I know you've touched upon some of the products available now, but it seems like everywhere we turn, there's a new CBD infused something, it's topical, it's smokeable, it's ingestible. I got an ad for a cannabis-infused seltzer the other day. So how are we supposed to know what products are right for us and for the conditions that we have? And how can we tell when to separate a quality brand from kind of a snake oil salesman? - Another really great question, it's actually two questions. So let me take the first one first. So CBD, in and of itself is everywhere, that's because of the 2018 law that was passed making cannabis strains with less than 0.3% THC by weight, again, THC is the primary intoxicating constituent. So any cannabis strain with less than 0.3% THC by weight legally is considered something called hemp seed oil capsules 1000mg. The so-called hemp-derived products are the things that are proliferating all across the country and in fact.
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The globe, because they're legal and you can buy them everywhere, not just at places like specialty stores. But because they're legal, they're not really typically sold in dispensaries. Dispensaries typically take their real estate and use it for things that are cannabis-based where you have to have a different set of parameters in place. But the so-called hemp seed oil capsules 1000mg derived products, the CBD products. Let me say this, CBD is also not one thing, when we say, oh yeah, I took CBD today. Okay, CBD on its own, an isolate versus CBD within the context of other constituents of the plant and terpenoids, whole plant full spectrum including.
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THC, whole plant broad-spectrum, everything but THC versus an isolate. So all of these things are important. Again, the route of administration is important too, it has very, very low bioavailability when you consume it, when you just swallow it. So the actual amount that gets quotes "in" to do its job is lower. So very, very important to consider these things. And again, the proliferation of this marketplace, these thousands and thousands of products, everywhere you turn at the gas station. What's the likelihood that all of these products are exactly as they purport to be? The answer, unfortunately, is not so high. Huh? Get it, not so high,
A little cannabis joke. So in my group, we're actually taking a very close look at the differences between stated label claims, so what does it say versus what's in the product? We call it the, what's in your weed factor. Our patients come in and after they're on a regimen of products over a period of time, we actually have their products tested because in those studies it's not a clinical trial, I'm not giving it to them. And we find that, in fact, there's usually a pretty big disparity between what they're told is in the product or what they think is in the product, and what's actually in the product. That's very important. Not just because you may be plunking down a lot of money to get something that you're thinking is 20 or 30, let's say milligrams of hemp gel per ml. But because of what's in it, that shouldn't be in it. Things like heavy metals, pesticides, yeast, mold, these types of things that we don't want because they are illegal under the 2018 Farm Bill, which is something that we all have to keep in mind. These products are not FDA regulated, so they hit the market and there is no oversight or regulation. Some companies do a tremendous job, tremendous job. They are remarkably consistent despite the fact that they manufacture products that are botanicals, and there's a lot of variabilities inherently in botanicals. Other companies, not so much. We had one patient come in that was pretty convinced