What is CBD anyway?
When it comes to society's CBD Perception, you may be among many. You’ve always considered yourself a pretty savvy parent, guiding your kids somewhat peacefully through their pre-pubescent years. You smiled as they approached their long-awaited teen years, feeling pretty secure “you’ve got this!” You’ve read and practically memorized important information on recreational drugs. You believe your kids may have tried some stuff, but they’re not addicted. Whew! You’re almost home free! But wait. What’s this? CBD? Is this another drug? You hear the kids talk about it … openly. You’re sure they’re using it. No! “Where did this come from? What do I do now?”
The best thing you can do is learn to speak their language – especially when CBD (Cannabidiol) is an important part of their lingo. There’s plenty of information ‘out there’ about CBD – some good, some not so good. If you’re new to the world of CBD hemp products, you can become confused and mis-informed, quickly! Is it Marijuana? Is it psychoactive? Is it addictive? The answers are no, no, and no. Here are four simple but important steps you can take to help get you up to speed.
How to Buy the Best CBD and Hemp Products for Yourself
- Listen to the Experts
Mary Carter, CBD expert and owner of several Carolina Hemp Hut locations (www.carolinahemphut.com) assures that CBD “is a naturally occurring compound found in the resinous flower of cannabis, a plant with a rich history as a medicine, going back thousands of years.” It is actually just one of more than 100 cannabinoids found throughout the stalks, seeds, and flowers of cannabis plants, such as hemp. Mary confirms that CBD is NOT psychoactive like its cannabis cousin, THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). This means that people will enjoy the many benefits of CBD and be confident it falls under the maximum legal limit of 0.3% THC. The THC concern alone has created a CBD perception which may be negative.
Let’s take a look at some facts and fiction. The anti-CBD crowd will try to assure you that CBD hasn’t shown to be helpful in any health condition. Not true, moms and dads. Katie MacBride ([email protected]), a journalist, essayist, and editor, expertly covers drug policy, health, politics, gender, and the arts. She writes in the online magazine, healthline: “Last summer, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approved Epidiolex, a CBD-based medication for seizure disorders that are difficult to treat. It’s the first cannabis-based (in this case, CBD-based) medication to get the agency’s approval since cannabis became a Schedule 1 drug in 1970.” So, what does “Schedule 1 drug” mean? A drug placed in this category - according to the federal government - means the drug has no medical value. “Yet,” Ms. MacBride writes, “the results of the clinical trials of this CBD-based medication were so compelling that the FDA was forced to approve it.”
- Understand the Hemp and CBD Connection
But let’s backtrack a bit and take a look at hemp. What exactly is it? Wikipedia tells us hemp is a strain of the cannabis sativa plant species and one of the first plants that was spun into usable fiber … some 10,000 years ago! Hemp shows up in many commercial items, including paper, textiles, clothing, biodegradable plastics, paint, insulation, biofuel, food and animal feed. Since Hemp and Cannabis in general are often confused, it can create a CBD myth which causes concern for many.
So, what’s the real hemp/CBD connection? Well, we already know hemp is a strain of the ‘cannabis sativa’ plant species. Although cannabis (the drug) and industrial hemp both derive from cannabis sativa and contain the psychoactive component tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), they are distinct strains with unique compositions and uses. Unlike cannabis, hemp has lower concentrations of THC and higher concentrations of cannabidiol (CBD). In short, neither hemp nor CBD will get you high. May I repeat: NEITHER HEMP NOR CBD WILL GET YOU HIGH! Mary Carter adds that CBD is extracted from a natural source, the hemp plant. “It’s a biological and holistic remedy in the eyes of many consumers.”
- Learn About the Health Benefits of CBD
Substantial research shows the main component of CBD is the health benefit. Research also shows how CBD helps treat conditions such as nausea, seizures, inflammation, anxiety, certain types of cancers, and much more. When people can choose a natural solution vs a pharmaceutical, most tend to choose the natural solution first, when they know the product is accessible. Currently, due to the Myths and CBD perception as "weed", it makes it tougher to accept for many. Ms. Carter says it’s a very good idea to consult with a physician or even a pharmacist when taking CBD. She adds that CBD “is readily available in various formats, including ingestible, such as gummies; drops, topicals, and vaporizers.”
- Buy Only from an Experienced, Trusted Source
Mary Carter says when seeking CBD products, “there are a few simple aspects to consider before making a smart purchase, including isolates, full spectrum and broad spectrum.” Sound complicated? Not to worry. She invites moms, dads and people of any age to attend a comprehensive free class at the Carolina Hemp Hut’s Hillsborough store held the first Wednesday of every month at 6 pm. Mary assures that all Carolina Hemp Hut products are fully tested, and third-party results are always available for Carolina Hemp Hut products. “We won’t stock any product in our stores that does not meet testing guidelines. We never pressure anyone to buy CBD. We do offer solid advice on choosing Cannabinoids wisely.” If you want to learn more about CBD and get on the same page with your kids, give Carolina Hemp Hut a try.