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What is CBD? The term for this compound is Cannabidiol, or CBD for short. It’s one of 113 unique cannabinoids generated from the Cannabis plant. Specifically, Cannabis sativa L. has the highest concentrations of CBD, while Cannabis indica C. has much higher levels of THC. After centuries of cross breeding these two Cannabis varieties became more commonly known as Hemp and Marijuana. Hemp refers to Cannabis that has less than 0.3% THC, while Marijuana refers to Cannabis that has more than 0.3% THC. THC is a psychoactive relative of CBD, and has been heavily regulated since the passing of the Controlled Substances Act in 1970. However, after the re-legalization of Marijuana and the abolition of federal restrictions on the cultivation of Hemp, the public has finally been reintroduced to the benefits of Cannabis. Scroll down to see our most frequently asked questions, and to learn more about the CBD industry.
Did you know that Industrial Hemp and CBD Hemp are bred differently?
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‘Cannabinoids as Antioxidants and Neuroprotectants’ :
Cannabinoids have been found to have antioxidant properties, unrelated to NMDA receptor antagonism. This new found property makes cannabinoids useful in the treatment and prophylaxis of wide variety of oxidation associated diseases, such as ischemic, age-related, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. The cannabinoids are found to have particular application as neuroprotectants, for example in limiting neurological damage following ischemic insults, such as stroke and trauma, or in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and HIV dementia. Nonpsychoactive cannabinoids, such as cannabidiol, are particularly advantageous to use because they avoid toxicity that is encountered with psychoactive cannabinoids at high doses useful in the method of the present invention. A particular disclosed class of cannabinoids useful as neuroprotective antioxidants is formula (I) wherein the R group is independently selected from the group consisting of H, CH.sub.3, and COCH.sub.3. ##STR1##
Additional studies by renowned Cannabis Doctor Allan Frankel have found positive results in conditions including but not limited to: Anxiety, Autism, Cancer, Chronic Pain, Crohn’s Disease, Fibromyalgia, Insomnia, migraines, and seizures (Discover more treatments)
Is there a difference between vaping and oral consumption.
Oral Consumption, on the other hand, is better suited for long term relief. The effects take 30-90 minutes to be felt, but they will carry most people throughout the whole day.
Are there different grades of CBD?
Purchasing lower grades of CBD dominant hemp products will cost you much more money in the long run and will not give you the full effects that you are looking for.
Is "Nano CBD" as good as companies are claiming?
What makes a "better" CBD product?
What sets 4 Corners Cannabis apart?
We have been creating CBD dominant hemp products for our friends, family, and satisfied customers near and far since 2013. Always focused on delivering the highest caliber commodity, many customers come back time and again for good reason. With our seed-to-bottle approach, we have 100% control over every aspect of production: from growing our own hemp organically, to gentle extraction techniques, to sourcing only the finest ingredients for our recipes. We firmly believe in the integrity of our products. No steps are skipped, no corners are cut, and we feel this makes 4 Corners Cannabis unmatched in quality and effectiveness. Find out more here.
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What Is CBD?
CBD is the widely-used shorthand for a naturally occurring Cannabis compound called Cannabidiol. To date, there are well over 100 Cannabinoids that have been found in the Cannabis plant; CBD is second only to THC in popularity and renown. THC is the Cannabinoid responsible for inducing a euphoric state that is commonly referred to as a “high”, whereas CBD has been reported to deliver calming and healing benefits to the body.
THC is thought to be a plant compound with medicinal properties. There are even patents on THC for this reason. That being said, many people want the benefits of THC but have zero interest in getting “high”. This is where CBD has come to the rescue and is the primary reason that it’s become so prominent in such short order. In fact, many people posit that CBD is more effective at treating symptoms and ailments than THC to begin with, not even accounting for CBD’s non-psychoactive properties. Folks who may benefit from CBD can have a plethora of conditions ranging from behavioral health issues like anxiety, depression, ADHD, PTSD, and extending into the realm of physical health issues like pain, arthritis, COPD, seizures and more.
