Cannabis, A Brief History
Not All Cannabis Plants Are Equal
Hemp Seed Vs Hemp CBD
To summarize, there are three different species in the genus of Cannabis. These include sativa, indica, and ruderalis. There are multiple subspecies and further divisions of varietals that use the term “Sativa”. All these species can be genetically edited to either be loaded with varying amounts of THC or CBD or to a virtually devoid of any cannabinoids. Trying to keep this all straight using the Kingdom hierarchy has now become too confusing. With gene editing, each of the species could be assigned varying amounts of cannabinoids from virtually zero content to a maximum content comprised solely of THC or CBD and anything in-between. To simplify what we want to know, we need to use the chemotype rating system. Chemotype I plants are Cannabis that contain high levels of THC and low levels of CBD and are used for the medical and recreational marijuana markets. Chemotype II has high CBD and low THC content and is generally used for the CBD commercial, unrestricted market. Chemotype II plants are definitionally identified as “Hemp” since the THC content is less than 0.3% on the dried weight basis. Chemotypes III and IV are those Cannabis that have varying amount of THC and CBD and again are primarily targeted for the medical/recreational marijuana markets. Chemotype V is Cannabis that has virtually no cannabinoids including THC and CBD. These plants are generally used for their fiber and seed. Both Chemotypes II and V are definitively called Hemp since the THC level is less than 0.3%, however; only chemotype II is used for the CBD industry. Chemotypes III and IV could also be called hemp provided the THC levels are less than 0.3%. However, if the THC levels are acceptably low, <0.3%, their use in the CBD industry could still be limited unless the CBD content is greater than about 10%. Otherwise, it would not be economically feasible to use such strains for commercialization. Just not enough profit to be had. It goes without saying that all plants of the genus Cannabis produce seeds. These seeds can be used for animal and human food consumption, used for production of cold-pressed Hemp oils, and a wide variety of other uses but not for cannabinoid-based markets such as CBD or medical/recreational marijuana markets based on THC. Regardless of which chemotype plant chosen, trying to obtain CBD, or any cannabinoid, from the seed is impractical. The cannabinoids are just not there, including THC and CBD. And remember, hemp oil comes from cold-pressed hemp seeds. Do the seeds and oils have health benefits?In my opinion the answer is yes in their own way. But if you want the health benefits provided by CBD, then you need to go to a CBD vendor that is well-regulated and has high quality control standards. American Green is one of those companies that has the desired attributes of regulation and quality. I urge you to look at the American Green product line and talk with a support specialist to see which version of CBD might be right for you.
What Is Industrial Hemp?
Industrial Hemp, for CBD production, is typically made available from chemotype II plants.
Chemotype II plants contain high levels of cannabinoids that are non-psychoactive.
Both chemotype II and V are classified as Hemp since the level of THC is <0.3% on the dried weight basis.
However, only chemotype II is viable for CBD commercialization.
What Are Chemotypes?
A more simplified way to discriminate between all the variations of Cannabis is by a means of chemotyping. A Chemotype is a chemically distinct entity in a plant.
On the basis of cannabinoid profiles, five chemotypes have been recognized.
Chemotype I is comprised of plants with a predominance of Δ9-THC.
Chemotype II comprises plants with high levels of cannabinoids that are non-psychoactive such as CBD.
Chemotypes III and IV are plants containing intermittent level of THC and CBD. They may be useful in the medical and recreational cannabis markets but are not viable for the CBD market due to the level of THC present.
Chemotype V is composed of fiber type plants which contains almost no cannabinoids, including CBD or THC.
Chemotype II is the only chemotype viable for CBD commercialization
Is Hemp Seed The Same As Hemp CBD?
Hemp CBD is derived from cannabis plants in Chemotype II, which contain high levels of cannabinoids like CBD, terpenes and flavonoids, without significant levels of THC.
What Are Flavonoids?
They are responsible for making up the color pigments in plants.
Flavonoids have also been shown to have health boosting benefits independent of either terpenes and or cannabinoids