12 FACTS ABOUT HEMP & CBD OIL
A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO CBD
THE NEW AGE OF HEMP IS HERE
CBD seems to be all the rage these days, but it can also be a little overwhelming trying to understand what it is, what it isn’t and how to best get started using it. Fortunately, New Age Hemp® is here to help. Whether you’re wondering about the uses and benefits of CBD or the different types of CBD products, our beginner’s guide is here to answer your questions.
WHAT IS CBD?
“So what is CBD, anyway?” is a question we’re asked a lot. Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, is a natural substance found primarily in the flowers and leaves of the hemp plant. CBD is one of more than a hundred chemical substances known as cannabinoids, which are all found in the cannabis plant.
IS CBD LEGAL?
Before you buy any CBD oil, you may be wondering whether it’s legal in your state. The easy answer is yes, but it’s not that simple. Only CBD oil that conforms to the 2018 Farm Bill regulations is considered federally legal. Consult your state’s local cannabis laws and regulations to find out if CBD products are safe to buy in your state.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CANNABIS & HEMP?
Cannabis (sometimes referred to as Marijuana) and Hemp are actually two varieties of the same plant species – Cannabis Sativa. Because they share the same species name, there is a lot of confusion around the differences between them. Hemp is the variety of Cannabis Sativa that has been bred to have very low levels of THC (0.3% or less) and high levels of CBD, substances known as cannabinoids, which are all found in the cannabis plant.
WHAT IS A CANNABINOID?
There are more than one hundred unique chemical compounds found in both the cannabis and hemp plants called cannbinoids. The two most famous cannbinioids are CBD and THC. THC is the intoxicating cannabinoid that acts as a euphoriant and gets you “high”. CBD is the non-psychoactive, non-intoxicating cannabinoid that has recently received so much attention in the health and wellness space.
CAN CBD GET YOU HIGH?
CBD is 100% non-psychoactive, meaning it doesn’t negatively impact your mind or mental processes. In other words, CBD does not get you “high” or “stoned”.
HOW DOES CBD WORK?
Every human possesses an advanced physiological system known as the Endocannabinoid System (ECS): a network of receptors and neurotransmitters that help control some of our most vital life functions related to memory, appetite, mood, pain sensation and immune system.
CBD works by interacting with your body’s Endocannabinoid System at two known receptors: CB1 and CB2.
are found on cells throughout the immune system and target:
- Motor Activity
- Motor Coordination
- Short Term Memory
- Pain Perception
- Immune Cells
are located in the brain and central nervous systems and target:
- Adipose Tissue
- Skeletal Muscle
- Reproductive System
- Immune System
- Respiratory Tract
- Cardiovascular System
WHAT ARE THE POSSIBLE CBD BENEFITS?
WHAT ARE THE POSSIBLE CBD BENEFITS?
- Relief for Chronic Pain
- Improves Sleep
- Reduces Anxiety
- Seizures and Epilepsy
- Improves Heart Health
- Reduces Inflammation
- Promotes Healthy Weight
- Reduces Stress
- Improves Skin Conditions
HOW DO YOU TAKE CBD?
Oils and tinctures are processed and concentrated forms of CBD that are often placed under the tongue using a dropper and absorbed into the bloodsream.
Topicals are CBD infused oils, creams and lotions that are intended to be used directly on skin, hair or nails. They’re a popular way to treat a localized affected area, but are also used as skincare, haircare and massage oil as well.
Edibles are a broad range of products to eat or drink, like gummies or chocolates. Edibles can take anywhere from 20 minutes to 4 hours to take effect.
Pills and capsules are ingested orally and look similar to the vitamins and/or drugs you’d find in a drugstore. They typically contain CBD oil or CBD isolate.
Vaping, like e-cigarettes, involves inhaling a vaporized liquid that contains CBD oil. Nicotine is not usually present if CBD is, though it is possible to mix them.
WHAT ARE TERPENES?
Terpenes are unique chemicals that are responsible for the smell of the hemp plant. Though the research is still being developed, there are theories that these chemicals can assist in boosting mood, improving memory, lessening depression and even helping with gas reflux.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FULL SPECTRUM AND ISOLATE?
