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Hemp CBD: Fact vs. fiction about the growing popularity of this cannabis strain

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Learn the ins and outs of hemp CBD.

Hemp CBD products are becoming ubiquitous on the shelves of health food and other stores nationwide. As access has expanded, so has the amount of information online for people interested in trying out the products. However, it can be difficult to tell the difference between valuable and confirmed information about hemp CBD and unreliable or unfounded claims. There are several myths and misconceptions about what hemp CBD is, how it works and how it relates to the consumer. Let’s take a look at a few.

1. Hemp CBD oil is actually medical marijuana. Cannabis, hemp and marijuana are often confused. Here are some simple definitions of each:

  • Cannabis is a plant family that includes many species, including both hemp and medical cannabis strains.
  • Hemp is a variety of cannabis grown for its low THC levels.
  • Medical and recreational cannabis, commonly referred to as “marijuana,” are varieties of cannabis strains grown for their high THC levels.

Medical and recreational cannabis strains are cultivated specifically to enhance their THC content. This type of cannabis is subject to dozens of strict regulations and is currently legal in a limited number of states. Because hemp is not cultivated for its THC levels, it is different than medical or recreational cannabis, although many believe it does have a therapeutic effect.

2. Hemp CBD oils are psychoactive drugs. Stated simply, hemp is cannabis that can’t get you ‘high.’ Consumers do not experience any impairing effects, mental or physical, when using hemp CBD products. Even at very high doses, hemp CBD does not produce any intoxicating effects. CBD hemp oils are produced from the Cannabis sativa L. plant, which contains no more than 0.3% of the psychoactive compound tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). This percentage of THC is a threshold value pre-determined by law, and it is far below the percentage that would cause potential psychoactive effects like those experienced with medical or recreational cannabis. You can use hemp CBD products with no worries whatsoever about intoxication.

3. CBD products are illegal. Hemp is primarily cultivated outside the United States and imported legally to create CBD products for American consumers. Since legally imported hemp contains extremely low (almost absent) levels of THC, hemp CBD products can be a great solution for consumers who are interested in seeking the plant’s benefits without the effects of THC or any legal risk. Hemp products have nothing to do with illegal drugs because of the difference in their chemical makeup, and with the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp-derived CBD is completely separate from products managed by the Controlled Substances Act.

4. Hemp CBD products are not safe. In fact, the use of hemp CBD products has been approved and even recommended by a wide variety of health organizations and professionals. In 2017, the World Health Organization concluded that CBD is not harmful, and in 2018, the World Anti-Doping Agency removed it from its prohibited substances list. Researchers have found no significant side effects in those who use hemp CBD, even those who use high doses. 

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