Whether you’re driving downtown or cruising the internet, it seems like you can’t go anywhere nowadays without seeing an advertisement for CBD and hemp oil products. You can shop for it online or at a local dispensary, you can smoke it in flower form or apply it topically, you can use a tincture in your morning coffee–you can even find it in an aromatherapy diffuser (though to be honest we’re not sold on this particular delivery system).
At Entangled Biome, we want you to understand exactly what CBD is and why we specifically use Full Spectrum Hemp Oil in our locally-made products. Our mission is to empower your wellness, it’s true–but we also want to enlighten you so that you can make the choices that are right for your body and mind, without being talked at by an uninformed third party or sold a bill of goods.
Cannabis, Cannabinoids, and CBD
To understand CBD and Full Spectrum Hemp Oil, it is foundational to first understand the plant from which we derive these substances. Cannabis is one of nature’s most maligned healers: It carries an undeserved reputation as being of recreational use only at best, as a gateway drug at worst.
In fact, cannabis can be divided into two major categories. The first is marijuana. High in THC–the cannabinoid that creates an intoxicated or “high” feeling–marijuana is typically what people are actually thinking of when cannabis comes to mind. Marijuana also carries the CBD cannabinoid, along with about 113 identified cannabinoids that can work together to have a major impact. Primarily used recreationally, marijuana can also be used medicinally (for extreme pain management during hospice, for example).
The second cannabis category is hemp. Compared to marijuana, hemp can have an astronomically high concentration of cannabidiol (the official name of CBD), especially when it is grown specifically with CBD extraction in mind. Unlike its better known counterpart, hemp has a THC concentration of less than .3%. This is below the legal limit, which means we can ship products made from hemp across state lines–but moreover, it means that hemp-derived CBD is non-intoxicating.
So what exactly is CBD? It’s a naturally occurring compound that has an abundance of therapeutic properties, one of the many cannabinoids found in cannabis. CBD specifically may provide relief from inflammation, joint stiffness, sore muscles and more. It can also have a positive impact on stress levels and emotions. Taken in a tincture or used topically, CBD can play an important role in your wellness journey.
Full Spectrum Hemp Oil
Humans–along with dogs, cats, horses, birds, and many other animals–have an endocannabinoid system, which means we can benefit from the cannabinoids that are found in hemp. Although THC and CBD are the most commonly discussed cannabinoids, there are a host of others that can impact us in positive emotional, physical, and mental ways. Many of these cannabinoids are still being explored for their individual benefits, but we know that together they have a synergistic effect.
This is where Full Spectrum Hemp Oil enters into play. Full Spectrum Hemp Oil indicates that the entire plant has been used during the CBD extraction process: Not only does this yield CBD, but it also provides access to the full profile of cannabinoids that a particular hemp strain has to offer.
Many products rely on CBD isolate. Although high quality CBD isolate does offer the benefits of CBD, research shows that Full Spectrum Hemp Oil simply works better: By allowing CBD to interact with the other cannabinoids that it is naturally found with, you can experience a myriad of unexpected benefits that transcend CBD alone.
A third option you might encounter is Broad Spectrum Hemp Oil. Put simply, this is Full Spectrum Hemp Oil that has been refined to remove THC while retaining two or more cannabinoids and terpenes. While you get a greater benefit with Broad Spectrum than CBD isolate, you often end up with a product that lacks several of the minor cannabinoids and terpenes that provide those wonderful synergistic effects we mentioned. With Full Spectrum Hemp Oil, you get the total package.
Two Truths and a Lie
There is a wealth of misinformation on CBD specifically as well as cannabis at large. In future updates we will be addressing some of the more pervasive myths in detail, but for now we would like to offer a small taste of truth about CBD–and expose one of the biggest misunderstandings:
- Truth: CBD can be used in many forms. You can apply it in a cream, take it in a spray beneath your tongue, or even cook with it. If you’re in Eugene, ask us about our CBDA-infused coconut oil!
- Truth: CBD can impact your daily routine in a major way. Do you take a handful of OTC painkillers every morning? Do you struggle with social anxiety? CBD can be a powerful ally in living your best life. Although we cannot diagnose or treat any conditions, we would be happy to discuss which CBD products might be a good fit for your particular situation.
- Lie: CBD will make you test positive on a drug test. This is the biggest concern we tend to encounter. We can only speak for our products, which are made using certified-organic hemp that we locally source–but we test each batch of our CBD-rich Full Spectrum Hemp Oil to ensure the THC content is at a non-intoxicating level. Here are the facts with our products:
- Topicals do not enter the bloodstream, so you will not test positive.
- Any Full Spectrum products taken on a regular basis can show up on urinalysis because of the buildup of trace THC.
- Our THC-free tincture made with CBD isolate will not show up on drug screen for THC, so it’s a great choice if you’re subject to this.
To learn more about CBD and your wellness, stay tuned for future updates or reach out today to connect with our experts.