The past few years have seen cannabidiol (“CBD”) grow from an obscure product that was only known to niche consumers to a worldwide phenomenon worth billions of dollars. This was partly thanks to the 2018 farm bill, which legalized industrial hemp and its derivatives after decades of prohibition, and partly to growing reports of CBD’s medical potential.
Despite cannabidiol’s growing popularity, however, plenty of people don’t actually know what CBD is or where it comes from. CBD is one of more than 100 chemical compounds that are produced by the cannabis plant called cannabinoids.
What we call industrial hemp is simply a variety of cannabis that has minimal levels of a cannabinoid called THC. This is the main psychoactive agent in marijuana and is responsible for intoxicating users. As per the farm bill, legal hemp is defined as cannabis with less than 0.3% THC. Consequently, hemp and CBD products cannot intoxicate users since the products do not have enough THC to elicit such a biochemical reaction. However, lack of proper regulation has made it easy for unscrupulous companies to sell subpar products, meaning users can buy a CBD product that’s contaminated with THC.
Although a significant portion of the CBD products on the market are made using hemp-derived cannabidiol, plenty of states also allow cannabis-derived CBD. This includes full-spectrum products with CBD, terpenes, flavonoids and all other cannabinoids except THC, and isolate products that only contain concentrated CBD. Since the only difference between hemp and cannabis is THC levels, hemp-derived CBD has minimal to no THC levels while cannabis-derived CBD may have some THC. You can also expect the health benefits associated with taking CBD such as pain relief and reduced anxiety with both hemp and CBD-derived CBD.
Generally, hemp contains higher CBD and less THC compared to cannabis, making it perfect for CBD extraction. Companies can maximize CBD extraction and minimize the amount of residual THC that ends up in their products, something that can be difficult with cannabis-derived CBD. With slightly more than 20,000 farmers cultivating hemp across the country, manufacturers can be sure of a rich, lucrative source of CBD. The fact that it is sanctioned by the federal government means companies along the supply chain will deal with significantly fewer legal issues.
On the other hand, full-spectrum CBD extracted from cannabis has a larger entourage effect compared to hemp-derived CBD thanks to the presence of THC, which is also chock-full of potent medicinal properties. The substances is allowed in 47 states under varying conditions while hemp-derived CBD is legal in all 50 states, unlike marijuana-derived CBD. At the end of the day, both hemp and cannabis-sourced CBD can get the job done. Just make sure you talk to your doctor before you start using CBD, especially if you are on other medication or are pregnant.
It is also helpful to find out from your supplier of choice, such as Simply Sonoma Inc., whether they source their CBD from marijuana or industrial hemp. An accompanying third-party lab report would confirm whether the product you wish to buy contains traces of THC or not.
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