What is hemp?
Cannabis Sativa is the genus of plant to which both marijuana and industrial hemp belong. Hemp contains less than 0.3% THC, whereas marijuana is characterized by having a higher percentage of THC and thus may induce psychoactive or “high” effects. Hemp is an incredibly sustainable plant, known for its ability to thrive in a variety of climates and conditions. Not only can it persist in harsher climates, but it also does not require pesticides or herbicides for consistent growth. The hemp plant has been used for centuries for its applications in health, wellness, textiles, and many other industries.
How can hemp help?
In health and wellness, science is beginning to uncover evidence of hemp’s vast potential applications in pain and stress relief, anxiety and depression, mood balancing, and supporting our immune system. Much of this is due to its ability to interact with our body’s Endocannabinoid System which moderates our overall homeostasis and well being through receptors in muscle and skin tissues, various organs, as well as our immune and neurological systems.
Why is hemp so popular?
Plants were humanity’s first medicine, and have been used for their wellness benefits as long as we have existed. Hemp itself is unique in its level of sustainability, its adaptation to a variety of growing conditions, and its natural ability to replenish the soil from which it grows. Hemp has been cultivated by cultures around the world for thousands of years. Though the past century saw significant restriction of hemp cultivation, recent changes in the regulation of industrial hemp have renewed opportunities for the research and sale of hemp products. Thus giving us the opportunity to apply modern technology to study the variety of cannabinoids and other chemical compounds it contains, and further discover how hemp may support holistic wellness and homeostasis within the human body.
Is hemp extract natural?
Yes, hemp extract and any cannabinoids such as CBD and THC naturally occur within the hemp plant.
Do hemp products contain CBD and THC?
Hemp products typically contain cannabidiol (CBD) and may contain trace amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) as long as they are below the 0.3% legal limit. If products do contain trace amounts of THC they are typically labeled as “Full-Spectrum” hemp extract. Products without THC are typically labeled as “Broad-Spectrum” if they contain cannabidiol and other cannabinoids or labeled “CBD Isolate” if they contain solely cannabidiol.
What is the difference between hemp extract, CBD, and THC?
Hemp extract refers to cannabinoids, terpenes, essential fatty acids, and other extracted elements from the cannabis plant believed beneficial to the human body. CBD refers to the specific cannabinoid found in the hemp plant known as cannabidiol. THC refers to the cannabinoid tetrahydrocannabinol and is most commonly known as the compound that can create a “high” or psychoactive effect when consumed above a certain amount.