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How CBD Products Can Help the Environment

When you choose CBD, you’re not just promoting your health and wellness, you’re also supporting the environmental benefits of hemp. Unlike some other crops, hemp and the environment share a beneficial relationship that helps improve and revitalize the soil, protect natural resources, and provides a sustainable cash crop that has a variety of potential uses. Industrial hemp, and CBD derived from it, just could be the answer to a cleaner, healthier Earth.

What Is Industrial Hemp?

Industrial hemp is a member of the cannabis family which has a concentration of less than 0.3% THC by weight. It won’t get you high, but it has been used by humans for centuries to make textiles, papers, and as wellness support. Hemp served an important role in American industry for generations before being targeted by a smear campaign intent on associating it with its more psychoactive cousin, marijuana. When the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 was passed, it included cannabis without differentiating hemp from Marijuana, and the crop largely disappeared from American soil.

As American’s views of marijuana evolved, interest renewed in hemp and the environmental benefits it may offer alongside its industrial and wellness uses. Under a pilot program in the 2014 Farm Bill which was then expanded and made permanent in the 2018 Farm Bill, industrial hemp was officially recognized as a separate plant, effectively re-legalizing it at the federal level. This has led to an explosion of the hemp industry coast to coast as companies look to both turn a profit and also give consumers and the environment hemp products that better their lives.

Environmental Benefits of Hemp

The hemp plant is tall and straight, with thin fans of leaves located mostly at the top of the plant. To anchor these stalky giants, hemp grows a large taproot that runs deep into the soil. This taproot is the basis for several benefits hemp offers the environment.

  • The Root of the Issue—First, well-rooted crops help control erosion. They help “fix” the ground, keeping dirt from being blown off by high winds or carried away by heavier rainfall. These deep taproots help make hemp more resistant to drought, as well. Creating hardier crops that help preserve the land through dry, rough conditions.Secondly, as these taproots bring up water, they also bring up nutrients that often are trapped under layers of soil. This can be vital for land maintenance, because large agricultural operations, if not carefully planned and monitored, can leach the nutrients from an area, leaving it dry and dead. Hemp not only improves its soil, but it can also be planted in rotation with other crops to keep the soil rich and healthy.
  • Waste Not, Want Not—Hemp’s biomass is also readily recyclable. One of the biggest environmental benefits of hemp is its ability to avoid needless waste. Hemp fibers can be easily composted into a nutrient-filled natural fertilizer. This means that even the parts of the plant not utilized in production can still be purposed to help grow the next or other crops, lowering the demand on our landfills and returning much-needed vitamins and minerals to the soil.
  • Carbon Greedy—Carbon is a hot button issue for those concerned about the environment because it is causing huge amounts of environmental damage. Their need for carbon is where hemp and the environment differ. While we want to keep more carbon from entering the environment, especially through greenhouse gasses, Hemp biomass is made of up to 40% carbon, and that’s a huge amount. Hemp crops sequester carbon, keeping it trapped where it can’t do damage. When hemp is harvested for fiber products, this creates a durable good with the high-carbon fibers that can keep the carbon out of circulation for an extended period of time.
  • Fast Growing—Compared to other fiber crops, such as trees, hemp is fast growing and provides a greater yield on a per acre basis. These environmental benefits of hemp mean that timber and logging that clear-cuts entire swathes of forests aren’t needed. Instead, sustainable paper and textile manufacturing can turn to hemp fibers.Commercial logging operations create an enormous amount of greenhouse gasses due to the machinery needed. Worse, old growth forests that have provided oxygen and diverse wildlife habitats for centuries. Once they’re gone, it takes an equal amount of time to replace them. That is time the environment doesn’t have as climate change progresses.
  • Ending the Reliance on Fossil Fuels—The potential for hemp oil as a biofuel has long been known. Hemp oil can be processed into a type of biodiesel that could be burned for electricity generation or to power motor vehicles with a diesel engine. While still in the early stages, as this alternative fuel technology matures, it could help ease humans away from their reliance on dirtier fossil fuels. The end goal is to make adoption of more environmentally friendly practices as easy as going about your daily routine, such as pulling into a greener gas station.

How You Can Help

While the environmental benefits of hemp are plain to see, mass adoption needs your help. When you shop from reputable CBD suppliers and manufacturers, choose sustainable hemp clothing, or use hemp paper, you’re supporting an industry that’s dedicated to providing you the highest quality products possible while helping the environment.

