify if the products are safe for human consumption and to give consumers an idea of the potency of the product they are using. Hemp and CBD manufacturers and processors are not required to have their products tested to standards which will help ensure public health and safety.
As of 2019, CBD derived from hemp is legal nationwide. This includes all hemp-derived CBD products like oils, edibles, and ointments. However, marijuana-derived CBD does not enjoy the same privileges as hemp. In some states, CBD derived from marijuana is completely legal; but in most states, its legality depends on a number of different factors and conditions.
The Agricultural Act of 2014, more commonly known as the 2014 Farm Bill, opened up new doors for the hemp industry by legalizing some cultivation activities that have since allowed the industry to grow in unprecedented ways.
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