CBD. CBD. CBD. It seems like almost everywhere you see a sign advertising it or hear someone talking about it, and rightfully so. CBD provides a plethora of medicinal benefits; however, it is important to understand that everything you know, or think you know, about CBD may not be true.
In fact, there have been many companies cited by the FDA for false advertisement and making illegal claims. There have also been several studies conducted revealing dozens of CBD companies that are not measuring up to their label claims, some with no CBD at all!
The problem is that the CBD industry is unregulated, meaning there is no governing agency ensuring CBD companies are complying with certain standards. This has created a lot of animosity within the industry and is leading to misinformed consumers. Below are some of the most common myths and misconceptions with CBD.
1. CBD Gets you High
This may be the most common misconception when introducing someone to CBD that has absolutely no experience with it. The fact that CBD is associated with hemp- and hemp with cannabis, and cannabis with marijuana- leads people to believe that CBD is associated with marijuana. While some CBD products, such as Full Spectrum formulas, do contain a minimal amount of THC, it is nowhere near enough to create psychoactive effects. All hemp derived CBD Oil products must be under .3% as defined by the 2018 Farm Bill. This is why all of our products and all CBD products that desire to legally comply with the law must be under .3%- which again, will not get you high.
2. CBD Oil is Illegal
Hemp derived CBD Oil is legal at the federal level. The first part of that sentence, “hemp derived,” is important to emphasize. There are CBD products that are marijuana derived, which are not legal in all 50 states or at the federal level because of their high THC concentration (above the .3% mark). Some states have different laws concerning the selling and purchasing of CBD Oil, such as Ohio, but it is legal at the federal level and almost every state has legalized CBD Oil in some form.
3. CBD Can Treat 50,000+ Conditions and Ailments
It’s true, we really did see a CBD company make this claim. It is important to understand that there is very limited research concerning the medicinal benefits of CBD concerning specific conditions and diseases; although, there is strong supporting evidence for many different conditions such as epilepsy, chronic pain, inflammation, anxiety, fibromyalgia, and various sleep conditions are among the most popular. As we continue to learn more about CBD, we will be able to develop a better understanding concerning its effectiveness for various ailments. As of now, CBD companies are not permitted to advertise the treatment or relief of any conditions or symptoms.
4. All CBD Products Work the Same
Before we dive into this one, you will need a little background knowledge about the chemical makeup of CBD Oil. There are over 100 cannabinoids (active compounds within cannabis) found within the hemp plant, one of these being Cannabidiol (CBD). Other popular cannabinoids are THC, CBDA, and CBG. These cannabinoids are what deliver most of the healing benefits found within CBD Oil.
There are many different types of CBD Oils available on the market today and they most certainly do NOT all work the same. Some products contain ONLY CBD. These products are known as CBD isolates, as CBD is isolated from the rest of the compounds in the oil. Full Spectrum CBD products include other cannabinoids and beneficial vitamins, proteins, and minerals found naturally within the oil extracted from the hemp plant. The benefits of this is that all of these other valuable compounds work synergistically (together) to provide the best and most effective healing powers. Studies have shown that CBD alone is not nearly as beneficial as CBD combined with its cannabinoid counterparts, and the other compounds found within Full Spectrum CBD products like essential amino acids, proteins, and terpenes provide further benefits.
The means of delivery also impact the products effectiveness. CBD products can now be found in all sorts of forms from more traditional applications such as tinctures and salves, to more novelty items like popsicles and toothpicks (we recommend those looking for the best benefits to stick to the former methods). There is a popular term floating around the CBD industry called bioavailability. This essentially refers to the rate and amount your body absorbs the CBD Oil. For example, a sublingual tincture (droppers under the tongue) are able to work their way directly into the blood stream through a gland found directly under the tongue. CBD Pills and Edibles must work their way through the digestives system before they can be used by the body, which can greatly decrease the speed the effects are felt, and the amount of CBD Oil actually absorbed after it has gone through these biological processes. The name of the game is to use a product that gets into the bloodstream as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Finally, and perhaps obviously, the amount of CBD you are using will affect its workings. This is a tricky topic to discuss. As of now, there is no standard amount of CBD to be taken. It is difficult to say whether 10mgs of CBD per serving is appropriate, or 100mgs. There have been studies conducted where patients were administered as high as 300mgs of CBD each day for desired effects. What we do know is that you cannot overdose on CBD, which is one reason so many people are turning to it for a natural alternative to pharmaceuticals. We have seen CBD products with as low as 1mg per serving, all the way to over 100mgs per serving. We generally recommend users to start with our 500mg tincture (16.6mgs per serving) and work up to the 1000mg (33.3mgs per serving) concentration if they are not seeing the results they are looking for.
5. The Company You Purchase from Does Not Matter
Lastly, we come to possibly the most important myth associated with CBD products- where you purchase them. As we mentioned earlier, CBD products and companies are not regulated- meaning they are left to their own discretion to ensure their products match their label claims and are safe for consumers. Also previously mentioned, we know there are many companies out there taking advantage of this lack of regulation and are not complying with this expectation. Because of this, it is extremely important to go with a company that provides complete transparency and you can trust. So, what does that look like?
First thing first: the company MUST provide third-party lab results from an ISO accredited laboratory ensuring their products are free of pesticides, heavy metals, and residual solvents at the very least. We also prefer testing for microbials and mycotoxins are completed. The concentrations should also be clearly tested for and stated to ensure there is a legal amount of THC and the correct amount of CBD is present in the product. Without these results easily available, we highly recommend you steer clear of their products.
The company should also be using CO2 extraction methods, as this is the cleanest and safest way to extract the oil from the hemp. Also, the company should have no problem telling you where they source their hemp or oil from. Ensure the oil is coming from a reputable source. We prefer you use vertically integrated companies that can provide full seed-to-sale traceability.
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