The Role of Hemp in a CBD Product

CBD is a cannabinoid in the cannabis plant, which means it can come from the marijuana plant (often alongside THC) or the hemp plant. If it comes from the marijuana plant, it has to be sold in a dispensary so all CBD sold elsewhere (i.e., your local coffee shop, day spa, or online) is derived from the hemp plant and characteristically has 0.3% or less THC.

To buy the best Hemp CBD product, here are three important elements to look for on the label:

Look for the word “Hemp”

If it’s derived from Hemp (which it should be) it should say it. Products that claim to have CBD but don’t include the word “Hemp” on the label are either of questionable origin (i.e. shipped in from international countries with lax regulations) or derived from the marijuana plant which means it should be sold in a dispensary. A “Hemp-derived” label ensures that the product is legal across all 50 states and compliant with America’s Hemp farming practices.

Look for the acronym “CBD”

Seems like a given, but head to the hemp section of the supplement aisle at any grocery store and you’ll notice brands promoting a “hemp extract.” This is not the same as Hemp-derived CBD.

A “Hemp extract” product uses all the cannabinoids in the hemp plant and gives you no guarantees on how much, if any, CBD is in it. On the other hand, a product labeled “hemp-derived CBD” will include all the cannabinoids in the plant but guarantees a certain amount of CBD you can depend on.

Look for the amount of CBD.

It’s one thing to know CBD is in the product, but it’s always better to know exactly how much is in it. Most products should include an amount of CBD included in each package. Aim for those that break out to 15-20+ or more milligrams per serving.

One sneaky trick to avoid it to make sure the number included on the label applies to CBD specifically and not cannabinoids as a whole. For example, “25mg of CBD per serving” is great while “25mg of cannabinoids per serving” is not so great. The latter means you won’t know how much, if any, CBD is in the product.

From a manufacturing standpoint, CBD is an expensive commodity. To shave costs, brands will use general hemp extract, leaving customers in the dark on what they’re really buying the product for: the CBD.

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