Not All CBD is Created Equal

Many people are curious about this new supplement that seems to be hitting them from all sides in the media right now. Some see articles claiming it as a wonder drug, and others that portray it as a charlatan’s placebo. So, what does this mean for you, inquisitive reader? Unfortunately for the consumer as well as the good name of Cannabidiol, not all CBD is created equal. Due to the government’s reluctance to perform clinical trials and approval from the FDA there are a few large issues the common public faces when looking for a product to supplement their CBD needs, and just to be clear everyone can benefit from CBD. Like many vitamins and supplements on the market, there is no real standard or regulations placed on what a company can put in a bottle and slap a CBD label on so we have to be careful not to pay an exorbitant price for snake oil. There are, however, some drastic consequences for not doing your homework if you, dear reader, are looking to get started with a CBD regimen that could potentially have harmful effects as opposed to the wonderful results I have personally experienced.

First let’s start with the boring scientific part and go into a little detail on what exactly CBD is and what it does for the human body. I’ll attempt to make this brief! Cannabidiol is one of over 100 phytocannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. The other one that most people are familiar with, and that all the fuss is about, is tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, which is the phytocannabinoid that is responsible for the psychotropic side effects experienced from smoking “weed” and “getting stoned”. While scientists have known about CBD even longer than THC, it was considered an inactive phytocannabinoid and left by the wayside giving THC the main scientific stage. Then came the “ah-hah!” moment in the mid-1990s when a group of scientists discovered the endocannabinoid system found in our bodies and virtually every other animal on the planet. In studying CBD, it was discovered that phytocannabinoids work in a similar way to the chemical messengers found in our endocannabinoid system. By indirectly stimulating these endocannabinoid receptors CBD inhibits the enzymes that break down anandamide (also called the bliss molecule and doesn’t that sound nice!) allowing it to be more available to the body and thus producing profound healing effects. In essence, CBD works at the level of the whole-body system and in creating harmony there, it allows the body to heal itself possibly without symptom focused and costly pharmaceutical drugs. Cha-ching!

Now that we know a bit about what CBD is and does let’s look at the issues the customer could face if they are caught unaware or ill informed. The first and most important for those of us that are living in states where marijuana use is still highly illegal is the presence of THC. Many CBD companies will remove all but a 0.03 trace amount of THC from their product because it’s costly and tedious to make sure that every last itsy-bitsy bit is gone and the hemp plant (cannabis sativa) is already low in THC, some don’t even come that close. This most assuredly IS enough to fail a drug test (which we have seen lately in the media). So, for anyone that gets drug screenings it is vital that you make sure that your product is 3rd party tested. For those unfamiliar with 3rd party testing I’ll explain. A company manufactures a product, they then either test it in house (or sometimes not unfortunately), and then the next step to truly verify their claims is to send it to a neutral 3rd party lab to be tested. If you’re looking for a CBD product you should always ask if it is 3rd party tested and where you can see the results to make sure for yourself. Be leery of any company that does not or will not show you their 3rd party tests because there’s absolutely no accountability without them!

Next, is what I touched base on in the introduction with the lack of regulation on the claims companies can put on CBD. This one burns me up as well! I can’t help but think of how many people have paid the not so small price for a bottle of tincture and because of the false claims on the bottle had a bad experience with this miraculous supplement and never touch it again. Please, if this is you, I urge you to give it another go with a quality manufacture and not be jaded by someone looking to make a quick buck. It really works! This issue is also a bit two parted. There are both the false claims on the amount of CBD that is in the bottle (those 3rd party tests should help here), as well as other inactive ingredients found. When shopping for CBD look for ingredients such as Hemp seed Oil, grape seed oil, Non-GMO sunflower lecithin and make sure you stay away from bottles with low quality ingredients such as water, vegetable glycerin as well as artificial preservatives, sweeteners, flavorings, or colors. Also, the best products will be in dark tinted glass bottles to preserve the integrity of the oil. In my experience, it should taste similar to almond oil and be pretty much the same consistency. Yum!

These are the two main concerns when shopping for a manufacturer you can trust when it comes to CBD. Feel free to do your homework or come in to Native Remedy 5712 Industrial Blvd in Edmond OK and we will be happy to set you up with any of the products we carry, show you our 3rd party tests, and further your CBD education. Thanks for your time and I hope this little missive was helpful on your journey to health and wellness!

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