What Is CBD Oil And How Did It Become A $1 Billion Industry?

You might have noticed a lot of products lately that are infused with CBD. But what exactly is CBD? CBD stands for cannabidiol, and it’s part of the cannabis plant from which we also get marijuana. We spoke with Martin A. Lee, author of “Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana – Medical, Recreational and Scientific” and the director of Project CBD to find out what exactly CBD is.

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Following is a transcript of the video:

Narrator: With all the weed trucks and imagery all over New York these days, you might think to yourself, “Hey, is marijuana legal now?”

Not quite.

What these companies are selling is actually something called CBD. It’s found in everything from lollipops to lattes.

And business is booming.

CBD products are part of what is estimated to be a roughly one billion dollar industry in the United States. And it’s perfectly legal.

So, what does CBD have that marijuana doesn’t?

Martin Lee: The fact of the matter is we’re kind of in the midst of a CBD craze right now.

Narrator: Martin Lee is the director of Project CBD, an educational platform that focuses on cannabis science and therapeutics.

Lee: CBD stands for cannabidiol. That’s a component of the cannabis plant that has significant therapeutic properties, but it’s not intoxicating. It doesn’t get you high like THC.

Narrator: As it happens, not all cannabis plants are created equal. Take a look at these two varieties. One is marijuana, the other is hemp. One gets you high, the other doesn’t. The key difference is what’s on the inside.

Lee: THC and CBD are the main components of the cannabis plant.

Narrator: THC is what makes you feel high, and marijuana plants are loaded with it.

Dave Chappelle: I don’t know about y’all, but I can’t even move.

Narrator: Hemp, on the other hand, has hardly any THC at all. But what it lacks in THC it makes up for with higher amounts of CBD. Now, CBD won’t get you high, but it does have a redeeming quality: it’s legal. And at least according to the marketing, it has a relaxing effect. So since this stuff is all the rage, let’s see how it’s made.

So, once you have a cannabis plant, one simple way to make extract can be done in your own kitchen.

Lee: As simple as using olive oil or butter and heating the trim from the plant or a little bit of the green material from the plant. Obviously that’s not very useful for mass industrial production, to be cooking up something in your kitchen with butter and cannabis.

Narrator: But the more common way involves a specialized, complex machine.

Lee: One very widespread way is using what’s called a supercritical CO2 extraction. It’s ground up to have the texture initially of like a coffee grind. And it’s poured into vessels, literally, of a supercritical CO2 machine. It will stay in that machine for upwards to 24 hours under different pressures and temperatures at different times of the extraction process. And ultimately you’ll end up with a thick, golden oil that’s very waxy in texture.

Narrator: You can also extract it using ethanol and hydrocarbons.

You can find this oil in a number of different products these days.

Lee: It can be administered in various different forms. It might be ingested, it might be applied topically.

Narrator: They even have CBD oil products for your pets. I stopped by a cafe in New York which sells all sorts of CBD-infused products. I tried a CBD matcha latte and a CBD macaroon. These snacks tasted great, and I felt a little more relaxed after, but it was hard to tell if the CBD was actually doing anything for me or if it was all in my head.

Scientists are actually still trying to figure out exactly how CBD affects the body.

Lee: So, there really is a scientific basis for understanding why CBD can work, but we’re still really a long way of mastering the hows.

Narrator: Still, CBD may have more benefits than just a relaxing afternoon. Some initial studies have shown that CBD can help with a number of different medical conditions. In fact, in June 2018, the FDA approved the first CBD drug, Epidiolex, which is used to treat epilepsy.

So, who knows?

Perhaps we’ll be seeing CBD in more places than just cannabis-decorated vans in the future.


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  2. MrNIceFuckenGuyNoMOre on October 18, 2020 at 4:54 am

    I think that new trend should be cannabis anal and vaginal glide (lubricator) for smoothing strengthening flexibility and moisturizing tissue

  3. Gerardo042196 on October 18, 2020 at 4:56 am

    I’ve been avoiding soaps and body washes that use this oil 😂😂😂😂😂😂

  4. Tiger Toxins on October 18, 2020 at 4:58 am

    wait, newark? like nj newark? holy shit, i have to check this out.

  5. dixirose111 on October 18, 2020 at 4:59 am

    How many people die?

  6. Lawear Smith on October 18, 2020 at 4:59 am


  7. A. J. on October 18, 2020 at 5:00 am

    Yeah, he DEF been hitting those CBD plants

  8. Khadijah Adams on October 18, 2020 at 5:00 am

    I tried and loved @t the best and there is no taste!

