You’ve probably heard about the health benefits of using CBD Oil and other supplements based on Hemp extracts. But the facts and serious research can get lost in the buzz.
Check out this FAQ for clear answers to the most common questions about the effectiveness, legality (yes, it’s completely legal!) and availability of Dragonfly Hemp-based CBD products.
1. What is CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally occurring chemical found in the seeds, stalks and flowers of hemp and other plants in the cannabis family. Cannabidiol has been shown to possess a wide range of health benefits, from suppressing pain and joint inflammation to treating some neurological disorders and helping support the immune system.
Cannabidiol, a phytocannabinoid derived from Cannabis species, has been shown to have positive impact on a wide range of conditions.
Unlike some other chemicals found in cannabis plants, mostly notably THC, cannabidiol is not associated with any psychoactive activity — it won’t get you high, and is not subject to the legal restrictions applied to recreational drugs.
And CBD can be found in high volumes in most hemp plants, making it an ideal application for the agricultural hemp industry that is booming here in Kentucky and some other states in the U.S. CBD-rich hemp is becoming the new superfood grown on trusted American farms.
While CBD Oil and is not yet approved by the FDA as a treatment for any condition, many researchers and users tout its benefits for a wide range of health issues. And now that CBD-rich hemp is being grown on American farms, the quality of CBD-extract products has improved dramatically over cheap imports
2. Is CBD Oil legal?
Absolutely. The FDA considers hemp-derived cannabinoids like CBD to be food-based products, much like nutritional supplements, so their distribution and consumption is not restricted.
However, most states in the U.S. still prohibit farmers from growing agricultural hemp. This has created some confusion about the legality of CBD products, but rest assured, Dragonfly Hemp CBD Oil is perfectly legal under FDA and almost all state regulations.
Because of restrictions on hemp farming and production, many CBD product manufacturers rely on hemp imports from other countries, where sourcing and quality control can be suspect. States like Kentucky, where the hemp used for Dragonfly Hemp products in produced, are leading the way in bringing this new super-food to American consumers safely and reliably
3. What’s the difference between Industrial Hemp and Marijuana?
Industrial Hemp is cultivated to have a very low concentration of THC, the psychotropic chemical in marijuana that gets recreational pot users high. (Scientifically, Industrial Hemp and marijuana are the same plant, Cannabis Sativa.) In fact, to meet legal standards, hemp must have about 30 times less THC than even the least potent marijuana.
Industrial Hemp simply cannot be used as a recreational drug.
However, farming hemp for industrial purposes has been legal federally only since 2014, and is still not commonly practiced across the United States. This continues to cause confusion among consumers, but Industrial Hemp and marijuana are definitely not the same product.
4. Is hemp-derived CBD as good as that produced from marijuana?
Yes. CBD is a chemical compound, and has the same properties regardless of where it originates. Most marijuana has very low concentrations of low non-psychoactive cannabinoids, such as CBD, CBC, CBG, and so is simply not an attractive option for agricultural and industrial uses.
Many U.S. farmers are now cultivating Industrial Hemp that is not only rich in non-psychoactive cannabinoids like CBD, but also contains high levels of aromatic terpenes which have also been shown promising antioxidant and analgesic benefits.
5. Are there negative side effects to using CBD products?
Hemp-based products, including CBD, are considered generally safe as dietary supplements. However, every individual is different. We recommend consulting with your healthcare professional before taking any supplement, including Hemp extract products. Be sure to discuss any pre-existing conditions or medications you may be taking.
6. What are the benefits of using Hemp-based CBD products?
Research and anecdotal user testimonials continue to show that CBD-based supplements offer a wide range of health and wellness benefits. National studies that show CBD may significantly reduce seizures in epilepsy sufferers whose condition is otherwise highly resistant to treatment.
Users report neuroprotective, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory benefits extend to a variety of neurological problems such as mild anxiety, pain from exercise, trouble sleeping and even acne.
More advanced research is being conducted on CBD’s possible application to neurological disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. Research into CBD’s possible usefulness is slowing the growth of tumors appears promising, but remains in the early stages.
