Thinking about buying some CBD Oil. Watch this video to make sure that you’re making a well-informed decision.
Everyone is talking about it. It seems to be all the rage. And, you’re trying to figure out what the heck CBD Oil even is. And, you’re wondering if it’s really everything it’s really hyped up to be? Let’s find out!
First of all, What is CBD OIL?
A concentrated extract from the plant species Cannabis Sativa L. containing higher amounts of CBD than THC. By the way the “L.” stands for first initial of the last name of the guy that classified marijuana, Carl Linnaeus. People like to name things after themselves.
THE CBD IN CBD OIL
So, let’s dig a bit further into this thing called CBD in CBD Oil.
What is CBD? Where does CBD come from?
CBD, which stands for Cannabidiol, is one of the many chemicals made by the plant Cannabis Sativa L.
Now, the plant Cannabis Sativa L. can be subdivided into 2 categories, HEMP or CANNABIS. By the way when I say CANNABIS, I mean MARIJUANA. I’m using both terms interchangeably. Cannabis = Marijuana.
The main difference between HEMP and CANNABIS is a legal one. It comes down to the amount of THC. So, per section 7606 of the Agricultural Act of 2014, hemp is defined as having less than 0.3% THC, and therefore by default CANNABIS has more than 0.3% THC.
So, Hemp and Cannabis come from the same plant species. And, really the distinction between the 2 is a legal one.
Basically, HEMP CBD OIL has less THC in it. And CANNABIS CBD OIL has more THC in it.
Now, is there an advantage or even a disadvantage to having more or less THC. It entirely depends on the medical condition you’re treating.
Now, listen in closely because this is important. The general perception out there is that it’s CBD that has ALL the medical value. But, in fact, that’s not the case!
Some medical conditions benefit more from CBD. Some medical conditions benefit more from THC. And, then there are medical conditions that benefit from both THC and CBD.
So, really, if you have a condition that doesn’t benefit from the use of more CBD, then it’s not an option worth pursuing. It’s really a waste of your money.
Is the CBD in hemp different from the CBD in marijuana?
In terms of chemical structure the CBD in Hemp is the same as the CBD in Cannabis. It’s coming from the same plant. You’re body’s going to recognize the CBD in Hemp the same as the CBD in Cannabis.
What’s the amount of CBD in Hemp Oil? What’s the amount of CBD in Cannabis Oil?
So, there’s a couple different places that people buy Cannabis/Hemp CBD Oil.
One is at a medical marijuana dispensary in a state in which marijuana has been deemed legal for medical and/or recreational use. Some, not all, of these states have regulations in place to assure the quality of the products being sold at these medical marijuana dispensaries.
So, I took a look at some laboratory tests results from a state-certified lab based out of Washington called Analytical 360. Now, I specifically chose Washington because it has some pretty solid laboratory testing regulations in place for marijuana.
So, let’s have a look.
By definition, the 1st 2 samples listed would be considered Hemp because they contain less than 0.3% THC.
The rest of the samples on the list would be considered Cannabis being that they have THC levels that are higher than 0.3%. Regardless, the amounts of CBD in the samples that come from both Hemp and Cannabis are both pretty high.
Now, another place that people purchase specifically Hemp CBD Oil is through a website. And, of course, as it stands, there are no regulations in place to assure the quality of products sold through websites.
In 2015 and in 2016, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) ran some tests on CBD products sold through websites.
Let’s have a look at their results.
2015 Test Results for Cannabidiol-Related Products
2016 Test Results for Cannabidiol-Related Products
There’s a couple points you want to note about these results.
- Notice that in some of these products CBD wasn’t detected at all.
- Now, when CBD was detected, the amounts paled in comparison to the amounts found in CBD oils sold at medical marijuana dispensaries. You’ll notice that the total percentage of CBD in the products sold through websites on the internet paled in comparison to what’s found at the state-licensed medical marijuana dispensary.
- Some products had more than 0.3% THC.
Of course, for obvious reasons, the FDA sent out warning letters. Some of these companies were making basically untruthful claims about the amounts of CBD in their products. Also, some of these companies were selling products that actually had more than federally legal amounts of THC.
It’s no wonder that I have had patients come into my office telling me that they purchased a supposed Hemp CBD Oil through a website. And, it didn’t work. Or, they’ll tell me that they actually felt high off of the product they purchased through a website.
For this reason, I’ve come up with a list of questions for patients to ask sellers when buying a CBD Oil.
How to buy CBD OIL
Here’s the thing, for as long as the industry stays unregulated, you are bound to find snake-oil salesmen that’ll make all sorts of unqualified claims about their products to make a quick buck.
So, really it’s on you to be a smart consumer. And, how do you become a smart consumer. I’ll teach you. I’ve come up with a list of criteria for my patients to use when buying a CBD OIL, which are
1. Is the maker of the CBD Oil accountable to anyone?
It’s when a company isn’t accountable to anyone, that to make a quick buck, they may use deceptive and misleading marketing and advertising and get away with it.
Now, in some states where marijuana is legal for either medical or recreational use, there are rules and regulations in place that the makers of the CBD Oils have to abide by. So, for patients in states where marijuana is legal for medical and/or recreational use, they’re better off purchasing the CBD Oil from state-licensed medical facilities that are authorized to dispense marijuana and hemp products.
Now, there’s the whole question of buying CBD Oil off the internet. Like I showed you with the laboratory test results that the FDA carried out, it’s much more difficult to trust the quality of what you’re being sold.
2. Is the product laboratory tested?
Is the product laboratory tested? The company that made the product should be able to present to you the most recent laboratory test results for the product. And, at the very least, the laboratory test results should state the exact amounts of the cannabinoids, so THC and CBD, in the product.
3. What was the CBD extracted in?
Sure, it’s called an oil. But, it may not be an oil. Many times the CBD is extracted in a hydrocarbon like butane, for instance, which can be harmful to your health. So, check to ask what the CBD was extracted in.
There you have it. Now you know how to purchase CBD oil!