CBD is safe, non psychoactive, non-addictive, and it can actually be found in Marijuana as well, not just Hemp. When CBD is present in Marijuana, it tends to lessen the “high” brought on by THC. When CBD is found in Hemp though, there’s no “high” at all since Hemp contains 0.3% THC or less. While THC may not be a good fit for everyone, CBD most definitely is. Furthermore, CBD seems to be well on its way to becoming part of America’s daily self care regimen; it’s becoming widespread, better understood, and available in every form conceivable.
Interestingly, CBD isn’t particularly effective on it’s own. That’s why products made with “Full Spectrum” or “Complete Spectrum” Hemp extract are so much more effective. The Cannabis oil in these products contains CBD, other Cannabinoids (such as CBC, CBG, THC), Terpenes (such as Limonene, Myrcene, Beta Caryophyllene, etc), and Flavonoids. Together, these compounds potentiate and augment one another in a phenomenon aptly named “The Entourage Effect”.
Our bodies have CB receptors and an entire Endocannabinoid System with the sole function of processing and utilizing Cannabis compounds, so we may as well use that to our advantage! CBD and other Cannabinoids stimulate the CB Receptors in the body, feeding the Endocannabinoid System and delivering the symptom relief that we’re all so grateful for.
Whether you have ample experience with CBD or you are just now trying CBD for the first time, it is best to start with a high quality product if you seek substantial results. Some people get lackluster results from low-grade CBD and give up on it, not knowing that a higher quality product would make worlds of difference. Not all CBD is created equal, so do extensive research and ask thorough questions. This will help you avoid the headaches and pitfalls that so many people encounter when navigating the CBD landscape.
How Is CBD Made?
CBD is a compound that can be extracted from certain Cannabis plants, but not all Cannabis plants. As an example, Marijuana sometimes contains decent levels of CBD, but the majority of strains contain only trace amounts of CBD, if any at all. If there’s no CBD in the flower, then there’s no CBD to extract. Hemp on the other hand usually contains at least some CBD with levels varying from single digits to over 20% by dry weight. So logically, starting with good genetics that actually contain CBD is the first step in making viable CBD products.
Most CBD products on the market today are extracted from Hemp. New hemp laws in the United States have made it a popular production method for CBD due to the new-found ease of governmental restrictions. CBD products that are extracted from Hemp are also legal to procure in states that haven’t yet legalized Marijuana. If CBD products are derived from Marijuana though, they are subject to individual state laws concerning the purchasing and use of Marijuana products.
The best CBD is extracted from the flowers/buds of female Cannabis plants. Not only does this part of the plant contain the highest concentration of Cannabinoids such as CBD, but it also contains the highest concentration of other beneficial compounds known as Terpenes and Flavonoids.
Once the crop is harvested and dried, the CBD can then be extracted using compounds such as Butane, Propane, Hexane, Heptane, CO2, Naphtha, ISO, and others. Arguably, the best extraction solvent is Organic Ethanol (drinking alcohol). It seems to draw greater varieties and concentrations of beneficial compounds out of the plant than other extraction methods.
Although some compounds used during extraction do a better job than others, it is impossible to purge 100% of any solvent from your extract, and some solvents can be harmful. It’s wisest to purchase products that don’t use toxic or subpar compounds in any part of their extraction process. Compounds like Butane and Hexane are toxic, and other compounds like CO2 don’t extract as effectively (furthermore, CO2 can lead to a rancid product if the CO2 isn’t purged properly). After extracting the CBD from the plant and purging solvents, the oil is then decarboxylated and transformed from the raw form of CBDa to CBD.
With all the variables involved, from the extraction process/practices to the genetics used, CBD oils can vary greatly in quality and safety. It is always best to purchase from a company that not only has certified 3rd party lab analysis, but also a company that explains their process. Inform yourself thoroughly so you can navigate the world of CBD with confidence.
What Does CBD Feel Like?
This question is almost universal. It’s also a great reason to join our Facebook group (CBD 4 Corners Cannabis) so you can interact with other CBD consumers. The truth is that it’s very subjective and most people feel differently from one another when using CBD. Connecting with others that are using CBD for similar issues is useful though. With the help of others, you can diagram how best to use CBD. In all likelihood you’ll find others with situations akin to your own since the spectrum of CBD users ranges widely from people combating mental and physical issues, to pet owners and people looking for better beauty products.
