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The CBD industry can be very confusing. There are lots and lots of companies and products out there. Different products help with different ailments. The amount of CBD present in the various supplements also varies from brand to brand, as does the dosage. Each person is different so what works for one may not necessarily work for another. There is also a lot of misinformation out there that I will attempt to clear up here.

Hemp and Marijuana and CBD and THC

Lets clear up some confusion. The Hemp and Marijuana plants are different plants that belong to the same Cannabis family or genus of plants. Sort of like Orange and Lemon belong to the Citrus family of plants. In simple terms,the Marijuana plant has high levels of THC and some CBD, while the Hemp plant has high levels of CBD with some trace amounts of THC in it’s make up.

THC is the compound that has psycho active properties while CBD does not. Generally therefor, products made from the Hemp plant have no psycho active effects and are high in CBD content. CBD extracts from the Marijuana plant can have psycho active effects depending on the THC content after processing. This is why it’s important to know if your CBD products have been made from Hemp or from Marijuana plants.

CBD Hemp oil
Composition with hemp oil on wooden table

CBD and the FDA

Hemp containing less than 0.3% THC is no longer an illegal substance under federal law, however the FDA continues to regulate cannabis products. Also, different states have different regulations which can range from legalization (subject to certain restrictions) to prohibition. Any cannabis product marketed with a therapeutic claim, whether derived from hemp or otherwise, must recieve FDA approval before it can be sold. As a result, marketers must walk a fine line in promoting their CBD products without making therapeutic claims. Without FDA testing and approval no therapeutic claims can be verified. Anecdotal evidence can be used but you still have to be careful not to run afoul of the FDA.

Not all CBD is created equal…

Without FDA testing and approval, and depending on which state you live in, the guidelines for labelling and contents of products can be problematic for the customer. This ranges from companies that have proper labelling and ingredients as well as how much CBD is cotained in the product. Some also have QR codes on the packaging and maybe even certified by the US Hemp Authority. On the other end of the scale are hand written labels or none at all with verbal information from the seller. Be careful and do your own research and checks.Not all hemp is grown and processed equally either.

Hemp is a “bio accumulator” plant which means that it accumulates in it’s cells what is extracted from the soil. Therefor if it is grown using lots of fertilizers, weedicides or pesticides then these chemicals are absorbed into the plant and into the CBD oil extract. Mold is also a problem and some affected plants could end up in the extraction process. The extraction method used could also affect the finished product. Some use solvents eg butane and ethanol etc. so it’s good to know where the hemp itself is grown and processed.

Dosage and Usage

How much CBD is enough? Which tincture or product should I take? Can I give it to my children? These are just a few of the questions I’m asked on a regular basis. I am not a doctor so I cannot give medical advice. What I can say is that every person is different and these CBD products are completely organic so are not “drugs”. I personally started out on 25mg per day but I had no underlying medical issues and my quality of sleep improved within a week.

Best to do is check with your doctor before starting on CBD and also the person supplying the product. Normally they would have a wealth of anecdotal and personal experience and can help advise you. I hope this was helpful and perhaps cleared up some misconceptions about CBD for you. Please feel free to contact me at mark.loe@markloesales.com if you have any questions or want to chat. If you want to check out our products please follow the link http://markloesales.kannaway.com

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