Ready to dip your toe into plant-based wellness? Here’s what to look for before trying hemp oil.
What is CBD?
CBD is short for cannabidiol and is also referred to as hemp oil. It’s one of the primary chemical compounds found in hemp. Hemp contains over 400 different cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, and other beneficial phytochemicals (“phyto” from the Greek word for plant) that each holds therapeutic value.
When extracts from the stalks, stems, leaves, and flowers of hemp are combined, its referred to as a full-spectrum oil. A full-spectrum oil contains the full array of beneficial compounds from all parts of the plant. These compounds work together to increase the therapeutic value of the plant as a whole and increases its effects.
This synergistic event is known as the “entourage effect” and boosts the therapeutic properties of CBD so that you experience its maximum benefits.
Why is grown in the USA so important?
Hemp grown in the USA has greater oversight because the hemp growers must meet certain conditions during the cultivation and growing process. Veteran hemp authority, HempLand USA, has a longstanding relationship with their growers who cultivate their sun-grown hemp using organic farming practices in the US.
Supervised growing ensures a safer and cleaner end-product that is free of pesticides and other toxins that may end up in hemp if it is not farmed responsibly.
How is CBD extracted?
CBD brands like HempLand USA have turned to some innovative extraction processes that maintain the integrity of the plant while using a completely gentle and non-toxic method.
CO2 extraction is the preferred method because it does not alter the natural structure or properties of hemp’s therapeutic components. The process does not involve the use of dangerous solvents or alcohols that may end up in the final product. A majority of CBD companies use these chemical-based extraction methods as they are cheaper. It’s best to always look for a safe and effective method like CO2 extraction.
After extraction, the CBD is mixed with a carrier oil to help stabilize it and increase its bioavailability. Bioavailability refers to the degree and rate at which your body absorbs the substance into your bloodstream. HempLand USA uses 100% organic hemp seed oil derived from the seeds of the hemp plant as a carrier oil. Hemp seed oil is high in Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids and increases CBD’s bioavailability, making it the ideal nutrient-rich companion for CBD extract.
So there you have it! That is our run-down on how to select a high-quality CBD product that you can feel good about consuming. We hope this helps.