  9. Brad Morehouse on October 18, 2020 at 5:03 am

    CBD OIL VS Hemp Paste is the real question

  10. Joe Schlotthauer on October 18, 2020 at 5:04 am

    Now I know why my neighbor has hundreds of peanut butter labels in his garbage, every week…

  11. Vibe Vendor on October 18, 2020 at 5:08 am

    Yup… our CBD is the highest quality out there… Come Vibe With Us.

  12. Saucy Philosophy on October 18, 2020 at 5:10 am


  13. Leo Vasil on October 18, 2020 at 5:11 am

    Is he high during this video?))

    Also try out Universa, it’s amazing project

  14. Rita Sriratana on October 18, 2020 at 5:12 am

    A great testimony I must share to all cancer patients. My cousin was diagnosed with stage 4 primary liver cancer in August 2019 doctor told us there was not much to be done since the tumor was 7 inches covering his lower lobe and also had spread to her lymph nodes, We decided to go home and called hospice which gave us morphine for pain, Ed hated the morphine which made her vomit and also affected her mind. After one week at home we decided to do what we have done for many years, really on ourselves. We were only in Hospital for 3 days with severe Pain, the cancer had blocked her bile duct, after that we choose a Naturalist doctor and have not had conventional treatments.
    One day i came across the use of cannabis oil for treatment of cancer and i saw a post on how a cancer patient was cured with cannabis oil. I urgently needed help and i contacted the contact via Email: (Vujovicv60@gmail.com) or via WhatsApp:+1 (530) 325-1212 to get the cannabis oil. He prescribe 30 gram 21% THC content, instructional guide on how to use it was attached to oil. After taking a gram of oil per day, Within a couple of weeks his pain and swollen stomach disappeared and with it came hope and a good quality of life,we did it without undergoing surgery or any other physical medical pains

  15. gameing pro on October 18, 2020 at 5:14 am

    I tried smoking cbd oil with an electronic cigeret and it made me really happy

  16. Paul Eagle on October 18, 2020 at 5:14 am

    Lol, legal weed is aabsurd in my country. But anyway, crypto is better way to make invesment

  17. Deb on October 18, 2020 at 5:15 am

    I tried it on my dog, but his was a type of cancer where it caused it to grow.  Dr. Greger NutritionFacts.org did a video and apparently sometimes it shrinks cancer and sometimes it causes it to grow. 

    I switched him to water fasting and he was healed in 14 days.  Water fasting works by lowering the enzyme Heme Oxygenase in 48 hours.  That enzyme being elevated tricks the immune system into protecting the Cancer.  Water fasting also lowers IGF-1, Methionine, Glucose, VEGF – see Nutritionfacts.org for those topics.  It also lowers the viral, bacteria and fungal load of the body and heals the microbiome and these things are part of what causes cancer.  It also causes the body to cannibalize bad mitochondria and Cancer is a disease of bad mitochondria.  Cells with bad mitochondria make cancer.  Scientists moved a nucleus out of a Cancer cell and into a clean cell and found out that it would make cancer only when there was bad mitochondria.  Getting rid of bad mitochondria by definition gets rid of cancer.  It also allows the pancreatic enzymes trypsin and chymotrypsin time to digest the fibrin which hides Cancer from the immune system.My dog was healed in 14 days.   A woman I shared that with tried it for breast cancer and her tumor was gone in 7 days.  My brother has a mass on his kidneys right now and I am trying to get him to try it, pray for me to get the message through to him.

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  19. Carlos Melendez on October 18, 2020 at 5:16 am

    For more info on CBD

  20. Jonny Gerasimov on October 18, 2020 at 5:19 am

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  21. Marco Antônio Eick on October 18, 2020 at 5:20 am

    that guys looks like he is smoking way too much cbd

  22. Max Shaw on October 18, 2020 at 5:20 am

    CBD Tea from http://www.thelifetea.com helped so much my weight, stress levels – I will never take another prescription again

  23. Vivere a Lisbona on October 18, 2020 at 5:20 am

    Really nice bro.
    Anybody of you have tryed cbdlisbon.eu ?

  24. So Hempful on October 18, 2020 at 5:22 am
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  26. Jack Sprat on October 18, 2020 at 5:24 am
  27. la jolla on October 18, 2020 at 5:24 am

    H3 Infusion Hemp Extract is water soluble 2%CBD, available at Amazon, Etsy and Ebay.

