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Humboldt County permanently bans hemp cultivation

Legendary California marijuana-growing region Humboldt permanently bans hemp cultivation

By Hemp Industry Daily staff

A renowned marijuana-growing county in northern California’s Emerald Triangle, Humboldt County, has permanently banned outdoor cultivation of low-THC hemp varieties.

The unanimous vote by the county Board of Supervisors last week comes after marijuana interests in the area argued that hemp could send male pollen onto higher-THC varieties and depress cannabinoid levels, the (Eureka) Times-Standard reported.

Humboldt County has had a temporary moratorium on outdoor hemp cultivation since 2018.

Ross Gordon, policy director for the Humboldt County Grower’s Alliance, told the county board of supervisors that the county’s hemp moratorium should be made permanent because of the “many risks that industrial hemp poses to the cannabis industry here.”

(California defines cannabis as only Cannabis sativa plants above 0.3% THC, excluding all low-THC varieties of the plant.)

Many California counties ban or limit hemp cultivation in order to reduce cross-pollination conflicts between marijuana and hemp growers. Humboldt is the first to make its ban permanent.

The vote sparked immediate dismay from the state’s hemp operators.

Humboldt County’s ban may be amended to allow noncommercial hemp research by colleges and universities, the county planner told the board of supervisors.

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Part 2 of the 4 part series

Part 2 of the 4 part series:

The Difference between

Marijuana and Hemp Plants

What is the difference between hemp oil and CBD?

The confusion and lack of awareness of what CBD is, what hemp oil is, what hemp products are, and what CBD products are have caused the industry many problems, and incorrect information for both the sellers and the consumers.

Cannabinol (CBD for short)

There are two classifications for the cannabis plant that produces CBD: hemp and marijuana.

CBD is a chemical compound found in the cannabis plant.

CBD is one of the compounds in the cannabis plant that provides potential wellness benefits

CBD is extracted from the cannabis plant.

Hemp oil

Like CBD—Hemp seed oil will not get you high.

Hemp oil is made from cold-pressing the seeds of the hemp plant to extract the oil.

Hemp oil is NOT CBD. Hemp oil is a carrier oil. A carrier oil is used to mix with or dilute the essential oil ( in this case, CBD) to “carry” the oil to the body, either transdermal or internally.

When you purchase a CBD tincture-oil, you get CBD in a carrier oil, not a full bottle made up of and filled exclusively and entirely of CBD.

CBD tincture-oils are made from CBD, and the hemp (carrier) oil, extracted from the hemp seeds. CBD + Carrier Oil = Finished Product.

Other Types of Carrier Oils

A CBD tincture-oil product can have a carrier oil of hemp seed, MCT oil (coconut), avocado, olive oil, or other types of topical or ingestible oils.

CBD is NOT hemp oil, and hemp oil is not CBD. 

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Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day. The celebration of love, the deepest longing in the human heart. Our quest for a divine feeling of the blissfulness of love, caring, friendship, and understanding from and for others. Elusive, crazy, hypnotic, wild, exhilarating, etc. etc. etc. (you know the feeling) LOVE!

Perhaps most of us think of romantic love on Valentine’s day, and that closeness and intimacy is beyond compare and is indeed worth celebrating. But let’s stop to appreciate the many ways that love takes form. To glimpse what is beautiful in the world, to capture the mood of the sunset in our heart, to silently nurture our self by basking in the joys that delight us, to follow the path that enriches our life and brings ecstasy to our spirit, is also love. 

Last year was filled with pain, but at last, the flowers will bloom again, and our sad, lonely, quarantined existence will emerge victoriously. Victorious from the hatred, the violence, the injustice to be intoxicated by love, peace, hope, and dreams.

Love is transformative. It will instantly transform all that it touches. On this Valentine’s day, love everyone, the wise, the ignorant, friends, enemies because love is concealed in some and revealed in others. We must love. That is all there is.

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Part 1 of a 4 part series The Difference between Marijuana and Hemp Plants

Part 1 of a 4 part series:

The Difference between

Marijuana and Hemp Plants

What is the difference between a marijuana plant and a hemp plant?

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Marijuana and hemp are from the same species of plant, Cannabis sativa.

As a simplified example, take our pets for instance— say you have a Labrador and a German Shepard, they are both canines but they are different breeds. It’s the same with Cannabis Sativa. Both marijuana and hemp are both Cannabis sativa.  However, both plants are genetically distinct forms of cannabis. This distinction is made by their chemical composition, various methods for cultivating and of course their use.

The Statutory Definition of Hemp

“The plant cannabis sativa L and any part of the plant, including the seeds thereof and all derivatives, extracts, cannabinoids, isomers, acids salts and salts of isomers, whether growing or not with a delta-9  tetrahydrocannabinol (delta-9) concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis”. (section 297A of the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 (AMA)).

