CBD is becoming more and more popular across the globe. There are articles about it’s superior health benefits. There are articles that are also flat out wrong.
Since CBD is not FDA approved, there have been few research studies done. With the passing of the Farm Bill in 2018, this opened up research on hemp and CBD, so reports of CBD’s efficacy and uses will start to trickle out over time.
This FAQ is curated from many questions I’ve fielded from customers and friends and family.
This list will grow as more people become aware of CBD’s uses and become more curious about adding CBD to their regimen.
There is no need for a prescription or medical card to purchase hemp CBD. It is a natural constituent of the high-CBD Hemp strains of the plant containing very low levels of THC. Having only trace amounts of THC, our hemp CBD oil is non-psychoactive and legal in all 50 states.
CBD Oil/Hemp Oil and other hemp products are considered to be food-based. As such, there are no restrictions on the production, sale and consumption of hemp oil in the United States. CBD Oil/Hemp Oil is legal in most countries in the world as long is it contains low (or in some countries untraceable) concentrations of the molecule THC.
UPDATE: As of 11/26/2019, the FDA hasn’t given the green light to ALL types of CBD available at retail outlets. The only approved methods are CBD Topicals and CBD Vapes. Any CBD edible or ingestible does not have the FDA’s blessing. Your local shop may or may not have tinctures or gummies or gel caps available due to local laws enforcing the FDA’s guidelines. Some counties and cities are turning a blind eye to the sale of all CBD products. I highly suggest that you call your local CBD shop and ask what is available or not. Or better yet, buy online from the many brands that I recommend.
Scientifically, industrial Hemp and Marijuana are the same plant, with a genus and species name of Cannabis Sativa. They have a drastically different genetic profile though. Industrial Hemp is always a strain of Cannabis sativa, while marijuana can be Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica, or Cannabis ruderalis. The major difference is how industrial hemp has been bred compared to a marijuana form of Cannabis sativa. Typically speaking, industrial hemp is very fibrous, with long strong stalks, and barely has any flowering buds, while a marijuana strain of Cannabis sativa will be smaller, bushier, and full of flowering buds. However, newer industrial hemp varieties in the USA are being bred to have more flowers and higher yields of cannabinoids and terpenes, such as our Kentucky hemp we’re now using!
99% of the time marijuana has a high amount of THC and only a very low amount of CBD. Hemp, on the other hand, naturally has a very high amount of CBD in most instances, and only a trace amount of THC. Fortunately, the cannabinoid profile of hemp is ideal for people looking for benefits from cannabis without the ‘high.’
Hemp is used for making herbal supplements, food, fiber, rope, paper, bricks, oil, natural plastic, and so much more, whereas marijuana is usually used just recreationally, spiritually, and medicinally. The term cannabis oil can refer to either a marijuana or hemp derived oil, since marijuana and hemp are two different forms of cannabis.
In the USA the legal definition of “industrial hemp,” per Section 7606 of the Agricultural Appropriations Act of 2014, is “INDUSTRIAL HEMP — The term ‘‘industrial hemp’’ means the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of such plant, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis.”
The hemp oil in our product contains CBD, which is a LEGAL cannabinoid from hemp. It contains minuscule amounts (parts per billion) of THC that COULD show up in a drug screen, if you consume CBD oil in high quantities. No one can guarantee that you will or will not pass a drug screening due to the amount of variables (such as your age/weight, what kind of drug test it is, how much you exercise, what your diet is, etc). CBD products contain less than 0.3% THC. Drug screens vary and some can be more sensitive than others. If you have to take a drug test, it is best to not use CBD products for several weeks leading up to the test.