Hello everyone! After a successful launch weekend we wanted to take some time to answer some common questions we have received from our valued customers. Remember, our three pillars at Hemp Crate are Education, Transparency, and Taco Tuesdays – JK our third pillar is Organically Farmed Focus. This piece will aim to provide some education & transparency on the most asked about elements of CBD.
This blog will touch on the following CBD Burning Questions:
- Is CBD legal to buy and consume?
- What is the difference between marijuana and hemp-derived CBD?
- Will CBD get me high?
- How does CBD affect a drug test?
- How much CBD oil do I take?
Is CBD legal to buy and consume?
Yes, absolutely. There has been a lot of advances the past five years in CBD legislation and legality.
First, the Agricultural Act of 2014 opened up new doors for the hemp industry by legalizing some cultivation activities that have since allowed the industry to grow in unprecedented ways.
Second, the 2016 Federal Omnibus Bill allowed interstate hemp sales from being prohibited.
Lastly, the 2018 Farm Bill was signed into law in December 2018, effectively legalizing hemp at the federal level by removing it from the federal list of controlled substances and classifying it as an agricultural commodity.
As of 2019, there are only three states with restrictions on all cannabis and cannabis-derived (hemp) products. These are Idaho, Nebraska, and South Dakota. If you live in one of these three states it is your responsibility to know how hemp-derived CBD extracts are treated in your state and adhere to local and state guidelines.
It is actually kind of crazy to see the rise, fall, and renaissance of hemp in our country. Let’s take a brief detour:
History of Hemp in the U.S.
Hemp has a storied history in this country. The Native Americans were growing and using hemp before the pioneers arrived in this country 500 years ago! The fibers of hemp are incredibly durable so they were using it for clothing, rope, and food. In fact, even prior to the Native Americans usage archaeologists have found hemp artifacts that are 10,000 years old. This fun and informative video put together by Hempco shows the storied history of hemp. Pay close attention to the number of significant historic American names you hear throughout the video.
Okay, so if George Washington and Henry Ford loved and used hemp what went wrong and when? There are several theories of the downturn of hemp in this country, but most agree is centered in the time frame of the Great Depression which started in 1929 and lasted a full decade. The bottom really fell out in the early to mid 1930’s when some 15 million people were unemployed.
Prior to this time, marijuana wasn’t really used recreationally in the United States. Now with millions unemployed and social unrest people were using it more to relax. Soon, films started coming out talking about the negative sides of marijuana. How it made one crazed, some really extreme stuff. Check out this trailer for this 1936 film, ‘Reefer Madness.’ This is the same film that is spoofed in the opening of ‘Pineapple Express’
So long story longer, hemp gets tied to marijuana legislation due to its familial nature. In 1937 the United States passed the Marijuana Tax Act. This did not make growing hemp illegal, however, it added costly taxes and regulation which made it non-desirable to farmers. Compounding the problem, imported fibers at a much cheaper cost start to dominate U.S. manufacturing. All of this combined for a dramatic cultivation drop and really changed the perception of hemp.
In 1970, the government passed the Controlled Substances Act which created different schedules of ‘drugs.’ Since hemp is related to the marijuana family some portions of the plant were clumsily treated as a Schedule 1 drug.
Finally, 80 years after misclassification the Hemp Renaissance is underway in America. States across the country are receiving hundreds of farming permits which is also legalized and regulated through the 2018 Farm Bill.
Millions of Americans are just starting to learn about CBD and the interest is intense and growing by the day. Political unrest and the effects of social media have anxiety levels at an all time-high. Individuals are looking for more organic and homeopathic ways to treat oneself.
Okay, so CBD is legal. Is it the same as marijuana? Will it get me high?
What is the difference between marijuana and hemp-derived CBD? Will CBD get me high?
The cannabis plant has two different species: hemp and marijuana. A lot of people assume these plants are the same so you may hear cannabis, hemp and marijuana incorrectly used interchangeably. They have distinct differences so let’s take a minute to define them:
Cannabis – a family of plants with two main classifications: Indica (broad leaves) and Sativa (narrow leaves). Marijuana can be found with either Indica or Sativa. However, hemp is only a member of the Sativa family
Marijuana – Contains a high level of THC and a low level of CBD. Often grown and consumed for its psychoactive effects.
Hemp – Contains a high level of various cannabanoids (CBD, CBG, CBN and over 100 more) and a very low trace level of THC – under the 0.3% legal federal limit.
This graphic from the aptly named The Clever Root does a great job of showing some of the different cannabinoids and their suggested benefits.
Now it is important to notate the graphic above does not originate from nor is medically endorsed by Hemp Crate Co. As mentioned in our previous blog post
A lot of companies in this space consistently make unfounded claims on the efficacy of their products. And they very well may work. But, and it is a big but, the only product approved by the FDA for treatment of a condition (epilepsy) with CBD oil currently is Epidiolex.
That is why published on our website and others that sell CBD products you will commonly see this disclaimer: “These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease.”
You can search the internet for thousands of testimonials of people that swear by CBD and the positive affects it has had on their lives. Others say they don’t get the same positive effects when trying CBD products. Everyone is different. If you are new to CBD try starting out with a single product or a subscription box to see how it affects you. If it is your first time you may not feel the immediate effects. Like other homeopathic organic solutions sometimes it can take a week or two.
- Hemp and Marijuana are in the same family of cannabis, but are very different.
