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There’s enough information circling around the internet concerning CBD that it could fill a million blogs and news articles — and it certainly does! Since the industry of CBD has accumulated such a high amount of interest and become a frequent topic of discussion today, it can become very difficult to decipher what is fact from what is fiction.


That’s why we created our Learning Center here at our CBD shop, Cornerstone Botanicals — to clarify the facts from the fiction and to be your source for clear, simple, and scientifically based information. Think of this as a “CBD 101” online course that you can come visit anytime and share with others who may have questions about CBD. Now, let’s dive into the wonderful world of CBD!

Why Hemp?

Hemp is a staple crop across the entire planet that has been cultivated by farmers for a variety of uses for over a millennium. Hemp is a remarkably versatile plant, capable of growing in almost any climate and being implemented into the production of food, clothing, oils, medicines — anything you put your mind to.


People have been using and consuming hemp-based materials and products for all of history — that is, until a few decades back, when it was outlawed as part of the laws developed during the cannabis prohibition due to its association with the plant. The good news is, thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp is back and poised to play a more vital role in the world today than ever before!

Hemp Extracted CBD vs. Cannabis Extracted CBD

Hemp and cannabis may originate from the same species of plant, but there are a few prominent components that make them incredibly different from one another. What makes hemp unique from its psychoactive cousin, cannabis, is that hemp is cultivated to have high concentrations of cannabidiol (CBD) and minimal to no THC content (less than 0.3 percent), the chemical abundantly found in cannabis that contributes to its ‘high’ sensations.


Compared to CBD extracted from cannabis, hemp extract serves an excellent source of full-spectrum cannabinoids in their original, balanced state: with high CBD and low THC. It is also legal to purchase CBD products derived from hemp extract nationwide — unlike cannabis, which is only legal in the respective states that have fully legalized marijuana.

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What is CBD?

See our glossary of terms to know for more information. 


Cannabidiol (CBD) is a type of cannabinoid, an active biological compound that exists naturally within the human body and all other mammals. Recently, it was discovered that this same compound is also naturally present in hemp and cannabis plants. While there are nearly 100 different cannabinoids found in the hemp plant, CBD is among the most abundant. The discovery of CBD in hemp extract has led to it becoming one of the most promising natural health supplements in the world today. Best of all, it is non-psychoactive, meaning you won’t ever feel “high” from it as is notoriously known of its cannabis counterpart.


Scientists first discovered CBD (and THC) in the 1930s, and to this day are still learning exactly how these plant-based cannabinoids work in the human body. After decades of prohibition, there is now a plethora of promising clinical research being conducted on cannabinoids, including CBD, but so far, here is what we’ve gathered about how CBD works.


Centuries ago, when people were in need of medical treatment for various ailments, they utilized oils and chemicals from the plants around them — one of the most abundant being hemp. This was how medicinal practice was performed for the majority of history; that is, until technology gave us the ability to mass-produce synthetic medications. While at the time it seemed like an ingenious way to handle the world’s health issues, these pharmaceutical creations would soon lead to other issues including countless side effects, addictions, and overdoses.


At Cornerstone Botanicals, we think returning to nature’s roots is the hope for the future. That’s why we started our CBD shop here in Colorado, providing a wide variety of CBD oil products to people who feel the same way about health and wellness. While the chemical CBD is often associated with marijuana, it can not and will not induce a “high.” That’s caused by THC found in marijuana, a completely different chemical. You can take CBD oil from our CBD shop or any reputable CBD company without this concern.

Still have more questions about what CBD is or how CBD works? Check out our frequently asked questions for more detailed information!

Hemp And The Body

CB receptors, their functions, and you.

When the endocannabinoid system (ECS) was discovered in our biology, so were cannabinoids — compounds that the body produces naturally for maintaining physical and mental health. One of the primary cannabinoids found just happened to be CBD — a major component also found in abundance within the hemp plant. The endocannabinoid system functions via two primary types of cannabinoid receptors found throughout cells in the body: CB1 and CB2.

Using CBD

How to integrate CBD products into your daily routine

Whether you’re looking to switch from over-the-counter medications to a natural solution for a specific health concern or you’re simply seeking to improve your overall health and wellness with the help of CBD, the following are some ways that you can start using CBD supplements in your daily routine.

When you wake up

Take a CBD capsule in the morning with your daily vitamins, or mix a CBD oil tincture into your morning coffee, tea, juice, or shake to get the day started off right.

Before or after a workout

Take along with your pre- or post-workout drink to help your body recover from the stress you put it through and be better equipped to tackle the rest of your day.

After a long day to wind down

Take your CBD oils or supplements at the end of a hard day’s work to fully unwind, relax, and recuperate before tackling tomorrow’s tasks.

When you go to bed

Take a CBD supplement of your choice right before you head to bed to calm your body and your mind for a more restful night of sleep, and wake up feeling truly refreshed.

Because our CBD products are derived from hemp extract and are non-psychoactive, you will never experience any impairments of your physical or mental capabilities. This means you can safely take CBD and go about your usual daily activities without feeling any unwanted side effects.


Our hemp-extracted CBD products at Cornerstone Botanicals are helping people nationwide live happier, healthier lives and find relief from a variety of conditions where traditional medications had fallen short. Don’t just take our word for it, though. See what our customers have to say about using products from our online CBD shop.


Terms to Know

CBD (Cannabidiol)

The most well-known cannabinoid found in hemp and cannabis that also assists in regulating the endocannabinoid system (ECS) within humans and animals.

CB1 and CB2

The two cannabinoid receptors in the ECS.

CB1 - brain cells

CB2 - immune system cells


The method of extracting cannabinoids and terpenes out of the plant.


Neurotransmitters that bind to cannabinoid receptors for regulation of many physiological and cognitive processes.

Endocannabinoid System

A biological regulating system found throughout the body’s central and peripheral nervous system.


Entourage Effect

Refers to the idea that biologically active compounds, such as CBD, can be enhanced and have a more powerful potential when administered in combination with the other natural components of the plant, such as terpenes, that would otherwise be inactive compounds.

Full-Spectrum CBD

This is an extraction method that utilizes the entire hemp plant for creating CBD products, including the terpenes, waxes, oils, fatty acids, and other beneficial components. This is the method we choose for the majority of the products in our CBD shop as each natural ingredient adds to CBD’s potential capabilities.


Does not have a detrimental effect on the mind, personality or behavior; does not get you “high.”


The additional plant compounds extracted that provide the natural aroma, taste, and entourage effect in CBD products (full therapeutic and medicinal benefits).


CoA (Certificate of Analysis)

A certificate of analysis (CoA) is a lab report on the chemical make-up (i.e. contents) of a product. In the context of Industrial Hemp derived products, the CoA shows the contents of the cannabinoids & other tested compounds such as heavy metals, etc.  CoA’s are used to verify that the contents of the product are matched to the advertised or marketed product. These reports are important for verifying that hemp extracts have less than 0.3% THC, as determined by the definition of Industrial Hemp in the law.  At Cornerstone Botanicals, the CBD used in all our products is tested by independent 3rd party labs.  You may request a copy of a CoA if you would like to review the lab test results for a specific product.

Quality Control

Cannabidiol (CBD) Processing

At Cornerstone Botanicals, we use certified organic hemp grown on local Colorado hemp farms that is cultivated and processed according to the highest industry standards. In order to produce the most effective final CBD products, only the finest hemp plants grown organically without pesticides or GMOs make the final cut.