CBD information and commonly asked questions

The origins of CBD

CBD was first discovered in the 1940s by Roger Adams, a chemistry professor at the University of Illinois. Adams separated the CBD oil from the hemp itself to study its properties and found it had many benefits.

In the 60s, an Israeli chemist, Raphael Mechoulam took the research, further synthesizing cannabinoids — including CBD, THC and others — and describing their chemical structures for future research. Further research continued and finally, the first CBD oil meant for therapeutic use was released by the British Pharmacopoeia.

What is CBD?

CBD is simply short for “cannabidiol”, the second-most abundant cannabinoid molecule found naturally in hemp plants. Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the primary psychoactive element in marijuana. CBD is non-psychoactive, meaning it doesn't have a strong effect on cognitive brain activity and doesn't cause the "high" associated with marijuana.

What are some of the benefits of taking CBD?

The simplest benefit of taking hemp-derived CBD is that it can help manage ordinary, everyday stress. That’s something we all need. Whether you’re an office worker, a manual laborer, a parent, a teacher, an athlete, a weekend warrior, or some combination of the above, life can become stressful! Studies indicate that cannabidiol can not only help you feel more balanced, but can support your body on its journey to optimal health. In short, hemp-derived CBD is a plant-based way to support your well-being.

Will CBD get me high?

The short answer to the question is no. CBD is non-intoxicating and will not get you high. As we mentioned above THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the compound that causes individuals to become “high”. Vital Relieves CBD products are made with cannabidiol from hemp plants that meet the legal qualifications for industrial hemp. One qualification is that the plant contains less than 0.3% THC by dry weight. This minimal amount is already not enough to cause a high, hence the legality of industrial hemp.