What Is Legal Hemp-Based CBD?
So you’re interested in CBD but don’t know much about it? You’ve come to the right place! We’ve created a guide to answer some of the most common questions surrounding CBD, cannabis, and the incredible effects it can have on your body.
What is the Cannabis Plant?
Let’s first begin with the cannabis plant. Cannabis is a special type of plant that produces hundreds of chemicals called cannabinoids. CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) are 2 of the most common cannabinoids produced by the plant.
THC vs CBD
Like any plant, there are many different species of cannabis—with hemp being a strain that contains less than .3% of the psychoactive compound THC. Any strain of cannabis that contains more than .3% THC is not considered hemp.
What’s interesting is that the human body also produces its own version called endocannabinoids that help keep our entire body in a healthy balance.
Let’s get a bit technical here for a minute. The human body also produces its own cannabinoids that interact with your endocannabinoid system through CB receptors, which is what keeps our body internally balanced. It works at the cellular level to manage our temperature, pH, and hormones as well as boost our memory, minimize pain and inflammation, improve sleep, increase appetite, and much more.
Is CBD Hemp Legal?
The debate for legalizing marijuana for medical and recreational purposes continues, but CBD is not part of this debate. In fact, hemp-based CBD products are legal in all 50 states—both for direct sale and online sales. Here is everything you need to know.
2018 Farm Bill
Thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp is now legal to farm in the United States—making hemp-based CBD products also legal. However, hemp is a diverse crop that can be farmed to create a variety of products including oil, extracts, paper, clothing, textiles, non-dairy milk and protein, and more. So, CBD is legal in all 50 states, while THC is what is up for debate. However, you must check your school, company policy, or sports program regulations to see if the use of hemp-derived CBD is prohibited.
Will CBD Get Me High?
THC is the psychoactive agent that gets you high, not CBD. With a maximum of .3% THC in hemp you can rest assured that you can go about your day without any cognitive impairment. CBD will not get you high.
Where things can get tricky is if you live in a state where marijuana and THC products are legal. While the demand for hemp-based CBD products continues to grow, most pot shops sell THC products—so you will need to learn to read the labels and to ask the right questions. Don’t be fooled though, because even low-THC products can get you high. This is one of the reasons that many head online to buy their CBD. This includes tinctures, topicals, edibles, supplements, beverages, vapes, beauty products, and more.
Will CBD Show Up On A Drug Test?
Common drug tests do not test for CBD, only THC. The likelihood of CBD products showing up on a drug test is extremely low, but it is not impossible. There is still .3% THC in hemp products so those who use multiple daily servings may not pass their drug test. Again, if your school, company, or employer restricts the use of hemp-based CBD it may not be worth the risk.
Is CBD Addictive?
No, CBD is not addictive. You can start and stop taking it at any time without worry of cravings or withdrawals—just like any other pure nutritional supplement. You can take it daily as suggested by the product directions or by your physician, or you can turn to CBD as needed. Like on a high-stress day when you need to relax and unwind.
Pills vs CBD
Unlike over-the-counter pills and prescription medications, hemp is a naturally occurring plant so side effects are extremely rare, and mild—dry mouth, drowsiness, and an upset stomach. Long term-use of pharmaceutical drugs like anti-inflammatories can lead to critical liver or kidney issues and everything from sleeping pills to pain pills can be addictive. These worries are eliminated with CBD.
What Should You Look For In A CBD Product?
Now that you understand the benefits of hemp-based CBD products, you want to find a company who is committed to high quality products. Stone & Leaf does our homework to ensure that every brand we showcase cares about their product, the customer, and the environment. We select companies who are fully transparent, including the purity of their products. This means that no pesticides are used during farming, that THC levels are tested by an unbiased third party, and that additives for color, flavor and function are made from the highest quality ingredients.
To ensure you have products that are convenient and easy to use we have a variety of options to choose from—and are always looking for new ways to enhance your CBD experience. Take a moment to browse our options now!