What is the difference between Marijuana and Hemp?
Industrial Hemp and Marijuana are the same in the same way a Chihuahua and great Dane are the same. Both are dogs but different breeds. Though both items are Cannabis Sativa L., Industrial Hemp is the non-psychoactive, low or zero THC, oilseed and fiber varieties of the Cannabis sativa plant. Hemp has no use as a recreational drug.
Will Cannabidiol (CBD) and other natural hemp-based products show up on a drug test?
The quick answer to this is NO. Drug tests are designed to check for psychoactive activity. Only THC meets these requirements so this is what is tested for. Some CBD products will contain minimal amounts of THC (legal amount is less then 0.3%) but most labs cannot even test this low. Let alone your general drug test that uses urine instead of bloodwork. Not to mention even then what is there is diluted throughout the body making it even harder to test for.
How do you know you are getting a quality product?
Unfortunately, with the growth of this industry also brings scammers to the market because there is money to be made. So how do we tell the difference between CBD oil and Snake oil? Here are a few items you can look for in your shopping method. Price: CBD and/or Full Spectrum Hemp are hard to extract. Do not be fooled. Therefore it is a pricier product. While there is a market medium price you want to typically stay away from those selling at the cheapest pricing. They are looking more to make a quick buck and you are more likely to get scammers. Testing: A quality company is always willing to release testing information when requested. It is not hard to get simply and extra cost that scammers are not willing pay for. Also note the lab info is typically on there. Labs do not manufacture or sell so you can call and verify the validity. It is a quick phone call. Manufacturing processes: Know your suppliers manufacture process. Hemp is a “hyperaccumulator” plant which means it absorbs basically everything in the soil around it. As such those plants grown in rich soil are going to have a better end product. Whole Plant or Full Spectrum: While CBD is the most well known cannabinoid it is not the only. If you are purchasing an isolate your product has been through even more extraction processes and has been stripped vs. the full spectrum product. Full Spectrum has more medical benefits all around because of this and ironically this will keep your price down a little because manufacturing was not as difficult in this case.
Is it necessary to get a medical card to buy CBD or Full Spectrum?
No. Medical cards are related to marijuana. As we have established this product is not marijuana and hemp is legal it changes that need.
What is the difference between Cannabinoids and Terpenes?
Cannabinoids and Terpenes are both molecules found in the Hemp plant that have many medical benefits. While the cannabinoids are typically known for carrying the medical benefits on the body that this plant has to offer while the Terpenes get credit for the Color, Aroma and taste characteristics that the plant carries. As a whole this is true but different terpenes do have their own medical benefits making them the exception to the rule. As a whole, terpenes are there to create the “Entourage-effect.” This effect is that the activity level of the cannabinoid is increased due to the presence of another molecule or the terpene.
What are cannabinoids?
A cannabinoid refers to one of a number of chemicals found in the hemp. While THC is the most known cannabinoid it is only found in Marijuana and not Industrial Hemp. Total known cannibinoids in Hemp is 143. Most significantly known in hemp is CBD and CBG both utilized to help with many general medical ailments. These cannabinoids interact with different receptors through the Endocannabinoid System to produce a wide range of effects.
What are Cannabinoid Receptors?
Cannabinoid receptors are found throughout the body, imbedded in our cell membranes. The endocannabinoid system is estimated to be the most numerous receptor system in the body. There are currently to identified type of cannabinoid receptors; CB1 and CB2. CB1, predominantly present in the nervous system, connective tissues, gonads, glands, and organs; and CB2, predominantly found in the immune system and its associated structures. Many tissues contain both CB1 and CB2 receptors, each linked to a different action. Researchers speculate there may be a third cannabinoid receptor waiting to be discovered.
What is the Endocannabinoid System (ECS)?
