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CBD, or Cannabidiol, is one of the hidden molecules contained in the hemp plant (other include Sativa, Indica etc.). It has been widely used for relaxation purposes for generations. Evidence suggests that it has been used as far back as the Bronze Age. Being honest, they probably weren’t aware of each of hemps molecular components at that time, but for sure they were intelligent enough to acknowledge the positive effects that hemp was having on their bodies. So, let’s dive into the Cannabidiol debate and find out exactly why CBD is such a hot topic in 2020.
Before you continue reading this page, we recommend that you check out The Story of Charlotte, a little American girl who stabilised her Dravet Syndrome by using a high-CBD hemp strain known as Charlotte’s Web. This event was the real catalyst in the rise of Cannabidiol use, and it’s always a good story to know and to pass on.
What is cannabidiol?
CBD is a chemical found in all hemp species at different concentrations. This molecule is part of the cannabinoids family like THC, but the effects are far different to those generated by tetrahydrocannabinol. THC and CBD both act on the endocannabinoid system (in all mammals), but while THC generates a psychoactive effect, Cannabidiol doesn’t.
So … it’s like cannabis light, right?
People like to refer to Cannabidiol as “light cannabis”, but this is inaccurate because this term refers to hemp flowers which are high in CBD content for the purposes of being smoked. For medical Cannabis it’s a bit different because the flowers contain THC at different levels to their recreational counterparts. People need a medical reason to use these products, then they can either smoke it (not recommended) or make oil or edibles from it.
So this compound cannot really be called “light cannabis” or “medical cannabis” because it’s just one of the molecules of the full plant, it is one of the numerous elements you can find in industrial hemp like terpenes, cannabinoids, wax, fibers, etc …
At a molecular level, when Cannabidiol is fully extracted from the plant, it is essentially a tasteless and odourless powder. Extracting only the Cannabidiol while removing all other plant material is a difficult and rather expensive process as you need to use a high-pressure C02 extractor. This process has to be done in a way which ensures that the result is 99.99% pure CBD crystals, without any THC present. Only then can the powder be used to make CBD oil, edibles, or cosmetics.
Now for the really interesting bit! Cannabidiol is a cannabinoid that acts on the pain system and serotonergic system in the brains of all mammals. It works on specific brain receptors, such as HT1A and 5HT3A. These are the same receptors affected by opioids such as painkillers, anti-depressants, and sleeping pills.
And what is even better is that CBD/CBD/a has very few benign side-effects in comparison to the aforementioned opioids. Now we can see that there is great potential in cannabidiol, and that it could quite easily serve as a replacement for a huge quantity of different drugs which are currently used by 5 to 10% of the worlds’ population!
Is cannabidiol legal?
Yes, cannabidiol is 100% legal in the United Kingdom and in 95% of other countries. The molecule is regarded as a food supplement which can be taken without restriction. But – you have to be careful what kind of CBD products you’re buying and using as it shouldn’t contain any trace of THC. If the product contains even the smallest trace amount of CBD, you’ll have to research the marijuana laws in your specific area. For more information on this, you can read the updated 2020 CBD law.
How do I take CBD?
There are plenty of ways to take this useful cannabinoid, but before diving into this in depth I recommend that you read the most common mistakes while taking CBD. It is an interesting summary which should help you to avoid making the same mistakes as others have in the past.
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You should exercise caution when buying your CBD oil! Lega cannabis is a relatively new and emergent market and there are tonnes of products out there, ranging from very bad (or scams) to the highest quality oil produced in high-tech laboratories. When we talk about products being a scam, we are referring to hemp oil products masquerading as CBD products by replicating the style of established marketing, designs, and style of CBD oils. These products are sold in a very small 10ml bottle at an inflated price but do not actually contain any Cannabidiol or related cannabinoids. Be vigilant!
Hemp oil is just cooking oil made from pressed hemp seed in the same way olive oil is made. Hemp seed does not contain any CBD, THC, or other cannabinoids. It is thus very cheap to produce. A high-quality oil can be purchased for about £16 per litre.
Contrary to hemp oil, CBD oil usually consists of a hemp seed oil base with a CBD extract infused into it. There are many different types of CBD extract that can be added to this oil:
- It can be a full-spectrum extract that contains the complete range of cannabinoids (THC inclusive).
- Or it can be a broad-spectrum extract with a large range of cannabinoids, without the THC.
- It can also be an ‘isolated’ extract that contains 99% CBD with no other cannabinoids.
