Is CBD a drug?

No and Yes.  

Cannabidiol, CBD, is one of dozens of non-intoxicating cannabinoids which are compounds naturally found in cannabis leaves, flowers and stalks.  When cannabis has less than 0.3% THC (the intoxicating cannabinoid), it is considered to be “hemp” and is then federally legal in the United States per the 2018 US Farm Bill.  Cannabis with intoxicating THC levels above 0.3% are considered to be “Marijuana” and is governed under individual state-level cannabis regulations. 

Demonstrating their potential to both support people as a dietary supplement and as a pharmaceutical drug, the United States Department of Health patented “cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants” in 2003 (patent 6630507).  CBD later became famous after CNN featured the miraculous impact a natural CBD oil had on a little girl’s life and it has now grown into a world-wide health craze that is helping to change the perception of cannabis itself. 

The reality that CBD does not yield psychoactive side-effects makes it an interesting potential cannabinoid for drug experimentation.  While comprehensive FDA approved research is currently limited for CBD, GW Pharmaceuticals was awarded official drug status for its epilepsy / anti-seizure CBD drug, Epidiolex.  To clarify, FDA approved drugs must always be isolated compounds so the FDA has approved “CBD Isolate” as a drug for epilepsy.  

While CBD is also now being further researched as an anti-inflammatory agent as well as to determine if it has potential to deliver relief from anxiety, pain and several other conditions, the FDA does not currently recognize CBD oils containing other cannabinoids, flavonoids, etc. as dietary supplements.   The FDA’s view is that an isolated compound (CBD) cannot exist as both a pharmaceutical drug and as a dietary supplement, even though the dietary supplement version contains CBD along with many other cannabinoids, flavonoids, etc.   To illustrate this situation, it’s as if the FDA is saying “Vitamin C is now a drug, so orange juice can no longer label it’s Vitamin C content.”  This FDA drug reality is why many companies choose to label their products as being “Hemp Extract” instead of as being “CBD”; the theory being that “Hemp Extract” is potentially a more FDA-friendly label solution given the inconsistencies in governmental regulation. 

Given all of this, it’s nearly certain that CBD will be further researched and that the FDA will eventually consider CBD for anxiety, CBD for pain, CBD for Inflammation, etc. in many other future drug applications.  However, given that CBD is also naturally highly concentrated in a plant that can now be legally grown in one’s own garden, CBD will also continue to exist as part of “hemp extract” oils that contain CBD along with other cannabinoids, flavonoids, etc. and the FDA will eventually be forced to clarify it’s status.

Does CBD oil get you high?

No – CBD oil does not get you “high.”  While there are dozens of compounds, called cannabinoids, in the cannabis plant, only one, THC, has been definitively proven to result in an intoxicating high.  Since CBD does not result in psychoactive side-effects, it is an attractive compound to be studied for various health and wellness benefits. While FDA approved research findings are limited, CBD is actively being studied for its anti-inflammatory properties as well as for its potential to deliver natural support for anxiety, pain, insomnia and many other conditions.  

Despite the lack of FDA analysis, consumers should do their own research around the mountain of anecdotal evidence pertaining to CBD and wellness.  In fact, cannabinoids were patented by the United States Department of Health in 2003 as “antioxidants and neuroprotectants” (patent 6630507). CBD is now a global wellness phenomenon that is changing the perception of cannabis after it first became famous after being featured on CNN for the near miraculous impact it had on a little girl’s life. 

While some people report drowsiness with CBD usage, this is generally associated with other factors or with dosing that exceeds the recommended daily allowance rather than with being high.  That said, not all CBD is created equally and depending on the brand chosen could have unreliable levels of THC – the compound that makes one high.

Consumers should open their phone camera and scan the QR code shown on the CBD package to review the 3rd party test results.  These results should show that there is at least less than 0.3% THC present in the product.  If there are no test results available, then there is a good chance the product could have THC levels that are above the legal limit and which could be resulting in an intoxicating high.  H. Hemp products contain only trace levels of THC, meaning that there is no chance of them resulting in an intoxicating high.

Whole Foods to sell cannabis products…someday.

It was reported in the Boston Globe and many other media outlets this week that Whole Foods co-founder and CEO, John Mackey said in a press conference that he sees no reason why products containing cannabis should not be sold at a retail grocery outlet like Whole Foods, once they have federal clearance to do so. He made the remarks without be prompted by a question from a reporter.

This is consistent with the company’s stance on hemp products. While, they have long stocked products that contain hemp hearts and hemp seeds, it makes sense that they are looking forward to a time when federal and state law would permit them to sell CBD products and eventually products containing THC. In late 2019, the company’s own blog posted an article listing CBD oils as one of the top ten food trends for 2019.

