A cannabinoid – found in the Cannabis Sativa plant – is one of a class of diverse chemical compounds that acts on cannabinoid receptors in cells that alter neurotransmitter release in the brain. The most notable cannabinoid is the phytocannabinoid tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the primary psychoactive compound in cannabis – the component that gets you high. However, a special breed of cannabis sativa plants have been bred purposely to minimize the THC compound to less than 0.3% of the plant’s composition to be considered hemp. Hemp is our focus.
Cannabinoids are naturally occurring antioxidants and neuroprotectants found in hemp, which is non-psychoactive…meaning it won’t get you high. Cannabinoids may quiet excessive electrical and chemical activity in the brain. They may also bind to pain and anxiety receptors to help restore balance to the brain.
CBD is legally allowed in 44 States. In the 28 states where medical marijuana is legal, CBD products are covered by those same medical marijuana legal protections. Only six states completely outlaw CBD: Idaho, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Indiana, and West Virginia. Most states with CBD-only laws allow possession, but do not allow licensed dispensaries, home cultivation, or any other supply infrastructure.
The United States Farm Bill of 2014 classified industrial hemp as containing less than 0.3% THC on a dry-weight basis, which allows manufacturers – by U.S. Federal law – to conveniently ship to your doorstep. Manufacturers will cultivate what is legally considered “hemp” to have high amounts of CBD and the legal limit of THC. This is the loophole companies use to get CBD to the hands of patients needing relief. However, the DEA still considers ANY cannabis plant as illegal – in which industrial hemp is classified as a cannabis plant. As a result, it is riskier to sell CBD oil than to possess it. The DEA sets its focus on the largest manufacturers rather than the consumers, since you have many states who deem any cannabis plant legal for medical purposes…and even legal for recreational use.
However, anything above 0.3% would be considered marijuana – which would either be completely illegal in your state or legal only to those who hold a medical marijuana card issued by the state. Medical marijuana cannot be transported across state lines, making ordering marijuana online or from out of state sellers illegal.
For a deeper understanding, read Leafly’s article “Is CBD Oil Legal? Depends on Where You Are and Who You Ask“.
The use of cannabinoids can produce different results for everyone. Some will notice its therapeutic benefits very quickly, while others may take days or even weeks before they begin to notice a difference. It depends on the reasons the hemp extract is being taken. It is common, however, for people to notice the therapeutic benefits disappearing when they stop using their hemp extract.
Beginning cannabinoid therapy is a trial and error process in finding what works best for each individual. Some may need to take as little as 10mg a day while others may require as much as 300mg a day. This is why we recommend speaking to Realm of Caring (RoC) prior to purchasing your product to ensure you are buying the right product and starting off with the correct dose.
RoC assists in educating and guiding individuals who are beginning their journey into cannabinoid therapy. Usually these individuals have doctors who either choose not to recommend or is not knowledgeable enough to assist in exploring cannabinoid therapy as an alternative or supplmentary therapy or option. The Realm of Caring Foundation does not give nor is a substitute for medical advice. There are no medical professionals on-site. It is important that you remain under a physician’s care. They are to be considered as guides and educators.
Not all hemp products are safe. Some hemp products are genetically modified or contain dangerous levels of pesticides, solvents, herbicides, and chemical fertilizers. It is a “buyer beware” market since there are no state and federal regulations that require pesticide testing and oversight. Our own family personally worried about who we could trust when looking for a trusted hemp extract manufacturer.
This is why we only recommend manufacturers who take quality seriously in their products. These manufacturers ensure strict standards are being kept, where products are not genetically modified; do not contain dangerous levels of pesticides, solvents, herbicides, and chemical fertilizers; and tested by third-party laboratories with lab reports available upon request. Some of these manufacturers were vetted by the non-profit organization Realm of Caring – who take quality and safety seriously when it comes to recommending products to their clients.
We also prefer hemp extracts made in the United States, since they are under some regulation by the 2014 Farm Bill, the USDA, and to some extent the FDA.
There are hundreds of hemp products on the market, but we only trust a handful of manufacturers to provide hemp extract products that are safe enough to give to a child.
No, you cannot. Hemp does not contain the psychoactive properties found in marijuana. In fact, hemp is known to be anti-psychoactive, which means, if you want to get high, you want to stay far way from hemp. Some growers could not sell marijuana plants with a low THC composition because it was considered garbage to those looking to get high.
The FDA wants to ensure you understand these statements made regarding these products have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The efficacy of these products has not been confirmed by FDA-approved research. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. All information presented here is not meant as a substitute for or alternative to information from health care practitioners. Please consult your health care professional about potential interactions or other possible complications before using any product. The Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act requires this notice.
You can find some interesting studies on cannabinoids effect on several conditions in the National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine:
- Nicotine addiction
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)”
- Treatment-resistant epilepsy in children and young adults
- Inhibiting cell growth and inducing apoptosis in cervical cancer cells
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Attention-deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
- Multiple sclerosis
- Neuropathic pain
- and other conditions
To learn more about hemp and its potential benefits, go to the National Center for Biotechnology Information and type in the search bar your reason for seeking to use cannabinoids.
No. Because the CBD oil products we recommend is being marketed as industrial hemp (0.3% THC or less). Federal law allows for the cultivation, processing, and marketing of hemp products. Low THC CBD oil that is labeled as industrial hemp by the manufacturers we trust is not considered a drug – it is a non-psychoactive, non-narcotic product of the cannabis sativa plant – although the DEA would say otherwise.