Hemp 101, this article provides a basic understanding of what Hemp is, its history, uses, studied benefits, safety and legality, and how Hemp Mind & Body uses it to produce formulas that provoke a defined health response.
What is Hemp?
Hemp (Cannabis sativa L.) is a botanical class of cannabis explicitly cultivated for industrial or medical use. Cannabis Sativa, or Hemp, contains equal to or less than 0.3% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) by dry weight. THC is the cannabinoid responsible for the psychoactive effect or “high” sensation one acquires when inhaling or ingesting Cannabis Indica, a plant with more than 0.3% THC. Hemp has a wide variety of uses due to its fibrous properties, and high concentration of cannabinoids that help bring homeostasis to the mammalian Endocannabinoid System. Roughly 40% of the hemp plant contains Cannabidiol (CBD). With such diverse properties, Hemp has been used over the millenniums in various cultures throughout history.
What is the History of Hemp?
Hemp has been cultivated for over 10,000 years, throughout various cultures, places worldwide, and many uses. Below is a brief and simplified history of this remarkable plant.
8,000 BC:Hemp’s first traces were found in China & Taiwan as hemp cord, seeds, and oil
2,000 BC: Hindu sacred texts stated Hemp as “Sacred Grass, 1 of the five sacred plants in India
600 BC: Hemp rope found in southern Russia
500 BC: Archaeologists discovered a jar of hemp seeds and leaves in Berlin, Germany
1700’s: Founding Fathers grow Hemp as the main crop of U.S.
1812: America goes to war over free trade access to Russian Hemp
1850: U.S. Pharmacopeia (Industry standards are founded)
1937: Marijuana Tax Act (Hemp Taxed)
1940: CBD discovered by Roger Adams
1942: Hemp For Victory (Government encourages farmers to grow Hemp for the war effort)
1946: First CBD studies on animals – Dr. Walter S. Loewe
1957: Last hemp crop in the United States
1964: THC and CBD isolated – Dr. Raphael Mechoulam, Hebrew University
1970: Controlled Substance Act enacted by President Richard Nixon
1992: Discovery of the Endocannabinoid System, the most extensive receptor system in the body
2003: U.S. Patent #6,630,507, Cannabinoids as Antioxidants and Neuroprotectants
2004: DEA vs. H/A. DEA loses battle on CBD
2018: U.S. Farm Bill signed into law by President Donald J. Trump
2018: Hemp Mind & Body founded
What are the Studies of Hemp's Benefits?
More than 25,000 studies have taken place worldwide to validate and realize the endless health benefits Hemp carries. Be mindful that this is with cannabis locked into a Schedule 1 Category which has severely limited widespread research. Yet, more than 25,000 studies prove its efficacy. Listed below are a handful of health studies that have shown modern-day applications.
What is the Difference Between Hemp & Marijuana?
Industrial Hemp and Marijuana may seem similar when you look at them. Still, they’re very different in appearance and botanical content. Hemp is a variety of Cannabis Sativa that does not contain psychoactive properties like THC (which gives people the feeling of being high). In contrast, Marijuana comes from a particular subspecies called Cannabis Indica or Cannabis Ruderalis, which contains higher tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) levels than Hemp does.
Furthermore, Industrial Hemp is always one strain of Cannabis Sativa. At the same time, Marijuana can be another subspecies such as Cannabis Sativa, Cannabis Indica, or even Cannabis Ruderalis. One significant difference between these two types is how they were genetically bred. Industrial hemp strains are typically taller with long, strong stems and hardly any flowering buds. In contrast, marijuana strains grow shorter and bushier with many flowering buds.
In the USA, the legal definition of “industrial hemp,” per Section 7606 of the Agricultural Appropriations Act of 2014, is
“INDUSTRIAL HEMP — The term ”industrial hemp” means the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of such plant, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis.”
Hemp and HMB™'s Products
Hemp Mind & Body™ has adopted a philosophy bolstering the highest level of quality and safety when producing health formulas. Research clearly shows that the less the plant is denatured or manipulated, the more beneficial the plant is. Synthetic flavoring, natural flavoring, and other fillers only degrade the quality and efficacy of the product. At Hemp Mind & Body, we strive to maintain the natural constituency of each product without adding anything that may provoke an adverse health response. Toxins plague our society today, and the immunocompromised and chronically ill suffer when chemicals are added to any consumable compound or formulation.
HMB™’s testing process checks hemp oil at three distinct points of the product development cycle to ensure proper and consistent cannabinoid levels. This testing is in place to protect the consumer. Our Hemp is certified organic and is free of herbicides, pesticides, and chemical fertilizers. We also carefully inspect our oil after harvest for anything that can negatively impact the quality of our products. HMB™ has obtained two ISO certifications, certified Kosher and allergen-free, and developed in a cGMP-certified facility, which means that it’s a standard created to guarantee that every pharmaceutical company is producing safe medication. Complete panel testing is performed on each batch, including testing for mycotoxins, microbials, residual solvents, heavy metals, and other potentially harmful substances.
HMB’s commitment to setting the standard allows us to create top-quality finished products for consumers every time. Our manufacturers are registered with the State of California Department of Public Health, Food and Drug Administration. They must adhere to the strict regulations the department puts forth. Our formulators also require full-panel Certificates of Analysis for all raw materials used in HMB™ products to ensure they have been tested for safety before integration into the finished formulas.
Our commitment to you and your health has propelled us to develop the strictest lab testing standard in the industry. We ensure that you will be satisfied with your products — this time and every time.
Find Your Perfect HMB™ Hemp Product
HMB™ products are developed with specific herbal formulations that have been handed down for centuries through a family lineage and were once only available to the royal families of East Asia. What makes the formulas unique and designed for true healing is not the individual herbs but the wisdom of combining those herbs. Combine that with the unique extraction methods to create a balanced formula that works optimally with your body.
It is vital to understand that the best ingredient in the world can be harmful and toxic to the body if it cannot absorb it. One of the main reasons HMB™ formulas have been so highly regarded and preserved over the centuries is because the body absorbs them entirely. Because the body can absorb them completely, there is no excess toxic build-up or adverse side effects. These formulas completely revitalize and enliven the cells by increasing circulation and removing blockages, enabling all organs to function at their optimal level, leading to the most youthful and healthy condition possible.
Identifying the right product for you can be confusing. The upper end of the therapeutic window for CBD is 1500mg/daily, which is safe and productive. Studies outline dosing strategies for different health conditions. It is important to start low, go slow, and find the “sweet spot” that works best for each individual. There is no cookie-cutter solution considering the rate of metabolism, the severity of illness, body weight, genetic factors, environmental exposures, exercise or lack thereof, and desired health goals.
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