At CBD Choice, we’re proud to offer you a curated selection of the finest hemp CBD products on the market. By choosing manufacturers dedicated to protecting the environment and delivering hemp that is naturally grown to support your health and wellness, we’re able to make supporting hemp’s environmental benefits easier on you, the consumer.

Healthy Hemp Oil’s Holiday Gift Guide

The holidays are upon us, and whether you’re scrambling to find the perfect gift or stocking stuffer or want to treat yourself to something nice this season, Healthy Hemp Oil is here to help with this holiday gift guide. Take a look at some of our favorite picks for friends and loved ones below.

1. Tasty Hemp Oil: Hemp Oil Gummies

With the appearance of your classic ursine gummy treat, these hemp oil gummies are made using hemp-derived CBD ensuring an easy way to add phytonutrients and CBD to your daily diet without any psychoactive effects. Each gummy contains 25 milligrams of CBD, which makes it easy to keep track of serving size.

Perfect For: Edible Fans

If you aren’t a fan of smoking or vaping or otherwise want a tasty way to take your CBD, these hemp oil gummies are the way to go. They come in assorted fruit flavors and look like your other favorite candy, making it easy to take discreetly. Take one for the road or keep a few in your pocket for an anytime treat.

2. Herbal Renewals: Hemp Oil Spray

This CBD-rich hemp oil spray offers pure convenience and portability with a mix of all-natural ingredients that make this spray vegan, kosher, and gluten-free. Herbal Renewals only uses organic, non-GMO industrial hemp, ensuring the highest quality and safety standards. Each 1-ounce bottle contains 100 milligrams of CBD, while the 2-ounce bottles offer about 500 milligrams of CBD. The spray design makes it easy to measure out and track serving sizes.

Perfect For: The Everyday CBD User

This hemp oil spray is easy to use and offers a relatively low serving size, making it a great companion for the everyday CBD user who knows exactly how much they need. A couple sprays under the tongue offer fast-acting CBD effects.

3. Herbal Renewals: Blue Label High CBD Hemp Oil

Herbal Renewals’ Blue Label hemp oil is one of the strongest CBD products currently on the market. Coming in three sizes, the largest 10-ounce tube offers 1,500 milligrams of the purest CBD available with virtually no THC. Along with CBD, each tube offers a mix of phytonutrients.

Perfect For: The CBD Veteran

If you have been using CBD for years and are looking for the strongest product on the market, this is the hemp oil for you. Blue Label is more readily absorbed and possesses a milder taste than the higher concentrated Gold Label. The tube design makes it easy to measure out serving sizes, though be aware that even the smallest drop packs a lot of CBD. Combine Blue Label hemp oil with other CBD products to boost your intake. You can even use Blue Label High CBD Hemp Oil in any wax vaporizer pen.

4. Hemp Oil Care: THC-Free CBD Oil

Coming straight from the specialists at Hemp Oil Care, this THC-free CBD oil spray offers 1,200 milligrams of premium CBD taken from pure hemp oil extract. This full-spectrum hemp oil is completely non-psychoactive and contains a variety of fatty acids and phytonutrients, including terpenes. The oil has gone through rigorous lab testing, ensuring quality CBD content and safe usage.

Perfect For: CBD Newbies

This oil is so easy to use, making it perfect for newcomers. Just two sprays under the tongue provide you with fast-acting CBD effects, but you can always do less or more depending on your needs. The spray design makes it easy to control the serving size and ease your way into more potent CBD products. It comes in natural hemp and spearmint flavors, and the compact size means you can take it wherever you go and use it discreetly.

5. Alternate Vape: CBD Vape Shot Kit

This starter kit gives you everything you need to get into vaping. The kit comes with one CBD oil cartridge and a USB charger, but the centerpiece is the vape pen, which may look simple in construction and design, but it does not skimp on quality or details by any means. Every puff offers a smooth, full-bodied taste, a rich vapor, and efficient delivery of CBD into your system.

Perfect For: New Vapers

This starter kit is perfect for the person in your life who is curious about vaping but has been too afraid or intimidated to give it a shot. No need to worry about all the bells and whistles. The vape is ready to go as soon as you open the box. Simply screw the CBD cartridge onto the battery and breathe in through the mouthpiece. It’s all automatic. Once the cartridge is spent, just throw it out and buy a new one. Make sure to charge the battery with the USB adapter, and you are well on your way to great vaping from here on out.

6. Alternate Vape: CBD Vape Shot

This refill cartridge for our Alternate Vape pen contains 250 milligrams of CBD, virtually no THC, and absolutely zero nicotine. Each cartridge offers completely natural ingredients, including terpenes, coconut oil, and CBD.

