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Cannabidiol (CBD) is not the same as THC. You do not get “high.” With a rising demand for natural medicines, cannabis compounds, like CBD and THC, are becoming increasingly popular due to their wide range of health benefits. While the close relationship between the two compounds may lead some to assume that both have the same impact on the body, a comparison between the molecular structure of CBD vs THC reveals the exact opposite.
CBD and THC have the exact same chemical makeup: 21 carbon atoms, 30 hydrogen atoms, and 2 oxygen atoms. The two are nearly identical twins. What differentiates the two compounds however, is the arrangement of a single atom.
The interaction between the CB1 and CB2 receptors with cannabinoids like CBD and THC is the catalyst for health benefits such as pain relief, anxiety relief, appetite stimulation, mood management and more. But because THC and CBD have different molecular structures, they do not interact with the CB1 and CB2 receptors in the same manner. This greatly differentiates the effects each has on the body, which is likely the biggest concern when comparing CBD to THC.
While CBD and THC both bind to the CB2 receptor, they interact with the CB1 receptors in different ways.Because of its molecular structure, THC is able to bind directly with CB1 receptors. When this bond is formed, the reaction creates signals that are sent to the brain, which results in the the psychoactive effects of “getting high.”
In stark contrast, research shows that CBD does not bond directly with the CB1 receptor, and its presence can even negate the bond between THC and the CB1 receptors, effectively neutralizing the psychoactive effects induced by THC.
While THC certainly offers tremendous health benefits, its mind-altering effects aren’t preferred by everyone. CBD, on the other hand, can deliver many of the same benefits of THC without inducing its psychoactive effects.
CBD oil is the short form of the term cannabidiol oil. Cannabidiol is a natural component of industrial cannabis or hemp. CBD oil is cannabis oil that has a significant content of cannabidiol. It is made from the flowers, leaves and stalks of hemp and not from its seeds like hemp oil.
Hemp seed oil is rich in omega-6 and omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids. In fact, it’s the only edible oil that contains greater than 80% polyunsaturated essential fatty acids. … But hemp seed oil alone does not contain CBD or any other cannabinoids.
CBD hemp oil comes in seemingly endless forms, each with a different concentration of CBD and other phytocannabinoids. Determining how to use CBD oil first starts with choosing your preferred method of administration – in other words, choosing the best way to take CBD oil for your needs and lifestyle. These include…
- Liquid hemp oil, like CBD tinctures or CBD drops
- CBD concentrated into a thick paste (often referred to as Rick Simpson Oil, or RSO)
- Encapsulated CBD oil
- Phytocannabinoid-rich sprays/spritzers (generally designed for sublingual application, beneath the tongue)
- Bottled water containing nano-sized CBD particles in an H2O soluble formula.
- CBD-infused chewing gum
- On-the-go dissolvable powders containing CBD (oftentimes blended with other adaptogenic herbs)
- Cooking oils (such as coconut oil or olive oil) with added cannabinoids
- CBD-infused edibles (i.e., gummies, brownies, cookies, etc.; generally for individuals who are sensitive to smoking/vaping)
- Crystalline isolates
- Wax (similar to THC-containing marijuana concentrates called “shatter” or “Dabs”)
- CBD-rich eLiquids and/or vape cartridges (akin to an e-cigarette)
- Transdermal patches with CBD (similar to a nicotine patch)
- Cannabidiol-infused salves,balms, lotions, shampoos, or soaps (for topical use)
- Bath bombs infused with CBD
So is CBD legal? If we’re talking about hemp-derived CBD, then the answer is yes. Now, the keyword here is “hemp-derived.” Because CBD from hemp has no psychoactive effects, the purchase, sales, or possession of hemp CBD products are completely legal in all 50 States. Because hemp is sometimes confused with the marijuana plant, there is still some stigma towards hemp-derived CBD, but from a legal perspective, hemp-derived CBD is completely legal and enjoys the rights of any other legal product.
Experts say that CBD might be able to treat epilepsy (where most research has focused), and research indicates that CBD may be valuable in the treatment of Cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s in a number of different ways. Studies have also shown where it may be beneficial in reducing the risk of Diabetes and curbing addiction to Opiates. The most common conditions CBD has been found by users across the globe to provide relief for are anxiety, depression, inflammation, pain relief, sleep problems, joint relief and menstrual relief.
Cannabidiol is presumed safe when taken by mouth and appropriately in adults. Cannabidiol doses of up to 300 mg daily have been used safely for up to 6 months. Higher doses of 1200-1500 mg daily have been used safely for up to 4 weeks. Cannabidiol sprays used under the tongue have been used in doses of 2.5 mg for up to 2 weeks.
Some reported side effects of cannabidiol include dry mouth, low blood pressure, light headedness, and drowsiness.
There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking cannabidiol if you are pregnant or breast feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is the chemical compound responsible for marijuana’s psychoactivity and euphoria and is usually screened for in a typical urinalysis drug test. When drug testing is mandated, employers follow guidelines, such as the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), which has a set cutoff level for a positive test at > 50 ng/mL. When a test is positive, it then gets screened again with a confirmatory GC/MS or LC/MS test, which have cutoff levels of 15 ng/mL and is specific only to the THC metabolite.
In order for CBD, or cannabinoid-rich hemp oil products to test positive on a drug test, an individual would have to be using unusually large amounts (above 1000-2000 mg) of the product.
The truth is, drugs tests are not designed to screen for CBD. Employers require drug screening to determine risks associated with impairment. The absence of THC and its metabolites makes it relatively safe to assume it comes to passing these screenings with flying colors.
Even though these two compounds are derived from the cannabis plant, at a molecular level, they’re actually quite different. Employers and other administrators are practically never looking for CBD, because it does not put them at risk when it comes to legal protection, productivity, safety, or federal mandates.
The majority of employers are using 5-panel or 10-panel drug screens that screen for metabolized THC and various other substances. CBD is not on these panels.
Most imported CBD oil comes from outside of the United States, while Trust Hills sources our CBD from famers in the United States. Products from outside the US usually don’t disclose how the hemp is farmed or processed. Hemp plants can absorb harmful chemicals (like pesticides or lead) that’s generally found in soil, which means if hemp is grown in soil containing any of these harmful chemicals, the hemp oil will also contain these toxic chemicals! In the United States this industry is regulated and hemp farmers are required to be licensed, and the seeds used undergo lab testing, meaning you can be sure it’s free of harmful chemicals or pesticides.
Our hemp oils come with unique, award winning flavors and are derived from some of the purest components. We want our customers to enjoy every aspect of using our product, from taste to benefits.
† This product is not for use by or sale to persons under the age of 18. This product should be used only as directed on the label. It should not be used if you are pregnant or nursing. Consult with a physician before use if you have a serious medical condition or use prescription medications. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. As the consumer, it is your responsibility to know your local, state and federal laws before making your purchase. All products on this website are intended for legal use. Prior to purchasing a product(s) on this website, you should confirm legality of the product in the state where you request shipment.