CBD Basics

ABC’s of CBD

January 16th, 2020 by Cara Oorbeck

ABC's of CBD

Quinton By Op-Ed Blogger Quinton Charles

A = Ask Us!

We know that there is a ton of “hempful” (see what we did there?) information on the internet today about cannabis. One of the most common questions we get is, “what makes them different?” And, “I just don’t know what all these words mean.” Cannabis requires a whole new dictionary for sure. We’re here to help with the ABC’s of CBD!

B, C & D =CBD

We know it’s a “C”, but it’s where the conversation begins. We’ll do better with our alphabetization later. We promise. Cannabidiol (CBD) is the phytocannabinoid (phyto = plant, cannabinoid = compound) that naturally occurs within the cannabis plant and is mimicked by your own body. It is a chemical that facilitates the Endocannabinoid system (don’t worry, we will cover this term) in its job. While your body does produce some on its own, supplementing your body with CBD from other sources (like the hemp plant) better enables your Endocannabinoid system to do its job. CBD is also fully legal on a federal level in the United States, unlike its cousin, THC. Read the rest of this entry »

Are Hemp and Marijuana different?

October 22nd, 2019 by Cara Oorbeck

Hemp and Marijuana

QuintonPosted October 22, 2019

By Quinton Charles Op-Ed Blogger

They’re different?

A common misconception about hemp is that it is synonymous with marijuana. Let me state very clearly now that it is not. While both plants can contain both THC (the psychoactive component of cannabis) and CBD (the non-psychoactive component of cannabis), the two most common strains have opposite ratios.

What types of cannabis are there?

The two types of cannabis are actually separate species: Cannabis indica andCannabis sativa. Indica is typically associated with the fuzzy, sleepy “high” that you receive from marijuana. This species often has a higher THC to CBD ratio, making it more of a psychoactive form of Sativa vs Indicacannabis. Sativa, on the other hand, does not have the mellowing effect that people often receive from indica. Keep in mind that they are different species.

So what’s the difference between hemp and marijuana?

So far, I haven’t mentioned either of these words; I’ve only mentioned indica and sativa. So where is the difference between hemp and marijuana? These are both terms that can be used to stand in for how the cannabis is grown, or what it is intended for. “Marijuana” (specifically the THC used for medicinal and recreational purposes) is typically used to refer to Cannabis indica, and is often cultivated with a focus on the flowers of the female plant. “Hemp” is used to refer to Cannabis sativa, and is cultivated with a focus on the size of the plant for use industrially (as rope, textiles, oils, etc.). Keep in mind that many hybrids of these plants that have been created and grown as of recent.  That is why it is important to examine the exact THC level of a plant rather than strictly categorizing them as “sativa” or “indica”.

Can you get high from hemp?

One concern that people often voice to us is their desire to avoid any sort of high. They often equate cannabis with marijuana and, consequently, a psychoactive high (due in large part to media). As ministryofhemp.com succinctly put it:MedTerra Sleep Tablet Side

“Your lungs will fail before your brain attains any high from smoking industrial hemp.”

However, for any of you taking a full spectrum or raw product the .3% THC found in hemp can still show up on a drug test.  It is highly unlikely but it can happen.  If you are subject to drug testing for your employment or medical care, we recommend going with a broad spectrum or isolate.  Both have the THC removed from them.

For all the plant lovers out there: Can you tell the difference by sight?

Yes. It is possible to tell the difference between Cannabis sativa and Cannabis indica just from the appearance of the plant (what biologists call “morphology”). Indica typically has leaves that are either broad-leafed, a tight bud, or look like a nugget with hairs.  Sativa, on the other hand, has skinnier leaves that are concentrated at the top. Few branches or leaves exist below the top part of the plant. When you observe the plants from afar, indica looks like a short, fat bush. Sativa is typically skinnier and taller (up to 20 ft).

But can you tell which has THC and which does not? You could potentially tell which has less THC, because sativa strains typically are bred for high CBD, low THC content, but I would recommend against it. As I mentioned above there are many hybrid strains now that have cross-bred indica with sativa, making it difficult to tell if what you’re looking at is a pure strain or a hybrid without professional testing. Once again, though, as a general rule of thumb, indica contains the high THC levels; sativa is the high CBD species.

Is hemp legal?

Another concern that people have is whether or not hemp is legal. Once again, this concern stems from a lack of understanding in the public due to the misrepresentation of cannabis in the media. Hemp is 100% legal federally. Industrial hemp contains less than 0.3% THC content, which situates it in the fully-legal category of CBD and hemp.