Full Spectrum CBD uses the whole plant and contains trace amounts (less than 0.3%) of THC and other cannabinoids that might well enhance the overall CBD effect on the body.
The full spectrum of cannabinoids, terpenes, and essential oils extracted from the plant work together to magnify the therapeutic benefits of each individual cannabinoid. This is commonly referred to as the entourage effect.
CBD isolate is the purest form of CBD and a THC free alternative. It’s produced by removing all other compounds found in the plant, including terpenes, favonoids, plant parts and other cannabinoids.
As to which one is best for you is merely a matter of preference. Some people want to avoid any THC altogether, however minimal. And others prefer to gain the entourage effect of using Full Spectrum CBD, which has received so much attention in the health and wellness space.
WHAT’S THE ENTOURAGE EFFECT?
The Entourage Effect is the synergistic phenomenon that occurs when multiple cannabis compounds work together to deliver a powerful, compounding effect. Research has shown that when medical substances from plants are taken in their whole and natural state, they tend to be more potent.
The entourage effect is in action when the numerous components of the cannabis plant act in synergy on the body to maximize their healing effects. This is as opposed to the milder effect of using them solo, or isolated. In essence the most effective cannabis therapies use a combination of compounds (i.e. full spectrum CBD) for an enhanced medicinal experience.
IS CBD SAFE FOR ANIMALS?
Here’s something cool – humans aren’t the only species known to have this Endocannabinoid System. Many species have been shown in research to have these receptors that cannabinoids have an effect too. Whether an animal has cancer, siezures or anxiety, CBD oil can serve as an alternative medication to help treat symptoms.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN BUYING CBD OIL
CHECK THE THC CONTENT
Before you buy any CBD product, check the laws in your state regarding CBD oil and cannabis in general. Federal law requires a THC concentration of 0.3% or lower. If you are looking at a product with a THC concentration higher than that, you will only legally be able to purchase and possess it if you’re in a state that has legalized recreational cannabis.
READ THE PRODUCT DESCRIPTION & LABEL
As CBD products become more popular, some businesses may use questionable practices. Make sure you always read product labels and descriptions so you know exactly what you’re getting. When purchasing a CBD product, check to see if the label directly lists the MG content of either CBD or hemp extract to make sure you’re getting a product containing significant amounts of CBD.
AIM FOR USA GROWN HEMP
While you’re carefully reading that label, make sure you look for USA grown hemp. A lot of hemp comes from China, but because hemp is a bio-accumulator (meaning it is capable of absorbing both the good and the bd from the air, water and soil in which it’s grown) it soaks up a lot of heavy metals and nuclear fallout when it’s grown in that region. The last thing buyers want is for their CBD oil to have accumulated toxic substances such as pesticides, herbicides or heavy metals. The easiest way to ensure that you’re getting USA grown hemp products is to simply ask the brand that you’re buying from. If the company can’t give you a straightforward answer, we’d encourage you to keep looking.
KNOW THE INGREDIENTS
Always read the ingredients list when comparing different CBD products. On one end of the spectrum, you’ll find products with additional ingredients that provide their own potential benefits, like melatonin or MCT oils. But on the other end of the spectrum, you’ll find CBD products that contain potentially harmful ingredients, like propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin, which are found in some CBD vape oils. Some CBD edibles might also contain artificial coloring and flavors, which likely won’t be too harmful, but also won’t help your health.
MAKE SURE THE PRODUCT IS LAB TESTED
Don’t be fooled by a company making claims with no way to back it up. A high-quality brand of CBD will always provide third party lab results to their consumers. These tests measure CBD and THC levels, as well as ensure the quality of the product. Some provide lab results on their website, while others include them in the packaging, or both.
VIEW THE CERTIFICATE OF ANALYSIS
While you’re checking that your CBD product is lab tested, you’ll want to make sure that there’s a certificate of analysis. This is the best way to ease any worries that the manufacturers have cut corners or are selling a mediocre product. A certificate of analysis must be conducted by an ISO Certified Laboratory and ensures that the product you receive is of good quality.
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