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So, What is CBD?

As of recent, CBD has been a hot and highly controversial topic in every major news outlet leaving many people extremely bewildered. The confusion has created die-hard CBD advocates, angry CBD opponents, and slightly curious CBD middle-grounders. To make matters more complicated many advocates and middle grounders are often fed misinformation from money-hungry people that are unwilling to do their homework.

 

Obviously, we sell CBD. More specifically, we sell phytocannabinoid-rich hemp oil, which is the scientific jargon for non-psychoactive CBD that is derived from hemp. Selling CBD is our livelihood, so we are without a doubt on the advocating side. We have personally experienced many health benefits from incorporating CBD into our daily lives. We have also had the pleasure of witnessing many customers health transformations. However, we need to make it very clear that we are not doctors, and we are not scientists. We can only provide information based on the conclusions from scientists, and information about our product. That being said, we are here to shine some light on three common questions.

 

What is CBD, what is THC, and how do they differ?
CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) are two of the most popular cannabinoids found in cannabis. There are two prominent classifications within the cannabis plant family: Cannabis sativa (hemp) and Cannabis indica (marijuana).

 

In a nutshell, a cannabinoid is a chemical compound that interacts with cannabinoid receptors that are located throughout the body. There are two main groups of cannabinoids: endocannabinoids which are chemical compounds produced by the body, and phytocannabinoids which are natural chemical compounds that are found in plants that have a similar chemical structure to endocannabinoids. Though these groups are all similar, cannabinoids themselves will cause different effects. Which brings us to THC and CBD.

 

THC is a psychoactive cannabinoid (the famous "high") that is prevalent in marijuana but extremely low in hemp. Whereas CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid that is present in both hemp and marijuana.

 

To legally sell CBD in the state of Texas, it cannot have more than 0.03% THC present. Note that the CBD that we carry at The Pharm House contains 0.00% THC (more on that below)! There is a process that will remove all THC process from hemp. Which leads us to the next question.

 

Why do CBD prices differ from store to store?
Let’s be realistic, CBD shops are everywhere, and the prices vary. Why? The brutally honest answer -- not all CBD is the same. You may be thinking, “Duh! You guys just explained that!” But the explanation is more complicated than just the difference between marijuana-derived and hemp derived product.  Think about it, are the chicken nuggets from a gas station less expensive than chicken nuggets from a natural foods store? Obviously! Are chicken nuggets purchased from gas stations as nutritious as the chicken nuggets from a natural foods store? No. Even though both companies use chicken (at least, that is what we are led to believe), their sourcing, cooking, and delivery processes drastically differ. Now, wouldn’t you expect the same with CBD?

 

This is where things get sticky. CBD’s popularity is consistently rising, and therefore so are the number of suppliers. Since CBD is not currently regulated by the government, each supplier will have different processes: how the plants are grown and harvested, how the oil is extracted, and how THC is (or sometimes not) removed, and more. This makes it extremely difficult to monitor quality, and easy to tell consumers one thing when it is, in fact, the other.

 

According to The Cannabis Compliance Firm, “Customers have reported becoming violently ill from poorly manufactured hemp-CBD products, many of which either contain mysterious inactive chemicals or ingredients different than those listed on the label. Many of these poor quality hemp-CBD products have been traced back to China, according to a spokesperson for Papa and Barkley, a prominent cannabis company in Southern California.”

 

Here at The Pharm House, our CBD oil comes from the largest known producer and manufacturer of hemp-derived phytocannabinoids in North America. This producer has naturally developed genetic strains of Phytocannabinoid-Rich (PCR) industrial hemp and are fully licensed and registered with the Colorado Department of Agriculture. Their extraction process utilizes both high-quality ethanol and supercritical C02 without adding external additives. Their purification process removes all THC to a non-detectable level of 0.00%  without using heavy metals or pesticides while meeting strict regulatory requirements. Once finished, the CBD is tested both in house and then certified through verified, independent third-party labs.

 

According to our producer, “[We are] a Colorado headquartered company specializing in the cultivation, extraction, and manufacturing of hemp-derived ingredients and finished products. We are the largest known fully vertical cannabinoid biomass producer and extractor in North America, shipping rich Broad Spectrum hemp oil (with 0.0% THC), water-soluble powder, water-soluble liquid, nano-emulsions, and finished goods throughout the United States and much of the world. Our emphasis on research, product development and clinical science is reflected in our state-of-the-art extraction processes and advanced formulations, resulting in multiple pending patents.”

 

What can CBD be used for?
CBD is a natural remedy commonly used as an alternative treatment or supplement to care for anxiety relief, overall wellness, and pain relief including chronic pain, arthritis, muscle soreness, and inflammation.*

 

In addition to these common usages, the FDA has approved CBD for the treatment of two forms of childhood epilepsy. According to a news release published on the FDA’s website dated June 26, 2018, “The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Epidiolex (cannabidiol) [CBD] oral solution for the treatment of seizures associated with two rare and severe forms of epilepsy, Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, and Dravet syndrome, in patients two years of age and older. This is the first FDA-approved drug that contains a purified drug substance derived from marijuana. It is also the first FDA approval of a drug for the treatment of patients with Dravet syndrome.” (To date, this is the only FDA-approved use for CBD as a treatment.)

 

So, what does this mean for consumers? If you are on the fence about CBD and want to try it, we recommend that you ask the following questions.
  1. Where does your CBD come from?
  2. What does it come from?
  3. What is the extraction method.
  4. Are there any filler oils added to the CBD? (The only oil listed should be MCT)
  5. Is your product tested for quality and purity?

 

If you have additional questions, feel free to come by the store, or email us. All of our products are available here.

 

Always consult your healthcare provider before adding a supplement to your healthcare regimen.

 

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

May 09, 2019 — Courtney Cobb