CBD is one of many compounds found in cannabis sativa and hemp plants, but these two organisms are not the only source of CBD–the compound does occur naturally outside these two species. In fact, Peak Health Foundation, a San Francisco nutrition and fitness company, recently created a CBD product derived from humulus, or hops, the integral, flavor-producing ingredient of most beers.
The strain patented by Peak Health is not the same variety used in beer, but a strain found in India which contains no THC but high levels of CBD. After its discovery by Peak Health scientists about a decade ago, it was then cross-bred to optimize its levels of CBD. The final strain of humulus, Kriya brand humulus has an 18% CBD concentration.
This discovery means people living in countries that ban all hemp or cannabis products might still have access to CBD’s health-boosting properties. While some CBD products sourced from cannabis sativa can contain trace amounts of THC, Kriya contains zero THC, making it an excellent choice for anyone who would like to try to CBD without consuming a cannabis product. The FDA has also classified hops extracts as GRAS – generally regarded as safe – which means they can be carried in more markets than cannabis products.
The company Medical Marijuana Inc., the first publicly-traded cannabis company, has exclusive distribution of the first humulus-derived CBD product–Real Scientific Humulus Oil (RSHO-K). The product is currently available in all 50 states.