What is Hemp?
The 2014 U.S. Farm Bill defines hemp as plants of the cannabis sativa species that test at or below <0.3% THC, making their extracts non-psychoactive and legal. Hemp is a sustainable, renewable crop that reaches maturity in only 13 weeks and can be refined into countless commercial items. These items include food, paper, textiles, clothing, biodegradable plastics, animal feed, insulation, biofuel and more. Full spectrum hemp extract contains CBD (cannabidiol), along with numerous other cannabinoids, flavonoids, terpenoids and other compounds naturally occurring in the hemp plant. It is important to recognize that hemp and marijuana are NOT the same plant, rather the same species with different genetic qualities. Think of a garden with different varieties of daisies or lilies-same concept.
What is the Endocannabinoid System?
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a large network of receptors and transmitters found throughout our bodies that have been shown to regulate numerous systems and functions. Discovered roughly 30 years ago, the ECS system exists in all mammals. Cannabinoids are compounds that interact with ECS receptors to promote homeostasis, or balance, within these systems. Endocannabinoids occur naturally in the body, while phytocannabinoids like CBD and others found in full spectrum hemp extract (such as CBG, CBN, CBC) occur naturally in the hemp plant. The purpose of using a daily regimen of full spectrum CBD oil is to nourish the ECS and promote balance and well-being.