WHAT IS cannabis and what is cbd?
One of the most practical and fast-growing plants on earth, the genus cannabis has been cultivated by humans for well over 10,000 years.
It can be used to make paper, fabric, bedding, building materials, biofuel, plastics, paints, animal feed and much more and is considered more environmentally friendly than materials currently used to make most of these things. CBD is an acronym for cannabidiol, one of dozens of cannabinoids; organic compounds found in cannabis plants.
HEMP vs. MARIJUANA
In more recent historical context, hemp has come to mean cannabis plants that contain less than .5% to .3% THC (essentially no THC), while marijuana commonly means cannabis that does contain THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the psychoactive compound that produces a high when ingested. Once the cannabinoids have been extracted from hemp and used to make Free State Oils CBD products there is 0% THC in our merchandise.
ALL CANNABIS CONTAINS CBD BUT NOT ALL CANNABIS CONTAINS THC
All cannabis (hemp and marijuana) contains cannabinoids, organic compounds that are only found in the cannabis genus. Over 60 cannabinoids have been identified in the cannabis plant with THC being the most well-known and CBD being the second most well-known. Products that incorporate only one cannabinoid are called isolates. Products that incorporate more than one cannabinoid, like Free State Oils products, are called broad-spectrum.
All cannabis plants also contain terpenoids (terpenes) which are the organic resin and oil compounds that produce the familiar flavor and aroma for which cannabis is known. Recent research is beginning to show that these terpenes also contribute to the variation of effects felt from one strain of cannabis to another. The now-proven energizing effect of THC is most likely mitigated or altered by its interaction with particular terpenes and other cannabinoids occurring in different ratios in different cultivars of cannabis.
IS CBD LEGAL?
YES! CBD is now legally allowed in all 50 states*. Some of these states have a contingency that CBD must contain 0% THC. Some do not allow dispensaries but do allow possession of CBD.
CANNABIDIOL (CBD) IS NOT PSYCHOACTIVE
One of the most important qualities of CBD is that you don’t get high from it. This is important, both legally and medically. It is the THC in cannabis that has made it a controlled substance (in many states) with a different name — marijuana. Cannabis without THC is simply hemp.
The 2018 US Farm Bill legalized commercial growing and production of hemp in the United States. Many states that haven’t passed laws legalizing marijuana allow the sale of cannabidiol (CBD).
*Marijuana, which contains THC, is still considered a Schedule 1 substance by the Federal Government.
CBD USES + BENEFITS
CBD’s therapeutic properties are being proven
The beauty of hemp cannabidiol is that it is not only non-psychoactive but that it is extremely therapeutic medically.
Cannabidiol is one of the most synergistic compounds found in nature. Human beings are hard-wired with endocannabinoid receptors in all major systems of our bodies. When CBD binds to those receptors, incredibly beneficial changes can occur.
Here are some of the things medical studies have found so far:
CBD is a potent pain reliever.
CBD reduces inflammation. This is important because inflammation is at the root of so many diseases.
CBD is very effective at stopping epileptic seizures.
CBD can help PTSD and potentially other mood disorders in a safe and reliable way according to a 2013 study.
CBD can treat and protect you from neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimers, Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s Disease. Researchers have not yet figured out the exact reason it is so helpful but they know it has to do with a particular protein pathway.
Research on cannabis and cannabidiol specifically is in its infancy. Please do your own research and/or consult your physician if you are considering trying CBD for a serious condition. Free State Oils is making no claims of relief or cure of any condition from using CBD. But we know how well it works and are giving science time to catch up to us.
ABOUT FREE STATE OILS CBD products
We call Free State Oils “Superior Quality CBD” because we truly believe our products are the best you can buy and our customers have told us they agree.
We start with the highest quality broad-spectrum phytocannabinoid-rich hemp oil. Our oil is extracted from hemp that is American-grown and USDA-Certified organic. Free State Oils line of CBD products have been built on that strong foundation, adding superb-quality ingredients to craft a line of products that is pure and is a clear choice to treat your wellness issues.
the differences between full-spectrum cbd, broad spectrum cbd and a CBD isolate.
FULL-SPECTRUM CBD has been extracted from the hemp plant and includes all active cannabinoids, including 0.3% THC or less. Full-spectrum CBD contains all of the plant’s minerals, vitamins, terpenes, flavonoids and proteins from the source plant.
BROAD-SPECTRUM CBD is a further refinement of full-spectrum extract that removes any remaining trace amounts of THC. Broad-spectrum retains all of the benefical minerals, vitamins, flavorful terpenes, flavonoids and proteins, it is only the small amount of THC that has been removed.
In vivo (in a living organism) research has shown that in mice, CBD was much more effective when used along with other compounds in the hemp plant than when only an isolate of the cannabis plant was used. While science is just now closing in on figuring out why this is the case, it is already generally accepted that the cannabinoids in broad-spectrum CBD have a very complementary and synergistic relationship to each other, and together are more effective at mitigating medical conditions than is any one CBD isolate. A broad-spectrum CBD is usually the best choice for treating a wide range of issues effectively and you don’t have to worry about passing a drug test!
A CBD ISOLATE is created by removing all undesirable cannabinoids from a full-spectrum extract until you are left with only one specifically desired cannabinoid. There are places in the cannabis market where isolates have a relevant and valuable place. Isolates are available in powders and can be added to coffee or a baked good or other edibles. Some people prefer this customized approach because it can be a good option for those trying to determine exact personal dosages of CBD by the milligram.
Overall, the conventional wisdom among the vast majority of CBD users and producers is that for conditions such as anxiety, depression, chronic pain, and insomia, broad-spectrum CBD is the superior option. And as the research continues to evolve, broad-spectrum products will continue to get better and better! Free State Oils uses broad-spectrum CBD in our products.
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