All cannabis (including marijuana and hemp) is now considered botanically to be Cannabis sativa. Differences between strains are largely due to different combinations of cannabinoids and terpenes (and possibly other substances).
I ordered an ounce of “Heavy Lifter” CBD flower from Starseed Botanicals a few weeks ago and they were out. Instead of letting me know this, they “upgraded” me to their Lifter Private Reserve (PR). When I looked over the lab tests I saw that Lifter PR had 11% CBD – a little over half of the CBD content of the Heavy Lifter
A 2019 study has found that CBD’s effect may not be restricted to it’s effect on the endocannabinoid system. CBD also acts on receptors that bind the neurotransmitter serotonin (5-HT1A) that is involved in anxiety and on receptors that bind vanilloid (TRPV1) that is involved in pain.
Law enforcement has field tests for marijuana that can’t distinguish CBD hemp flower from marijuana. If you live in a place where marijuana is illegal and CBD flower is legal you should take care with your hemp flower.
THCA is a non-intoxicating cannabinoid found in high levels in the marijuana form of the cannabis plant. Smaller quantities are often also found in the hemp form of cannabis. In the U.S. hemp is defined as any cannabis containing over 0.3% delta-9 THC. The THCA content doesn’t count (according to most interpretations of the 2018 Farm Bill). In the E.U. hemp must have 0.2% delta 9 THC or less.
Some people medicating with CBD are subject to workplace drug testing to ensure they aren’t working under the influence of intoxicating drugs. Drugs like cocaine and heroin wash out of your system within 2-4 days, while cannabis is detectable 2-7 days after a single use and 1-2 months after chronic use, putting those who use medical cannabis at a disadvantage…
Broad-spectrum hemp oil is CBD isolate with terpenes and/or other cannabinoids added back in. There’s no THC so you are very unlikely to fail a drug test. Here’s how to make your own.
CBD oil/drops can come in several forms. CBD isolate oil is the simplest. It contains CBD alone suspended in oil – often MCT oil made from coconuts. MCT stands for “medium chain triglycerides”. MCT oil is a clear flavorless and odorless liquid. CBD isolate oil gives you the benefits of CBD without any trace amounts of THC. This may be important if you have to pass workplace drug tests. CBD isolate is also a good way for marijuana enthusiasts to add some CBD to the mix. This can “mellow” the THC high and decrease the paranoia.