With each passing year, an increased number of individuals having been looking to enter the hemp industry. With friendlier laws, better developed seeds, and more opportunities than ever before, there is no surprise that the industry has experienced such a tremendous rate of growth.
However, despite the incredibly wide range of opportunities available, you will only be able to succeed with the growth and harvest of industrial hemp if you are able to understand the art as a whole. If you are someone who is considering entering the hemp industry, it is very important that you begin to do your research, know which options are available, and pay attention to all of the important details that are involved along the way.
In this article we will discuss the most important things to know when growing and harvesting industrial hemp, answer some frequently asked questions, and provide some useful advice that can help you succeed. With a firm understanding of the hemp crop and the greater industry that contains it, you can prepare yourself to take advantage of the unique opportunities that only this industry can provide. Because seemingly all industry projections are anticipating continuous growth over the next few decades, taking your time to familiarize with the opportunities you have available may certainly be worth the effort.
What is industrial hemp?
Naturally, if you are considering entering the hemp industry, it is very important that you understand exactly what you are going to be growing. The term “hemp” is often wrongfully conflated with the term “marijuana” and, though these products are both members of the same plant family, making the correct distinction between them is incredibly important.
The industrial hemp plant has been cultivated for human use for thousands of years. Throughout this time, there has been a selective increase in genetic variation in order to make the plant more specialized. Though hemp can be effectively used for industrial purposes such as the production of rope, clothing, paper, and other fiber-based products, it can also be consumed in a variety of different ways as well.
Within the hemp plant, there exists a natural variety of chemical compounds that are referred to as cannabinoids. The variety and intensity of the cannabinoids that are present in a given crop will directly influence the type of experience that a consumer may have. For many people, the most relevant cannabinoid will be cannabidiol (CBD), which when properly consumed, will not cause you to feel “high” since it is nonpsychoactive.
THC may sometimes be desirable, but other times it will not be. Industrial hemp—as defined by the State of Colorado and some other regulatory authorities—is a hemp plant that has less than 0.3% THC dry weight. The 0.3% figure is considered to be very important in the industry and will directly affect the level of regulations you will be exposed to as a hemp farmer.
Industrial hemp is still something that may be consumed in a variety of different forms. Usually, the cannabinoid that will be emphasized the most is cannabidiol (CBD), though others such as CBN and CBC may also be emphasized as well. If the hemp you are growing is designed to be consumed—rather than used for rope, cloth, or other fiber products—then this is something that will need to be considered when you are selecting your seeds and creating conditions that are conducive for growth.
What should I look for when comparing hemp seeds?
If you are planning on growing and harvesting industrial hemp, the importance of the seed selection process is not something that you should willingly overlook. Your seeds will impact the quality of your yields, your long-term profit margins, the content of your plants, and numerous other variables. Working with a seed provider that has a proven track record of enabling high yields will help you be more confident in your ability to grow.
The industrial hemp seed that makes the most sense for you will depend on where you intend to grow, your budget, and the intended use of your final crop (fibers versus CBD-heavy consumables, etc.). Here are a few of the most important things to consider when making your seed choice.
- Color: most seeds will have a green or grayish-brown appearance and the best seeds will likely have dark markings on them (this will vary by genetics).
- Purity: try to avoid seeds that are immature, severely weathered, or frozen.
- Moisture: ideally, your hemp seeds will have less than eight percent moisture.
- Fiber production: this will be relevant if your hemp is to be used for industrial purposes.
- Projected cannabinoid content: you should have a “target” cannabinoid content before you begin comparing your different seed options.
- Cost: decide whether quality or quantity will be more important and then compare these goals to the average cost per unit.
- Oils, seeds, or stalks: depending on the part of the plant you plan to use, this can have a major impact on your decision.
- Genetic history: what hemp crops were used in the process of breeding this seed? How has the seed historically performed when being grown under comparable conditions?
Though you could take a chance and use an industrial hemp seed that has a limited genetic history, doing so can often be quite risky. The best industrial hemp seed suppliers will be able to provide you with a significant amount of information assuring you that you might have a good yield. In addition to accounting for the anticipated climate in the area you intend to grow—which can sometimes be quite unpredictable in a state such as Colorado—you will also need to account for things such as the already existing nutrients in the soil, plants that have grown there in the past, and the type of industrial equipment that you believe you’ll have access to.
What else do I need to know about the hemp plant?
When compared to other crops that are frequently grown in the State of Colorado—particularly, crops such as wheat—the plant can be relatively complex. Though growing industrial hemp will still be significantly easier than growing marijuana (which will have a THC content much higher than 0.3%), familiarizing yourself with the plant to the greatest extent you possibly can will still be quite beneficial in the long-run.
One of the most important things to note about the hemp plant is that it is categorized as dioecious or monoecious. This means that the plant is genetically either male or female and will very rarely be both (though there are some exceptions). Paying attention to the sex of the plant is relevant because this will directly affect your potential for future yields. Male hemp plants do not produce flowers, only seeds, which means there will be a limited amount of value that can be extracted at the end of the year. Consequently, many farmers have had an increased interest in producing “female only” yields, though these yields will have increased costs upfront.
