CBN

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In the previous article, we discussed the benefits of the lesser-known cannabinoid, CBG.  In this post, we will highlight the cannabinoid CBN, or Cannabinol.  CBN is best known as the cannabinoid that forms as THC matures and ages.  When THC is exposed to oxygen, the degradation process turns THC into CBN. No need to be alarmed, CBN contains zero THC as the compound makeup becomes different altogether.  Compare this transformation to that of fine wine…age is better!  

CBN was first identified by Robert Sydney Cahn in the 1930s and was one of the first cannabinoids to be studied and researched.  People originally believed CBN was responsible for the “high” associated with THC.  Like all other cannabinoids, it is thought to interact with your body’s endocannabinoid system causing a desired effect.  Let’s dive into the potential benefits of CBN below.

CBN is said to be the most effective cannabinoid in terms of sedation.  Early research dating back to 1976 supports CBN’s efficacy in combating sleep related issues.  Additional studies done on test subjects have shown that CBN can assist in extending sleep time.  A 2017 study done by Steep Hill Labs found that CBN may provide the same results as pharmaceutical sleep medication minus the negative side effects.  Further research surrounding is certainly necessary regarding sleep and CBN, but initial findings look to be very promising.

The anti-inflammatory properties of CBN also appear to be evident.  Test subjects with experimental asthma showed a reduction in inflammation and a lessening of lung mucus production.  These anti-inflammatory benefits could also extend to other parts of the body including joints and the eyes.

In addition, CBN is thought be helpful for bone healing and growth.  Studies show that it may promote bone growth by activating stem cells.  This may also indicate its potential use in helping with bone fractures and osteoporosis.

As further studies are done on Cannabinol, the proposed benefits are very encouraging.  The medical field has shown a recent increase in attention with CBN, as the every-day person are taking note of the therapeutic effects.

References
https://thesleepdoctor.com/2018/10/03/is-cbn-the-next-big-thing-in-cannabis-therapy-for-sleep-mood-and-health/?cn-reloaded=1
https://www.leafly.com/news/science-tech/what-is-cbn-and-what-are-the-benefits-of-this-cannabinoid
https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/sleep-newzzz/201908/research-shows-9-potential-health-benefits-cbn

What is CBN?

In the previous article, we discussed the benefits of the lesser-known cannabinoid, CBG.  In this post, we will highlight the cannabinoid CBN, or Cannabinol.  CBN is best known as the cannabinoid that forms as THC matures and ages.  When THC is exposed to oxygen, the degradation process turns THC into CBN. No need to be alarmed, CBN contains zero THC as the compound makeup becomes different altogether.  Compare this transformation to that of fine wine…age is better!  

CBN was first identified by Robert Sydney Cahn in the 1930s and was one of the first cannabinoids to be studied and researched.  People originally believed CBN was responsible for the “high” associated with THC.  Like all other cannabinoids, it is thought to interact with your body’s endocannabinoid system causing a desired effect.  Let’s dive into the potential benefits of CBN below.

CBN is said to be the most effective cannabinoid in terms of sedation.  Early research dating back to 1976 supports CBN’s efficacy in combating sleep related issues.  Additional studies done on test subjects have shown that CBN can assist in extending sleep time.  A 2017 study done by Steep Hill Labs found that CBN may provide the same results as pharmaceutical sleep medication minus the negative side effects.  Further research surrounding is certainly necessary regarding sleep and CBN, but initial findings look to be very promising.

The anti-inflammatory properties of CBN also appear to be evident.  Test subjects with experimental asthma showed a reduction in inflammation and a lessening of lung mucus production.  These anti-inflammatory benefits could also extend to other parts of the body including joints and the eyes.

In addition, CBN is thought be helpful for bone healing and growth.  Studies show that it may promote bone growth by activating stem cells.  This may also indicate its potential use in helping with bone fractures and osteoporosis.