Alternatively, you can find cannabis oil made with other oil bases like grape seed oil, sesame oil, avocado oil, almond oil, coconut oil, rapeseed oil, olive oil, sunflower oil, peanut oil etc…
So, be careful when buying your oil from an unknown supplier and always check the label to verify whether it’s a crude hemp seed oil or an authentic CBD product.
Below is a quick rundown of scientific findings related to the effects of CBD on the human body. If you’re interested in finding out more, you can find plenty of other research here.
According to research conducted by GW Pharmaceuticals in the USA by E.B.Russo, CBD oil can interact with the body’s protein cells and transmit chemical ‘signs’ both to the immune system and to the brain via a variety of stimuli. This imparts a positive impact and helps the cells manage chronic pain. CBD oil is thus incredibly useful for those dealing with back pain and inflammation. Another survey proved hoe the molecule can improve sleep quality and mood patterns. Patients undergoing chemotherapy find that CBD brings relief when both the treatment and the disease become unbearable.
CBD has earned its fame for its ability to reduce stress and anxiety levels. The Journal of Cannabis Therapeutics published a report explaining how the natural components present in CBD are beneficial when it comes to releasing pleasure hormones. These help to relax the mind, helping to bring about a sense of calm and relaxation. The serotonin levels in our bodies are altered due to the cannabinoid acting on our endogenous cannabinoid system. It also has an impact on the CB1 receptors in our brain which helps to improve mental health.
The ability to help patients with cancer
Though there are massive amounts of research ongoing in this field, the reports regarding CBD’s ability to assist in fighting cancer have thus far been affirmative. Both cannabis and CBD oil are well known to reduce the side effects of cancer therapy, and in reducing its symptoms. Using a combination Cannabidiol and THC will definitely help to deal with cancer-related pain. According to research conducted at the Medical University of Vienna, Austria by Hansen, M., it can be concluded that CBD reduces the negative effects associated with chemotherapy, particularly the anxiety, vomiting, and nausea. As of yet, it is of great importance to note that there is not a single existent medical study that proves that Cannabidiol can reduce the size of tumours or actively fight metastasis. For now, the common scientific consensus is that it actively reduces the severity of the side-effects associated with chemotherapy.
Helping to clear up acne
Nobel prize winner George Andrew Olah conducted research proving that CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties can fight the signs of acne. CBD also regulates the production of sebum, reducing oiliness of the skin, fighting inflammatory cytokines and the bacteria responsible for causing acne.
Improving neurological health
Patients who are suffering from multiple sclerosis and epilepsy can make great use of this cannabinoid. Research undertaken in the University of London proves that CBD can help deal with a wide range of different neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease and Dravet syndrome. It also reduces the effects of cognitive decline and neurodegeneration which is of great aid to those suffering with Alzheimer’s.
The struggle to fall asleep at the end of the day is a struggle most of us can identify with to some degree. This molecule can work wonders for those amongst us who simply want a night of undisturbed sleep, without any side-effects. The components present in this cannabinoid can relax the body and lower energy levels.
Giving you a clear answer is inadvisable as there are several factors we should take into account before we can advise on such a thing. For example, we don’t know your morphology, or for what purpose you intend to use CBD. Do you have trouble sleeping, or pain, maybe some social anxiety issues? You see, there is no ‘one size fits all’ answer that applies to everyone.
To get detailed information on how much CBD intake is right for you, we recommend that you consult our advanced CBD dosage calculator. Answer the 6 questions in this quiz so we can calculate the exact amount of CBD you should be taking on a daily basis.
Our calculations are based on the table below:
|< 11 kgs||11 to 20 kgs||20 to 40 kgs||40 to 70 kgs||70 to 110 kgs||> over 110 kgs|
|Low||4.5 mg||6 mg||9 mg||12 mg||18 mg||22 mg|
|Medium||6 mg||9 mg||12 mg||15 mg||22 mg||30 mg|
|High||9 mg||12 mg||15 mg||18 mg||27 mg||45 mg|
But, it’s not just as easy as that. We go deeper, thus giving you a more precise dosage advisory by taking into account such factors as your age and the severity of your condition/issue. So, just give our online quiz a try to learn more about the correct dosage for you.
We’d like to take this opportunity to remind you that cannabidiol is not a medicine, nor is it a drug; our products should not be used alone to treat symptoms or to heal an illness. If you are experiencing health complications, please consult a healthcare professional before using CBD oil or cannabis oil.
