Hemp has been a part of agricultural traditions across the world for centuries. Despite its longstanding connection with humankind, today it is a plant that is approached with caution and misconception. However, with the recent passage of the 2014 and 2018 Farm Bills, industrial hemp is now legal to grow, cultivate, and own in the United States. That means that Americans are establishing a new relationship with hemp and its derivatives, like CBD.
Here at Medimorphic, we want our customers to have a detailed understanding of our CBD products and their origins so they can make the right purchases for them. To make sure you are comfortable with CBD and hemp, we thought we’d bust six of the most common hemp myths.
#1: All Hemp is the Same
Despite sharing the same name, there are dozens of different kinds of hemp. In fact, there’s an estimated 400 different strains of hemp. Each strain has different physical characteristics, like longer stalks, fewer leaves or longer or shorter germination periods. Naturally, each unique hemp strain has its own unique CBD strain that can be derived from it. Similarly, the other related cannabinoids that are derived from a unique strain of hemp could influence the effects of the CBD product, especially if it’s a full-spectrum product as opposed to an isolate.
Be wary of CBD companies that claim to use the same CBD or hemp as everyone else. The fact is that few CBD companies source their industrial grown hemp from the same farm, and likely do not extract CBD in the same way.
#2: Full-Spectrum and Isolate CBD are the Same
Just as there are different strains of hemp, there are different kinds of CBD. Typically, you’ll find CBD products that are either full-spectrum or an isolate. There are distinct differences between these two kinds of products.
Within a cannabis plant are hundreds of individual cannabinoids and other compounds. When a product says that it is "full-spectrum," that means it contains CBD and all of those other compounds. These products are minimally refined and may be referred to as "whole plant." Some research suggests that when these cannabinoids are allowed to interact with each other in a product, they may help you to experience the "entourage effect." Essentially, scientists argue that these compounds are more effective when they are allowed to work together.
CBD isolates, on the other hand, are as they sound. Generally, CBD isolates are labeled as being 99% or more pure and are blended with a carrier like an MCT oil. On its own, the CBD isolate is often just a white powder. It’s the carrier that makes it useful and allows it to be absorbed by the skin, tongue, or consumed as a capsule. Isolates are ideal for those looking to gain the potentially healing effects of a pure dose of CBD.
#3: Hemp Derived CBD Can Get You High
Perhaps stemming from the misconception that cannabis is marijuana, many assume that CBD and hemp products can get you "high" like marijuana and THC products. However, CBD and THC are two separate compounds, both of which can be found in varying amounts in any cannabis plant. Within marijuana, you’ll find a high concentration of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). This is the compound that leaves you feeling "stoned" after using it thanks to its psychoactive properties. However, CBD actually counteracts these effects. You’ll find a higher concentration of CBD within hemp, and only minimal amounts of THC. Indeed, when processed, many hemp-based products contain less than one percent of THC, but will always be rich in CBD.
To keep it brief, using a CBD product cannot get you high.
#4: You Need A Prescription to Use CBD Products
Changing legislation at the state level has brought cannabis into the national spotlight. In particular, medical marijuana has been a regular topic of conversation as it slowly becomes legal in more states. Perhaps because of the confusion between marijuana and hemp, many believe that CBD is only available for medical uses. In reality, hemp oil does not require a prescription of any kind, and it is legal to purchase and use in all 50 states.
While you do not need a prescription to use CBD, it’s advisable to meet with your doctor before you begin using a hemp-based product to ensure it does not negatively interact with any other medications you might be taking.
#5: Hemp and CBD is Illegal
It’s important to remember that not all cannabis plants and products are illegal. While marijuana may be legal for purchase and use in individual states, it is illegal at the federal level. That said, recent changes in legislation have made industrial hemp legal for use in the U.S. According to the 2014 and 2018 Farm Bills, industrial hemp with a THC percentage of 0.3% or less is legal for cultivation and use. That means you can purchase any hemp-derived CBD and use it legally no matter where you live in the U.S.
That said, you need to be careful with what kind of CBD products you’re purchasing. Depending on how your state classifies marijuana, it may be illegal to purchase marijuana-derived CBD products. To ensure that you’re not breaking any laws, familiarize yourself with your state’s marijuana laws. To avoid this problem entirely, make sure you only purchase hemp-derived CBD products.
#6: You Need to Take a Lot of CBD to Feel Any Effects
This may be true for some but isn’t always the case. In reality, everyone reacts to CBD differently and based on your body morphology, your gender, your demeanor, as well as your genetic disposition, you may react to CBD differently than a friend or even a family member. While some might need to take several doses of a CBD product to start to feel anything, others only need to take a small amount. Once you’ve met with your doctor about taking CBD, you’ll need to find the perfect dosage of CBD for you and to achieve your desired results.
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