So, what the hemp
So, what the hemp
It starts with a question...
Throughout our journey, we have realized that there is a real thirst for education; a need for the right information. So many people ask the age old question: 'What is hemp?', then quickly followed up with 'will this get me high? Isn't hemp the same thing as THC?'
The answer to both of those questions is no, by the way.
Industrial Hemp: The Very Versatile Plant
Hemp (also known as Cannabis Ruderalis) is simply a category from the Cannabis Sativa plant. Hemp does not get you high or induce a head change and has been used for thousands of years by humankind with uses ranging from clothing, construction materials, and pet products. Many more have used hemp for holistic purposes, since it is non-psychoactive.
Alright, so what is CBD?
Cannabidiol (more often referred to as CBD and now becoming more commonly known as hemp oil) is a phytocannabinoid found in the hemp plant. Sounds confusing, right? We thought the same thing. To elaborate, phytocannabinoids are the chemical compounds that make up the hemp plant. Out of the entirety of the hemp plant, CBD makes up about 40% of the plant itself. These chemicals interact with different areas of your body and have been used for thousands of years for relief.
Isolate vs. Broad Spectrum
vs. Full Spectrum
These are the types of CBD that you will encounter. The easiest comparison that we’ve come to when explaining the different types of CBD to others is to think of the products as orange juice in reference to pulp. You know; you can go to the grocery store and buy your OJ with the following options: high pulp, medium pulp, and no pulp. Full spectrum, broad spectrum, and isolate are similar in theory (without the physical pulpy feeling when ingested, more in terms of “nutrients,” so to speak.)
Full Spectrum CBD would be considered "high pulp", which incorporates all phytocannabinoids from the hemp plant including trace elements of THC (all products sold in the US can have an allowable .3%). Full spectrum is a higher grade delivery system in the sense that the THC is a “enhancer,” to the phytocannabinoids. All of the phytocannabinoids and the THC work together to enhance the therapeutic benefits of each cannabinoid. It is extremely rare that anyone finds any, “mood altering” effects from the trace elements of THC that are found in this product.
Broad Spectrum CBD (hemp oil) would be considered “medium pulp,” which incorporates all phytocannabinoids from the hemp plant except the THC. This CBD type is fairly new to the hemp world, and is becoming a fairly popular alternative to people who are looking for the phytocannabinoids from the hemp plant only.
Isolate CBD (pure isolated CBD) would be considered “no pulp,” which means that all phytocannabinoids are extracted out of the CBD along with the THC. Only isolated CBD (the one phytocannabinoid) is found in this product alone. Some prefer straight isolate product because they want absolutely no risk with THC for any reason; if this is you, then isolate is the way to go.
How this helps you
Throughout our website, you’ll find products listed with the ingredients for each product. In that list, you’ll see what type of CBD product type that the product is made in. Based on your preference, or just in general your knowledge, this may help you make the best educated purchase for your needs.
What we’re getting at is: each person is different. Sometimes, it takes a few tries to find their preferred: CBD type, uses, applications, etc. It is our goal that during your wellness journey we help you find some answers to the questions you’ve been asking and also assist you in better navigating through our site with this information.
It is our greatest pleasure to further distribute proper education to our consumers and the public. Hemp comes with so many benefits and the knowledge is vast. We hope that this guide has better assisted you with your understanding of hemp and the many differentiations that come with it.
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