You may have recently been shocked to see a CBD product on the shelf of a mainstream US retailer. Whether you’re searching for high-cost produce at Whole Foods or high-cost beauty products at Sephora, you will likely stumble upon the new trend sweeping the health and wellness industry like fire. This is, of course, CBD. Despite its rising popularity and use amongst the American population, many misconceptions and incorrect preconceived notions about CBD, what it is, its legal status, and what it does persist. We have written this article to help you navigate the discussion and discourse around CBD. Since it is regulated as a supplement by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), those selling CBD do not have any liability for misleading, exaggerated, or downright dishonest claims. This means if you are a consumer interested in CBD, you need to take an extra level of caution and effort to investigate the qualities and contents of the product you’re examining. You should always consult a physician before starting CBD or any other supplement. CBD can have side-effects, and it can also have specific adverse reactions with different kinds of prescription medications. If you glean nothing else from this article, it is imperative that you understand you should never take CBD or any other supplement to treat or cure or disease or without the express inclusion of your physician.
What Is Hemp?
The controversy surrounding the cannabis plant and the plant's flower, which is commonly referred to as 'marijuana' is a relatively new development on the planet earth. This is especially true when you consider that there is evidence that cannabis is among the first crops ever cultivated and domesticated by human beings. Aside from the mind-altering 'high' that is caused by tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the plant has historically had many uses. One of the versatile plants' characteristics is that it provides some of the most robust fibrous material that is offered by nature. This made the crop particularly crucial in pre-industrial societies. Hemp was traditionally a short-hand term for cannabis plants grown to exploit this material benefit of the plant rather than the psychoactive effects that may also prompt folk to seek the plant. The difference in uses is the primary culprit for the historical distinction between Hemp and marijuana. If you are growing cannabis to be used as a drug, you will want to promote an entirely different set of characteristics than if you are growing it for industrial or commercial uses (other than recreational or medicinal use). However, in 2018 the Agricultural Improvement Act significantly clarified the legality around using cannabis for legitimate purposes. The bill created a separate legal distinction for the cannabis plant known as 'Hemp' which is any cannabis plant containing less than 0.3% of THC.
This designation opened the door for the rapid and parabolic rise of the US hemp extract industry. Hemp extract is the primary way users get CBD, and depending on which type of mixture they get, CBD may be one of many cannabinoids present.
So that’s the key to remember; Hemp is a cannabis plant that contains less than the legal threshold for THC. What’s even more confusing is that Hemp Oil is often used to refer to something completely different from hemp extract, or CBD oil. This can lead to a lot of confusion if a consumer is not careful.
How Is Hemp Grown?
Hemp, unlike marijuana, is grown to produce as much plant mass as possible. Marijuana grown for purposes of providing THC-rich cannabis plants will have an entirely different set of characteristics. The emphasis is, of course, on the quality of the flower, not overall plant mass. The newly legal status of Hemp has led to an agricultural boom in the growing of Hemp. However, this is not always the best development for consumers. Hemp/cannabis is a plant that is naturally very proficient at removing pollutants like heavy metals from the soil. So a wave of unscrupulous farmers hoping to clean their dirty fields with a hemp crop then turn and sell disingenuously to customers seeking to promote health and wellness. Make sure you don’t become duped by these bad producers of Hemp. Always only select your CBD and hemp extract products from companies that only use the United States Department of Agriculture certified organic Hemp. Otherwise, you risk getting a tainted product that could counteract the goals of health and wellness.
What Is Hemp Oil?
Hemp oil is usually derived from the seeds of Hemp plants. The primary use of this oil is generally in cooking or beauty products. The confusing thing about hemp oil is that it often contains very little if any CBD. So if you're looking for CBD, then you may get confused and purchase hemp oil only to be disappointed. It would be more accurate to call hemp oil 'hemp seed oil,' but the colloquialisms of the English language are just as mysterious to us as they are to you. Hemp oil is extracted only from the seeds and not from the stalks or other plant material. Some trendy brands sell hemp oil, however, there may be some brands that try to target consumers looking for CBD deceptively, but instead, give them hemp oil. Always be sure to select vendors who lab test their products. Otherwise, you are just taking their word for what their product does and what is in their product.
What Is CBD Oil?
CBD oil is technically referred to, in most cases, as hemp extract. Now the particular method of extracting the hemp oil relies on processes that result in the mixture being particularly rich in CBD and usually pretty low in THC if it contains any significant amount at all. The CBD compound is sought because of its wide range of perceived health benefits. However, CBD oil can also be extracted from the federally illegal variety of marijuana plant. It is important to note that the 2018 Farm Bill did not make CBD illegal. CBD has never been technically unlawful as a compound alone. Any legal issues have always stemmed from the underlying prohibition of the cannabis plant. If you are taking CBD oil to get high, like people would try to do by taking THC-rich marijuana, you will be sorely disappointed. According to a report by the World Health Organization, "In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential…. To date, there is no evidence of public health-related problems associated with the use of pure CBD."
There are also different general types of CBD oil. There is full-spectrum CBD oil, which contains not only the sought after compound but the complete range of other cannabinoids present in the Hemp or marijuana plant. Unfortunately, if you are adverse to THC for a personal or health reason, this type of CBD oil does contain up to the legal amount of 0.3%. This can cause folks to run into the problem of having a false positive on a drug test.
For folks who may have this concern, the CBD industry created Broad-Spectrum CBD extract. This is almost entirely identical to full-spectrum CBD except that it has had all of the THC removed. It is essentially a THC-free variant of the full-spectrum problem. People who may be in recovery from substance disorders or pilots, federal or healthcare workers may prefer to use this type of product for obvious reasons.
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