Another important detail to pay attention is the growing timeline of the hemp plant. Usually, the harvest will take place between 100 and 120 days after the seeds are initially sewed. In Colorado, the best time for harvesting will usually be around late June or early July (meaning that March is likely the ideal time to begin planting), but in a state with such an intense degree of climate variation, this will also depend on a variety of other factors. Other major landmarks in the growing timeline of industrial hemp include the emergence of seedling after about one week, the first true leaves about three days later, the end of pollination around day 60, and 80% maturity around day 100.
What are the ideal conditions for growing industrial hemp?
As is the case with all major crops that are grown outdoors (which is usually perfectly fine for industrial hemp), there will be some growing conditions that you can control and other growing conditions that will be up to Mother Nature. Fortunately, when compared to the considerably more difficult marijuana plant, growing industrial hemp does allow you a fair amount of room for varying conditions.
Generally speaking, hemp should be planted once the risk of deep freezing is fully over. Depending on where you live in Colorado, this will usually be sometime in March (even if it drops below 32 degrees temporarily, your crops should still be safe). As a rule of thumb, it is a good idea to begin planting industrial hemp about two-three weeks before other farmers in your area are starting to plant corn.
Sunshine and access to water will also need to be accounted for. Most areas in Colorado have sunshine that is well above the national average which will help provide nutrients (in addition to those coming from fertilizer) for your plants. Though Colorado is, in fact, one of the drier states as a whole, runoff from the mountains results in an adequate supply to help you manually your crops through their first few weeks.
Additionally, unlike some comparable crops, it is actually beneficial for your crops to be grown relatively close together. The denseness of industrial hemp is one of the primary reasons that many in the industry will refer to it as the “green buffalo.”
Growing and harvesting a successful industrial hemp yield will certainly require an ample amount of research and hard work. Understanding which seeds can best satisfy your needs and understanding the conditions necessary to create a successful yield will be incredibly important. But there is a reason that more people decide to farm hemp each year—if you can pay attention to the important details, the hemp industry will present you with a lot of opportunities for success.
Over the past few years, the hemp industry has been rapidly expanding throughout the State of Colorado and elsewhere across the country. With multiple waves of laws that are friendlier to hemp growers and an increased understanding of industrial hemp by the general public, there is no surprise that more people are interested in industrial hemp cultivation than ever before.
Because the full legalization of the hemp industry is something that is relatively new, there are still many new developments occurring each year. While farmers are working diligently to try to develop higher quality crops with each harvest, legislators are simultaneously making efforts to make the market more transparent and available than ever before. What remains clear is that anyone with even a remote interest in the industry certainly has a lot to be excited about.
In this article, we will briefly examine the technical definition of industrial hemp and also consider how the industry—particularly in the beautiful State of Colorado—has already begun to unfold. With a firm understanding of the industry and its nuances, you will be much better equipped to be a potential farmer, investor, or general consumer.
What is industrial hemp? How is industrial hemp different from marijuana?
Though the terms “hemp” and “marijuana” are often mistakenly used interchangeably, it is important to note that there a few things that distinguish these crops from one another. Generally speaking, the biggest difference between hemp and marijuana is that will marijuana is typically consumed with the intention of generating a psychoactive “high”, hemp lacks the primary ingredient—tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)—that makes you feel that way.
THC is just one of many cannabinoids that can be found in both marijuana and hemp plants, but only marijuana is THC intensive. Though hemp includes other valuable cannabinoids—such as CBD, CBN, CBC, and others—its relative lack of THC makes the consumption of hemp significantly less psychoactive.
Consequently, industrial hemp is usually considered by legislators to be much safer to consume and the laws surrounding the growing and distribution of hemp are typically much more relaxed. Currently, the State of Colorado defines industrial hemp as a plant that contains “no more than three-tenths of one percent (0.3%) on a dry weight basis.” Anything that contains a larger amount of THC will be classified as marijuana and—whether this crop is being consumed for medicinal or recreational purposes—it will be subject to an increased level of regulations.
What are the possible uses of industrial hemp?
The industrial hemp plant has been cultivated by human beings for thousands of years. Unsurprisingly, people have found many different possible uses for this unique crop over time. In terms of purely industrial purposes, the fibers of the hemp plant make it an excellent resource for paper, rope, clothing, and other fiber-intensive materials. Additionally, the plant has also been recently utilized for more creative uses such as animal feed (particularly for cows).
Furthermore, certain hemp products are also designed to be safely consumed by human beings while still legally falling into the “industrial hemp” classification. Hemp is particularly well-known for its “extractability”—various cannabinoids such as CBD and others can be easily concentrated for cleaner and more efficient consumption. These extracts will often come in the form of edibles, waxes, oils, butters, shatters, and other comparable forms. As time goes on, the ways in which these extracts can be created continue to improve.
What are some of the most common type of hemp extracts that are currently available?
