CBD, cannabidiol, has become a new buzzword on the street. But what is it exactly and why are there some you can get through the mail while others you need a medical letter and must show up in person to purchase?
Let’s start by distinguishing the difference between Hemp derived CBD and Marijuana CBD. I want to keep this simple for simples sake. Cannabis is the name of the plants themselves. They BOTH are in the cannabis family but the two plants are very different. Not just in how they look but what they contain. Probably the biggest difference and issue is that Hemp CBD contains less than .3% THC. Now, what is THC, tetrahydrocannabinol? It is the psychoactive component that you hear about that creates a “high” or “stoned” feeling. The reason industrial hemp has been legalized by the farm bill is because of that low, trace amount of THC. You will see hemp being used more and more in clothing, paper, building materials/textiles, biofuel, food products, etc. A hemp field requires a lot less water to bring to full harvest which will ultimately save much of that much needed resource. Even companies like Levi’s are turning to hemp for new products that are better for our environment as a whole. With hemp on average there is about 3.5% CBD in the whole plant and is more or less shown and known as a “dietary supplement” which allows it not to go through the FDA.
We all have an endocannabinoid system(ECS). ECS is in our brain, organs, glands, connective tissue, and immune cells. This system helps to maintain homeostasis in the body. The claim is that both forms of CBD stimulate the natural production of endocannabinoids in our own body. Both the marijuana plant and the hemp plant contain over 100 identified cannabinoids that can interact with our own system, our body and brain. The atom arrangement is slightly different in each of the plants therefore the ability to attach to our existing endocannabinoid system the THC/CBD oil combo is able to attach to more. In Hemp CBD there is the absence of significant amounts of terpenes and other compounds. It is also legal now in all 50 states. Hemp CBD is said to have high levels of omegas, vitamins, nutrients like potassium and magnesium. Many report relief of side effects of chemotherapy, decrease in inflammation, chronic pain, tremors, nausea/vomiting,and is said to help patients who have multiple sclerosis, lupus, AIDS, and cancer. The necessary research is ongoing and are literally updated daily. Any product containing greater than .3% THC cannot be purchased without the proper requirements determined by each state.
One of the major differences between the Hemp CBD and the Marijuana CBD is that the THC in the marijuana one binds directly to the ECS receptors, CB1, primary in the central and peripheral nervous system and the CB2 receptors that are a part of our immunity system.
THC CBD is the one that does have the THC but that does not mean that the percentage of THC is high. Percentages are between 15-40% depending upon the strain. Strains are being grown now that have higher CBD and lower THC to accommodate the growing need to address medical issues in this natural way. THC is associated with the “high” feeling. It has been reported to modulate sleep, eating, the perception of pain, epilepsy, MS, ALS, Parkinson’s Disease, Inflammation, Acne, Dyskinesia, psoriasis, heart disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Depression, PTSD, Bacterial infections, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Anxiety, Nausea/vomiting, substance abuse, Alzheimer’s Disease, and Crohn’s Disease. Right now there are literally hundreds of research grants and projects that look very promising to determine exactly which strain works for what. THC also is being monitored in patients that have high spasticity because studies so far have shown that it may actually exacerbate them therefore it is not recommended for that use at this time. That is what research is for and we have all waited far too long to get it.
Should I start a CBD business?
This is such a controversial subject. I get repeated emails and messages asking me about a person starting their own CBD business. This concerns me. While I understand the desire to have your own business(duh PlanetDaily) I feel like there are 3-4 steps missing in that being a legitimate business that’s intention is to provide a completely safe product to others. If it were me and I was starting such a company I would insure myself heavily. I would purchase the most reputable CBD oil that had been tested by two separate reputable labs. By reputable I mean google that lab that is listed and look at other products they represent. If you find that the feeling is that the lab is shady then it most likely is shady. Then I would make certain I was licensed to sell such products in my state. I don’t want the po po showing up at my place and having that on my record. If my kids were younger I would steer clear all together honestly until all laws become fully clear. If I knew for a fact it was solely hemp I might be more comfortable but I would need to know at least 5 people who used that CBD oil company and used the labs they used. You want to check the lab tests for “nastiness”. It should give you a clear assessment of any contaminants in the oil. You definitely never want to sell anything that may potentially make anyone sick, hence the insurance. Be sure to use a clean sourcer, someone who you have established a very trusting relationship with. You should make certain to never make claims about the product that have not been medically proven to be fact. Recently 52 people got very sick from a synthetic form of CBD. Yes, there were lawsuits, deservedly so. Be diligent, be patient and always remember the goal is for someone to have a positive outcome as a result of your product. Keeping that in mind will help your business go far.
Is the CBD oil I bought fake?
Again, a very vague answer. A study just completed took 84 CBD products that they bought online and tested them. Less than a ⅓ had the amount of CBD oil they claimed. There are some companies that are now selling in large companies like Sephora who sell products with CBD but the amounts are trace. In another test 65 CBD oils were tested from dispensaries. All claimed to have the below .3% THC and 25% of them had such a high level of THC a person would have failed a drug test because of it. That is not cool. At all. If you don’t see certifications from an independent third party then you should not buy it. You can’t go by testimonials alone. Do your due diligence on any medical product. If a CBD company is not willing to pay for a lab to do the testing that is not a company you want to use their products in your body anyways.There will will a lot of knock offs, fakes, and blatant scam oils now and in the future. Being a novice most people will not be able to distinguish what is really marijuana CBD or Hemp CBD oil or an olive oil from the kitchen. Over time you will be able to smell the difference and see the shades that indicate it is real but other than proper lab testing you honestly don’t have a way to tell.
What’s the money looking like for cannabis?
Hemp, which includes Hemp CBD is expected to generate around $450 million in the next 3 years. Marijuana including CBD is expected to generate around $10 Billion in that same timeframe. It is an explosion in the market right now and everyone is learning a lot on the way which is never bad. Just keep your eyes open and take in as much information as you can in order to use the right meds at the right time for the right reason that has had the correct third party lab testing. Clean cannabis is the only way to go.