The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) held its first-ever CBD regulations meeting at the end of May, with manufacturers and scientists practically begging for a regulatory framework to control the current “Wild West” climate. The FDA played coy, insisting that a number of questions remain about the safety of cannabis compounds. The upshot for the consumer? Educate yourself about cannabis. Don’t assume that CBD added to an energy drink is doing anything for you. And when it comes to CBD oil in particular, here’s what to know about anecdotal evidence, testing, and consistency.
What is CBD?
With the 2019 Farm Bill, hemp-derived CBD can be found everywhere – mall kiosks, gas stations, high-end beauty stores, you name it. CBD is having a moment, as they say. But what is it? What’s it used for? And why?
CBD, or cannabidiol, is one of the hundreds of cannabinoid compounds found in cannabis. Inside the cannabis flower, or bud, are teensy clusters called trichomes. That’s where you’ll find CBD, THC, and all those lovely terpenes. The plant creates these oily compounds as a defense mechanism against things like UV rays, heat, even bugs. This oily resin also has antifungal and antibacterial properties. And when it’s extracted from the plant and diluted with a carrier oil, it becomes the CBD oil you’re hearing so much about. But CBD oils are not all equal, and quality and texture will vary significantly.
CBD Oil – How’s It Made?
The best CBD oil starts with a high CBD plant. Here at Kynd, our seeds are carefully selected from reputable growers and then raised with care. Our extraction process is designed to preserve the integrity of the oil. CO2 extraction is not only one of the safest methods for separating CBD and other cannabinoids from the plant material, it produces a safe, clean oil with no solvent residue.
There are other methods of extraction, including ethanol and hydrocarbon, but our preference is clear. Under precise pressure and temperature conditions, c02 performs like a solvent, flushing the active ingredients out. The result is a crude CBD-rich substance that is then purified and refined to create a premium oil.
So What Does it Do?
The anecdotal evidence of CBD is almost overwhelming, and the limited studies that are already out there underscore the compound’s capacity to treat anxiety, heart disease, pain and inflammation, depression, even acne. Researchers are also linking CBD to a reduction in opioid dependence. Now, thanks to the recent Farm Bill, you can find CBD products in just about every category out there – coffee and tea, beauty and skincare products, desserts, and on.
The big issue is that as of now, hemp-derived CBD products are largely unregulated. That means mislabeling, poorly processed oils with dangerous solvent or pesticide residues and artificial colors or flavors, and general confusion. And that brings us back to consumer advocacy – researching products, learning about manufacturers, and making a point of understanding what you’re using and for what reason.
Your best bet is finding CBD oil from manufacturers in states that have legalized cannabis. Thanks to stringent testing and safety standards – particularly here in Nevada – you’ll be getting a product that clearly labels its CBD content. Plus, you can speak with a budtender to find something that will truly address your needs. Take CBD claims on supplements and remedies that you can get at the gas station with a healthy dose of skepticism, and check for lab test results and other standards before you buy. Until the FDA creates a regulatory framework, be your own advocate!