The Statutory Definition of Marijuana

“All parts of the plant Cannabis sativa L., weather growing or not; the seeds there of; the resin extracted from any part of such plant; and every compound manufacture, salt, derivative, next year, or preparation of such plant, it’s seeds or resin. Such term does not include them in short stocks of such plant, fiber produced from such stocks, oil or cake made from the seeds of such plant, any other compound, Manufacture, derivative, mixture, or preparation of such mature stocks (except the resin extracted therefrom), fiber oil, or cake, or the sterilized seed of such plant which is incapable of gemination.”  (21 U.S.C.802(16))

Will I get high from hemp?

Marijuana is bred for high levels of TCH found in the buds/flowers of the plant.

There is no threshold on the amount of THC in marijuana. Hemp must not contain more than 0.3% THC on a dry weight basis. The conclusion is the minuscule amount of  THC in hemp will not produce any psychoactive effects.  In other words, marijuana gets you high and hemp will not.

Size of the plants

Hemp plants are tall and leafy. Stalks are from 10-15 feet and 6-9 feet for seed

Marijuana plants are 4-8 feet for flower

Differences in their genetic makeup

The term industrial hemp dates back to the 1960s

and generally refers to cannabis varieties that are grown primarily as an agricultural crop, such as seeds and fiber and byproducts such as oil, seed cake, and hurds. Hemp is generally characterized by plants that are low in delta-9 THC, the dominant psychotrophic compound in Cannabis sativa. In addition to its low THC content, hemp generally has high levels of CBD, the primary non-psychotropic compound in Cannabis sativa.  

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CBD Isolate


CBD Isolate

CBD was first isolated in 1940 by Roger Adams, and the stereochemistry was identified by Raphael Mechoulam in 1963. CBD isolate is the purest, filtered form of CBD and CBD only.  CBD isolate is an alternative to a full-spectrum or a broad-spectrum CBD product. It may be of interest to you if you would like to try CBD without ingesting even small amounts of THC. CBD isolate has many wellness benefits. It has been reported to relieve anxiety, reduce stress, help with restful sleep, and reduce inflammation.

CBD Isolate or Full spectrum

Isolate or Full-Spectrum

CBD isolate has taken a back seat lately to the full-spectrum and broad-spectrum products. Because both the full and the broad-spectrum products contain all the cannabinoids that are naturally occurring in the cannabis plant (minus the THC in broad-spectrum), they have been deemed more beneficial. This benefit has become known as the “entourage effect.” The entourage effect refers to the increased effectiveness of these products due to all the cannabinoids working synergistically. Therefore, it has become accepted that the full and broad-spectrum products are more effective than the isolate. But is it true?

The CBD isolate is much harder to manufacture; when the hemp plant undergoes the extraction process to remove cannabinoids, all of the plant’s compounds are extracted. This means, in order to isolate the CBD and separate it from any of the other compounds takes more work. The fact remains the CBD isolate is the purest and most potent form of CBD. It can contain up to 90% cannabidiol. There is absolutely no risk of any psychoactive effects, and therefore no way to test positive on a drug test. Keep in mind that the FDA approved drug Epidiolex is a nonsynthetic, a CBD oil isolate extracted directly from the cannabis plant, and only contains purified CBD

Isolate may be best for you if you have sensitivities to THC or any of the other cannabinoids. If you must undergo drug testing or if your state has strict THC laws.

The only way to know what works best for you is to experiment with both. Don’t assume the whole plant entourage effect is right for you. The only way to really know is to try each one and measure the effectiveness for yourself.

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CBD as a Therapeutic Option

CBD as a Therapeutic Option

We are beginning a love affair with CBD as a therapeutic option. The conversation is no longer about will medical marijuana work but how to use CBD for maximum therapeutic benefit.

Currently medical marijuana patients are using CBD-rich products to treat a wide range of conditions, from chronic pain, cancer, Crohn’s, diabetes, arthritis, PTSD, brain injury, schizophrenia, anxiety, antibiotic-resistant infections, multiple sclerosis,  and others . There are Academic studies underway now in the United States and elsewhere to learn about the effects of CBD on these and other ailments.

Preclinical research and clinical studies have shown that CBD can change gene expression and remove beta amyloid plaque, the hallmark of Alzheimer’s from brain cells. The current research studies are showing that CBD has powerful anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anticonvulsant, anti-depressant, anti-psychotic, anti-tumoral, and neuroprotective qualities.

Which is better CBD or Marijuana?

