CBD, short for cannabidiol, is one of the many plant-produced cannabinoid compounds and found within the hemp plant. You can source CBD from many different types of cannabis.
Cannabis is grown in two primary varieties or strains; hemp and marijuana. Often, the three terms are used interchangeably. However, the two types of cannabis are very distinct, and the significant difference between the two varieties lies within how much THC is within each.
Think of other plant products that humans consume. Apples, lettuce, corn, and others all have different varieties. Many of those differences are due to humans breeding the plants for particular properties over time, and others are because of the distinct local climate that the plant adapted to. Cannabis is no different. Humans have bred cannabis to be both higher and lower in THC for the psychotropic effects, and different strains of cannabis are better suited for growing in various climates.
Another difference between hemp and marijuana is the application of the cannabis plant. Marijuana is grown for the buds and flowers, where almost all of the cannabinoids exist and especially the THC. Hemp products are often derived from the stems or seeds of the cannabis plant, and so the plant is grown with a focus on producing those parts. Hemp is heartier and can be grown in more harsh or dynamic climates than marijuana and still produce the desired outputs.
These two varieties also appear very different when growing. Hemp is typically grown a bit taller than marijuana (15 ft. vs. 5 ft.) for its industrial uses like sturdy fibrous stalks, and the stalks can grow more closely together. Marijuana is grown to optimize the flowers which can require more space between plants to improve airflow and prevent molds from accumulating on the plant.
Without the past legal concerns or regulation of CBD, hemp plants can contain as high as 25% CBD by dry weight. The THC was bred out of the hemp plant. Hemp also often has low terpene levels which are noted by the unique smells produced by cannabis. Terpenes are essential because these compounds modify and often amplify the benefits of cannabinoids by enabling the body to absorb better and utilize the cannabinoids.
There are also other beneficial cannabinoids that don’t produce the high that can be found in cannabis. The levels of CBG, CBDV, CBC, CBN can vary significantly in hemp because the plant has been grown without any concern to these compounds.
You have likely heard of the entourage effect or the idea that these compounds all work better in the presence of each other. Due to the legal regulations of the last 100 years, it is now difficult to find strains of cannabis grown specifically for the balance between the beneficial compounds. Proponents of cannabis as a medicine say it is best to source CBD from marijuana with regard to the entourage effect, but this is not always practical.
In our experience at Cannadips, it is tough to source cannabis that can provide the full spectrum of compounds. We also want to make our CBD available to everyone which means sourcing it from low-THC hemp. Some boutique farmers have quality cannabis with a diverse cannabinoid profile to meet our needs, but they are not large enough to meet the demand for industrial-scale production.
Hemp with a diverse cannabinoid profile and high terpene content proves even more difficult to source. However, times are changing. We have deep relationships with our farmers and as this industry is growing the hemp is evolving to have high terpene levels and more cannabinoids like CBG, CBC and others, making it overall a better product.
To kick off these hemp facts, let’s define what it is first. Hemp refers to the non-drug variant of cannabis which is often used to produce fibers, biodegradable plastics, health foods, and more. Legally, hemp is defined as cannabis containing less than .2% or even 0% THC by dry-weight, depending on the regulation of the country in question.
Hemp has over 25,000 known applications — none of which get you high. Although hemp and marijuana are both cannabis plants (cannabis sativa), they have very different functions and applications. The hemp plant is undoubtedly diverse, and the applications range from clothing, lotions, protein powders, milk, among various other essentials beneficial for day-to-day life! Basically, you can’t get high off hemp, but it can definitely be used for a significant number of household and personal items as well as offer a number of health benefits.
Think back to the last time you walked into a pine forest and were overtaken by the crisp, pungent smell of pine, the air seemingly more pure. Your senses were awoken, and your inner self came alive in that place.
Remember the pine forest again. Now think of the sharp citrus of a freshly zested lemon, or the sweet and floral notes of flower petals. These distinct and nearly universally appreciated smells are due to terpenes.
Terpenes are volatile flavor molecules, meaning they break apart easily, often becoming airborne. These molecules attach to receptors in our olfactory epithelium to signal to our brain that familiar and beneficial compounds are nearby. Our brains have even associated certain smells with nutrients that our body wants.
Plants are smart too, and cannabis sativa has evolved to put off more than 100 types of terpenes to attract wanted attention and repel pests. Humans also played a roll in this evolution through selective breeding — human cannabis cultivation goes back at least as far as our written history!
MORE THAN JUST THE SMELL
Terpenes do more than just smell good. These super molecules also provide a variety of healthful benefits. For example, limonene is a terpene that gives off a distinctively citrus smell has antibacterial and antifungal properties. Linalool is a terpene known to have sedative properties, providing a relaxed feeling. Beta-Caryophyllene, found in black pepper and cannabis, is known to reduce inflammation, provide pain relief and more. It’s no wonder we crave black pepper on so many foods!
