Is CBD legal?
The short answer: Yes, CBD is legal, but under very specific conditions. While the legal status of CBD has become more defined with recent reforms, some laws are still unclear and others may still be needed. Combined with misinformation, many may have a very skewed understanding of what’s legal versus what isn’t. Hemp-derived CBD is legal as long as it is produced within the regulations defined by the law. In 2018, President Trump passed the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 (also known as the 2018 Farm Bill), which removed hemp as a Schedule I substance and reclassified it as an “agricultural commodity.” If CBD is derived from hemp and adheres to the following regulations set forth in the new farm bill, it is removed as a Schedule I substance and is legal:
- The hemp 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 licensed grower
In addition, the 2018 Farm Bill also removed restrictions on the sale, transportation, and possession of hemp-derived CBD products and allowed for the transportation of hempderived CBD products across state lines as long as the products follow regulations defined above.
Is Hemp the same as Marijuana?
Hemp and marijuana are two types of cannabis that are genetically distinct and differ in both cultivation, chemical properties, and use. Hemp is grown and cultivated for fiber and seeds to produce a variety of products including foods, oil, rope, and fabric. Marijuana is cultivated to yield high levels of the psychoactive ingredient THC, concentrated heavily in the flowers and buds. Marijuana bred to have THC levels that can exceed 20% as opposed to hemp which has less than 0.3% THC and no psychoactive properties.
How is CBD made?
Nearly pure CBD is isolated from the other cannabinoids found in hemp oil. Hemp oil is extracted from the stalks and stems of the cannabis using a chemical process and contains the full range of cannabinoids found in the plant. Oil may be obtained using solvents or with a non-toxic and non-flammable C02 extraction method. Prevalent in the food industry, and generally regarded as safe by the FDA, C02 extraction eliminates the risk of solvent residues in the final product.
Is CBD Safe?
CBD and the processes used by reputable companies enable the manufacture of a variety of safe CBD products. We will only carry products from manufacturers who are consistently testing and using only non-GMO industrial hemp while using pesticide-free organic practices.
How is it taken?
CBD can be taken orally by placing it under the tongue 60-90 seconds, allowing it to dissolve and be absorbed, or ingested in capsules or edibles. CBD can also be added to ointments and lotions for a topical use or inhaled using a vaporizer. The method of ingestion plays a significant role in how quickly CBD enters the system, with vaporizing being the quickest and most efficient.
What is the difference between isolate, full spectrum, and broad spectrum?
Isolate CBD is 99% pure isolated CBD. It is the purest form of CBD, which is produced by removing all compounds found in the plant including, terpenes, flavonoids, plant parts, and other cannabinoids.
Products that are full spectrum contains all compounds found naturally occurring in the plant including terpenes, essential oils and other cannabinoids.
Broad spectrum CBD is a bit of a mix between Full Spectrum CBD and CBD Isolate. Like Full Spectrum CBD,
the other compounds found within the plant are preserved in the extract;
however, THC is completely removed.
Does CBD produce side effects?
Hemp and CBD are both considered safe and should not produce any adverse side effects in most people. However, everyone processes CBD and other dietary supplements differently, and it is always recommended to consult with a physician before adding any supplement to your diet.
Does CBD interact with other medications?
Yes. CBD inhibits the cytochrome P450 enzyme, which is involved in metabolizing many drugs. Compounds in grapefruit inhibit the same enzyme group, which is why physicians advise patients not to eat grapefruit shortly before or after taking a medication. By inhibiting cytochrome P450, CBD can either reduce or increase the effects of other drugs.We always suggest
checking with your physician.
What is the right dose for me?
Begin with a low dose especially if you have little to no experience with cannabis. Take a few small doses over the course of the day rather than one big dose. Use the same dose and ratio for several days. Observe the effects and if necessary adjust the ratio or amount. Don't overdo it. "Less is more" is often the case with cannabis therapeutics. It is common to not feel the effects of CBD immediately, and may require regular use within a period of at least 2-4 weeks to notice an improvement of energy, relaxation, sleep pattern and an overall sense of well-being.
Will I pass a drug test?
If the product contains only CBD and has had the THC removed, then an individual being tested would not be expected to test positive for marijuana or marijuana metabolite. Keep in mind any product containing trace amounts of THC may lead to false positives on a drug test.
Is CBD addictive?
In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of abuse or dependence potential. What if I don’t feel anything after taking CBD? Some people say they don’t particularly feel any type of sensation after taking their CBD supplements. However, it may require regular use within a period of at least 2-4 weeks to notice an improvement of energy, relaxation, sleep pattern and an overall sense of well-being from the inside out.