The cannabis industry is on fire, everyday rapid changes occur. One of the hottest topics regarding cannabis legalization is cannabinol, also known as CBD. It has taken the world by storm with it’s reported health and wellness benefits without intoxicating a user.
Demands for CBD have skyrocketed, in an article by Forbes, one study claims the industry is speculated to reach around $20 billion by 2024. That’s a lot of green, not just cannabis kind of green. With these kinds of numbers, it’s clear that people want the stuff.
CBD has become a sensation due to it’s medicinal properties, the fact that it doesn’t get you “stoned,” and it’s legal in all 50 states. Well, kinda. We’ll explain in more depth.
How is CBD Legal?
From individuals to entrepreneurs, to lawmakers, there is a lot of confusion regarding CBD. Cannabinol can be derived from two sources, hemp or marijuana. Hemp-derived CBD is legal in all states. This is because hemp-based CBD contains 0.3 percent or less THC, otherwise known as tetrahydrocannabinol.
THC is property inside cannabis that gets a person “high.” 0.3 percent is not enough to intoxicate someone.
On the other hand, you have CBD that is derived from marijuana, which is not legal in all states. This is because CBD derived from marijuana has the chance of containing over 0.3 percent THC. Some marijuana plants can reach over 25 percent THC, which for the record, is a lot. This means that some marijuana-based CBD products have the possibility of getting a user “stoned.”
The FDA and CBD
With cannabis legalization spreading like wildfire, the Food Drug and Administration (FDA) hasn’t been able to keep up with all the new changes. As of now, the FDA has approved the use of CBD in topical products such as lotions, balms, creams, etc. as safe to use. This is why stores like CVS are now carrying CBD hemp-derived products.
However, the FDA is still conducting research to determine if the CBD-hemp in food and beverages is safe. Although, just because the FDA hasn’t approved a product, it is still allowed to be sold on the market while testing is being conducted. Many foods and beverages, restaurants, bars, coffee shops, etc. are offering CBD infused varieties.
The key with CBD foods and beverages, and basically any CBD product in general, is purchasing reliable brands. This is a great way to ensure quality and effective results. There are many brands on the market that claim their products contain high-quality CBD and ingredients. However, this is not always the case, and there are some brands out there falsifying their labels.
If possible, check a product's lab test results to find out exactly what's inside a CBD product. It is also important to see where the tests come from as well, you want to make sure they are coming from a reputable tester.
CBD in Texas
Recently, Texas Governor, Greg Abbott signed a bill legalizing CBD derived from hemp. Texas has had one of the strictest cannabis programs in the US. This new bill has helped determine what’s legal and what’s not regarding CBD. The crafting of CBD regulations is taking place and will be a few months until completion.
In our post last week, “Texas’s Department of Agriculture has 90 days to submit a plan for approval to the secretary US Department Agriculture. The regulation is likely to include things like creating a hemp grower’s license program, allowing random inspections and testing of hemp crops by the Departments of Agriculture and Public Safety, and setting parameters for packaging and labeling.”
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Cannabidiol (CBD) has been negatively affected by the effects of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). This is even true when it comes to memory. THC has been studied for far longer than CBD. As a result, we know how THC negatively affects cognitive functions.
Long term use of THC has been proven to cause the hippocampus to shrink. This is the part of the temporal lobe that is associated with memory. As a result, THC is blamed for people who partake often to have a bad memory.
Short term memory loss is the main culprit caused by extensive use of THC. Studies actually suggest that users who experiment with THC products will not be affected in the long term. Any damage caused will be repaired in a matter of weeks.
Have you ever wondered how CBD is made? No… Well, that’s the essence of today’s piece. In today’s article, we will be talking about the various forms of CBD and the extraction methods of CBD.
You must have come across individuals who consume CBD flowers raw. While it can be very unpleasant, it also doesn’t avail the individual of all the benefits of the plant. You see, for the cannabinoids in cannabis to be effective, they must be decarboxylated (applying heat).
Decarboxylation causes the plant to release all its useful properties and become easily absorbable by the body. Smoking hemp causes it to decarboxylate instantly but what if you don’t like to smoke? That’s where CBD extracts come to the rescue.
Marijuana, hemp and cannabis are terms that are often loosely used interchangeably. Without a grounded knowledge on what they mean and how they’re applied, you might make the same mistake many have made when speaking about cannabis and terms under the topic.
While it might seem that they mean the same thing, they are starkly different and can be applied to different purposes.
This is not to spoil the fun but for simplicity, it is the amount of THC content in a cannabis plant that differentiates hemp from marijuana.
Yea! I said it, but there is still more to know to gain a clearer understanding of what they mean and how to use them in conversations. In this article, we would define what each of the term means, their origin and how they differ from each other.