- Respected and tested CBD products will not get you high. You will just receive the other non psychotic positive benefits. Often CBD products contain no THC, sometimes they contain only federally legal trace amounts (<0.3%).
- Everyone is different. Just like some medicines work great for some, others say they don’t work. Ultimately, you and your body are the judge of what works.
Okay, so now that I know CBD is legal my interest is piqued. How could my consumption affect a drug test?
How does CBD affect drug tests?
This subject, like the efficacy of CBD, can have differing opinions. Google’s search algorithm puts an intense focus on domain knowledge and accuracy. Therefore, we will reference and summarize the first article that comes up when you search: ‘CBD Drug Tests‘ On the date of publishing this article (3/17/2019) the first result is from Tonic, which is Vice News’ health vertical wing. Vice News does some incredible coverage across multiple platforms so we feel good about what we will read. Right out of the gate:
It’s unlikely that CBD will show up in a drug test. If you have to take one for employment, chances are they will be screening for cannabis. But that actually means they’re looking for the presence of THC or THC metabolites—not CBD. Technically, CBD is a chemical, and if you ingest it, your body will metabolize it, so it can be detected.
Earlier we mentioned that some CBD products can contain trace amounts of THC – less than the 0.3% federal legal limit. Can those little amounts cause me to fail a drug test?:
Different types of drug tests have different detection thresholds. A hair test, for example, is designed to catch chronic substance use. So if your CBD oil only has trace amounts of THC in it (.3 percent is the standard amount if there’s any in it at all), and you’re not chugging it by the bottle, it still probably won’t show up in a hair test.
If you’re taking a urine or oral fluid test, the detection thresholds are even lower. Gannon says that “depending on a number of parameters—including amount consumed, how often one uses CBD products, and body composition—it is possible that these trace amounts of THC could accumulate and then be detected in a drug test.” “It’s possible, but it’s highly unlikely,” concurs Jamie Corroon, a postdoctoral fellow at the National University of Natural Medicine and the founder of the Center for Medical Cannabis Education.
90% of drug tests in the United States are urine tests. The other 10% of the drug tests are a combination of hair follicle (downtrending due to cost) and saliva (trending due to simplicity). Finally, the article touches on the view of a major player in the drug testing space:
At Quest Diagnostics, one of the biggest drug testing companies in the United States, they don’t offer testing for CBD and it’s not part of any employer drug testing program, says Barry Sample, director of science and technology for employer solutions at the company. Even people who are being drug tested for the DEA are not tested for CBD; in fact, federal employees can only be drug tested for certain predetermined compounds, and CBD isn’t one of them.
- Though possible in rare cases, it is unlikely that you will test positive for a drug test by taking CBD products with regular consumption.
- Even less likely if the test being administered is a urine test.
- Companies are not testing for CBD in drug testing.
- It is important to ensure your products are sourced from reputable brands that have 3rd party testing
Okay, so now we have established that CBD is legal, it does not have any psychoactive effects linked to it like marijuana, and it is highly unlikely to show up in a drug test, how do I consume it?
How much CBD oil do I take?
This is a very common question that people are asking as the industry has done a bad job at normalizing serving and bottle sizes. The answer here again is it really is different for everyone. We can’t advise on how much CBD oil to take per dosing period, but we can provide helpful info to at least ensure you are getting the amount desired. If you are new to CBD oil start moderately and build up your tolerance until you find your sweet spot.
Key Components to Calculating Dosage
- What is the size of the bottle. Measured in ML?
- What is the CBD density (MG) of that bottle?
- What is your desired dosage amount of CBD?
- How many drops does your dropper hold (let’s use industry standard – 20)
Let’s take a look at some of the wonderful Lazarus Naturals oil tinctures we sell as alliterative examples:
** Let’s assume we want 20MG per dosage for this example. Let’s use the 900MG CBD density bottle for our example
Example : 60ML – 900MG CBD Density Bottle
Total drops per bottle: 60ML x 20 drops per ML = 1,200
MG per drop = 900 total MG CBD/1200 drops = 0.75MG
Drops required to reach desired goal = 20MG goal/.75MG per drop = 26.66666666
So in this example you would need just over 26 drops to get the 20MG CBD dosage you are looking for. I know doing these calculations can be tedious, but they are important as bottle and CBD MG density often vary. The good people at CBDOilUsers put together this handy dosage calculator so you don’t have to do the long math. We highly recommend using it.
We have now answered the following questions:
Is CBD Legal? – Yes, 100% Federally. There are three states with restrictions so if you are a resident of Idaho, Nebraska or South Dakota be sure you know your local regulations.
What is the difference between marijuana and hemp-derived CBD? – many differences, main one being marijuana has higher amounts of THC and little CBD. Hemp-derived CBD has little, if any, THC, but higher concentration of cannibanoids such as CBD, CBN, and CBG. Over 100 cannabinoids total.
Will CBD get me high? – No. As long as you are buying from reputable brands that have under the <0.3 federal legal limit of THC you absolutely will not get high. You will just enjoy the benefits of CBD without the psychoactive effects.
How does CBD affect drug tests? – Again, if you using quality products with little to no THC and using regular consumption you should be fine. There is no guarantee, but we quoted some doctors and scientists that stated is highly unlikely
How much CBD oil do I take? Simply use this easy CBD Dosage Calculator
We hope you enjoyed this piece and found it informative. Still have other questions left answered? Let us know – drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org