It can be a bit confusing when you are first learning about CBD. There are many things to go over such as regulations, types of CBD products, differences between them, and so forth. Fortunately, we are here to help guide you. We cover the top 5 most common questions that people have in regards to CBD below.
1. What is CBD?
CBD stands for cannabidiol which is an oil found in the flower of the cannabis plant. All varieties of cannabis produce compounds known as cannabinoids that interact with our body’s natural endocannabinoid system or ECS. Each cannabinoid interacts with our ECS in its own unique way, producing a different response. Find out more about CBD and how it works with our endocannabinoid system here. Two of the most well-known cannabinoids are THC and CBD but our body’s response to these cannabinoid cousins is very different. CBD doesn’t produce a psychoactive response from our bodies like THC and its legality makes it even more appealing to consumers.
2. What is the Difference Between Hemp and Marijuana?
Explaining the difference between these two doesn’t have to be confusing. However, social misconceptions about cannabis have made this topic a big challenge to overcome in the CBD industry. The main reason for the confusion is that hemp and marijuana are both members of the same family: cannabis.
The cannabis family has many varieties, some more controversial than others. Like our own families, each member has their own personality and unique qualities. Normally none of this should matter but in this case, choosing the wrong variety can get you in trouble at work and with the law.
Technically speaking, the key difference lies in the number of cannabinoids produced by each variety. Hemp produces high amounts of CBD and low amounts of THC, less than 0.03%. Marijuana has greater than 0.03% THC content which is why it elicits a psychoactive response from our bodies. Legally speaking, a variety’s THC content is the determining factor with 0.03% being the line between legal and illegal. Hemp naturally has more CBD than THC which makes it the primary source of domestically produced CBD.
3. Who to Trust for CBD?
With CBD, it can be easy to trust the brand that is more expensive since a higher price is usually attributed to a higher quality product. But, that should not be the only factor to consider when determining when to trust a brand. Be sure to look at the quality of the CBD since there are many factors that attribute to a high-quality CBD product. Does the quality of the CBD compare to the price? Does the company have third-party testing and a Certificate of Analysis on each batch? Where was the hemp produced? Was the hemp grown here in the US? You can easily find the answers to all of these questions on any reputable company’s website. Learn about more ways to determine who to trust for CBD here.
4. How Do I Know What I’m Getting?
One of the most common CBD questions. Do your homework! Go to the companies website and be on the lookout for a Certificate of Analysis (COA). A COA is a report from a third-party lab that serves as a fingerprint to the quality of CBD in a product. It provides a full composition of the CBD product that was analyzed so you can see the concentrations of each cannabinoid and will also list the amounts of unwanted materials present. The other thing to consider is the concentration of CBD oil. Learn more about CBD quality here!
5. What Are the Different Types of CBD Oil?
Knowing what type of CBD oil you need will help you achieve the maximum results you are seeking. CBD oil is grouped by what compounds are present after each stage of the distillation process. There are three types: full-spectrum oil, broad-spectrum oil, and isolate.
Full Spectrum Oil
Full-spectrum oil is what surfaces after the first step of distillation. This is the most natural form of CBD and has small amounts of THC, but not enough to elicit a psychoactive response.
Broad-spectrum oil is what is produced after another step of the distillation process. This form of CBD has had most of the THC removed, so you should go for this option if you are worried about your CBD containing THC.
Isolate is what is left at the end of the distillation process. This is the purest form of CBD and is a powder in its natural state. We go more in-depth on these three types of CBD oil here.
If you have any more questions about CBD, first check out our FAQ page where we try to cover most questions! If you don’t see an answer to your questions, feel free to contact us at any time.