CBD event

Nigel Branson, president and co-founder of FirstFitness Nutrition and program presenter, from left; Cheryl VanScoter, Presidential Director; Tammy Mason, Gold Director; and Brad Binder, certified wellness coach, are shown at this week’s CBD symposium.

SMETHPORT — More than two dozen people were in attendance Wednesday at FirstFitness Nutrition’s free CBD Symposium that explored the health benefits of cannabidiol, or CBD, and marketing opportunities.

Nigel Branson, FFN president and company co-founder, presented information about all aspects of CBD, and corrected public myths and misconceptions about CBD during an educational session at the Seneca Highlands Intermediate Unit 9 administrative offices.

CBD, which is a cannabidiol or cannabinoid found in hemp and marijuana plants, are members of the cannabis family. CBD oil can be made from these sources. CBD made from marijuana, which contains high amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol, a chemical that gives marijuana smokers a “high,” can be purchased in those states that have OK’d cannabis for medical treatments, recreational use or by medical marijuana card holders.

CBD is now legal in all 50 states as long as it’s made from hemp, Branson explained.

CBD oil derived from the hemp plant is permitted by federal law and legal limits to have only approximately .03 percent tetrahydrocannabinol to be legal for sale to the public, which is too weak to cause a “high.” Marijuana’s tetrahydrocannabinol content is much higher.

Branson, whose company sells a hemp oil product, added that his product is subjected to “rigorous third party testing,” ensuring accurate levels of phytocannabinoids and the absence of tetrahydrocannabinol.

Branson mentioned the company’s concept of “soil to oil,” which explains the extraction and purification process that retains high amounts of phytocannabinoids and eliminates trace amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol

At one time, CBD was clearly associated with “pot.” However, CBD is not equivalent with marijuana.

Branson advised the audience to carefully read the labels on CBD bottles, because the Journal of the American Medical Association has reported that more than 70 percent of CBD sold in stores is mislabeled.

“Many of those products are diluted with fillers and will not produce the same results,” he said.

“Thirteen percent of Americans have tried CBD and 90 percent of them have said it helps.”

FirstFitness Nutrition’s personnel, Tammy Mason, Brad Binder and Cheryl VanScoter offered comments prior to Branson’s presentation.