As stated, there are currently many different varieties of hemp extracts that consumers will have to choose from. The extract that makes the most sense for you will depend on what you plan to use it for, your budget, and the qualities that you consider to be the most important.
- Fractional distillation is a process that involves separating various cannabinoids into various fractions by gradually heating a liquefied mixture over time. This makes it possible to choose which cannabinoids are included and which are excluded.
- Whole Plant CBD Extracts will typically include plenty of CBD, various other cannabinoids, and no more than 0.3% THC. The combination of multiple different extracts at once is frequently referred to as the “entourage effect.”
- CBD Isolates will attempt to focus on isolating CBD to the greatest extent possible. These are often considered among the “purest” extracts available.
- THC Free Extracts will include extra steps to assure that absolutely all THC is removed. This means that these extracts will have significantly less than 0.3% THC maximum mentioned above. They are often considered ideal for wellness purposes.
Each of the extracts mentioned above will still be classified as “industrial hemp” due to the lack of THC. If you are new to the hemp industry, you may want to consider gradually experimenting with these different options and see which ones are most compatible with your current tastes.
What are the ideal conditions for growing industrial hemp? Is this easier or more difficult than growing marijuana?
When compared to THC-dominant marijuana, growing industrial hemp is significantly easier. Marijuana requires a constant control of growing conditions and—depending on where in the world that you live—can usually only be adequately grown indoors. Hemp, on the other, offers farmers a bit more flexibility.
Ideally, hemp will be grown in a mild outdoor climate that is characterized by a humid atmosphere, moist soil, and roughly 25 to 30 inches per year. However, these conditions can usually be modified if you live somewhere—such as much of Colorado—that is considerably drier. Watering your hemp crops yourself will make it much easier for you to ensure their overall well-being.
Despite the State’s overall dryness, there are still quite a few things that make Colorado a suitable place to grow industrial hemp. There are a significant number of places where the soil is naturally rich and Colorado also receives an above average amount of sunshine each year. However, there are still many other things—particularly the quality of the seeds—that will need to be accounted for in order to assure a successful crop yield.
What does the future of the hemp industry look like in the State of Colorado?
The full production of industrial hemp is something that has only recently been legalized in Colorado, but since its legalization, the industry as a whole has experienced a significant amount of growth.
Between 2014 and 2105, the number of acres committed to the cultivation of industrial hemp increased tenfold. The past three years have been characterized by a significant remarkable in annual efforts (and collective yields) as well. Because Colorado was among the first states to legalize the industrial cultivation of hemp, it is often one of the first places that are considered by outside investors. Though it may difficult to know exactly what the future has in store, there are certainly many reasons for farmers and investors to be excited.
For more information about our hemp farm, or to learn more about CBD and industrial hemp, contact Blue Forest Farms today.
Though hemp has been used as a domesticated crop for thousands of years, the past decade seems to have been experiencing an unprecedented level of industry growth. In fact, according to some recent estimates, the hemp industry is currently valued at over $2 billion and is expected to grow by 700% between 2016 and 2020. With all of the activity that has been occurring in the hemp industry, naturally, the public has become increasingly engaged.
The term “hemp industry” is one that describes a very wide range of economic activity. As has been the case throughout the history of human agriculture, hemp is a product that is widely used for industrial purposes. Hemp is an excellent material that can be used for paper, rope, cloth, animal feed, and many other things.
However, in recent years, the use of hemp has significantly shifted from being something that is used for industry to being something that is used for human consumption. With changes in the laws, attitudes, and understanding of the dynamic industrial hemp plant, the recent growth in the hemp industry is something that is far from surprising.
Naturally, the hemp industry inspires a lot of questions from the public. This article will briefly examine the hemp industry as well as the specific uses of hemp extracts.
What is the difference between hemp and marijuana? What is the endocannabinoid system?
Despite the fact they are often used interchangeably, the terms “hemp” and “marijuana” describe distinctively different products. Though these products are derived from the same plant family, their uses, composition, and growing requirements are just a few ways in which they are different.
The hemp plant naturally produces a variety of over 100 chemical compounds that are referred to as cannabinoids. These cannabinoids can interact with the human body in a variety of different ways. THC is the cannabinoid that undeniably has the widest range of psychoactive effects. Because THC is a cannabinoid that only some people desire, the need for two distinctively different varieties of products, from the hemp and marijuana plants, has inevitably emerged.
The term hemp is used to describe a variety of products that are low in THC. These products are ideal for industrial purposes (cloth, paper, etc.) and non-psychoactive human consumption. On the other hand, marijuana describes a class of products in which THC content is a top priority. Though both types directly interact with the endocannabinoid system, the experiences of their consumers will undoubtedly be different.
What are hemp extracts?
Because there are over 100 cannabinoids in existence, focusing solely on THC content is something that dramatically overlooks the nuanced products only the industry can provide. Some of the most commonly used cannabinoids include CBD, CBC, CBN, and many others. Though these specific cannabinoids do not have the same psychoactive effects as THC, they can still have a positive impact on the human body when used correctly.
