Hemp and Cannabis are not the same thing. Think of them as sisters, or brothers. Like siblings, both of these plants come from the same family, the Cannabis sativa species, and have very similar qualities – both naturally produce cannabinoids (a group of those little molecules that make you feel things). But, armed with our book learnin’ in chemistry and botany, and our experience dating two sisters, Crappy’s can assure that, although very similar in look, they are NOT the same thing.
The first rule when dating siblings: make sure you get the names right. Mixing up the names of these two is where all the trouble starts. Cannabis is the name we commonly use for the intoxicating plant. This is what we refer to as the thing that folks like to use recreationally. Hemp is the name we commonly use for the plant that does not contain, in high amounts, the intoxicating compound, known as THC, which is one specific cannabinoid.
So, we know what you’re thinking. “Hemp and Cannabis come from the same plant and both contain the same special cannabinoids, but they are not the same thing? What are you smoking, Crappy’s? First, we aren’t smoking anything (we prefer chewable tablets!) Second, this is confusing, but it is important. So, let’s break it down a little more.
The main difference between Hemp and Cannabis is the amount of cannabinoids they naturally produce – their natural special qualities. Maybe she was born with it, maybe it’s tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the main cannabinoid. It’s also the one that “makes you high”, as we all know it. CBD is another cannabinoid that has very different effects on the human body, like pain relief and making you feel not so anxious, and most importantly, does NOT “make you high”.
Both Hemp and Cannabis contain both cannabinoids and many more but in very different amounts. Cannabis is high in THC (up to 30%). In fact, federal laws define Hemp as cannabis plants that contain less than 0.3% THC. So, I know what you’re thinking… “Both Hemp and Cannabis contain THC, so if I take Hemp products for CBD, they contain THC just in smaller amounts? ‘Sup with that, Crappy’s?! Honest answer – maybe. It depends on the products you choose. Bear with us, this is going to get a bit nerdy, and quite frankly, that is exactly how we at Crappy’s like it. This is where you really want the nerds, like us, to be in charge.
Imagine if you were dating two sisters, or brothers, and you could extract all the qualities you like out of them but leave all the stuff you don’t want behind. Sign me up, right? That is exactly what we at Crappy’s do with Hemp. First, we only start with Hemp. It’s high in the cannabinoids we want and low in the ones we don’t want. We get these special compounds out by extraction – pulling out the chemicals you want and leaving behind the ones you don’t. Now, you can extract all the cannabinoids and use them if you really want to. Some CBD products do that, and in that case, you may get some THC. The type of extraction that we prefer is isolation – isolate the single compound and purify that one and that one alone. Like all nerds, we’re control freaks. We use Isolates of many cannabinoids, CBD, CBG, CBN, and we are always trying others so that we can blend them. They each have their special qualities and we blend them to get the desired effect that you need. We’re making you a perfect soulmate--a match made in nerdy heaven (a lab). We use CBD and many other cannabinoids, but most importantly, you can be assured that all Crappy’s products are THC-FREE.
If we, at Crappy’s Feel Better can give you any advice when using hemp products. Do your homework. We did. Trust nerds. Nerds do their homework. And, most importantly, don’t mistake your girlfriend for her sister. That’s certified dating advice from nerds, and results show that will NOT make you Feel Better.