Depending on the CBD consumers age, many people report that they feel decades younger. Many people also feel like the did before life started dragging them down. There is no ‘high’ associated with CBD consumption. Many people will however feel sharp with less brain fog as it may feel like it is working like a nootropic. Others will feel a relief in pain. Others will just feel much better in general in many different ways.
Taking CBD orally and/or sublingually (under the tongue) is the most common method of consumption. People looking for long term relief tend to have the greatest success taking their CBD this way since the effects can last long enough to get a person through a full day with a single dose.
Vaping CBD is great for people looking for rapid onset. When vaping, the effects can be felt but are not as lasting as those with oral consumption. As a side note, this method also requires less liquid per dose than other modes of intake. It’s important to highlight the fact that not all CBD products can be vaped, so if you intend to vape be sure to get a product specifically designed to be taken that way.
Although the science hasn’t yet been settled, It’s widely thought that topical CBD doesn’t cross the blood barrier unless the topical contains specific skin penetrants such as DMSO. It’s for this reason that CBD topicals are generally only used for localized relief. People who struggle with neuropathy tend to like this method of CBD use. Since they are more effective for localized relief, customers often get the best results if they use topicals in conjunction with other CBD intake methods like vaping and sublingual/oral ingestion.
Giving CBD a try is definitely worthwhile given the innumerable testimonials of people and their pets making a complete 180 degree turnaround in their lives: going from anxious to calm, going from scatterbrained to focused, going from agonizing pain to comfortable mobility, going from inflammation to relief, and more. All humans and many animals have an Endocannabinoids System in their body which is solely responsible for processing cannabinoids into a form that our body benefits from, so we might as well use it. When you feed a starving system then it can completely change the way you feel!
What Are Terpenes?
Terpenes are a large, diverse class of organic compounds produced by a variety of plants, and in some cases produced by insects as well. They often have a strong odor, so it’s theorized that terpenes protect the organisms that produce them by deterring herbivores and by attracting predators and/or parasites of those herbivores. Although sometimes grouped in with terpenes, “terpenoids” (or isoprenoids) are actually modified terpenes. Terpenoids contain additional functional groups, whereas terpenes are hydrocarbons.
Cannabis plants are constantly evolving, whether through natural selection or with a helping hand from mankind, to better protect themselves. Since terpenes are a huge facet of self defense for plants, the terpenes that make the evolutionary cut are the ones that deter pesky insects and protect plants from mold and fungus. Terpenes don’t stop there though; they also synergize with Cannabinoids (THC, CBD, CBC, CBG, etc.) to alter and improve the benefits of cannabis, and they even give different strains unique aromas and flavors. Therefore, Cannabis breeders are not only breeding for Cannabinoids, but carefully breeding for terpenes as well.
Many companies add terpenes to their products rather than sourcing terpene-rich hemp. These terpenes can be derived from the Cannabis and a whole host of other plants. For instance, Limonene can be found in Cannabis or it can be sourced from orange peels that have been distilled to isolate the compound. Myrcene is a terpene found in mangos, and Beta Caryophyllene is a terpene found in black pepper. Although many companies supplement terpenes into their products, it doesn’t seem to offer the same enhancement that naturally occurring cannabis terpenes offer. Many companies claim the results from naturally-occurring and supplemented terpenes are equivalent, but this has yet to be scientifically substantiated. Your goal should be flavor alone when supplementing terpenes into Cannabis products.
Terpenes are a key piece of the puzzle when searching for effective products since they contribute to the Entourage Effect. This ‘Effect’ details how the Terpenes, Cannabinoids, and other beneficial plant compounds synergize with one another to create an effect more powerful than the sum total of their individual parts. CO2 extractions are often touted as the superior extraction method, but in truth they don’t yield the same variety and concentration of compounds that gentle Organic Ethanol (drinking alcohol) extractions do. Essentially, genetics high in Terpene and Cannabinoid content and ethanol extractions are a match made in heaven. This gives the consumers the most bang for their buck when it comes to quality, potency, and the power of the entourage effect.
Are Cannabis And Hemp The Same?
