CBD vs HEMP vs Marijuana, Your Questions Answered

Is CBD....HEMP or is HEMP...CBD? Is there a difference? Or Is It All Just Marijuana?

 

There is often confusion surrounding hemp oil and CBD oil. Hemp oil is a term used by different people in different ways. Sometimes, it’s used as a synonym for CBD oil, but in other cases, it’s used to mean hemp seed oil, which is a different product altogether.

Hemp, or industrial hemp, is a variety of the Cannabis sativa plant species that is grown specifically for industrial use. It can be used to make a wide range of products. Along with bamboo, hemp is one of the fastest-growing plants.
The name of the plant is cannabis, but the common term used for decades has been marijuana.

The history of the term marijuana is linked to campaigns in the U.S. in the 1930s to demonize the plant by associating it with Mexican immigrants.
It wasn’t commonly used in the U.S. until the 1920s and 1930s when states began to pass laws against the cannabis plant. At the time, there was a growing wave of sentiment against Mexican immigrants entering the country. The immigrants brought pot smoking with them.

The term “marijuana,” sometimes spelled “marihuana”, sounded foreign. It was used by “racist politicians who first criminalized cannabis because they wanted to underscore that it was Latino, particularly Mexican” according to the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators, a non-partisan group that represents the interests of the Hispanic state lawmakers in the U.S.
A trend moving away from the term, now that the high THC cannabis strain is now legal in many states, as being seen as a slur that expresses a negative connotation, a low opinion, or a lack of respect.

CBD oil and hemp oil products are extracted from the hemp plant, yet have very different effects on the body. Hemp seed oil is usually made through cold-pressing hemp seeds to create a dark, thick oil that is highly concentrated and nutrient-rich in some vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids and can offer some basic nutritional benefits

CBD oil is made from different processes such as ethanol or CO2 extraction, which draw from the whole hemp plant and create a final product that contains more beneficial plant compounds, like cannabinoids and terpenes. 

CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a chemical compound derived from the cannabis Sativa plant. CBD is actually most well-known for its many potential health benefits and has shown promise for relieving stress, providing a good night’s sleep, and alleviating the symptoms of joint pain and arthritis.
Hemp oil has its own set of benefits, which may be well suited to soothe dry skin or support heart health over a period of time, but CBD oil offers certain advantages that hemp seed oil can’t match.

If it’s the most health benefits you’re looking for, you’re better off with CBD oil as opposed to hemp (seed) oil, where CBD is minimal or non-existent and can’t offer the same effects.
Make sure you read product labels to ensure you’re getting what you want. In particular, look for references to “CBD,” “cannabidiol,” or “full-spectrum hemp extract” on the ingredients list; if none are listed, then what you’re looking at is probably hemp oil, and you shouldn’t expect to receive CBD oil benefits from it. Be sure to look at the ingredient lists, as many hemp seed oils are misleadingly marketed to look like they are CBD products.

Things to look for as you shop for CBD products

THC content.

For a product to be legal on a federal level, it should contain 0.3% THC or less. Very small amounts of THC are unlikely to get you high or even make you fail a drug test. 

3rd Party Lab test 

Confirm with the seller that a CBD product has been tested for potency, safety, and toxins by a third-party laboratory. If you cant obtain a Cert of Analysis on the CBD company’s website or from the seller, find another CBD store. All CBD products reviewed, sold from, or mentioned on txnaturalsource.com will have a current Cert. of Analysis from the seller. 

Additional ingredients.

Some CBD oils have a natural, hemp-like flavor. Or they could have added flavorings to cover the hemp taste up. Some use essential oils like Peppermint. Look out for ingredients that can change the potential health benefits.
Type of hemp extract.

It’s also important to know if you want an isolate, broad-spectrum, or full-spectrum CBD product. An isolate is the purest of CBD, meaning it’s THC-free, contains 99% CBD, and features no other cannabinoids or terpenes. Broad-spectrum products include some cannabinoids and additional plant compounds, but they don’t contain THC. And full-spectrum products are those that offer benefits from all of the plant compounds and do contain trace levels of THC, though it still falls below 0.3% to be legally sold.At Texas Natural Source, we believe in quality, transparency, and accountability. All products that we share or promote have been 3rd party tested and backed up with a Cert. of Analysis documentation. All the products we share or promote are manufactured in GMP certified facilities, which means they’re regulated by the FDA to ensure that what’s on the labels is what’s in the products, as well as the highest quality and purity available anywhere.

 When you do decide to try CBD oil to help treat a medical condition, please consult your physician, especially if you take any prescription medications.
The FDA has yet to formally evaluate CBD products, the market is highly unregulated. Because of this, consumers are advised to do their homework and to be careful when browsing different CBD oil products online.

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