CBD and Hemp are the same thing...right? Here at Mdrive, we want to make sure you have CBD Facts vs Myths! There are so many questions about CBD and Hemp so here are 10 Myths About CBD/Hemp that you might or might not have known! Check out these CBD facts!
Industrial hemp, as it’s called, and marijuana do come from the same plant species (cannabis sativa) but their chemical makeup and usage are very different. In the United States, hemp must contain less than 0.3% of the component in marijuana, THC, that gets you high. If it contains more than 0.3% THC, then it is legally defined as marijuana.
No, hemp is not the same as marijuana.
CBD seems to get all the attention today. But that is only one use for hemp. Most hemp grown in the United States is used for CBD but other forms of hemp grown internationally are used for many other things.
There seems to be an extensive list of other uses for hemp and I’ll list some of them here:
So, hemp has many uses other than for CBD.
That was certainly true in the past. Hemp was grown in China, Canada, Europe, etc. But in the last year or so, since the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, the United States saw a massive expansion of the hemp crop. As of last April, the United States produces the third most hemp in the world, topped only by Canada and China.
Look for a product that declares it uses domestic hemp grown in the United States.
Hemp seeds are an excellent source of fatty acids, protein, and fiber but do not contain CBD.
You need to buy products that specifically call out CBD or contain hemp flower or hemp extracts in order to get CBD.
No, no, no! The component in marijuana that is psychoactive (will get you high) is THC or tetrahydrocannabinol (wow, let’s stick to calling it THC). CBD (cannabidiol) is non-psycho-active.
CBD will not get you high.
I’ll let you do some of your own research here and draw your own conclusions since FDA law does not allow us to tout any benefits of CBD. But there are many articles and papers on the internet you can find and read.
I will explain how it works in the body, though, if that helps at all. CBD and any of the cannabinoids (there are over 100 in the hemp plant) interact with the receptors of the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) in the body. The ECS regulates many systems in our body like mood, sleep, appetite, immune function, pain, etc.
Do the research and decide if CBD is useful to you or not.
With the passage of the Farm Bill in December 2018, hemp and its derivatives (CBD being one of them) is federally legal.
But FDA still has not decided on what levels are safe for routine consumption. Therefore, if you decide to try CBD it is best to use as low a level as possible.
Have you heard of the “Entourage Effect”? It is the synergistic effect of several components working together for a stronger benefit than one component working alone. Hemp has many, many beneficial components like terpenes, flavonoids, and fatty acids. Taking a more well-rounded hemp product gives you these benefits vs an isolated or pure CBD.
CBD in the form of hemp flower (CBD is concentrated in the flower) or a full-spectrum hemp extract from the whole plant is a better way to go.
I would not stake my paycheck on this. Remember hemp can have a trace level of THC (this is what the drug test is testing for), so there is no guarantee that you will not fail a drug test if you take a CBD product.
Oh boy! This is really not a good idea. When a product is as hyped and popular as CBD there are always those unscrupulous vendors that pop up trying to make a quick buck. These products usually don’t have the correct level of ingredients called out on the label and may even have some harmful ingredients. Look for products from a company you can trust. One you can call to ask for Certificates of Analysis for the product and for the hemp or CBD in the product. Find out where is it grown and is it safe from heavy metals and pesticides? You need 100% traceability to have confidence that what’s on the label is really in the product.
I know cost is definitely a consideration when buying a CBD product but efficacy and safety are more important. Like any supplement or food, please buy from a reputable company.
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