CBD, also known as cannabidiol, is a compound found in Cannabis Sativa and one of the more than 80 cannabinoids identified, with THC being the main component of the plant, representing up to 40% of its extracts. It is the cannabinoid that takes fame for its medicinal effects. But despite his therapeutic benefits, many statements about him are not entirely true.
Although its discovery dates back to 1940, when it was first isolated by a team of researchers from the Department of Chemistry at the University of Illinois, unfortunately, and since its origin is in cannabis, CBD has also become an object of many misconceptions over the years. Many people who go to a ‘grow shop‘ have little information about it. Therefore it is imperative for the staff of a crop shop to provide consumers with accurate knowledge about CBD. In this article, we offer a list of 5 common things that your customers can ask and really should know about this cannabis compound.
1. Does CBD have health benefits?
Different research suggests that CBD has many benefits for the body and health in general, without any fear of adverse side effects. In fact, the World Health Organization (WHO) determined at the end of 2017 that cannabidiol is not a dangerous substance and has great value for medicine. This information is crucial, especially as health and wellness products increase their presence on the shelves of grow shops. With the increase in personal or work problems, many potential clients will be prone to health problems such as depression and anxiety. This is where CBD can have an important use as an article of consumption, due to its function of inhibiting stress and calming the nervous system of the body.
2. Can it be used in the CBD in the recreational field?
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the main compound in cannabis responsible for causing psychoactive effects. CBD, on the other hand, counteracts the psychoactive effects of THC by acting as an antagonist of this cannabinoid. Therefore, it is important that customers understand that the cannabis plant does not identify only with the compounds that alter the brain. Cannabinoids such as CBD actually have a positive effect on the body and are also used in the recreational field, as varieties with a high CBD content produce a softer, more sustainable and pleasant effect, opening the possibility to different experiences beyond of the psychoactive ones.
3. How many forms of consumption exist?
It is a common thought that cannabis can only be used smoked or vaporized. But it is not true since there are multiple ways to consume CBD. The most popular is CBD oil, followed by CBD pills. Other means to access cannabidiol are also topical creams, aerosols or e-liquids for electronic cigarettes. In fact, users have found a wide variety of new forms of consumption as information about CBD increases, which also includes sweets, chocolates or infused drinks.
4. Does hemp CBD and marijuana CBD have the same quality?
It is exactly like that. The CBD found in the cannabis plant is already classified as hemp or marijuana. Actually, it would take much more hemp to get the same amount of CBD than a marijuana plant. Therefore, to take advantage of its benefits it may be better to grow varieties rich in CBD. However, there is no problem trusting hemp products, such as oils or lotions, although labelling should be read well, so as not to consume those that carry foreign components. Normally, these items are produced in specialized laboratories that take care of all processes and, as we have said, to have the same effects as marijuana CBD use a greater amount of industrial hemp.
5. What kind of CBD products can you buy?
There is a paradox that, although cultivation with limitations and under strict control is possible, Spanish legislation does not allow the manufacture of cannabis-derived products. On the other hand, it is possible to export the production to countries where the manufacture of these products is legal.
Despite the prohibition of manufacturing them, in Spain, there are products that contain CBD provided that they come from other countries, such as creams, balms or refills of e-liquid … The sale of these products is possible by the application of the principle of the free circulation of products and merchandise that governs the European Union. In this context, the Spanish State cannot prevent the marketing of products containing CBD if they have been legally manufactured or marketed in the other Member States, such as in the case of Germany, the United Kingdom, Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy or the Czech Republic.
But the reality is that despite the fact that the jurisprudence is favourable, with the lack of a clear guideline of the community institutions there is little legal certainty. In our country, the CBD has been able to buy for years with different formats, also as food supplements or dietary products. However, recently the Spanish Agency for Consumer Affairs, Food Safety and Nutrition (AECOSAN), at the request of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), has ruled the ban on the distribution of food supplements containing this compound. This situation, it seems, will continue until the European Union draws up a rule that clarifies the legal status of the CBD following EFSA guidelines, the European agency responsible for regulating everything that has to do with food.