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.
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…
Yes. Cannadips insists on the highest standards for quality and provides comprehensive lab tests for each product batch to ensure consumers stay informed. For more information on lab tests, please visit our Lab Results page.