Facts You Should Know About CBD
CBD has grown so much in popularity in the past few years. But most people know so little about it other than the fact that this compound has great health benefits and is extracted from the hemp plant. So many brands and manufacturers are rushing to get involved with CBD. Such companies include Walgreens and CVS who announced that they plan to start selling CBD products. Other examples include Coca-Cola and Oreo in which case the former is said to be exploring the idea of adding this compound to their products.
The potential and possibilities of this CBD are exciting for both consumers and manufacturers. For instance, this compound has the potential of being a great source of daily wellness and healing.
Even though CBD has a great potential for healing and profits, there are many questions about how legal CBD is, why it is important, and what it is. So, today, we are going to set the facts about this compound straight. Below are some of the things you need to know about CBD.
CBD does not get you high, it is THC that does
Any people have spread the unfounded rumor that CBD makes you high. This is a lie. While both CBD and THC are cannabinoids, the psychoactive compound that gives a person the high is THC. CBD, on the other hand, affects the body completely differently.
Hemp and CBD oil are not the same thing
CBD oil contains a chemical compound known as Cannabidiol. CBD oil is made by combining CBD extracted from the cannabis plant with a base oil (usually MCT, coconut, or olive).
Hemp oil, on the other hand, is manufactured through a very different process. This oil is extracted from the hemp plant seeds. This extract is not supposed to contain any other cannabinoid, including CBD. The health benefits of hemp oil are different from those of CBD oil.
CBD is in a legal gray area
Hemp and products derived from it were legalized on a federal level in 2018 in the Farm Bill. As per the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), CBD oil derived from hemp is no longer considered a Schedule 1 controlled-drug or substance. The Farm Bills section 10113 prohibits hemp from containing more than 0.3% THC by weight.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), however, has not legalized CBD for sale as a supplement. The reason behind this is the agency wants more information on this compound and also wants to know how it might regulate things such as its dosage recommendations, distribution, labeling, and production.
CBD is safe and non-habit forming
You cannot become an addict of CBD. This is according to data provided by the World Health Organization (WHO). WHO also stated that products manufactured from pure CBD are safe for consumption.
There are two main methods for extracting CBD
CBD is mainly extracted from the stalks, flowers, and left of the cannabis plant. This is done using the heat or solvent extraction methods.
In the solvent extraction method, solvents are used to separate the compounds contained in the plant. Some of the solvents used in this process are kerosene, butane, ethanol, and carbon dioxide (CO2). The other extraction method uses steam, which extracts the oil.
The quality of the oil you purchase is directly affected by the extraction method used. When extracting the oil, the cannabinoids or terpenes should not be damaged or destroy to ensure the effectiveness of the final product.
CBD is finding its way to consumers in many forms
People are continuously discovering new ways to consume CBD. Some of the most common forms of CBD products include powder, chocolate, gummies, topical creams, cosmetics, tinctures, oils, and off-the-shelf beverages. You might even find restaurants and hotels adding CBD to shakes, coffee, and cocktails.
CBDs health benefits are remarkable
Even though research is still going on, people have reported that CBD has helped them by managing or curing chronic and acute pain, gut health, arthritis, insomnia, epilepsy, head trauma, headaches, inflammation, anxiety, and a couple of other health issues. Some athletes and performers are even using CBD as a relief for inflammation and to help them in recovery. Medically, researchers are exploring the potential of CBDs potential as an anti-cancer solution.
Know what you’re buying
Make sure that you research the product you are about to buy. This is because standards for content, marketing, and quality have not been set by the FDA. Just to be safe, only buy products whose providers have independent third-party testing. Also, ensure you buy full-spectrum oil products as they contain more of the plants’ nutrients and compounds.
Since the FDA has not set standards for quality, content, and marketing, you must research the product before buying it. If the extraction method used involved solvents, ask which solvent they used before buying.