The Latest Info On Hemp Extracts (CBD Oil)

Hemp Extract (CBD Oil is the common term people use to name the product) continues to be a very popular remedy for a host of conditions in humans and animals, so we are often in discussion with folks on the ins and outs of this newly legalized plant (legalized in North Carolina in the summer of 2015) and its extracts. CBD stands for “cannabidiol” and occurs naturally in cannabis, meaning in various parts of the hemp and marijuana plant.

Following are questions we get almost daily:

Q: Hey fellas, I can buy hemp oil at the grocery store. Is this what you sell?
A: No, hemp oil is extracted from hemp seed and contains low to no CBD. Hemp Oil is used as a food. Hemp Extracts are obtained from the entire hemp plant and contains a host of cannabinoids and is typically used as a natural medicine.

Q. Is CBD legal in all 50 states?
A: Yes and no. It is legal to possess in any state if the hemp used is grown in a state that has a pilot industrial hemp program. If your hemp extract is grown in a state without said program, then that product is illegal. Also, many states have approved the commerce of hemp extracts, but many have not. We are continuously trying to keep up with the ever-evolving legality of cannabis in our state and nation-wide. Consult with a lawyer familiar with cannabis laws if you are unsure.

Q: My friend told me to come pick up some CBD, but my bottle only says hemp extract. What’s the difference?
A: Hemp is the plant. CBD is extracted from hemp. Some company labels only say, “hemp extract,” so a certain percent of that is CBD. Some companies will print the CBD content on the label. It varies from company to company.

Q: Do your products only contain CBD?
A: No. Our products are considered whole plant, full spectrum extracts, meaning they contain CBD as well as a host of other cannabinoids. This full spectrum of constituents provides what is known as the “entourage effect,” which is true of herbal medicine in general. Whole plants or parts of plants are used, as opposed to a single molecule that has been isolated.

Q: Do hemp extracts contain THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol, the cannabinoid found in marijuana that causes euphoria)?
A: Our most common question! By law, hemp extracts may by nature contain no more than 0.3% THC. So, the products on our shelves may contain traces or none at all. The amounts that may be present are NOT enough to have a psychoactive effect.

Q: Will hemp extracts cause me to fail a drug test?
A: Also, a very common question. We never want to mislead anyone on this topic. The answer is MAYBE. Since these extracts can by law contain traces of THC, it may show up in a urine test. Some companies are labeling their product as “THC-free” so this would be a good option if you wanted to try the CBD, but your job required drug testing. Companies can and will provide assays on each lot they make. We have seen assays showing zero THC, but have seen some that did indeed contain legal traces.

We will continue to monitor the legal status of cannabis as it evolves and will follow up with another article soon. We are not attorneys, so consult with a knowledgeable one if you have more specific concerns about this topic.

As always, eat good nutritious foods, stay hydrated, exercise, laugh a LOT more, hang with family and friends, balance work and play, and do something kind for someone today!

BE WELL, Bill and Mike

Mike Rogers & Bill Cheek
Written by Mike Rogers & Bill Cheek