3 Reasons CBD Can Be So Expensive

With so many out there emphasizing on the great things CBD, many more people open up to giving it a try. Yet, what those people are soon to find out is just how expensive CBD oil and other products are.

If you’re just becoming apart of the CBD community, you may consider the prices too ridiculous for the average consumer. And you’re in every right to have this belief. Yet, it’s often overlooked just as to WHY cannabidiol is so expensive.

This article seeks to give you a proper explanation as to CBD’s prices and, hopefully, offer you reasons to continue your interest in these products.

1Regulations

Going from a hemp plant to a little bottle of CBD isn’t as easy as it may first appear. In fact, it’s a long, laborious, and – most importantly – an expensive process.

To begin, the hemp plant has the ability to yield different amounts of CBD. With that, growers naturally want to cultivate the plants that are only CBD rich. In order to do so, the hemp must be harvested from the perfect seed in the right conditions. And both these factors are limited.

Of course, there’s always the option to grow hemp indoors. However, this is an even more expensive process as farmers must make sure the plants receive consistency in temperature, lighting, and water.

Not to mention, regulations have forced farmers to pay big licensing fees¹.

In fact, farmers who decide to grow any cannabis plant (whether it’s marijuana or hemp) are taxed much heavier than your average vegetable farmer. Of course, this all depends on where you’re located. Many states within the U.S. have different regulations that come with different taxes.

2Extraction Is Difficult

Once the hemp plant is grown, the CBD must be extracted and isolated to place in products. This is another huge blow for companies wallets as the process and equipment come with a large cost.

To make it brief, the extraction process is as follows²:

  • The plant must be heated and pressurized with carbon dioxide (CO2).
  • The CO2 retrieves cannabinoids, terpenes, and other compounds.
  • This extraction must then be purified.
  • The result will then be frozen and purified again.

Of course, every extraction facility has their own way of going about the process. After the CBD is frozen, some mix it with coconut oil as a means of helping the human body intake the cannabidiol itself. Still, regardless of the facility’s method, there is no cheap and effective way to get CBD out of the cannabis plant.

And in order for these facilities to continue providing this service, they must charge a hefty fee to those providing products to the public.

3Market And Legality

The above two reasons are precisely why CBD is so expensive once it’s offered to the consumer. And it can’t be forgotten that each CBD company runs just like any other business.

They need to hire people, market themselves properly, and pay further fees for operating a cannabis business*.

Due to the 2018 Farm Bill, there is potential for the government to loosen up on their regulations surrounding CBD. If so, farmers, facilities, and businesses owners alike may not have to pay as much in taxes and fees.

Furthermore, as science continues to progress, there may a cheaper, yet effective, alternative to extracting CBD from the hemp plant.

Final Thoughts

As things stand now, consumers are forced to pay expensive prices for CBD products. Though this is unfortunate, it’s important to remember that every time you do make a purchase, you’re contributing to an industry that holds lots of potentials. And your contribution could one day make CBD more affordable for those who are in need of this alternative medicine.

Reference Sources

¹ National Institute of Food and Agriculture: Industrial Hemp

² NCBI: Extraction Method and Analysis of Cannabinoids in Cannabis Olive Olive Oil Preparations.

4 Ways To Talk About CBD With Loved Ones

Cannabidiol (CBD) has the ability to help a number of people through their day-to-day problems. However, due to its association with cannabis, many people are turned off.

This can be frustrating as you know CBD might just be the answer your loved one is looking for. But don’t let this frustration get the better of you. When it comes to this new and emerging industry, the most important thing we can do is educate others.

By informing people about CBD, we’re changing the stigma that’s been placed upon it and other cannabis products. Throughout this blog, we’re going to give a few pointers to mention to your loved one when discussing CBD.

1CBD Will Not Get You High

When people think of a cannabis product, they almost immediately think of the psychoactive effects associated with marijuana smoking. However, as we all know, CBD doesn’t get you high.

In order to convey this to a loved one, it’s important to mention the dozens of cannabinoids there are in a cannabis plant. Each of these cannabinoids interacts with the body in a different manner.¹

Cannabidiol (or CBD) is just one of these cannabinoids and it doesn’t interact with the body in the same way THC (the cannabinoid that gets you high) does.

THC binds itself directly to CB1 receptors and, in turn, produces psychoactivity. Whereas, CBD balances out both CB1 and CB2 receptors. Due to this balance of receptors, CBD actually can prevent a high.

2CBD Naturally Interacts with Your Endocannabinoid System

All drugs have a way of interacting with our bodies. But did you know CBD actually has a natural effect on our endocannabinoid system (ECS)?

Our ECS is a neuro pathway for CB1 and CB2 receptors and is found all throughout the body, from vital organs to the brain. It’s also responsible for a number of different functions within our bodies, including (but not limited to):

  • Appetite
  • Hormone levels
  • Inflammatory responses
  • Mood
  • Sleep patterns

As mentioned, CBD has been observed to balance out the receptors within our ECS. This is the reason it’s been found to have a number of positive medical effects. For example, if a specific area of your body is facing inflammation, CBD has the ability to decrease the number of neurotransmitters (or CB receptors) targeting that area of your body.

3CBD Is Obtained from Hemp, NOT MARIJUANA

When we tell people that CBD is obtained through the cannabis plant, they immediately assume this plant is marijuana. However, it’s important to make a clear distinction:

  • Marijuana is a cannabis plant that has high levels of THC.
  • Hemp is a cannabis plant that has high levels of CBD.

Of course, both plants come with other cannabinoids. But all CBD products that are federally legal must obtain their cannabidiol from a hemp plant. Meaning, there’s little to no THC in it.

4There are a Number of Different Ways to Consume CBD

It’s important to mention to your loved one how there are a number of different ways to consume CBD. These include (but aren’t limited to):

  • Edibles
  • Oils
  • Smoking or vaping
  • Topicals (such as creams)

This variety is for the sake of introducing more and more people to the therapeutic benefits of CBD.

The Science Says it All

At the end of the day, one of the best things you can do for you loved on is show them the scientific evidence. The information is at our fingertips. In just a quick Google search, you’ll find a number of different articles proclaiming how CBD has been found to help people with a variety of illnesses. And when it comes down to it, there’s nothing more convincing than the research backing the claims.

If you’re interested in sharing CBD with a loved one, we at Culture for Good invite you to check out our products page for more information.

Reference Sources

¹ Dialogues in clinical neuroscience: Cannabis, cannabinoids, and health

² Curren Pharmaceutical Design: The Therapeutic Aspects of the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) for Cancer and their Development

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