CBD-Only Products

Can I Buy CBD-Only Products without THC?

CBD-Only Products can be sold as a lotion or tincture.

Cannabidiol (also known as CBD)  is the new poster child for people who want to use a natural remedy for many common ailments instead of Over-the-counter medications that may reduce headache pain.

This could include aspirin, acetaminophen, and ibuprofen or harder, more severe drugs like Opiates such as Heroin, Codeine, Morphine, Oxycodone (OxyContin), Hydrocodone (Vicodin), and Hydromorphone (Dilaudid).

CBD is one of the 104 chemical compounds known as cannabinoids found in the Cannabis plants, but it is one of the most important.

Most often, you hear about Tetrahydrocannabinol (aka THC). THC causes the sensation of getting “high” that’s often associated with Cannabis. However, unlike THC, CBD is not psychoactive. This quality makes CBD an appealing option for those who are looking for relief from pain and other symptoms without the mind-altering effects of THC or certain pharmaceutical drugs.

You can produce CBD from Hemp plants which do not have THC (or less than .3% by law) or from Indica, Sativa, or Hybrid Cannabis plants that include both THC and CBD as well as other cannabinoids. Once harvested, the Hemp flowers can be smoked or growers or producers can make it into an oil. CBD oil is made by extracting CBD, then diluting it with a carrier oil like coconut or hemp seed oil. If it is obtained from Indica, Sativa, or Hybrid plants, only the CBD portion of the plant can be used for CBD-only products. This type of CBD is called an isolate.

CBD oil can be added to lotions, tinctures, Vape pens, or Edibles like cookies and Gummies.

It’s gaining momentum in the health and wellness world, with some scientific studies confirming it may help treat a variety of ailments like chronic pain and anxiety.

What Kind of CBD Products Are the Best?

  • CBD-Rich Full-Spectrum Products: Choose Cannabis Brands that include both CBD and THC. CBD and THC work best together, enhancing each other’s therapeutic benefits. Hemp-derived CBD oil can be good as well, but be aware that most Hemp-derived CBD is not regulated like Cannabis Brands are. Full-spectrum means that it contains Terpenes, other plant Cannabinoids and enhancements.
  • Easy-to-read Labels: Look for labels showing the quantity and ratio of CBD and THC per dose, a manufacturing date and batch number (for quality control), and ingredients. Look for product labels that indicate the amount of CBD and THC per serving – not just the total cannabinoid content for the entire bottle.
  • Lab Tested: Safe products are free of mold, bacteria, pesticides, solvent residues, and other contaminants. This information is available in the COA (Certificate of Analysis) and should be available from the Cannabis Brand. If they don’t provide it, move to the next Brand.
  • Safe Ingredients: No corn syrup, GMOs, transfats, and artificial additives. Since sugar enhances inflammation, you may consider not purchasing products that include it. While you are at it, gluten-free is always good too.
  • Avoid CBD hemp oil vape cartridge products with toxic thinning agents (such as propylene glycol and ethylene glycol), flavor additives, and other harmful ingredients.
  • Avoid poor quality CBD gummies made with corn syrup and artificial colors.
  • Think twice about brands that claim their CBD is derived from the seed and stalk of the hemp plant. CBD is not present in hempseed and barely any CBD is present on the stalk of the hemp plant.
  • Safe Extraction: Avoid extraction with toxic solvents like BHO, propane, hexane, or other hydrocarbons. Solvent residues are especially dangerous for immune-compromised patients. Look for products that use a safer method of extraction like supercritical CO2.
  • CBD from Cannabis Not Industrial Hemp: Compared to whole plant cannabis, hemp is typically low in cannabinoid content. A huge amount of hemp is required to extract a small amount of CBD, raising the risk of contaminants because hemp draws toxins from the soil. The robust terpene profile of whole plant cannabis enhances the therapeutic benefits of CBD and THC.

Low-resin Industrial Hemp is Not a Great Source of CBD

CBD from Medical Cannabis with THC will be more potent because the more resin in the plant, the more CBD there is to extract. Low-resin industrial Hemp grown for fiber or seed oil is not a great source of CBD for several reasons (as noted by Projectcbd.org – https://www.projectcbd.org/cbd-101/Cannabis-Hemp-law):

  • Industrial Hemp typically contains far less CBD than CBD-rich THC Medical Cannabis like Indica or Sativa, so a large amount of industrial Hemp is required to extract a small amount of CBD. This raises the risk of contaminants as Hemp naturally draws and accumulates toxins from the soil and pesticides if it is raised in outside. But it is not so great for making ingestible medicinal oil products. Unless Medical Cannabis Brands are careful and take this into consideration, CBD Oil extracted from Hemp can concentrate the toxins as well as the good stuff.
  • Choose CBD products grown in the US rather than overseas. Consumer Reports suggests looking for Cannabis Brands in states that have legalized recreational and medical Cannabis “since they tend to have higher standards.”
  • CBD oil is often a secondary product of industrial Hemp grown primarily for another purpose like manufacturing rope, cloth, etc. Farmers can make additional money if they sell their unused Hemp biomass (what is left after the Hemp is processed) to a business that wants to extract CBD from the leftovers. This dual-use practice is widespread and barely regulated, if at all, and the Hemp biomass is often tainted with residues of toxins and pesticides from the soil and toxic solvents that are used to extract the CBD. If a Cannabis Brand is not considering this, their products will have problems too.
  • Heavily refined CBD paste or CBD-isolate (distilled CBD) derived from industrial Hemp is poor starter material requiring dilution for formulating CBD-rich oil products.
  • Compared to high-resin Medical Cannabis like Indica or Sativa plants, low-resin Hemp is more vulnerable to pest and mold infestation because high-resin plants contain Terpenes as well as cannabinoids that repel predators, attract beneficial insects, and protect plants from blight.
  • Industrial Hemp is less chemically diverse than high resin Medical Cannabis, lacking the robust mix of medicinal Terpenes and secondary cannabinoids commonly found in high-resin Indica or Sativa Medical Cannabis. These compounds interact with CBD and THC to enhance their therapeutic benefits.

CBD-Only Methods

CBD-Only Topicals - Cream and Lotion
Hemp CBD-Only Flower
Cannabis Tinctures
Cannabis Capsules
Cannabis Vape Pens
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