The current hemp market has recently been called the “Land of Confusion in the New Wild Wild West”. The following is a summary of some of the most popular questions we have been fielding here at the CBD Garage.
1. Is CBD Hemp Oil legal in all 50 states?
Yes! The 2014 Federal Farm Bill legalized the “cultivation of hemp for the purposes of research conducted under an agricultural pilot program designed to study the growth, cultivation, or marketing of industrial hemp”. This bill further defined industrial hemp as Cannabis sativa with a THC concentration of not more than 0.3%.
Unfortunately, cannabis as marijuana is listed as a Schedule I substance under the Controlled Substance Act. This has led to some confusion until the Farm Bill was reauthorized in 2018. The 2018 Farm Bill removed cannabis as hemp from the Controlled Substances Act and some of its regulatory burdens. The move transferred the regulation of hemp from the DEA to the FDA. Since the FDA has not yet recognized hemp derived CBD products as a dietary supplement, some states have restricted the sale of CBD Hemp Oil within their jurisdiction.
Confused, don’t be—as the FDA thus far, has not stood in the way of hemp sales and has only issued warning letters to those companies marketing CBD products to treat diseases or for other therapeutic uses. The FDA is currently taking steps to improve the efficiency of regulatory pathways for the lawful marketing of hemp derived CBD oil. So yes, CBD hemp oil can be legally sold and transported through interstate commerce as long its done in accordance with the 2018 Farm Bill.
2. Is there THC in CBD Hemp Oil?
Possibly. Hemp is defined as the plant Cannabis sativa with a THC concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis. Therefore, unless the THC is removed, or the plant is breed to contain no THC from which the product is made, it will have a limited amount of THC. This has led to the creation of three generally accepted classifications of products: Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum and Isolate CBD.
Full Spectrum refers to hemp oils that contain all the cannabinoids, including the legal amount of THC that is allowed under the 2018 Farm Bill, terpenes and flavonoids. It contains all the plant compounds available in hemp in their natural state. Broad Spectrum refers to hemp oils that contain everything but THC. The THC is removed using different processing methods such as distillation or chromatography. Isolate refers to hemp oils that contain just the cannabinoid CBD (cannabidiol) and nothing else.
3. Can I take a variety of products at once?
Sure. The key is to keep track of the amount you take of each product each day. In general, you simply add up the amount of milligrams in each product you take. However, there are subtle differences between spectrum types; full, broad and isolate and product type; tincture or capsule. Typically topical products such as salves and creams are not added into the equation, and used on an as needed basis. Be aware that topical products are absorbed by the body and may have a similar effect on the endocannabinoid system as an oral application.
The one exception is liposomes or nanoemulsified products like Quicksilver Scientific Hemp Extract. These products are very efficient! Since they bypass the digestive track and get absorbed very quickly, you only need a third of a conventional tincture. That’s means for every 3 mg of a conventional tincture or capsule you only need 1 mg of a nanoemulsified or liposomal hemp extract. These products are generally more expensive so the cost per application evens out. Many people use a traditional CBD hemp oil as a base and use the nanoemulsified intermittently as needed for immediate relief.
4. How many milligrams are in a dropper?
Unlike capsules, trying to figure out how much CBD is a dropper or pump of a tincture can be a little confusing. The milligrams of CBD in a dropper or pump are based on the volume or total amount of CBD hemp oil in the bottle and the concentration of CBD within that volume. These two factors are usually expressed as serving size. (Bring on math skills here!) The manufacturer will also create a suggested use. Unfortunately, without uniformity in the industry, these labels can still be quite confusing.
We wrote another great blog on this subject hoping to take out some the confusion surrounding the use of CBD hemp oil.
5. What is the best way to take CBD hemp oil?
There is no right answer for this question, but tinctures are, by far, the most popular way to take CBD hemp oil. If you don’t like the taste or inconvenience, capsules are a good alternative. The real key is to take the right product, in the right amount. CBD hemp oil can be taken once a day or better yet, in divided doses 2-3 times per day. It can be taken in equal divided doses or loaded to a certain time of day. There are also some products that are specifically made for nighttime. Topical products in the form of a salve or cream are a great addition to the use of tinctures or capsules to soothe achy muscles and joints.
6. How I determine the quality of what I am buying?
The CBD hemp oil industry is young. It was made possible with passage of the 2014 Farm Bill and further legitimized with the addition of the Farm Bill in 2018. Since hemp is no longer listed as a Schedule I substance under the Controlled Substance Act, there is an explosion of CBD Hemp Oil products available everywhere from supermarkets to the corner gas station.
Colorado legalized medical marijuana in 2000 and recreational marijuana in 2012. This progression of legalization is why Colorado is home to some of the best growers, extractors and formulators in the industry. Colorado is home to industry leaders setting the standards for quality, purity and reliability. Whether it’s growing hemp or marijuana or extracting THC or CBD, the companies in Colorado have been doing it longer, and with pride, better than anyone else. This is why we at the CBD Garage have handpicked the most trusted brands in Colorado—and we keep adding new ones.
Whether it’s the growing, extracting or formulating, each company we sell has a significant role in the creation of their product. This is why we don’t sell third-party or private label brands. We want you to know who is making your product. We bring you the best so you can feel your best.
Still Have Questions?
We hope this has answered your questions or perhaps lessened the confusion around CBD hemp oil. Please let us know if there are any other questions we can answer regarding CBD hemp oil or any of the excellent products we sell at the CBD Garage. Give us a call at 1-833-265-6223, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out this contact form.