Instead of consuming hemp products through more “traditional” mechanisms such as smoking, many hemp users have sought a product that is more densely packed with cannabinoids and is safer to consume. Hemp extracts are a specific brand of hemp products that are designed to satisfy this specific need. Hemp extracts are able to produce a variety of consumer benefits including the ability to isolate specific cannabinoids, simpler and safer consumption methods, and a better ability to control what they are specifically consuming. Hemp extracts will commonly be found in oil, wax, edible, or shatter forms.
Do hemp extracts get you high?
One common concern that is justifiably held by many individuals who are new to the hemp industry is that the consumption of hemp extracts will cause them to feel “high.” Considering that hemp is derived from the same plant family as marijuana, this assumption initially seems sound. However, the plant family describes a very wide variety of different plants. The experience you have consuming one hemp or marijuana derivative will not necessarily match the experience that you have with another.
Generally speaking, consuming hemp extracts will not cause you to feel “high.” This is largely due to the fact that hemp extracts contain very little levels of THC. Though CBD, CBN, CBC, and other cannabinoids will likely be present in a given hemp extract, the absence of THC significantly reduces any psychoactive effects. Still, because the consumption of hemp extracts can affect people differently, it is a good idea to be cautious when you are first starting to consume them.
What are the different kinds of hemp extracts that are currently available?
The hemp extraction process has become increasingly more specialized as time goes on. “Hemp extracts” is no longer a term that is used to describe just one derivative of the plant. Instead, the term is used to describe a large family of extracts that each have various specific uses.
The process that is used for creating certain hemp extracts is known as fractional distillation. The purpose of fractional distillation is to isolate various cannabinoids and other components of the hemp plant. Because various cannabinoids have distinctively different boiling points, a liquefied mixture of hemp can by separated by gradually heating the mixture over time. Once the different components of the plant have been effectively separated into “fractions”, it then becomes possibly to create customized products.
There are currently many different hemp extracts that consumers have to choose from. Usually, the most relevant cannabinoid in these products will be CBD.
- Full Spectrum hemp extracts focus on finding the best ways to include many different types of cannabinoids. The synergy that is created by combining CBD, CBN, CBC, and other cannabinoids is frequently referred to as the “entourage effect.” Though THC may be included in these extracts, it is usually not a central focus point.
- CBD Isolate hemp extracts focus primarily on maximizing and purifying the CBD content in a given mixture. Because CBD is the most studied cannabinoid other than THC, it is frequently used throughout various branches of the wellness industry.
- 100% THC Free hemp extracts are typically the most expensive, but are also appealing to some individuals with specific needs. These extracts take an extra step to assure that absolutely all THC is removed. Consequently, these extracts are usually the ones where psychoactive effects are the least common.
With numerous different hemp extracts to choose from, it can be difficult to know which one will be the best for you. In order to get the best results possible, you may want to consider speaking with a physician or wellness professional before adopting any regular routines. Additionally, it is important to note that finding the best hemp extract for you may require some experimentation over time. The extract that is best for one person may not always be the one that is the best for another.
What are the different uses of hemp extracts? What can hemp extracts be used to treat?
The hemp industry is still something that is relatively new and, consequently, there still a significant amount of research that needs to be done (and is already in motion). However, the legitimacy of the industry is something that is rapidly gaining traction and attention over time. The list of potential benefits for consuming hemp extracts is something that will surely continue to increase in the future.
- Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids present in hemp extracts can help improve your body’s immunity
- Skin conditions such as acne, eczema, dry skin, and others may be effectively treated (at least in part) through the use of hemp products
- Some users who experience anxiety, depression, bipolar, and PTSD have reported feeling better after introducing hemp extracts into their regular routine
- Possible benefits combatting stomach conditions, loss of appetite, and indigestion
- Possible reductions in chronic pain and central nervous system (CNS) issues
If you are currently taking any medication or have any serious medical conditions, you may want to speak with a physician before making any dramatic changes in your approach to wellness. However, based on testimony from previous users, the potential benefits of consuming hemp extracts should certainly not be overlooked.
The hemp industry is something that has witnessed rapid rates of growth in recent years and these growth rates can be expected to continue. Hemp extracts are currently available in a wider range of forms and consumption methods than ever before. Though there is still a significant amount about the future of hemp extracts that remains unknown, advocates for the industry certainly have a lot to be excited about.
Over the past decade, the market for CBD derived goods has significantly increased. In fact, even just ten years ago, the notion of an ordinary person having access to various hemp-derived products once seemed outrageous. Fast forward to the status quo, and consumers currently have a tremendous array of different products to choose from.
Because the legal market for CBD consumer goods is relatively new, it is natural for people to have a variety of different questions. One of the most common products that people hope to learn more about is CBD Gummies. These gummies, though often in fun shapes in colors, are certainly quite different than the kinds of candies you enjoyed as a child.
In order to dispel common rumors and help answer some of the most common questions in the industry, this article will briefly examine the nature of CBD gummies. By understanding the uses, details, and purposes of such a product, you can be a much more informed consumer.
