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Hemp Extract 101

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Hemp Extract 101

What is CBD?
CBD is short for Cannabidiol.
CBD is one of many natural compounds found within both Cannabis and Hemp. There are over 113 different cannabinoids, but two of the most well known are CBD and THC. THC is short for tetrahydrocannabinol.

Why is CBD so beneficial for the body?
The human body naturally produces cannabinoids, called endocannabinoid. Our endocannabinoid system is comprised of two different types of cell receptors called CB1 and CB2. These cell receptors are found within our digestive tract, central nervous system, and immune system. These cell receptors which are activated by cannabinoids, regulate our basic functions like moods, appetite, pain, and sleep. So when we supplement our body with extra CBD, we naturally experience the benefits derived from an optimally functioning endocannabinoid system. Which in turn explains the benefits; such as pain relief, enhanced moods and sleep, and support for neurological disorders.

What is the difference between Hemp vs Marijuana?
Hemp and Marijuana are both derived from the same plant - Cannabis sativa. The main difference between the two plants is that Marijuana is commonly bred to contain both THC and CBD elements. While Hemp is bred to naturally not contain THC. THC free hemp plants are commonly referred to as Industrial Hemp. They must contain 0.3% or less THC to legally consider industrial grade hemp.

Does CBD get you high?
While CBD and THC have almost the exact same chemical formula and molecular structure, there is one profound difference. CBD combats the psychoactive effects commonly experienced in THC. CBD also has a naturally stronger ability to relieve pain, inflammation, stress and neurological disorders.

CBD is a non-intoxicating cannabinoid.
THC is psychoactive cannabinoid.

Foods and products made from that industrialized hemp; including hemp oil, hemp extract, and CBD will not get you high. All of our SoCo Plant Power products are made purely from industrial grade hemp, specifically a unique Hemp Strain that our Israeli lab's partners developed for the past 5 years.

What is a broad spectrum CBD?
There are different methods of CBD extraction from Hemp plants. Some CBD products use isolate methods, which derives 100% pure CBD, which means all other naturally occurring compounds are stripped away. Broad spectrum CBD extracts contain 80 - 90% CBD, with the remaining 10 - 20% of the extract contains the plants naturally occurring terpenes and phytocannabinoids.

Why do people favor full spectrum CBD oils?
It is believed that the extra 10 - 20% of naturally occurring compounds in broad spectrum oils aid in the bioavailability so that the body's ability to absorb and digest the CBD is superior.

What is the difference between hemp oil and hemp extract?

HEMP OIL: is also known as CBD oil. It is pressed from the flowers, leaves, stems, and stalks of Hemp plants.  Hemp oil contains cannabinoids and other compounds.

HEMP EXTRACT: is derived purely from hemp seeds and stalks, which contain no CBD. Which means they don’t have the same properties, or most importantly, benefits of Hemp/CBD oil.

How does hemp oil help people to uplift their moods?

As we discussed before, CBD is a naturally occurring substance in the human body. It helps regulate our base functions. But one of the most beneficial reasons it works is because it slows down the breakdown of an endocannabinoid called anandamide, otherwise known as the “bliss molecule”. 
Skeletal formula of anandamide. Via: Fvasconcellos | Wikimedia | Public Domain.

Why do we want to keep the bliss molecule alive as long as possible?
The bliss molecule is like the body’s natural anti-depressant, so when you slow down the breakdown, you are more likely to sustain better moods. Meaning you're less likely to experience mood swings, anxiety, and depression. You’re also better equipped to manage stress and confronting situations.

Fun Fact
Anandamide comes from the Sanskrit word ananda, which translates to “joy, bliss, or happiness” in English.

Conclusion
So when you take some CBD drops, it’s giving your brain the medicine it loves. So it can perform optimally and respond better to emotions.

Want to discover more about the bliss molecule and other benefits? Then check out our article on the benefits ofHemp oil.