It All Begins With Cannabis:
To understand the difference between CBD & hempseed oils one must understand the true nature of the cannabis plant, a plant that has been cultivated by humans for thousands of years. Cannabis is an annual, dioecious, flowering herb which mean it grows both a male and a female plant. The male plant is ideal for growing densely in vast fields for grain and fiber. The grain, or hemp seeds, can be cold-pressed for its' nutritious hempseed oil and what’s leftover is called hempseed meal. You can enjoy the benefits of American grown hempseed oil by purchasing any of our Gourmet Hemp Foods' sauces & enjoy 25% OFF every second sauce ordered online! The hempseed meal can be further ground into a fine vegan powerhouse protein powder which is what we use in all our Gourmet Hempasta products.
The female hemp plants have those notorious flowers that contain the plant's ‘crystal trichromes’ which have the highest density of the highly sought after cannabinoids. Different cultivars and growing conditions all play a big role in the farmer’s yield, and quality, of cannabinoid-rich oil. Each percentage point of CBD concentrated in the crop's overall mass is a big deal to the farmer's bottomline. What makes this crop difficult and risky to grow is that regulators must test a THC content no higher than .35%, or else the crop is considred Marijuana under US law and must be immediately destroyed.
Once the high CBD female plants are pulled from the fields they will be extracted with a solvent which is usually CO2, alcohol or, less favorably, butane. People should research their CBD products entire supply chain starting with the grower, processor, distrubutor and retailer in order to make and informed an safe decision.
For those who apprecaite getting into the weeds, right now there's a quagmire of patchwork-regulations between state legislatures, local law enforcement, the USDA, the FDA & the biggest bullies on the block, the DEA. In this emerging CBD and/or 'canabinoid' industry, customers must do their due diligence until meaningful progress and compromise is made. The power that be are still working through the kinks on how to responsibly and profitably distribute quality cannabis-derived products for all consumers to enjoy sasfely. One last point on the topic of Cannabis cultivation, there will be many unforseen consequences as this industry grows -- even the EPA are stepping in and are already examining regulation on how to dispose of the biomass waste that's leftover after the cannabinoied extration has taken place. But where there are problems there are opportunities, and this industry's resolve and problem-solding skills are second to none! The re-birthing of the cannabis industry in America promises to be a boon for a greener American future.
The Benefits of Hempseed Oil
The hempseed oil that goes into our Gourmet Hemp Sauces has the perfect ratio of Omega 3,6 & 9 which are essential for cognitive health and radiant skin. Unlike omega-rich fish oils, hempseed oil is sustainably and responsibly raiseed making it the perfect source forOmega oils that your body and mind demand to for optimal rejuvenation.
The Benefits of CBD Oil
CBD oil is a strong anti-inflammatory meaning it helps with a whole host of ailments based on the quality alone. Many people express an increased sense of well-being after taking CBD oil, but not a ‘head high’ which one receives after consuming cannabis high in THC. Although much more research needs to be done, many epileptic patients swear by CBD products as a solution to curb future seizures. For whatever ailments you hope CBD will cure, please do your research on the company and, if available, how they source and process their end-product.
What’s the Endocannabinoid System?
Referred to as the “bridge between mind and body,” the ECS mediates key physiological and cognitive functions like mood, immune function, pain sensation, appetite, sleep, and metabolism. The Endocannabinoid System is found in the central and peripheral nervous systems. It’s a complex network comprised of receptors (CB1 and CB2), endogenous cannabinoids (which function similarly to the plant-derived, or phyto-cannabinoids THC and CBD) and enzymes that both create and break down those cannabinoids within the body.
What CBD Oils Distributors & Brands We Recommend
Gourmet Hemp Foods makes its' products with only by-products of the hempseed grain. But since several of our partners are customers of CBD products, and since we know many people from within the industry, here are a few companies we trust and feel confident to recommend.
Ellwood Thompsons Grocery Store | Richmond, Virginia
Carolina Hemp Company | Carolinas
Kingdom Harvest | Asheville, NC
CBD Livity | Virginia Beach, VA
First Necessity Hemp | Goochland, VA