For 20+ years The Little Herb House has focused on growing herbs and creating herbal products that enhance health, wellness and aroma. So it’s only natural that the hemp plant, Cannabis Sativa L, would make a grand arrival to The Little Herb House line of products in 2019!
History of Hemp & CBD
Hemp cultivation has not always been a source of controversy. This hearty plant was once an agricultural staple. Hemp seeds and strong, durable hemp fibers were relied upon for numerous products. Early American settlers used hemp to make building materials, cloth, paper, rope, and canvas. During Colonial times, farmers were required to grow hemp, and several colonies used hemp as legal tender. Then with the enactment of the 1937 Marijuana Tax Act, cannabis plants became illegal. It was during the government’s efforts to discourage marijuana use that hemp became an innocent bystander in the crossfire!
The Hemp Farming Act of 2018 was a proposed law to remove hemp (defined as cannabis with less than 0.3% THC) from the Schedule I controlled substances and make it an ordinary agricultural commodity. Its provisions were incorporated in the 2018 United States farm bill that became law on December 20, 2018. So what is the significance of this law and what exactly does it mean for us?
Provisions clearly separate the definition of hemp versus marijuana removing any potential grey areas. When the shades of grey resolve to black and white, there will be no more reason to debate, or explain, the legality of hemp in the US.
Destigmatization of Hemp Products
There is still a stigma associated with hemp use. With the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill clearly recognizing the legality of hemp products, we believe much of the uneasiness some people experience when considering the use of hemp CBD will be resolved.
An Increase in Hemp-derived CBD Research
CBD is one of the many potentially beneficial cannabinoids found in cannabis extract. Hemp CBD provides all the potential health and wellness benefits as marijuana without the risk of intoxication. Prior to the Farm Bill, it was difficult for researchers to obtain funding for hemp oil research. By removing federal restrictions, researchers gain access to federally-funded research programs to further investigate the potential medicinal benefits of hemp oil.
Beginning Your Journey with Hemp & CBD
What is CBD
CBD is the common abbreviation for cannabidiol, a non-intoxicating cannabinoid found in cannabis plants. There are two potential sources of CBD, hemp and marijuana.
How does CBD work?
CBD interacts with your Endocannabinoid System (ECS), a network of messengers and receptors that regulates essential functions within your body. CBD mimics the effects of the Endocannabinoid System messengers produced in your body and interacts with your endocannabinoid receptors to keep this essential system functioning efficiently.
CBD Products for Beginners
CBD products fall into many categories – edibles, tinctures, vaporizers, topicals. When selecting CBD for the first time, it’s essential to find a product you will be comfortable using. New CBD users should start with a small serving to see how cannabinoids affect you. By starting low and increasing in small increments, you will ideally find the smallest amount of CBD you need for the best results. It’s essential to select products from companies that rely on third-party testing to ensure product potency and purity (all CBD products carried by The Little Herb House offer third-party lab results).
The Little Herb House will continue to offer regular blog posts about CBD, promoting education and the #cbdmovement, an effort to steamroll change across the nation, inspiring consumers to think about alternative methods of healing, as well as changing the mindset of the stigmatized cannabis industry. Stay tuned, but until then, take a look at the CBD products menu at The Little Herb House.