Hemp, or industrial hemp, is defined by the 2018 U.S. Farm Bill as plants of the cannabis sativa species that contain ≤0.3% THC, meaning their extracts are non-psychoactive and legal.
Hemp is very sustainable and renewable. It can be refined into countless commercial items, including food, paper, textiles, clothing, biodegradable plastics, animal feed, insulation, biofuel, and more.
As you navigate the CBD field and the different products available on the market, you will come across these terms which are used to describe CBD extracts. So what is the difference between them?
As we mentioned above, full-spectrum refers to CBD extracts containing all flavonoids, terpenoids, and other compounds found naturally in the hemp plant. Broad-Spectrum, on the other hand, is used to describe CBD extracts containing various, but not all, compounds found in hemp. Meanwhile, CBD isolate, as the name implies, refers to products formulated with pure CBD. These extracts contain no additional cannabinoids or other hemp compounds.
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a large network of receptors and transmitters found throughout our bodies responsible for regulating numerous systems and functions. Cannabinoids are compounds that interact with ECS receptors to promote homeostasis (balance) within these systems.
Hemp contains different types of cannabinoids. One of these cannabinoids found naturally in hemp is cannabidiol (CBD). CBD is known for its natural properties, as a result, thousands are turning to CBD products such as oils, gummies, topicals, and capsules as an addition to their wellness lifestyle.
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis plants such as hemp. However, because industrial hemp contains less than 0.3% THC, extracts obtained from hemp will not get you high. As a result, all CBD products made with extracts from hemp are completely non-psychoactive.
Products containing Delta-9 and Delta-8 THC will produce intoxicating effects in most users. Be mindful when using these products and always start slow, wait 1-2 hours before consuming more, as the effects may be delayed.
Whole-spectrum hemp extract contains CBD, along with numerous other cannabinoids. Also known as full-spectrum CBD, these extracts also contain flavonoids, terpenoids, and other compounds found naturally in the hemp plant.
As opposed to hemp, the THC content in marijuana is much higher than 0.3%. For this reason, marijuana often produces psychoactive effects in users. It’s also important to note that marijuana is not legal nationwide, as is the case with industrial hemp.
Hemp compounds each offer benefits of their own while potentiating and enhancing the effects of the other compounds present to nurture the endocannabinoid system. This phenomenon is commonly referred to as the entourage effect.
Our CBD extracts are obtained from our organic industrial hemp farms in North Carolina. Our extracts are then formulated into a wide variety of hemp products by our licensed pharmacists, who use the best methods and ingredients to make the most effective, highest-quality CBD products.
Because CBD interacts with the ECS system, which is responsible for various body functions, hemp oil uses vary from person to person.
We have customers taking hemp cannabinoid products for multiple reasons. We cannot provide personal product recommendations as this product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
If you are hesitating to try CBD, it might be because you are asking yourself one of the most common questions surrounding hemp extracts– “Does CBD show up in a drug test?”
While hemp is related to marijuana, drug tests check for high levels of THC in our blood, not CBD. So, if you’re taking CBD isolate, you have nothing to worry about. And while broad and full-spectrum extracts contain THC, most products containing these extracts (including ours) contain less than 0.3% THC– which is nowhere near enough to be detected by standard drug tests. That’s why, generally, if you are taking CBD extracted from hemp you will be in good shape.
Because CBD contains no THC, CBD products generally don’t produce any undesired side effects. While not typical, CBD oil side effects may include mild drowsiness in very rare cases.
While uncommon, CBD may interact with some prescription or over the counter medications. If you are taking medications, consult with a medical professional before starting your CBD regimen.
If you are wondering how to use hemp oil for your wellness needs, you’ll be glad to learn that there is nothing complicated about it. CBD hemp oil can be taken orally or mixed into foods and drinks for easier consumption. And if oils aren’t your thing, you can try other CBD products like creams, gummies, and hemp oil capsules which offer a more straightforward method of using CBD.
Hemp products like pure CBD oil are available nationwide online and in stores. Due to the nature of physical stores, these usually only carry CBD oil in lower dosages. Online stores, like Oliver’s Harvest, offer a more varied collection of not just oils but other products like CBD edibles, topicals, herbal capsules and tablets, and even CBD for dogs and cats. Our products are available in a wide variety of flavors and dosages to accommodate your specific wellness needs.
The CBD in all our products is extracted from industrial hemp grown on our organic farm in North Carolina. We use the safest, most effective methods to ensure each batch of our extracts contains no contaminants, metals, or other unnatural substances.
All our pharmacist-formulated products are tested by ISO certified third-party laboratories to make sure we meet the highest industry standards and comply with all regulations. The results of these lab tests are available online for users to read and learn about the contents of our products before they make a purchase.
If you would like to learn more about hemp and CBD, visit our blog section. You can also contact our customer service team with any questions you have– we are always happy to help!
Each product has instructions on the container. Usually, tinctures have recommendations to take ½ dropper (0.5mL) twice per day. Additionally, the user can titrate doses. In other words, they can take .5 mL days 1-3, then .75 mL on days 4-6, and 1 mL on days 7-10 and beyond. After each dose, the user should ask themselves:
- What did you feel, when?
- How long did effects last?
You should record:
- Date and time of dose
- Amount of dose in mL and/or mg
- Time of onset of effects
- Effects on symptoms
- Any adverse effects
- Duration of effects