What are cannabinoids? What is CBD?
The industrial hemp plant, which is believed to originally be from Asia, is something that has been actively cultivated by human beings for thousands of years. At first, hemp was primarily harvested for its incredible usefulness as a fiber. These plants were originally used for the purpose of making ropes, cloths, and other valuable materials.
Eventually, it was discovered that the hemp plant also interacts with the human body in ways that few other (if any) plants have been discovered to do. As time has gone on, isolating the active components of the plant has become significantly easier. While some people are very interested in the more psychoactive components, others are more interested in its broader wellness purposes.
Within the hemp plant, there exist at least 113 naturally occurring cannabinoids. Cannabinoids are the component of the plant that are able to directly interact with the human body. Currently, the two most widely sought after cannabinoids are THC and CBD. THC is the cannabinoid that is the most psychoactive and is usually what causes its users to feel “high.”
CBD (cannabidiol), on the other hand, is preferred by many individuals because it lacks the same psychoactive intensity that is felt with THC while still providing benefits. The way that CBD is usually experienced will be specific to each individual. However, many people have reported positive results using CBD for a variety of different purposes. Some claim that CBD can help with pain, nausea, insomnia, and numerous other conditions without being overly psychoactive.
What is the difference between hemp and marijuana?
There is a significant amount of terminology in the hemp and marijuana industries that are often used ambiguously or incorrectly. Naturally, it can be very easy for someone who is not familiar with this terminology to get confused.
Both hemp and marijuana are terms that are used to describe different varieties of the same plant family. Genetically, hemp and marijuana have the same origins, but functionally, they are quite different. Marijuana is typically used as a phrase referring to the plant that is grown and harvested to be heavy in THC. Hemp, though it is also derived from the same plants as marijuana, refers to a product that has distinctively less THC.
Hemp can be used for a variety of different purposes. In fact, every day, hemp is used for paper, cloth, rope, and even animal feed. Hemp can also be used for consumption purposes as well. Because hemp has relatively low levels of THC, it is exceptionally useful for products that focus on the other 112 available cannabinoids instead. If a product is a CBD edible or other variety of CBD extracts, then it very likely was produced using a hemp plant.
Do CBD gummies cause you to feel “high”?
One of the most common questions about CBD gummies is whether or not they will cause users to feel “high.” Though the phrase “feeling high” is almost always used in a colloquial—rather than a scientific—sense, the answer to this question is generally no.
The cannabinoid that causes consumers of the marijuana plant species to feel high is almost exclusively THC. THC is distinctively psychoactive, while CBD—the dominant cannabinoid in most CBD gummies—is generally considered to be not psychoactive at all. As time has gone on, the process of isolating CBD and excluding THC has significantly improved. Though there are certainly some gummies currently available that highlight both CBD and THC, when the gummies are advertised as CBD only, then you can anticipate a non-psychoactive experience.
What are the different kinds of CBD extracts that are currently available?
Currently, there are multiple different methods that can be used to concentrate CBD. The most relevant variables between these methods include the amount of THC that remains, the cannabinoid composition, cost, and creation process.
- Fractional Distillation is a process that is used to separate different cannabinoids—such as CBD—into distinct “fractions.” Because these chemical compounds have distinctively different boiling points, a liquefied mixture can be easily segregated by gradually increasing heat.
- Full Spectrum CBD Extracts are a specific type of extracts that seek to create a sort of “entourage effect.” Though these extracts usually do not focus on THC, they do focus on providing other cannabinoids in addition to CBD. Mixing multiple cannabinoids such as CBD, CBC, CBN, and many others can help create a sort of synergy that is greater than these components on their own.
- CBD Isolates are different from Full Spectrum Extracts in the sense that they attempt to exclude all cannabinoids other than CBD. These are often the extracts that are most highly sought after by individuals concerned with purity. Because the CBD is almost entirely isolated, these extracts are ideal for specific wellness uses.
- 100% THC Free is similar to some of the other extracts, except there is a specific emphasis placed on making sure all THC is entirely removed. Though the other extracts have relatively low levels of THC to begin with, these extracts include an extra step in the purification process. Consequently, they are often among the most expensive.
By taking the time to research and compare the different types of CBD extracts that are currently available, finding the CBD gummies that are best for you should be significantly easier.
How are CBD edibles made? What do CBD gummies contain?
CBD gummies are made using a process that is quite similar to making ordinary gummies. Essentially, gelatin is heated and mixed with a variety of other ingredients. An ordinary gummy mixture would likely consist of gelatin, sugar, and various types of flavoring. CBD gummy mixtures will usually have each of these ingredients (unless you buy sugar free) in addition to a liquefied CBD extract. CBD Gummies are typically offered in organic, gluten free and vegan varieties. Once the CBD extract has been sufficiently liquefied and heated, it will then become an active component of the mixture.
Why should I choose CBD gummies?