  28. Conscious Society on October 18, 2020 at 5:25 am

    This video is completely and utterly wrong and misleading. CBD doesn’t come from hemp there’s no difference between marijuana and hemp it’s just a different word for the exact same thing CBD is specifically and separately extracted through a extraction process and is only pure if extracted the first time it’s the plant is reused the extraction is " stepped on " and not pure which is what a lot of these companies do…
    ALL cannabis plants contain CBD and THC some strains however have higher contents of CBD and some have higher contents of THC if you ever see hemp oil you’re getting ripped off and you clearly don’t understand the concept of how the oil is extracted from the cannabis plant, it does not come from the stem or the fan leaves it comes from the bud

  29. Michael Scoggins on October 18, 2020 at 5:27 am

    CBD does absolutely nothing for me. The only thing that helps my anxiety is cannabis.

  30. Kelvin James on October 18, 2020 at 5:30 am

    My wife battle with Breast cancer(invasive ductal carcinoma) started August 25th (2018) years ago, after so many Chemo, Radiation and other natural therapy treatment that i took just to cure my wife Breast cancer, it all did not work for my condition. I have been treating this disease for the past 2 years, but today I am here telling the world about my final victory over my wife Breast cancer with the help of Herbs from A herbalist from Maryland . This is a breakthrough in my Life with so much Joy in our life today, I do really appreciate all the help and contribution from every member of my family , everyone that suggested or prescribed any medications, thank everyone for all they did for me. And if you have any kind of cancer diseases, there is no need to waste money on Chemo or Radiation, go get herbals from drisah from ( cannabisoilcancercure@gmail.com), this is a herbalist that has all herbs that totally kill cancer cell medication on cancer

  31. Julie Dancliff Whittemore on October 18, 2020 at 5:33 am

    Lets get this mastered❤️🌻❤️

  32. Steve Kang on October 18, 2020 at 5:33 am

    Lit natural $99 a pound woww

  33. Paul Eagle on October 18, 2020 at 5:34 am

    I think A. Borodich also can make business on everthing, he is a great enterpreneur. So check out his new project

  34. Shine K on October 18, 2020 at 5:35 am
  35. Kelvin James on October 18, 2020 at 5:35 am


  36. Paresh roy on October 18, 2020 at 5:36 am
  37. Conscious Society on October 18, 2020 at 5:38 am

    Not saying hemp can be used for other things or doesn’t have beneficial properties hemp oil can be used for cooking or many other things but if you’re looking for the full effects of CBD oil and you’re looking for a pure potent extraction that is a separate process which comes from the Cannabis bud

  38. Last Comment on October 18, 2020 at 5:40 am

    pure CBD is not doing anything , you need THC to activate it , so good job for selling snake oil for idiots how dont bother to research , keep spending your money on a useless garbage that real smokers dont want

  39. Basir Robinson on October 18, 2020 at 5:42 am
  40. cmartinez89 on October 18, 2020 at 5:43 am

    Cbd doesn’t do shit.

  41. Dan Johnston on October 18, 2020 at 5:43 am

    I must be immune to it. I bought a bottle over a month ago and I couldn’t honestly tell anyone that it’s doing anything for me. My biggest concern is sleep. I still sleep like crap even at 15 drops in the evening.

  42. True Smith on October 18, 2020 at 5:45 am

    Dear America , Marijuana is perfectly legal now. I miss my family. Many of them are in prison

  43. Mike Smirnoff on October 18, 2020 at 5:46 am

    Great project))) Also some people are selling weed on blockchain, so check out Universa project, this is perfectly working blockchain, even weed selling industry can be implementing there

  44. The AngryManc on October 18, 2020 at 5:47 am

    My guys Higher than a kite

  45. EDGARZ on October 18, 2020 at 5:49 am

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  46. Kzpy LJ on October 18, 2020 at 5:49 am

    How did it become a billion dollar industry? Because it’s expensive af

  47. Alvin Arce on October 18, 2020 at 5:49 am

    Do these idiots want TLC

  48. Lawear Smith on October 18, 2020 at 5:49 am


  49. Juanita Treadwell - Hemp Oil Gush on October 18, 2020 at 5:50 am

    Thanks for posting this video now I know how CBD is made.

  50. istyak milad on October 18, 2020 at 5:50 am

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