If you’ve been curious about implementing more plant-based nutrition into your wellness routine, hemp is a superfood that is loaded with phytocannabinoids and leads to overall homeostasis in your body.
The Hemp plant has been around for centuries, and was even part of the US Pharmacopeia in the 1800’s.
In 2018, the US legalized hemp and CBD (less than 0.3%THC) ending a long battle of prohibition and providing long waited access to superfood.
We created a guide for you to better understand the benefits of hemp, the different ways to consume, and what things you should be considering before you make hemp part of your wellness routine.
How does CBD Work?
A new system was discovered in the 1990’s, the endocannabinoid system (ECS). This system was found to be directly involved in the processes that keep our bodies balanced day to day, including such functions as mood, sleep, immune system functions, inflammation control, appetite, and hormone regulation.
The ECS system communicates through receptors which are located in the brain and nervous systems throughout the body. ECS receptor sites of this system, when stimulated, can help your body reach a state of homeostasis or balance.
The body naturally creates endocannabinoids which helps support the ECS system. And there are plants that are very effective, such as hemp derived phytocannabinoids which naturally stimulate this ECS system through receptors helping it work at optimal capacity.
What are the different ways to consume CBD?
There are several ways to consume CBD.
Topicals, such as our creams, are applied directly to the skin avoiding being processed through the lungs or digestive tract. Topicals are fast acting and easy to use. The antioxidant effect of CBD has been shown to benefit tense muscles.
There are tinctures which consist of oil such as our Full Spectrum or Zero Isolate. These products have undergone a CO2 extraction process from raw hemp plant material to create the purist oil forms. Oils are easy to use and taken by dropping a couple drops on or under your tongue.
Capsules are easy to take, similarly to a vitamin or daily supplement.
Other ways to consume CBD which include sprays, vaping, and edibles (gummies).
What’s the difference between the Full Spectrum and Isolate?Full spectrum oil is extracted from the stalk of specifically selected hemp cultivars to give you one tasty bottle of earthy flavor that gets you all of the effects of phytocannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids in your wellness routine. Full-Spectrum CBD is as close to juicing the hemp plant as possible. By leaving the oil in its most unadulterated form, we can maintain its nutrient density with all of the naturally occurring compounds remaining in the plant including chlorophyll, terpenes, aminos, essential fatty acids, and many more.
The term “iso” comes from the process of isolating one essential natural constituent from all the other cannabinoids in the hemp plant. Our CBD isolate extraction process, C02, filters plant material to remove excess waxes, producing a pure isolate powder with 99% Cannabidiol which we then blend with a high grade coconut oil. Zero and isolate does not have trace amounts of THC.
What are the different serving sizes?You might be curious about what the different serving sizes for hemp products are and how to decide which one is best for you. Our hemp oils are ratioed in milligram form. Our products are formulated in 250mg, 500mg, and 1000mg in a 1oz dropper.
We suggest you test to find what is the best amount for you. Start low and ease your way up to increased serving sizes until you find the daily CBD levels that work best for you.Our customers find different milligram amounts for their personal optimal serving size.
Does CBD Get Me High?
Hemp or CBD is non-psychoactive and will not get you high. Proerba was founded because we were seeking a quality, consistent product that is guaranteed to be non-psychoactive. Our THC levels will never go above the legal trace amount which is 0.3%. To compare with a psychoactive product, marijuana has upwards of 20-25% present or 83x more THC. And if you want 0.00% THC, stick with our Zero which is an Isolate base in a high grade coconut oil.
Legalities of Hemp and CBD
What are the legalities of Hemp and CBD in the US?
Hemp, which is defined as having less than 0.3% THC, was legalized under the farm bill in 2018. CBD products that are derived from the hemp plant do not require you to have a doctor’s prescription or medical marijuana to purchase hemp products in most states.
Each state is different, so please check your state rules and regulations.
Does CBD or Hemp show up in a Drug Test?
We STRONGLY encourage anyone who may be subject to a drug test to talk to your primary physician first before choosing our products. Urine drug screen tests are known to have a very little cross-reactivity to other cannabinoids that are non-psychoactive such as CBD to show up on a test. However, as a precaution, Zero has no THC, so this is the product for military, civil workers, and all others who are tested for THC levels.
What are the benefits of CBD
The US Food and Drug Administrations’ (DSHEA’s) guidelines do not allow CBD companies to endorse any specific medical benefits of CBD or hemp oil.
Many researchers now conclude that we humans (and all mammalian creatures, including horses, dogs, cats, and fish) are designed to accept plant-based cannabinoids in order to supplement the functioning of this large broadly encompassing self-regulatory system, the Endocannabinoid System.
Non-psychoactive phytocannabinoids, such as those derived from hemp, are particularly our choice because you can get the benefit of cannabidiol while avoiding the risk of getting high that is encountered with psychoactive cannabinoids (THC) at high doses.
We encourage you to discuss the use of CBD and hemp with your primary care doctor. You can also join our live community wellness talks by subscribing to our newsletter.
How to purchase hemp or CBD
Hemp production and extraction varies by hemp producers in terms of the growing techniques, products, and methodologies they use. Consider a few things when purchasing your hemp or CBD products.
First, validating that the hemp has been Third Party tested. This test is called a “Certificate of Analysis” and should test for pesticides, fungicides, plant growth regulators, residual solvents and any microbiological contamination. The Certificate of Analysis should be from a licensed lab, have a batch number, and identify the products that are tested.
Second, assess how the product delivers consistency from bottle to bottle or cream to cream. When you review the lab results, make sure that the bottle contains the amount of CBD it claims to have. In 2019, the US Food and Drug Administration tested the chemical content of cannabinoid compounds in some products, and found that many of the products did not contain the levels of CBD they claimed to contain.
Third, evaluate the quality of the Company and the overall product. Cannabis plants absorb anything put on them or in the soil it is grown in. and take up impurities and chemicals from the soil. Therefore it’s important to verify there are no pesticides, fungicides, or other chemicals present in your products..
When judging the overall safety of the product, you’ll want to check the labels and ingredients are clearly shown and listed out. There should also be minimal ingredients present.
And lastly, the methodology of how the cannabinoids and terpenes are extracted. C02 extraction is the cleanest way, however, it is more expensive. Many companies opt to use a solvent extraction which is cheaper. However, this method may leave unhealthy residual solvents in the end product. We only use the C02 method as we will never compromise safety with cost.