As further studies are done on Cannabinol, the proposed benefits are very encouraging.  The medical field has shown a recent increase in attention with CBN, as the every-day person are taking note of the therapeutic effects.

References
https://thesleepdoctor.com/2018/10/03/is-cbn-the-next-big-thing-in-cannabis-therapy-for-sleep-mood-and-health/?cn-reloaded=1
https://www.leafly.com/news/science-tech/what-is-cbn-and-what-are-the-benefits-of-this-cannabinoid
https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/sleep-newzzz/201908/research-shows-9-potential-health-benefits-cbn

CBG

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Over the past 70 years, science has continued to propel cannabis to the forefront of our everyday lives, not to mention, science has been one of the greatest truth advocates for cannabis.  The discovery of cannabinoids and a scientific understanding of how they affect the body have been vital to the cannabis world.  Dating back to the 1960’s, scientists were able to separate the individual cannabinoids and study each one of those cannabinoids with greater detail.  Major cannabinoids such as CBD and THC were isolated while additional cannabinoids such as CBG, CBC, CBN and many others, were also identified. This gave researchers a platform to truly grasp the nature of each compound. One in particular, CBG, will be in the subject of this article. Before we go into too much detail, let’s give a little recap on how cannabinoids work.

By definition, cannabinoids are chemical compounds produced by the cannabis flowers. They work their magic by interacting with the Endocannabinoid system, a network of receptors found in the central & peripheral nervous systems, brain, immune cells, fat, and muscle. This correspondence plays a crucial role in your body’s biological functions, affecting sleep, pain, inflammation, etc… 

In 1964, Israeli researchers discovered the non-psychoactive compound known as CBG, the first cannabinoid to develop in cannabis at harvest, earning the nickname “The Mother of Cannabinoids”.  After discovery, the potential medicinal benefits of this cannabinoid were realized.

The human eye is full of endocannabinoid receptors, allowing cannabinoids to have a substantial impact on that area.  With this knowledge, CBG in particular is thought to hold a large influence amongst all cannabinoids.  By reducing intraocular pressure and accelerating the draining of eye fluids, conditions such as glaucoma may be alleviated. A study conducted by the Department of Ophthalmology at West Virginia Health Sciences Center North in Morgantown uncovered, “…Both CBG and THC produced a two-to-three-fold increase in aqueous outflow facility. These results suggest that cannabigerol (CBG) and related cannabinoids may have therapeutic potential for the treatment of glaucoma.”

Many also believe that CBG may carry anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties. Research indicates that CBG may be one of the most effective mechanisms in combating methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, one of the most prevalent hospital superbugs. 

In addition, CBG’s ability to demonstrate anti-tumor properties look promising. Studies done by Cannabics Pharmaceuticals have shown encouraging results on human Gastrointestinal cancer cells. Dr. Eyal Ballan noted, “Gastrointestinal cancers are amongst the leading and most wide-spread causes of cancer-related deaths worldwide…We believe that these preliminary results vindicate our vision; which is to bring personalization into cannabinoid-based cancer treatments.”

Finally, CBG is thought to be effective as an appetite stimulant. In a study published by the US National Institute of Health, test subjects were given either a dosage of CBG or a placebo.  Subjects given CBG doubled their food intake.  No change occurred in the subjects given the placebo.  As research continues with this cannabinoid, the vast benefits are promising.  Although not as popular in the mainstream as it’s cousins, CBD or THC, the medical community has shown an increase in research focus with CBG, and other lesser known cannabinoids, and continue to unlock its therapeutic qualities.