Many people think that hemp and cannabis are two entirely different things. As a matter of fact though, hemp is a type of cannabis. It’s bred to contain less than 0.3% THC per federal regulation (when it contains above 0.3% THC it’s considered marijuana). In the same way that dogs are wolves, hemp is cannabis. In this case, the hemp is likened to the dog and cannabis to the wolf. Cannabis is the plant genus, while hemp and marijuana are sub categories. This means that all hemp is cannabis, but not all cannabis is hemp.
What are the different types of hemp? This question often arises when consumers are trying to figure out the difference in quality between CBD products. There is plenty of confusion on this subject, the primary reason being that there are different grades of hemp. The following are the three main varieties from which people make CBD products.
– Fiber Hemp
– Fiber Hemp semi rich in CBD
– Cannabinoid and Terpene-rich Hemp
Fiber Hemp has been around for thousands of years and is bred for the specific purpose of creating strong and durable fiber. Breeding hemp this way has one key drawback though; it lends itself to a crop that is largely void of the plant compounds that are so beneficial to our health.
Fiber hemp semi rich in CBD can contain up to 10% CBD. Finola which hails from Finland is a perfect example of this kind of hemp. It lies somewhere between traditional fiber hemp and cannabinoid and terpene-rich Hemp. Although all types of fiber hemp generally contain high levels of phyto-toxins, their CBD can be broken down into CBD isolate to clean it up a bit and reduce the likelihood of side effects resulting from those toxins. Interestingly, Project CBD made the claim a few years back that 3% CBD content could be deemed CBD rich; so naturally, many companies who use fiber hemp ran with this idea and marketed their products as CBD rich in spite of the subpar genetics they were using. Due to their lack of terpene content, Fiber Hemp plants tend to smell like hay and are not very effective for addressing symptoms and ailments that people typically turn to CBD for.
Cannabinoid and terpene-rich hemp is bred for human consumption and doesn’t contain the phyto-toxins found in fiber hemp. This allows for safe extraction of full-spectrum oils and full-spectrum CBD products. Full-spectrum products are the most highly regarded among consumers who are serious about CBD. What does that term mean? In essence, the term full-spectrum just means that an extract isn’t a CBD isolate (pure CBD). From the standpoint of quality, the full-spectrum approach is definitely a step in the right direction since CBD on its own does very little. For some odd reason though, some companies still brag that they have the purest CBD when they use isolates for their products.
So if ‘Full Spectrum’ applies to anything that isn’t a CBD isolate, what does this tell us? It tells us that the extractors try to retain multiple compounds from the plant rather than just CBD. Technically though, companies can still advertise that they make ‘Full Spectrum’ products even when using Fiber Hemp as their source material. So if you are looking for a TRUE Full Spectrum CBD product with a Complete Spectrum of compounds, go with a company that uses genetics boasting over 15% CBD, 2% terpenes, and is extracted with organic alcohol.
What Cannabis Is Right For Me?
Is there a perfect cannabis strain for each individual? Is there a perfect way for every last person to enjoy cannabis? Probably not. That being said, there are likely many cannabis strains and intake methods that are a great fit for people depending on their reasons for cannabis use.
When seeking a euphoric high, you’ll want cannabis that is high in THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol). This particular type of cannabis is also commonly referred to as marijuana. The decision process is often more refined than that, though; A few additional variables will help you dial in the best match for your needs. Looking at a strain’s terpene profile is a great place to start. For instance, if you want to try marijuana that doesn’t get you quite so ‘high’, try something that has lower THC content, higher CBD content, and smells of oranges. This smell comes from Limonene, a terpene found on certain strains of the cannabis plant as well as certain citrus fruits. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a ‘high’ that relaxes you, look for a strain that is high in Myrcene, a terpene also found in mangos. Alternatively, Sativas that are low in Myrcene tend to give an energetic ‘buzz’.
If you want to completely avoid the ‘high’, Hemp-derived CBD products are the way to go. They contain less than .3% THC. There are several different domains to explore in the world of CBD. Firstly, for those merely looking to experiment with CBD, isolates are a good starting point because they’re relatively inexpensive. The big drawback is that isolates aren’t very effective for symptom relief. If you have ailments that you are hoping to combat, CBD products that contain a spectrum of compounds are likely going to be a far better fit for you.
