Drawing on years of scientific experience and research, read our experts’ explanations of some of the most commonly used terms, such as cannabinoids, hemp, marijuana, CBD and THC.
What are cannabinoids?
Cannabis, hemp or marijuana are the common names for the flowering plants in Cannabaceae family, with the main species being Cannabis sativa L., Cannabis indica, and Cannabis ruderalis. These plants are made up of over 100 different chemical compounds called cannabinoids. Cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are perhaps the most famous of the cannabinoids, but there are actually hundreds of other lesser-known ones including cannabichromene (CBC), cannabinol (CBN) and cannabigerol (CBG).
CBD made simple
CBD stands for cannabidiol, a non-psychoactive compound found in the Cannabis sativa L. plant, otherwise known as hemp. CBD is found in larger amounts in the Cannabis sativa L.species. Unlike THC, CBD is non-psychoactive, so it may not impact cognitive function. These days CBD can be found in everything from oils, capsules and topicals, to teas, gummies and skincare.
What is THC?
THC stands for tetrahydrocannabinol, the psychoactive compound found in certain Cannabis sativa L. plants. It produces the euphoric or “high” effects associated with marijuana consumption, which contains elevated amounts of this compound.
CBII is a range of CBD products named after the cannabinoid receptors in your endocannabinoid system. When these receptors are activated, they may contribute positively to your overall well being due to their involvement in pain, anxiety and mood regulation. CBII only uses plants grown with low levels of THC (less than 0.2%) and high levels of CBD, avoiding these euphoric or “high” effects associated with marijuana consumption.