There are many different reasons that someone might want to consider consuming CBD gummies. When compared to smokable, dabbable, or vapable alternatives, edible CDB products make it significantly easier to know exactly how much CBD you are consuming. If you are someone who consumes CBD for personal wellness purposes, then being able to easily measure doses can be incredibly valuable. Generally speaking, gummies offer an easy method of consumption that is also easy to take with you. Unsurprisingly, the market for CBD gummies has significantly increased over the past few years.
Things to Consider when Shopping for CBD Edibles
There are many different things that you should consider before purchasing CBD edibles.
- What purpose are you consuming these for? Are you using them for specific wellness needs?
- What type of CBD extract do you want your edibles to be derived from? Does it matter if there are trace amount of THC in them?
It is also very important to remember that though they do not consist of the same psycho-activity as THC edibles, CBD edibles still need to be consumed carefully. These edibles can often take a deceptively long amount of time to be fully activated in your system. If it is your first time consuming, you should begin by eating a small amount, waiting an hour or two, and then seeing how you feel.
Overall, the reasons that the CBD edible market has been growing is quite clear. CBD edibles are an innovative product that can help you easily consume CBD extracts in their many different forms. If you are able to do your research beforehand, a quality CBD edible product may be exactly what you’ve been looking for.
Hemp oil and CBD oil have many similarities, yet these common phrases do not have identical meanings. This article will briefly explore the hemp extraction process, how hemp product manufacturers are able to isolate specific cannabinoids, and how consumers can know which types of extracts will be the best for them.
What are cannabinoids?
Cannabinoids are naturally occurring chemical compounds with the ability to directly interact with the human body. The most commonly recognized cannabinoid is THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which can be distinguished by its unique psychoactive effects. Another commonly recognized cannabinoid is CBD, which is often preferred for its wellness benefits that can address a variety of different conditions. Additionally, there are over 100 other different cannabinoids including CBC, CBN, CBG, and many others.
What is a hemp extract?
Marijuana is a product that can only legally be sold in a limited amount of states. Hemp, though it is still subject to certain regulations, is much more widely available. By now, you have probably seen advertisements for things such as hemp soaps, hemp backpacks, hemp lotions, and numerous other hemp products that are intended for uses other than consumption.
A hemp extract, just as the name might imply, is a product that is derived directly from hemp. Because it is hemp, which is characteristically different than marijuana, hemp extracts distinctively lack high levels of THC. A hemp extract is a product that may or may not possess CBD and other cannabinoids, but this is not always the case. However, when hemp is extracted with the intention of maintaining high CBD levels, there are multiple different forms that it may come in.
What are the different kinds of hemp extraction?
Currently, there are several different kinds of hemp extractions used throughout the industry. Hemp that is grown for industrial purposes—such as fibers, paper, cloth, soaps, and others—does not need to concern itself with maintaining a significant level of cannabinoids. Hemp that is grown for consumption purposes, however, can be extracted in ways that may include some cannabinoids while excluding others. This is done through a process known as fractional distillation.
Fractional distillation is a process that boils liquefied hemp for the purpose of separating its different components. Then, once these components (cannabinoids) are fully separated, they can be mixed back together in a way that results in a perfect balance of ingredients.
- Full Spectrum Hemp Extracts will include multiple different cannabinoids in order to benefit from what is known as the entourage effect. CBD, CBC, CBN, and other cannabinoids can work together in a way that is ideal for consumers.
- THC Free Hemp Extracts take an extra step to assure that absolutely all THC is removed from the hemp. Though this can certainly be quite appealing to some people, this process is the most expensive.
- CBD Isolate Extracts focus on maximizing CBD levels while minimizing the levels of other cannabinoids.
Do hemp extracts always contain high levels of CBD?
Though hemp extracts might contain a high level of CBD, by definition, this does not always necessarily need to be the case. There are many different kinds of hemp extracts available that are characteristically lacking of high CBD levels and may be used for other purposes. However, despite this variation in available hemp products, there is still no doubt that CBD is the cannabinoid that hemp farmers have recently become the most interested in. As time goes on, the variation of hemp extracts available will continue to expand.
What is the difference between a hemp extract and CBD oil?
The main difference between a hemp extract and CBD oil is fundamentally the same as the difference between a rectangle and a square. CBD oil—which can be used to treat a variety of different conditions and fulfill various wellness purposes—is extracted directly from hemp and therefore, can be considered a hemp extract.
However, there are variations of hemp extracts that are distinctively different than CBD oil. For example, the type of hemp extract that is often most positively recognized by industry experts is a full spectrum distillate. Though maintaining high levels of CBD may be a priority during the distillation process, full spectrum distillates focus on including other important cannabinoids as well. Using this process gives producers the ability to create the exact kind of extracts they believe will be best for consumers and also gives consumers a much wider range of wellness options to choose from.
How do I know which hemp extract will be best for me?
There are many different things that will affect which specific hemp extract will ultimately be best for you. If you are willing to spend more money to completely remove all THC, then a 100% THC extract may be in your best interest. If you care most about CBD, but are less interested in the presence of other cannabinoids, then CBD oil may be a better option. Full spectrum distillates offer the benefit of the entourage effect and are often recommended by industry experts. Regardless of what your preference may be, it is important to understand these differences before making any final purchases.
