What more can you say about a city once you’ve shared that it was ranked as the number one place to live in the United States by US News & World Report four years in a row, and continues to rank highly. Between its tech industry appeal, live music scene, beautiful parks, and proximity to the beach, you can see why Austin consistently tops the charts as one of the best cities in the US to live and work. And one place that tops the charts when it comes to CBD and Delta 8 THC products is The Hemp Doctor, America’s Premier Hemp & CBD Dispensary.
As you browse through our website to shop our extensive inventory, you may run into some terms that you are unfamiliar with or have general questions regarding. Seeing that the CBD and Delta 8 THC industry is so new, it’s no wonder that you may be confused. We at The Hemp Doctor are always striving to be transparent with our products and to better inform our loyal customers because we believe a knowledgeable customer is a happy customer. With that in mind, we have created a one-stop reference guide to many of the frequently asked questions we get about terms and about our products in general.
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CBD and Delta 8 THC Questions and Answers
Q: What is CBD?
CBD is short for cannabidiol. It is a molecule, known as a cannabinoid, that is found naturally in the cannabis family of plants as well as in the human body. In fact, it is one of over 100 cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant along with CBG, CBC, and THC, among others. Although CBD can be found in both the hemp and marijuana strains of the cannabis plant, it is much more prevalent in hemp, where THC is the primary cannabinoid in marijuana.
CBD interacts holistically with the body’s endocannabinoid system and can provide a number of beneficial results. This endocannabinoid system was only discovered in the past few decades, so its function and the benefits of introducing plant-based cannabinoids, known as phytocannabinoids, into the body are still being discovered. However, what we do know is that this endocannabinoid system has been shown to regulate things such as mood, comfort, and sleep. Anecdotal evidence and some studies have suggested that introducing CBD into the body helps the endocannabinoid system better regulate the body in these areas.
Q: What is Delta 8 THC?
Delta 8 THC is another cannabinoid that is found in the cannabis family of plants, but it is not nearly as prevalent. In fact, only about 1 percent of the hemp plant contains Delta 8 THC. This is why it is necessary, through a process of refining steps, to turn more prevalent cannabinoids like CBD into Delta 8 THC.
Delta 8 THC is known to have many of the same wellness benefits as CBD. However, some users experience psychotropic effects from using Delta 8 THC.
Q: Is Delta 8 THC different from regular THC?
Awareness of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) has been around for many years. This is because of its famous ability to give the user a feeling of being high whenever it is ingested. Users have also touted this cannabinoid’s holistic wellness benefits as well. The specific technical term for this well-known cannabinoid is Delta 9 THC.
Recently, however, another THC cannabinoid has come to the attention of researchers and the cannabis market in general, and that is Delta 8 THC. This cannabinoid carries many of the same benefits as Delta 9 THC and CBD. However, it is not known to cause the head high that Delta 9 THC users experience. In fact, users claim to have an overall good feeling throughout their body without the mental influences of Delta 9. They report that they are more clear-headed and don’t report experiencing the negative side effects like anxiousness or paranoia as some users of Delta 9 experience.
Q: Are CBD and Delta 8 THC legal?
Yes, and here why.
Hemp has been around for centuries, and was not only legal in the United States since its founding, it was a required crop for farmers to produce during wartime. It wasn’t until after the turn of the century that hemp began to be associated with marijuana and, therefore, came under public scrutiny. Hemp eventually became classified as a Schedule 1 drug along with marijuana, which made it illegal on a federal level.
All that changed in 2018 when The Farm Bill was passed. This legislation made all hemp and hemp-based products federally legal across the United States as long as the product was
- Derived from hemp and not marijuana,
- Was derived from hemp grown by licensed farmers,
- Contained no more than 3 percent THC.
This legalization caused a huge surge in the demand for CBD and other cannabinoid products, like Delta 8 THC, because they were now federally legal. A few states still demand that CBD products contain no THC, but most simply follow federal law.
The legality of Delta 8 THC, however, is a little more tenuous. The Farm Bill was specific in the fact that the THC content it referred to was Delta 9 THC and any product with more than 0.3 percent THC continued to be illegal on a federal level. Because Delta 8 THC is molecularly different from Delta 9 THC, it remains in the same category as CBD and is federally legal. There continue to be challenges to this legality by the DEA and other entities, but it remains legal as of the posting of this blog.
Q: What do full-spectrum and broad-spectrum mean, and what’s the difference between them?
Whenever hemp plants are harvested and sent for processing, there are a few steps the plants go through before becoming the final product. The first step is the extraction process. This is where the oils are extracted from the hemp plant. This extracted oil contains not only CBD, THC, and other cannabinoids, it contains other beneficial elements like terpenes and flavonoids.
When a product is made using this oil that contains all of these elements, it is known as full-spectrum. Studies and anecdotal evidence show that this combination of cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids has a much more profound effect than just an isolated cannabinoid product alone.
This basic hemp oil may go through an additional step in processing where all of the THC cannabinoids are removed. Products made from hemp oil that is devoid of THC is labeled as broad-spectrum or THC-Free. Broad-spectrum products are perfect for those who want the benefits of a CBD product, but for religious or work reasons want to stay clear of any THC.
Q: Are there any issues regarding traveling with a CBD or Delta 8 THC product?
This is a question we are getting more of now that our customers are being vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus and beginning to travel again. While CBD and Delta 8 THC products are federally legal, a few states may have concerns about their usage. In addition, some forms of CBD and Delta 8 THC products may be scrutinized more than others.
We suggest that when you travel, you steer clear of traveling with any hemp flower, prerolls, or kief products. These look and smell a lot like marijuana, and airport security or a police officer may give you a hard time about possessing them. In addition, vape cartridges may get a second look by overzealous officers.
We encourage you to only travel with tinctures, softgels, edibles or any other non-flower-based products. In addition, keep your CBD and Delta 8 THC products in their original container in order to be easily identifiable. Of course, it is always a good idea to educate yourself on the laws of the state or country you are traveling to, as the legality of these products may differ.
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You can shop with The Hemp Doctor online at any time. However, if you have additional questions, one of our friendly and knowledgeable staff is standing by to help you by phone, or you can use our convenient contact us form to get the answers you need.