Cannabidiol, or CBD as you may know it is one of the compounds found in
cannabis that has many medicinal benefits! CBD’s properties may include
anti- inflammation, pain relief, anti-anxiety, anti-cancer, anti-tumor,
reduces muscle spasticity, helps seizures, migraines, headaches, lower’s
blood pressure and blood sugar. CBD can also mitigate the psycho-activity
CBD may have the potential to relieve such conditions as arthritis, anxiety,
PTSD, epileptic seizures, diabetic neuropathy, MS, fibromyalgia,
autoimmune disease, and chronic pain. CBD has also demonstrated
neuroprotective and neurogenic effects, which is good for those suffering
from dementia and Alzheimer’s.
Lately there is a preoccupation in the non-psychoactive medicine causing a
renewed interest in growing industrial hemp in the US. Hemp plants
typically produce <0.3% THC which is within the federal guidelines. The
hemp is generating revenue for all kinds of products in addition to the
therapeutic CBD oil. So, industrial hemp will contribute greatly to the US
As far as the federal government is concerned, any CDB rich plant with
greater than 0.3% THC is considered “marijuana” and is restricted from
growing and extracting. In 2014 the process of legalizing hemp for the
purposes of research had begun in Congress.
Let’s fast forward to 2018.
Both houses of Congress passed the 2018 Farm Bill and on December 20,
2018, President Trump signed the Farm Bill into law! This means that
industrial hemp and its derivatives, including CBD is legal.
The 2018 Farm Bill defines hemp “to include all derivatives, extracts,
cannabinoids.” The bill clearly defines federal regulation and licensing for
lawful production ensuring protection and oversight. Farmers and all
hemp industries are protected from Federal prosecution for THC
production higher than 0.3% as long as good will action is taken to correct
over production of THC.
The 2018 Farm Bill allows and protects interstate transportation and
commercial sales of industrial hemp.
Another important distinction of the 2018 Farm Bill is that the legal term
for “marijuana” does NOT include hemp in its definition. Simply put,
industrial hemp is a legalized crop!
Even with the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill there are some restrictions.
Briefly, the FDA restricts the sales of CBD infused foods and beverages
across state lines.
I am so often asked if there is a difference between CBD from hemp or
cannabis strains. The answer is NO for medicinal efficacy. A molecule of
CBD is the same no matter its origin. The human body does not recognize
whether CBD comes from high THC strains or hemp.
However, medicinal benefits are enhanced when CBD interacts with the
plant’s/strain’s cannabinoid, terpenoid and flavonoid profile. CBD works
best with the phytocannabinoid, THC.
Consumers beware. Purchase CBD products that are produced within the
U.S. when possible, artisan made, and laboratory tested.
At Summit, we offer CBD capsules, tinctures, vapes, transdermal patches,
topicals, and more. The first thing you should know about our CBD
products is that the oil originates from organically grown hemp. Summit
looks forward to the opportunity to speak with you about our CBD
products. We will take the time to explain to you, efficacy, potency, dosing,
onset and duration!!