Cannabis is a versatile plant, with so many uses. From paper and clothing to smokable products, cannabidiol (CBD), and even THC, a psychoactive drug, the uses are numerous, and difficult to understand without some research. This article is meant to provide a very brief course on what to look for when you’re shopping for hemp.
First, let’s be clear on what we are talking about. This article isn’t going to discuss the delta 9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) versions of cannabis. Those products are federally illegal, and are not legal to grow at our farm in North Carolina. We do not produce anything that has greater than .3% Delta 9 THC. We also do not produce any fiber products, such as paper, clothing, etc. We only deal with CBD products at this time.
So now that we know what we are dealing with, let’s discuss CBD. Cannabidiol is one of the cannabinoids that can be found in full-spectrum cannabis products, as well as products that specifically isolate this molecule. While we cannot make medical claims about what CBD does in the body, we do make reference to other articles that discuss ongoing research into CBD. A good example is this article from Harvard, quoted below:
CBD has been touted for a wide variety of health issues, but the strongest scientific evidence is for its effectiveness in treating some of the cruelest childhood epilepsy syndromes, such as Davet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS), which typically don’t respond to anti-seizure medications. In numerous studies, CBD was able to reduce the number of seizures, and in some cases it was able to stop them altogether. Videos of the effects of CBD on these children and their seizures are readily available on the Internet for viewing, and they are quite striking. Recently the FDA approved the first ever cannabis-derived medicine for these conditions, Epidiolex, which contains CBD.
CBD is commonly used to address anxiety, and for patients who suffer through the misery of insomnia, studies suggest that CBD may help with both falling asleep and staying asleep.
CBD may offer an option for treating different types of chronic pain. A study from the European Journal of Pain showed, using an animal model, CBD applied on the skin could help lower pain and inflammation due to arthritis. Another study demonstrated the mechanism by which CBD inhibits inflammatory and neuropathic pain, two of the most difficult types of chronic pain to treat. More study in humans is needed in this area to substantiate the claims of CBD proponents about pain control.https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/cannabidiol-cbd-what-we-know-and-what-we-dont-2018082414476
So there are studies ongoing into CBD, and what effects it has on the human body. Speaking strictly about customers who have reported back to us, it certainly seems to have a positive effect with regard to being a good sleep aid, and assisting with symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease. There have also been some promising studies surrounding CBD and Covid.
Many people are looking for more natural ways of maintaining their health. Diet and exercise go a long way towards reducing the need for many drugs. Wouldn’t it be great if other natural products could reduce dependence on pharmaceutical drugs, and enhance people’s lives in a more holistic way?
Here are some things to look out for when buying CBD:
- Be sure to look on the website for full-panel tests-
- This lets you see directly what is in the product, and shows if there are harmful metals or microbes
- Look for a QR code or other link on the product to link back to the test results. This has become pretty common.
- Buy the right concentration. There is no need to buy a stronger, more expensive concentration if the less concentrated version is effective for you
- It is okay to ask questions! Ask where the products were made, processed, etc.
- Look for whether the oil is full-spectrum, isolate, etc.
- Full spectrum has the entire range of cannabinoids and terpenes
- Isolate has only the cannabinoid that you are purchasing, and nothing else (No THC at all, no terpenes, etc.)
- If you are drug tested, be sure to not take full-spectrum CBD (And be cautious of any cannabis products, even isolate)