Is American Sourced CBD Better Than CBD From Europe?
In this post I am going to discuss the battle, and controversy perhaps, between European hemp-derived CBD and domestic United States-derived CBD.
I’ve noticed there is a little bit of a battle between these two sources of CBD in terms of quality, and I have to admit that I may have contributed to this battle myself.
I do have a number of videos and posts where I advise you that some of the best quality CBD comes from American producers who are growing their hemp in farm bill states like Colorado, Oregon, Kentucky, and pretty much any other state that allows for the growing of industrial hemp. Kentucky, Oregon, and Colorado are the big three, but there are plenty of other states that are now growing industrial hemp as well.
Here I want to carefully explain how it’s not so black-and-white and it’s not so simple.
The number one point I want to make is that the best CBD product is going to be the one that works the best for you. I don’t care where it comes from. I don’t care if it was grown in Mexico, Prague, Kentucky, or the moon. The best one is the one that works for you and for whatever application you’re using the CBD for.
If you’re using CBD to help you sleep better, maybe it helps you fall asleep easier. If you’re using CBD for pain, maybe it decreases your pain and lets you have a more comfortable day. Or maybe CBD just helps you relax at night after a long day at work.
Cannabis — The Plant Of Twenty Thousand Uses
As I’ve taught you before, there are so many different varieties of cannabis. But really, all of those varieties stem from one single plant — it’s called cannabis — and it’s magical in how many uses it has.
You can use cannabis to make fibers — to make rope and clothing and all kinds of different materials. You can use hemp for food production when you use the seeds — to just eat the seeds, make food out of the seeds, and also to press the seeds to make oil. Then there are the medicinal components, where you have the cannabinoids and the terpenes that are produced in the resinous parts of the plant.
The point is — you have all these uses for one plant. Not only that, you have all these different varieties that have been bred to be ideal for one use or another. In some cases, you even have varieties that can be used for multiple uses. For example, when hemp plants are grown for producing seeds for oil production (for hemp seed oil), the same plant can sometimes be used for CBD extraction.
As I’ve continued to research the cannabis plant and all its different applications, I’ve realized it’s not so black-and-white. And I admit that, perhaps, I may have made it seem like it was much more simple, and that you have to get your CBD from American sources.
The reason I did say that before, and will continue to say that in the future, is because I think some of the highest quality CBD products are coming from American producers. This is because U.S. producers tend to grow high-resin hemp plants, so they are really focused on the cannabinoid production.
Last month, there was a free webinar from the Hemp Business Journal. Sean Murphy has some really good webinars about every month or so. Check out his site so you can learn more. Anyway, one of the most interesting points discussed in the last seminar was that 50% of current American hemp production is for the purpose of extracting CBD.
American farmers are growing high-resin, cannabinoid producing plants. They’re focused on the terpene and cannabinoid profile – not just the CBD but the other beneficial cannabinoids which contribute to what’s called the entourage effect.
I think that’s a major plus when you go with American hemp. It takes the thought out of it. You kind of have a more sure thing of getting a good product, and that’s why I simplified it in the past.
But I want to make sure you understand that you can grow any kind of cannabis plant anywhere, as long as the conditions are right. Let’s take a Charlotte’s Web-type strain for example (very high CBD, very low THC). You can grow that kind of strain anywhere, so long as you know what you are doing. It’s not like you have to grow it in the United States or you have to grow it in France.
It is true that, historically, Europe was more focused on the production of hemp for fiber. That was really where European hemp farmers were focused on. A lot of that is still going on there today but, again, a lot of times some of that hemp can actually be used to make CBD as well. There can be overlap, depending on how the farmer is doing it, what plants they’re using, and what practices they’re putting into it. Again, it’s not so black-and-white.
The Two Things You Need To Know
So let’s summarize the main points here:
Number One: The best CBD product is not dependent on where it’s from. It’s far more important that it was produced with good manufacturing practices so it’s a clean product, as we’ve talked about before. You want to make sure you’re getting a good, clean product that’s not going to have something in there that you don’t want. Of course, we’re still in a new market here, so everybody is learning about ways of how to make the best products, how to keep things very clean and in tip-top shape. You want a product, no matter where it comes from, that was made with good manufacturing practices. That almost goes without saying, right?
Number Two: The best product is going to be the one that works the best for you. So, if a European-produced product is working better for you than an American product, who cares? That’s the best product for you then. It doesn’t really matter. Or vice-versa. On the other hand, maybe it’s not a hemp product that’s ideal for you. Maybe it’s a straight marijuana product that’s very low in THC, like the famous ACDC strain or similar.
I’ve heard a lot of people say, “Well, I tried hemp products. I tried the marijuana products. And the marijuana versions work a little better for me.” Is that because they need a little THC? Maybe. Or, is it because of a unique terpene that might be helping them? Hard to say exactly why as there are too many contributing factors to consider. But what I wanted to clarify in this video is that hemp from Europe is not worthless. CBD from Europe can be a high quality and useful product for people to benefit from.
I hope I didn’t mislead anybody in the past. My main concern in the past, from my research and what I was reading, was that, because the plants grown in Europe tend to be lower in their CBD content, a lot more plants need to be used to make the extractions and concentrates that go into the tinctures that you’re being sold and using. Not just the tinctures, but the products, the capsules, all the different kinds of CBD products out there.
My concern was mainly due to an argument made by Martin Lee at Project CBD and it sounded very reasonable. His argument was if you’re using a hemp variety that’s low in cannabinoid content, you’re going to have to use massive quantities of those plants to get the same amount of cannabinoids as you would from a more resinous hemp variety like the ones more commonly grown in America.
As cannabis plants in general are very good bioaccumulators, my concern was that using higher quantities of the plant may increase the chances of higher concentrations of toxins getting into the finished products you use. So, that makes sense, right? If you’ve got a bunch of infected crop or something like that and you are processing a ton of it, there’s a higher chance there’s going to be a toxins and unwanted stuff in the finished product because you’re using more plants to make it.
With that said, as long as the company that is producing the product is using good manufacturing practices, they’re going to be checking that. The quality control, no matter where it comes from, has to be there anyway.
Again, this is a new industry. We don’t have the strongest regulations established yet. And there are all different kinds of producers. That’s actually a good thing because you want that diversity, and the cream will rise to the top, so to speak. The best manufacturers, the best products are always going to come out on top no matter what. That’s why I love free markets because you let the people decide and you let the market decide for itself. You don’t just say, “Well, this is the best one.”
If you take Big Pharma, for example, they come at it from the argument that: “We have the best product because we have tested it so much.” But, honestly, you could have an over-the-counter supplement company with even higher standards and better products than Pharma companies. This is definitely possible. I know GW Pharma is making good products, and I don’t have anything against them. But it doesn’t mean, just because it’s a Pharma-regulated product or an FDA product, that it’s the best one.
What I wanted to share with you is to keep an open mind. Don’t necessarily assume that European hemp is worthless or inferior to American-grown hemp. I still support the domestic American market because it’s very up and coming. Pre-2014, we weren’t even allowed to grow hemp for many decades due to old, outdated laws.
So we have a ways to go in America and I fully support the American hemp industry. I want it to become as widespread and as big as other countries, like Europe and Canada and China.
Keep in mind that you need to be open to different products because you don’t want to close yourself off to a product that could be really good for you just because it comes from European soil or something like that.
Let me know your comments below. I hope we can get a good conversation going. I want to know what products have worked best for you – American-sourced products or European products, or both, or marijuana-derived products.
I love hearing from you so let me know in the comments section below.