Perfect For: Alternate Vape Users

If your friend or loved one already has an Alternate Vape, it never hurts to have more of these replacement cartridges on hand. They’re available in three flavors, mint, citrus, and kush, and are easy to use and swap out on the fly.

7. Tasty Hemp Oil: CBD Gel Capsules

Doing away with smoking, vaping, or edibles altogether, these CBD gel capsules are an effective health supplement. Each capsule is packed with 15 milligrams of CBD in a full-spectrum hemp oil extract sourced from European hemp plants, along with a variety of essential vitamins, minerals, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.

Perfect For: Health Nuts on the go

When you’re busy and constantly on the go, you don’t always have time to vape your CBD or eat an edible. These gel capsules are fast and easy. Simply take two (or just one if you’re starting out) with a glass of water about a half hour before a meal. You can also spread the serving throughout the day, taking one in the morning and one at night.

8. Tasty Hemp Oil: Tasty Cocoas CBD Chocolates

Nothing quite tastes or feels as good as some nice, rich chocolate. Add some CBD into the mix, and you are approaching pure heaven. This chocolate from Tasty Hemp Oil offers a deliciously easy way to give yourself a steady serving size of CBD. Made from the highest quality cocoa and raw hemp oil, these chocolates come in three flavors: dark chocolate, dark chocolate mint, and raspberry milk chocolate. Each piece contains about 10 milligrams of CBD.

Perfect For: CBD Users with a Sweet Tooth

There’s smoking. There’s spraying CBD under your tongue. There are even plenty of other edibles out there. But eating chocolate with CBD is a truly special experience, reserved for those moments where you really need the self-care and time to yourself. These chocolates make the process of taking CBD truly pleasurable, easy, and safe.

Good luck finding the perfect gift for your loved ones, and happy holidays from the Healthy Hemp Oil team!

A Guide to Cannabinoids Found in Cannabis

Cannabis has grown exponentially in popularity but a recent cannabis study shows that not many people, even those who use the drug regularly, are aware of the cannabinoids in cannabis. Cannabinoids refer to chemical compounds found in cannabis plants that interact with receptors throughout the body and brain, thereby causing various effects. The cannabis plant potentially contains over 100 cannabinoids. Let’s take a closer look at the cannabinoids in cannabis that you should know about.

What are the effects of THC

THC, short for tetrahydrocannabinol, is one of the best known and most prominent chemical compounds in cannabis. It works by binding to receptors found mostly in the brain and central nervous system.

THC offers a variety of short-term effects. For many people, THC is responsible for creating strong feelings of peace and calm, eliciting an overall euphoric high. For some, THC can cause feelings of anxiety or paranoia, but this can vary from person to person based on body chemistry and the concentration of THC. Other known benefits include:

  • Physical and mental relaxation
  • General sedation
  • Increased energy
  • Increased heart rate
  • Hunger

CBD

CBD, or cannabidiol, is second only to THC in terms of abundance. Where THC is more associated with the psychoactive effects in cannabis along with various potential medical uses, CBD is non-intoxicating and offers a much broader range of potential therapeutic and medical applications.

While CBD and all cannabinoids require further research, we do know that CBD has interesting pharmacology that essentially allows it to influence a wide range of receptors throughout the body and brain, not only cannabinoid receptors. In fact, it does not directly affect CB1 and CB2 receptors. Instead, CBD indirectly affects the signaling through these receptors. CBD can even increase the levels of cannabinoids that your body naturally produces. Many CBD products also include trace amounts of THC as the two cannabinoids are known to have complementary effects.

This mutability and versatility means that CBD offers a variety of potential effects. Most commonly, CBD is suggested to promote pain relief, particularly in cases of chronic pain. Other potential effects of CBD include:

  • Reduced symptoms of stress
  • Neuroprotective properties
  • Reduced inflammation
  • Decreased blood pressure
  • Improved sleep quality

CBG

Cannabigerol is a lesser-known cannabinoid that generally is not present in large concentrations in most strains of cannabis, often in levels lower than 1 percent. Although it’s considered a minor cannabinoid, CBG is considered the chemical parent of CBD and THC. In fact, cannabigerolic acid is the precursor to the three main cannabinoid lines, even tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA) and cannabidiolic acid (CBDA).