What are the different forms of CBD?
The molecule found naturally occurring in the cannabis plant is Cannabidiolic acid C22H30O4 and when it is activated (by warming/decarboxylation), it becomes Cannabidiol – C21H30O2. CBD oil comes in 3 different forms:
Isolate: the purest form
Isolate is a white powder of 99% pure CBD. This is the purest form you can get, but it also doesn’t contain any other cannabinoids like CBN, CBG, THC, etc… With the new wave of research undertaken on this molecule, the science world is now in agreement that this oil is in fact the least effective. Research instead shows that the oil needs to contain a large range of cannabinoids to better interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system. CBD alone will be assimilated by the body easily but will not be as effective as having the full range of other cannabinoids. For this reason, it is better t focus on full or broad-spectrum THC-free distillate extracts.
Broad-spectrum: THC free
The broad-spectrum oil is probably the best type of CBD oil that you can get on the market. It contains a large range of cannabinoids that will each be assimilated by your body and will provide an “entourage effect”. Cannabidiol associated with Cannabidiolic acid, Cannabinol, Cannabigerol, Cannabichromene, Cannabidivarin, Tetrahydrocannabidivarin, and Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid will act on your endocannabinoid system with massive efficiency. In this regard, broad-spectrum is very similar to full-spectrum oil with the main difference being that the broad-spectrum oil is devoid of THC, wax, and chlorophyll. This means that the oil won’t get you high. You won’t experience any psychoactive effects, and the oil will have a great flavour uncorrupted by wax and chlorophyll residues.
This is clearly the best CBD oil money can buy, and luckily, it’s the exact kind that we produce and sell on this website!
Full-spectrum: All the cannabinoids but also the THC and other unwanted residues
Full-spectrum cannabis oil is probably the easiest oil to manufacture and therefore the cheapest. Manufacturers only need to add some ethanol to extract the necessary elements. By doing this they get a crude brown oil that contains all the cannabinoids, the THC, the wax, and the chlorophyll. This oil is essentially just as effective as the broad-spectrum variant, but with one key difference. It will contain levels of tetrahydrocannabinol that can easily exceed the legal limit in your country… Plus, it will contain hemp/cannabis residues.
Here are some great tips to help you find the best cannabis oil for you:
Find a professional manufacturer
As you may have read above, finding a serious manufacturer is vital to the process! There are numerous different hemp products out there on the market – some of which are far better than others.
Be careful of hemp seed oil disguised as CBD oil
Many of the products you can find online do not actually contain even a trace of CBD. Such products are just hemp seed oil products labelled and packaged as cannabidiol products, but – the seeds of the cannabis plant don’t contain any cannabinoids that act on the endocannabinoid system. If you fall into this trap, you will end up paying an extortionate price for a simple alimentary oil that has the same properties as a cooking oil.
Look for laboratory analysed products
The easiest way to be sure that your product is a real hemp extract with cannabidiol? You need to ask for a third-party analysis in order to confirm the cannabinoid concentration claimed by the manufacturer. On a serious website, such as Naturicious, you don’t even need to contact the client service – you can find the third-party analysis here on our website! If you don’t find this information on other websites and you effectively need to email to ask for the analysis reports, it probably means that there is either no CBD in their product or that those companies simply don’t have the budget to get their stuff tested. In both eventualities, this is not a great signifier of quality…
Go for a broad-spectrum oil
As you saw above, hemp-extracted oil comes in 3 different forms: Isolate, Full-spectrum, or Broad-spectrum. Isolated cannabidiol contains only CBD (99%) and is not that effective as it doesn’t contain any other cannabinoids meaning that it doesn’t generate that all-important “entourage effect” in your body. Full-spectrum oil contains a wide range of these, but also undesirable elements such as wax and chlorophyll which produce a nasty tasting oil. The THC present will also generate a high, leaving you incapable of managing some basic everyday tasks. Choosing a distillate broad-spectrum oil is the best way to go, because you get all of the different cannabinoids without all the aforementioned undesirable bits, the flavour, and the psychoactive effects.
You’ve definitely found yourself in the right place at the right time as all our products are made using broad-spectrum distillate mixed in a premium hemp seed oil.