Full Spectrum products, on the other hand, are becoming very popular in the CBD industry because of the outstanding results many people get when using them. Be sure to research the company you purchase from though, because many businesses misleadingly market their products as full spectrum. It’s optimal to find TRUE full spectrum (or complete spectrum as we like to call it) products that use organic alcohol extractions and high quality hemp as their source: hemp that’s been carefully bred to maximize the presence of healing compounds when the plants mature. 4 Corners Cannabis is a great example of a company that offers Complete Spectrum products like this.
Another consideration to find what’s right for you is your prefered method of cannabis consumption. Smoking marijuana is the ideal intake method when looking for a ‘heady buzz’. Vaping marijuana distillate or dabbing marijuana concentrate will produce a more pharmaceutical feeling. Edibles, on the other hand, will give the user a different feeling altogether. They should be eaten in low doses at first because it can take 2 hours for the effects to peak.
If CBD is your go-to cannabis product, oral consumption is a great way to go for long term relief (tinctures are most commonly used for this). Those typically take 30 to 90 minutes to take effect. If you want a product that kicks in quickly, CBD vape liquids are a great alternative. Not much is needed to achieve the desired effects when vaping CBD, but those effects won’t last the way that the effects from oral consumption do. They fade much more quickly. CBD topicals are great for localised relief. If you’re looking for a rub that alleviates sore muscles or neuropathy, topicals are a great route to go.
Hopefully this small bit of guidance helps you begin your journey with cannabis and make an informed decision. Don’t be afraid to continue to research and further educate yourself. Science is constantly uncovering more and more of the mysterious, impressive, and pivotal properties that make the cannabis plant such an enigma. We should all be excited about what discoveries are waiting just around the corner.
Can Cannabis Go Bad?
Of course it can. Most plants and plant material can degrade, deteriorate and wither due to both natural forces and human intervention (or lack thereof).
Harmful mold spores are the most likely culprit when cannabis goes bad, but there are other usual suspects as well, and they can be caused by a variety of factors.
The first of these factors is what’s known as “bud rot”. This is often the result of consistent and relentless heavy rain. Nothing is worse than going out to look at your plants one day only to find that your buds are rotting, so if you live in an area that receives excessive precipitation it’s best to regularly give your plants a good shake to to get as much water off and out of the buds as you can.
“Powdery mildew” is another issue you might encounter; this is a white powder-looking substance that covers your plants. It is often found on zucchini plants as well, and word to the wise… you don’t want powdery mildew in your system. While there are many organic ways to solve this particular issue, it’s best to be proactive and avoid it in the first place. Here are a few basic mold-prevention tips: Water the soil, not the plants; dispose of infected leaves and stems; make sure the plants aren’t crowded; repeat steps one through three.
Thirdly, bugs might be the problem. Bugs can decimate your plants. And if they don’t do so right away, your plants will still be hanging on for dear life until you resolve the issue. Fortunately, there are some relatively simple yet effective solutions when your plants are overrun by bugs. One of the most popular methods uses predatory bugs that eat and eliminate destructive bugs without causing harm to your plants.
Drying too many plants at the same time can be a major blunder as well. Many hemp farmers grow more plants than they can harvest in an adequate and appropriate manner. Wet plant material is often clumped together too tightly, not allowing plants to breathe and dry. What‘s the result? You guessed it: unhealthy levels of mold. Furthermore, improper drying before curing can lead to problems, so make sure you wait until the branches snap before you try to throw your buds in a jar to cure.
In short, cannabis can definitely go bad, but there are plenty of protocols that diligent growers can use to keep their crop healthy and happy. Apply some of this knowledge to make your awesome plants even better!
How Is Cannabis Grown?
Growing cannabis is not terribly different from growing a tomato plant, but there are several factors and considerations that can affect the trajectory of any grow. Not only is a good light source needed, but other factors such as PH, nutrients, and watering among others need to be taken into account.
