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Hemp vs Marijuana

 

Hemp

The whole plant cbd oil cultivars of Cannabis Sativa L. (“industrial” or otherwise,) contain a wide array of phytocannabinoids and high levels of Cannabidiol (CBD). Historically, this variety of cannabis has not been bred for specific phytocannabinoid content (or the sensations associated with imbibing them), but rather, for size, shape, and practical purposes. Its historical uses have ranged from creating textiles, twine, paper, to usage as support structures, due to its high fibrous content.
 

Marijuana

These “marijuana” cultivars of Cannabis Sativa L. contain significant levels of delta-9 Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) due to intentional hybridization, breeding, and growing practices. Contemporarily, these marijuana cultivars are raised as female plants, with the effort of mitigating or entirely preventing pollination from male cannabis plants. This process creates physiological changes in the female cannabis plants that lead to higher levels of THC phytocannabinoids, than what would otherwise occur naturally, in the wild.whole

Endocannabinoid System (ECS)

To comprehend the significance of CBD to our health, we first have to ask the simple question, what exactly is our health? Is it just the absence of disease? If you don’t have symptoms, it must be healthy.

How does human physiology work? How is it designed in general, every aspect of human physiology is based on the balance between opposites. A balanced mind, body, and spirit, will result in, systems which are in homeostasis, a state when the body functions efficiently. The stronger the body’s ability to stay in this state, the more robust and healthy you are.

In the early 1990s, scientists identified a system in our body that is responsible for the balance, and proper function of practically every other tissue and systems in the human body called the endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system or the ECS works as a communicator to the entire body and the other systems, it enables the brain and central nervous system to balance tissue activity and bring other systems to homeostasis, a way for the body to adjust and balance itself in response to changes in external environment, stress, different foods, etc.

To comprehend the significance of CBD to our health, we first have to ask the simple question, what exactly is our health? Is it just the absence of disease? If you don’t have symptoms, it must be healthy. How does human physiology work? How is it designed in general, every aspect of human physiology is based on the balance between opposites.

A balanced mind, body, and spirit, will result in, systems which are in homeostasis, a state when the body functions efficiently. The stronger the body’s ability to stay in this state, the more robust and healthy you are.

Neurotransmitters and receptors in the body are like a key that fits into a lock, the neurotransmitter being the key and the receptor being the lock. A single neurotransmitter may bind with several types of receptors on the cell and have different effects depending on its location in the body.

Cannabinoid Receptors in the Human Body

Endocannabinoid System

 

CB1

These receptors are known to be most prominent in the brain and bind with THC and can affect mood and emotions. In Ayurveda, it is said your emotions and mind can affect your physical being, thus this relates to appetite control and Inflammatory response. Emotional eating weight gain, loss of appetite and nausea while feeling anxious and stressed.

CB2

CB2 receptors are more abundant in the nervous system and the immune system.

Types of Cannabinoids

Endocannabinoids

Endocannabinoids are endogenous cannabinoids which are produced internally, by the body, for specific regulatory functions. Anandamide is a particular endocannabinoid of note, which interacts with the brain similarly to THC, helping regulate processes like memory, sensations of pain, and appetite.

Phytocannabinoids

Phytocannabinoids are exogenous cannabinoids are found in plants, and are generally absorbed by the body when we consume various plants, fruits, and vegetables. Some examples of plants which are relatively significant sources of phytocannabinoids include flax and carrots, while more aromatic plants, like rosemary, lavender, clove, oregano, cocoa, peppercorn, and truffles, contain more significant concentrations of phytocannabinoids. Cannabis, however, is king when it comes to phytocannabinoids content.

Types of Hemp derived Phytocannabinoids

 

Phytocannabinoid Isolates

These are the purest forms of phytocannabinoids that you can get, but more research needs to be done on the interactions between phytocannabinoids (and possibly endocannabinoids), as well as terpenes, to know if isolates are capable of the same benefits, as their full-spectrum counterparts.

Full Spectrum Hemp Oil

These oils are more similar to the source of the plant matter, and contain a fuller array of phytocannabinoids, with high concentrations of CBD, terpenes, flavonoids, and analogous phytocannabinoids, with >0.3% THC, unless otherwise specified.      

Phytocannabinoids in Cannabis

 

Cannabidiol (CBD)

CBD was actually formally discovered and isolated, before THC, in 1940. Despite being discovered first, CBD has only recently become the newer superstar of phytocannabinoids. This is primarily due to preliminary studies surrounding potentially profound mechanisms in mammalian subjects, such as neuroprotection, anti-oxidation, modulating inflammatory responses, and more.

Further research is needed to definitively demonstrate these mechanisms—particularly in human models–but thoroughly researching the effects of phytocannabinoids is a relatively newer phenomenon, due to the recently changing laws regarding cannabis possession and consumption. Interestingly, a patent for various cannabinoids (including CBD,) had been filed in the late ’90s and was then awarded to the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), in the early 2000s, covering the previously mentioned mechanisms—despite cannabis’ then nebulous legal status.

delta-9 Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)

THC is one of the most commonly known phytocannabinoids found in cannabis. Its effects on the mind and body have led to cannabis being studied and written about since as early as 2900 BCE, if not earlier. However, it wasn’t until 1964 that THC was first isolated from cannabis, studied independently, and later, in 1988, with extensive research, found to be psychotropic and effectively intoxicating through specific CB1 interactions.
 