References
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1965836
https://cbdtesters.co/2019/12/09/can-cbg-be-the-answer-to-treating-glaucoma/
https://www.healtheuropa.eu/cannabinoids-cbc-and-cbg-exhibit-anti-tumour-properties-on-cancer-cells/97058/

Benefits of Melatonin in our CBD Nano-Gels

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Ah, sleep!  Those nerve-signaling chemicals called neurotransmitters that aid in “switching off” the body, are linked to perhaps one of the most necessary fundamental activities to promote one’s brain health and well-being…and that means sleep.  I think of nothing that sounds better after a long day of work or travel. Falling asleep as soon as your head hits the pillow, sleeping a solid 7-8 hours through the night, and waking up refreshed. If only it were that easy for most of us…we’ve all been there before, restlessly tossing and turning in bed, mind racing and unable to fall asleep.  The more you try to turn your brain off, the harder it becomes to get your necessary rest. However, you’re certainly not alone if you suffer from sleep issues. According to the American Sleep Association, a staggering 50-70 million US adults have a sleeping disorder with roughly one out of three reporting issues with insomnia. The negative consequences associated with sleep deprivation extend far beyond fatigue and lack of sharpness the following day, they can also be extremely detrimental to your long-term quality of life. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes that insufficient sleep statistically increases rates of depression, obesity, asthma, diabetes, heart disease, etc…


Fortunately, there are ways to help combat these problems. While not a sedative, CBD by itself is thought to have anti-anxiety and antidepressant qualities, making it easier for us ‘normal’ folk to relax before bed.  In addition to CBD, melatonin also promotes sleep, but works in a different way to do so. Berkeley Gold’s Broad Spectrum CBD Nano-Gels with Melatonin pack a powerful one-two punch to tackle all various forms of sleep related issues. While many of us are familiar with melatonin, and possibly have experience with this supplement, it’s important to expand on what it is and why we insist on combining it with Berkeley Gold CBD to promote a solid night’s sleep.

Melatonin is a hormone naturally produced by the pineal gland, a pea-sized gland located just above the middle of your brain. It helps control your internal clock, letting your body know when it’s time to sleep and awaken. The body will naturally produce more melatonin at night, with greater amounts produced as our environment gets darker. Unfortunately, our everyday lifestyles, affectionately referred to as ‘modern life’ can disrupt melatonin production. Late nights at the office, too much blue light screen time on your smart phone, and even jet lag can cause disruptions in melatonin production. As a result, many people supplement with melatonin to help with decreased natural levels. The Sleep Foundation recommends 1mg as an effective dosage. Research also suggests that melatonin carries powerful antioxidant properties and can protect cardiovascular health.


While users consistently rave about their sleep improvements from our CBD standalone, adding melatonin to our Nano-Gels was icing on the cake. Each Berkeley Gold Nano-Gel comes loaded with 25mg of CBD along with other phytocannabinoids and 1mg of melatonin to boost efficiency and absorption. The combination of CBD and melatonin is showing to be an effective, natural way to boost melatonin levels and encourage sleep for even the most restless individuals.

References
https://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements-melatonin/art-20363071
https://www.sleepfoundation.org/articles/melatonin-and-sleep

CBD In Professional Sports

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Sports! Many of us participated in sports, of varying degrees, as youngsters. This may come as a surprise, but growing up in Texas as a boy, it’s nearly a requirement to play football. We’d put the helmet and pads on like we were pros and try to emulate many of yesteryear’s greats on the gridiron. While football is still one of the most popular extracurriculars, it’s hard to deny the popularity of global sports in golf, basketball and Mixed Martial Arts, among others.

When it comes to athletics, we all recognize that injuries are ultimately inevitable. For professional athletes, whether in-season, off-season, or post-career, dealing with residual aches and pains is commonplace and becomes second nature. Most professional athletes will admit that they will take any measure to stay on the field; availability is their number one priority. As a result, for some current and former athletes, turning to addictive opioid painkillers and other unhealthy substances has not been uncommon. The number of present and former athletes who have become addicted to these substances is equal parts staggering and heartbreaking. Fortunately, as the science and benefits of CBD become more understood, many of them are turning natural cannabinoids due to the numerous therapeutic benefits (many of the CBD benefits can be found in previous Field of Gold blog posts). Professional sports associations, both domestically and internationally, have addressed the topic of allowing their athletes to reap the benefits of CBD and are opening the door to this alternative form of healing.


