Understanding Hemp

There are two different types of hemp. One we use for industry and one we use for medicine. Let us explain the difference. Please read below or watch this video.

Medicinal Hemp

Medicinal Hemp looks exactly like marijuana and it grows in a bush. The only difference between this plant and marijuana is the THC content. Legally hemp must contain .3% or less.

Industrial Hemp

Industrial hemp has been used for decades for things like rope, canvas, paper and so much more. This is where hemp seeds and therefore hemp seed oil comes from. This plant grows up to 20 feet tall. It is not medicine. Its seeds are considered a “super food” because it contains omega fatty acids and other valuable nutrients. This oil makes a great carrier oil and helps our bodies absorb these beneficial cannabinoids. Therefore, we use hemp seed oil as our carrier oil in our CBD BioCare Products.

Here's Where It Gets Confusing

True industrial hemp is genetically inferior to medicinal hemp, yet it is defined the same way by the regulatory agencies. Many brands, companies and even legal counsel who still believe that hemp-derived CBD must come from overseas to be “fully legal” are not taking into consideration the 2018 US Farm Bill section 7606. As a consumer, understanding the difference is crucial before buying. Otherwise you may not be satisfied with the results or lack thereof.

Cannabis Oil

There are many different oils on the market. Some appear as an option when searching for CBD but don’t indicate any CBD or other cannabinoids when you check out the bottle. It is certainly confusing to say the least. We want to help you know how to make a good buying decision, so here is a brief summary:

Hemp Oil

Hemp oil can be any oil derived from hemp. But hemp can be medicinal or industrial. This includes hemp seed oil, full spectrum CBD oil, broad spectrum CBD oil and CBD isolate. You must read the label. Some hemp oil includes oil extracted from the whole plant or just the stalk of the plant. It can also mean hemp seed oil which is pressed from the Cannabis Sativa seeds and does not contain any active cannabinoids which includes CBD. There may be trace amounts from plant residue, but CBD is not a product of the seeds. Be aware, there are companies claiming CBD is in their hemp seed oil, which cannot be true if it is derived only from the seeds.

• Hemp seed oil comes from the seeds of an industrial hemp plant.
• Broad Spectrum oil often the term referred to oil with no THC.
• Full Spectrum oil can have up to .3% THC.
• CBD Isolate is CBD only.

Full Spectrum CBD Hemp Oil

This is hemp oil that contains all cannabinoids and provides the most medicinal CBD product available. When you have all cannabinoids present, this creates what is called the entourage effect. You can expect a full spectrum product from CBD BioCare. Even though we remove THC from our product, at times trace amounts will be present. There is not enough THC to feel the effects or even fail a standard or common drug test.

Broad Spectrum

Often you will see companies advertise their CBD oil as broad spectrum when the THC is removed. Some suggest that we should also market our oil as broad rather than full because we remove it. Here is the conundrum, legal CBD oil can only have up to .3%, which is practically non existent to begin with. The trace amount is certainly not enough to get you high and not enough to worry about drug testing. Again, during our extraction process we isolate and remove the THC but at times there will be .1% or even .2% THC detected. This is rare but because it happens we can not honestly say zero THC.

CBD Isolate

This is CBD isolated from the plant and is converted into a powder like substance. This isolate is then added to a carrier oil. This product can often be identified because the seller will state it is 99% pure. CBD alone is a great product, as an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. However, it does not have the medicinal benefits of a full spectrum product.

Cannabis Oil / Marijuana Oil

If the oil is just labeled as cannabis oil it may have THC, making it illegal in most states. It will also contain CBD and other cannabinoids.

Terpenes

We infuse our full spectrum CBD oil with 10% more terpenes. Click here to read more about our terpenes.

What are terpenes?

When you smell CBD oil you are essentially smelling terpenes. They are the aromatic compounds found in plants. Cannabis has a very potent smell because there are high concentrations of terpene compounds within the plant.

Are terpenes good for you?

Yes! The terpenes have medicinal value. Here is a list of the terpenes we infuse into our full spectrum CBD.

