Hello! Welcome to Zera Hemp Labs 101 where we break down the hot topics of all things hemp. From cannabinoids to hemp coffee, we are here to guide you through the hemp industry, one question at a time.
By the end of this blog, you will hopefully know enough about CBD not only to answer that Tuesday Trivia question correctly, but also be able to share your newfound knowledge with your closest friends and family members.
What are the components of the Cannabis Sativa Plant?
Two of the main components in Cannabis Sativa plants are CBD and THC.
CBD is short for cannabidiol. CBD is often touted for its calming effects. Many CBD users claim that it can help ease anxiety and depression, relieves pain, and helps promote sleep.
THC is short for delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol. This is the psychoactive ingredient that is prevalent in marijuana. THC is what gets you high.
So do both marijuana and hemp contain CBD?
While marijuana does contain CBD, it only has a small amount of it. Similarly, while hemp contains THC, it only contains a minuscule amount. For this reason, the vast majority of CBD products are derived from the hemp plant.
If a CBD product contains more than the 0.03% federal THC limit, it cannot be served over-the-counter.
Can I get high from hemp?
Thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp is now federally legal, but must contain less than 0.3% THC, which is a very slight, trace amount that has negligible effects upon ingestion. So, in short, no, you cannot get high off hemp.
That 0.3% THC level is highly debated among the industry. At the time of this article, a bill has been introduced by Senator Rand Paul to increase the 0.3% THC limit to 1% for the hemp industry.
However, we are cautious people and must warn you that people react differently to hemp and CBD. While it may not get you “high,” we encourage you to choose CBD that comes from reliable sources and is third-party tested. We also encourage you to pull out those spectacles and fully understand what products you are buying and what ingredients are contained within.
What does CBD oil do?
CBD is known for having a wide range of benefits. It can be a sleep aid, it can be used for muscle recovery, and much more.
CBD has properties that activate your serotonin receptors, allowing people to feel a sense of calm when using the products. Serotonin is the critical mood stabilizer, which is why people who have anxiety, depression, ADD, ADHD, etc have reported beneficial effects from CBD.
Oils, Gummies, and Chocolates, oh my!
You may be wondering what is the best way to consume CBD. Well, that depends on your own preferences. If you enjoy gummies, then that is a great place to start. If you are looking for a quicker hitting dose of CBD, try CBD oil droplets. If you have an isolated ache on your body, then a topical cream may do the trick.
A quick guide for you may be the length of time you want the CBD to last versus how quickly you are hoping it hits. For instance, gummies may take an hour for the CBD to absorb into your body but lasts for a more extended period. CBD oil under the tongue takes approximately thirty minutes to hit the system but may disappear faster than something digested. It is all dependent on the speed of the desired effects and length of time that you want the effects to last.
You know your body better than anyone else. If you think your body could benefit from CBD, then we recommend trying it out in whatever way you think would be best for you.
Make sure your CBD is tested! We are here to help you.
Whether or not the product has been tested is a critical factor when considering which CBD to buy and use. Since there is a limited amount of regulation on CBD products, it is essential to check that your CBD was lab tested by a third party and the lab has confirmed the quantities and ingredients in your product.
If you are looking to test your CBD products, you came to the right place! You can test your CBD products with us today. Our labs are ISO/IEC-17025:2017 accredited, ensuring that your products are accurately tested, and results are confirmed. We offer a variety of tests on any CBD-based products, including hemp flower, extracts, and manufactured products. Take a look at our menu of testing services for more information.
To wrap it up, CBD has taken its place in the national spotlight for good reason and happy users across the country are touting the benefits. Have you used CBD? Will you in the future? Let us know by interacting with us on social media: