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      Straight Hemp CBD Blog — CBD guide

      3 Ways On How To Avoid Poor Quality or Fake Hemp CBD Products

      3 Ways On How To Avoid Poor Quality or Fake Hemp CBD Products

      Since the primary legalization of hemp CBD products in the United States, products have been swarming the market.

      As a hemp CBD consumer, you know you can get hemp CBD products online, from other states, and more. But it’s critical that you pay attention to the quality of these products.

      In fact, research published from a study conducted by the National Institute of Health has shown that by consuming poor quality or fake hemp CBD products consumers can experience stomach pain, fever, headaches, and other adverse effects. 

      At Straight Hemp, we provide every single product of ours with a unique lot number where you can input it into our lab report page on our website and see for yourself just how your Straight Hemp hemp CBD product is a premium product. 

      Unfortunately, not all hemp CBD companies provide lab reports and it’s possible you’re purchasing poor quality or even fake hemp CBD products. 

      Here are three ways you can avoid consuming poor quality or fake hemp CBD products.

      1. Pay Attention To Reviews

      The power of word of mouth is stronger than you may think. In fact, ReviewTracker conducted a study that showed 94% of customers will not purchase a product from a company if the company has negative reviews, and many customers will not even pay attention to a company with a less than an average four-star rating.

      You can find reviews on a business’ Google My Business page, their website, social media pages, and more. If a company primarily has negative reviews explaining their hemp CBD products go elsewhere — life is too short to consume poor quality or fake CBD products.

      At Straight Hemp, we ask our customers to share their reviews after they’ve received their orders. These reviews are shared directly to our website under the associated ordered products, but other reviews live on our Google My Business and Facebook pages.

      2. Does The CBD Company Share Their Production Process?

      Many hemp CBD companies are proud to create a product that can enhance their consumers’ lifestyles, and they want to share just how they do that. If you’re looking to purchase any hemp CBD products from a CBD company you’re unsure about, look through their website or social media platforms and see if they’re open about how they make their products. If they’re not, it’s very likely that they are hiding something and contaminating their hemp CBD products.


      At Straight Hemp, we make our premium CBD products from a widely-recognized Subcritical CO2 extraction method vs. a  Supercritical CO2 extraction method. We do this because of the purity associated with this method and the ability to get the most out of the cannabidiol plant. Check out some of our production videos on our YouTube channel. 

       3. Look For Lab Reports

      As we mentioned earlier, lab reports are critical for seeing just how premium any hemp CBD product is. If a CBD company makes these reports easily accessible you know they want to prove just how premium their CBD products are. However, sometimes, companies will undergo multiple testing to try and skew the data to showcase something their CBD products are not.

      Pay attention to how easy lab reports are to access, and what the lab reports say. Depending on those findings will help determine if your newly purchased hemp CBD products are poor quality or even fake.


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      If you’ve been searching for the best premium hemp CBD products you’ve come to the right place. At Straight Hemp, we pride ourselves in always creating organic and premium hemp CBD products every time. 

      Check out our hemp CBD products on our website and place your order today! 

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      Understanding CBD Effects and COVID-19

      CBD Effects & COVID-19

      The global health pandemic of 2020 is something the entire world is going to be talking about for the foreseeable future.

      As we all know, the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) came into the world with a bang this year. In a matter of days, it felt as if the entire world was forced to be shut down and everyone was strongly advised to stay in their homes in hopes of eliminating the spread of the virus that started killing some and compromising the health of millions. 

      At the beginning of the pandemic, experts understood that developing a medication to help fight off the virus could be a ways away, but after months of living with it, we’re starting to learn more about how specific efforts can combat COVID-19. 

      In particular, CBD effects are beginning to be recognized as a way to help people who are suffering from COVID-19 get better faster. Although these statements have not been confirmed by the FDA, we understand research and an uprise in science to show some promising correlation between CBD effects and COVID-19.

      CBD Effects

      We find CBD effects on the human body to be particularly interesting and then when you combine them with the science that is being studied on how many CBD effects interact with COVID-19 it’s even more fascinating. 

      However, in the interest of understanding the full picture, first, we should break down CBD effects in general.

