CBD vs. THC
THC is a component of the hemp plant that produces a “high” or a sense of euphoria. CBD, on the other hand has medical benefits that can help with many health conditions. CBD does not produce the “high” feeling that THC does, even though they come from the same plant.
The CBD industry is not well regulated by the FDA, therefore we recommend getting your CBD products at a reputable retailer so you are sure what you think you are purchasing is in fact, what it claims to be. The Medicine Store in Basehor values finding quality products that can prove their ingredients are legal and up to our store’s standards for our customers.
A benefit of purchasing CBD products from The Medicine Store is that we can confirm there are no drug interactions between your medications and the CBD products that you purchase. We can also help find the correct dosage for your needs. If you have any questions or concerns regarding whether CBD is right for you, please don’t hesitate to call or come into the pharmacy.
Full Spectrum vs. CBD Isolate
Isolate CBD and full spectrum hemp products are both extracted from the hemp plant. CBD isolate is just strictly one type of cannabinoid (CBD/cannabidiol), while full spectrum hemp extract contains several types of cannabinoids (CBD + CBN + CBL+ CBG, ect.) (illustrated below). It is thought that the cannabinoids in full spectrum hemp oil work together for an enhanced benefit called the “entourage effect.”
Five Common Misconception about CBD
The first common misconception is that CBD is illegal.
- In most states, including Kansas, it’s completely legal to purchase and use CBD oil & other products derived from hemp.
- The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 changed the definition of marijuana to exclude “hemp” – plant material that contains 0.03% or less THC. Hemp derived CBD must be below 0.03% in THC content and can be purchased by consumers over the age of 18.
- Our best seller is Ananda Full Spectrum 600 mg THC-Free Hemp Oil retailing for $90. You simply place the recommended dose under your tongue & wait for it to absorb and then swallow. Finding your recommended dose is an individual process. CBD has a bell shape dosage curve. This means starting with a low dose is important that way you can build up to your recommended dose. Once you have exceeded your individual ideal dose, you should feel as though the CBD oil has become less effective. Start tapering back down until you feel the full effectiveness you did before and that will be your ideal dose.
- We recommend starting with a 1/4 to 1/2 a dropperful for the first couple of days then increase to a 1/4 to 1/2 dropperful in the morning AND at night for a couple more days. Then increase as tolerated.
The second common misconception is that CBD make you high and will result in a failed drug test.
- THC is a component of the hemp plant that produces a high or a sense of euphoria. CBD, on the other hand has medical benefits that can help with many health conditions. Isolate CBD contains 0% THC and will not cause a failed drug test. Full spectrum CBD contains less than 0.03% THC, which are levels within legal limits. There is a small chance that full spectrum CBD oil could produce a false positive on a drug test and if this happened it would be necessary to ask for a more specific test.
- Which form of CBD is right for you? If you’re targeting a part of the body that is close to your skin, you should try a topical cream, gel, or lotion. This will deliver the highest concentration of CBD to the particular area. This is great option if you have arthritis, aches and pains.
- PharmaCanna Rapid Cooling Cream is our best seller when people are looking for topical options, it retails for $45. People commonly use it for pain in their knees, hands, neck, or back.
- If your target area is in your brain, immune system, or other location not necessarily close to the skin then the CBD needs to travel through the bloodstream – oral CBD products such as oils, capsules or gummies are the best option for you in this case.
The third common misconception is that you can become addicted to CBD.
- You cannot become addicted to CBD oil of any kind. In fact, studies have shown that CBD oil actually blocks the addictive effects of highly addictive painkillers by reducing the pleasure the body feels upon taking the medication. With this being said, we are not saying that CBD can cure an addiction but it has the potential to help. If you would like to read more about how CBD oil can help, here are two great articles to read: http://www.bestcbdoils.org/for/addicts/ & https://www.consumerreports.org/cbd/can-cbd-treat-opioid-addiction/
- Another option if you’re considering CBD oil is PharmaCanna 1500mg Hemp Oil retailing for $95 or 3000mg Hemp Oil retailing for $180. If you’re wondering why the price is so high its due to the potency. We don’t typically advise using the most potent option if you’re just starting to use CBD. We recommend lower milligram oils first to see how your body reacts then increase if needed and tolerated.
The fourth common misconception is that CBD is not psychoactive.
- This misconceptions is a very common one, and for good reason. As previously mentioned in our Tuesday post, you cannot get high from CBD alone because CBD is not intoxicating. However, it is psychoactive because it does affect one’s mental state, hence its use for things like anxiety and depression. Because it can positively affect a consumer’s mind, it is more accurate to say that CBD is non-intoxicating.
- A common question we get asked is what do people use CBD for?
- Chronic Pain
- CBD isn’t just from humans we also sell CBD for pets! AnadaPets+ is a full spectrum hemp extract specially made for your furry friends that retails for $60. If your pet experiences anxiousness from car rides, thunderstorms, separation anxiety, etc. CBD could be a great option for them. Also, full spectrum hemp extract can potentially help with chronic pain or arthritis. Plus it’s bacon flavored.
The fifth common misconception is that CBD is CBD, regardless of where it comes from.
- CBD oil is relatively new, and therefore, there aren’t many regulations in place to ensure quality and potency. That’s why this particular misconception is an easy one to fall for. High quality CBD will have been safely extracted from a trusted plant source and have its ingredients clearly labeled. There is nobody ensuring that the CBD you purchase at the gas station or some pop-up store is indeed what it claims to be.
- The two CBD brands that The Medicine Store sells in the pharmacy are Ananda & PharmaCanna. Both of these brands produce a certificate of analysis for each lot produced allowing us to verify their quality and potency. The Medicine Store values our customers and want products that prove their ingredients are legal and up to our store’s standards.
- Another benefit of purchasing CBD products from The Medicine Store is that we can confirm there are no drug interactions between your medications and the CBD products that you purchase.
- Another great CBD product we sell is the PharmaCanna CBD Softgel capsules. We have two strengths 750mg retailing for $55 or 2,250mg retailing for $125. This is another great option if you would like to take your CBD orally.