In 2018, the World Anti-Doping Agency eliminated CBD from its Prohibited List, permitting its use by Olympic athletes and PGA Tour players. Immediately, numerous professional golfers began using CBD. Two-time Masters Tournament winner and CBD advocate Bubba Watson tells TheStreet, “The inflammation in my body, waking up with better sleep…For me, it was all about sleep and trying to get the body right.” In addition, professional mixed martial artists are also turning to CBD to help with relief. Longtime UFC fighter Nate Diaz claims, “It helps with the healing and inflammation process. So it’s best to use it before and after the fights and the training because it improves your life.” Professional tennis also allows for CBD use, with U.S. pro and winner of 12 ATP titles, John Isner signing an endorsement deal with a CBD company in 2019.


The NHL has a very progressive stance, not including CBD and other cannabinoids on its list of banned substances. Last month, Major League Baseball removed CBD and other natural cannabinoids from its Drugs of Abuse List. Many praised this decision due to the increasing use of opioids among players. Speaking on this decision, former New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski mentions, “With the MLB lifting its ban, it’s just a fantastic start, and it would be wonderful to see like NFL and other major sports organizations to start following the lead of the MLB and lifting up that ban.” As we stand, the NFL still prohibits the use of CBD, but they are looking into possible changes in the near future. Hall of Famer and 2x Super Bowl Champion, Terrell Davis tells Bleacher Report, “I believe CBD would have extended by career…because any time you can help your body heal, you can take out the swelling, the inflammation and you can do it in a way that’s natural. I feel like absolutely it would have assisted in that.” Coincidentally, 71% of retired NFL players admitted to abusing painkillers during their playing careers. Moreover, the rate of opioid addiction among former players is 3x higher than the general public. The NFL needs to take note of the natural healing properties associated with CBD and allow its use among current players. Similar to the NFL, the NBA does not allow the use of CBD. Paul Pierce and Al Harrington are a growing list of former players who have endorsed its use.

As good fortune for our respected athletes, momentum is gaining in proponents of removing CBD from the banned substances list. Athletes are recognizing the therapeutic benefits and are using their platform to advocate changes in their leagues. The future of CBD use in professional sports looking promising. Although leagues such as the NBA and NFL have outdated stances, the support for change is evident.

 

References
https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2817407-hall-of-fame-rb-terrell-davis-i-believe-cbd-would-have-extended-my-career
https://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=8e2762cc-1d0a-459b-9918-ce8bb55d7d09
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-football-nfl-pain-feature-idUSKBN1ZR1V4

Benefits of Curcumin in Our CBD Nano-Gels

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At Berkeley Gold, each compound found in our products serves a specific purpose. Whether it’s added to increase your body’s ability to absorb CBD or just to serve as an additional health benefit, we stick to only the purest of ingredients. Our highly effective Broad Spectrum Nano-Gels come in two versions; With melatonin added to one version to complement the CBD and another version containing a curcumin boost. Today’s article will focus on the features and benefits of curcumin.

Let’s start from the beginning and explain where curcumin comes from. Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric, a plant very similar to ginger that thrives in tropical conditions and can grow upwards of three feet tall.  Tumeric is native to South Asia and has been used medicinally in Indian culture for over 4,500 years. The Indian system of medicine uses it to treat breathing issues, fight wound infections, and combat fatigue. Today, curcumin has been shown to carry a multitude of additional health benefits. We’ll dive into their specifics below!

Research suggests that curcumin carries natural anti-inflammatory properties. According to studies, curcumin at the right dosage may be more effective than ibuprofen or aspirin in preventing inflammation. In fact, it specifically blocks NF-kB, a molecule that moves into cells and activates genes responsible for inflammation and other chronic illnesses. Therefore, curcumin fights against inflammation at the molecular level.  

