Hemp, or industrial hemp, is a variety of the Cannabis sativa plant species that is grown specifically for the industrial uses of its derived products. It is one of the fastest growing plants and was one of the first plants to be spun into usable fiber 50,000 years ago. It can be refined into a variety of commercial items, including paper, textiles, clothing, biodegradable plastics, paint, insulation, biofuel, food, and animal feed.
Although cannabis as a drug and industrial hemp are both derived from the species Cannabis sativa and contain the psychoactive component tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), they are distinct strains with unique phytochemical compositions and uses.Hemp has lower concentrations of THC which decreases or eliminates its psychoactive effects.The legality of industrial hemp varies widely between countries. Some governments regulate the concentration of THC and permit only hemp that is bred with an especially low THC content.
As we said previously, Hemp comes from the Cannabis plant. Some plants produce higher concentrations of THC, eg. Cannabis Sativa, and are Federally illegal to grow or consume, but many states have legalized growth, sale and use of these products, marijuana, through state medical marijuana programs or legal sale. Most of the products available through state programs for medical marijuana and legal sale of marijuana, have much higher concentrations of THC and smaller amounts of Hemp. Another, federally legal, source of Hemp is from Hemp. The passage of the Federal Farm Bill has made growth of industrial hemp legal, and legal in all 50 states. We source our Hemp from US farms that grow Hemp under local state pilot programs that are supervised by state board of agriculture to guarantee quality and purity of our Hemp.
Hemp originated in Central Asia. Hemp cultivation for fibre was recorded in China as early as 2800 bce and was practiced in the Mediterranean countries of Europe early in the Christian era, spreading throughout the rest of Europe during the Middle Ages.
Hemp shouldn’t show up on a drug test. However, many hemp products contain trace amounts of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), marijuana’s main active ingredient. If enough THC is present, it will show up on a drug test. This means that in rare cases, using hemp might lead to a positive drug test.
If you use a Full Spectrum product, that contains a trace amount of THC, even less than 0.3%, over time you may accumulate enough THC to fail a test. We will never encourage anyone to use a full spectrum product if they have mandatory drug screening. There are products available that are THC free and zero THC. Broad spectrum products have non detectable amounts of THC, but there is no guarantee that a sensitive drug screen test may not test positive. Isolate Hemp has zero THC and will not unlikely to result in a positive drug screen for delta 9 THC. You should always look closely at the product you buy and review the third-party testing.
When the plant[Hemp] is harvested and ready to process, it has over a hundred different ingredients, including small amounts of THC [delta 9 THC is the issue] and other components, terpenes, that impact how the end product will work. The process of the plant allows manufacturers to take out the useful components and formulate a product for consumption and use.
This is a simplified explanation,the end product can have:
Isolate- Has been processed to remove all of the plant products except to the CBD. The end result is a high CBD content product, that has Zero THC and typically little to no flavor
[Broad Spectrum] Isolate and Terpenes but no detectable THC Has been processed to remove the THC, but allow more of the other plant material to remain, ideally the other cannabinoids, such as CBG, CBN, CBC. The end result is a product with No Detectible THC, but may still have some flavor from the plant material.
[Full Spectrum] All of the original components from the plant, including a small amount of THC remain, this includes all of the cannabinoids, terpenes and plant waxes. This product with have less than 0.3% THC, offer the best entourage effect and have flavor.
a. Simple answer is generally Full Spectrum if believed to work best. The science suggests that when all the ingredients are present, the product works best. This has been called the entourage effect. This just means that the response to Hemp products tends to be better when other ingredients are present, including THC. We would suggest a Full Spectrum product in most cases. The amount of THC is a full spectrum product is not enough to get you high but can result in a failed drug test. If you cannot risk a failed drug test, we suggest an Isolate, that has zero THC. The downside of an Isolate is the absence of other ingredients and no entourage effect. This does not mean that the Hemp will not help, it will. Many places offer Broad Spectrum products, which has non detectable levels of THC. The goal with Broad Spectrum is to try to get the benefits of the entourage effect, since the ingredients ideally remain, but no THC. There is no guarantee that you will not fail a drug test with a Broad Spectrum product, for that reason we do not offer a Broad Spectrum option. The other issue is that many retailers offer a Broad Spectrum product that is often just an Isolate, check the third-party lab reports. With our Zero THC products, we have added higher concentrations of other ingredients , such as CBG and CBN, to increase the effectiveness of the product.
Hemp has been used to treat a variety of health conditions, These include:
Pain and inflammation
Bowel discomfort, irritable bowel symptoms
Potential cancer fighting benefits
Nausea and appetite stimulation
Mood symptoms, Anxiety, Depression and agitation
Many symptoms associated with chronic medical conditions
Please note that we are sharing reported benefits of CBD and hemp derived products. They are not approved or cleared by the FDA for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition and we are not intending to imply that our products are approved for either purpose.
CBD and other cannabinoids work by exerting influence at numerous receptor sites throughout the body. Cannabinoids work by maintain homeostasis and balance within our body. It helps correct chemical imbalance that results in triggering many symptoms, such as pain, inflammation, mood and sleep issues. The mechanism is quite complex and explained in our blog posts. It has also been recognized that many of the components of the Hemp plant afford potential medical benefits, these components include CBD, CBG, CBN, and terpenes.
Hemp is also known to have terpenes, which are molecules produced by plants that are responsible for the plant’s distinctive smell (such as lavender). Studies are beginning to show that terpenes are thought to have many health benefits including neuroprotective (brain-protective), anti-inflammatory, and anti-tumor properties.
The amount needed will vary by individual. We always encourage people to start low and increase as needed and tolerated. But, we do encourage you to keep increasing the dose to an effective amount, without causing you any issues, either from cost or other causes. We do offer dosing suggestions on each product, and this always represents a low starting dose and adjustments as needed.
CBD is extremely well tolerated and safe. In the rare occasion you may feel it is causing you any problems, we suggest you stop immediately. CBD products can potentially interact with some medications, and if you have any concerns, we also encourage you to contact your physician. We also do not recommend CBD or any Hemp derived product as a substitute for any treatment recommended by your doctor.