Industrial Hemp vs Marijuana
BREAKING DOWN THE DIFFERENCES
THERE’S 7, AND THEN THERE’S EVERYTHING ELSE
Industrial hemp and marijuana both come from the Cannabis sativa plant species, but industrial hemp is grown specifically for industrial products including CBD oil. Commercially it has actually been used for hundreds of years, but in modern times it’s most often used in paper, textiles, clothing, biodegradable plastics, paint, insulation, biofuel, food, cosmetics, nutritional supplements and animal feed. Even though industrial hemp and marijuana both come from the same species of Cannabis, they have distinctive biochemical compositions and uses.
Industrial hemp cultivated for production of CBD typically has high amounts of phytocannabiniods (sometimes referred to as CBD, an abbreviation for cannabidiol), a prominent, naturally-occurring cannabinoid component found in Cannabis sativa. The more well known of the 100+ cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids are THC and CBD. THC is responsible for giving you the ‘high’ in marijuana. Unlike TCH, CBD is devoid of any psychoactive effect. According to many researchers CBD may be the single most important cannabinoid ever discovered.
The Farms Bill passed in July of 2019 legalized the use of CBD in products across the United States as long as the products are within legal limits of THC [<0.3% US, <0.2% EU]. Anything over those limits, while technically legal in some states, is still considered illegal in the US under Federal law.
Once CBD was recategorized as a legal substance it opened the market with a flood of new companies and products. According to business analysts the rapidly growing CBD market is expected to hit $23 billion by 2023. PurHealthRX, the parent company of 7 and Med 7, (a clinical line of CBD products available only through licensed healthcare professionals), has been manufacturing CBD products since 2016, with 2 years of product research and development prior.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR?
Just like grocery produce and other natural foods and supplements, the care, knowledge and growing conditions play a critical role in the quality of any CBD product. Naturally produced CBD products contain everything used during growing and production, from fertilizers used during the growing season to chemicals, solvents and other materials during extraction and manufacturing.
Of the myriad of CBD brands on the market today, what are the differences to consider? Most CBD is produced either as a full spectrum oil or an isolate. Full spectrum means that the CBD is produced and packaged together in an oil with all the plant’s trichomes [cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids]. The full spectrum of compounds acts as an entourage effect working together for optimal efficiency and impact of CBD to the body. An isolate is either a laboratory synthetic version of CBD, or an organic version that has been separated from all the other plant’s trichomes, and is often labeled as ‘pure CBD’, but an isolate in either form does not benefit from any of the entourage effects.
Products containing CBD oil – either isolate or full spectrum – are the most common, and come in either its natural state or as a liposome – a semi-water soluble form. It is well documented that orally administered oil-based ingredients have a bioavailability of 6%, which means only 6% of what’s ingested is absorbed into the blood stream before it’s flushed out of the system. As a result of the time required to break oils down in the body, CBD oil has an onset of action of 60-90 minutes, meaning you might not feel or notice anything for up to an hour and a half.
Liposomes have a greater bioavailability than standard oil of 18-24% but still require 60-90 minutes before onset of action and full effect. Liposomes are also unstable, mean they break down or have little to no value or effect in temperatures higher than 83 degrees.
In order to meet Federal regulations for THC content, most naturally grown CBD must go through a process of either diluting the CBD oil with other oils and ingredients, or removing THC, which often involves stripping out the CBD along with it. The CBD is then reintroduced back into the mix as an isolate, degrading the quality and effectiveness of both the CBD and total mixture.
7 uses a completely different process. As a natural, full spectrum hemp CBD oil, 7 is made with Purzorb® technology which breaks the oil down to a true, water soluble state without changing its form or structure. The result of this process gives 7 a bioavailability rate of 85% and onset of action of 15 minutes. 7 also sources its hemp oil from the best growers in the world using only supercritical CO2 to extract the full spectrum hemp oil from the plant, and post column chromatography extraction to remove the excess THC while preserving all the cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids in their natural state. As a result, 7 is the purest form of natural full spectrum hemp CBD oil you can buy!
*While all 7 Full Spectrum Hemp CBD oil products meet or exceed all Federal regulations for industrial hemp including THC content, 7 has not been systematically studied for effects on drug testing. Please consult a physician before using CBD products containing hemp oil.