Curcumin is also a natural antioxidant, protecting and ridding your body of free radicals. Free radicals originate inside the human body and externally from exposure to cigarette smoke, air pollution, fried foods, etc… They cause damage to cells, proteins, and DNA which can eventually lead to cancer and other  health problems.  Curcumin’s antioxidant properties and biological structure allow it to neutralize free radicals, therefore preventing their negative impact.  In addition, curcumin can also activate your body’s own antioxidant enzymes.  

It is believed that curcumin may help lower the risk of heart disease, the number one cause of death worldwide. Curcumin improves the function of the endothelium, which is the tissue that forms the lining in the blood vessels and heart. Dysfunction of the endothelium causes problems with blood pressure regulation, blood clotting, etc…Moreover, curcumin’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties also help lower the risk of heart disease. In a study published in the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, 121 people who were undergoing coronary artery bypass surgery were given either a placebo or 4 grams of curcumin a few days before or after the surgery. Those given curcumin had a 65% decreased risk of having a heart attack at the hospital in that given time frame.

Finally, curcumin can also boost levels of the brain hormone BDNF. An increase BDNF enhances growth of new neurons and assists in proper brain function. Conversely, low levels of BDNF have been linked to several brain disorders such as depression and Alzheimer’s disease. Thus, curcumin can protect against degenerative processes in the brain.

The Berkeley Gold Nano-Gels come packed with 25mg of CBD and 10g of curcumin per capsule to maximize efficiency and absorption. CBD combined with curcumin is a natural one-two punch against various health conditions. The quality of our CBD in conjunction with the abundant benefits of curcumin helps further the mission in helping people live healthier lives.

References
https://www.webmd.com/diet/supplement-guide-turmeric#1

CBD For Your Furry Friends

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As humans, our built in endocannabinoid systems allow us to utilize the abundant effects of cannabinoids such as CBD. Believe it or not, dogs and almost all animals except insects also have these same endocannabinoid systems inside their bodies.  Therefore, they can benefit from CBD in the same way we can. We all feel the unconditional love our pets have for us. Regardless of the stresses in our lives, our adoring animals will have our backs, judgement free through thick and thin. All pet owners see the excitement and joy felt by our four legged friends after we return home from a long day at work. On the other hand, we may not notice the separation anxiety they feel after seeing us walk out the door or the achy joints our older ones may experience. Adding CBD to your pet’s life may provide natural relief from these issues. Other benefits may include an increase in appetite, improvements in sleep and a decrease in seizures. Let’s face it, they endure the same ups and downs that us humans experience, so add CBD to your pet’s daily routine so they can live their best life.  

That being said, Berkeley Gold offers CBD infused dog treats so that man’s best friend may experience the benefits you feel with our CBD products. We use the finest ingredients to make sure the delivery system to your animal is held to the same standards of excellence as the products in our human line. Our veterinarian formulated Broad Spectrum chews are THC free, preservative free, and are derived from 100% USA originally compliant hemp.  Each one of our flavorful treats comes packed with 2mg of CBD, so they will receive an optimal serving to suit their need. Give your dog the gift of CBD!  

References
“CBD for Animals .” CBD: A Patient’s Guide to Medicinal Cannabis, by Leonard Leinow and Juliana Birnbaum, North Atlantic Books, 2017, pp. 183–189.

Why We Use MCT In Our Tinctures

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At Berkeley Gold, we list “MCT ” as an ingredient on the back of our tincture line. Simply put, MCT, or medium-chain triglycerides act as a carrier, allowing for a greater concentration of the cannabinoids from our tinctures to be absorbed into your bloodstream! We’ll dive into exactly what this term means and why we insist on using it in all our tinctures.  As the name suggests, MCT is considered  a dietary supplement made from fatty acids, which are naturally found in coconut oil.  Fats found in MCTs differ molecularly from other well-known fats, which can cause a range of health issues when consumed in excess. The essential fatty acids found in MCT help boost energy production, assist in proper brain function, and promote healthy immune and digestive systems.