Hemp is believed my many people to be one of the oldest domesticated crops in existence. What originally emerged as a crop that was used for its durable fibers and usefulness in fabrics eventually became something that humans are continually finding new ways to consume. The hemp industry, which has been rapidly expanding over the past few years, has become more efficient than ever before.
One of the processes that has been a driving force behind this sort of efficiency is known to industry experts as fractional distillation. Fractional distillation is a process that makes it easier for hemp farmers to isolate the most essential chemical compounds (known as cannabinoids) and to create new extracts of hemp that can satisfy a very specific set of needs. This article will briefly explore the fractional distillation process and discuss how this process has revolutionized the hemp industry.
What is fractional distillation?
Fractional distillation is a process that has been proven to be useful not only for those involved in the hemp industry, but also for numerous other chemically-driven industries all around the world. Essentially, the goal of the fractional distillation process is to separate chemicals from an original mixture. In many ways, fractional distillation can be considered the chemical reverse of mixing different things together.
The chemical compounds that you will find in most mixtures—such as the cannabinoids that are found to be present in hemp—will typically begin to vaporize at distinctively different boiling points. As the temperature of the mixture is gradually increased, some chemical compounds will begin to vaporize while other compounds remain in their original liquid form. This makes it possible for chemists to separate these compounds and then contain them in an isolated state.
There are many different chemical compounds that occur naturally in the hemp plant. The ones that are able to effectively interact with the human body are known as cannabinoids. Common examples of cannabinoids include THC, CBD, CBN, and many others. Fractional distillation is used in the hemp extractors to help separate these cannabinoids (who have different boiling points).
What are the different “fractions” that can be found in the hemp plant?
The adjective “fractional” in the term fractional distillation comes from the fact that each of the different chemicals in the original mixture represent only a fraction of the mixture’s total contents. There are currently 113 known cannabinoids that can be found in the hemp plant. Though some of these cannabinoids are more present and useful than others, what remains clear is that liquefied hemp is something that is clearly composed of many different “fractions.”
The most commonly known cannabinoid is called THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). This particular cannabinoid is recognized for its natural psychoactive properties and the intoxicating effects that it can have on its consumers. THC extracts are created by isolating THC via fractional distillation and producing the most THC-heavy contents possible. On the other hand, many people do not like the effects of consuming THC. Using fractional distillation to remove THC from the original mixture is also something that is frequently practiced in the industrial hemp industry.
The second most commonly known cannabinoid is called CBD (cannabidiol). CBD is believed to have several different wellness uses (ranging from pain management to relieving anxiety), but at the same time, does not have the psychoactive effects of THC that many users find to be undesirable. Like THC, CBD can be extracted using a the fractional distillation process. Other common cannabinoids include CBN, CBC, CBG, and many others.
How is fractional distillation improving the hemp industry?
The use of fractional distillation has improved the hemp industry in many different ways. Whereas in the past, consumers of the plant would have to consume a given strain with an “all or nothing” mentality, the fractional distillation process makes it much more possible for producers to focus on preserving the aspects of a strain that consumers actually want while removing the cannabinoids that are not legal, and or desired.
As time has gone on, fractional distillation—as well as processes used for cannabinoid extraction and isolation—has made it possible for producers to offer a wider variety of CBD concentrates. Not only are there currently more strains of hemp products available than ever before, these products can also be found in an increasingly diverse variety of forms.
What are the different types of hemp extracts that are currently available?
Since CBD extraction & distillation has become a mainstream process throughout the hemp industry, consumers are finding themselves to have more choices than ever before. Here are some of the most common hemp extracts:
- CBD Isolate: this particular kind of extract is made with a specific focus on keeping CBD levels as high as feasibly possible. CBD is a cannabinoid that is believed to be among the most useful for wellness purposes. Naturally, these extracts have become quite popular.
- THC Free CBD Distillate: though most CBD isolates and full spectrum extracts will have a very low level of THC, there will likely still be at least some THC content remaining. Extracts that are 100% THC free go through the extra step of removing these trace amounts. Though these extracts will often cost significantly more than their comparable counterparts, some people believe that the price is worth it.
- Full Spectrum CBD Distillate: these extracts are believed by many industry experts to be the most intrinsically valuable. Essentially, a full spectrum extract will still be made using similar processes, but, it will be made in a way that features many different cannabinoids. CBD, THC, CBN, and all other cannabinoids can be controlled in a way that produces that exact kind of product the consumer might be looking for.
Ultimately, the fractional distillation process has made hemp products more dynamic and useful than ever before. As the various producers in the industry continue to improve their skills and processes, it seems that consumer choices will inevitably continue to increase.
As time has gone on, the way in which hemp is processed has become increasingly more complex. The hemp industry—which is currently booming—has actively been seeking new ways to deliver its product. Designing the perfect hemp extract is a careful balancing act. The inclusion (or exclusion) of various cannabinoids, the ways in which these cannabinoids interact, and the ways in which these products will be consumed are all very important things to consider.
