The hemp industry is booming right now, and people are getting more and more interested in this incredible plant. With the increase of demand, of course, there is an increase of information about it, and it’s not always easy to decipher what is true. Here are Nutrition World’s top 10 things we think you should now about CBD and hemp.
1. What is it?
Cannabidiol or “CBD” is one of 113 cannabis compounds called phytocannabinoids other phytocannabinoids include CBC, CBN, and THC.
2. What is the difference between Hemp-CBD and Marijuana?
While hemp and marijuana may both fall under the category of cannabis plants because they contain phytocannabinoids, the difference really comes from the different phyto-constituent profiles that make them up. Typically hemp will be a better source of CBD and less THC than marijuana.
3. Will I get high or stoned taking CBD?
No, CBD does not have any psychoactive effect. In fact, CBD can actually diminish the psychoactive effects of THC; the cannabinoid that causes the psychoactive effect.
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4. What about Legality?
Because of the recent 2018 Farm Bill, hemp has been permanently removed from the Controlled Substances Act. It is not classified as a controlled substance, like marijuana.
Redefining the law to include “extracts, cannabinoids and derivatives” means that hemp derived CBD is considered legal on a federal level.
What is not legal is any supplement containing more than 0.3% THC as well as transport for the purpose of interstate commerce.
5. Will I pass a drug test?
The hard and fast answer is NO. While it is unlikely, there is no way to guarantee passing a drug test while taking hemp extract products. Outdated tests, testing for derivatives common to other cannabinoids, dosage/weight calculations all mean it is possible that anyone fails a drug test, even with CBD extracts.
6. What is cannabidiol used for?
CBD is being studied as well as pharmaceutically prepared for many different medicinal effects.
The category of application seems to circle around CBD’s neurological effects and may include such benefits as relief from inflammation, pain, anxiety, psychosis, seizures, and spasms.
Scientific and clinical research (much sponsored by the us government) is underway to understand CBD’s potential as a treatment for conditions including arthritis, diabetes, alcoholism, MS, chronic pain, schizophrenia, PTSD, depression, antibiotic-resistant infections, epilepsy, and other neurological disorders.
The government, in fact, holds a patent for it #6630507 describing many different beneficial effects it has.
For question regarding whether or not you should use CBD for your current condition, please consult your doctor. For questions concerning the use of CBD for general health and wellbeing, don’t hesitate to ask one of our knowledgeable staff members.
7. What to consider when purchasing a CBD product.
-Purity: hemp products run the risk of contamination by solvents, heavy metals, fungus, and pesticides. It’s important to verify by way of 3rd party analysis.
-Identity: not all “hemp extracts” have the same profile. Inquiry about whether or not products have had 3rd analysis verifying that the contain what you want or what the claim in terms of potency and ingredients.
-Cost/strength benefit: Knowing the quantity of active ingredient allow you to get the most for your money. Don’t over pay.
Nutrition World is careful to vet all of the hemp related products we currently carry. Purity and Identity are our primary concern. For more info or other questions concerning our criteria for products and help selecting the right product for you please don’t hesitate to consult an employee.
8. CBD’s mechanisms for effect.
The scientific literature has identified more than 65 molecular targets of CBD.
Although CBD has little binding affinity for either of the two cannabinoid receptors (CB1-antagonist and CB2-agonist), cannabidiol modulates several non-cannabinoid receptors and ion channels. CBD also acts through various receptor-independent pathways.
Here are some of the ways that CBD confers its manifold therapeutic effects.
– CBD directly activates the 5-HT1A (hydroxytryptamine) serotonin receptor.
– CBD binds to vanilloid receptors, most interestingly TRPV1 which is known to mediate pain perception, inflammation and body temperature.
– Some studies indicate that CBD functions as an antagonist that blocks, or deactivates, another G protein-coupled receptor known as GPR55 “orphan receptor”. It is involved in modulating blood pressure and bone density, among other physiological processes.
– CBD may active PPARs (peroxisome proliferator activated receptors). PPAR-gamma activation degrades amyloid-beta plaque, and also regulates genes that are involved in energy homeostasis, lipid uptake, insulin sensitivity, and other metabolic functions.
For more check out Project CBD’s “How CBD Works” here.
9. Contraindications with other medication
In short, CBD may of some interactions with a class of drugs metabolized by cytochrome P450 enzyme pathway. These are the class of drug that come with the warning “Don’t drink grapefruit juice when taking “this” medication, unless advised to by your doctor.
For more information regarding whether or not your medication can be taken with CBD, please consult your doctor or pharmacist. For information regarding specifics on contraindications associated with CBD use please talk to a Nutrition World employee.
10. Where can I find more information?
“The Realm of Caring” not only has a library of information concerning CBD and its use for treating various conditions, but also dosing assistance, and practitioner reference.
“Project CBD” is your database for all inquiries concerning CBD.