What You Need To Know Before
Playing Into The CBD Hype
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE PLAYING INTO THE CBD HYPE
Cannabidiol (CBD) is everywhere these days. It’s popping up at your local farmer’s market, grocery store, fitness center, mail kiosk, in your favorite beer and now yes, even at Carl’s Jr. Everyone is talking about the miracle product and what it can do for your health and wellness. But buyers beware, not all cannabis products are created equally! One of the biggest issues as a buyer, is understanding all the different terminology. What is the difference between CBD, Hemp Extract, and Hempseed Oil? Are these all the same thing? To the contrary, they are vastly different and here is what you need to know as a consumer in this crazy marketplace.
You’ve probably heard the terms cannabis, marijuana, and hemp all tossed around in relation to CBD. First thing to understand is, there are 2 cannabis sativa plants, the hemp plant and the marijuana plant. Both plants contain CBD and THC. However, hemp plants contain a much higher percentage of CBD and only trace amounts of THC, whereas the marijuana plant contains much higher percentages of THC and smaller amounts of CBD. THC is responsible for the “high” or psychoactive effect, whereas CBD isn’t going to get you high, in terms of the euphoria and sedation, however it could produce psychoactive effects in terms of reducing inflammation, stress and anxiety. When buying a CBD product check the label first. Dispensary’s sell products that have both CBD and THC in their products and primarily the product is derived from the marijuana plant. Hemp extracts (products with below .03% THC) will be found in your traditional storefronts and online.
Many hemp extract products use only one active ingredient, CBD, which is called an “isolate” because in that scenario the CBD molecules are chemically isolated from the other active and inactive components of hemp and then used in that chemically isolated form. One reason to use an isolate is in an attempt to avoid undesirable contaminants sometimes found in hemp extract, such as heavy metals, pesticides, fungus, mold, or residual solvents.
The terms Full and Broad Spectrum tend to be used interchangeably. Spectrum is the important term here, which refers to the number of active ingredients in the hemp plant, and in the human body. Full/Broad Spectrum products use an extraction process to capture, preserve, and provide as many as those active ingredients in order to provide the most effective oil profile. In contract, CBD isolate is just that. It is an extraction process that contains only one active ingredient. All traces of THC, terpenes, flavonoids, and more are removed so that all that remains is a pure isolated CBD extract. The use of isolated CBD sacrifices the great benefits of the other cannabinoids and terpenes.
Think of it this way, if you get the first-round pick in your fantasy football draft and your select the best quarterback you could possibly have a great season, in this respect your quarterback is analogous to CBD isolate products. In contrast, broad spectrum products would be your first-round pick is the selection of your entire team in one pick. A quarterback alone is great, (Isolate) but an entire team is a force to be wrecking with (Full/Broad Spectrum).
Because of its association with THC, some people are still undecided on CBD. However, the World Health Organization issued a report which maintained that CBD didn’t appear to “have abuse potential or cause harm.” Studies are still ongoing to test for side-effects and determine CBD’s full benefits, and current research is looking at the possibility of CBD use in a vast array of medical conditions. Of course, with any supplements or medication, you should always do your research. Ensure you are buying legally sanctioned products in order to enjoy the full benefits. That said, the FDA has issued warnings against illegally marketed CBD products that promise unrealistic results, including claims that it can cure cancer.
Products/medications that contain hemp-derived CBD or are approved by the FDA are legal as long as it is produced within the regulations defined by the law under the Agriculture Improvement Act 2018