7. Is standard hemp seed oil the same as CBD-rich hemp extract?
Not even close. Hemp oil, which you can find at health food and grocery stores, is considered a great nutritional food, but it is pressed only from the seeds of the hemp plant. Out Dragonfly Hemp CBD oils and products are processed from the whole plant — seeds, stalks and flowers — of Industrial Hemp cultivated just for this purpose. They contain a much higher concentration of CBD and other active ingredients that you will find in regular old hemp oil.
Check the label — standard hemp oil manufacturers don’t even propose to deliver the same benefits as our CBD-rich Industrial Hemp extracts and products.
8. Can I get your products where I live, or do I need to come to Kentucky?
You can order and use our CBD products pretty much anywhere in the United States. Click “here” to order directly from us or click “here” to find a list of our authorized distributors. Because our extracts are based on industrial hemp, a food product, and not marijuana, they are not subject to any federal laws applicable to medical marijuana or drug shipping.
There’s a lot of confusion online and in the national media on this issue, but you don’t need a medical marijuana card our other permit to use our hemp-based CBD products. There are some state laws that may impact availability of CBD products in your area, but such cases are the exception.
9. Where do you source your hemp and CBD?
We are from Kentucky, and we are proud to say that our Commonwealth has the best legislative and regulatory pathway to empower hemp programs to grow, cultivate, process and market hemp and hemp-derived CBD. Kentucky’ rich farmlands made it the dominant American supplier of hemp products in the past, and that legacy has propelled Kentucky’s farmers and processors to the vanguard of this re-emerging industry.
The Kentucky Department of Agriculture has aggressively developed a program that is compliant with Federal Farm Bill section 7606 and clearly articulates that the hemp flower is to be processed as an agricultural commodity.
10. What kind of testing/analysis is performed on your products?
Our commitment to the high quality is reflected in our extensive quality control program throughout all aspects of cultivation and processing. We are passionate about setting the industry standard for purity in hemp-derived CBD. All Dragonfly Hemp products products are tested by 3rd party laboratories to ensure accuracy, safety and quality. Check out our Certificate of Analysis. Click “here”
11. Will CBD show up in a drug test?
Effectively, no. Since CBD products derived from industrial hemp are so low in THC, using them is much less likely than marijuana-based products to create a positive result on drug tests. However, even hemp-based CBD can contain trace amounts of THC (often under .3%), and so you may want to consult your healthcare professional or employer before using a CBD product. Our Dragonfly Hemp isolate is 99+% pure CBD with no traceable THC.
12. So, HOW does CBD work, anyway?
Research on how cannabinoids like CBD produce positive health benefits is focused on the Endocannabinoid system (ECS), which was discovered in the early 1990s and has since been the subject of thousands of scientific studies. Findings show that the endocannabinoid system, which is composed of receptors sites located throughout the brain and nervous systems, impacts a huge range of functions, from appetite to pain management to the immunity to disease.
CBD tends to interact with one class of receptor, CB2, found primarily in the immune system. THC favors CB1 receptors, found mostly in the brain and central nervous system, and creates the high feeling created by marijuana use as a recreational drug.
These receptor sites are accompanied by endocannabinoids, cannabinoid-like compounds produced naturally by the body. There is still enormous amounts of research to be done, but one leading theory suggests that using CBD oil and other cannabinoid supplements may help combat a deficiency in these endocannabinoids. Such a deficiency has been tied to autoimmune disorders such as migraines and IBS.
Further study will help more clearly define all the therapeutic uses for CBD and other cannabinoids.
FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION (FDA) DISCLOSURE:
The previous statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease.
13. What is CBD isolate and how is it used?
What You’ll Learn in This Article
- CBD isolate is a crystalline solid or powder that contains pure CBD.
- CBD crystalline is surprisingly versatile when it comes to consumption.
- There are many benefits to using pure CBD powder over other forms of CBD.
- While preparing CBD isolate for consumption, all other cannabinoids and plant impurities must be removed.
- Isolate can be dabbed on a traditional dab rig.
14. History of hemp in Kentucky
Long before President Richard Nixon’s war on drugs, Kentucky was the largest source of hemp crops in the continental United States. The state began hemp cultivation in 1775 and remained a primary source of the plant well into 20th century, as indicated when the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reported that most of the hempseed in the United States was produced in Kentucky.