Other, Lesser Known Cannabinoids

As the science of medical cannabis develops, we’re discovering more and more about the 483 chemical compounds found in the Cannabis Sativa plant. Cannabis contains at least 113 types of cannabinoids. 

Psychoactivity of Phytocannabinoids 

 

Psychoactivity

Psychoactivity, according to most dictionaries, denotes any substance or chemical that has any affect on the mind, whether subtle or substantial. Compounds in chemicals or substances can have affects on the mind which can occur in various ways, including, but not limited to: binding to specific receptors, blocking or improving signaling pathways, modulating neurotransmitter interactions, increasing blood flow, or promoting neuroprotective mechanisms. CBD is presently 100% legal, non-intoxicating, and can actually combat unpleasant effects of imbibing marijuana; such as paranoia, or over-excitability. CBD is non-intoxicating because it does not bind to CB1 receptors the same way that THC does, and can actually block THC from CB1 receptors.
 

Intoxication

Although all intoxicating substances are psychoactive, not all psychoactive substances are intoxicating. Intoxication occurs when psychoactive substances that are psychotropic are consumed, which induces altered states of consciousness.

Is CBD Oil Legal in All 50 States?

 

Legality of Hemp

Hemp farming in the United States has primarily been in a legal gray area for quite some time. In 1937, a bill was passed, which levied significant taxation on farmers who dealt with commercially grown cannabis, making it prohibitively expensive to sell cannabis for profit. In 1970, with the introduction of the Controlled Substances Act, all Cannabis Sativa L. plants fell under the label of being schedule I controlled substances; and virtually all cultivation of cannabis was made illegal on a federal level, regardless of THC content. It wasn’t until the passage of the Agricultural Act of 2014 that Kentucky was allowed to grow “industrial hemp,” with specified conditions. In 2016, more states were allowed to grow “industrial hemp,” including Colorado, Tennessee, Indiana, Nebraska, New York, and Virginia, under specific provisions.
 

2018 Farm Bill

Also known as the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, the new 2018 Farm Bill, through the Hemp Farming Act of 2018 bill, re-defines “hemp” (not to be confused with “industrial hemp”,) as:

The term ‘hemp’ means the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of that plant, including the seeds thereof and all derivatives, extracts, cannabinoids, isomers, acids, salts, and salts of isomers, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis.

Ecoflo Naturals Cosmic Nano-Enhanced Hemp Oil

Frequently Asked Questions

What does “Nano Enhanced” mean?

“Nano enhanced” refers to a process in which volatile compounds commonly found in our hemp oil (cannabinoids and terpenes,) are encapsulated on a microscopic scale by the carrier oil, which protects the integrity of the compounds during the digestive process, allowing the compounds to reach the more permeable intestinal walls, and enhance absorption.

How long will my bottle of Ecoflo Naturals – Cosmic Hemp Oil last?

Once unsealed and opened, it will last about one year. Left sealed, it will last about two years, under ideal conditions.

Does CBD Oil Get You High?

No. THC is the phytocannabinoid understood to be intoxicating. Our full spectrum hemp oils are tested and analyzed to contain approximately 0.1% THC. This is less than the CBD oil dosage of 0.3% legal limit. Even with the trace amounts of THC at that level, the abundant CBD content would theoretically completely prevent it from even binding to CB1 receptors. You can read more about this in our Psychoactivity of Phytocannabinoids section.

How does CBD oil dosage work?

Dosages vary depending on the goals of the individual. You should gradually begin with a few drops, and increase incrementally. Everyone is different, and taking CBD with different goals; so please gauge it according to use and relief of symptoms. The ability to study phytocannabinoids and the influence they have on humans is all relatively novel, and has only recently been made legal in many areas, so further research is needed.

Is CBD oil legal?

CBD (or Cannabidiol,) is completely legal in isolate form, or as an extracted hemp oil. You can read more about the legality of hemp, in the United States here.

Will I fail a drug test if I consume CBD oil?

In the case of THC drug tests, it is highly unlikely you will fail a drug test, however, it depends on the sensitivity of the testing, at the specific labs where the sample will be tested. Even though our full spectrum hemp oil is analyzed to only contain 0.1% THC, which is less than even the 0.3% legal limit, it is still in the realm of possibility that it could trigger a positive or false positive. There is also the possibility that some tests could seek the presence of other phytocannabinoids that exist in both hemp and marijuana, which, even though otherwise completely legal, could still trigger the test to result in a positive or false-positive.

In other words, the best approach is probably to err on the side of an over abundance of caution, and to avoid consuming CBD or full spectrum hemp oil, if you are regularly tested.

Where to Purchase “CBD Oil Near Me” in 2019?

Currently, we are only offering Ecoflo Naturals Cosmic Nano-Enhanced Hemp Oil in our stores, or by phone order, for direct purchase.

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