CBG’s potential effects center on much more specific physiological systems. For example, CBG is believed to reduce intraocular pressure, making it a potentially effective treatment for glaucoma. CBG has also been shown in studies to protect neurons and reducing the inflammation of inflammatory bowel disease.

CBC

Cannabichromene, CBC, was discovered just over 50 years ago, and while it doesn’t receive as much attention as other cannabinoids, initial research suggests that it may have some promising benefits.

CBC does not cause a euphoric high and is not intoxicating. This mainly comes from the fact that it binds poorly to CB1 receptors in the brain. However, it does bind to several other receptors, particularly receptors known as ankyrin 1 and vanilloid receptor 1. These are connected to how you perceive pain, suggesting that CBC may help to relieve chronic pain and inflammation. Activation at these receptors also results in the release of natural endocannabinoids. Studies also suggest that CBC may complement other cannabinoids.

CBN

Cannabinol, orCBN, is actually a byproduct of TCH and is present only in small amounts in most cannabis strains, though it’s becoming more popular in infused products. It was actually the first cannabinoid to be isolated and was thought to be responsible for the plant’s psychoactive effects prior to the discovery of THC. CBN is a mild psychoactive, but it is best known for its powerful sedative properties. Through the process of oxidation, THC gets converted to CBN, which may be why aged forms of cannabis may have a greater sedative effect.

Other Common Cannabinoids

Other lesser known cannabinoids that you might stumble across include:

  • CBT – Research on cannabitriol is limited. Hawthorne Watson, a Jamaican researcher, recently identified and isolated the cannabinoid, but some literature suggests it was discovered as far back as 1966 by researchers Obata and Ishikawa. The actual effects of this cannabinoid still require further study.
  • CBGV – Cannabigerivarin provides no psychoactive effects, but its potential health benefits still require further study. Initial studies suggest it may act as an anticonvulsant and help the body absorb THC.
  • CBGA – Cannabigerolic acid is the first biogenic compound formed in the cannabis plant. It’s considered the “stem cell” of cannabis as it acts as a precursor for many other cannabinoids in this list, including CBD and THC.
  • CBGVA – Cannabigerovarinic acid is another building block for other cannabinoids. The research on CBGVA is minimal, but some initial research suggests it may be beneficial for leukemia cells.
  • THCV – Tetrahydrocannabivarin is similar to THC, but it also provides more specific potential effects, including appetite suppression, bone growth, and blood sugar regulation.
  • THCA – Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid has no psychoactive effects, but it may possess anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective properties. It may also promote healthy sleep and stimulate appetite.
  • THCVA – Tetrahydrocanabivarinic acid is a precursor to THCV. It is non-psychoactive and has been shown in initial research to relieve pain, regulate the immune system, and reduce inflammation.
  • CBDV – Cannabidivarin is non-psychoactive and may help to relieve pain and regulate your mood. It may also reduce nausea and inflammation.
  • CBDA  – Cannabidiolic acid is the precursor to CBD. It has shown antioxidant, anti-nausea, and anti-inflammatory properties.
  • CBDVA – Initial research shows that cannabidivarinic acid is non-psychoactive and may possess anti-inflammatory properties.
  • CBCA – Cannabichromenenic acid is the predecessor to CBC. Not much is known about CBCA, but it may have antibacterial and antifungal properties.
  • CBCV – Cannabichromevarin is a counterpart to CBC, meaning it may have similar effects, including potential anticonvulsant properties.
  • CBCVA – Cannabichromevarinic acid does not have any psychoactive effects, but not much else is known about this cannabinoid acid.

Much of learning about cannabinoids comes down to a greater need for research and education. This can lead to a greater understanding of their potential health benefits while helping consumers better choose strains and products that will work for their specific needs.

Your Guide to CBD Tarpenes

When you use CBD Tinctures, Edibles, and other cannabidiol products, it’s not just the cannabidiol which can affect your body. Hemp plants are also full of terpenes. These are natural organic compounds which are known to contribute to the scent of plants. However, when consumed, they can also provide some therapeutic effects.

There are over 100 known terpenes in cannabis and hemp plants which you may also find in CBD products. Each terpene has its own properties. In addition to providing unique smells and tastes, they can also work in conjunction with CBD to provide certain effects to the body. Here’s a guide to teach you all about terpenes.

All About Terpenes – What are They?

Cannabinoids aren’t the only component you might find useful from cannabis and hemp plants. These plants also contain a wide variety of terpenes- natural compounds which enhance the scent of plants. However, in addition to adding to the scent of plants, studies suggest terpenes can also provide helpful effects to the body. They work particularly well in conjunction with cannabinoids- this is known as the entourage effect.