      CBD Effects and the Human Body

      CBD is derived from the Cannabis sativa plant, which is the same plant that cannabis and hemp are derived from. However, CBD is made up of the cannabinoids that come from the Cannabis sativa plant, and products have anywhere from 0-0.3% THC, which is what produces the “high” feelings associated with cannabis — products with THC need to have more than 0.3% of THC to produce any psychoactive “high” effects.

      CBD does not produce intoxicating effects but has been scientifically shown to help with: 

      And much more.

      Backed by all of these scientific studies, we know that CBD helps many people who suffer from a variety of medical conditions.

      So, what does that mean for our current situation, of a world living with COVID-19

      What is COVID-19

      According to the CDC, researchers and medical professionals have known that the coronavirus has existed within human existence for decades. The original coronavirus is referred to as the common cold. 

      What we didn’t know is that the original coronavirus would mutate into another version — COVID-19. In turn, COVID-19 is fatal for a certain population and infects many more causing a global pandemic disease that has caused people to stay in their homes and wear masks when they go into public. This is because this mutation is similar to its parent virus, the common cold, in that it’s easily spread from person to person through respiratory droplets.

      Medical professionals are noticing that symptoms associated with COVID-19 range from mild to severe and can appear 2-14 days after an individual has been exposed to the virus. 

      The CDC recognizes some symptoms to include:

      • Fever
      • Cough
      • Shortness of breath
      • Fatigue
      • Muscle or body aches
      • Diarrhea
      • Nausea 

      And More

      CBD Effects & COVID-19

      As we’ve already mentioned, CBD effects help humans fight off a number of medical conditions. So, why would COVID-19 be any different from the other medical conditions CBD helps with?

      Researchers have started looking at the active cannabinoid compounds in the Cannabis sativa plant, and how symptoms associated with COVID-19 may respond to CBD effects.

      CBD Effects — Reducing Lung Inflammation

      In fact, a study from the University of Nebraska and Texas Biomedical Research Institute understands that CBD effects can act as an antiviral therapy and potentially reduce lung inflammation. This study also explains how extreme lung inflammation can cause fevers, muscle pain, pneumonia, and other symptoms associated with being exposed to COVID-19. They believe the first step to combating this pandemic virus is to reduce lung inflammation. 

      Although there are some medications that help reduce lung inflammation faster, the University of Nebraska and Texas Biomedical Research Institute notes that those medications have adverse effects on other areas of the body including creating pancreas failure and coronary artery disease. 

      One of the many benefits CBD has is it’s an anti-inflammatory agent, which is produced from the cannabinoids in the Cannabis sativa plant. In 2009, a study was conducted showing how CBD products significantly decrease inflammation in the human body without giving people the high feelings that are associated with marijuana.

      CBD Effects — Creating Stronger Immune Systems

      Along with CBD products reducing inflammation in the human body researchers, Nichols and Kaplan conducted a study that showcased CBD within the human body helps produce a protein that stimulates immune cells and helps prevent any virus from replicating. This is why CBD works so well in other medical conditions because it is helping strengthen your immune system. 

      CBD Effects — Reducing Anxiety

      We already understand CBD products to help alleviate people that suffer from anxiety.

      Particularly anxiety-prone people who have been exposed to COVID-19 may be feeling more anxious than normal because the public is hearing about how this disease can be fatal.

      Also, the entire world is unsure about when life will go back to normal, and if when this virus will no longer be considered a pandemic — all of those things can cause anxiety in even the most non-anxiety-prone person.

      One of the most common effects of CBD products is its ability to relieve anxiety.

      CBD Effects on COVID-19 Overall

      Although the effects of CBD on COVID-19 are still being studied, we find that the medical researchers all over the world are making great headway in finding a medical component to combat against COVID-19.

      It’s possible that the medical answer to this global pandemic may involve cannabinoids and/or CBD products.


      Want to give CBD products a try and see how some of the CBD effects help your existing medical conditions? Check out our products and get back to feeling yourself again.

      A Full Guide: What is CBD Hemp Oil & Straight Hemp?

      CBD Hemp Oil

      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!