When choosing a light source there are two basic options: natural light from the sun, and man-made light sources. The sun offers the best variety of wavelengths and is often touted as the best light to grow under. When growing indoors however, sunlight isn’t really an option. Instead, indoor plants are completely reliant on artificial lights such as LED’s , metal halide, fluorescent bulbs, high pressure sodium, and more. Light sources are not created equal, but many offer utility in different stages of plant growth.
The pH of your water source is the next variable to sort out. It’s important as it can positively or negatively affect your plant’s growth. When pH is optimized, plants absorb and uptake nutrients at their greatest efficiency. When water doesn’t have that perfect pH level, not to worry. It can still be fine tuned by adding compounds that either raise or lower pH levels to fit different needs. Even with a great water source, it’s also important to avoid overwatering as well as underwatering. A grower with a green thumb can tell when plants are thirsty simply by lifting the pot and gauging the weight, but until achieving that level of mastery plants should be monitored frequently and carefully.
Many different types of nutrients can be used to keep growing cannabis plants healthy. Those who grow hydroponically are often stuck using synthetic compounds for their nutrient regimens, but many farmers that grow in dirt also use synthetics even though they aren’t restricted to that protocol. The primary issue with this approach is that so many consumers are sensitive to inorganic nutrients. As a general rule, growing organically is best for everyone involved, from the responsible farmer to the satisfied consumer. Purchasing products that have been grown organically is a key piece of the puzzle as well, so be cautious not to overlook the sourcing of any product used in a grow.
Lighting Cycles are paramount for growing cannabis correctly and a piece that many beginners are not aware of. A cannabis plant produces new branches and leaf growth during what’s known as the vegetative cycle. Throughout this phase, it’s important to give your plant at least 14 hours of light per 24 hours to deter it from entering its flowering stage. Indoor growers will often give their plants 18 to 24 hours of sunlight per day to ensure that their plant stays in the vegetative cycle. It’s important to use this cycle to grow your plant to the desired size before putting it into the flowering cycle. The vegetative cycle can last anywhere from a month to beyond a year depending on the size you want your finished plant to be. When the grower decides to start the flowering phase, it’s time to switch up the light cycle. Alternating 12 hours of light with 12 hours of darkness each day, your cannabis plant will start developing flowers. This cycle is also variable, and can last anywhere between 6 weeks to several months depending on personal preference and which strain is being grown.
If you are new to growing, it’s a great idea to buy a grow book which can be found online and at many local bookstores. Research will be your best friend when you’re just starting out. Cannabis is relatively easy to grow once you have all the basics down, but certain protocols need to be observed if you want to have a successful grow. On that note, good luck on your cannabis journey!
Can Cannabis Cause Insomnia?
Cannabis effects different people in vastly different ways. It relaxes some people to the point of becoming contented and lazy couch potatoes. For others though, it can motivate them to focus and knock out their chores, checklists, and even their work for the day. Although it may make some individuals lazy, there are business professionals, doctors, professional athletes, and more who use cannabis on a daily basis. Both Marijuana and Hemp are versatile tools, but can THC cause insomnia?
The short answer is: probably not. Many people actually use marijuana as a sleep aid, just as they use marijuana to help them wind down at the end of a stressful day. However, when people who use marijuana regularly choose to take a hiatus from consumption, they often experience difficulty sleeping. This is usually the result of the body becoming accustomed to the feeling that marijuana induces. Frankly, the same rings true when quitting coffee.
In spite of the fact that marijuana use isn’t directly linked to insomnia, some people do get an energizing effect from marijuana use. As an example, countless people consume marijuana and feel the need to create. When painting, making music, writing, or doing anything creative, cannabis seems to facilitate the creative process: to make it easier to focus all of your energy on the project at hand. The drawback? You may end up writing an entire novel in your head while your only intention is catch some Z’s. With a personality type like this, you may have trouble falling asleep directly after marijuana use. In this case, it’s typically best to cut yourself off for at least a few hours before bedtime. What about hemp-derived products though? Does CBD cause insomnia?
The same that can be said for THC can largely be said about CBD in this case. Many individuals experience great success when using CBD as a sleep aid. Alternatively, CBD can bring focus, but it seems to lend itself to a more productive focus that allows the user to zero in specifically on getting sleep. That being said, if you are using a CBD product that is doing more harm than good for your sleep, taking it earlier in the day is likely the quick fix that you need. If that isn’t cutting it, you may want to find a product that doesn’t offer as much energy.
