Whole-Plant vs. Cannabis | LEAF

CANNABIDIOL EXPLAINED   What is CBD? CBD stands for Cannabidiol, a plant compound found abundantly in hemp plants.     For generations, hemp has been used as a botanical powerhouse in helping humans with their health. In recent years, there has been a resurgence in the use of hemp due to its natural therapeutic properties.     Cannabis is the botanical plant name for hemp, which is a member of the Cannabaceae plant family. Cannabidiol is just one of over 80 natural plant compounds found in this species of cannabis.     Cannabidiols are the main active ingredients in CBD products, where powerful natural extracts are extracted from hemp and are used to create oils, capsules, edibles, infused skincare and much more.     It is thought by scientists that the compound cannabidiol has the potential to help maintain balance in the body, by interacting with your internal endocannabinoid system which is found in the human body.     This system helps control bodily functions such as appetite, mood, immune response, pain, and sleep patterns.     Our dedicated team of chemists carefully crafts and curates every step of the CBD production process, to ensure that every drop of oil you receive is the best quality.      We create our CBD oil range under strict quality control to ensure you receive the highest quality extracts. Every drop is as close to nature as possible so that you can be as well.     LEAF CBD oils are derived from the hemp plant. CBD or its scientific name Cannabidiol is a natural plant molecule found abundantly in hemp. CBD works by stimulating your endocannabinoid system, to help promote balance, and calm in your body.     By extracting oil from hemp we are able to harness the beneficial properties, that the compound CBD naturally has to offer. We believe in the goodness of the whole plant, so our extracts contain a full spectrum of cannabinoids and not just CBD.     LEAF CBD oils are a perfect combination of our highly concentrated CBD extract and our rich hemp seed oil. We maintain the integrity of the whole plant in our extraction process, so you receive the full CBD benefits.  Unheated and unprocessed, our CBD oil offers the benefits of the hemp plant as nature intended. Packed with vital minor cannabinoids, omegas, vitamins, and minerals that are typically lost when heated.     Our full spectrum whole plant formula helps to naturally support your endocannabinoid system by creating balance in the body. Simply taken on its own as a supplement in your wellness routine.     This unique opportunity to consume hemp in a way that preserves the plant’s complex structure of over 400 molecules.     Taking raw hemp oil in liquid form ensures a higher rate of absorption. In effect this means more of the CBD+CBG you take is used by the body.      BENEFITS OF THE WHOLE-PLANT CBD     Cannabidiol works by interacting with the body through a complex network of cannabinoid receptors, called the Endocannabinoid System (ECS).     This vast internal system controls essential daily functions such as appetite, mood, and sleep patterns. When these receptors are stimulated they help the body create its own chemicals called endocannabinoids.     The endocannabinoid system refers to a collection of cell receptors and corresponding molecules. You can think of cell receptors like little golf holes on the surface of your cells.     The key to sinking the put in these golf holes are chemical molecules called agonists. Each time an agonist binds to a cell it relays a message, giving your cell specific direction.     The endocannabinoid system is the name for a series of cell receptors that respond to certain kinds of agonists.     Two primary cell receptors make up the ECS, Cannabinoid Receptor 1 (CB1) and Cannabinoid Receptor 2 (CB2). The keys for these receptors are called endocannabinoids.     In fact, endocannabinoids got their name from cannabis. Plant cannabinoids were discovered first. Endo means within, and cannabinoid referring to a compound that fits into cannabinoid receptors.     HISTORY     When CBD was identified in the 1940s, scientists assumed it had little or no effect on the body. The main focus back then was researching THC and its pharmacology. However, fast forward to the 1990s and a research team led by Professor Raphael Mechoulam (commonly acknowledged as the grandfather of cannabis research) discovered what has come to be known as the endocannabinoid system (ECS) – and this changed everything.        HEMP VS MARIJUANA     When it comes to CBD oil many may wonder if hemp and marijuana are the same? After all, Cannabidiol does come from cannabis. The answer to this question is technically, Yes. As they both come from the Cannabis Sativa species of cannabis. However, their properties are considerably different.     Hemp  The term 'Hemp' is generally used to describe non-psychoactive forms of cannabis cultivated for agricultural and industrial use. Hemp is a name used to describe a classification of Cannabis Sativa, which has long stems, slim leaves and only trace amounts of the psychoactive compound THC, 0.2% or less. This form of cannabis is known for its rich Cannabidiol content (which is non-psychoactive) and its low Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content.     Marijuana  Marijuana on the other hand is a term used to describe Cannabis Sativa that contains high levels of THC. Tetrahydrocannabinol also known as THC, is the cannabis compound that IS psychoactive and is responsible for creating the ‘high’ feeling most commonly associated with cannabis. The Marijuana classification of Cannabis Sativa contains high amounts of THC that can reach levels of up to 40%. Cannabis that contains these higher levels is mainly grown for recreational and medical use.

 

Cannabinoid (Whole-Plant Hemp) vs. Cannabis 

When it comes to CBD oil many may wonder if hemp and marijuana are the same? After all, Cannabidiol does come from cannabis. The answer to this question is technically, Yes. As they both come from the Cannabis Sativa species of cannabis. However, their properties are considerably different.

 

Cannabinoid (Whole-Plant Hemp) 

The term 'Hemp' is generally used to describe non-psychoactive forms of cannabis cultivated for agricultural and industrial use. Hemp is a name used to describe a classification of Cannabis Sativa, which has long stems, slim leaves and only trace amounts of the psychoactive compound THC, 0.2% or less. This form of cannabis is known for its rich Cannabidiol content (which is non-psychoactive) and its low Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content.

 

Cannabis

Marijuana on the other hand is a term used to describe Cannabis Sativa that contains high levels of THC. Tetrahydrocannabinol also known as THC, is the cannabis compound that IS psychoactive and is responsible for creating the ‘high’ feeling most commonly associated with cannabis. The Marijuana classification of Cannabis Sativa contains high amounts of THC that can reach levels of up to 40%. Cannabis that contains these higher levels is mainly grown for recreational and medical use.

 

There’s so much confusion between these terms. Some people refer to “hemp oil” when speaking about hemp seed oil while others use it as shorthand to refer to an oil that carries CBD (cannabidiol) extract. Let’s tackle the first one first: oil from hemp seeds is primarily composed of dietary fats, which means it can provide benefits for skin but does not include all of the same plant compounds (such as CBD). These phytocannabinoids -- cannabidiol, among others-- are found naturally in the leaves and flowers (also known as “aerial parts”) of hemp. After deriving the cannabinoids from plant parts during our production process, we’re left with a full-spectrum hemp extract that retains a range of the phytocannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids - all of which are found naturally in hemp. This extract is then diluted with a carrier oil to make the final Leaf product.