Why is CBD oil even more expensive than regular old CBD flowers? Good question, and it’s the one we see posted most often on the internet and hear the most at cannabis events that we organise around the world. It’s a simple answer really. The oil isn’t cheap to manufacture; it isn’t as easy as buying hemp or cannabis biomass and pressing it to extract the delicious CBD within. Alas, this is not how it works unfortunately… To achieve the highest standard of hemp-extracted oil we embark on a long path which involves using high-tech laboratory machines and extractors to deliver our golden CBD oil.
Here are some of the important steps that are involved in the making of Naturicious Premium oil:
The first step is to grow some good quality hemp by selecting a nice and vigorous strain to cultivate into a great plant within a 6-month time frame. We rigorously select the best and most suitable strains for our purposes, making numerous tests for flavour. We actively seek out low THC and high CBD strains and the plant needs to also produce high quantities of other cannabinoids too. So, all in all it is not an easy procedure – nor is it cheap.
After a long process, we can begin to harvest or hemp, letting it dry for a few days before we are then able to process it in our CO2 supercritical extractor. Drying cannabis the right way is crucial for preserving its natural taste. It also makes the extraction process an awful lot easier.
By removing the majority of the water it contains, we end up with less liquid residue and the taste survives the extraction process.
Extracting CBD from hemp
To extract this precious molecule from marijuana, we first need to totally remove the flowers – this is because the flowers contain elements that are proscribed in certain parts of the world. The flower contains the highest percentage of CBD in the plant, so there is some loss, but this is a necessary evil we must go through to be able to sell our products worldwide.
After this, we need to grind the plant into very small particles to facilitate the extraction of the necessary components from the plant. We then insert this powder into a supercritical C02 extractor. This extraction method side-steps the usage of ethanol and instead uses only gas (Carbon Dioxide). This gas under high pressure acts as a solvent and will separate the cannabinoids from the biomass. We can only extract 5 kilogrammes of biomass in every 5 hours so it’s a very long and complicated process!
In the end, we retrieve a yellow pate which is full of cannabinoids (including THC), terpenes, wax, chlorophyll, and other residues. At this stage we then need to refine it to remove any unwanted impurities.
Removing residues by distillation
To improve the quality of our oil and make it conform to the 0% THC laws, we then need to distillate our wax in order to remove all the unwanted elements present in it. Distillation is an ancient and well-known process that removes the wax and chlorophyll while retaining the terpenes and cannabinoids. After all that, we’re still not done! We still need to remove the THC before bottling our oil. Removing tetrahydro cannabinol is done by using advanced chromatography methodology. Chromatography is the only way to remove the THC without losing any of the precious elements we’re looking for: the CBD, terpenes, and other cannabinoids.
Sampling and analysis in a laboratory
Finally, before we are able to sell our products, we need to make sure that our oils stand up to scrutiny and that we can really stand behind what we sell. To do this, we send some bottles to a third-party laboratory that will test our products for cannabinoid concentrations, heavy metals, and microbiological and pesticidal residues. We run more than 5 different tests from each batch we produce. The results are then posted on our website where anyone interested can access them before purchasing.
Firstly, it is important to note that cannabidiol is neither a medicine nor a drug. If you have ongoing medical issues, you should consult a healthcare professional to assess whether or not CBD is the right thing for your specific case. Secondly, as a serious cannabinoid manufacturer, we cannot recommend the usage of CBD oil as a treatment for any health-related condition. Now that we have brought that to your attention, let’s get to telling you why our clients are using our products on a daily basis.
Some say it helps them sleep
Millions of people around the globe have issues getting to sleep at night. Whether the cause is sleep apnoea, difficulty relaxing, or just generally not being able to have an undisturbed rest period, many of us can identify with this problem. Every day we receive emails and reviews from our customers claiming that improved their quality of sleep by using CBD in oil or flower form.
Some use it to mitigate their pain.
Scientists have learned that CBD and all other marijuana compounds act directly upon the endocannabinoid system in mammals. This system is directly responsible for managing moods, pain, relaxation; it is a critical system in the human body. Through the ages, man has been using marijuana to mitigate pain – and our clients are making use of our CBD in the same way, and their reviews in this regard have been overwhelmingly positive on our Trustpilot page.
People like to use CBD to relax, without the psychoactive effects
Another way people are enjoying our products is for the purposes of relaxation. Our daily lives can be very stressful and sometimes it isn’t all that easy to enter into a state of relaxation by simply taking a few deep breaths. CBD is very effective when this proves an ineffective relaxation method. The effect the molecule produces is similar to that of cannabis, but without the psychoactive element. This ensures that you can still go about your daily business effectively, without becoming amorphous or suffering irresistible desires to simply sit and eat for the day.
