All CBD Is Not Created Equal

CBD is getting tons of exposure these days. Which is awesome for destimgatizing the use of cannabis and for bringing cannabis use to the mainstream. However, there is a lot of unclear information about what the difference is between hemp-derived CBD and cannabis-derived CBD. I wanted to spend some time talking about it, so you have a better understanding and can make more informed choices when it comes to CBD.

Think of hemp and cannabis as sister plants. They come from the same lineage and are alike in many ways and are also different from each other.

Flower from cannabis plants can have varying levels of THC and CBD. Whereas, flower from hemp plants have less than .3%THC. (THC is the stuff that gets ya high.) Both sisters have over 100 different cannabinoids, each contributing to different medicinal and felt affects of the plant. (Flower is the term used in the cannabis industry to describe the buds that grow from the stalks of the cannabis or hemp plant. This is the plant material that is smoked as is, or processed to create other cannabis products.)

Hemp was recently removed from the Schedule 1 Narcotics list after what is known as the Farm Bill passed in 2018. This launched hemp into an unregulated market, which is why you are likely seeing CBD products literally everywhere. Gas stations, Walgreens, your local yoga studio, etc.

All CBD is not created equal.

Lemme say that again for the folks in the back, all CBD is not created equal.

If you live in a state where cannabis is still highly regulated or illegal, it is super important that you do your research and you know where your CBD products are being sourced. Find out if the company discloses that information, also ask if they are third party tested and what the cannabinoid profile is. If they are not forthcoming with that information via their packaging or website, or they can't or wont answer those questions for you, then I highly recommend you move on to a more trustworthy brand.

For those of you in a legal market, purchasing CBD from a licensed dispensary is recommended because those products are still required to abide by compliance laws, which guarantees their quality. If you're curious about the CBD that your yoga studio or local wellness store carries, the same sentiment as above applies. Do a little research first. The good brands are always delighted to share the quality of their products.

The human body has it's own endocannabinoid system. Cannabinoids (like CBD and THC) from cannabis and hemp closely resemble naturally-occurring components of this bodily system, and bond to the receptors in the human body. CBD bonds to the CB2 receptors in the brain and the belly. CBD is known to help alleviate stress, balance the hormonal system, regulate sleep, promote relaxation, and reduce pain. It is also credited with helping support mental and emotional wellness, digestive health, and headaches, among others.

There are so many varieties of ways that you can consume CBD.

I personally prefer a vape pen that is a 3:1 or 1:1 ratio of CBD to THC. I have found that small amounts of THC contribute to a more noticeable and felt sense of relaxation without the psychoactive affects (read: head high) that THC creates in higher ratios.

I know lots of people that have great success with tinctures, edibles, salves and balms, as well. The best part about cannabis becoming more mainstream is that there are so many options for people to explore whatever feels most comfortable for them.

I consume far more CBD than I do THC these days. People assume that if you work in cannabis, you must smoke a lot of weed. And that is true for some people, but for me, maintaining my commitment to a conscious relationship to the plant is my priority.

Cannabis is good for so many things but it can also be used to numb your feelings and dilute your experience. When I observe my intentions for consuming cannabis, I can start making conscious choices about how I am leveraging the power of the plant.


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