Cannabidiol, better known as CBD, is rapidly becoming popular among consumers in the United States and elsewhere.
Why are people so into CBD all of a sudden? CBD is naturally derived from a plant you may be familiar with, if by name only. CBD is one of many cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant and was recently legalized in the United States and elsewhere. People take CBD in a variety of forms: gels, tinctures gummies, topicals, etc.
Cannabis, popularly known as marijuana, is the source of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), but it is also the source of cannabidiol (CBD). Cannabis strains grown to produce THC are known as marijuana while strains grown to cultivate CBD are known as hemp. Hemp strains contain large amounts of CBD and minimal amounts of THC.
Until 2018, hemp plants were treated the same as marijuana; all cannabis plants were considered Schedule I narcotics. However, the 2018 Farm Bill changed regulations on hemp and paved the path forward for the CBD industry in the United States. Hemp plants and products containing less than or equal to 0.3% THC are now legal on the federal level. Some hemp products contain zero THC due to removal by a chemical process.
The market is still growing, but most states have legalized the manufacture and sale of hemp-derived CBD products. Some states may have restrictions on the sale of CBD, specifically if it is derived from marijuana.
The research into CBD is limited, and for this reason no medical claims can be made related to its use, unless otherwise approved of by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
While research is ongoing, Maiz Extracts recommends that consumers with questions regarding the safety of CBD oil products consult their doctor before use.
Some consumers may be worried that the use of CBD products will affect their job-related drug testing results. Though all approved CBD products contain 0.3% or less THC and will not get you high, Maiz Extracts recommends using broad spectrum or isolate CBD products for consumers who are subject to drug testing.
What's the difference between full spectrum, broad spectrum, and isolate?
- Full spectrum: Contains THC, CBD, and all other cannabinoids. Heavy use of full spectrum CBD products may result in a positive drug test (if THC is included in the drug screen).
- Broad spectrum: Contains CBD and all other cannabinoids, not including THC.
- Isolate: Contains purified CBD. No other cannabinoids or THC.