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Hemp and CBD FAQs

It’s best to use full spectrum CBD oil versus CBD isolate for several reasons. Full Spectrum generally refers to CBD oil products that not only contain CBD, but also contain some terpenes and other cannabinoids such as CBG, CBN and even some THC. Usually these will be in ratios that were naturally occurring and extracted from the plant and specific strain. But they are also occasionally added back into products as an isolated form to raise the potency of the product. For those that get drug tested, Full Spectrum is something to be cautious about. The THC found in full spectrum hemp products is minimal (less than 0.3%), but can still trigger positive drug tests. With Full Spectrum CBD oil products, you have the advantage of something called the “Entourage Effect.” This is where all the cannabinoids and terpenes are working together in synergy, something that Isolate products will lack.

When seeking out Full Spectrum products, you may come across some called “Broad Spectrum” that claim to have 0% THC. It’s important to verify lab tests on these products to make sure that this is not a false claim and you’re encouraged to still exercise caution with these products if drug testing is a concern. These products have sometimes gone through additional processing to try to isolate and remove as much THC as possible while still maintaining some of the other cannabinoids and terpenes.

CBD Isolate:

Isolate is typically the CBD oil product of choice for those who get drug tested or are sensitive to other cannabinoids such as THC. Products labeled as Isolate will generally be highlighted as being 99+% pure CBD. Usually, these products will have nothing but CBD in them because the CBD has literally been isolated from everything else. You can find pre-made isolate oils that typically consist of a carrier oil, such as MCT Oil, infused with the crystalline isolate powder. You can also find the “raw” crystalline powder or slabs (a form of concentrate) on its own. When looking at isolate, it is important to verify the purity. While many are in the 99.9+% range with no identifiable amounts of THC, there are lower purity ones (such as 99.5% or lower) that may still have trace amounts that show up on the labs. This small amount is typically negligible, and is nowhere near the amount usually found in Full Spectrum products. But it is still something other cannabinoids, THC especially, are necessary to take full advantage of what cannabis has to offer. Ultimately, however, we are all different and it comes down to the individual user and their needs. If drug testing is a concern, you’re encouraged to seek out CBD isolate products (or terpsolates) instead of Full Spectrum.

CBG (cannabigerol) is a non-acidic cannabinoid produced when heat is applied to the CBGA (cannabigerolic acid) molecule. Its close chemical relatives are THC, CBD, and CBC.

CBG is found mainly in hemp products, and strains bred for high THC usually contain very low amounts of CBG (less than 1%). High CBD strains, on the other hand, contain much higher concentrations of this essential cannabinoid.

CBG will not get you high. CBG is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid much like CBD.

There are many possible benefits of CBG. The benefits that CBG may offer are closely tied to what it does in the human body. In the right dose, CBG can act as an:
– Analgesic (relieves pain).
– Antibacterial (slows bacteria growth).
– Anti-convulsive (reduces seizures and convulsions).
– Anti-inflammatory (reduces inflammation).
– Anti-insomnia (aids sleep).
– Anti-proliferative (inhibits cancer cell growth).
– Antidepressant (raises mood).
– Bone stimulant (promotes bone growth).
– Brain cell stimulant (promotes neuron growth).
– Appetite stimulant (increases appetite).

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

CBDa, or cannabidiolic acid, is a compound that turns into CBD if it is dried and heated. Straight from the plant, there Is mostly CBDa and Very Little CBD.

When you see pictures of hemp and cannabis plants growing in a field, they actually contain very little of the cannabinoids they are most known for. That’s because both CBD and THC require continued heat and/or aging to be transformed from their acidic precursors.

This heat process, otherwise known as decarboxylation, leads to the removal of the carboxyl group, and so CBDa becomes CBD (and THCA, THC). Most CBD products on the market are decarboxylated and therefore contain very little CBDa.

There are many possible benefits of CBDa. The benefits that CBDa may offer are closely tied to what it does in the human body. In the right dose, CBDa can potentially have the following benefits:
– Anti-proliferative – prevents cancer cell migration, noted specifically in cases of aggressive breast cancer. (Source)
– Antiemetic – reduces nausea and vomiting. (Source)
– Anti-inflammatory and pain reduction through COX-2 inhibition. (Source)
– Positive effect on seizures for the treatment of epilepsy, also when used in combination with CBD. (Source)
– Anti-anxiety effects. (Source)
– Potential anti-depressive effects. (Source)

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

No, CBG is not necessarily better than CBD. Each cannabinoid offers unique effects and the best option for you will depend on your body and the benefits you’re looking for. While one cannabinoid may not be better, as a whole, than other cannabinoids, it could be better at alleviating symptoms for specific ailments. CBG has been shown to have potent pain-relieving effects and is better than other cannabinoids at preventing muscle contractions. Read more about each cannabinoid and it’s benefits on our blog, CBG vs CBD: What’s the Difference?

No, CBD oil is not the same as Hemp oil. People use “Hemp oil” to refer to several different types of oil, including CBD oil and Hemp seed oil. These are two very different types of oils and should not be confused. Hemp seed oil is most often used as a cooking oil or body oil and is derived from the seeds of the hemp plant. CBD oil is extracted from the flowers and leaves of marijuana or hemp plants and is most often used as tinctures and placed under the tongue to be absorbed by the body. Read our blog about the basic differences between Hemp and Cannabis oil to learn more.

The short answer is yes, CBD oil is the same as a CBD tincture. The major difference is that CBD oil is the base product. It becomes a CBD tincture once it’s bottled and a syringe is added to make it easier to consume. Many people use these terms in different ways and usage has changed over time, but they are essentially the same.

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