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Hemp CBD: True or False?

Hemp CBD oil is a timely topic that has been featured in many recent documentaries, including a piece by Sanja Gupta of CNN, who explored the miraculous effect hemp oils rich in cannabinoids are having. Since that time, many more have become aware that the US Department of Health has patented “cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants.”

Perhaps you heard about hemp CBD from your chiropractor or pharmacist and are considering giving it a try, but are concerned given the lack of honest information. If so, then hopefully this post can be of help to you separate myth from truth.

True or False. Hemp CBD will make you high?

FALSE. Even though hemp is derived from cannabis and looks and smells the same, hemp only has trace amounts of THC – the stuff that gets you high. So if you’re looking for a buzz, don’t waste your time with hemp.

True or False: The Marijuana And Hemp Plants Are The Same?

FALSE: Maybe the most prevalent question that we see. While they both come from the same plant species, Cannabis Sativa, they are very different plants based on their chemical composition. The difference is specifically in terms of how much THC is present. THC is the psychoactive compound that results in a “high” and hemp must have less than 0.3% THC.

True or False. Hemp Cleans Radiation From The Soil?

TRUE. Hemp is so effective at cleaning up soil that it was used to clean up the disaster at Chernobyl and is being considered by Japan to help at Fukushima. This fact is also the reason why it’s so important to understand the origination and quality of the hemp CBD oil that one is consuming. Imported hemp often has far more contamination than hemp grown in the United States.

True or False. Hemp CBD Oil Is Legal In The US?
TRUE. In 2014, the Farm Bill defined the differences between hemp and marijuana for the first time and made hemp legal in all 50 states without a prescription or medical card. Hemp extracts produced from hemp grown under these federal programs are legal in the US.

THC vs CBD

CBD vs THC; What’s the Difference?

CBD vs THC; What’s the Difference?

As we uncover more research about the potential benefits of hemp, more and more people become interested in what it may have to offer them. At first it can be confusing, especially when you consider that there are hundreds of active compounds in the cannabis plant.

Two of the most talked about compounds in the industry are cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabidiol (THC). They are both cannabinoids, but their use and function in the body varies greatly.

Here we will explain a very simple version of what these compounds are and how they affect the human body. This can help sort out any confusion around the compounds.

Structure

Much of the confusion surrounding these two compounds may come from how similar they actually are in structure. Both compounds have the exact same chemical makeup with only sight variations. However, these slight variations make all the difference in how they interact with the body.

The human body has what is called an endocannabinoid system, which helps maintain various vital functions in the body. Both THC and CBD act on this system in one way or another. This is what produces the notable effects in each compound.

Psychoactive compounds

One of the most notable differences in THC and CBD appears in how the person feels when they use them. THC is the main intoxicating compound in cannabis. It is responsible for the feeling of euphoria, or “high” that people feel when ingesting it.

CBD, on the other hand, is not psychoactive, so it does not produce this high. In many cases CBD may actually suppress the high experienced from THC, as it blocks the compound from reaching the right receptors in the brain.

Side effects

Ingesting THC may also cause some side effects, depending on the dose and frequency, as well as a person’s personal sensitivity levels. Common side effects include things like anxiety or paranoia, and the side effects usually go away as the effect of the compound wears off.

CBD generally does not produce side effects when used at regular doses. Some sensitive people may have side effects when using CBD oils, including things like diarrhea and fatigue. Again, these side effects tend to go away as the compound wears off.

Both these compounds may also interact with certain medications or affect how the body uses these medications.

Are they legal?

The federal government of the United States lists all forms of cannabis as illegal substances. However, the 2014 US Farm Bill and subsequent Omnibus legislation legalized hemp-derived CBD grown under State Department of Agriculture (SDOA) oversight.

The fact that specific states legalize cannabis for either medical or recreational use, creates confusion and a grey area regarding CBD.  Though technically products containing only hemp derived CBD produced as part of SDOA programs are legal.

The main difference

The main difference between CBD and THC is how they interact in the body. THC is the main psychoactive substance in cannabis, and is what makes a person feel “high”.

