Shopping for CBD (Cannabidiol) or CBD Oil products is not easy. Sorting through the maze of claims and representations from a fast growing number of companies is a challenge. Especially so since most people shopping for CBD are doing so because they are shopping for it with nutritional benefits or health related issues in mind. CBD is being studied across the globe to ascertain whether there are any actual nutritional or medicinal benefits from CBD or from the other cannabinoids present in the cannabis or hemp plants.
What Is CBD?
Cannabinoids are chemical compounds contained in the cannabis plant. There are over 85 cannabioids in the plant. Cannabidiol, or CBD, is one of them. Tetrahydrocannabinol, better known as THC, is another. THC is the compound in marijuana that gets people high. CBD does not produce this effect. In fact, of all of the chemical compounds in the cannabis plant, only THC produces a psychoactive effect. Neither CBD nor the other cannabinoids produce any psychoactive effect, except THC.
Buying CBD and selecting a legitimate product is not easy. Aside from sifting through the typical manufacturers hype there are other issues as well. One notable area of confusion is shopping on the world’s biggest shopping website Amazon. Amazon does not permit the sale of CBD products although some companies market by calling it hemp extract or hemp oil. But the labeling on most of these products is often not clear regarding what exactly is in the product. Another issue is the use of the term ‘hemp oil.’ Generally most hemp oil products are simply an oil made from the hemp seed. The seeds of the hemp plant contain little, if any, CBD. This and more makes shopping for CBD a challenge because many people will purchase a product they think contains CBD but which has none of it.
So, the idea behind this blog is to try to make shopping for CBD a little easier by posting relevant news stories about the changing CBD landscape as well as reviewing some of the more popular CBD products including CBD Oil, CBD Tinctures, CBD Edibles and CBD Vape products. We will take a close look at the representations made by the various companies offering these products.
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WATCH VIDEO: About CBD
CBD vs. THC – When they talk about the possible medicinal value of marijuana (cannabis) they are mostly talking about CBD. Most folks are aware that THC is the compound in cannabis that produces a ‘high.’ But another compound in cannabis and hemp plants called CBD seems to be where a lot of medical research is taking place. CBD is not psychoactive. In order words CBD will not get you high. However, even though there is no recreational aspect of CBD, it is the focus of a lot of attention and sales of CBD concentrates are booming.
WATCH VIDEO: A CNN Special Report by Dr Sanjay Gupta
Sorry Folks But Recreational Weed Has Small Amounts Of CBD
The CBD and THC levels vary greatly from plant to plant. Cannabis that has been grown for the illegal street market contains significantly more THC than CBD. In fact, much of the street weed contains very little CBD That’s because cannabis grown for the illegal black market has been cultivated based on the fact that high THC marijuana is much more in demand than the low-THC variety. Street pot is bred to create pot with higher-than-ever levels of THC and virtually no CBD. It’s almost as if it is a zero sum game. The more THC then the less CBD and vice-versa. Of course, the illegal marijuana market demands high levels of THC. So, folks who are smoking street marijuana and who are telling themselves there are health benefits to using illegal pot are to a large extent deluding themselves since most of the possible benefits from cannabis are in the CBD and maybe other compounds in the plant to some extent, but not necessarily the THC. Pot Smokers have long regarded THC potency as the factor that makes one strain of marijuana better than the other as they try to get the most bang for their bucks. Potency is the main selling point in the illicit marijuana market. But now medical science researchers are focusing on CBD as well as other compounds in the plants. But it is the CBD that is at center stage in the spotlight.
WATCH VIDEO: What Are Terpenes?
Hemp Oil Made From The Seed Does Not Contain CBD
Don’t be confused by the stuff you see for sale in Whole Foods or other grocery store or on Amazon. For the most part, products that are labeled Hemp Oil or Hemp Seed Oil and some even calling themselves Hemp Extract usually do not contain any CBD and if they do, it is in tiny amounts. There is little or no CBD in Hemp seeds. You will see these products selling mostly in the range of $7 to $20 but there are some products labeled as Hemp Extracts which imply that they have CBD (but actually have none) that are selling for as high as $200… with NO CBD. So, Buyer Beware as there are some complete rip offs lurking and trying to trick consumers. We even saw one product with CBD Oil in the name on the label but made from hemp seeds. So, be careful and read the ingredients labels very carefully.
What Is Cannabidiol?
Cannabidiol is CBD. CBD is the popular short version of CBD…. or abbreviation.
CBD Will NOT Get You High
Some pot smokers desire to get as high as possible while others just want to get the equivalent buzz that might be associated with a glass of wine or two. But sometimes the lightweight, occasional pot smoker may smoke a bit too much and inadvertently go over the edge. That is one of the problems with illegal marijuana. There is no way to know the potency or presence of THC or other compounds such as CBD. This brings up an interesting aspect of CBD.
CBD has been reported to moderate the effects of THC to varying extents. Doing slightly too much THC pot can result in anxiety and paranoia, but CBD may be able to moderate this. So, for those people looking to enjoy an occasional recreational few tokes of marijuana with a reduced risk of anxiety or paranoia might find that purchasing their pot with a good level of CBD (from a reputable dispensary, of course) may find this beneficial. A problem that folks might run into is that many bud-tenders will simply recommend an ‘indica’ strain of weed instead of a ‘sativa’ strain under to conventional wisdom that sativas are high-energy strains of weed that give folks a big ‘head high’ while indica strains offer a good ‘body-high’ and which are good for things like putting people to sleep. But ‘recreational’ pot strains with a decent level of CBD changes the dynamic of the conversation completely.
Usually the amount of THC in both indicas and sativas in the recreational market are approximately 18 to 25%. And, almost all recreational customers will buy the pot with the highest amount of THC. According to Dr. James Lathrop, founder of Cannabis City, Seattle Washington’s first recreational pot store and a doctor of nursing practice since 1997…”Certainly for people who are prone to anxiety, someone who doesn’t want that high-THC effect, the high-CBD strains can really do it.” Lathrop states…”the CBD basically counteracts the THC side effects—getting high, and secondary to that, anxiousness, paranoia, or whatever,” he said. “With a balanced CBD weed, you won’t get as high. It’s a nice buzz and you won’t get whacked-out.”
The problem is that many dispensaries may not offer much in the way of high-CBD recreational weed products because the demand is just not there and many bud-tenders may not be up to speed on the relevance of CBD. But CBD in recreational pot is a whole different subject while this blog concerns itself with the extract CBD and not THC.