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You’ve likely heard the hype and before we tell your more about Hemp and CBD, we’d like to give you a little context. The Hemp & CBD craze has swept across the globe but there is a ton of misinformation out there mixed in with legitimate advice and well-researched knowledge. We want to do our best to help you navigate through all of it. At the end of the day you should make your own decisions about what you put in (or on) your body, and what you should and shouldn’t give to your kids, your pets, or your extended family or friends.
The biggest misconception that we have heard so commonly up until now is that Hemp & CBD are the exact same thing. Warning to all: THIS IS NOT TRUE but they do have a bunch of things in common.
If you’ve heard the word “hemp” but you’re not sure what it means, let’s clear it up right now. Hemp refers to one of the varieties of the cannabis sativa plant, same species as Marijuana – but like we said, a different variety of this species altogether. The hemp plant can be grown, and is cultivated, all around the world. Because of its’ versatility and array of uses in oils, pharmacology, food, beauty products, and building materials you very likely have seen or used hemp products before. Industrial hemp essentially refers to a variety of the cannabis sativa plant that does not contain enough THC to cause psychoactive or intoxicating effects if consumed or inhaled. This is the key difference between hemp and marijuana despite being varieties of the same plant species. The lack of THC in industrial hemp is the deciding factor for most governments and lawmakers with regards to acceptance or prohibitions of hemp cultivation and the sale of hemp-based products.
You may also have heard of the term “CBD” and wondered what all the fuss was about. Potentially the biggest health and wellness boom of the early 21st century, CBD products are highly sought after in global markets and are being advertised and discussed as a potential solution for a wide range of physical and mental illnesses and disorders. The biggest difference between hemp and CBD is CBD itself is NOT a plant! CBD is actually naturally occurring chemical that can be found in all types of cannabis plants in some concentration. The interesting thing is that hemp plants are actually a better source for CBD than cannabis sativa plants: Hemp plants can contain double the concentration of CBD as their intoxicating relatives. What does this mean? Pretty simple – Hemp plants can be a great resource for CBD extraction, but not a necessary one! CBD can be extracted both from the intoxicating cannabis sativa plant, or from the hemp plant.
Refined hemp seed oils are produced from hemp seeds but go through a refining process which removes color and odor from the final product - probably why they're not commonly used as cooking oils.
The shelf life of refined hemp seed oils is quite long, and as such it is used as a key ingredient in health and beauty products, plastics, fuels, and lubricating oils. As such, hemp oil is a very effective natural moisturizer and can be ethically and organically sourced.
Unrefined hemp seed oils are produced from hemp seeds and are excellent cooking oils with generally shorter shelf lives than their refined hemp oil counterparts, but they have a ton of flavor meaning you don’t need to use much when you are cooking.
Unrefined hemp seed oils are cold-pressed, meaning that they are processed using little to no heat. This process also avoids alterations like bleaching or the removal or odors or smells. They are packed full of vitamins and antioxidants, so they have a ton of health benefits that your standard canola or sunflower cooking oils simply do not.
These oils are extracted not from the seeds of the hemp plant; rather from the leaves, stalks, stems, and flowers of the hemp (cannabis sativa) plant. While either hemp or marijuana can be used to process, hemp plants are more likely because they contain about double the available CBD as their counterparts.
CBD oils give users the benefits of cannabidiol for the treatment of many types of physical and mental illnesses, disorders, and symptoms. “Pure” CBD oil generally contains next to no THC and should not produce a psychoactive or intoxicating effect after consumption. These oils can be administered orally or topically depending on the concentration of CBD and the composition of your CBD oil.
Hemp seed oils have a wide variety of nutrients that can have several amazing health effects.
Hemp seed oils contain naturally occurring omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids, large amounts of healthy fats and a variety of essential vitamins and minerals including Vitamin E, potassium and more!
Hemp seed oils contain aginine, which decreases inflammation, potentially reduces blood pressure and heart disease and other related conditions – use it if you are heart health conscious.
Because of the essential fatty acids in hemp seed oil it acts as an effective moisturizer and can help to fight skin diseases like eczema and acne, or can help to reduce itchiness and dry skin.
Ingredients in hemp seed oil also have applications in reducing the symptoms of PMS and menopause, helping to regulate hormones and ultimately to relieve unpleasant and untimely conditions.
About a quarter of the calories from hemp seed oil comes from naturally occurring plant protein, an effective alternative to meat-based protein that compares by weight to protein-rich meats.
People use CBD oils as an alternative to habit-forming, liver-damaging pharmaceuticals to treat a wide variety of symptoms and health problems. It has applications for both people and animals and is incredibly versatile.
CBD may reduce inflammation and affect neurotransmitters to promote pain relief even in cases of arthritis, chronic pain, and multiple sclerosis and might be effective for you.
Due to it’s effect on your brain’s neurotransmitters, CBD has become a symptom-based treatment for brain illnesses like epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, alzheimers, and schizophrenia.
CBD can help to regulate your brain chemistry, impacting behavior and mood and helping to relieve social anxiety and depression while being less addictive than pharmaceuticals.
Anyone with insomnia attests to an overactive brain around bedtime. This is so closely tied to anxiety that CBD’s impact on treating anxiety can also help promote a more restful night’s sleep.
CBD can reduce resting blood pressure and minimize blood pressure spikes during stressful periods, and has potential for treating or preventing high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke.
More research and testing is ongoing to assess the application of CBD to treat addiction, skin health (acne), cancer, diabetes, and even smoking cessation, among many other things.
With a growing industry blooming in today’s rapidly changing landscape there are more questions about Hemp & CBD products than ever.
We are making it a mission to vet as many Hemp & CBD brands as possible to gauge quality, value, safety, composition, methodology, and reputation. In our experience we have seen most consumers for these products either not know the right questions to ask, or have to do a bunch of research just to find out what questions they should be asking.
In an effort to get you some practical answers to all the burning questions you might have about Hemp & CBD products, we are going straight to the source. Hemp & CBD are already being widely used even in areas where “more research is required” for medical professionals and health departments to get fully on board. So we figured the best possible way to get you the information you need is to start getting interviews and testimonials from hemp & CBD users around the world so you can see (and hear) for yourself which products people are using, how they are using them, how they are getting them, and what benefits or side-effects they experience from using them.
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As someone who suffers from frequent headaches, the idea of taking over the counter medication regularly is just.. off putting. Since discovering hemp oil, I’ve been able to help with my headaches in a natural manner.
Anxiety has held me back from doing even the simplest things, like speaking in meetings or going to parties. Honestly, since I’ve started using CBD with my vaporizer, I’ve been able to keep my anxiety in check.
I deal with severe anxiety and it can be a challenge leaving the house. A dose of hemp oil in the morning makes it easier getting out the door.