Can I give CBD to my dog or my cat?
More and more people are asking us recently whether or not it is a good idea to give CBD to their pets, particularly when the pet is suffering from arthritis. As you know, we can’t tell you that cannabidiol is capable of healing your animals, but on the other hand – we can say that all mammals have endocannabinoid receptors and therefore CBD will have an effect on them. Before administering, please consult your veterinarian to find out if the molecule can improve your companion’s issues.
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Conversely, for more exotic animals such as reptiles, it seems that they are not receptive to cannabidiol as they don’t have the corresponding receptors. Thus, giving them the oil will have no effect on them whatsoever.
CBD and THC are both cannabinoids found in hemp that act on endocannabinoid receptors in the mammalian brain. But these are molecules that produce very different effects on the behaviour of individuals. In fact, THC acts more aggressively than CBD by generating intense psychotropic effects. These include hilarity, hunger, sleepiness, loss of consciousness etc. Long term effects can include schizophrenia, depression, and paranoia.
However, CBD acts more passively on the body and produces beneficial effects in the areas of sleep, pain relief, and general wellbeing which can be seen to hold true in the long run. Although numerous studies have been conducted on the long-term effects of CBD usage, none have revealed anything of note. CBD doesn’t build dependency and is not a ‘gateway’ to the consumption of cannabis or other narcotics.
Be sure to use a broad-spectrum THC-free distillate CBD extract to ensure that there is no trace of tetrahydrocannabinol in your oil, thus guaranteeing that there will be no psychotropic effects generated by its consumption.
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When you are working in a professional environment with clients, partners, or with your team, you need to have a clear focus and energy to be able to do go down your to-do list effectively. When you know a bit about cannabis, you know that there are some major effects on your body and on your mind that impact your social skills and your energy level. This downside of cannabis only occurs when there is a high concentration of THC. Clearly, you don’t want those effects when you are working.
CBD, on the contrary, does not generate any psychoactive effect and mostly acts on your relaxation and your well-being. The effect is similar in many ways to marijuana – but without the bits that conflict your productivity. In fact, CBD is often used by high-level athletes to enhance focus, relaxation, and to facilitate better muscle recovery.
CBD is not a psychoactive molecule and it doesn’t appear in saliva drug detection. That test mostly focuses on THC levels in your blood. In case of a company drug screening, your employer won’t even know that you take CBD in the morning or before going to sleep.
Is CBD safe to carry onto a plane?
This is probably one of the questions that we get the most during the course of a week! It’s normal to be worried when carrying a cannabidiol bottle onto a plane because you know that you’ve at least a small chance that you will be questioned by airport security.
To be able to carry a bottle onto a flight, the safest and smartest way is to place your oil into your toiletry bags alongside your more innocuous items such as your toothpaste, shampoo, and deodorant. We don’t recommend carrying your oil in your carry-on luggage or on your person because there are certain travel companies that have strict regulations when it comes to liquids. Carrying cannabis oil on your person will result in you encountering the same kind of issues as you would when carrying water, cola, or perfume. So, to avoid the risk of having your oil confiscated, just store it discreetly in the bag you’re putting into the hold.
These tips are for the practical transportation of your product, but are there also legal issues I should be concerned about?
As you may have read above, our products are legal pretty much everywhere in the word, but there are some exceptions to the rule (like Saudi Arabi), so be sure to check and double-check the CBD laws in the country you are intending to visit! To further decrease the chances of any trouble with over-zealous airport staff or your travel company, we recommend that you keep a copy of our lab certifications on your person (either in printed form, or downloaded onto your smart device). This will prove that there is no THC on your person should that situation arise.
Driving can be dangerous if you don’t have full control of your body and mind. There are a countless number of accidents caused by alcohol and cannabis, so asking yourself if you can drive your car after CBD is a very legit question! If you already know a bit about CBD and its effects on the body, you already know that it works very differently to smoking marijuana. Your senses won’t be affected by the consumption of cannabidiol because there is no THC in our oil. THC is the only cannabinoid that affects your vision and your reaction times/situational awareness – but there are some downsides to cannabidiol that you should be aware of before driving your car or motorcycle.
Cannabidiol is often used by people before going to bed as it’s a scientifically verified way to relax the body and mind. In fact, CBD is recognised as a sedative by Wikipedia due to how effective it is in this regard.
