Our national love affair with CBD has hit a rough spot. America, we have trust issues.
Take it to the lab
Over the past three months we worked with Confidence Analytics, a Washington state-licensed cannabis lab and founding partner of our Leafly Certified Labs Program, to test an array of CBD products. We wanted to see which brands delivered what they promised—and which did not.
What we tested, and why
Congress’ decision to end federal CBD prohibition in late 2018 opened the door to hundreds of new companies marketing thousands of products. CBD soda, lip balm, gummies, vape pens, and capsules can now be found in supermarkets, gas stations, and drugstores across the United States.
In addition to relaxation and stress relief, CBD is being studied for a wide range of medical benefits. Some of the more well-studied applications of CBD include treatment of seizures, anxiety, and pain. Consumers may prefer a combination of THC and CBD as both cannabinoids have unique benefits to offer and may be more effective in treating certain symptoms like pain and insomnia. Consumers and CBD producers tout a variety of other medical benefits which are not as well studied.
“I usually start my day with a few drops of CBD oil in my tea.”
CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a non-intoxicating compound produced by the cannabis plant that is popularly used for a variety of medical applications including pain, anxiety, and seizures. Although most cannabis varieties contain high levels of the euphoric compound THC, the plant can be bred to produce increased amounts of other compounds like CBD. Although CBD cannabis strains can be smoked in flower form, it is most commonly extracted from the plant and prepared into oils, edibles, and vape products.
Benefits of CBD
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CBD (cannabidiol) is one of many compounds in the cannabis plant. Cannabis contains dozens of known cannabinoids, which are compounds like THC and CBD that interact with a particular type of receptor in the body called “cannabinoid receptors.” Unlike THC, CBD is non-intoxicating, meaning it will not make the consumer feel high when consumed.
What is CBD?
“I prefer CBD strains like Harlequin, Remedy, and Canna-Tsu.”
Although CBD does not deliver any kind of euphoric high commonly associated with cannabis, many who use CBD report feeling relaxed and less anxious. It can be prepared into long-lasting ingestible forms like drinks and edibles, or it can be vaporized or smoked for more immediate relief. Cannabis oils are extremely popular—these are commonly prepared as liquid extracts that can be dropped under the tongue or into food and beverages.
Hemp-derived CBD is extracted from non-intoxicating industrial hemp varieties that produce less than 0.3% THC. Cannabis-derived CBD generally refers to varieties of cannabis that were selectively bred to contain higher levels of CBD along with a diverse spectrum of other cannabinoids and terpenes. Read more: Is CBD From Cannabis the Same as CBD From Cannabis?
Bath & Body
Although hemp-derived CBD products containing less than 0.3% THC are legal on the federal level, some state laws still prohibit hemp CBD. Marijuana-derived CBD products are illegal federally, but some state laws allow their use. Check your state’s laws and those of anywhere you travel. Read more: What to Know Before You Try CBD
Hemp—also known as industrial hemp—is a tall, fast-growing cannabis plant that resembles bamboo. Hemp’s stalks and seeds can be used to make a variety of products. Hemp has naturally low levels of THC (less than 0.3%), so using hemp-derived CBD products does not provide the high commonly associated with marijuana products. Read more: Hemp 101: What Is Hemp, What's It Used for, and Why Is It Illegal?