Terpenes are often compared to essential oils. You can buy individual terpenes which can be used for their therapeutic potential. You’ll also find terpenes in full spectrum CBD products, along with a range of other cannabinoids and compounds.

All About Terpenes – What are They

There are hundreds of terpenes and over a hundred found in cannabis and hemp plants alone. Each different terpene has its own properties when it comes to taste, smell, and effects. CBD products often contain a range of these terpenes which can contribute to the effects the product has on the body.

Different Types of Terpenes Found in Hemp

Plants are made up of many different terpenes, and different strains of cannabis or hemp plants have their own unique terpenoid profiles. Here are some of the most common terpenes found in these plants.

Beta-Caryophyllene – Beta-Caryophyllene is said to have relieving properties that help with stress, anxiety, pain, depression, and even ulcers. It’s also found in peppers, cinnamon, and cloves, hence its spicy scent.

Caryophyllene – Caryophyllene is a terpene which has antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic, and decongestant properties. One study found it may even help prevent addiction. It’s characterized by its spicy and woody scent. It’s also found in cloves and peppers.

Myrcene – Myrcene is known for its citrus scent. It has analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. It also had sedative effects which can help with sleep. It’s also found in mangoes, basil, and lemongrass.

Pinene – Pinene is a common pine-scented terpene found in many cannabis strains. Research suggests it boosts your memory and mental focus, in addition to helping with pain, inflammation, and asthma.

Limonene – Limonene is another sweet terpene that’s also found in citrus fruits such as lemons. It’s said to have mood-enhancing effects in addition to helping relieve stress. It’s useful for anxiety and depression.

Linalool – Linalool is a common terpene found in cannabis which gives off a floral scent. It’s also found in plants such as lavender. It’s a soothing terpene that helps with sleep and can also boost your mood. It’s helpful for issues such as depression, insomnia, chronic stress, and pain.

Terpinolene – Terpinolene is another floral-scented terpene which is also found in things like tea tree, nutmeg, and apples. It has numerous beneficial qualities, including antibacterial, antioxidant, and even anticancer properties.

Other common terpenes include humulene, ocimene, and terpineol. You can find many of these in our terpene extracts.

How to Use Terpenes

You’ll often get the benefits of terpenes when you use cannabis or hemp products. However, terpene extracts in themselves can also be used in various different ways.

One of the most effective ways to use terpenes is to mix them into other liquid-based products. Bear in mind that terpenes are very potent and only a small amount is needed to add a lot of flavor, as well as bonus effects, to other products.

For instance, you can mix terpenes into CBD Tincture. Terpenes work well in unison with cannabidiol, so mixing the two together can result in extra added benefits. The same applies to products such as CBD Vape-Oils. Just add a small dash of terpenes for extra flavor and effects.

How to Use Terpenes

You can also mix them into food. They often make for great cooking ingredients as they can add some extra flavor. Alternatively, mix them into coffees or smoothies to get the benefits of terpenes in drinkable form.

Where to Buy Terpenes

If you want to try them out for yourself, you can buy terpenes online. While they can be found in many CBD and cannabis products, you can also buy and use standalone terpene products. These are all safe for the body and legal to buy. Peaches and Screams offers a range of terpene products based on popular strains. Here are a few of the most popular.

Girl Scout Cookies Terpenes – The terpenoid profile of the popular GSC strain is a favorite for many. It’s a sweet and spicy smell with hints of citrus and floral notes. GSC is often associated with long-lasting relaxing and euphoric effects.

Northern Lights Terpenes – The Northern Lights terpenes carry a sweet and spicy aroma with hints of earth and pine. It’s another strain associated with relaxing effects, which the terpenes may contribute to.

OG Kush Terpenes – OG Kush is a popular strain worldwide. Not only is it known for its uplifting and euphoric hybrid effects, but it also has a rich flavor profile. These terpenes have a more earthy, spicy, and skunky aroma.

Pineapple Express Terpenes – Pineapple Express is well known for its sweet tropical aroma. It contains many of the same terpenes you’d find in fruits, hence the sweet aromas of apple, cedar, and pineapple.

Conclusion

If you find CBD products therapeutic, you may also want to try out terpenes. Much like CBD, these products are entirely safe and legal to use. You can mix them into other CBD products or even add them to foods and drinks for an extra kick. These products can add a ton of flavor and, according to scientific research, may even benefit the body. You can buy terpenes online for delivery across the United States.