Because of this, it is not advisable to use cannabidiol before driving. Though it is true that its sedative effects are lesser than that of cannabis, we still advise that it is still an important factor consider before taking the wheel.
The current saliva test only reacts to THC molecules. They don’t focus on other cannabinoids, so there is zero possibility that you could return a positive result in a drug test if you’re only taking CBD isolate, or even the broad-spectrum extract. However, do keep in mind that some CBD oils do contain trace amounts of THC that can’t fully be removed from the equation, so if there is only a miniscule amount in your oil, a test may detect that.
THC drug detection kits are made to detect the THC in the same way an alcohol test works. So, if you’ve purchased a full-spectrum or badly distilled oil that isn’t fully THC-free, there is a small chance your test could return positive. To avoid running into these difficulties, be sure to purchase a THC-free broad-spectrum CBD oil.
CBD is NOT a naturally occurring element found in hemp or cannabis, whereas CBDa is. These two elements are very similar in makeup, but the difference is that CBDa does not act on the endocannabinoid system whereas CBD does (in fact, CBDa does to some extent, but at a rate 100 times less than CBD). CBDa is transformed into CBD with the application of heat in a process which is known as decarboxylation – the CBDa molecule essentially loses a few atoms, becoming CBD as a result. Decarboxylation is the same term used by scientists to describe what happens when one smokes weed. While burning, the CBDa becomes CBD, the THCa becomes THC, the CBGa becomes CBG etc…
With our next-generation laboratory, we don’t actually need to burn anything to achieve decarboxylation. We instead use a patented process which ensures that the perfect flavour of weed survives the process intact.
We’d now like to take a second to warn you about some crude products that are out there on the market at the moment. Before buying, make sure that the product you’re buying has been decarboxylated because if it hasn’t your cannabis oil will only contain CBDa and will have next to no effect on your endocannabinoid system.
There are many misunderstandings out there as to the nature of CBD, weed, hemp, medical cannabis and recreational marijuana. To gain a basic understanding of these variants, you first need to know that they are all derivatives of the same plant: cannabis sativa L. There are many subspecies of cannabis, some of which contain high levels of CBD, while others produce more THC (generally selected strains for indoor growing). Others produce a balanced amount of both compounds.
With medicinal cannabis, the flower or oil is produced under a very strict medicinal framework so that it fits its usage demands. As such, it cannot be described as either a food supplement which one may self-medicate with – in this case it must be considered as a real medicine; one which requires a prescription to access. There are several forms of medicinal cannabis, with the two most commonly used forms being Epidyolex and Sativex. These controlled products are made using a 50:50 ratio of CBD to THC and will produce a potent psychoactive effect on the user. These drugs are used for sclerosis or Dravet syndrome and are entirely different to cannabidiol which is used to relax oneself and bring about a sense of peace.
Recreational cannabis is a term used to signify the use of weed for solely recreational or social purposes. It comes from the same plant (cannabis sativa L), but from a strain which has been specially selected due to having a good concentration of THC. The purpose of consuming such a variant is to increase the serotonin levels in the users’ brain, making them happy, stoned, relaxed, or indeed all of the above.
For recreational use, marijuana is generally smoked in joints, vaped, ingested sublingually, or baked into food.
The usage of cannabis is still prohibited in many countries around the world and the effects are very different than those experienced after consuming THC-free CBD oil.
Cannabis sativa L is the botanical term used to designate a plant as ‘hemp’, but, like many things in nature, there can be subspecies of a plant that can have very different uses and compositions. Cannabis and hemp are the same plant but with very different uses: hemp is mostly used to make fabrics, clothing, and industrial insulation because it contains a minimal amount of both CBD and THC. It has been used since antiquity for these very purposes as a result.
Cannabis is the term that people use to refer to the plant that produces psychoactive effects due to the presence of THC. So, the basic difference is merely the concentration of THC when distinguishing the two. Industrial hemp contains less than 0.2% THC and less than 20% THC. Recreational cannabis can exceed 50% of both CBD and THC content. Recreational cannabis is the result of generational selective breeding, selecting the strain that are high in THC and enhancing their productivity via creating permanently perfect conditions in which to thrive (indoor growth, lamps etc.). With this human interference, the end result is a far shot away from what nature had intended.
With the current extraction technologies at our disposal, CBD can be extracted using registered industrial hemp. Because of this, companies like ours don’t need to grow highly modified cannabis seed with huge amounts of CBD and THC in it. We simply work with what’s already in nature!