A lot of us have been in the cannabis industry a long time, and still have questions about CBD. There is so much potential to help so many, that it has exploded on the healthcare scene. New information is being presented daily, and it is daunting to navigate all the news. You can find “CBD available here” signs in most gas stations, to brick and mortar stores geared toward the CBD market, and website after website selling “the best”. You may have already seen CBD products featured on several home shopping networks on television. What is it? Is it hemp or cannabis? Can I fail a drug test? What is it used for? Where do I get it? What should I look for when purchasing products? Can you get “high”? In this CBD guide, we will dive into some of these questions and provide some insight and the most recent studies that are available. Let’s answer these one by one.
What is CBD and will it make me “high”?
CBD is an acronym for Cannabidiol. It is a naturally occurring compound of a cannabis or hemp plant. CBD is a close relative to THC, yet does not contain properties that are psychoactive. CBD one of the most active cannabinoids found within a cannabis plant, the other most active cannabinoid being THC. CBD is used in many of the same ways as THC, but without the “high”.
Does it come from cannabis or hemp?
Yes, to both.
CBD, or cannabidiol, can be found in all cannabis plants, both marijuana and hemp. The difference can get complicated, but in simple terms, a plant is generally considered hemp if it has more CBD and contains under 0.3% total THC. Marijuana plants are always female and may contain CBD and other cannabinoids within its genetic compounds, but they contain over 0.3% THC. Hemp plants are defined by the Farm Bill Act of 2018 to be a cannabis plant containing less than 0.3% THC and depending on the end use may be either a male or a female plant. Male plants typically do not produce much flower and are commonly used for fiber and seed while the female hemp plants are what are commonly used for producing extracts and smokeables.
In it’s a simplest terms, CBD is compound found in both hemp and marijuana plants. CBD is extracted, then manufactured into end products. End products are growing daily. You can find anything from CBD candies, to CBD suppositories, lotions, balms, bath bombs, and even CBD joints.You can even purchase CBD extracts and make our own CBD medicated concoctions from home.
Will I test positive for THC?
This is a tricky question that we get at least a hundred times a day. It completely depends on the process or form of CBD you are taking. If you are in a sensitive employment position, or federally employed, there is no room for error here, we get it. It is incredibly important to know the source of your CBD medicine, and that testing and analytics are available. The testing information will have percentage levels of all cannabinoids and their content in a given sample from a batch.
In short, CBD itself will not fail a marijuana screening. With that said though, if you have ingested anything containing CBD but the source of the extract is not isolate, you run a risk of testing positive for THC, simply because isolated CBD does not get digested and converted into the same chemicals as THC. When taking a drug screening for marijuana, the lab results don’t actually test for THC directly. Instead these screenings test for the metabolites of THC and if those are found are an indicator that the person being screened has used marijuana. Full spectrum hemp extracts and even broad spectrum hemp extract will in fact cause an individual to fail a drug screening. With isolated CBD, the only thing remaining in that extract is CBD, hence the term ‘isolate’.
If drug screening is of concern for you, we recommend looking into products that state the use of isolated CBD as their source of hemp extract. This will help ensure that you do not fail a marijuana drug screening.
What is CBD used for?
CBD is used in everything from preventative medicine, to aiding in end of life care, and there are plenty of testimonials out there to support these success stories. CBD has been found to be beneficial in aiding with many kinds of issues that arise in our lives. Most commonly people have been using CBD to help with sleep, aches and pains, stress reduction, and even with their animals. Please keep in mind, that there are many other reasons to use CBD, its just a matter of finding out what dosage and strength will work for you. With that in mind, please remember that, all cannabinoids, including CBD, produce effects in the body by attaching to certain receptors. The human body produces certain cannabinoids on its own. It also has two receptors for cannabinoids, called the CB1 receptors and CB2 receptors. CB1 receptors are present throughout the body, but many are in the brain. The CB1 receptors in the brain deal with coordination and movement, pain, emotions, and mood, thinking, appetite, and memories, and other functions. THC attaches to these receptors. CB2 receptors are more common in the immune system. They affect inflammation and pain. Researchers once believed that CBD attached to these CB2 receptors, but it now appears that CBD does not attach directly to either receptor. Instead, it seems to direct the body to use more of its own cannabinoids.
Where do I get it and what do I look for when purchasing CBD products?
Once you have decided to give CBD a try, there are several things that should be considered, before you purchase or consume any CBD products. Just like when we purchase food items at the grocery store, we want to know what we are putting into our bodies when consuming any cannabis products, including CBD. Although this is a fairly new way of legally medicating for a lot of us, there are things you can do to protect yourself and your money from a substandard CBD product. Getting your CBD at the gas station is like buying your dinner out of the back of a trunk…you just don’t know. There are so many dangerous products in our everyday lives, that it’s hard to process it all, but you’ll want to take your time because you want to feel better, and would probably rather not waste any of your money on what very well might be, snake oil. Choose a CBD Store that does your homework for you. If it is a reputable CBD outlet, they will have spent an insane amount of time sourcing their product, and researching the methods needed to achieve the highest quality CBD available. They will also have extensive information on carrier or other ingredients contained in each and every product. A great CBD distributor will have the answers to all CBD questions, and it’s their job to answer yours. If you take the time to find one of these companies, you will not be disappointed, and just might find out, CBD was what you needed all along.