What is Hemp CBD? Hemp is a nutrient-dense plant that’s used across the globe as food, fiber, supplements and medicine. Hemp flowers, the stalk and seeds contain terpenes, flavonoids, vitamins, chlorophyll and amino acids and its odorous flowers also contain phytocannabinoids like CBD. CBD, otherwise known as Cannabidiol, is one of the most well-known phytocannabinoids found in the hemp plant.
What is Whole Plant Hemp CBD? Also known as Full Spectrum, Whole Plant Hemp CBD is made from making a pulp from hemp flowers extracting all the cannabinoids, terpenes, bioflavonoids and nutrient dense molecules.
What is the difference between Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum & Isolate CBD?
Full-spectrum CBD contains all phytochemicals naturally found in the plant, including CBD, trace cannabinoids, and terpenes (essential oils).
If drug testing is an issue, non-psychoactive, full-spectrum CBD can give some folks a false positive during a drug test, especially if you consume high doses of CBD daily. That is when broad-spectrum CBD might be a better choice.
Broad-spectrum CBD contains cannabidiol and all the other compounds within the plant. It does not contain the THC, which has been isolated and completely removed after the initial extraction. Broad-spectrum CBD extracts contain multiple cannabinoids, therefore they also produce the “entourage effect,” although to a slightly less degree since the trace amounts of THC have been removed.
CBD isolate is made by extracting and refining the CBD from the plant material, isolating the CBD from all the other plant molecules. There is no entourage effect or synergy with isolates. Isolate is easy to use. Its concentration of 99% pure CBD allows for high dosing often with an odorless taste.
What is the difference between CBD hemp oil and hemp seed oil? CBD hemp oil is often referred to as CBD oil. CBD oil is extracted from the Whole Plant, the leaves, flowers, stems, and stalks of the plant and contains cannabinoids and other compounds.
Hemp seed oil, on the other hand, is pressed from the seeds of the plant, and contains NO CBD. Instead they are rich in Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs). Hemp seed oil has been on the market for decades as a food and dietary supplement and is used in beauty and personal care products.
Hemp seed oil does not have the same properties and benefits as Hemp oil/CBD oil. They both have different healing properties. This is why FEED CBD uses both. The hemp seed oil acts as ‘carrier’ molecules assisting the CBD molecules in the CBD hemp oil to be transported deeper into the skin.
What is the Endocannabinoid System? The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) is considered the master regulatory system of the body. It helps maintain homeostasis (aka balance) in our bodies by communicating with other biological systems and helping other systems in the body stay healthy.
The human body produces compounds called endocannabinoids that bind to endocannabinoid receptors to support homeostasis. Endocannabinoids and their receptors are found throughout the body: in the brain, organs, connective tissues, glands and immune cells. Considered “a bridge between body and mind,” endocannabinoids help support and protect our immune system, nervous system and virtually all organs in the body.
How do I choose the right hemp CBD topical? CBD is used by many to help with pain, anxiety, and sleep. Increasingly, topical creams are being used by athletes and those suffering from joint and muscle pains.CBD-infused topicals are applied on top of the skin. To get the most out of a CBD topical, gently rub the product into your skin to ensure that it is absorbed, especially if you are trying to get pain relief.
There are essentially three different consistencies when it comes to Hemp CBD topicals.
- Lotions and creams—these tend to be very similar in terms of ingredients and texture, although CBD creams often feel slightly thicker than hemp lotions. Products that fall under the cream and lotion category typically also include shea butter, aloe vera, and other nutrients to moisturize and restore the skin barrier. (Note that these ingredients can also be found in some other topicals as well, it just depends what kind you use).
- Balms and salves—a little goes a long way with these products, and the terms are often used interchangeably so it’s hard to determine if there are any real differences between the two. You can expect both of these topicals to have beeswax and essential oils mixed in with CBD, and no water is used to make them. Salves are generally a little softer than balms, which can be quite thick.
- Serums and Oils—naturally, these have the smoothest feeling and usually incorporate other ingredients like olive or coconut oil, as well as other essential oils, vitamins, and minerals. CBD hemp oils may take longer to set into the skin since they are slick, but they work great when massaged into an area.
CBD Topicals are Not a Cure-All. Before diving head-first into CBD, it’s important to reiterate that these products have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Because of this, there is little regulation on the production of CBD creams, although there are little to no side effects associated with the use of CBD topicals. CBD itself is considered to be a safe compound whether used inside or outside of your body, but it is not meant to replace other treatments provided by your doctor. As a final measure, consult with your physician and take their opinion into account.