Caryophyllene is the only known terpene to also display characteristics of a cannabinoid, such as THC and CBD, by directly interacting with the CB2 receptor in the endocannabinoid system. This accounts for its powerful anti-inflammatory properties and ability to potentially help assist people with pain. Average Terpene value: 7%

Humulene is present in many therapeutic-grade essential oils and the use of such oils for medicinal purposes dates back centuries. Humulene is an important terpene for cannabis patients because of its distinctive effects. Not only is humulene an effective anti-inflammatory and analgesic, it also acts as an appetite suppressant. Humulene plays a role in pharmacokinetics, the study of how the body absorbs, distributes, metabolizes, and excretes drugs.

Humulene also plays an important function in the life cycle of a cannabis plant prior to harvest. It aids in the plant’s defense capabilities by helping to deter pests and prevent fungal infestations. Average Terpene value: 3%

Alpha-Bisabolol is a versatile terpene isolate known for its fresh, sweet, and floral aroma. It is a colorless and highly viscous oil. It has been reported that alpha-bisabolol has anti-inflammatory, anti-irritant, and anti-microbial properties; because of this, Alpha-Bisabolol is widely used in cosmetics for its skin healing attributes. This terpene is commonly found in cannabis varieties, which are known for reducing pain and inflammation. Average Terpene value: 3%

Guaiol is a natural product occurring in several plants, like cypress pine. It has been traditionally used for different ailments like arthritis, constipation, and coughs. It has a floral and fruity scent. Aside from its prominent pine-like aromas, wood and rose notes are also present in its terpene profile. It has also been used as a diuretic, which can aid to lower blood pressure, and known to hold anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. Guaiol can also act as a cough suppressant. Average Terpene value: 3%

Linalool has anti-microbial properties and are protective for the plant and potentially therapeutic in people. Linalool has been used in traditional medicine practices for its sedative and anti-epileptic properties. Studies indicate that linalool’s behavioral effects may largely be mediated by its effects in the brain. One way is through blocking the receptors for the primary excitatory brain chemical, glutamate, which could account for linalool’s potentially anti-epileptic properties in some forms of epilepsy. This terpene also has the ability to enhance the effect of other sedatives, such as pentobarbital. Average Terpene value: 1.%

Isopulegol is a cannabis terpene carrying a minty aroma with woodsy undertones. Also found in mint, eucalyptus, lemongrass, and parsley, isopulegol is a chemical precursor in the synthesis of menthol and is also found in lemongrass and geranium. Some potential health benefits of isopulegol include anti-inflammatory, gastroprotective and antiviral effects. Average Terpene value: 1%

Geraniol is one of the most frequently used terpenoid fragrance materials. It can be used in all flowery-rose like compositions and does not discolor soaps. In flavor compositions, geraniol is used in small quantities to accentuate citrus notes. Geraniol reduces bacterial infections and studies have found that the microbiological characterization of pure geraniol exerts a large antibacterial activity against harmful bacteria such as Listeria monocytogenes, Staphylococcus aureus, Salmonella enterica, and Escherichia coli. Average Terpene value: 1%

Myrcene (or β-myrcene) is a terpene that occurs often in highly fragrant plants and herbs such as mangoes, hops, bay laurel leaves, thyme, lemongrass, and basil. Myrcene is produced by numerous cannabis strains, and some rodent-model studies have suggested that it might lend sedative effects. Another place you’ll find myrcene is in mangoes. Anecdotal evidence suggests that eating a ripe mango prior to consuming cannabis may accentuate or extend the psychoactive effects of cannabis; some have suggested that this is due to the fruit’s concentrations of myrcene, which is naturally synergistic with THC and allows cannabinoids to more easily bridge the blood-brain barrier. Myrcene benefits and uses show that this terpene offers a wide array of medicinal benefits. This terpenoid has potent anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties and helps with sleep, according to studies. The terpene showed great effects when paired with both CBD and THC. Average Terpene value: 1%