An Introduction to CBD

Hello reader, welcome to CBD. CBD, meet the reader.

Now that you’ve been introduced, let me tell you a little bit more about CBD. CBD is short for cannabidiol. It’s a hemp-derived cannabinoid that’s popular since it was legalized federally in 2018.

Do you have questions? We have answers. Read on, reader — we can help you know everything you need to know before buying Spirit Peak Organics’ CBD.

What Is CBD?

CBD is a phytocannabinoid (aka cannabinoid) that exists in large quantities in the cannabis plant — primarily in hemp strains. There have been over 100 phytocannabinoids identified today, and every year more are identified.

When you think of cannabis, you probably think of marijuana which has a high degree of THC, which is CBD’s fun cousin. Marijuana has a lot of Delta 9 THC and very little CBD, while hemp plants have a lot of CBD and very little THC. CBD products must contain less than 0.3% Delta 9 THC by weight to be considered federally legal.

Why is CBD so popular?

He’s great at parties. CBD excels at the parties in your endocannabinoid system (ECS), where CBD bonds with receptors to help your body maintain homeostasis — a fun way of saying equilibrium or balance. There are many applications to this in our daily lives. CBD is an excellent way to enable your ECS to work more efficiently without dealing with the nuisance that is getting high from marijuana.

People have incorporated CBD into their wellness routines to assist with diet, exercise, and rest. Different combinations of CBD with other vitamins, minerals, and alternate cannabinoids can produce different beneficial results. Combining CBD with other products creates what is known as the entourage effect, where the combination of cannabinoids produces greater results than the individual isolates.

Is CBD Legal?

Yes, since 2018. For many years, any cannabis product was considered a Schedule 1 substance and illegal to grow, produce, or sell in the United States. However, all of that changed in 2018 when the Agricultural Improvement Act (commonly known as The Farm Bill) was passed. This bill made all hemp-derived products legal on a federal level if they didn’t contain more than 0.3% Delta 9 THC.

Delta 9 THC is the cannabinoid found in abundance in marijuana and is famous for the feeling of being high. According to The Farm Bill, Delta 9 THC remains federally illegal in quantities over 0.3% of the dry weight of the final product. However, every other cannabinoid such as CBD, CBG, and Delta 8 THC are considered federally legal.

At the moment, CBD is legal in almost all states. However, some states have added strict restrictions, so we recommend checking your local laws, especially in Nebraska, Idaho, and South Dakota. For example, in Idaho, you can’t have any THC in the product at all. Which is surprising because you’d think people from Idaho would have to be high to live there.

Is CBD intoxicating?

No. CBD won’t get you high, and you won’t feel psychotropic effects from consuming it. As CBD products can only have a maximum of 0.3% THC in them, you’d have to consume an awful lot to get high. By the time you consume enough CBD to get high, you probably won’t even want to be high anymore.

Will CBD cause me to fail a drug test?

Maybe! There are two types of CBD products, broad spectrum and full spectrum. Broad-spectrum products are also known as THC Free. All of our products at Spirit Peak Organics are broad-spectrum. These products will not cause you to fail a drug test.

On the other hand, full-spectrum hemp products do contain THC — only up to 0.3%. While it’s unlikely that a full spectrum product would have enough THC to cause you to fail a drug test, it’s possible. Therefore, we recommend checking if the product is broad spectrum or full spectrum before consuming if your livelihood or freedom relies on a negative drug test.

Why Are Other Cannabinoids Included in CBD Products?

Remember when we said CBD was great at parties? That was only kind of a joke — in fact, CBD is so great at parties they do best with an entourage. Full-spectrum and broad-spectrum products both contain other cannabinoids — sometimes CBN, CBG, and in the case of full-spectrum products, Delta 8 THC and Delta 9 THC. The reason for this is that it has been found that cannabinoids, when combined with other cannabinoids, actually enhance one another. The enhanced effect produced by combining cannabinoids is commonly known as “The Entourage Effect.”

Is Independent Laboratory Testing Necessary for CBD Products?

Yes! It is necessary, and we wouldn’t advise purchasing a CBD product that hasn’t been lab-tested and the results published for you to inspect.

Most pharmaceutical, food, and cosmetic products are overseen by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). They are responsible for ensuring there are no harmful elements in the products they inspect and that the labeling is correct. Unfortunately, the FDA does not inspect CBD or other hemp products. In fact, there is no oversight by any government agency on these products whatsoever.

Unfortunately, this has led to several distributors introducing CBD products into the market that are mislabeled and making wild claims about the number of cannabinoids in the product or their benefits. Even worse, some of these distributors are actually selling products with harmful ingredients. Until the FDA takes over inspecting these products, the only way you can possibly be assured of what is in a product is to inspect the Certificate of Analysis (COA) from the lab that inspected the items.

What’s the difference between organic and non-organic CBD?

At Spirit Peak Organics, we take pride in the quality of our products, which is why we only use organic ingredients in our products. But, why does it matter that Spirit Peak Organics uses only organic products? It’s because the hemp plant is incredible at cleaning the soil.

Did you know that all around Chernobyl, there are fields of hemp planted? That’s because hemp draws toxins out of the soil and into the plant. This process is called phytoremediation, and it’s been used in many places to help restore soil to its natural state. However, it also means that if hemp farmers use pesticides or other chemicals to treat their hemp, it’ll become absorbed into the plant and eventually contaminate the final product.

Organic hemp is produced using natural means that keep heavy metals, pesticides, and other contaminants away from the plant. All Spirit Peak Organics products are made using organic hemp, meaning you can trust that our hemp is free of contaminants. Though you don’t have to — we also provide certificates of analysis for every product to personally verify the products you are using are safe.

Do you have questions we haven’t answered?

We get it. You may not be entirely comfortable with CBD yet. But, even if you’ve never tried a cannabinoid before, Spirit Peak Organics will help you feel safe and comfortable using our products.

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