What is CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a natural compound found in the hemp plant. CBD works with your body's Endocannabinoid system which is responsible for regulating a broad range of biological functions. Research has revealed that the Endocannabinoid system is responsible for maintaining and controlling the body's homeostasis or balanced regulation of every system in the body. CBD is legal in all 50 states. CBD is non-psychoactive. It will not give you the "high" associated with marijuana.
How does it work?
Cannabinoids exert their effects by naturally interacting with specific cannabinoid receptors present in your Endocannabinoid System (ECS), the biological system found in the body that plays a crucial role in maintaining homeostasis. In fact, the ECS includes Cannabinoid receptors XX. The ECS is involved in physiological and cognitive processes, including fertility, appetite, pain-sensation, mood and memory, and in mediating the pharmacological effects of cannabis.
Two primary cannabinoid receptors identified:
CB1 - found in the Brain, Lungs, Vascular System, Muscles, Gastrotract, Reproductive Organs, Immune System, Liver, Bone Marrow, and Pancreas
CB2 - found in the Spleen, Bones, Skin, Immune System, Liver, Bone Marrow, and Pancreas.
What does Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum, and Isolate mean?
Hudson Greens is a full spectrum C02 organically grown hemp.
Full Spectrum: includes all the benefits of the hemp plant including a variety of essential vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, proteins, terpenes, flavonoids and fiber. Hudson Greens Full spectrum Hemp Extract has been meticulously formulated as full spectrum, offering users a powerful dose of nature’s medicines that work synchronously to regulate the body’s homeostasis, yielding what is known as the Entourage Effect. Hudson Greens CBD is full-spectrum to provide the benefits of all of the natural compounds present in the hemp plant for maximum benefit. The effect of all of these cannabinoids working in orchestra is known as the entourage effect. Broad Spectrum and Isolate CBD only contains cannabidiol which is only one of the many powerful compounds found in the hemp plant and does not provide full plant benefit.
Broad Spectrum: is full spectrum oil that has been further refined to take out beneficial compounds that can include terpenes, THC and other medical benefits. The downside to broad spectrum is similar to that of isolate in that CBD alone does not absorb or travel as far through the body without its Entourage. This limits the bioavailability and body’s uptake, reducing the effectiveness of CBD.
Isolate: as its name implies, is oil that has been highly refined, removing all of the other beneficial compounds found in the Hemp plant through chemical processes and filtration. Typicallyhydrocarbons such as Butane and Pentane are used during the creation of isolate which yields a product with high concentrations of CBD. Again, the downside to isolate is thatmany of the beneficial medicinal compounds in the Hemp plant are completely removed with harsh solvents, further reducing the bioavailability and effectiveness.
Why do we recommend CBD in oil form?
When taken sublingually (under your tongue), CBD oil is more effectively absorbed to maximize benefits for your self-care needs.
We do not recommend in pill form as CBD in this format is less effective as it has to pass through your digestive system, which takes longer to feel the desired effect.
We do not recommend vaping CBD. The CBD cartridges used in vape pens can contain a solvent called propylene glycol, which is also used in e-cigarettes containing nicotine. Just like all vaping products, this might increase the risk of asthma and cancer. Additionally, controlling dosing can be particularly difficult with vape pens. Furthermore, there have been several cases where users have died from vaping due to the manufacturer using the wrong type of carrier oil in the vape cartridge.
What are terpenes? Why do they matter?
Secreted in the same glands that produce cannabinoids like CBD, Terpenes interact synergically with other compounds, like cannabinoids, to maximize benefits from hemp plants. Terpenes also contribute to the oil's aroma, color, and taste.
Hudson Greens utilizes specific terpenes to target painpoints to give you the full benefit of plant-based wellness and provide a natural solution for your daily needs. Terpenes have been shown to have anti anxiety, stress and pain relieving properties as well as anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and sleep aid benefits.
