CBD has been the talk of the town since it was approved for legal sale and started being available all around the country. But with that sudden popularity came a lot of misinformation and confusion. We’d like to help set the record straight on CBD and help separate the facts and the fiction.
CBD is from the cannabis plant.
Fact. CBD and THC are both derived from cannabis plants. Cannabis is a genus of flowering plants and there are multiple species in this genus. Cannabis plants produce naturally occurring compounds called cannabinoids, such as CBD or THC.
So, CBD will get me high?
Fiction. CBD is a non-psychoactive compound found in the cannabis plant. It was labeled as having no public health risk or abuse potential by the World Health Organization in 2017. On the other hand, THC is a different compound found in the cannabis plant that does have a psychoactive component that causes a person to get “high.” CBD products will not get you high because they cannot contain more than 0.3% THC by dry weight.
The hemp plants from which CBD is derived are a high-CBD variety of the cannabis plant that are low in THC—less than the legal 0.3 percent.
Hemp and CBD are illegal.
Fiction. Hemp plants, while they look and smell like marijuana plants, contain only legal trace amounts of THC or none at all and are totally legal to grow. Here at The Hemp Division where we grow our own hemp, our plants are tested by state regulators to ensure they have the proper amounts of CBD and the mandated less-than 0.3% of THC. In order to grow hemp, you must have the proper licensing and testing mandated by each individual state where growing hemp is legal.
CBD is a natural derivative of the hemp plant, and it is legal in all 50 states in the U.S.
Fiction. CBD, which stands for “cannabidiol,” is one of the cannabinoids found in cannabis plants. Cannabinoids are active compounds in the cannabis plant that interact with our body’s endocannabinoid receptors to produce effects, mimicking the body’s own neurotransmitters.
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a complex cell-signaling system that plays a role in regulating a wide range of functions and processes, including sleep, mood, appetite, memory, reproduction and fertility. Endocannabinoids are molecules made by your body. They are similar to cannabinoids except they’re produced by your body and not the cannabis plant. Endocannabinoid receptors are found throughout your body. Endocannabinoids bind to them in order to signal that the ECS needs to take action. Cannabinoids also bind to certain receptors.
Hemp oil and hemp extract are the same.
Fiction. Hemp oil and hemp extract are often used interchangeably, but attention to detail is needed. Hemp oil is extracted from hemp seeds, similar to how olive oil is produced. While beneficial for skin hydration, this product does not contain CBD.
Hemp extract is created by processing the leaves and flowers of the hemp plant, providing a broad-spectrum product that contains the full range of phytocannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids. Some believe that an “entourage effect” occurs when multiple cannabinoid compounds (or multiple parts of the plant) are processed together, boosting the cannabinoid’s health benefits.
When the compounds are blended with oils, tinctures are formed. Some CBD products, such as ourGolden Milk, contain CBD isolate, meaning that all active compounds of the cannabis plant are extracted out, leaving just the singular CBD compound.
All CBD products are the same.
Fiction. CBD gets a bad reputation from dishonest merchants who make unsubstantiated claims and mislead the public as to how much CBD is in a product. The Hemp Division is completely transparent about how much CBD is in our products so that you can select the level of CBD you desire.
CBD can take the place of my medication.
Fiction. CBD is not a replacement for medication. While CBD is an all-natural product that is safe to use and has many beneficial qualities that can play a role in achieving a healthy lifestyle, our products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease (although it has been FDA-approved to treat several childhood seizure disorders). While CBD is considered safe and few people report negative side effects, as with any substance we put into our bodies, every person reacts differently. If you are on medications, you should check with your physician to make sure CBD will not cause any harmful interactions.
CBD teas cost more than regular teas.
While our hemp plants are high in CBD, it takes a lot of hemp plants to create CBD extracts. The investment in and process of creating this all-natural product is time-consuming and labor-intensive. But we think the end product is worth the cost given the quality of our products.
We hope this helps answer some questions you might have about CBD and makes you seem much smarter to your friends. (We recommend you practice saying “endocannabinoids” a few times before you trot it out in public, however. Trust us.) We started The Hemp Division because we knew we could make a high-quality, all-natural CBD product that would provide a beneficial option to people looking to have a more holistically healthy life. And that, friends, is a fact!