Do you have to worry about your CBD product?

Some CBD products contain trace amounts of THC. However, this is likely under the legal limit, and many companies offer their test results for each batch of CBD that they use. This is why it is so important to purchase your CBD from a reputable company that guarantees independent lab results. If you’re curious about the makeup of your product, check out the blog that we published a little while ago regarding how to decipher your product label.

Difficulties in hemp and marijuana

As I mentioned several times before, there is a lot of confusion when it comes to cannabis. Most people assume that indica and sativa are the same in terms of what they do in the body. There is one industry in particular that these assumptions are causing problems: banking.

Traditionally, a small business (and even a larger business) would be able to go to a bank, file for and receive a loan, and use that money to begin operations. But due to the recent legislation formally legalizing hemp federally, and the slow implementation of regulations on hemp in the United States (see our blog on the farm bill updates), many banks are wary of CBD businesses. Not wishing to lend to any businesses that deal in CBD and hemp (despite their full legality), banks make it difficult for small start-up companies to enter into a new and promising market.

But it isn’t all doom and gloom (even though Halloween is right around the corner!). Some in Congress are trying to help both cannabis industries with the Secure and Fair Enforcement Banking Act, or SAFE Act, which passed the House in late September with bipartisan support. The bill would assure banks and credit unions that they won’t be penalized by federal regulators for working with cannabis clients in states that allow marijuana or hemp production and sales. The legislation, which the Senate has yet to consider, also would require federal banking regulators to issue guidance on how financial institutions should serve the hemp industry.

While banks wait on regulations, businesses will continue to enter into private loans and start with what cash they can muster up on their own.

Food for thought

Just to recap, hemp and marijuana are two different things, and are closely associated with two separate species of cannabis; one is psychoactive and the other is not; hemp is legal federally and marijuana is not.

Next time that you see the media or someone conflating hemp and marijuana, you’ll know better. And hopefully, you’ll be able to help them understand the difference by using what you learned here.

As always, feel free to reach out to us on social media, phone, or email if you have any questions. We are always willing to help educate people who are eager to learn.  You can also check out our news page on the website and scan through old blogs.  There are some great ones!Sativa vs Indica


What does this label say? Unraveling Serving Sizes-Part 2

September 20th, 2019 by Hannah Laing

CBD Labels

QuintonPosted September 20th, 2019

By Op-Ed Blogger Quinton Charles


How do I know how much to take?

CBD is an amazing chemical compound. Our bodies produce similar compounds naturally, and our bodies have an entire system devoted to its use (see my blog on the Endocannabinoid System)! Sometimes, however, our systems need a little boost; this boost comes in the form of extra CBD that we can take via tincture, gummy, softgel, or any of the other numerous options on the market today. But how much should someone take? I’ll be covering the details of that in this blog; hopefully, by the end of it, you’ll be ready to start with CBD, or you’ll have a better understanding of what you’re taking now!

Read the rest of this entry »

What does this label say? Reading CBD labels Part 1

September 12th, 2019 by Cara Oorbeck

Posted September 15th, 2019

By op-ed Blogger Quinton CharlesReading CBD Labels


Hemp, Hemp Oil, or CBD?

Many of you, especially those who have tried more than one of our CBD products, may have noticed something about product ingredients: they don’t all say the same thing! What is a phytocannabinoid? Why do some bottles say aerial plant parts? How much is a serving? Who played Tetris on my bottle? Why are these labels so different? AAAAAAAAAAHHH.

Don’t worry; I’m going to help sort all of this out. Read the rest of this entry »

Safe CBD Sources

September 6th, 2019 by Hannah Laing

Safe CBD Sources

Quinton Posted September 6th, 2019

By Op-Ed Blogger Quinton Charles 

Where do you get your CBD?

The CBD market is colossal, and is just growing larger every day. With this growth, there are more and more vendors to choose from. So how do you know what is safe? Hopefully, by the end of this blog you’ll be able to make more informed decisions about where you buy your safe CBD and what to look for when you go to purchase your Safe CBD online!

Amazon shopping?

I get it. I love Amazon, too. Cheap books, clothing, random household items, and two day delivery is pretty ideal. It seems that just about everything you could want or need is sold on Amazon these days, and is covered with a nifty return guarantee. So why wouldn’t you want to purchase your CBD on Amazon? If you buy everything else there (or just a lot), what could be the harm of purchasing your supplements there, too?

Unfortunately, Amazon is not the ideal site on which to purchase your safe CBD. But why is this? Read the rest of this entry »

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