Frequently Asked Questions About
Buying CBD and Hemp
Cannabidiol, frequently referred to as “CBD”, is a non-psychoactive phytocannabinoid found in flowers of the cannabis plant. Because of the many endogenous cannabinoid receptors found throughout the body, many people believe that CBD promotes restful sleep, supports normal cartilage and joint function, relieves occasional inflammation and nausea, enhances relaxation, relieves pain and more.
The term “full spectrum” refers to CBD extracts which include all of the peripheral cannabinoids and terpenes found alongside CBD. Full spectrum CBD is extracted from the hemp plant utilizing a solvent, usually food grade alcohol or carbon dioxide.
CBD isolate is a crystalline form of CBD that consists of 98-99% CBD by mass, with no other terpenes and trace (sometimes undetectable) levels of other cannabinoids comprising the remaining 1-2%.
A reaction which removes the carboxyl group from a chemical compound. This is a necessary step in the CBD extraction process, as CBD naturally occurs as CBD-A before undergoing decarboxylation. This process “activates” the CBD molecule, allowing the CBD to have the desired effect when consumed orally.
A solution of CBD dissolved within an oil or another carrier. Tinctures are often taken sublingually, using an eyedropper to place the solution beneath the tongue. However, tinctures can also be added to drinks and incorporated into recipes.
Hemp is an incredibly versatile plant that has played an important role in the history of mankind. With the capability to be used to produce crucial resources such as rope, clothing, paper, and more, hemp has been the catalyst for man’s earliest innovations.
Over the years, the hemp industry has experienced a lot of ups and downs, but with the recent explosion in the popularity of CBD and a shift in demand for natural products, the industry is experiencing renaissance.
Cannabis is a classification of plants with various species, and Hemp and Marijuana are both species of plant within the Cannabis family. Although Hemp and Marijuana are both species of Cannabis, they have several distinct differences.
The marijuana plant features broad leaves, dense buds, and has a bushy appearance. The Hemp plant, on the other hand, features skinny leaves that are concentrated towards the top of the plant, and grows taller and skinnier marijuana, with few branches beneath its upper portion.
While Marijuana contains high amounts of THC — the intoxicating compound found in THC, responsible for “getting you high” — Hemp has a very low amount of THC.
Because of this Hemp is grown primarily for industrial purposes, while Marijuana is grown for recreational and medicinal purposes.
In most of the United States, the allowed THC-content for hemp to be classified as legal is 0.3%, while in much of the rest of the world, the allowed THC-content is 0.2%.
That being said, the usage of hemp and hemp product like lotions, oils, foods, etc. is completely legal and these products can be found in stores across the country.
Hemp has long been an important part of the development of the United States, as well as many other societies around the world. Some of the things hemp can be used for include:
- Fiber, textiles, rope and paper
- Building Materials
While hemp seed oil is extracted from the seeds of the hemp plant, hemp oil is a product derived from the leaves, flowers, and stalks of the hemp plant. Hemp seeds rarely contain minute detectable quantities of cannabinoids but typically, hemp seeds contain non-detectable levels of cannabinoids. By contrast, detectable levels of cannabinoids can be found in the stalks and leaves of hemp, with the highest concentrations of cannabinoids being found in the flowers of the hemp plant. CBD/hemp oil products have a much greater concentration of CBD than hemp seed oil products, while hemp seed oil products commonly contain no therapeutically viable levels of cannabinoids.