What are the different types of hemp products?
Progressing trends, evolving laws, and expanding R&D is leading more and more hemp derivatives to surface. Hemp has created a unique and dynamic market that is reaching users on a global scale. From edibles and beverages to skincare and hair products, to topicals and tinctures, smokables and self-care practices, plant products have carved out a niche across industries.
Let’s pause for a moment to clarify that increasing consumer demand for hemp-derived products is not limited to a singular demographic. The shift towards natural alternatives is present in a vast spectrum of users (even pets and grandparents!) that are seeking out wellness solutions for diverse goals.
With so many subsets on the horizon, how do we keep the ABC’s of hemp organized and understood?
Let’s break down the variations of this powerful plant, starting with the standard lineup, and simplifying the rookies on deck.
What is Full Spectrum CBD?
The most potent of the classic CBD trio, Full Spec utilizes the whole plant. Full Spec contains both CBD and all other cannabinoids – and trace amounts of THC (0.3% or less).
What is Broad Spectrum CBD?
Still offering extensive plant benefits, Broad Spec is comprised of CBD and various other cannabinoids. The difference: no THC.
What is CBD Isolate?
Like the name indicates, CBD Isolate is just CBD. No other cannabinoids, no THC.
What is Delta-8 (D8)?
A dominating trend in hemp, delta-8 THC is a naturally occurring cannabinoid and is mostly extracted from hemp-derived CBD. D8 is an isomer of delta-9 THC, where the only difference is the location of a double bond between two carbons. Users say this provides a milder effect.
What is Hexahydrocannabinol (HHC)?
This derives from the scientific process of hydrogenation and is procured from CBD. HHC can have THC-like effects, but less potent than D8.
What is (compliant) Delta-9 THC?
Compliant delta-9 THC comes from the hemp plant, not marijuana, and contains less than 0.3% delta-9 THC by dry weight. For example, let’s say our gummy weight is 3.5g. What is the math behind compliancy?
3.5g gummy = 3,500mg * .003% = 10.5mg THC.
What is THCO?
Unlike the other hemp players mentioned here, THCO does not occur naturally in a cannabis plant. Users say the effects of THCO are bolder than delta-8 and delta-9.
What is CBG?
CBG is obtained from the cannabis plant. CBG is on the rise as it is being seen to have many potential benefits for your mind and body. There is no THC in CBG.
What is CBN?
CBN is a product of THC oxidization. In addition, CBN is catching widespread popularity as a natural comfort aid.
We all have an endocannabinoid system, and the effects different cannabinoids have are bio-individual. A great rule of thumb is to continue doing your research and seek out consultation from a medical provider as research advances and more plant products hit the market.