CBD on the other hand does not affect the brain in the same way. There is no altered state of mind from ingesting CBD, thought it may still help relieve mild anxiety and inflammation from exercise.

While THC also offers some potential for medical benefits for the body, most of these same medical benefits are also found in CBD – without the high and other possible side effects.

What is Hemp Derived CBD?

What is Hemp Derived CBD?

It seems like there is a new miracle compound out every week. Luckily, cannabidiol, or CBD is not a new health fad. CBD is the non-intoxicating compound found in hemp that may have the potential to help with a number of health issues and is currently legal in all states per the US Farm Bill.

Here we will give a brief overview of the compound, as well as how it may help the body.

What is CBD

CBD stands for cannabidiol. It is one of the popular cannabinoid compounds found in the cannabis plant.

CBD is not psychoactive, meaning it does not alter a person’s state of mind or make them feel “high”.  In fact, there is no way to get high from ingesting CBD.

CBD enters the body through ingesting products containing the compound, such as CBD oil. The compound may be smoked, eaten, or added to various goodies such as baked goods, gummy bears, and the like.

How CBD works

CBD acts on the body’s own endocannabinoid receptors. The body contains two cannabinoid receptors, labeled CB1 and CB2. CBD mainly activates the CB2 receptor, which is responsible for the many potential benefits of the compound.

Potential benefits

People who use CBD will recommend the compound for a number of potential benefits. New advancements in medical research allow for more studies to be done on CBD, but so far the results indicate a few potential benefits for the compound, including:

Relief – while not yet proven, CBD is currently being studied to determine its ability to reduce chronic pain

Anxiety – while not yet proven, CBD is currently being studied to determine its ability to reduce anxiety

Inflammation – CBD is known to have anti-inflammatory properties and is being studied to determine its ability to broadly address inflammation

Neurological Disorders / Brain Trauma – Cannabinoids were patented by the US Dept. of Health as “neuroprotectants”

Antioxidant – Cannabinoids were patented by the US Dept. of Health as “antioxidants”

Substance abuse – being non-psychoactive in nature, CBD may help the brains of people dealing with addictions

These are just some the most popular potential benefits.

Is CBD safe?

The World Health Organization (WHO) recently ruled that CBD is harmless and non-addictive. For the most part, CBD is safe to take and has little risk for side effects. Some especially sensitive people may experience fatigue with heavy doses.

Importantly, CBD may interact with many drugs. Anyone who is considering taking CBD should talk to their doctor and review all medications they are taking.

It is also important to ensure the CBD is coming from a trusted, high-quality source.  Preferably the CBD is derived from US grown hemp and tested by 3rd parties for safety and purity.

The Science behind CBD

In 2003, the US Department of Health and Human Services patented “cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants.”  Five years ago, Dr. Sanjay Gupta helped create the CBD craze by famously changing his mind on the topic after witnessing the miraculous impact CBD had on the life of a desperate little girl, and in 2018 the FDA approved CBD isolate for a specific use case.

However, largely because of the legal grey area surrounding CBD products, the compound is just beginning to truly gain ground medically. This is likely why it is becoming so popular – more journals are able to learn more about it thanks to evolving laws in the United States in general.

Luckily, as the compound is researched, we are likely to find more concrete evidence into how we can use the compound to benefit our health. Our understanding of the potential for CBD is just beginning!

How Much Hemp CBD Oil Do I Need?

How much hemp CBD oil to take is a great question — and one that most companies further confuse by providing so many complicated strengths and forms. H. Hemp Company’s hemp oils are different.

H. Hemp Co. provides whole-plant, full-spectrum hemp tinctures containing all cannabinoids patented by the US Department of Health. All of our Hemp CBD oils contain 500mg and are designed for simple use with each full dropper containing ~8mg:

– Take 1-2 full droppers in mouth per day for health and wellness
– Take 3-4 full droppers in mouth per day to address more difficult issues
– Take 5-6 full droppers in mouth per day to manage more severe issues

How much hemp extract a person needs depends on his/her endocannabinoid system (ECS) and how far out of balance it is due to genetics, environment, diet etc. These “out of balance” situations can often manifest themselves in our bodies being unable to effectively manage pain, anxiety, or other issues relating to the central nervous, immune or digestive systems.