When combined with terpenes, CBD has been shown to lead to better therapeutic benefits than the cannabinoids alone. Terpenes can intensify or downplay the effects of the cannabinoids.
Why is 3rd party testing important?
Since the industry is still in its infancy and fragmented, it is critical that you ensure your CBD products are properly tested by a 3rd party lab. These laboratories will test for purity, potency, contaminants, and will provide the results as a certificate of analysis (COA). Current regulation does not require companies to provide this testing; it is each company’s responsibility to arrange for it and post the results online. This testing can be expensive and take time. As such, it is a major hint to consumers that if a cannabis retailer does not properly publish its COA, it’s likely they do not test. Additionally, according to a study conducted by Penn Medicine, 26% of surveyed products contained less CBD than the label indicated, which could negate any intended health benefits. Always look at 3rd party lab-tests to ensure the accuracy of the marketing matches the lab results. Consumers should also pay attention to COAs because certain synthetic cannabinoids have been known to be extremely harmful. Hudson Greens is 100% natural.
What is a COA?
A COA is a lab report on the chemical make-up of a product. In the context of Industrial Hemp derived products, the COA shows the potency, cannabinoid profile, and contaminant test results. COA’s are used to verify that the contents of the product match the contents advertised. These reports are important for verifying that hemp extracts have less than .3% THC and do not contain harmful contaminants that can harm you. We believe in being fully transparent with our customers.
How do I read a COA?
The first thing you may notice on a COA is that the company who performed the lab test is not the same company who is selling the product. This is called a ‘third party’ test and it is to ensure transparency in the results. If it was only tested by the company selling the product, there could be bias in the report.
How to read a pesticides analysis
The pesticide analysis panel is also one of the most important components of laboratory testing as pesticides can be carcinogenic and poisonous. It is a necessity to confirm the CBD products you ingest do not contain pesticides. Hemp is a crop often grown in close proximity to other crops ie. corn or soybean, pesticides used on these crops may travel through the air or water runoff, causing contamination of the Hemp grow. While organic Hemp may be grown naturally without the use of pesticides, it does not guaranty the Hemp hasn’t been contaminated which only reinforces the importance of third party testing and verification.
How to read a heavy metal analysis
The heavy metal analysis chart is one of the most important components of the test panel and indicates the presence of any heavy metal ie. lead, mercury, etc. It is important to confirm your CBD products do not contain heavy metals as they can accumulate in your body and poison you over time. Since Hemp is a rotational crop, the soil and water can contain contaminates leading to the presence of these heavy metals. You should avoid these at all costs.
How to read a Cannabinoid Profile
This shows the cannabinoid profile, or the cannabinoids detected as well as their concentration. The ID column of the chart indicates which cannabinoids were tested for. ‘ND’ stands for ‘not-detected’ meaning there was no presence of the cannabinoid. Cannabinoids and terpenes are components of the Hemp plant that give it the distinct smell, taste, and provide what is called an entourage effect. These molecules are often stripped out of CBD oil as part of the extraction process as they can be sold separately or added back after extraction.
Why do we utilize Chromatography?
Our unique chromatography extraction process incorporates a century’s scientific work and modern technology that allows us to extract and isolate the most potent levels of cannabinoids, while eliminating or remediating unwanted amounts of THC and chlorophyll. Liquid chromatography is the safest and most natural process to achieve our specified, legal formulation while leaving intact, the full spectrum profile of non-psychoactive cannabinoids and synergistic compounds including Cannabidiol (CBD), Cannabichromene (CBC), Cannabigerol (CBG), Cannabinol (CBN), as well as a broad range of natural terpenes and flavonoids.
The hemp plant is a bioaccumulator which means it gradually accumulates substances such as pesticides, heavy metals, or other chemicals found in the soil or water in which it is grown. Hudson Greens ensures our products are free of these harmful substances by only working with pharmaceutical-grade cGMP certified partners who are required to test for these substances and other contaminants prior to any biomass entering the facility. Rigorous testing occurs at several stages throughout the extraction and purification process before being sent to third-party laboratories for final testing and certification.
