What is… Hemp Oil Extract
Hemp, Marijuana and Hops come from the same family – Cannabis! In fact Hemp’s latin name is cannabis sativa. The plant itself is amazing. It contains hundreds of compounds or cannabinoids, the biggies being THC and CBD. Along with all the compounds, it contains hundreds of different terpenes (essential oils) as well. These terpenes add to the healing qualities of the plant. Just like there are many different tomato strains out there, Cannabis comes in many different strains – thousands! Each strain has a different make up of compounds and terpenes, some may be high in THC (which gets you stoned) while others may be high in CBD (doesn’t get you stoned). And each different strain has it’s own unique terpene profile too. For example the terpene limonene found in some cannabis strains is also the major terpene found in lemon rind and linalool is what makes lavender so aromatic. We use alcohol to extract the cannabinoids and terpenes from the whole plant, this thick, rich oil concentrate is know as hemp oil extract or cannabis oil extract or RSO.
What is… Cannabidiol
Cannabidiol is the scientific name for CBD, which is a compound of the cannabis plant along with THC, CBN, CBG, THCV, CBDV just to name a few.
What is… THC
THC or tetrahydrocannabinol is the compound or cannabinoid in the cannabis plant that gets you high or stoned. THCV is the acid form, this is the compound you have before the plant material is heated or smoked and does not have psychoactive effects. The flowers need to be smoked or heated to a certain temperature in order to get you high.
What is… CBD
CBD or cannabidiol is a compound or cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant that does not have any psychoactive effects, meaning it will not make you high or stoned. Research is showing however, that it has great healing potential.
What are… Terpenes
Secreted in the same glands that produce cannabinoids like THC and CBD, terpenes are the pungent oils that color cannabis varieties with distinctive flavors like citrus, berry, mint, and pine.
Over 100 different terpenes have been identified in the cannabis plant, and every strain tends toward a unique terpene type and composition. In other words, a strain like Cheese and its descendants will likely have a discernible cheese-like smell, and Blueberry offspring often inherit the smell of berries.
The effects these mechanisms produce vary from terpene to terpene; some are especially successful in relieving stress, while others promote focus and acuity. Myrcene, for example, induces sleep whereas limonene elevates mood. There are also effects that are imperceptible, like the gastroprotective properties of caryophyllene.
Terpenes may offer additional medical value as they mediate our body’s interaction with therapeutic cannabinoids. Many cannabis analysis labs now test terpene content, so any consumer can have a better idea of what effects their strain might produce. With their unlimited combinations of synergistic effects, terpenes will likely open up new scientific and medical terrains for cannabis research.
What is… Whole Plant Therapy
This is very important. Big Pharma has come out with a synthetic marijuana medication where they are isolating the compounds THC and CBD. Sativex is a THC/CBD spray developed by GW Pharmaceuticals which is one of the first of it’s kind. They have isolated the 2 compounds meaning that their are no other compounds nor are there terpenes in this medicine. All of the compounds and terpenes work together synergistically in whole plant therapy to create a healing entourage effect. Isolating the compounds will never be as good as using the whole plant. With FlowerChild products you are getting Whole Plant Therapy!
What are… Cannabinoids
Cannabinoids are the compounds that make up the cannabis plant. You may be familiar with the cannabinoids THC and CBD but there are hundreds in the plant and each different strain is unique. Along with cannabinoids there are also terpenes and flavonoids which make up this remarkable plant. All of these add to the healing qualities of this herb.