Hemp vs. Marijuana
While hemp naturally contains very low concentrations of THC (0.3% or less), marijuana is abundant in THC with concentrations between 15% to 40%. Because marijuana is abundant in THC, it is naturally grown for its psychoactive properties, whether it be for recreational or medicinal use. Marijuana can be smoked, inhaled, ingested or injected directly into the body. THC is also used for variety of methods including vaporizers, capsules, edibles and more.
Hemp, on the other hand, is primarily used for industrial purposes as it is capable of producing hundreds of crucial resources such as paper, clothing, building materials, biofuel, food products, oils and more. With the fast-growing popularity of CBD across the globe, hemp is also used to produce a wide variety of THC-free CBD products.
Today the therapeutic properties of CBD are being tested and confirmed by scientists and doctors around the world. A safe, nonaddictive, non-psychoactive compound, CBD is one of more than a hundred “Phyto cannabinoids”, which are unique to cannabis and endow the plant with robust therapeutics.
Legality of CBD
At the Federal level, the US Senate passed the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 (“2018 Federal Farm Bill”) which removed hemp as a Scheduled 1 substance and reclassified it as an “agricultural commodity”. Federal law imposed the following guidelines as part of the 2018 farm bill:
- The hemp being formulated must contain less than 0.3% THC.
- The hemp must adhere to the shared state-federal regulations.
- The hemp must be grown by a properly state licensed grower.
Therefore, hemp derived CBD is legal in all 50 states at the Federal level but each state has the power to invoke its own state laws as long as it adheres to the general guidelines stated above. This is where much confusion comes as some states have imposed their own state laws that limit the approved Federal guidelines.
Conditions CBD influence:
- Inflammation and arthritis
- Anxiety and stress
- Chronic pain
- Appetite and digestion
- Neurodegenerative conditions
- Cognitive Health
- Women’s Health
Has the product been tested by a 3rd party Lab?
When purchasing any CBD product, ask if the product has been tested by a 3rd party laboratory. If it has been tested, then the lab reports for the product should be readily available somewhere on the company’s website.
Does the product contain .3% THC or less?
CBD is LEGAL in EVERY STATE, the maximum amount of THC allowed is 0.3% or less. This amount generally considered safe and will not inflict any psychoactive effects.
What ingredients are used in the product?
Are all the ingredients listed at all (if not this would raise a red flag)? Are there unnecessary ingredients with names you can not pronounce and why?
Where was the hemp sourced from and how was it cultivated?
While some CBD brands maintain close relationships with hemp suppliers in order to ensure top quality, others may only concern themselves with getting the lowest possible price.
What type of CBD is being used in the product?
When shopping for CBD products, understand “Full Spectrum CBD” vs “CBD Isolate”.
- CBD Isolate– is pure CBD, extracted from the hemp plant, and then isolated from the other cannabinoids that were present, resulting in a 99% pure CBD extract.
- Full Spectrum CBD– is CBD that was extracted from the hemp plant allong with all the other cannabinoids that were present, including trace amounts of (.3% or less) THC.
How was the CBD extracted?
There are several different methods of extracting CBD, including; ethanol, butane, and CO2 extraction. Because CO2 extraction preserves the purity of the CBD while not contaminating the end substance, it is the most superior extraction process.
Amount of CBD in each dosage?
Before purchasing and CBD product, it’s important to first understand how much CBD is actually in the product. This will inform you of how much CBD is in a single dose.
Is the product priced fairly?
As a consumer, do your due diligence, to ensure you’re not overpaying for a product by asking a few simple questions:
- Does the product contain premium ingredients to improve its effects?
- Does the product contain any special feature or unique ingredients?
- Does the product come from a company with an outstanding reputation?
Is CBD legal in your state?
YES! CBD is legal in all 50 states, and can be shipped, consumed, and enjoyed in many varieties-for wide range of both physical and mental wellness.