Because these developments in the industry are relatively new, most consumers rightfully have a lot of questions. This simple, but in-depth, guide will explore the various types of CBD concentrates that are currently available and answer some of the most common questions that people have.
What are cannabinoids? What is CBD?
The hemp plant, which is widely recognized as one of the oldest domesticated crops in the world, has many different unique ways of interacting with the human body. Throughout our body, we have many different cannabinoid receptors. These naturally occurring receptors make it possible to consume the plant in a way that is distinctively different than consuming an ordinary plant.
Cannabinoids is a term that describes a wide range of chemical compounds that can be found in the industrial hemp plant. Currently, there are over 100 different cannabinoids that are known to be in existence. The most commonly known cannabinoid is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC has an intoxicating effect that makes most users feel “high.” However, some people do not like or do not desire this feeling. Instead, they prefer to focus on other cannabinoids—such as CBD, CBN, or others—that have distinctively different effects and uses.
Cannabidiol (CBD) has recently become one of the most highly demanded cannabinoids within the consumables sector of the hemp industry. CBD is highly demanded because, while it lacks the intense psycho-activity that is produced by THC, it is still believed to possess numerous different health and wellness benefits. The most effective way to consume CBD is through the use of CBD concentrates.
What is fractional distillation?
Fractional distillation is a process that is not unique to the hemp industry and, in fact, it is something that is used by chemists in many industries all around the world. The goal of fractional distillation is to separate different components—or fractions—of a product in a way in which they can be more effectively isolated from one another.
During the fractional distillation process, a liquid mixture is boiled. Because the various “fractions” within the mixture have different boiling points, as the mixture heats up, these fractions will naturally begin to separate. Once the mixture—which originally contains many different cannabinoids—has been fully separated, it becomes much easier for the designers of hemp-derived products to choose which cannabinoids are included and which cannabinoids will be removed. Additionally, the final product will be noticeably more concentrated than it was before.
What are full spectrum CBD extracts?
As stated, there are currently more than 100 (in fact, there are actually 113) known cannabinoids in existence. Naturally, this means there are many different combinations of cannabinoids that can be used in a given concentrate. In a given extract, CBD is likely going to be the central cannabinoid that is emphasized the most. But, additionally, there may be numerous other cannabinoids present.
A full spectrum CBD extract will include CBD in addition to a “full spectrum” of other cannabinoids. Some of the most common cannabinoids that will be found in these extracts are CBG, CBN, CBC, CBDa, and THCa. The primary benefit of including many different kinds of cannabinoids in frequently referred to as the entourage effect. This term describes the fact that when an extract includes multiple different cannabinoids, instead of focusing on just one, there is a sort of synergy formed that makes the extract distinctively more valuable.
What are CBD isolates?
Unlike full spectrum CBD extracts, CBD isolates focus on isolating CBD to the greatest extent that they feasibly can. These extracts are often sought out by individuals who want the “purest” forms of CBD available. Though CBD isolates certainly lose the entourage effect that makes full spectrum CBD extracts more valuable, there are still many different reasons why someone would want to use them. These reasons can include someone who is using CBD for the first and wants to see it function in isolation, someone who is using CBD for a very specific wellness purpose, and numerous others.
What does it mean for a concentrate to be THC free?
In general, most CBD extracts do not contain very much THC (the most psychoactive of all the cannabinoids) and instead focus on other cannabinoids that are generally considered to be less intense. However, though there still may some amounts of THC that are found in these cannabinoids as well as THCa, THCv, and numerous other comparable compounds.
When a CBD concentrate claims itself to be “THC free”, that means that the producers not only went through the standard fractional distillation process, but the producers took additional steps to make sure that there was absolutely no THC present at all. The process involved in making an extract 100% THC free will typically make the final product more expensive than comparable alternatives. Because the level of THC in the original extract was not very high to begin with, most people consider this increase in cost to not be worth it. But if you have a specific need for the product to be 100% THC free, then this may be a better option for you.
Which CBD concentrate is best for me?
This question can actually be a little bit misleading. There is no one-size-fits-all form of CBD extracts that will always be the best for everybody. Instead, the extract that will be best for you will depend on your intended purpose for consuming, your budgetary constraints, and the kind of cannabinoids you are hoping to consume.
Usually, full spectrum CBD extracts are considered by industry experts to be “the best.” The entourage effect that can be gained from consuming them makes them the most effective at treating a variety of different conditions and satisfying a variety of different needs. However, there are still many instances in which someone might want to consider consuming a different kind of CBD extract. CBD isolates and THC free extracts can offer a more targeted approach to wellness treatments and being able to focus on CBD and nothing else is sometimes considered preferable.
Regardless of what you are looking for in a CBD extract, there is likely an extract available that will work for you. By taking the time to understand the differences in these products, the usefulness of the fractional distillation process, and the unique workings of the entourage effect, you will be in a much better position to make the choice that is best for you.