At H. Hemp, we could not be more excited to see someone like John Mackey come forward and take a stand on the efficacy of CBD. We look forward to a day when anyone in the US can easily purchase CBD products to help manage anxiety and stress.

Big props to John Mackey and Whole Foods for the innovative and forward-looking stance they have chosen to voice.

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 issuesHow 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

5 Healthy Hacks to Combat Stress and Anxiety

Given the pressures of juggling multiple heavy responsibilities, it is more critical than ever that we learn to naturally control stress and anxiety. Our bodies are constantly under environmental stresses. But psychological stress significantly adds to these stresses and can ravage our bodies over time by negatively impacting our Endocannabinoid System (ECS). Negative impact on the ECS can limit our immune systems which obviously can result in our bodies being more susceptible to a variety of illnesses and issues.

The best thing we can do to take control of managing these stresses is to focus on our health and wellness, most importantly what we are putting into our bodies in terms of supplements and our diet.

Stress Effects on the Brain

Stress can make people irritable, sleepless and sad. I can also lead to migraines, colds, flu and irritable bowl syndrome and, even, hair loss. What do all of these issues have in common? They all start in your brain.

When we are stressed, our bodies release the hormone cortisol which can damage the hippocampus, neurons and other areas of the brain. Fortunately, the US Department of Health has patented “cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants” indicating the strong potential for whole-plant hemp CBD products to to help people better manage stress and anxiety without getting high.

There is no magic bullet to managing stress. You will need to do more than just add hemp CBD to your diet – but you can do it!

5 Healthy Hacks for Combat Stress

If you’re feeling overwhelmed, then try incorporating one or more of the following steps to your daily routine. Don’t try to change your life in one fell swoop, rather start small and try out some of these ideas one at a time in order to develop healthy habits and routines.

  1. Eat Right.

Hippocrates famously wrote: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” So, stop with the fast food now. You can do it! Also, add more fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats to your diet. Your gut has a major influence on your body’s stress response and overall health and wellness.

  • Reduce your intake of processed, refined ingredients like sugar, gluten and bleached grains. Hint: If it’s white, limit your consumption unless it’s milk, cheese, or eggs.
  • Eat more good fats, like grass-fed beef, seeds & nuts, avocados, wild-caught salmon, and organic peanut butter (without sugar added). Hint: keep a bag of organic mixed nuts at hand for snacking.
  • Eat more probiotic foods. Probiotics include things like kombucha, kefir, kimchi, pickles and sauerkraut among others. They work to enhance our gut and digestive systems which serve as major influencers on our ability to deal with stress. Hint: for greater probiotic impact substitute non-sweetened kefir for yogurt in a fruit smoothie.
  • Eat more antioxidants to eliminate free radicals from our bodies which cause oxidation of cells. In addition to the antioxidants contained in Honest Hemp CBD, you can get rich antioxidants into your system by eating foods such as dark chocolate, garlic, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, pecans, etc. and by drinking green tea. Hint: mix these berries into the probiotic smoothie every morning (and buy frozen berries to save money).
  1. Start Taking a High-Quality, Whole-Plant Hemp CBD Supplement

 

The US Department of Health patented “cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants” (US Patent 6630507). Given this, introducing the most super of superfoods, hemp CBD, into your diet is a smart thing to consider if you’re looking to protect or boost your neurons. But make sure the hemp CBD oil you purchase can pass the following tests for safety and effectiveness:

 

  • Premium whole-plant hemp genetics
  • Grown according to organic practices without pesticides
  • Grown on US farms, not imported from Europe or China
  • Scientifically tested for safety and quality

All Honest Hemp CBD products adhere to these high standards.

  1. Attack the Stress Hormone Cortisol with Supplements

The fight or flight response is hard-wired in our DNA as a survival mechanism to help get us out of stressful situations. Today’s everyday stress is very different from that of years past, but no less significant. When our bodies experience stress, we release cortisol via our adrenal glands. If stress is continuous, then these glands get fatigued and our cortisol gets out of balance. Some great supplements to consider adding which will help balance cortisol levels and fight stress:

  • Ashwagandha
  • Rosemary
  • Rhodiola
  • Asian / Panax Ginseng
  • Aloe Vera Juice

 

  1. Focus on Breathing and Heartrate

Meditation comes off a little “new age-y” and isn’t for everyone. So, do this instead: Sit comfortably or lie down and just start focusing on your breathing. Begin to feel your heart beating as you slowly inhale and exhale. Let your mind race and don’t get angry with yourself as your mind wanders, rather just gently bring your thoughts back and focus on each breath and heartbeat.

