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What is hemp? What is CBD?

There is a possibility that you did not know that these two things were ever related. Don’t worry, you are not the only one. Cannabidiol (CBD) and hemp are two different things but are basically the same thing. How can this be? Well, we here at Nature Blend are experts when it comes to CBD and hemp. After reading this article we are sure that you will understand what hemp is and what CBD is and perhaps be ready to start your CBD journey. Let’s define some terms, shall we?  

What is hemp? 

Hemp is a type of plant that is attached to the Cannabis sativa family. The Cannabis sativa plant comes in a few different variations. One of them, yep, you guessed it, hemp. All Cannabis sativa plants contain 113 different compounds called cannabinoids, but we’ll get to those later. Hemp is naturally found and is federally legal as of 2018. In 2018 the Farm Bill passed, this bill lets farmers across America to grow and sell the hemp plant (with a few exceptions). Hemp is federally legal, which means that states get to choose whether or not CBD/hemp products are allowed to be sold or grown there. So, it is important to know whether or not CBD is legal in your state. The plant that you have likely misunderstood as hemp is called the marijuana plant. The marijuana plant is the plant that is illegal in most states. This is because of a cannabinoid that it contains in high quantities. This particular cannabinoid gets users ‘high’, but again, we will touch on that later. The most important thing to know about Hemp is that it is naturally found and is federally legal. Now, let’s get into the cannabinoids.  

What is CBD?  

CBD is one of the 113 compounds that we talked about before. CBD is found in all of the Cannabis sativa plants. This includes the marijuana plant and the hemp plant. The amount of CBD in the hemp plant is much higher than in the marijuana plant. Because of this the hemp plant is federally legal, like stated before. CBD is often confused for THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). THC is the cannabinoid that makes those who use it ‘high’. This effect is the reason that the marijuana plant is not legal throughout the states. However, some states have legalized it for recreational and medicinal purposes. The hemp plant contains at or less than 0.3% of THC. This small percentage is not enough to get a user that inebriating effect and that is why the hemp plant is federally legal. If CBD cannot get users ‘high’ what can it do? Great question! Here are some answers:  

There are many things that CBD extracted from Hemp can do. Here are some that you may want to try:  

Skin care: Although CBD topicals typically don’t get to the bloodstream this does not mean that they cannot assist in the health of your skin. In this study they concluded that those with as well as without skin problems had improved skin after the use of a CBD topical. They used several different tests to note before and after the use of a CBD topical. Their evidence was shown by photographic evidence.   

FDA approved medications: There are quite a few Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved medications that contain CBD. Epidiolex is the most well-knownThis medication assists those with two harsh types of epilepsy, Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome. There are also a few of others that assist those going through anti-cancer treatments like chemotherapy and the nausea and other harmful effects it may cause. They are called Marinol, Syndros, and Cesamet. The medications can only be prescribed by a healthcare professional or doctor.  

Calmness: Calming those who feel anxious could be helpful. In this study, they used brain scanning to exam subjects who have SAD (social anxiety disorder). Those that were given CBD showed a decrease in their social anxiety disorder via brain scan imaging. Those who did not receive the CBD didn’t have a decrease and remained the same.    

Anti-inflammatory: CBD has been researched for the possibility of joint health benefits A study used dogs who are elderly and may have joint health issues. During this study, they asked the dog owners to give CBD to their dogs twice a day for four consecutive weeks. The dog owners took a weekly test to see if anything had improved or gotten worse. At the end of the month pet owners described their dogs to be more mobile and in less pain. Therefore, the CBD helped with their joints. 

Antibacterial: There has been information and research coming to the front of the potential antibacterial properties of CBD. In this study they found that CBD has the capability to kill certain types of bacteria.  

There is still so much we need to know about CBD and hemp. There are also so many different products out there for you to try. Here are a few that we have to offer:  

Tinctures: A tincture is an oil like substance. With the dropper that is given, place the wanted amount of CBD into the mouth and let it sit there until dissolved. This also gets in the bloodstream quickly. 

Softgels: Softgel CBD is a great way to get CBD into your daily life. Our soft capsules are taken like any type of pill. Swallow and continue with your day. The capsule is full of CBD. Once it reaches the stomach through the digestive system it breaks down and is absorbed into the bloodstream from there. These take a bit longer to feel but, some have described to last a bit longer.  

Edibles: Edibles and softgels are similar but a bit different. So, instead of swallowing a capsule, edibles come in a variety of different yummy types. Like softgels, after swallowing the edible breaks down in the stomach and the CBD is absorbed from there 

Hopefully, you now know what CBD is and what Hemp is and how one would not be here without the other.