Your CBD products might not be as safe as you think.
CBD has been referred to as a “miracle cure” by some, but not all CBD is created equal. Nearly all of what’s sold in states with no weed legalization is CBD that’s been derived from industrial hemp plants.
According to federal law, hemp must contain no more than 0.3% THC and low-resin industrial hemp often only has around 3.5% CBD. This means it takes a lot of hemp to extract a significant amount of CBD. Hemp plants are also natural bioaccumulations, which means they absorb toxins, heavy metals, and pesticides.
And while that’s great for cleaning up damaged ecosystems, it’s not ideal for the manufacturing of CBD medicine, which eventually ends up in your body — especially considering the amount of hemp it takes to extract and isolate the CBD.
On the other hand, while cannabis plants with more than 0.3% THC are considered a federally illegal Schedule 1 narcotic, they can contain high ratios of CBD and other cannabinoids, which can provide maximum medical benefits, without providing much of a high.
But whole-plant CBD medicine isn’t available in states where weed is illegal. So, if you live in one of those, hemp-derived CBD might be a decent alternative.