Success stories like Oliver’s are everywhere, but there’s not a lot of data to back up those results. That’s because CBD comes from cannabis and, like nearly all other parts of the plant, is categorized by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) as a Schedule 1 drug—the most restrictive classification. (Others on that list: heroin, Ecstasy, and peyote.) This classification, which cannabis advocates have tried for years to change, keeps cannabis-derived products, including CBD, from being properly studied in the U.S.
In fact, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Epidiolex (a drug made with a purified form of CBD oil) in June 2018 for the treatment of seizures associated with two rare and severe forms of epilepsy in patients 2 years of age and older. These two epilepsy forms are known as Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome. Epidiolex is the first FDA-approved drug that contains a purified drug substance derived from marijuana.
PharmaHemp is another gem of a company to come from tiny, green Slovenia. Their hemp fields are also open air, organic and drop-dead gorgeous. They are based in micro-locations in Eastern Slovenia, the Gorenjska region and Croatia. Areas that traditionally grew cannabis before its prohibition. All these locations continue to grow organically. Founded by Andrej Susnik in 2011, engineer and entrepreneur who has worked in the field of cannabis extraction since 1964, PharmaHemp is a solid European player with the leverage of experience and a great focus on organic production. By using supercritical CO2 extraction, PharmaHemp ensures that all their extracts are full spectrum, i.e. containing not only CBD (cannabidiol), but also other cannabinoids, terpenes, amino acids, essential fatty acids (omega oils), bioflavonoids and many other phytonutrients. Their cutting-edge production facilities are matched with very slick packaging and design.
Even though high-strength CBD oils are more expensive than lower concentrates, they work out to be more cost-effective and longer-lasting because you’ll need fewer drops to obtain the same effect. For example, a single drop of Love Hemp’s 40% CBD oil contains 20mg of CBD, that is 4 times more than a 10% tincture, which provides just 5mg per drop. If you’re looking to take a high dose, stronger concentrates will also make it easier to achieve your desired dose (fewer drops to count!).
A report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) published in the journal Pediatrics cautions pregnant women and nursing mothers to avoid marijuana use due to possible adverse developmental effects to their baby. In a study reviewed for the report, short-term exposure to CBD was found to increase the permeability of the placental barrier, potentially placing the fetus at risk from certain substances.