Top 5 things you should know about CBD
As popularity for this product explodes across the world it is important that you know exactly what is, where it comes from and how to tell if yours is legit or not. Not all Hemp is created equal and not every CBD company operates under the same guidelines. This is something we at Easy Day pay particular interest to. After a lifetime operating at the forefront of our nation's wars, It is with great honor we hold the line for our customers in offering them "America's Trusted Hemp."
1. What is CBD?
CBD or cannabidiol is just one of over 80 cannabinoids found within the Hemp Plant. Some other cannabinoids include CBN, CBG, THC and more, each one with its one reported benefits. CBD currently is being sold in 3 different forms across the nation and in hemp friendly countries across the world.
3 forms of CBD :
- Isolate: Just CBD that has been isolated to it's purest form. (white powder)
- Broad Spectrum: Contains CBD, as well as many of the other cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids found in the Hemp Plant. Broad Spectrum's have had the cannabinoid THC selectively removed through additional processes.
- Full Spectrum: Contains all of the cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids found within the plant to include THC up to 0.3% as allowed by law. All Full spectrum's must be below the 0.3% line to be compliant with the 2018 Farm Bill and remain federally legal within the USA.
2. Is Hemp Marijuana?
No, Hemp is a Cannabis Sativa
Although both are forms of Cannabis. There is still some confusion as to what Hemp is and where is fall within the cannabis family. Many confuse the well-known marijuana plant for the now federally legal Industrial Hemp plant. They are both members of the Cannabis family, with marijuana having 3 distinct types. Indica, Sativa, and Ruderalis. Marijuana is being legally sold in many states across the United States as more and more local governments open their doors to the medicinal, and monetary benefits of allowing free people to use the plants.
Hemp, however, comes from the Cannabis Sativa plant and is defined by its high concentration of the cannabinoid CBD. Similarly, the most defining characteristic and the one making it federally legal is its low level of THC. THC being another cannabinoid also found in marijuana, albeit at much higher doses by comparison. This is also the cannabinoid tested for in drug screens.
Industrial Hemp Characteristics
- High CBD
- Low levels of THC 0.3%
- Federally Legal
- From the Cannabis Sativa Plant
3. Will you Fail a Drug Screen?
Brand Transparency Matters
Legally speaking, no company selling these products will claim that any customer will or will not pass or fail a drug screen when taking CBD. Drug Screens test for the Cannabinoid THC, and is found in trace amounts in Full Spectrum CBD products. For those that have concerns about drug testing and want to partake in a CBD regime many will choose an isolate or broad-spectrum product. These have had THC removed and when tested by a 3rd party resulted in a "non-detect."
What can cause a false positive:
- Some OTC or prescription medications(ibuprofen, naproxen, PPI's)
- Passive marijuana inhalation
4. What is 3rd Party Testing
3rd Party Testing has become the standard for CBD brands wanting to show customers they are serious about maintaining high quality standards. Firstly, this practice offers customers security in knowing that products they are buying contain at least the amount of CBD advertised. Also allowing them to see they are free of contaminants, pesticides and are not being put at unnecessary risk. Trustworthy companies will offer lab results to customers when asked or make them easily accessible across their website.
Standard tests conducted:
- Potency ( tests levels off all cannabinoids in product)
- Residual Pesticides (ensure product is pesticide free)
- Residual Solvents (clear of any solvents)
- Heavy Metals (free of heavy metals)
- Terpenes (sometimes done in broad or full spectrum products)
5. Will CBD make you High?
No, CBD is non-psychoactive
A common misconception among those new to CBD and the Hemp space. Stemming from the confusion surrounding both marijuana and hemp after decades of misinformation targeting cannabis as evil, a stigma we seek to annihilate. The plant can offer much to those seeking to explore natural options. CBD derived from hemp does not make you high, the high feeling is a reaction relative to the cannabinoid THC. Even with full-spectrum products, THC levels are minute, testing 0.3%. Hemp is a non-psychoactive plant, a fact often confused.
- Hemp-Derived CBD will not make you high
- The cannabinoid THC is responsible for the high feeling in marijuana
- Hemp Contains 0.3% THC and is nonpsychoactive