What is CBD?

CBD Molecule Illustration Showing Structure

CBD is a natural plant extract that is successfully being used to treat everything from anxiety to chronic pain, and even cancer, without any negative side effects. It has been proven to be safe for use by people ranging in age from newborn infants to the elderly. 

‘CBD’ is an abbreviated form of the word ‘Cannabidiol’ (pronounced ‘canna-bih-dye-ol’), which is a component of the cannabis plant; but don’t worry, CBD is legal in all 50 US States, and it won’t get you high. In fact, many people around the world have found CBD to greatly improve their quality of life with zero negative impacts. 

Would CBD improve Your life? This article is designed to help arm you with the knowledge to make that decision for yourself. 

Where does CBD come from?

Cannabidiol is a compound known as a ‘cannabinoid’. As you may have guessed, this word implies that all cannabinoids come from the cannabis plant, but that isn’t quite true. Cannabinoids can be found in chocolate, Echinacea, black pepper, even human breast milk!

That’s right – every breastfeeding mother is supplying her child with lots of cannabinoids! In fact, every mammal on Earth has what is known as an ‘endocannabinoid system’. This may sound confusing and scientific, but all it really means is that your body produces its own cannabinoids (called endocannabinoids) which are used to regulate all kinds of bodily functions. More on that later. 

The cannabis plant contains many cannabinoids (144 is the current number according to Dr. Lumír Hanuš). You’ve probably heard the most about THC, which is the main component that recreational users want since it gives that high feeling they’re after.

THC has proven to have many beneficial effects on the human mind and body. However, it does alter mental functioning (which is referred to as psychoactive), and it is the true target of the laws and propaganda against cannabis. 

CBD is a sister cannabinoid that also has many beneficial effects, yet it is not intoxicating. In fact, CBD is considered to be an antipsychotic (Note: there is some debate over whether or not CBD is psychoactive, as it does improve mood and focus, and as mentioned it is considered an antipsychotic; so while some say CBD is not psychoactive, we avoid making that claim and refer to it as non-intoxicating).

CBD is typically extracted from hemp plants, which are really just cannabis plants bred specifically to have extremely low levels of THC. The distinction between cannabis and hemp is a legal distinction and not a botanical one. From the perspective of a botanist, there is no difference between a hemp plant and a cannabis plant. But in an effort to avoid violating federal laws, most companies extract CBD from ‘industrial hemp’. 

Is CBD Truly Legal?

According to Bob Hoban, of Hoban Law Group:

Cannabis Sativa, the plant, is not illegal. What is controlled is marihuana.” Note the spelling of marihuana with an ‘h’ instead of marijuana with a ‘j’. This is because of the laws regarding the cannabis plant, which dates back to the ‘1937 Marihuana Tax Act’. 

In January 2017, the Hoban Law Group filed a lawsuit against the DEA for illegally classifying CBD, hemp, and cannabis in general as a ‘controlled substance’.

The DEA is governed by Federal Law. It can’t make law on its own,” argues Hoban. 

However, until a decision is made in this case, the DEA has been violating Federal law with impunity and raiding businesses that sell cannabis and hemp-derived products in states which lack explicit protections for such products.

So, while CBD is legal under Federal Law, it is always prudent to check your local laws. An excellent resource listing which states allow for the legal use of cannabis can be found here. There are also currently (as of June 2018) 17 US States with laws specifically about legal cannabidiol (CBD)

Is CBD legal? Yes. But that doesn’t stop the DEA and the FDA from occasionally overreaching their authority. The best way for companies to avoid issues is to extract the CBD from hemp rather than cannabis. At Healing Harbors, we only use industrial hemp grown by US farmers and processed in pharmaceutical-grade facilities.

In the USA, any variety of cannabis with a THC concentration of not more than 0.3 percent is considered to be ‘industrial hemp’. So as long as the CBD that you’re using comes from hemp and contains less than 0.3% THC, you shouldn’t have any concerns.

Is CBD Worth It?

This is a question you must answer for yourself. Is improved health worth it to you?

We all know the dangers of free radicals within the body. They are thought to be the root cause of many ailments, including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, ALS, multiple sclerosis, chronic fatigue syndrome, heart disorders and complications, arteriosclerosis & atherosclerosis, inflammatory diseases, and even cancer.

CBD is one of the best-known antioxidants. In fact, the US Government filed a patent in 1998 on “Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants”. That is a powerful statement of truth considering that same US Government claims that Cannabis ‘has no therapeutic uses’ and yet their own patent plainly states:

”Cannabinoids have been found to have antioxidant properties, unrelated to NMDA receptor antagonism. This new found property makes cannabinoids useful in the treatment and prophylaxis of wide variety of oxidation associated diseases, such as ischemic, age-related, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases.”

Their own patent claims cannabis is useful in treating a number of diseases, yet their laws claim there is no medical benefit! No wonder Hoban Law Group are suing them, and we wish them success – for all our benefit.

Interestingly, the US Government patent singles out CBD as being extraordinarily beneficial and safe, saying:

”Nonpsychoactive cannabinoids, such as cannabidiol (CBD), are particularly advantageous to use because they avoid toxicity that is encountered with psychoactive cannabinoids at high doses useful in the method of the present invention…”

If a government who is trying to eradicate this plant has deemed it necessary to file a patent on the medicinal benefits of this plant, then perhaps it is worth our time to look into. 

Please note: we have only briefly touched on the benefits of CBD as an antioxidant in this article. However, there are so many more areas of human health where this miraculous substance has been shown to help. To dive deeper, we invite you to read our article on the Endocannabinoid System (ECS), which is your body’s ‘endogenous’ or internal system for utilizing cannabinoids.

So far, study of the ECS has helped researchers identify cannabinoid receptors present in the brain and central nervous system, including the Cerebral cortex, hippocampus, basal ganglia, and cerebellum; the reproductive system; throughout the immune system (including macrophages and leukocytes); the Pancreas; Spleen; Thymus; Bone Marrow; Tonsils; and more are being discovered regularly.

Some researchers, such as Dr. Robert Melamede Ph.D., consider cannabinoids to be “an essential nutrient” for human health.

Is CBD Safe?

As far as health risks are concerned, there really are not many, if any. This is because there is no lethal dose for CBD, nor is there any known dose that causes any harm to the human mind or body. The only potential dangers are possible interactions with prescription medications or poisoning as a result of pesticides or other chemicals used in growing the cannabis. 

Always consult with your doctor before adding any substances to your diet, and consult with them about any possible interactions between CBD oil and any medications you are currently taking. 

The key to avoiding toxins in your CBD oil is simple: know your supplier. At Healing Harbors, we only use the highest quality, pharmaceutical grade CBD made from US-grown industrial hemp. To obtain a copy of the test results for our CBD contact CustomerCare@HealingHarbors.com.


In the end, the decision to incorporate CBD into your life is a very personal decision. We hope that this article has given you quality information to assist in your choice. Your health is your most valuable asset, and decisions affecting your health should never be taken lightly.

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