CBD oil comes from a faraway land, where a race of magical elves toil in secret, creating this mystical substance using enchantments from a long-gone age of dark magick.
Just kidding! It comes from plants. We're pretty sure everyone knows that. But what kind of plants, though? As it happens, CBD is most common to any plants of the cannabis genus as well as the larger plant family of cannabaceae.
In and of itself, cannabidiol (CBD) is a hydrocarbon, which is found in the stems and flowers of the plants in these families. The relative concentration of CBD, of course, depends on the individual plant itself and what strain of what plant it is you're talking about.
So, what are some plants that contain CBD? You're already aware of some of them, we suspect, but let's go over it anyhow.
Of course, the first plant that anyone was aware of there being some CBD content was of course the marijuana plant, which are the flowering plants of the Cannabis family. Cannabidiol was discovered as one of the compounds in the marijuana plant along with tetrahydrocannabinol, the psychoactive compound in marijuana that produces intoxicating effects and a subsequent order of Domino's.
Cannabidiol is found in the stems as well as the flowers of the marijuana plant. While CBD can be extracted from marijuana, tetrahydrocannabinol comes with it, so any tinctures, edibles or other products made with CBD sourced from marijuana will have intoxicating effects.
This isn't to say THC is necessarily bad or good for that matter. In many regards, it's certainly less harmful to the human body than alcohol, opiates or other intoxicating substances. This is just to say that CBD is found in marijuana plants and CBD extracts from it contain THC as well as CBD.
The most common source, of course, is hemp CBD. Hemp, for those unaware, are basically the toned-down, straight-laced cousin of marijuana plants.
The difference between the two visually is basically nil; the major difference between the two is that hemp plants do not contain more than trace amounts of THC. Other than that, they are the same. Both are part of the cannabis family of plants, both have the same distinctive leaves, produce flowering buds and so on and so forth. It's just that one contains an intoxicating substance and the other does not.
The lack of THC, of course, is what makes the hemp plant ideal for making CBD for those who don't want to ingest THC. As a result, hemp CBD is the dominant form on the market.
Yes, there is CBD in other plants, but it's more happenstance than anything else as the plants that contain CBD have it in such low concentration that it's more or less useless to try to extract any.
Most of the plants that also contain CBD are part of the Cannabaceae genus, and - of course - they contain CBD just like the marijuana and hemp plants though - again - in much lower concentrations.
Hops contain trace amounts of CBD. There are some rumors that a few renegade growers are trying to create a CBD-rich strain for use in beer! Hops are part of the cannabis family, along with hackberries and some other shrubs and plants and so on; a few of them are going to contain CBD.
Thus far, hops are about the only other plant that's been found to contain CBD, but there are some efforts to bioengineer other plants and so on to produce it.
For now, hemp and marijuana are really the only sources.
but you can opt out at any time.