We’re always hearing people ask “what is CBD“? Or “is it marijuana? Does it get you high”? So with all the misinformation and myths out there surrounding CBD or Cannabidiol, we wanted to answer a few questions we hear quite often. Here are 11 of the most frequently asked questions about CBD.
1. How does the body metabolize CBD when taken orally?
When you consume CBD your body, the liver, to be precise, converts it into an analogous compound called 7-hydroxy-CBD. In traces, 6-OH-CBD may also form, and scientists have yet to study these compounds and what actually converts them.
2. Will I come off as positive on a drug test when using CBD as medicine?
People do fail drug tests when they medicate with CBD, even though they do not experience any mind-altering effects of it while using it. Tests do focus on identifying THC in the body and not CBD so one might think there shouldn’t be any problem. However, if you medicate with CBD-rich cannabis that has a small amount of THC, the THC may register on the drug test.
3. How to produce high-quality CBD oil?
In order for you to extract cannabis oil that will have its CBD compound dominant, you have to have a strain that prevails in CBD, to begin with. If you’re making cannabis oil by extracting with butane and hexane or other neurotoxic solvents, your oil may be dangerous because of its residue. These chemicals interfere with immune function and may slow down healing which is the opposite of what you’re trying to do.
Try CO2 extraction instead, which is non-toxic and produces high-quality oil, however, you will need to do a significant amount of research and gather enough expertise in order to do so. If you’re looking for something easier, homemade CBD oil is usually made by using safer solvents, such as ethanol. According to researchers, you can even extract cannabis oil by using olive oil.
4. If CBD is non-psychoactive, does that mean it is legal?
The cultivation of industrial hemp was legalized with the 2018 Farm Bill in the United States. With this, many derivatives of hemp (CBD included) were removed from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Controlled Substances Act lists, previously listed as drugs. Namely, industrial hemp is a plant related to cannabis but contains less than 0.3 percent THC and a much higher CBD percentage.
On the other hand, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had CBD listed as a pharmaceutical drug and has approved it (Epidiolex) for the treatment of two forms of pediatric epilepsy. But they still claim it is illegal to be sold in a form of CBD derivatives and as a dietary supplement. Additionally, the DEA retains full jurisdiction over any products based on CBD (or cannabis with more than 0.3% of THC), which makes the plant and all the products based on it illegal under the U.S. federal law.
5. Will juicing cannabis provide me with enough CBD?
When you are juicing or ingesting the plant raw in any other form, you are consuming CBD, THC and the other cannabinoids in their acid form which your body cannot absorb and digest at all. See, a CBD-rich strain contains CBD-acid (CBDA), which, when heated, becomes CBD. Same goes with the THCA (THC-acid) which becomes THC when heated in any way. So, to completely reap the benefits of your CBD-rich strain you should heat it and extract it like that.
6. How to obtain CBD-rich remedies if I’m living in a state where medical marijuana is not yet legal?
Colorado and Washington are the U.S. places where you can legally obtain medical marijuana for personal use for those 21 years or older. Be careful though, because if you’re traveling with it, you are breaking federal law under which marijuana is still illegal. Also, you can find CBD-based products in California too so long you have a valid medical cannabis recommendation letter from a California physician.
7. Cooking with CBD. How do I make CBD edibles?
Just as you would do marijuana edibles that usually prevail with THC, you can make CBD edibles by extracting the Cannabidiol and infuse it into olive oil, coconut oil, butter or ghee. This infusion will make it easier for you to cook with CBD. You can even use tools like the Magical Butter Machine in order to make cannabis-rich butter and consume it in everything. There are plenty of recipes that will make cooking with cannabis and CBD in particular very easy, and they are all over the internet.
8. Cannabis Vs. Hemp. Which CBD is better?
Industrial hemp contains far less cannabidiol (CBD) than cannabis strains that are dominant in CBD. Generally, CBD oils and extracts that are made from whole plant cannabis are superior to those of hemp because of their higher quality and better safety profile. Also, a hemp-derived CBD product of any kind lacks critical medicinal terpenes and secondary cannabinoids found in cannabis oil that interact with CBD and THC to enhance their medicinal benefits.
9. Can I smoke or consume hemp to get enough CBD to medicate?
Hemp fiber and seeds do contain more CBD than THC, but when compared to cannabis, hemp’s CBD profile is far from optimal and rather low. Hemp is good for other uses in the industry, but when it comes medicating with CBD, you should stick to cannabis.
10. Can you increase CBD content when growing cannabis?
If your plant lacks the right genes, you cannot make it CBD-dominant by environmental manipulation despite popular belief. This is because the THC, CBD and other profile and content of the other cannabinoids in marijuana are predetermined genetically. However, you as a grower can influence the overall content of all cannabinoids by changing and manipulating the temperature, light, water acidity, and nutrients.
11. Are CBD-dominant strains different to grow than THC-rich ones?
Generally, no, the answer is that they are the same. So the growing techniques you’d normally apply to TCH-rich you should apply to CBD-rich cannabis too. The only difference may be the harvesting time where you’d want to harvest your buds a couple of weeks earlier than you normally would with THC strains, for a somewhat higher CBD content.