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What's CBD?

CBD, short for Cannabidiol, is the most abundant, naturally-occurring cannabinoid component found in Hemp. It comprises up to 40% of the plant. Cannabidiol is a cannabinoid that is devoid of psychoactive effects. CBD is by far the most influential, important cannabinoid compound, second only to its more recognized sibling, THC (Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol). According to research, CBD could be the single most important cannabinoid ever discovered.

"Cannabidiol (CBD) is a natural constituent of the industrial hemp plant that promotes and supports the nutritional health of aging bodies."  Source: US Patent #6,630,507 (The United States of America as represented by The Department Of Health And Human Services): "Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants." ) 


How is it legal?

Natural cannabinoids from industrial hemp, like CBD, are 100% legal in all 50 states. Click here for information. No prescriptions and no medical cannabis cards are needed for CBD. Non-psychoactive hemp is not included in Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act. Hemp is legal to import, sell, and consume in the United States. Our hemp products are considered food or dietary supplements, and since our CBD is a natural constituent of harvested hemp plant (stem and stalk) oil and is not synthetic or artificial, our naturally-derived, industrial hemp-based CBD products are exempt from Schedule I just as any other constituent of non-psychoactive industrial hemp is. The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Hemp Industries Assn., v. Drug Enforcement Admin., 357 F.3d 1012 (9th Cir. 2004), recognized that “non-psychoactive hemp [that] is derived from the ‘mature stalks’ or is ‘oil and cake made from the seeds’ of the Cannabis plant, … fits within the plainly stated exception to the CSA definition of marijuana.” Id. at 1017. As such, the court determined that the government (i.e. DEA) has no authority under current law to ban “THC that is found within the parts of Cannabis plants that are excluded from the CSA’s definition of ‘marijuana’ or that is not synthetic.” Id. at 1018.

Industrial hemp is legal to import under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). Since 1937, the federal statute controlling marijuana has excluded the stalk, fiber, oil and sterilized seed of the plant Cannabis sativa L., commonly known as Hemp, from the definition of marijuana. 21 U.S.C. § 802(16), and again in reference to 2-6-04 Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling.

Because the FDA considers hemp and hemp-derived cannabinoids (like CBD) to be food-based products, no legal restrictions on their importation, production and consumption exist in the United States and in most of the industrialized world. Several of USA's Founding Fathers were hemp farmers, including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin. It was once mandated that hemp be grown, and citizens could even pay taxes with hemp. In July 2013, the Congressional Research Service compiled an informational report on industrial hemp, titled “Hemp as an Agricultural Commodity.”


Will I pass a drug test?

CBD-rich hemp oil products contain naturally occurring Cannabidiol (CBD) from hemp. Cannabidiol is a legal, non-psychotropic constituent of the industrial hemp plant. Depending on the type of test used, you may pass OR fail a drug test.  Broad spectrum “panel” tests check for all cannabinoids, which could cause a failed drug test. For more information about the amounts of Cannabidiol contained in each product, please see the Product Descriptions we have on our site prior to ordering, as well as thoroughly read all product packaging and instructions upon receipt.  If you are worried about failing a drug test, you should consult your doctor to get their approval before starting CBD-rich products. This may save you some headaches later on.

CBD-rich hemp products are labeled, marketed, and sold as dietary supplements (sometimes called food supplements or “nutraceuticals”). AceApe is a marketplace that offers you the largest selection of trusted brands, we are not a business of medical professionals. Our products are not drugs, thus, we are unable to offer “dose” or “dosing” recommendations regarding Cannabidiol. We ask that you work closely with your personal medical professional to determine the best dosage of CBD products to meet your health and wellness goals.


What is the endocannabinoid system?

The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is one of science’s recent, most exciting finds. The ECS regulates relaxation, eating, sleeping, certain inflammation responses, and even cognitive function. There are two types of cannabinoid receptors found throughout the body, referred to as CB1 and CB2 receptors, but they are most abundant in the brain and immune system, respectively. In a nutshell, your ECS is responsible for making sure your mind and body are working optimally—no small task!


Why would hemp (instead of marijuana) be grown for cannabidiol (CBD)?

Industrial hemp is already rich in CBD and naturally low in THC, whereas most marijuana is just the opposite (high THC, low CBD). Industrial hemp is developed from a strain known as Cannabis sativa L. Through a combination of unique cultivars, advanced plant genetics, and cutting-edge growing techniques, an exceptionally high percentage of CBD can be produced naturally and consistently in the hemp plant. When CBD-rich hemp oil is extracted from these hemp cultivars — which can be grown in dozens of countries as well as imported to the USA legally — it just doesn’t make legal or practical sense to obtain CBD from marijuana.


Will CBD help me with my illness?

Due to FDA regulations, AceApe cannot make claims about whether or not CBD can help with specific ailments. We do, however, highly suggest that you conduct your own research. Try Googling “cannabidiol for___” and drop your condition in and see what you find!


Will CBD help me if I’m healthy?

Every individual is unique and has different wellness goals they want to address with the consumption and application of CBD products. Nonetheless, the feedback we have received from a variety of consumers has been tremendously positive. We encourage you to discuss CBD with your physician or healthcare practitioner if you have any specific health-related questions or concerns. There are also many independent studies about CBD available on the internet. We encourage you to Google “Cannabidiol for____” and enter your condition in.


Are CBD and THC the same thing?

No, they are different compounds. CBD and THC are both cannabinoids, but THC is the cannabinoid that gets you “high” or “stoned.” CBD is non-psychoactive, meaning it won't get you "high." CBD may even act as a sobering agent on the psychoactive effects experienced with THC.


Can I get high from CBD products?

The brands we carry derive their CBD from carefully-cultivated, "industrial" hemp plants—not marijuana—which is why it is legal to import and extract them or grow them stateside. Many have spent years developing special cultivars of the hemp plant that produce naturally elevated levels of CBD and only trace amounts, if any at all, of THC. In comparison to hemp, most recreational cannabis plants will have between 5% to more than 20% of concentrated THC.


Can you make any claims about what CBD can do?

No. Our CBD-rich hemp oil products can fall into two different categories depending on how they are marketed and sold: they can be considered a food or a nutritional supplement. Our CBD is a natural constituent of hemp oil.


What is the difference between CBD from Hemp Oil and CBD from Medical Cannabis?

While the two plants are botanically related, our products contain extremely little to no THC, and numerous medical studies have shown CBD to have potential health benefits for a variety of ailments, ranging from epilepsy to chronic pain. Medical cannabis contains THC and may provide relief from various ailments similarly to CBD hemp oil, however, with a psychotropic effect (the "high").


How is hemp different from marijuana?

Hemp and marijuana are two different varieties of Cannabis sativa L., a flowering herb indigenous to many parts of the world. “Marijuana” is cultivated for high levels of THC, which is concentrated mostly in the flowers and trichomes of the plant. When you grow “marijuana,” male plants are culled and female plants are cultivated, since the THC content is most abundant in the buds or female part of the plant. “Marijuana” plants are typically grown far apart to avoid possible seeding (from male to female plants), which would lower the THC content in the buds. Industrial Hemp, on the other hand, is cultivated for its fiber, has almost undetectable levels of THC, and contains comparatively higher levels of CBD. 
This is partly because hemp is planted close together and therefore has an abundance of seeds (from regular male-female pollination) and grows tall, which is perfect for harvesting fiber from the stalks. Hemp has been grown and cultivated worldwide for thousands of years for industrial and medical purposes, making useful items like rope, clothing, sails, paper, and thousands of other products. Hemp will not make you “high.”



These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These products and statements are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.