Unlike other fats you digest, medium-chain triglycerides are directly absorbed and then sent to the liver. There, they are often turned into ketones and used as an energy source. Ketones are produced when the liver breaks down fat and used by the brain as an alternative energy source instead of glucose and sugar. If you are following a ketogenic diet or “keto diet” in which the body burns fat opposed to carbohydrates for fuel, MCT can help your body stay in the fat-burning state known as ketosis. People following these low carbohydrate diets will often supplement with MCT to ensure they are getting enough healthy fats to achieve their desired goals.  Furthermore, medium-chain triglycerides’ unique absorption make them more likely to be used as energy, opposed to being stored as body fat like traditional fats.  

MCTs have been around since the 1950s, initially formulated as alternative food sources for patients unable to digest normal fats and oils. By the 1980s, they began to be studied and marketed for sports applications as well. Marathon runners and other endurance athletes started supplementing with medium-chain triglycerides to boost energy and endurance, in an effort to avoid the insulin spikes and other health problems associated with  high carbohydrate diets. Let’s discuss a few major benefits of MCTs below in more detail…  

The presence of MCT is crucial for a healthy, properly functioning brain.  Medium-chain triglycerides turn into ketones, allowing your brain to utilize the energy and mental clarity to operate at a necessary level. Alzheimer’s patients are often given a prescription dietary supplement known as Axona, which contains medium-chain triglycerides. In addition, MCTs also have natural anti-bacterial, anti-viral, & anti-fungal qualities which can promote a healthy immune system. These same anti-bacterial properties help clean and even balance bacteria in your stomach, fostering a healthier digestive system.  Furthermore, MCTs ability to improve digestion also helps the body properly balance hormone production.

We use only organically sourced, high quality medium-chain triglycerides in our tinctures. Their presence allows for an increase in bioavailability, which means you are putting your body in a greater position to achieve your desired effect. Our mission to get the most out of your CBD experience is unwavering and we believe medium-chain triglycerides found in our tinctures help achieve just that. What other daily products do you consume that contain MCTs? Comment below!

References
7 Science-Based Benefits of MCT Oil https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/mct-oil-benefits#section4
MCT Oil: Health Benefits and Common Uses https://www.webmd.com/diet/mct-oil-health-benefits-common-uses#s

The Difference: CBD Isolate vs Broad Spectrum

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While looking at the Berkeley Gold product line, you’ve probably noticed the labels “Broad Spectrum” and “Isolate”.  Although the terms may be confusing, we make it our priority to educate our consumers. We want you to have the knowledge to choose the most appropriate type and/or delivery method of CBD available to fit your needs! In a nutshell, broad spectrum and isolate are used to define which type of CBD is in the product, although each is different.

Scientifically speaking, CBD isolate is the purest form of the compound. The other cannabinoids have been removed and an isolated CBD molecule is left. If you enjoy the benefits of straight CBD , this option will probably fit your needs. While looking at isolate and any other form of CBD , it’s especially important to take note of the purity. Here at Berkeley Gold, transparency is in full effect with Certificate of Analysis reports being readily available from every batch of product produced, being that our commitment to quality is second to none. In addition, we indicate the type of CBD used on each product. Whether it’s isolate or broad spectrum, you will know what’s in your purchase!

The cannabis plant contains a multitude of additional cannabinoids besides just CBD. Broad Spectrum has those other 100+ active phytochemicals (CBG, CBN, CBC, terpenes, healthy fatty acids, phytonutrients, etc…..) but has 0% THC.  The term “entourage effect” is commonly thrown around in the CBD space. This phrase refers to the synergetic interaction among the cannabinoids, terpenes, & other healthy fatty acids. In other words, the combination creates a unique mental or physical impact not afforded when only one compound is used alone.  Let’s use an example of a football team, with the quarterback being CBD. By himself, the quarterback plays arguably the most important role on the team, but he cannot win ballgames alone. He needs the help of his wide receivers, offensive line, defense, special teams, etc….. The other players represent the cannabinoids and additional compounds, playing vital roles on the team by causing their own unique effects. We can compare this football example to the entourage effect of having all “teammates” working together.