Given the numerous reported benefits that cannabis may offer, almost everyone can find a way to use it in harmony with the other facets of their lives, including sleep, energy, focus, pain management and beyond. It often just takes some time to find the sweet spot and dial it in for yourself.
The Best CBD in Durango?
Situated perfectly between the high desert and the alpine mountains, the Durango area boasts some of the most beautiful scenery in the entire country, not to mention boundless adventure. But where can curious visitors and adventurers find quality CBD in the area?
Since the CBD market has blossomed into one of the fastest growing industries over the past few years, It can actually be found in many reliable places locally. In some stores you can even toss CBD products in the cart during your routine grocery outing!
Word to the wise though, be sure you get your CBD from a reliable supplier: a company that grows their hemp organically, controls the whole operation from seed to bottle, and provides 3rd-party lab tests for their products.
People and pets alike are using CBD to combat a whole slew of ailments and symptoms. Most major medical studies on CBD have yet to be completed, but some are reaching promising conclusions already. In fact, according to an article by Devon Johnson at additudemag.com, “Early research suggests that cannabidiol (CBD) may help patients with epilepsy. It is also believed to relieve pain, anxiety, mood disorders, and even acne.”
Although CBD will be in a trial-and-error space until more conclusive studies are completed, there are thousands of anecdotes from people whose lives have been completely changed by adding it to their daily routine (furthermore, it’s hemp-derived and not marijuana-derived, so you can take CBD anywhere in the country). Whatever your symptoms, CBD may be worth a try for you!
But how do you get your hands on the best CBD in Durango? Where can you find premium CBD in the land of the mighty Animas River and the soaring Fort Lewis Skyhawks? Look no further! At 4 Corners Cannabis, we’re proud of how hard we work to produce the best organic CBD products on the market and the absolute best CBD in Durango.
Browse our selection of pet products, tinctures, and topicals made from the highest quality hemp extract out there. With 100 percent control of the entire operation from seed to bottle, we can ensure that our customers get to reap the benefits from the organic hemp that we grow right here in La Plata County.
If you’re looking for local stores that carry 4 Corners Cannabis, It’s always available at our Cannabuddies storefront across from Kassidy’s Kitchen. Our CBD products can also be found at everyone’s favorite local grocery store, Nature’s Oasis.
Whether buying in store or at our website, we know 4 Corners Cannabis is the best CBD you’ll find in Durango, as well as the 4 Corners Region at large.
What are the 6 Major Cannabinoids?
There are well over 100 known cannabinoids in the cannabis plant. The ratios of these cannabinoids will vary greatly depending on the genetic makeup of the strain that you’re working with. Of these cannabinoids, there are six primary compounds that are piquing the interest of the medical community and the nation as a whole. What are the six major Cannabinoids? They are as follows.
CBD CBD is the cannabinoid that’s blown up in popularity and significance over the past few years. CBD is the shorthand for Cannabidiol. While people still look at it as snake oil, this cannabinoid is helping millions of people and pets who suffer from innumerable ailments. The most noteworthy of these has been treatment for epilepsy.
THC Easily the most well known cannabinoid, THC is notorious for its psychoactive effects that many refer to as a “high”. THC is the commonly used abbreviation for Tetrahydrocannabinol. Even if it gets a bad rap for getting people high, THC also has health benefits of its own. For instance, studies are beginning to reveal its neuroprotective properties.
Now for some cannabinoids that you haven’t heard of before!
CBN CBN, otherwise known as Cannabinol, is formed when THC or THCa are aged and oxidized (exposed to heat and/or light). Here at 4 Corners Cannabis, we don’t let our hemp plants finish to the point of developing more than a small amount of THC. We also don’t decarb our extract to the point of turning that THC into CBN. Because of this, CBN is a cannabinoid from this list that shows ND (not detectable) on our Cannabichromene. Aside from its ability to promote neural stem progenitor health, CBC seems to do a great job fighting acne.