Cannabidiol and THC interact synergistically. CBD enhances THC’s painkilling and anticancer properties, while lessening THC’s psychoactivity. CBD can also take the edge off the adverse effects caused by too much THC. The bottom line is CBD broadens the range of conditions treatable with cannabis, such as liver, cardiovascular and metabolic disorders, which may be less responsive to THC-dominant remedies. CBD and THC both stimulate neurogenesis, the creation of new brain cells, in adult mammals.

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A Better Nights Sleep Starts with CBD

A Better Nights Sleep Starts with CBD

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According to the American Sleep Association:

Nearly 70 million Americans have a sleep disorder

Insomnia is the most common sleep disorder, with 30% of adults experiencing short-term insomnia

About 10% of people have long-lasting insomnia

Almost 40% of people report accidentally falling asleep during the day

About 5% report falling asleep while driving

35% of people are getting less than the needed seven hours of sleep to maintain good health. 37% of people age 20-39 are reporting sleeping less, while 40% of people age 40–59 are getting very little sleep, and report waking up frequently during the night.

To address this, Americans have spent an estimated $41 billion on sleeping aids and drugs; this number is expected to jump to $52 billion by the end of 2020.

How can CBD help with insomnia?

Researchers discovered that the endocannabinoid system plays a role in maintaining the circadian rhythms. Some research has shown that the cannabinoid CBD may interact with specific receptors, potentially affecting the sleep/wake cycle. 

CBD is has shown in some studies to reduce anxiety and pain, which can interfere with a good nights sleep. By helping with these underling issues it can contribute to a relaxing sound-sleep.

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CBD Oil and the Effects on the Brain

CBD Oil and the Effects on the Brain

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What is CBD oil?

There are many questions about CBD oil: What is CBD? What is THC? Is it legal? Is it the same as marijuana?

molecular structure of CBD

In a recent interview with Dr. Russell Zwanka, a Siena College Food Marketing Researcher and a published author on CBD oil, he broke down exactly what CBD is and what you need to know. According to Dr. Zwanka, inside the cannabis plant is more than a hundred of what are called “cannabinoids.” CBD is a one of the cannabinoids inside the plant with less than 0.3 percent THC. THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is another cannabinoid inside the cannabis plant.

Both CBD and THC have effects on the body and especially the brain receptors associated with thinking, memory, pleasure, coordination, and time perception, but in very different ways. THC is a psychoactive substance and causes the “high” feeling whereas CBD is not a psychoactive cannabinoid.

What are the effects of CBD oil on your brain?

CBD has been known to provide relief for ailments such as inflammation, arthritis, help with sleep, bone growth, bone disease, seizures, anxiety, and certain types of cancer. With millions of these claims, it begs the question, what is it doing to our brains and our bodies?

According to Leafly, when a substance reaches the brain after hitting the bloodstream, it will “influence brain activity by interacting with receptors and neurons.”

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Does CBD Work?

Does CBD Work?

How well CBD works in your body will depend on various factors but one of these will be your body’s own cannabinoid level. Taking CBD will provide an increase of cannabinoids, to those your body already naturally has. 

Some people who have lower levels of naturally-occurring cannabinoids have to take CBD oil daily to allow the CBD to build up in their system. That is why some individuals have to take CBD longer before they feel the effects.

How would you know if you’re one of those people? 

If you take the product and you feel like nothing has changed or it isn’t working, this may be a sign that you need to have the CBD build up in your body. You might be the person who can take CBD whenever you feel the need and feel the effects immediately, or you may need to take CBD everyday and let it build up, due to lower levels of your body’s naturally-occurring cannabinoids.

How To “Build up” More Cannabinoids

If you do need to build up more cannabinoids, it is recommended taking your CBD oil with a food that is high in healthy fats.  Some foods that are high in healthy fats are avocados, salmon, raw nuts, and seeds. Fortunate Source CBD uses MTC (coconut) oil as the carrier oil. This is a perfect healthy fat. But you can always boost it with another food that contains good healthy fats.

Additionally, you always want to make sure you’re getting your CBD products from a reputable source. Fortunate Source has a high-quality CBD sourced by farmers who practice organic farming methods, all batches are lab tested before and after in a GMP certified lab. Our lab has been in business for 20 years producing vitamins and supplements.

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How to Reduce “Build up” and Lower Tolerance 

On the other hand, if you fall into this category, you will want to take a different approach. Lowering your tolerance means cutting down on how much and how often you take CBD.

Rather than taking it every day cut it to three times per week and see how you feel.  You may find all you need is one time per week. If you need CBD only when you have to address a particular issue then taking it only when the need arises may be the best way to go.  This is something everyone will have to address at some point in their wellness routine. Find what works best for you.

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