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Everything you need to know about CBD.
What the Hemp?
“Three years ago my life was turned upside down with the passing of my husband. Since then many changes have occurred. My daughter had me start a CBD supplement. I can say that my depression and anxiety levels have greatly improved. I feel much happier and more relaxed. I also have a gum disease where I have to go in often and have the dentist clean my teeth because I have pockets between the gum and tooth. On my last visit, the dentist said I had a few pockets that had shrunk. That has never happened before!”
"Why use up the forests which were centuries in the making and the mines which required ages to lay down, if we can get the equivalent of forest and mineral products in the annual growth of the hemp fields?"
In Lesson #1 you learned my story and what CBD is as well as some of the science behind it and the amazing health implications.
In Lesson #2 we are going to go over why hemp is such an amazing plant as well as the societal implications of legalized hemp and CBD. We will go over the Most Asked Questions about CBD. We will also explain how to choose a high-quality CBD product and a CBD company that you can trust. Including the Top 4 Questions to Ask a Prospective CBD Company before buying products from them.
PLUS a surprise Bonus!
Hemp is an amazing plant that can be used for thousands of years of purposes including medicine, textiles, paper, building materials, foods, agriculture, and even livestock feed. The best thing about hemp is that it literally grows like a weed! It requires very little care, and pest management making is an easy crop to grow organically. Hemp is also a bio-accumulator which means it cleans the environment that it grows in making consumables from organically grown hemp even more important. The potential social implications of legal hemp and CBD in the United States are far-reaching and impossible to fully know at this point.
Hemp has been outlawed since the racist fueled Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 because hemp shares the same plant genus as marijuana (cannabis).
“United States’ hemp prohibition has suppressed potential jobs for farmers, products for consumers, and medicine for patients.”
-Andre Bourque (Forbes Contributor)
Hemp has now been liberated of its illegal status thanks to the last 2 Farm Bills. Yay! Already Montana is the largest producer of Hemp with over 20,000 acres planted last year. Hemp is not only lucrative for agriculture but can be grown organically and is a bio-accumulator which may be just the savior that our depleted and chemical saturated farmlands need.
On October 26, 2017, President Trump announced that his Administration was declaring the opioid crisis a national Public Health Emergency. As of January 2019, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, every day over 130 people die of opioid overdosing in the United States. This is almost 50,000 deaths a year. This statistic doesn’t take into account the quality of life and economic effects of opioid addiction as it deteriorates health, reduces the ability to hold a job, provide for dependents, and even increases crime.
According to the Official Journal of the Academy of Nursing overview of available studies and literature. “Review of the current literature suggests states that implement Medical Cannabis policies could reduce POM-associated mortality, improve pain management, and significantly reduce health care costs.”
Hemp is hope for thousands of Americans who struggle with their health, the economics of our farming communities, and our earth’s health. Years of research and experience has taught me the value of CBD and its ability to transform health and wellbeing. With the stunning increase in opioid deaths, autoimmune diseases, behavioral disorders, and medical mysteries, CBD is just starting to open doors to new possibilities. We are witnessing a new era and are all part of a health revolution.
Your top questions answered!
Will I get high?
No! THC is the cannabinoid responsible for the “high” feeling when smoking marijuana. While THC is found in high quantities in marijuana and low quantities in hemp, the reverse is true for CBD. In fact, the legal definition of hemp is a cannabis plant that naturally contains .3% THC or less.
Side note: We at 406 CBD, then take our hemp extract and gently remove all of the remaining THC. 406 CBD provides all the relaxation without the intoxication!
Is it legal where I live?
Thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill Hemp is federally legal. That means CBD extracted from hemp is federally legal. CBD extracted from marijuana is subject to the state’s laws.
What can CBD do for me?
Because the FDA doesn't regulate CBD, I cannot make any claims that it can cure, treat, prevent or even help anything. But, thousands of people have had their lives changed by CBD. Hemp is an adaptogenic herb. CBD is one of the most therapeutically important components of that herb. It helps the body regulate its own systems by helping facilitate homeostasis.