Terpenes can have beneficial effects and can make other nutrients more available — this entourage effect increases bioavailability. This is important because CBD can get to work faster and work better depending on the presence of terpenes. Think of terpenes like a guidance system, with different terpenes leading CBD and other compounds to different parts of our body. And we humans have only scratched the surface of understanding these compounds.
At Cannadips we are aware of many the nuances and play the terpenes to your benefit. We preserve these volatile molecules in our processing by keeping temperatures low and minimizing air exposure, along with other steps to allow the terpenes to improve the bioavailability of our CBD. This is partly what makes our pouches work so darn well, all the while tasting fantastic.
Hemp too can provide a diverse and exciting array of terpenes, including limonene, linalool, beta-caryophyllene, myrcene and more. Myrcene is the most abundant terpene found in cannabis and is credited for the distinctive musky smell of cannabis.
Hemp farming for medical research was only legalized in 2014, and in 2018 the US government legalized the growth of large scale industrial hemp. Due to the legal environment of western society, only now are we able to start exploring the possibilities of high-terpene, low-THC cannabis plants.
It is challenging to source high-terpene hemp or hemp with a diversity of alternative molecules (CBG, CBC, CBN, etc.) outside of small boutique farms. Cannadips goes to great lengths to find the best hemp we can for our CBD products. We are based in Humboldt County, California and have deep relationships with our farmers from California and Oregon. We work to get our hands on the best hemp possible for our consumers. Our farmers are some of the most experienced growers, going back as much as three generations.
CBD is one of the most discussed compounds of hemp and cannabis, but what is broad spectrum hemp and what does it mean when consuming CBD? To get a greater understanding, let’s first discuss the hemp plant.
BROAD SPECTRUM HEMP
As you probably know, the CBD compound found in hemp has been the main focus when it comes to hemp and marijuana strains of cannabis for healing properties, but it’s only one compound of the whole plant. Since hemp has many essential compounds, like CBG, CBDV, CBC, CBN, and many beneficial terpenes, it’s time we turn to the plant as a whole for its myriad of benefits.
Broad spectrum hemp refers to the whole plant. In it’s a pure extract form, broad-spectrum hemp keeps many of the synergistic properties of the cannabinoids and compounds intact. In addition to these cannabinoid compounds broad spectrum hemp has essential vitamins, minerals, proteins, and fats.
The most popular cannabinoid found in hemp is cannabidiol, or CBD, which often makes up over half of the cannabinoid materials. Another essential compound is cannabidiolic acid (CBDa). When the hemp plant is alive, it has higher levels of CBDa, but once it goes through the extraction process, introducing some combustion through heat (decarboxylation), CBDa turns into CBD which increases the levels of CBD in the finished product.
TAKE YOUR MULTIVITAMIN
Broad-spectrum hemp extract contains vitamins and minerals that aren’t present in many diets, such as A, C, E, and B complex vitamins! And as we know, vitamins and minerals are essential for a healthy body and immune system. Broad spectrum hemp extract can even have minerals like magnesium, zinc, potassium, calcium, and iron.
PROTEINS AND FATS
Broad spectrum hemp seeds contain over nine grams of protein — higher than flax and chia seeds — that’s pretty powerful. Broad spectrum hemp also has nine essential amino acids, which may help with heart health.
THE ENTOURAGE EFFECT
The entourage effect describes a synergistic effect when taking broad spectrum hemp. This term defines that plant materials could work better together as a whole, similar to consuming the natural plant, rather than consuming compounds in isolation as with many pharmaceutical forms.
Cannadips CBD is sourced from broad spectrum hemp. Our methods give you a highly absorbable form of CBD that you can experience on a daily basis. Our CBD pouches have all-natural ingredients, and each tin contains 150 mg of water-dispersible CBD. In the comments, let us know where you like to enjoy your broad spectrum hemp Cannadips CBD pouches.
No, Cannadips CBD products are made from hemp-derived CBD and are THC Free. Some people may be worried about using CBD because they assume there may be a chance of getting high due to the association with the cannabis plant. However, CBD is not psychoactive and thus will not induce the “high” effect.
Q: Can I compare Cannadips to 10% CBD oil? For example, a 10ml CBD oil contains 1000mg CBD. We get around 300 drops out of the 10ml oil, meaning a normal dose of 3 drops contains 10mg CBD, which is equal to one pouch of Cannadips.
A: CBD content per pouch: This is not a linear conversion, there are some things to keep in mind when it comes to dosing, such as the bioavailability of flake vs oil.
The bioavailability of the flake is ~ 90%, whereas the bioavailability of CBD oil tends to be lower, around 10-30%. What this means is that the 10mg pouch will be more effective than 10 mg of oil. The oil is absorbed through the digestive tract so it may take longer and have a less potent effect. Being that CBD is not psychoactive, the difference of the effects of 10 mg of 90 % bioavailable flake vs 10 mg of 30% bioavailable oil will generally not be noticed at such a low dose. At a higher dose of say 100 mg, the difference in bioavailability will be more noticeable.
For example, when flake is 12.5% potency…
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