By better understanding the ECS, researchers hope to better understand the role that hemp CBD oils can play as a natural way to address pain and anxiety. H. Hemp Co. products are designed to restore balance to your ECS by adding the natural, whole-plant phytocannabinoids found in hemp into your diet. By using natural hemp extract oil to regain balance — or homeostasis — your body is then able to better restore and defend itself against a variety of issues.

While positive results occur for many with consistent use, not everyone’s ECS responds to hemp cannabinoids in the same manner; some get immediate results while others require at least 7-10 days of consistent usage.

To best find the right balance for you, we recommend starting with 1-2 full droppers consistently each day for at least 10 days before increasing the serving if necessary. To make things more affordable for those who must consume several full droppers, H. Hemp Co. offers a 30% bulk savings discount when 4 or more bottles are purchased (code: “bulksavings”).

These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

What’s in Your Hemp CBD?

Today, most hemp CBD or full-spectrum hemp extract oils are made from hemp grown in China or Europe. While many of these products might be of satisfactory quality, shockingly the FDA found that half of the CBD products they sampled contained no CBD at all — and that most of the samples had toxic contaminants of some sort. Given this, it’s no surprise that trying hemp cannabinoid products can be scary for many people.

H. Hemp Company products are different. Our products contain only hemp that is sustainably grown in the United States. In addition, H. Hemp Co. products are tested by a third party to ensure the utmost quality and safety standards.

While China and Europe can be fun and adventurous spots to explore, it’s clear that many quality and safety controls are quite different in these regions.  In addition, hemp is a very effective crop at cleaning up contaminated soil, and while this may be acceptable for many industrial purposes after harvest, it isn’t acceptable for hemp to be used in ingestible, full-spectrum hemp products, hemp-derived CBD oil or hemp CBD capsules.

By using only US-grown hemp, H. Hemp Co. is not only producing safe, effective products, but also helping create American jobs in areas that need them. Our hemp is sourced from rural areas of Colorado and Kentucky where the economies are being revitalized by the hemp oil and hemp CBD trends. These areas also have high rates of opioid and anti-anxiety medication abuse and are encouraging research of hemp CBD to determine how it might be used effectively for pain and anxiety.

This year several more states began hemp growing operations under the US Farm Bill specifications. This is welcome news for the industry and for consumers, as it means that there will soon be even more high-quality, US-grown hemp available to those looking to try its therapeutic benefits.

Hemp CBD, Cannabinoids and the Human Body

Most people don’t know that (1) humans naturally produce cannabinoids and (2) the US Department of Health patented the cannabinoids found in hemp (including CBD) as “antioxidants and neuroprotectants.”

Each human has an Endocannabinoid System (ECS) which naturally produces endocannabinoids found in numerous areas of our body, including our brain, central nervous system, immune system, digestive system, glands, connective tissue and other organs.

When our bodies become deficient in cannabinoids due to diet and environmental stresses, our bodies become more vulnerable to illness, stress and disease.

Fortunately, nature gave us the gift of hemp to address cannabinoid deficiencies. When hemp phytocannabinoids are introduced into our diets, they literally fit like lock and key to fill any cannabinoid deficiencies and restore homeostasis, or balance.

Homeostasis

Homeostasis keeps our immune system functioning properly to defend us against abnormalities that we encounter. However, homeostasis also regulates our physiology by regulating our response to inflammation, pain, memory, mood, sleep, appetite, digestion, and metabolism.

ECS receptors literally line our bodies. By adding hemp CBD superfood supplements to our diets, we introduce natural compounds to restore homeostasis which allows our bodies to more naturally defend and heal.

Conclusion

Not only are hemp-derived CBD supplements not bad for us, our bodies naturally produce the key beneficial elements found in hemp: cannabinoids. Since hemp cannabinoids fit perfectly into our ECS to support its healthy functionality, it only makes sense then that H. Hemp Co. products can support a variety of wellness applications.