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  • Terri K. Lankford, LPCS, NCC, LCAS

#HempToThrive Thursday... What is CBD?

I’ve been sitting on this post for awhile.... Why? Nope, Not because it’s a controversial topic. Because I had the whole post written WEEKS ago and I did that thing no one wants to happen... I accidentally deleted the WHOLE thing. Then, got mad at myself for not taking the proper steps to NOT have that happen.

So here we go!

C. B. D.

Now some of you are says..... “huh? EFG?... LMNOP?... XYZ?” What’s with the letters Terri?!

The rest of you know EXACTLY what I’m talking about and have either been sitting on the fence to learn more or are currently using it yourself.

CBD stands for Cannabidiol, a constituent that naturally occurs in industrial Hemp. It is just ONE of over 85 cannabinoids that is identified in the cannabis plant. There are multiple species of cannabis that naturally contain CBD.

Now, I know some of you are saying...”Ok, hold up? Did you just say Cannabis, as in, like, Weed? Pot? Ganja? Marijuana? Aren’t you supposed to be a substance abuse counselor?”

And I have to chuckle a little. Yep. That’s what I said. And no, I don’t condone the misuse or abuse of getting high and using marijuana. We’re talking about HEMP here.

The Confusion of Cannabis

See the difference?


Cannabis has been used medicinally for centuries, as a sleep aid, a pain and nausea reducer, to relieve anxiety and other mood problems. In the mid-1960s, scientists identified the first cannabinoid. Since then, scientists continue to investigate them for their potential symptom-relieving and disease-fighting abilities.

Each Cannabinoid has distinctly different effects within the body, and different potential uses for health and disease. Two of the cannabinoids that are most widely recognized for their medicinal value are THC and CBD. THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is a chemical compound that delivers the “high” that occurs from ingesting marijuana.

Here’s an interesting way to look at the various cannabinoids and how they often help us.

Cannabinoids Chart

CBD, on the other hand, has no “high” associated with it.

You read that right.. CBD DOES NOT GET YOU HIGH. (sorry, folks.. I know some of you may be disappointed)...

BUT that’s the BEST part! You can get relief and overall wellness, THE BENEFITS, without having to walk around groggy and foggy all day! CBD is 100% non-psychoactive, meaning it doesn’t negatively impact your mind or mental process. There is no mental slowness or haziness caused by CBD – seriously, none.Instead, this compound has calming, anti-anxiety, and anti-psychotic effects. In fact, CBD is sometimes used in combination with THC to counteract THC’s mind-altering effects. CBD has captured a great deal of scientific attention for its health benefits. Along with THC, CBD is the most well researched of the cannabinoids.


The next most common question I get: Ok, but it’s it illegal?

Yep! CBD is legal in All 50 states (to my current knowledge as of when this is being posted.

There are some misinterpretations of the laws, the Farm Bill, etc.. and I’ve seen some potential issues arise as to whether you can purchase or buy it off of a shelf in a few states (Alabama and Ohio, most recently) but you can still order CBD, have it shipped to your home, and use it legally in the United States.


So why am I talking about CBD on this blog?

As a counselor, I talk health and wellness for the mind, body, and soul. If you’ve seen me before or simply perused my website, you’ll know I prefer to take a holistic approach to mental health and while I’m very knowledgable about medication management due to the experiences I’ve had working in the field, it’s not my preference to start there or to end there if we’re talking about long term health.

There’s research which I’ll be sharing in the upcoming posts about how CBD helps relieve anxiety, depression, and other mental struggles as well as addiction, cravings, and pain management amongst a multitude of other issues that we struggle with physically and often times opt to take medication for (and then have to deal with the side effects of the medicine). CBD has little to zero side effects as well! This is just one of the many reasons I see it being beneficial.

CBD was presented to me by a client who wanted my thoughts on it well over a year ago. At that time, I honestly answered, “I’m not sure. I don’t know enough about it. But, let me look into it.” And through a ton of research my growth of knowledge and never ending awe at the success stories I experience myself and hear from others compels me to continue to share. SO much so, that I dug into some serious info and became affiliated with a company that aligns with my values and goals. <Enter the shameless plug here> So, you’ll see me post about a specific brand here, you can go to the Resources page here to find learn more about the product I personally use and back, but know you should do your own research was well. Learn more about any and all products you use! Where do they come from, how are they made, and what makes them the best choice for you!

While you’re doing that. Stay Tuned! We’ll talk about WHY cannabinoids work in our bodies, WHAT are the different ways to take it and HOW to decide what the best way is for you, and so much more!

Until then you can go to: for more info, Follow me @TKroxWellness, or join the educational community over on Facebook at Hemp To Thrive and invite others with you -- Or jus reach out. My contact info is all over this website! :)

join the educational community over on Facebook at Hemp To Thrive -- Or jus reach out. My contact info is all over this website! :)


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I’m Terri Kiser Lankford, owner of the Rise & Thrive Counseling Practice, a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor (in NC), and the host here at Rise & Thrive Counseling, PLLC and the Embrace| Overcome|CreateYourLife Blog.


I’m also an entrepreneur, Syltherin, foodie on a fitness journey, complete book nerd, photography novice who happens to think music is life. 


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All writing and mental health information here are accurate to the best of my knowledge at the time of publication. However, keep in mind my opinion, and available information, changes over time.

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