Hemp-derived CBD, also known as cannabidiol, became legal for production and commercial sales in the United States in 2018.
The passing of the 2018 Farm Bill ushered in a new wave of regulations, questions, and concerns.
It can feel like CBD became an overnight sensation. Major news and media outlets seem to cover CBD stores, individuals who are involved with the natural substance, and just the whole industry in general daily.
This is probably not surprising after seeing how CBD has been painted as this generation’s miracle drug that has been reported to help with a long list of medical conditions.
However, recently some people have been experiencing some negative results with CBD, quite literally. Some people have been failing drug tests after using CBD hemp products.
People failing drug tests in places like Texas which have people nationwide scratching their heads.
Why would a CBD product with 0.3 percent THC, the legal amount of THC that can be consumed in all 50 states, have a person fail a drug test?
It comes down to one simple fact, product quality.
There are CBD stores and dispensaries that don’t always carry credible brands and products. Not to mention, take it one step further, there are places like gas stations selling CBD.
Would you buy vitamins from a gas station? Hopefully, you answered “NO!”
This applies to cannabidiol. Just because CBD is sold in convenient locations, doesn’t make the products trustworthy.
This question has more than one answer.
First off, the cannabis movement, in general, has helped create the CBD market. Before the cannabis movement, knowledge surrounding the plant was limited, which is still the case today.
Due to cannabis being a schedule I drug by the Drug and Enforcement Agency (DEA) federal research cannot be conducted. Studies surrounding cannabis and CBD are typically conducted by individuals and organizations outside federal funding.
The other reason CBD is so popular is that it has been reported by many users to help with numerous medical ailments and conditions.
Furthermore, it is a more natural substance than the potentially harmful pharmaceutical drugs that exist in the market. It is reported to do all of this, but without the “high” that traditional cannabis containing high amounts of THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) would contain.
This makes cannabidiol a very popular option among individuals and poses the question, “why wouldn’t I try CBD?”
If you’ve asked this question before, you’re in the same position as millions of other people around the globe.
There are ways to sort through the low-quality products and get straight to the credible CBD brands and products you want to be trying.
CBD shops that carry reputable products often have lab testing associated with each product to verify their legitimacy and quality.
This should be one of the first things you check for. It can be costly and time-consuming to get lab tests, so CBD companies who go the extra mile to provide tests are usually a safer choice.
If you choose to buy products online, this can be difficult, because you never truly know where the products are coming from.
Unless the online store also provides testing and product safety information, then this at least a more positive sign that the company or website you’re purchasing from is legitimate.
It's the Wild West out there when it comes to CBD, the best weapon against all the unknowns is knowledge.
Research, research, and then research again!
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