If CBD gummies contain more than .3% THC, the legal limit that defines which cannabis strains are considered hemp and which are considered marijuana than they could possibly cause you to feel high.
In states or regions that have legalized adult-use cannabis, you may find CBD gummies that include some amount of THC. Because these types of gummies would contain THC, or delta-9 Tetrahydrocannabinol, there would be a potential for experiencing the psychoactive effects.
What’s the effect combining CBD and THC? The effects of the combined compounds will vary depending on the CBD: THC ratio, potency, and dosage administered. CBD has been shown to potentially block, or reduce, the deleterious effects THC has on cognition, memory, and other functions.
Each person responds uniquely to cannabinoids according to numerous factors including genetics, environment, and tolerance, but CBD does not cause you to feel high, stoned, or intoxicated.
However, CBD may have an effect on mood and mentality. Studies indicate the supplement to have anti-anxiety and anti-stress like properties. Current clinical trials are underway to determine the effects of daily CBD capsules on general anxiety and other stress-related disorders.
The only way to be sure that you are not consuming or risking the effects from THC, such as feeling anxious or paranoid, is to consume CBD Gummies that are THC-free and contain 0% THC content, made from CBD isolate.
Hemp vs. Marijuana
Both hemp and marijuana are two types of the same plant species called, cannabis. Put simply, hemp and marijuana is the same thing.
Scientists still debate how to properly classify the different varieties of cannabis. Each variety of hemp and marijuana, or strain, exhibits a unique chemical composition of cannabinoids and terpenes. This profile is essentially like a fingerprint for unique strains of cannabis.
Hemp is the term generally used to define varieties, or strains, of cannabis that are very low in THC and produce higher concentrations of CBD.
Hemp is grown in two ways. In one method, the plants are grown close together causing them to grow tall and thin. This method is used for industrial hemp, which is grown for its fibrous and strong biomass, as well as for its nutritious seeds. Industrial hemp can be used to manufacture 30,000 different products.
The second method of growing hemp focuses solely on producing resinous hemp flowers. In this method, plants are grown for their flowers and appear identical to marijuana.
The flowers are harvested and processed to extract the therapeutic compounds from the plant’s resins such as CBD, CBG, CBN, and other secondary cannabinoids and terpenoids.
The raw, dried hemp flowers can also be smoked or vaporized. This is an affordable method of taking CBD, but hemp extracts offer more concentrated dosages often needed to combat the most severe symptoms.
Marijuana is the term used to describe cannabis strains that are high in THC and very low in CBD. Marijuana is also referred to as adult-use cannabis or recreational marijuana. Marijuana may contain certain concentrations of CBD; but overall, a lot of the adult-use marijuana is extremely potent and intoxicating.
Marijuana will not cause overdose deaths and the most adverse effects of using marijuana are self-mediated and diminish in a few hours.
The term medical marijuana typically refers to cannabis in general, as many of the compounds found in cannabis have therapeutic potential in the treatment of conditions such as pain, stress, appetite, seizures, and more. Medical and pharmaceutical grade marijuana is typically of higher quality and caliber than adult-use marijuana. Medical marijuana is available in many strains, each with its own unique effects.
Some strains are reported to be more beneficial for joint or back pain while others are said to be more “uplifting” with benefits to stress or fatigue.
All adult-use cannabis and medical marijuana are essentially the same plant, cannabis. Hemp, however, is the only type of cannabis that is considered to be legal under the 2014 Farm Bill and per ruling of the 9th District Court’s upholding in the case of the DEA vs. HIA.
CBD vs. THC
CBD is a non-intoxicating, legal substance, derived from hemp that has been approved for the treatment of many different chronic conditions by a growing number of countries and U.S. states and territories.
THC is an intoxicating substance approved at varying levels for the treatment of several chronic conditions in regions with medical marijuana programs or legalized cannabis.
CBD is legal at the federal level in all 50 states, while THC derived from marijuana is only legal in regions that have approved adult-use cannabis, or for those who are medical marijuana patient cardholders.
Both CBD and THC are found in the cannabis plant. Different varieties of cannabis each have their own unique CBD: THC profile, and accordingly will have varying effects depending on the secondary cannabinoid and terpene content.
What are some the potential health benefits of CBD and THC?
- Nausea relief
- Reduced risk of chronic disease
- Muscle tension relief
- Cramps and spasms relaxation
- And more
What are some of the main risks of THC?
The most at risk of adverse effects from THC are chronic marijuana users, especially those who start during adolescence. THC may increase the chance of experiencing mental illness in those at high risk for it. Conditions such as psychosis, anxiety, paranoia, and depression may be associated with long-term chronic marijuana use.
THC may cause the brain to not mature properly in adolescents who abuse marijuana, increasing their risks of cognitive and emotional issues ad adults. However, long-term trials are needed to further understand the effects of marijuana on the brain and who may have the highest risks.
CBD may actually prevent, protect, and repair the damages and deleterious effects caused by THC and chronic marijuana use. CBD is a known anti-psychotic substance and has been shown to block the effects of THC in the body.
CBD has also been shown in experiments to increase the size of the brain in areas responsible for relating emotions to experiences and verbally articulating thoughts, damaged by chronic marijuana use.
How CBD is derived from Hemp?
Processing hemp with CO2 extraction equipment is the main method used to produce CBD extract, or concentrate. CO2 extraction is considered the safest and cleanest method of solvent-based extraction. Other methods of solvent-based extraction involve using harsh chemicals like butane or propane.
CO2 extraction equipment utilizes highly controlled temperature and pressure ratios, along with isolated chambers. The most advanced equipment can isolate any individual molecule within the hemp extract, including THC, contaminants, mold, or pesticides.
The final product of CBD extraction is concentrated oil or extract, called CBD Concentrate. It is used to manufacture and produce consumer CBD products like CBD gummies, capsules, tinctures, oils, and more.
CBD can also be derived from hemp using non-solvent based extraction methods. These methods are more manual processes of extraction but are considered to produce high-quality concentrates that are typically only used for smoking, vaporizing, or infusing into healthy oils for cooking or topical applications. These types of CBD concentrates derived from hemp include live rosin, bubble hash, kief, etc.…
Another way to derive CBD from hemp for therapeutic use is by smoking the dried hemp flowers that contain cannabidiol. This method, although not considered the healthiest approach, is often highly effective for some according to many anecdotal reports from people smoking CBD hemp flower.
The dried CBD-rich hemp flowers can also be vaporized and inhaled. Vaporizing is considered much healthier than smoking as it eliminates the majority of carbon and noxious compounds in plant material. Vaporizers can be found ranging from sizes that are discreet, small and portable, to larger, tabletop size machines
Benefits of CBD Gummies?
The benefits of CBD gummies include all of the potential health effects of cannabidiol. Taking CBD as a daily supplement helps to build up the substance in the body, increasing the effects from its therapeutic properties.
CBD gummies may enhance the pain-relieving effects from opioids and NSAIDs. CBD has also been shown to have protective properties that may also reduce your risks from a heart attack and stroke, and is even considered to be anti-psychotic due to its effects on mood, emotions, and anxiety.
Research suggests that taking CBD, as a daily supplement may be beneficial as a preventative approach to health and wellness. Often, once chronic disease symptoms to appear the condition may be quite advanced.
Beginning a CBD regiment by taking a small amount daily may potentially reduce your risks of the leading symptoms in heart disease, cancer, liver disease, diabetes, and other chronic disease.
CBD is not a replacement for any medication and not a cure for any disease. Always consult a medical professional for health care in the treatment of serious conditions.