There are two kinds of oil produced by the hemp plant. It is important to understand the differences.
The first and currently most popular oil is the CBD oil which is extracted from the greenery portion of the plant.
CBD is called the Farmaceutical oil because of its healing properties as a supplement.
The second is the Hemp Seed oil which is food grade oil extracted from the hemp seed.
This is Food Grade oil already being called a superfood. We’ll have a different discussion about this oil.
It is important not to get the oils confused from deceptive labeling because hemp seed oil has very little (if any) CBD and CBD oil has little nutritional value.
There is a lot of hype around CBD these days and with the hype comes many people trying to make a fast buck at the expense of others.
Amazon has banned the sales of “CBD” earlier this year so everyone rebranded their products. Many have deceivingly relabeled them as “Hemp Oil” or Hemp Extract to get around the Amazon rules. Be careful out there because it is the Wild Wild West.
CBD Buyer Rules and knowledge share:
- Tell your doctor you are taking CBD because it CAN make your existing synthetic medications work better. By working with your Doctor, you _may_ be able to reduce the dosage of the synthetic medicine or even completely illuminate it, but only with and under your Doctor’s guidance.
- Start at a low dose. Pay attention to your body and health and take ownership of it. Titrate (step) up after a few days to a week at a certain level until you realize the result you desire. Be observant, conservative and patient. This way you will pay only for the supplement that is actually working for you.
- Take or apply it consistently. Like anything it takes time to get in the system and start working. Be consistent for best results.
- Take a break. Because our bodies adapt to the environment they are exposed to, they get used to medications and supplements. Take a small break every month or so for a few days to a week to “reboot” the body in support of biological confusion. Like muscle confusion (exercising different muscles at different times), that provides better overall strength, it only makes sense that biological confusion keeps cellular activity at peak levels. Do this by taking an occasional break.
What to watch out for:
- There are many products making claims that are simply not true. Take away - Make sure you know the people selling, processing and growing your CBD products.
- Some products even claim they have CBD in them when in fact there is NONE. – Take away – Confirm the CBD content stated on the label by cross checking with the lab results. Providers of integrity will make their lab tests known to the public, which helps protect the public.
- Anyone can stand up an extraction lab and make their own CBD. Not everyone is qualified to do this safely and has the experience to make sure the products are safe for the public. Take away – Source you CBD from companies that have a proven track record and lab tests to back it up. (Our lab is 4 years old!)
- To get the full benefit of what the plant’s Farmaceuticals’ have to offer, make sure to use only products that are “Full Plant Extract (FPE)”. Isolate CBD allows people to achieve higher doses (1,000mg and up). While there is nothing wrong with CBD Isolate, using a product that has the entire plant’s spectrum of components provides what the scientists call the “Entourage Effect” where all the components work better together. Take away – Make sure your provider uses the Full Plant and not just CBD Isolate.
Is there THC in CBD? – Commonly yes, especially in full spectrum CBD. But extracted correctly it is under the legal limit of .3% so you cannot get high. A Marijuana cigarette has 15-20% THC. There are some brands with 0% THC, but they are harder to find and cost more.
- Will I fail a drug test using CBD products? - YES YOU CAN IF YOU ARE TAKING FULL SPECTRUM AND ARE NOT ABLE TO METABOLIZE WHAT LITTLE THC IS IN THE PRODUCT. Drug testing depends on a couple things. If the lab doing the drug test tests for JUST the THC Cannabinoid or for ALL Cannabinoids. If they test for all your chances of testing high go up. If you are active with a low percentage of body fat you may metabolize what little THC and be fine but again, it depends on what the lab is really testing for. Drug tests need to be changed to only test for THC and none of the other components that you can’t get high on anyway.
- Can I take too much? – Government studies subjected humans up to 7 grams per day of CBD and little to no side effects or overdosing. (See government studies under US patent #6630507)
- Are there side effects from taking CBD? – Many experience a slight calming effect which may be why it is so popular for anxiety and insomnia. There is no “high” like with THC.