The journey hasn’t been easy for hemp, and it might be a little rough before things get better. The crop had been outlawed for decades before the Farm Bill legalized it in December 2018. The legislation gave farmers leeway to grow the crop under state and tribal programs and within a year, hemp was worth millions in sales.
Most of the demand for hemp is due to cannabidiol (CBD). It is one of the over 100 cannabinoids produced by hemp, and it is said to have numerous medicinal properties. Once extracted, the oil can be used in a variety of ways, from tinctures and topicals to CBD-infused foods and beverages. However, hemp has had a PR problem for a while, what with its similarity to marijuana, and it’s led to a couple of rumors. Let’s debunk a few.
CBD and Hemp oil are the same. Extraction can go two ways; when only the cannabidiol is extracted, it is called CBD isolate, but when the entire range of cannabinoids (CBD, CBN, CBG. CBC), plus flavonoids and terpenes are extracted, the result is full-spectrum hemp oil.
While CBD isolate is as medically effective, full-spectrum hemp oil works better due to the entourage effect, which is the combined effect of all the ingredients in your body.
CBD oil will make you high. This is one of the major issues digging hemp. Cannabidiol is just one of over 100 cannabinoids produced by hemp. THC or delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol is another cannabinoid produced by cannabis, and it is responsible for creating the psychoactive high marijuana is famous for.
According to the Farm Bill, industrial hemp has to have less than 0.3% THC, which isn’t enough to create psychoactive effects.
CBD oil isn’t safe. One of the main reasons why cannabinoids have such an effect is because the body has a system that’s designed to interact with them. It’s called the endocannabinoid system (ECS), and it has receptors that interact with endocannabinoids produced by the body. The ECS is in charge of regulating functions such as pain and sleep that affect the homeostasis, or internal balance of the body.
Cannabinoids produced by cannabis are strikingly similar to the ones produced by the body, so they interact with the ECS comfortably. Although studies have shown that very high doses can lead to liver damage, moderate doses of CBD will boost the system and make it work more effectively.
It will show up in drug tests. People wonder if using cannabidiol oil will make them test positive for THC. It’s a valid concern, especially if you work in a profession that requires regular drug tests. However, CBD oil contains less than 0.3% THC, and that’s not enough to show up on a drug test.
Since the market hasn’t been fully regulated yet, there are a lot of substandard products out there, many of them contaminated with THC and heavy metals, so make sure you go for trusted brands. This is probably why sector players like Willow Biosciences Inc. (TSX: WLLW) (OTCQB: CANSF) advise consumers to read batch analysis reports so that they confirm that a product is of high quality.
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