CW Hemp’s Charlotte’s Web strain of hemp came to national attention in 2013 after it was featured on a CNN segment telling the story of Charlotte Figi. Figi has Dravet syndrome, a form of epilepsy; CNN has reported, however, that after the girl began to take CW Hemp’s CBD oil, her seizures radically reduced in number. A touching update to Figi’s tale can be found on CW Hemp’s website, where those looking to see how the company’s CBD oil products might benefit them are able to purchase capsules, cream and balm. Frequent customers, meanwhile, can take advantage of the brand’s hemp oil bulk package, which offers five regular-sized bottles of CW Hemp’s bespoke blends for the price of four – making it a more cost-effective way for some to get their daily dose of CBD.
CO2 extraction is one of the most common ways CBD is extracted from the hemp or cannabis plants. This method uses expensive equipment that adjusts temperature and pressure to extract the cannabinoids from the plant material, without damaging them. The other common method is to use solvents like ethanol or butane to extract the plant material. These solvents have to be burned off the final product which may damage the cannabinoids or terpenes in the process. There is also a risk that these solvents may not have burned off completely and could end up in your end product.
For decades, laws had grouped hemp and marijuana in the same category, conflating both plants and confusing the public. All of this changed in 2018 with the passing of the Agriculture Improvement Act. Also known as the 2018 Farm Bill, the new legislation removed hemp from the federal definition of marijuana and reclassified it as an industrial commodity. In other words, the bill made hemp legal at the federal level and established it is to be regulated by The Department of Agriculture rather than the Drug Enforcement Agency. As a result of the bill, hemp and hemp-derived products are completely legal nationwide, though individual states may still impose minor restrictions.
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Unfortunately, that huge variety of products comes with some drawbacks. Trying to sift through the different products, concentrations, serving sizes, and brands to find a high-quality, pure CBD oil that fits your needs can be a true task, especially for newcomers. Even if you’ve previously used CBD, it can be difficult to determine which brands are reputable and which ones aren’t.
There truly is no one-size-fits-all serving size, but for those just starting out, the best rule of thumb is to start low and slow. Start with just two to three milligrams and work your way up. This may take some trial and error, but you certainly don’t want to go too hard into the deep end. Thankfully, you cannot overdose on CBD, and even the highest concentrations of pure CBD oil report no significant side effects.
Amazon’s Hemp Master 1000mg hemp seed oil is yet another highly concentrated oil, boasting a one-month supply in each bottle (30 ml). It’s made in the USA, with all-natural ingredients, including the peppermint extract used for flavoring. Each product is lab tested by FDA approved facilities for quality and strength and is completely THC free. As this product is derived only from hemp seeds and is not a full spectrum hemp oil, it does not contain CBD. However, it is packed full of Omega-3 and Omega-6, proven to assist in stress management, pain, and heart-related issues.
Martin Lee, co-founder of Project CBD, told Leafly that hemp fiber and seed contain no usable amounts of cannabinoids. “Cannabidiol can’t be pressed or extracted from hempseed,” he writes. “CBD can be extracted from the flower, leaves, and, only to a very minor extent, from the stalk of the hemp plant. Hemp oil start-ups lack credibility when they say their CBD comes from hempseed and stalk.”
President Obama’s execution of the Agricultural Act of 2014 is an integral piece to CBD oil’s legality. If a plant is deemed legal (where the determining factor is a THC level under .3%) that then makes all products made from the source material legal as well. Did you ever wonder why your hemp lotion 15-20 years ago was legal but “smoking a little weed” wasn’t? In this case, it’s all about the THC levels your plant doesn’t have.