I’ve heard of CBD and Hemp a lot lately.
By now you have most likely heard of CBD. It is in the news, popping up on shelves all over the world and showing up in Internet ads all over social media. So, what exactly is CBD and how do I choose the right product myself and my family? We’re here to break it all down for you to help you make the best informed decision for you, your family and yes, even your pets.
What is CBD?
CBD is an abbreviation of the word Cannabidiol. Cannabidiol is one of over 113 phyto-cannabinoids found in the industrial hemp plant. Cannabinoids are naturally occurring compounds that exist in the hemp plant. Virtually all strains of hemp contain these cannabinoids and research has shown there are potential medical benefits to CBD and many other phyto-cannabinoids. CBD is one of the many chemical compounds found in industrial hemp that does not produce a psychoactive effect that gets you “high”.
What is Industrial Hemp?
Industrial Hemp is a strain of the Cannabis sativa plant species that has been in use worldwide for over 10,000 years. Unlike its close cousin the Marijuana plant, industrial hemp has lower concentrations of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and higher concentrations of cannabidiol (CBD). Industrial hemp has over 25,000 known uses and can be refined into a variety of commercial uses including oils, textiles, biofuel, construction materials, and biodegradable plastics. By law, all commercially available industrial hemp must contain ≤ 0.3% THC.
Industrial Hemp Facts
- Industrial Hemp in NOT Marijuana although they both are derived from the same plant species.
- Industrial Hemp can be refined into over 25,000 commercial uses including beneficial CBD derivatives.
- Industrial Hemp must contain 0.3% or less THC.
- Industrial Hemp is legal in the US and over 40 countries world-wide.
- Industrial Hemp or CBD will NOT get you high.
What are Cannabinoids?
Cannabinoids are organic and naturally occurring chemicals found in the cannabis sativa plant species. There are at least 113 different cannabinoids that have been discovered in cannabis, each exhibiting varied effects. These cannabinoids are concentrated in a viscous resin produced in structures surrounding the flowering buds of the hemp plant known as glandular trichomes. Selective breeding has been used to control the cannabinoid profile in cannabis and strains used in medicine are most often bred for high CBD content.
Cannabinoids in Humans
Human beings produce cannabinoids naturally known as endo-cannabinoids. Research has shown that these endo-cannabinoids serve as lipid messengers signaling molecules that are released from one cell and activating the cannabinoid receptors present on other nearby cells. Further research has shown that these endo-cannabinoids and phyto-cannabinoids can interact with each other, often resulting in a wide variety of physiological effects. Many experts refer to this synergistic interaction as the “Entourage Effect”.
Conmmon Cannabinoids Found in Industrial Hemp
The following list is the most common cannabinoids found in industrial hemp. There are over 113 known phyto-cannabinoids in the industrial hemp plant. Here is the short-list of ones that have shown in research to be most beneficial.
- CBD (cannabidiol)
- CBN (cannabinol)
- CBG (cannabigerol)
- CBC (cannabichromene)
- CBL (cannabicyclol)
- CBV (cannabivarin)
- *THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) ≤ 0.3%
The legal limit of THC in industrial hemp is 0.3% or less.
Champion Hemp Farms CBD Products
Champion Hemp Farms produces high-quality, farm-to-consumer CBD products from industrial hemp grown on our farm in Western Pennsylvania. All of the products contain less than 0.3% THC with the majority of the products testing at zero percent. We rigorously test each product for maximum potency, purity, consistency, and safety. We utilize nationally-recognized ISO-9001 laboratories to test our hemp crops as well as the products we create for our customers.