by James Hinkle, Farmer of Sunlight™️
Is it Pot?
Both hemp and marijuana plants are of the same species - cannabis. The primary differentiating factor between the two is the level of THC that you will find contained within the flowers that these plants produce.
While the definition varies from state to state, you will typically find that any Cannabis plants that produce flower with less than 0.3% THC will be considered hemp, while those that contain more than 0.3% THC are considered marijuana plants.
Unlike THC, CBD lacks the psychoactive properties that create the “high” sensation in Cannabis products. Instead, it provides your body with soothing feelings that can help mitigate anxiety, pain, depression and even seizures.
How will it interact with my current medication?
Studies have shown that CBD utilizes enzymes from your liver in order to work its magic. That being said, certain synthetic drugs also make use of enzymes from your liver. As such, the two competing for the same enzymes can have a dampening effect. This is not applicable to all forms of medication, but we highly recommend you consult with your doctor before taking CBD if your well-being is currently dependent upon any pharmaceutical drugs.
Does it work?
The unfortunate reality is that the market is flooded with the products of companies that are just trying to make a quick cash grab by slapping the word "CBD" in shiny letters onto some packaging and giving little care to the quantity or the quality of the materials going into their products. To make matters worse, these products are often fairly expensive. Purchasing one of these "all flash no bang" products and not experiencing significant results can leave the patient feeling burnt out on CBD and skeptical of its effectiveness. However, there is significant evidence that CBD is effective at treating insomnia, anxiety and pain provided that proper dosages are applied.