On Saturday, June 15th, Leigh Zarda Carr, co-founder of Hari Om Hemp, met up with the wonderful people of KC Wellness Workers at the Lucile H. Bluford branch of the Kansas City Library for the first ever event. Not only was it an amazing discussion, but the protein balls and scones were amazing as well!
Leigh discussed the differences between hemp and marijuana and what CBD really is. The group had an amazing discussion about the Endocannabinoid System and how your body produces cannabinoids naturally as well as how CBD and other Phyto-Cannabinoids help stimulate your Endocannabinoid System. The Endocannabinoid System is a regulatory system that helps the body maintain homeostasis and balance. Most have heard and have a grasp on the 11 commonly known body systems, but very few have even every heard of the 12 system, which was not discovered until the early 1990s, it is the Endocannabinoid System. Understanding this as well as why it’s not taught in over 80% of medical schools, most people have no idea it exists, is very important to understand.
Not only did we discuss the health benefits and Endocannabinoid System, we also discussed the key points of what to look for in a CBD product as well as different ways of administering or taking CBD. There’s so many marketing gimmicks and new CBD stores popping up daily it seems, it’s really hard to determine what is really a good product out there. Leigh walked through how and what to look for in CBD products, the key points were…
- Knowing what farm is the hemp come from, its important for consistency in the product, because if it comes from the same farm it will have consistent genetics. As well, as many products come from manufacturers who buy hemp from brokers or groups where the hemp may come from multiple farms.
- What part of the plant is it extracted from? Ideally you want CBD that has been extracted from hemp flower.
- What extraction method do they use? Co2 is the most common, but there are others, you want to be sure whatever the method though that all the traces of solvents are removed, this is why Co2 tends to be the most popular.
- Before buying a product look at or ask for third party lab results, to make sure it has the potency on the bottle and also look for heavy metals, herbicides and pesticides.
- Is it a full spectrum, isolate or broad spectrum? Full Spectrum has all cannabinoids present, not just CBD, but also CBN, CBG, etc…. having all of these presents will give off an entourage effect which may increase the effectiveness of the CBD oil. Full Spectrum will have THC, but it will be below the legal limit of 0.3%. Isolates, will have all the other cannabinoids removed, literally be what the name says, just isolated CBD. Then there is Broad Spectrum, which will have CBD and up to three cannabinoids total, it can still contain THC.
- Also, make sure to know what kind of carrier oil is in your CBD oil. Is it MCT oil, Hemp Seed oil, or something else. Certain oils can help bioavailable (absorption) into the body where others may not. Also, any added chemicals, preservatives or flavorings, may counteract any benefit from the CBD oil or cause other issues. So just know what to look for.
We will be posting more of this information in greater depth, but wanted to just share a bit of our conversation that we had with the KC Wellness Workers. Keep an eye out on their Facebook page for updates on their future speakers and events. As always, if you have any questions about CBD or anything related to hemp feel free to contact us.
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