Want to know if it’s right for you? Just ask Google! Type in ‘CBD and (whatever your biggest health concern is) and do the research! You can’t overdose on CBD, and there have been ZERO CBD fatalities! As always, check with your health care provider to be on the safe side. Remember from Lesson #1 that CBD works throughout bodies Endocannabinoid System (ECS) and its Endocannabinoid Receptors. These receptors are in all or our bodies major systems and that is why CBD has such wide-ranging effects.
The Bodies Systems that contain Endocannabinoid Receptors:
Central Nervous System
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Top 4 things to know about a CBD company and its products before buying them.
1. Where does the hemp come from?
This is important because hemp is an amazing bio accumulator which means it absorbs the toxins such as heavy metals and chemicals from the environment that it is grown in. This is great news for the Earths health, but the sad news is that that same hemp can then be made into nutritional supplements. Yuk! Countries such as China and Russia and currently growing hemp to clean up industrial waste and even nuclear fallout. You don’t want that hemp going into your CBD products! Lots of countries are currently growing organic hemp including Sweden, Denmark, Canada, and the USA. Selecting a product comes from certified organic hemp is the surest way to know you are getting a clean product.
2. What is the purity?
Ask to see a Certificate of Analysis (COA).
The COA should come from an independent 3rd party lab. The average industry standard right now is 25% purity with some products being less than 3% pure CBD. The COA should also show that the product is clean of any microbial, heavy metal, or solvent contamination. You don’t want to put any of those things into your body! The COA also will tell you if there are of the over 100 other cannabinoids in the hemp extract such as the psychoactive THC (legally there cannot be more than .3% THC in a CBD product to be federally legal).
3. How is the CBD extracted from the hemp?
CBD is extracted from the hemp plant generally in one of two ways. Solvent extraction and CO2 extraction. Solvent extraction uses chemical solvents and heat to extract the CBD which degrades the product and risks leaving behind the solvents in the finished product. CO2 extraction is a cold method that produces a higher quality CBD with no risk of solvent contamination.
4. How bioavailable is it?
Nano-Amplification means that the CBD molecules are made smaller so that our human cells can use them more efficiently! Nano-amplified CBD means 80+% more bioavailability! That means less CBD + less money = more results! Nano-emulsification makes the CBD water-soluble as well.
Does the company show integrity in other ways?
Are the inactive ingredients of high quality?
As an avid label reader I have been disappointed in many food and nutritional supplement products for their “healthy” marketing and then their inferior ingredient lists. (Yes, I am that crunchy mom). I have seen CBD oils with hydrogenated oil bases, artificial dyes, sweeteners, and flavors! Yuck! Not today, Satan! If these dietary points are important to you, ask if the products are Vegan, GMO-free, Gluten-free, kosher, or contain any artificial ingredients.
Does the company use eco-conscious packaging?
Currently, there is no reason for toxic packaging. It takes extra thought, time, and probably money for a company to commit to eco-friendly packaging such as using post-consumer content and recyclable paper and cardboard. Dissolvable packing peanuts and plant-based inks are readily available.
Does the company test on animals?
Because bunnies. Nuff said.
Where are the products made?
Are they supporting the US economy or exploiting a third world population?
Are the products manufactured in a GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) compliant facility and ISO certified labs? These certifications mean that the manufacturer operates under high standards for business conduct, quality testing, and facility cleanliness.
Does the company participate in charitable donations or give back to the community in some way such as offering a military discount? Now, this may be hard to find out at first glance, but with a straightforward inquiry, most companies would be happy to tell you about their philanthropic pursuits. If they don’t get back to you, you can probably guess they don’t.
In our next installment of our Grab Life by the Plant we will talk about 10 TIPs & TRICKs for getting the most out of your CBD supplement, How to Dose, and 4 Reasons you SHOULD NOT take a CBD supplement.
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