Our high-quality CBD supplements are made using a unique variety of hemp that is naturally higher in CBD.
CBD oil is all the rage. Demand for CBD products is higher than ever, and athletes of all levels – from pro’s to weekend warriors – have credited the supplement with naturally boosting athletic performance and promoting greater recovery.
When it comes to CBD, there is a great deal of confusing information out there. As you look into incorporating CBD oil into your own training regimen, you’ll want to make sure you understand which type of cannabis plant the CBD product you’re considering comes from.
Dixie Botanicals® chooses to source only the highest quality hemp plants to make our popular CBD oil supplements. Here we discuss the differences and similarities between hemp- and cannabis-derived CBD oil, as well as the advantages of getting your daily CBD with our hemp- based supplements.
What is Hemp? What is Cannabis?
It’s easy to get confused when discussing the differences between cannabis plants. It’s important to first understand that the term ‘cannabis’ refers to all the plants within the Cannabis sativa L. species. There are two such cannabis plants – hemp and marijuana.
Adding to the confusion is the general trend to use the word ‘cannabis’ as a synonym of marijuana. In reality, cannabis can be used to refer to either hemp or marijuana. Both are members of the Cannabis sativa L plant species.
CBD oil is a botanical extract that can come from either hemp or marijuana. However, there are distinct differences between the CBD oil derived from the two plants.
Hemp-Derived CBD Oil
Hemp is a cannabis plant harvested commercially for its seeds and stalks, which are used to produce thousands of products, including CBD oil supplements.
Hemp contains no more than 0.3% of the intoxicating compound THC by dry weight, so it will not cause any euphoric effects. Unlike marijuana, hemp is naturally higher in CBD and is therefore considered an ideal source for those seeking CBD’s natural balancing properties.
CBD oil that comes from the stalks and seeds of hemp is legal in the United States and in many countries throughout the world. It is considered a food nutrient or dietary supplement, delivering the natural benefits of cannabinoids while avoiding the euphoric effects of THC.
Marijuana-Derived CBD Oil
Marijuana is a cannabis plant that is most frequently harvested for its euphoric, intoxicating properties.
Through selective breeding, marijuana strains can contain THC concentrations that range from 10%-30%. Marijuana is naturally lower in CBD than THC, so generally the CBD oil it produces contains high enough THC levels to make it intoxicating and cause a high.
CBD oil that comes from high-CBD strains of marijuana is illegal federally in the U.S. It can only be obtained legally in states that have legalized medical marijuana with a doctor’s recommendation. Some states also have adult use laws on the books that allow cannabis products to be purchased by anyone at least 21 years old.
Is There a Difference Between CBD From Hemp and CBD From Marijuana?
One of the common misconceptions around CBD oil is that the CBD found in hemp-derived oil is somehow less potent than CBD extracted from marijuana. While it’s true that the percentage of CBD in hemp by dry weight may be lower than the percentage of CBD in some specially bred marijuana plants, the difference becomes negligible once the oil is extracted from the plant.
On a molecular level, CBD from hemp is the same as CBD from marijuana. No matter its source, CBD elicits the same natural effects on the endocannabinoid system to encourage balance and boost performance.
Once CBD is absorbed and delivered to the bloodstream, it stimulates the endocannabinoid system by interacting with its receptors. This encourages the body’s major regulatory network to more effectively keep functions balanced so that your body runs at its best.
Hemp cultivars also grow much faster than marijuana for a more environmentally sustainable and conscientious CBD oil. While an intensively bred high-CBD marijuana strain can take a full season to grow, a hemp farmer can often plant multiple rounds of crops a season.
Why Does Dixie Botanicals® Use Hemp?
Naturally higher in CBD, hemp is an ideal source for CBD oil supplements. By using uniquely potent plants, we’re able to extract a non-intoxicating cannabis oil that contains significant levels of CBD, as well as essential vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, terpenes, flavonoids, and other non-intoxicating cannabinoids.
Using high-quality hemp to make our CBD oil supplements also allows Dixie Botanicals® to provide the balancing properties of CBD to more people in the United States and beyond.
Hemp-derived CBD oil is legal under federal law, unlike marijuana-derived oils. Because our CBD supplements are made using hemp oil, more people throughout the country can legally access CBD and its natural balancing properties. Our hemp-derived oils are available online in the U.S. and in over 40 countries around the world – no doctor’s prescription needed.
Dixie Botanicals® Hemp Source
The CBD oil used to make Dixie Botanicals® CBD supplements comes from a unique variety of non-GMO hemp that is naturally higher in CBD.
Our hemp is grown in Northern European microclimates by groups of individually owned family farms. Using generations-old techniques and expertise, these families cultivate a flourishing crop without the use of pesticides, herbicides, or chemical fertilizers.
After seasonal harvests, our high-CBD hemp crops are put through a specialized solvent-free extraction process to yield a hemp-derived oil that is naturally high in CBD.
To further ensure the safety and reliability of our hemp-derived CBD oil, all Dixie Botanicals® products are held to our strict Triple Lab Tested® standard. This rigorous testing process examines our hemp oil at three separate points throughout the manufacturing process to check that its free of contaminants and contains a reliable level of CBD.
Hemp CBD oil can be infused into various products, such as tinctures, energy chews, vape oil, capsules, and topicals. It can also be refined to a pure crystalline known as CBD isolate. A carefully chosen team of scientists, clinical herbalists, and nutritionists formulate our hemp-derived CBD products, ensuring they’re the highest quality CBD you can find.
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