Evolved in primitive animals over 600 million years ago the endogenous Cannabinoid System, named after the plant that lead to its discovery, is perhaps the most important physiological system involved in establishing and maintaining good health. Endocannabinoids and their receptors are located throughout the body. Particularly in the brain, organs, connective tissue, glands and immune system. These receptors are used through out your body to absorb and use the cannabinoids introduced to the body through certain plants such as hemp.
What is the difference between Hemp Seed Oil and Full Spectrum Hemp?
As Hemp products become more and more popular both for humans and pets It becomes important to understand the difference between varying hemp products. Both provide significant health benefits but they are still distinct. Hemp seed oil is made by pressing hemp seeds together until the oil excretes out. Hemp seed oil is one of the leading sources of essential amino acids and fatty acids providing the most ideal balance for the human body then any other source. Since only seeds are being used the oil contains no CBD and is lacking in many other cannabinoids available in different parts of the plant. Full Spectrum Hemp is typically extracted from the stalk, flowers, or leaves of the hemp plant. As a result, the extract contains a full spectrum of the cannabinoids and Terpenes available in the hemp plant. The one exception is typically the THC as that would make it marijuana and not industrial hemp. CBD is the cannabinoid in highest quantity of this product and the most researched and well-known as a result.
How do I determine what is the right dosage?
It is always recommended to start with a minimal dose and slowly increase. For some people this may mean as little as 1-3 drops, 2-3 times a day. Typically, you will want to slowly increase until you find your comfortable dosage. This process is called micro dosing.
What is the difference between Full Spectrum Hemp and CBD Isolate?
CBD is a cannabinoid that comes from the hemp plant. CBD isolate or cannabidiol isolate is the cannabinoid that has been extracted to be put into other products but it was extracted alone. Full Spectrum contains the full spectrum of cannabinoids without the THC so that it is meets the marker of legal AND containing all cannabinoids that will contain medical benefits. While we understand that CBD contains a very wide spectrum of health benefits it is not an ideal product as it is more expensive, more processed and lacking in a few areas.
Will CBD hemp oil products make me test positive on a drug test?
If you are not willing to accept some risk of a positive drug test, then you should not use CBD oil products. Not everyone who takes CBD hemp oil products tests positive but it does happen. There are several factors that come into play, including the type of product, daily dosage, body chemistry and sensitivity of the drug test. Drug tests are typically looking to detect the presence of THC although some indicate positive if there is CBD present. “Full spectrum” CBD hemp oil products do include trace amounts of THC. The chances of testing positive are even lower with CBD hemp oil products from pure CBD (“isolate) since they typically have undetectable levels of THC. But people have tested positive for both of these product types. If you are willing to accept some risk but want a product without detectable levels You will want to go with an Isolate.
How much CBD should I take?
The quick answer is there is no “one size fits all” Option. The truth is that needed dosing is going vary based on body size, make-up, ailments, concentration of the product, etc. What may work for one person, may be too much or too little for another. Most people report results in a couple weeks to a couple months.
Can full Spectrum Hemp get me high?
Not really. Industrial Hemp is hemp and not marijuana because the THC is below 0.3%. This is the general definition. Once the oil has been extract and diluted into a mixture typically used for general oral or topical use the THC is so low most labs do not have the technology to test for it and there is nowhere near enough to create the psychoactive reaction that marijuana is known for.
Is a full Spectrum Hemp product or CBD Isolate better for me?
There are different benefits to each. Full Spectrum Hemp contains the full spectrum of 140+ cannabinoids and full spectrum of terpenes. Something to keep in mind is this can contain trace amounts of THC. This allows the body to receive the medical/health benefits that come from each of the cannabinoids and the terpenes are available to help support the cannabinoids. The benefit to CBD isolate is that there is NO THC. This is most beneficial to people who may be drug tested and have consequences if they test positive for traces of THC, i.e. pregnant women, people drug tested at work, etc. The down side is that while there is a significant amount of medical/health benefits it does not provide all the benefits. For example CBG is known for helping fight cancer and that would not be in the isolate.