CBD and Hemp
These days CBD is everywhere. But how can you know if what you are getting is good quality and safe to use? Knowing where your CBD comes from and how it has been extracted is key.
CBD is harvested from hemp plants. In the last 20 years many hemp farms have begun to crop up all over America and even the world. Hemp grows abundantly and has many beneficial uses. Not only does the hemp plant provide us with CBD, hemp seeds are a complete protein source containing all the essential amino acids. Hemp fibers are used to make a variety of products, including rope, textiles, clothing, shoes, food, paper, bioplastics, insulation, and biofuel. It also regenerates quickly and well.
Hemp is not marijuana
Even though hemp and marijuana are two varieties of the same cannabis plant they have very different effects. Hemp plants are known for their high amount of CBD whereas marijuana plants are known for the high it creates when smoked or ingested. CBD does not have any psychotropic effects. At Isospec our plants are organically grown and individually taken care of.
Hemp Oil (CBD)
Hemp oil, more well known as CBD, is what is in most of the CBD products you commonly see. It is used as a nutritional supplement and has numerous health benefits ranging from bringing the body into balance to helping reducing inflammation and calming nerves.
CBD has huge nutritional value.. It is high in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. This means that it helps your heart and curbs inflammation. In addition it has:
Vitamin A - Vitamin A is important for the immune system to function at its best.
Vitamin E - Vitamin E is important for protecting cells.
Zinc - Zinc plays a huge role in fighting off bacteria and making proteins in the body.
Potassium - Potassium relaxes your blood cells and helps to remove extra sodium from the body.
Magnesium- Magnesium is important for regulating blood sugar, building protein, and regulating muscle functions.
Calcium - Calcium is needed for strong bones and teeth and to protect against high blood sugar.
Sulfur - Sulfur is great for cell protection and metabolism.
Phosphorus- Phosphorus is important for bones and making protein for growth.
On top of all this CBD has many antioxidants. All these things play a role in CBD’s incredible healing power.
How our Hemp is Harvested
Isospec Health uses Full Spectrum CBD extracted only from hemp plants. The Full Spectrum CBD is extracted in an Isospec Health Lab then transported to an Isospec manufacturing facility, where the raw goods are turned into the highest quality CBD products. Isospec Health can track seed to sale and all Isospec CBD is only handled by Isospec employees.
Isospec products contain some combination Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum, & Isolate CBD oil produced by a gentle extraction method. This retains the beneficial compounds produced by the cannabis plant. We do not use any harsh solvents in our extraction process.
The process used at Isospec is CO2 extraction. CBD is first extracted in gas form and then diluted into a liquid. This is the way to get the highest quality, purest CBD oil. At Isospec all the CBD that is extracted comes from local US farms. In addition all the extraction is done carefully and personally by Isospec staff. Each bit of oil is followed throughout the process until it is consumed by the buyer.
The History of Hemp
Hemp plants go back thousands of years and have been present in people's lives since 800 BC. Hemp has been used in the past to make all sorts of products such as food and clothing. Throughout the years hemp has had a fascinating history. Here is a brief timeline of the way its evolved:
800 BC- Hemp is found in Asia. It is used for pottery and food.
600 BC- Hemp is used in Europe, Russia, and Greece.
100 BC- In China hemp begins to be used to make paper.
1600s- Henry VII, the king of England fines farmers who don’t grow hemp. In America hemp is beginning to be seen as a hugely important resource.
1700s- In America farmers are required to grow hemp. North America considers hemp to be a key crop in making paper, clothes, shoes, and food. Some people say the Declaration of Independence was written on hemp paper.
1800s- Hemp seed oil fuels most lamps in America. Even Lincoln uses hemp to fuel his household lamps.
1900s- Hemp is used for paper and car production. The ban on alcohol is lifted and cannabis becomes considered “dangerous.” The growing of hemp is outlawed and used as an excuse to deport Mexican immigrants. THC becomes legal again when prescribed and cannabinoids are successfully patented.
2000s- Hemp licenses are granted again. Hemp is removed from the controlled substances act. CBD has become approved in the USA.
Hemp in the future
Hemp was wrongfully criminalized for many years, and while we cannot reverse that rocky portion of this plant's history, we can move into the future and appreciate and take advantage of the numerous benefits hemp has to offer. Hemp grows in almost any environment and the research that has been done so far reveals that it is likely to be extremely beneficial for many aspects of health and recovery. Not only is hemp good for our bodies it is also good for the environment. Hemp improves soil, reduces carbon, and helps to conserve water resources. As we look into the future hemp is something that seems to have only positives.
Hemp and the Human Body
As the list of the benefits of CBD grow, we continue to see the various ways hemp stands to especially benefit athletes. Along with the exhaustive list of nutritional benefits, when directly applied to the body hemp oil (CBD) has been directly correlated to help with muscle relief and decreasing inflammation. The hemp plant has a long and thorough process before it becomes the substance that is booming today, but since the beginning it has been a helpful, healthy, and impressive plant that as we learn more about continues to wow us every time.