Why Use CBD
CBD: Its Uses and How to Choose What's Best
Most everyone knows about the famous "high" that comes from marijuana, which is due to the most active and well-known compound in cannabis - delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). It wasn't until recently that researchers isolated the CBD Cannabidiol compound and its array of healing elements.
CBD, and all other cannabinoids, attach themselves to certain receptors in the body to produce their effects. The body has two cannabinoid receptors called CB1 receptors and CB2 receptors. While THC plays on the CB1 receptors (which are mostly in the brain), CBD has their greatest effect on CB2. And why is that important? Well CB2 receptors are more common in the immune system, where they work on inflammation and pain.
In fact, recent studies published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine show that CBD reduced considerable levels of chronic pain and inflammation in mice and rats. This is promising news for people who are dependents on over-the-counter and prescription pain relievers and anti-inflammatories.
The health benefits don't stop there. Multiple studies provide supporting evidence that CBD may help in treating epilepsy, anxiety, insomnia, aid in quitting smoking, and many other diseases and disorders.
Not All CBD Products are Created Equal
Many CBD products on the market do not come from hemp but they utilize a low-dose THC strain of marijuana. You might think that this is better than hemp, but you would be mistaken.
Unfortunately, it is difficult to tell the good CBD products from others on the market. One telltale sign is when a company utilizing CBD isolates in its purest form. When you hear this, you should be wary because all the other parts of the plant have been removed and all that is left is basically synthesized CBD. This is done by using harsh chemical solvents like hexane and heptane.
The extraction method is vital to the quality of the CBD oil. Many products state they use supercritical CO2 or ethanol extraction, but that doesn’t mean that it is free of harsh chemical solvents like hexane and heptane. Low-dose THC strains can first go through this extraction method, but the problem is that THC limits far outweigh the federally mandated limits. To compensate for these higher than mandated THC levels, they isolate CBD by using harsh chemical solvents.
Something to always keep in mind is that the term low-dose does not mean it’s legal. The THC levels are still higher than federally mandated levels. Because of this, THC is removed from the product. One of the biggest problems is that in order to remove THC, it goes through a refining process that can use harsh chemical solvents like hexane and heptane to remove the excess THC. Most of the time the trace amounts of these harsh chemical solvents are below federally mandated reporting criteria and therefore you might be ingesting these harsh chemicals without even knowing it.
When it becomes clear that the use of responsible methods of growing and extracting CBD produces the best possible product, some may wonder why these manufacturers of CBD do not go through the same responsible methods as we do? One of the main reasons is cost.
The best full-spectrum CBD-rich whole plant cannabinoid products come from hemp, not low-dose marijuana. However, due to legal restrictions by the federal government, even US grown hemp is not allowed to be sold outside of the state the plant was grown, processed, manufactured, lab tested and labeled in. Therefore, purchasing organically grown hemp from Europe becomes necessary, which isn’t prohibited by federal law.
With the added cost of importing and producing a full-spectrum CBD-rich whole plant cannabinoid, the product can be very expensive. Much of the competition tries to skirt the law by using low-dose THC marijuana strains which can be illegal even if all the THC is removed.
It's vital for distributors and retailers to be cautious and mindful of the products they’re stocking. The products on the selves may not only less optimal, but if those products don’t follow strict guidelines it could result in your products being seized and your shop possibly being shut down by the federal government if you resell products.
Full-Spectrum Hemp Explained
Possible benefits of utilizing a full-spectrum CBD product that doesn’t remove or destroy part of the plant is the additional cannabinoid compounds found in full-spectrum products.
Some of these additional cannabinoid products can be CBG (Cannabigerol), THC (Δ9– tetrahydrocannabinol: below maximum legal limits without using harsh chemical solvents to remove excess THC), CBC (Cannabichromene), CBGV (Cannabigerivarin), THCV (Tetrahydrocannabivarin), CBDV (Cannabidivarin), CBCV (Cannabichromevarin).
For instance, CBG (Cannabigerol) or Cannabigerolic Acid (CBGA) seems to work synergistically with other cannabinoids including CBD to provide overall synergy and balance. When using low-dose THC strains and isolating CBD isolates you are removing CBG, CBGA, and other beneficial properties from the end product, and thus may not be as beneficial as a full-spectrum CBD product.
Another benefit to using organically grown industrial hemp, is that testing of industrial hemp has found to have much higher levels of CBG than most strains of cannabis. Testing has shown that levels of CBG can be up to nine times higher, maintaining a low THC level; which is lower than federally mandated limits.
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