We should note that no type of CBD is better or worse than the other. It’s a matter of individual circumstances and finding out what works best for you.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comment section below!

References
https://cbdoilusers.com/full-spectrum-cbd-oil-vs-isolate/

History of Hemp

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The term hemp gets thrown around quite a bit in our culture, with many people still being unsure of it’s actual definition. Hemp is a species of the Cannabis sativa plant, legally defined as having less than 0.3% THC. Although marijuana and hemp both come from the same species of plant, they are different varieties of Cannabis all together. First, hemp has low levels of THC and a high CBD concentration. Conversely, marijuana typically has high levels of THC and low levels of CBD.

Hemp is one of the oldest industries on earth, dating back 10,000 years to the origins of pottery in Central Asia.  It was also one of the first plants to be spun into functional fiber and made its way to North America in the Colonial Era. The founding fathers wrote early drafts of the Declaration of Independence on hemp. Moreover, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson grew hemp, while all Americans farmers were legally obligated to grow as a staple crop. President Abraham Lincoln was also known to use hemp seed oil to fuel his lamps. During this time Irish doctor, Sir William Brooke O’Shaughnessy, published findings in regards to how hemp helped with cholera and digestive issues. The medical field then began using hemp seed oil as a medical treatment in the United States, India, and parts of Europe. 

In 1916, the USDA officially published discoveries showing that hemp produces 4x more paper per acre than trees. Hemp was being recognized as necessary commodity with numerous uses.  This all changed in 1937 with Congress passing the Marihuana Act, beginning an era of hemp prohibition. The newly enacted licensing and tax regulations made hemp farming extremely challenging for Americans. In addition, the government began to push anti-marihuana ideals toward the public, resulting in misnomers for years to come.

By 1942, World War II had prompted a resurgence of American hemp production. The attack on Pearl Harbor closed “manila hemp” fiber production in the Philippines, sparking a world-wide shortage. The USDA’s film “Hemp for Victory” pushed for American farmers to grow hemp for the war effort. The government then established the War Hemp Industries Department and financed hemp farming. American farmers grew about a million acres of hemp as part of the effort, but the government then shut down production after the war had ended.  Throughout the 1937-1960s, the government recognized the obvious  differences between industrial hemp & marijuana. Unfortunately, the government went back to its original stance with the passing of the 1970 Controlled Substances Act, categorizing hemp as an Schedule 1 drug.

As the late 1990s and early 2000’s approached, the United States government began allowing businesses to import hemp products for cosmetics, clothing & textiles.  Barack Obama’s signing of the Farm Bill in 2014 helped paved the way for the hemp industry today. Section 7606 of the statute “Legitimacy of Industrial Hemp Research” gave pilot states and higher learning institutions the right to cultivate hemp under the guise of research.  Hemp (defined as cannabis with less than 0.3% THC) and its derivatives were removed as a Schedule 1 controlled substance through the passage of the Agricultural Improvement Act (Farm Bill) of 2018.  The Farm Bill differentiated hemp from marijuana, creating a legal distinction. As the hemp movement grew, farmers had licensed over 500,000 acres of hemp across 34 states by 2019. Today, countries such as China, Canada, and various European nations are ahead of the United States in terms of hemp usage and production. For example, China has a massive hemp textile business, while Canada is a major exporter of hemp derived goods to the American market. Here in America, the hemp industry continues to grow at a rapid rate, as more states are now allowing for hemp cultivation.

What daily products do you use that are hemp-derived?

References
Hemp History https://www.thehia.org/history
History of Hemp in the US https://ministryofhemp.com/hemp/history/
Hemp https://www.britannica.com/plant/hemp