Cannabidiol (CBD) concentrate is cannabis in its purest form. The concentrated oil is extracted from the cannabis plant and is sold in various forms in medical marijuana dispensaries across the country.
Common forms of CBD concentrate products include:
In order to extract the oils, you may need to use a solvent, like butane or ethanol, to get the necessary oils out of the plant. The oily plant compounds are what contain the cannabinoids that can be used for medicinal purposes.
Not all concentrates are the same. Some contain a very high concentration of CBD, while others contain high levels of the chemical compound tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is the psychoactive part of the cannabis plant, which stimulates the release of dopamine in the brain, giving you a relaxed, euphoric feeling, also known as a high.
The chemical compound CBD doesn’t result in an elevated or high feeling and is most often used for medicinal purposes in a variety of forms.
Getting to Know the Types of CBD
There are many types of CBD being sold on the market, but to better understand what’s possible in the medical marijuana industry, the most common CBD products include:
A CBD tincture is a concentrate created by extracting the oils from a cannabis plant using alcohol or another solvent.
Tinctures have a high concentration of cannabinoids and many users of CBD tinctures consume the products by adding a few drops of the tincture under their tongue for fast results.
CBD tinctures are one of the most popular alternatives to smoking marijuana for medicinal purposes. They are often available in a variety of flavors.
If you’re looking for a strong CBD concentrate, you may want to consider CBD oils. Depending on the extraction process, you can benefit from the CBD oils if you suffer from conditions, like chronic pain.
The strongest oil is the type that is extracted from the cannabis plant using butane. It can contain up to 80% of either CBD or THC, depending on the strain of cannabis used during the extraction process.
Also available is oil extracted using CO2 and high pressure. This type of CBD oil can’t be easily made at home, as it requires special extracting equipment. However, CO2 extracted oil is a popular choice for those using vaporizer pens.
Pills and Capsules
CBD capsules and pills contain cannabinoid hemp oil. After digesting the pills, the CBD oil is absorbed by your body and broken down in your liver. The oil then travels through your bloodstream.
Capsules are popular for their convenience and you don’t have to measure specific amounts of oil each day to get the proper dose. Hemp oil tablets are also legal in the United States, making it easy to travel with them and take as needed.
Pills and capsules may be taken medicinally for a variety of reasons, including:
- Improving mood
- Improving sleep patterns
- Boosting hormone production
- Increasing immune system response
Hemp oil also offers a variety of nutrients that are important in your diet. It is often used as a daily supplement.
CBD edibles are products like cookies and candies that contain CBD extracts. Edibles make it easy to consume CBD oil without having to smoke or vape.
Edibles are a popular choice for those who don’t like the taste of marijuana in leaf form or when inhaling smoke isn’t possible due to breathing issues and other medical conditions.
The amount of CBD in edible products can vary. Most often, high and potent doses of CBD are added to edibles to make consumption easy.
The Legality of CBD Concentrates
There is still much confusion concerning the legalities of CBD concentrates. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has had to redefine the concept of cannabinoids several times.
Generally, CBD laws vary from state to state but it remains illegal on a federal level. Still, CBD products are available in health food stores and other retail locations around the country.
Cannabidiol is protected in the 28 states where medical marijuana is legal. Additionally, 16 states maintain CBD-specific related laws that make it legal to sell CBD products, but not products with high concentrations of THC.
In the states where CBD is legal, there are often possession-specific laws that keep the concentrate legal only for people afflicted with muscle and nerve conditions, and for children with epilepsy.
In South Dakota, Indiana, West Virginia, Nebraska, Idaho, and Kansas, all parts of the cannabis plant are still considered illegal, on a federal and state level. There are also six states that don’t have any laws regarding possession or use of marijuana or CBD, therefore anyone caught with the substances can be arrested.
Overall, it seems the process of selling CBD concentrate products is much riskier than being in possession of them. The DEA and other law enforcement groups still pursue commercial violators across the country who attempt to sell CBD products.
There continues to be a big push to change laws regarding CBD sales and usage at both the state and federal levels.
Staying Within the Regulations
In Colorado, Oregon, Alaska, and Washington, CBD concentrate amounts must be displayed on the packaging label. CBD products in these states must pass potency and purity testing or risk being removed from the shelves.
In other states, consumers have to trust in the manufacturer to determine the strength of the available CBD products.
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