This practice will literally help your neurons calm down and likely lead to better sleep, energy and mental clarity. Target 5 minutes a day to get started and increase it as you begin to witness the amazing benefits for yourself. If you’re into apps and want to give that a try, then search the app store for “meditation” apps and you will find a few to help.

  1. Smile

They say “laughter is the best medicine” for a reason. Smiling and laughing allow our brains to forget about the stresses of daily life, if only for a few moments. As simple as it sounds, this critical component of a healthy lifestyle. Smiling helps us and makes others feel good. So, next time you are in a crowded place, look up from your phone and make it a point to smile at someone.

What is the Difference Between Hemp, CBD and Marijuana?

CBD, hemp and marijuana all come from the same plant genus and are very similar in appearance and smell, which can understandably cause a lot of confusion. While marijuana is legal in a handful of states in the US, hemp is currently legal grow and distribute across the entire United States.

Overview:

  • Both marijuana and hemp are considered to be cannabis and naturally contain dozens of beneficial cannabinoids that work with our Endocannabinoid Systems
  • Marijuana gets you high because it has elevated levels of the psychoactive element, THC
  • Hemp is non-psychoactive as it only has trace amounts of THC (less than 0.3%) and high levels of CBD
  • You don’t need a medical marijuana card to get hemp CBD
  • Hemp CBD oil can be legally shipped directly to your home in all US States

Humans long history with hemp.

Humans naturally produce cannabinoids in our own bodies and have evolved alongside the cannabis plant genus for centuries. Historical evidence from India and China indicate that cannabis was used to address a variety of wellness needs for thousands of years and the industrial applications of hemp are well known. The human Endocannabinoid System (ECS) was discovered in the 1990’s and shed light on the critical role that plant-based phytocannabinoids can play in human health and wellness.

While things are rapidly changing, the cannabis stigma still exists and many in society still don’t recognize the difference between hemp and marijuana.

The situation is quite confusing given that our very own US Department of Health has studied the benefits of cannabis enough to patent “cannabinoids as neuroprotectants and antioxidants” in US patent 6630507 (awarded in 2003). And in World War II, the US government set up a program called “Hemp for Victory” to have US farmers grow cannabis for industrial use in the war.

Why was hemp once illegal?

In the late 1930’s, a few elite families with influence over the pharmaceutical, paper, and textile industries worked together to achieve a total cannabis ban. By focusing on the intoxicating nature of high THC cannabis. With racist undertones, they were able to also successfully ban low THC hemp to protect their economic interests..

As these industries grew, and dozens of other industries threatened by hemp developed and grew, the powers that be in government kept the new status quo of prohibition under heavy influence by industry lobbyists.

Recent Developments.

The US Farm Bill signed in 2014 establishes a clear federal distinction between marijuana and hemp in that hemp is defined as cannabis with less than 0.3% THC. This Bill for the first time allows for modern agricultural equipment to be deployed in the growing of hemp and allows for interstate shipping. Critically, this Bill allows people access to the amazing benefits of cannabis without the psychoactive effect.

How Fast Does Honest Hemp Oil Start Working?

How well or how fast Honest Hemp works for you depends on a variety of factors pertaining to your body. For some, Honest Hemp oil works immediately to address the issue at hand and for others it may take a couple of weeks of consistent usage of the right amount. This is not uncommon and should be expected. Consistent usage is the key as cannabinoids take time to build in the bodies of some people based on the individual’s own production of natural cannabinoids.

Here are some points to consider:

  • Make sure that you are taking the right amount of Honest Hemp oil. Some people have larger voids in their endocannabinoid systems (ECS) than do others. These people will require more Honest Hemp to yield the same outcome vs. people with less of an ECS deficiency. If using for general health and wellness, consider starting with a low daily dose of 5-10mg. If using for more serious mind and body stresses, consider 25-50mg of Honest Hemp oil daily.
  • Be consistent!No health regimen works if you don’t consistently follow it. Take your Honest Hemp oil regularly and don’t miss days for maximum health impact.
  • Understand the underlying cause.Depending on your situation, make sure to set your expectations clearly. CBD oil doesn’t work for everything and it is not a “miracle product,” but it should make you more comfortable and focused. For best results, make sure that you are eating right and getting enough sleep and exercise. Honest Hemp will help with mild anti-inflammatory and neurological conditions and augment your healthy lifestyle.
  • Chronic issues will require more time..Stubborn, persistent issues typically take longer to be addressed by hemp CBD oil.
  • Listen to your body. Many customers tell us that they weren’t sure their Honest Hemp oil was “working” until one day they realized that their quality of life had improved and previously difficult tasks were now a lot easier.

As with any supplement, response times for Honest Hemp will be unique per individual. If you are consistent, patient and holistic in your wellness approach, then feeling better should happen soon as your body begins to function with a more balanced immune response.