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CBD And Hemp Plants: Understanding Their Critical Relationship

CBD may be used for almost everything. With minimal implications, a business may add a few drops of CBD into a bucket of oil and call it Cannabidiol oil. Consumers find it difficult to distinguish between good and bad items. These inferior goods are frequently unsuccessful, leading customers to dismiss Cannabidiol oil’s widely stated advantages.

You may already be aware that the cannabis industry is one of the country’s fastest-growing businesses. In contrast to the marijuana business, which is one of the most heavily regulated globally, the CBD industry is equivalent to the Wild West, with too few laws and regulations governing its production and insufficient staff to police those that do exist.

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Meanwhile, the news media are happy to consume and disseminate whatever information is thrown their way, including misinformation. How CBD is produced is one of the most prevalent mistakes in the media. Ninety-nine out of a hundred CBD publications will state that it is derived from industrial hemp, sometimes known as “the plant with 10,000 uses.” Well, we’re here to tell you that you’re completely wrong.

Hemp is used to making Cannabidiol. On the other hand, high-quality CBD hemp does not come from the same plant as hemp fibers and seeds. Industrial hemp has 10,000 applications, but producing high-quality, broad-spectrum CBD oil isn’t one of them.

Most people think of hemp as the type of industrial or agricultural hemp that has been grown for millennia across Europe and Asia — vast fields of tall, skinny plants packed together like wheat fields, with as many as 20 to 30 plants per square meter, harvested with massive tractors and shipped to massive factories for processing into textiles and building materials. Alternatively, they see enormous fields of plants bursting with heavy seed clusters, ready to be sorted out and pressed into hemp seed oil.

When it comes to growing cannabis for the manufacture of CBD oil, these images are far from true. Male plants are preferred for fiber production because of their height and robustness. They need to be cultivated before they reach full maturity and start to wilt. Female plants are also desired to generate seeds.

Male plants are required to pollinate them. Hemp, once pollinated, ceases generating cannabinoids like CBD and devotes all of its resources to seed production. Neither of these techniques of cultivation is suitable for the production of high-quality CBD oil.

Hemp vs. Marijuana

 

When most people think of hemp, they do not think of marijuana. All ninety-nine publications out of a hundred will tell you the same thing: “hemp and marijuana are two entirely distinct plants.” They aren’t, to be sure. Not in the case of CBD oil manufacturing, at least. When you visit a marijuana farm, you’ll notice short, bushy plants growing in separate plots with plenty of room to develop.

All plants are female, having been cloned from “mother” plants or produced from feminized seeds. Any male plants must be discovered and killed as soon as possible. When you think about hemp utilized to make wide and full-spectrum CBD oil, this is the image you should have in mind.

When these hemp plants reach maturity, they produce strong, resinous flower tops that resemble marijuana in appearance and fragrance. Cannabinoids, including CBD, CBG, CBN, and others, are abundant in these unfertilized flower clusters.

Terpenes, the fatty chemicals that give cannabis its characteristic fragrance, are abundant in them as well. These cannabinoids and terpenes work together to make the fabled “entourage effect,” which boosts their potency. CBD-rich hemp, also known as PCR hemp, is a plant high in cannabinoids and low in THC. (The acronym PCR refers to “phytocannabinoid-rich.”)

Contrary to popular belief, CBD-rich cannabis strains did not exist before the twentieth century. The reality of the issue is that these are not CBD-producing industrial hemp plants. Instead, these are medicinal marijuana plants that have been engineered to be low in THC.

If you look at news stories from the 1990s regarding CBD, you’ll find that they all state CBD is a chemical discovered in marijuana, and none of them mention hemp. It’s a stretch to term these CBD-rich cannabis cultivars “hemp.” The only similarity between PCR hemp and industrial hemp is that it matches the legal definition of hemp, which is defined as any cannabis plant with less than 0.3 percent THC.

If you came across a 100-acre field of industrial hemp, you could get a whiff of cannabis, but the fragrance isn’t particularly strong since these plants are low in helpful terpenes. A 100-acre field of PCR hemp, on the other hand, would stench like extremely powerful marijuana.

Industrial hemp flower clusters (also known as buds) emerge only at the very top of the plant and are typically tiny. And not only are those buds almost devoid of THC, but they are also significantly deficient in CBD. On the other hand, PCR hemp buds generate cannabinoids in the range of 15% to 20%. They’re also high in terpenes, which are good for you. High-quality CBD oil with a broad and complete spectrum is made from these buds.

Have you ever wondered why hemp seed oil is so inexpensive, but CBD oil is so costly? Now you see why. The cost of producing these PCR hemp strains is far higher than that of industrial hemp. Even the seeds are sold on a per-seed basis, with single seeds selling for as much as $1.

On the other hand, the pound may obtain industrial hemp seeds for a comparatively low price. PCR hemp production, like marijuana cultivation, needs meticulous attention to detail.

To develop properly and produce powerful buds, this plant demands a larger variety of nutrients and significantly more water and sunlight. Chemical herbicides and fertilizers are rarely utilized on these crops, which drives up expenses even further.

Every stage of development requires laboratory testing to guarantee that a crop is below the 0.3 percent THC limit and free of contaminants. To identify the amounts of CBD and other cannabinoids in the finished product, it must be tested. All of this meticulous attention to detail comes at a cost, and it adds up.

But we’re confident you’ll agree that it’s well worth the money. (As a side point, CBD oil is not too expensive.) It’s comparable to the cost of other essential oils like lavender and eucalyptus.)

Conclusion

 

Please clarify this sad mistake the next time you read an article or hear someone suggest CBD oil originates from industrial hemp. The sooner we all get the facts straight about Cannabidiol oil, the sooner we can weed out the bad factors and ensure that anyone who wants the benefits of broad and full-spectrum CBD oil can buy high-quality products made from American PCR hemp rather than the inferior products made from industrial hemp in other countries around the world. At Saha Self-Care, you only get quality grade CBD products procured from trusted and tested sources. Visit our website today!

About the Writer

Suzanne H.

Suzanne joins our Editorial Team with a strong background in personal self-care education. Be it breathing techniques, deep stretching or meditation approaches, Suzanne is an expert and we are lucky to have her contribute moving forward. Suzanne currently lives with her family in New Hampshire and is working on her first book.

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