According to history, CBD and hemp oil were first created in the 1940s; however, it’s 2020 and still, the CBD/hemp industry is very mysterious to some.
CBD hemp oil comes off as a taboo product that always has a ton of questions associated with it, which is great because that’s where we, at Straight Hemp, come in!
Here is a full guide explaining the ins and outs of CBD hemp oil and how we create CBD hemp oil products to help people all over the United States.
Understanding the CBD Vs. Hemp Basics
Alright, so, first things first. First, we need to understand what is CBD, what is hemp, and what is CBD hemp.
Understanding the Hemp Basics — Difference in Hemp & Cannabis
According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, hemp is defined as,
“A tall widely cultivated Asian herb (Cannabis sativa of the family Cannabaceae, the hemp family) that is cultivated for its tough bast fiber and edible seeds and oil and that is often separated into a tall loosely branched species (C. sativa) and a low-growing densely branched species.”
So you might be asking yourself, “so hemp is cannabis, and cannabis is marijuana, which gets you high, right?” In short, yes, but no.
The difference between cannabis and hemp is cannabis contains more than 0.3% of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), while hemp contains less than 0.3% THC — THC is the ingredient that gives you psychoactive “high” effects.
Although hemp sometimes has remnants of THC, it is not enough to give you those psychoactive effects. Instead, hemp has a variety of other cannabidiol ingredients that separate it from its cannabis plant relative.
Hemp has been around a lot longer than CBD and marijuana products, and once upon a time hemp was never even associated with negative cannabis stereotypes. In fact, history shows that “in 2,000 BCE - 800 BCE Hindu religions determined hemp to be one of the five sacred plants of India.” Traditionally people ingest the seeds of the hemp plant, which have tons of essential amino acids, and fats such as Omega-3 and Omega-6. Cultures and people today even make clothing, ropes, and other products out of hemp plants.
Really, hemp is a lot more than the plant it comes from.
Understanding the CBD basics
Now that we understand hemp, let’s dive into the CBD basics.
CBD stands for cannabidiol, which is the chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant it comes from — CBD does come from the same plant that hemp and cannabis come from.
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines CBD as:
“a nonintoxicating cannabinoid found in cannabis and hemp.”
According to Health Harvard, CBD is one of the hundreds of components in marijuana, but it is intoxicating, which means it will not give you any psychoactive “high” effects. Along with that, the World Health Organization understands “in humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependency potential.”
What is CBD Hemp Oil?
Now that we understand what hemp is and what CBD is, we can explain CBD Hemp Oil.
CBD Hemp Oil is just a long way to say CBD oil. CBD oil comes from the hemp plant, so by saying CBD Hemp Oil manufacturers and producers are directly telling their customers that the product is coming from the hemp plant, in hopes to eliminate some confusion.
However, hemp oil is different from CBD Hemp Oil. Hemp oil is made from the hemp seeds of the hemp plant. The difference in production eliminates the cannabidiol presence and the effects that CBD has on the body.
Studies have shown hemp oil to traditionally be used for nutrition, skin disorders, and relieving PMS and Menopause symptoms while CBD oil is used for anxiety, pain, inflammation, insomnia, and relaxation.
Depending on what you’re looking for should dictate which products you purchase, but if you see an oil listed as “CBD hemp oil,” know that it is the same as “CBD oil.”
What Are Some CBD Hemp Oil Side Effects?
Traditionally, there are no side effects with using CBD hemp oil, but sometimes first-time users have noticed signs of changes in mood, light-headedness, dry mouth, nausea, and drowsiness.
If you have a medical history of liver problems or you happen to be pregnant or trying to get pregnant, it’s important to speak with your doctor before using CBD hemp oils. Studies have shown CBD oils to increase liver enzymes, which is the way to tell if your liver is inflamed. Also, the American Academy of Pediatrics understands CBD hemp oils to decrease a baby’s development during pregnancy.
If you’re uneasy about CBD Hemp oil you can always talk to a healthcare professional and they can help guide you through the risks, rewards, and other CBD hemp oil side effects.
Can CBD Hemp Oil Make You High?
No, CBD Hemp Oil or any other CBD products cannot make you high.
The high effects of cannabis plants come from THC properties from the plant. CBD hemp oils and other CBD products have less than 0.3% of THC, so the amount of THC is so minimal that it does not affect our neurons like the higher levels of THC does.
How do you use CBD Hemp Oil?
CBD hemp oil comes in a variety of different sizes and usually in an eyedropper bottle.
At Straight Hemp, we have a variety of sizes depending on how much you’d like at one time and where you’re keeping the product — we even offer travel-sized bottles that fit in your purse, fanny pack, and even your pocket!
Once you get the perfect CBD hemp oil product, we suggest ingesting it sublingually ( under your tongue.) This is the best way to absorb the oil into the bloodstream and notice effects the quickest. However, some people can’t get past the taste of CBD Hemp Oil, as it— unless it’s flavored— tastes how it smells - earthy, dirty, and like it came from a plant.
If you are someone that cannot get past the taste of CBD hemp oil, you can put it in your food to get similar results; however, the effects won’t be as instantaneous as ingesting it sublingually. If you do decide to add it to your food or your cooking do not use the CBD hemp oil as you would vegetable oil — the oil will immediately evaporate wasting your new CBD hemp oil product. Instead, drip a few drops in your sauces, directly to your food, or even in your drinks, etc.
Is CBD Hemp Oil Legal?
In 2018, the Farm Bill legalized hemp, CBD, and cannabis products containing less than 0.3% THC; however, different states have different laws and different understandings associated with this — so CBD hemp oil and other CBD products are legal depending on where you live.
In Colorado, yes CBD Hemp Oil is legal; however, in Iowa, they still penalize people using CBD products. This is because the products haven’t caught up with the times. Some people understand CBD to have similar intoxicating properties that can inhibit people from functioning properly while also harming your body.
Check with your local authorities before you go to another state, order online, or purchase any CBD hemp oil or other CBD products.
How Do You Choose a CBD Product?
The CBD and hemp industries are booming.
With that being said, there are tons of products on the market. At Straight Hemp, we are passionate about plant-based healing and holistic and clean health.
In fact, our founder, Devin Alvarez, founded Straight Hemp to help his friends and family combat opioid addictions. At Straight Hemp, we test, test, and test all of our products to make sure we’re providing all of our customers with the highest quality products on the market.
Although we have our favorite CBD products, we truly believe that purchasing various CBD products depends on your needs. If you’re a person that suffers from external knee problems, a topical CBD cream might be the best bet for you. If you’re an anxious person and you’re looking to get out of your head — a CBD hemp oil might be the route for you.
Again, there are millions of CBD hemp oils and other CBD products available today, but if you’re looking for high quality, clean, and natural CBD products we’ve got you covered.
Do you have more questions about CBD hemp oil or other CBD products? Contact us — we’d love to help answer any questions you may have. Otherwise, if you’re ready to purchase CBD products and start feeling better check out our products. We’re here to help!