A Happy Plant Family
The cannabis family of plants is exactly that: a family of plants. Within that cannabis family are hundreds of genetic variations where a grown plant hosts different concentrations of the valuable cannabinoid compounds.
Marijuana is considered to be “high THC Cannabis”. This is because the concentrations of Delta-9 THC (a specific cannabinoid compound) are much, much higher, therefore facilitating the psychoactive response that is associated with that particular plant.
Hemp - on the other hand - is genetically designed to carry only a tiny concentration of Delta-9 THC. Hemp is rich in its non-psychoactive cannabinoid sibling: CBD. It is because of the difference in genetics that hemp has been designated an agricultural commodity (in accordance with the 2018 Farm Bill) and products made from it (like Canna Hemp™) are available nationwide.
Grown for a purpose
Once the hemp plant grows, is harvested and dried. Afterwards, it undergoes an extraction process to pull the precious plant compounds, such as cannabinoids and terpenes, to be used in high-quality, hemp-based products.
The two main cannabinoids in the cannabis plant are THC and CBD. In hemp, the main cannabinoid is CBD. Beyond that compound, however, are a host of cannabinoids such as CBG, CBN, and CBC.
Cannabinoids and terpenes synergize together and are often referred to as an entourage effect. The cannabinoids can be kept together, or they can be separated in order to use singular compounds like CBD, as the main component- these are referred to as spectrums. These spectrums and compound blends can come in varied formulas and concentrations.
CBG is non-intoxicating, and many users report that the effects of these cannabinoids feel almost identical. However, CBG interacts with your body’s systems via very different mechanisms than CBD, and CBG appears to offer a few unique effects.
CBN is often used for sleep aids but has shown to possess antibacterial qualities and deliver potential neuroprotective effects.
CBC is being investigated for its potential cancer-fighting and pain-reducing qualities.
Just the right note
What are terpenes?
Terpenes are the notes of the plant. Found in hundreds of flowering and fruiting plants throughout nature, terpenes are known by their scent. Anyone who has enjoyed aromatherapeutic oils or balms has also enjoyed the benefits of terpenes.
Cannabinoids and terpenes synergize together as an entourage effect and encourage the potential benefits of the blend.
At Canna Hemp™, we understand the need to have terpenes included in formulations as we know that they’ve been a necessary part of holistic wellness for thousands of years. By customizing and creating specialty blends of terpenes with high quality cannabinoids, we are harnessing the power of plants in order to target specific needs.
How It Fits?
CBD and other cannabinoids work with the body’s own endocannabinoid system (ECS). The endocannabinoid system is present in all mammals. Discovered in the 1990’s, the ECS was found to be working with other organs, the nervous system and immune cells to assist in creating homeostasis (balance) within the different systems.
In the endocannabinoid system, there are endogenous cannabinoids (compounds made by the body), cannabinoid receptors (to be matched with the cannabinoids), and enzymes (to break down the waste once the job is done). Interestingly enough, the plant cannabinoid compounds also match the receptors of the body, working with the system to assist with the work that it does.
CBD is believed to link up to the CB2 receptors of the ECS which are found throughout the peripheral nervous system, organs and immune cells.
Present in the nervous system, connective tissues, and others organs.
Present in the immune system. Activating these endocannabinoid receptors by ingesting CBD helps normalize and regulate physiological processes like appetite, mood and so much more.