What dietary nutrients are in CBD?
Protein: Necessary for the structure, function, and regulation of your body’s tissues and organs. Hemp is considered a complete protein source, providing all 20 amino acids, including the nine essential amino acids your body doesn’t produce on its own.
Fiber: Critical to the health of your digestive system and has been shown to lower cholesterol and improve blood sugar levels.
Essential Fatty Acids: Full spectrum CBD oil is a great source of Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids. Omega 3 acids play a role in making hormones that regulate inflammation and the contraction and relaxation of your arteries. They also lower triglyceride levels in the blood to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.
What vitamins are in CBD?
Vitamin A: Vitamin A is a critical player in the growth and development of your heart, lungs, kidneys, and other organs. It’s also important for maintaining good vision and a well-running immune system. It’s also a powerful antioxidant, so it’ll help protect cells from the damage of free radicals.
Vitamin C: Humans have to get vitamin C from an outside source because we’re unable to synthesize it on our own. Vitamin C is an important antioxidant. It is also important for the formation of collagen and supports immune function.
Vitamin E: Vitamin E is actually the collective name for a group of compounds known for their powerful antioxidant properties. It has also been shown beneficial for helping prevent various types of cancers.
B Complex Vitamins: Full-spectrum CBD oil contains Vitamins B1 (Thiamine), B2 (Riboflavin), B3 (Niacin), B6, and B12.
Vitamin B1, or Thiamine, can boost your immune system and is used for treating digestive problems like ongoing diarrhea and ulcerative colitis.
Vitamin B2, more commonly known as Riboflavin, works alongside the other B vitamins to create red blood cells. Evidence has also shown it’s useful for managing migraines, blood disorders, and some eye conditions.
Vitamin B3, or Niacin, helps your body produce sex and stress-related hormones. It also can be beneficial for helping address high cholesterol, heart disease, and diabetes.
The versatile Vitamin B6 performs multiple functions in the body and is thought to be involved in more than 100 enzyme reactions. It also helps produce various neurotransmitters, including those tasked with regulating mood and the body’s natural clock.
Iron: An essential element for blood production, iron helps ensure the efficient transfer of oxygen from the lungs to your working tissues.
Beta Carotene: A natural precursor to Vitamin A, beta carotene may be beneficial for the slowing of macular degeneration and preventing metabolic syndrome.
Zinc: Crucial for the body’s immune system to work correctly, zinc has been linked to a lower risk of catching a cold.
Potassium: Potassium is a key nutrient for ensuring that your nerves and muscles can communicate properly. It’s also been linked to a reduced risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke.
Calcium: Well-recognized calcium is best known for improving the strength of bones and teeth and reducing the risk of osteoporosis. It is also is important for cell signaling and may help regulate body weight.
Selenium: Commonly taken as a supplement because of its antioxidant properties, selenium appears only in trace amounts in foods.
Phosphorus: While known best for keeping bone and teeth strong, phosphorus also helps manage the storing and use of energy.
Manganese: Often given to patients with osteoporosis and anemia, manganese plays an important role in the production of bones and connective tissue, metabolism, and the regulation of blood sugar levels.
Magnesium: Magnesium has shown to reduce the type of inflammation linked to heart disease and diabetes. It may also be beneficial for treating migraine headaches and osteoporosis.
Flavonoids: Flavonoids are a group of plant metabolites that are believed to provide antioxidant effects and benefit your body’s cell signaling pathways. Evidence also suggests that flavonoids are anti-viral, anti-cancer, and anti-inflammatory. They may also prevent heart disease and stroke.
Terpenes and Terpenoids: Known for creating the smell and flavor of cannabis, terpenoids have been found to be antioxidants. They’ve also exhibited anti-inflammatory properties.
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