Choosing between marijuana and hemp CBD products
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Marijuana CBD products have multiple advantages if you are in a state where it is legal:
Purity and accurate labeling: In this states where marijuana is legal (recreationally or medically) the products are tested for purity (free from molds, bacteria, pesticides, heavy metals, E.coli, etc) and are labeled accurately for potency and the ratio of CBD to THC. Labels will also show which chemicals are used for extraction (you can select the safe ones) and whether the plant was grown organically.
Additional medical benefits from other elements of the plant: Secondary cannabinoids and medical terpenes extracted from the marijuana plant interact with CBD and THC to enhance medical benefits. Project CBD
THC has neuro-protectant benefits, according to research, and THC helps with some PCS symptoms such as pain from headaches, anxiety, and insomnia.
Use different CBD/THC ratios throughout the day, for example, 20/1 ratio for daytime and 2/1 before bed, as THC helps with sleep.
Hemp CBD products are the next best option if don't live where marijuana is legal. (Hemp CBD retailers are operating in a legal grey zone, see our page CBD Products From Hemp.)
Hemp CBD products are available for purchase online in the United States, (shipping to all 50 states) and Europe. CannaWell (part of Bluebird Botanicals) ships to the European Union.
There is no federal or state agency testing what is in the products. "Only 31% of 84 labs tested hemp CBD products had the amount of CBD indicated on the label. And who knows what else was in some of those products." Project CBD
The Reddit CBD community has vetted the most popular CBD hemp retailers to find the best CBD offered.
The vetted companies "who provide reliable testing results and great products" are: NuLeaf Naturals, Bluebird Botanicals, Green Mountain CBD, CannaWell (Bluebird distributed in the EU), CBDistillery, Populum, Palmetto Harmony, Receptra Naturals, Lazarus Naturals, Genco Pura Oil, Myaderm, Folium Biosciences (B2B/Bulk), and Ambary Gardens.
The process of vetting included reviewing each company's test results for contaminants as well as cannabinoid potency tests. They made sure the companies had all the operating permits required by the state. They reviewed where companies had sourced the CBD, and if companies had taken steps to prevent degradation of the medicine.