Hemp CBD: What to know before getting started

Hemp CBD: What to know before getting started

New to hemp CBD? Wondering what the health benefits are and if CBD really works? You're not alone.

While CBD continues to be a highly sought-after ingredient in the wellness world, many people aren't sure how or why to make it a part of their everyday routine. 

We’ll break it all down for you here starting with the basics:

What is CBD?

You’ve likely heard the term “CBD” a lot. And that’s no surprise. CBD can be found in everything from face masks and serums to body balms, sprays, hand sanitizers, pet supplements and drinks to name a few.

So what is it?

CBD (or in non-layman’s terms, cannabidiol) is a compound (aka phytocannabinoid or cannabinoid) found in cannabis plants that can help you feel more relaxed and offer other therapeutic benefits without any of the intoxicating feelings that come from THC. If you’re looking to lead a more plant-based life, CBD can be a great natural alternative for supporting whole-body wellness.*

What is THC?

The short story? THC is what gets you high. The euphoric feeling that people get from smoking joints, spliffs, weed, grass, pot, doobies, reefer, bud, herb, ganja, Mary Jane…(you get the idea) comes from THC.

THC, or in more scientific terms, tetrahydrocannabinol, is another compound (aka phytocannabinoid or cannabinoid) also found in cannabis plants that’s responsible for its psychoactive effects. THC is one of at least 100 different cannabinoids identified in cannabis and also the most well-known. How people experience THC differs by individual, and some studies suggest it can offer some health benefits too.*

What is hemp CBD?

You may have heard of hemp and CBD, but hemp CBD? At Forest Remedies, this is our way of indicating that our products include CBD from hemp plants, a variety of the cannabis sativa plant bred to have very minimal (less than 0.3%) amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). As a result, our Full Spectrum Hemp CBD products can offer therapeutic benefits without any intoxicating effects.*

Hemp CBD products are different from cannabis CBD products that you might find at a marijuana dispensary.

Cannabis-derived CBD products come from a different variety of cannabis sativa plant that can contain about 10 - 35% THC, the compound that gets you “high.” As a result, cannabis-derived CBD products contain both CBD and different levels of THC. These products can offer therapeutic benefits with a psychoactive effect.*

Hemp plants

Are hemp plants still cannabis?

Yes, hemp is a variety of the cannabis sativa plant that is generally high in CBD. CBD products with THC come from a different variety of the cannabis sativa plant that is naturally higher in THC than CBD.

Can CBD get me high?

No. You can think of THC and CBD like sisters but not twins. THC is what can give you intoxicating effects like “time slows way down,” “what was I just saying” or “the giggles.” Hemp CBD can help you feel more relaxed and calm without any of the intoxicating feelings - while also supporting your everyday health and wellness.*

What is Full Spectrum Hemp CBD?

When shopping for hemp and/or CBD products online or at a store, you’re bound to run into the terms full spectrum, broad spectrum and CBD isolate. These each contain different compounds from the hemp plant and represent the different forms of CBD used in products today.

Understanding the difference can help you determine which product is the best fit for your lifestyle and health needs.

Let’s start with full spectrum.

Full Spectrum means that product includes not only CBD, but all of the other natural, beneficial good stuff in hemp plants (including cannabinoids and terpenes) that help them help you. While many people believe these products are able to offer a wider variety of therapeutic benefits than products made with broad spectrum and isolate CBD, they also contain a trace amount of THC - less than 0.3%.

What’s the difference between Full Spectrum Hemp and Broad Spectrum Hemp CBD?

Looking for a product with even less THC?

Try broad spectrum hemp and/or CBD. While full spectrum hemp CBD products contain CBD and several other natural, beneficial plant compounds, they also have a trace amount of THC, less than 0.3%.

Broad spectrum CBD products are different in that they still contain CBD and other plant compounds, but they are typically THC free. Deciding which is better is a matter of personal preference. If you want to add hemp CBD into your routine, but you need it to be THC free, a broad spectrum hemp CBD option could be the way to go.

What’s the difference between Full Spectrum Hemp CBD and CBD Isolate?

While full spectrum hemp CBD contains not only CBD but all of the other, natural beneficial good stuff in hemp plants, CBD isolate is just as the name implies. These products contain only pure CBD and no other compounds from the hemp plant.

So which is better?

It all comes down to personal preference. If you’re looking for a strong dose of only CBD (and nothing else) to target a specific need, a product made with CBD isolate may be the better option.

However, if you’re looking for something that supports more whole-body wellness, a full spectrum hemp CBD oil could be the way to go, especially when you take into consideration the entourage effect.

What is the entourage effect?

You know the saying, “greater than the sum of its parts?” That’s the simplest way to define the entourage effect. While CBD is probably the best-known phytocannabinoid found in hemp, it’s by no means the only one.

The entourage effect refers to the synergy and enhanced therapeutic benefits that can occur when various phytocannabinoids work together. For this reason, it’s thought that full spectrum extracts, which include more parts of the plants (and phytocannabinoids) can offer more benefits than taking one isolated phytocannabinoid (like CBD) on its own.

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What are phytocannabinoids?

Phytocannabinoids are compounds produced in cannabis plants. While CBD and THC are the most well-known phytocannabinoids, there are many others, and ongoing research suggests many different health benefits associated with them.

Here's are some other common phytocannabinoids found in products today:

  • Delta-9-THC
  • CBDA
  • CBG
  • CBN
  • CBC

When extracted from the plant, phytocannabinoids can interact with your body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS) resulting in various psychotropic and therapeutic effects.

What are endocannabinoids?

Endocannabinoids are like phytocannabinoids, but they are produced in mammals. Your body naturally produces endocannabinoids, and science suggests they are essential in helping achieve homeostasis. Homeostasis is the self-regulating process that our bodies use to help maintain stability and adjust to conditions that are the best for our survival.

What is the endocannabinoid system?

The ECS is a complex signaling system in the body consisting of three main components - endocannabinoids, receptors and enzymes. While research is still ongoing, science suggests that the ECS plays a role in regulating a range of bodily functions including sleep and mood.

The ECS also explains how and why phytocannabinoids (THC, CBD, etc.) are able to offer therapeutic benefits. Visit our blog: How does CBD work and what are the benefits to learn more.

What are the benefits of hemp CBD?

Think of hemp CBD as your all-natural, everyday companion for head-to-toe wellness support.*

While research is still very much ongoing on the exact science behind cannabinoids and how they work, studies suggest that CBD and other cannabinoids can help activate our body’s endocannabinoid system which is thought to have a positive impact on whole-body wellness.

From there, different products and formats (those you consume and those you apply topically) can offer different benefits.

For instance, our ingestible Full Spectrum Hemp CBD Oil can help promote a sense of calm and focus, while our topical Mint Soothing Hemp CBD Balm can help ease occasional muscle tension when applied to specific areas like your neck or shoulders.*

We always encourage you to be skeptical and do your own research to determine which products are the best for your health needs and lifestyle.

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