THCV Tetrahydrocannabivarin is quite a mouth full, so it’s much easier to use the abbreviated form of the word, THCV. This cannabinoid is formed when it’s heated and decarboxylated from its acid form, THCVA (the form it’s in when the cannabis plant is harvested). It’s thought to be effective in the treatment of not only seizures, but panic disorders like PTSD as well.
CBG While it shares some health benefits with other cannabinoids, Cannabigerol is ultimately the most important. Why, you ask? Because it’s the progenitor to CBD, THC, and certain other cannabinoids. It’s essentially a stem cell cannabinoid, and without it the Cannabis plant wouldn’t be nearly as beneficial. There seems to be a positive effect when using CBG for depression, systemic or localized inflammation, and even Crohn’s disease! The only cannabinoid on this list that isn’t directly formed by CBG is CBN (although they’re connected indirectly via THC).
The bottom line is that Cannabis provides much more for us than just CBD and THC. It provides an array of compounds that result in the ultimate benefit: the Entourage Effect. With the complexity of Cannabis and developing research, we’ll likely have to tac 6 more cannabinoids to this list within a year or two!
What are the New USDA Regulations for Hemp?
At the end of October, we all received a surprising and somewhat refreshing update! The USDA has finally put regulations into place that are helping to further codify the 2018 Farm Bill.
We’re glad to see this step in the right direction as it will help legitimize CBD and the hemp industry at large. Some rules may be temporary, and some more permanent, but at least there are rules in place now! Here are a few of the exciting developments in that area.
First and foremost, the USDA is ensuring that all states and tribes acquire approved procedures and plans for the cultivation of hemp in their respective jurisdictions. The USDA will review and either approve or deny state and tribal procedures within 60 days of receiving a given application. All hemp cultivation plans must include the following:
A procedure for testing hemp plants within 15 days of the anticipated harvest
Plans must also test in a way that is representative of the entire hemp lot
The state or tribal entity responsible for said testing must have complete access to all land and structures used for the cultivation, handling, and storage of hemp
Harvest cannot occur before samples are taken for testing
State and tribal procedures must see to it that noncompliant hemp (hemp that has greater than 0.3% THC) is destroyed and reported to the USDA as well
In the event that a state or tribal entity do not have an approved plan within the allotted time frame, farmers can apply for a USDA issued hemp cultivation license. The only limitation on this would be a state or tribal entity that prohibits hemp cultivation in lands under their jurisdiction.
Most importantly for CBD companies, states and tribes can no longer prevent the transportation of hemp or hemp products over state lines when said hemp/hemp products were grown and made in compliance with an approved state or tribal plan.
Secondly, the USDA is taking steps to minimize the number of bad players in the industry. When applicants apply for a USDA hemp producer license, they must undergo a criminal background check. Anyone with a felony on their record will be ineligible to participate in the legal hemp industry for 10 years. Individuals who have felonies on their records are not subject to this, however, if they were producing hemp legally under the provisions of the 2014 Farm Bill prior to December 20th, 2018.
Once a USDA license is issued, it covers a hemp producer until December 31st three years after the year of issue.
Thirdly, the USDA is offering a bit of leeway for hemp cultivators with regards to THC content in crops. This is a breath of fresh air since most hemp cultivators aren’t trying to break the law. It’s a shame if a farmer has to destroy their crop because it tests at 0.31 THC. This new leniency is an attempt to protect those who are trying to grow a compliant hemp crop but don’t quite meet the standards.
No lab test is perfect, so labs must now report their “measurement of uncertainty” or “MU” to the USDA. What this essentially means is that they are providing a margin of error for mistakes they or their equipment might make. For any given hemp sample, 0.3 THC, any sample testing at 0.35% THC or lower would be protected from penalty.
Furthermore, even if a hemp cultivator fails a sample test, it doesn’t disqualify them from growing hemp the following year. A hemp cultivator’s license can be revoked if they knowingly violate the federal THC limitations three times within a five year period.
We’re elated to see that the USDA is finally weighing in on hemp regulations and setting up some boundaries to separate responsible growers from the negligent ones. Hopefully the next year brings even more promise and legitimacy for hemp farmers trying to make an honest living.