I knew I needed to start taking the hemp trend seriously when my 84 year old grandmother called me to insist I escort her to her local head shop for CBD gummies instead of the usual lotto ticket and nonfat frozen yogurt. During said call, I also realized that, like my grandma, the average consumer has no idea what CBD even is or does. Behold, below, a guide.
WTF is CBD?
Hemp plants are composed of over 400 different compounds; a group of them are specific to a sub-species of hemp called Cannabis. These special qualities are ‘cannabinoids’ (ca-na-bin-oids), and they give the plant both its medical and just-plain-fun properties. The two that you are likely familiar with are Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD), otherwise known as “the part of weed that can turn you into a paranoid lunatic” and “the part of weed that can really chill you out.” By itself, CBD is totally non-psychoactive, meaning it doesn’t fuck with your head. Instead, it nurtures your body, helping to target everyday issues like pain and inflammation, and larger medical obstacles like depression, epilepsy, perhaps even cancer.
WTF is the difference between hemp and cannabis-derived CBD?
CBD is CBD is CBD, in terms of the actual compound; it’s just the source that’s different. Weed with THC is marijuana; weed without THC (or under the often-legal limit of 1%) is plain hemp. States that have not decriminalized Mary J are unable to cultivate cannabidiol from cannabis plants, which is why the majority of products you see on the market are sourced from hemp. (#legalizeit, am I right?) More importantly than which plant it comes from is how it’s extracted. Since the concentration of CBD in hemp is low, it takes a lot of hemp to produce a small amount of oil. Usually, in order to cut cost and time corners, companies will use solvents to extract the CBD; CBD from industrial hemp is also dense and sometimes requires the addition of thinners, such as propylene glycol, which can become carcinogenic when heated.
House of Gro is proud to source its hemp from Otto II and BaOx cannabis strains, which are farmed without fertilizers or pesticides. No preservatives, sweeteners, artificial flavors, or dyes are EVER added to the products you enjoy, and propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin are a total non-issue. Plus, our special formulas include Chaga, an adaptogenic mushroom with renowned antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-aging properties.
WTF will CBD do for me?
A lot of things! Like, a few puffs of the soon to be released HIT pen can make you feel like you nibbled on half a bar of Xanax, without the side effects of being a dribbling idiot. A smear of Flow Fix abolishes period cramps quicker than you can Google “how to remove your uterus.” A dab of Up Skin Fix is great at healing wounds, from psoriasis to acne scars (no guarantee on the emotional type). Or, some Treats can calm and soothe your dogs when they’re not really acting like ‘man’s best friend’.
CBD is truly fun for the whole family, and appropriate for every occasion. Come see what you’re missing!