Not All Cannabis Is Created Equal.
CBD VS. MARIJUANA
Industrial hemp is a variety of the Cannabis sativa plant species grown specifically for the industrial uses of its derived products. Commercially it has been refined into paper, textiles, clothing, biodegradable plastics, paint, insulation, biofuel, food, cosmetics, nutritional supplements and animal feed. While industrial hemp and marijuana are both members of the Cannabis sativa species, they have distinctive biochemical compositions and uses.
Unique to industrial hemp are the high amounts of phytocannabinoids (sometimes referred to as CBD, which is an abbreviation for cannabidiol), a prominent naturally-occurring cannabinoid component found in Cannabis S
Phytocannabinoids are harvested from industrial hemp which has been specifically cultivated for medicinal and industrial use with high CBD content and THC levels below 0.3%. Marijuana, on the other hand, is harvested from Cannabis plants that are cultivated with high THC and low CBD content.
Through a combination of unique cultivars, advanced plant genetics, and cutting-edge growing techniques, an exceptionally high percentage of CBD oil with low levels of THC* can legally be produced around the world and in the US naturally and consistently from industrial hemp. Made with the oil from these hemp cultivars, CBD can legally be distributed and sold throughout the US in a variety of products containing little or no THC.
Super Critical CO2 & Liquid Chromatography Extraction—the Gold Standard!
Crucial to the quality of natural hemp CBD-rich oil is extraction, which takes place after the plants have been harvested and dried. Inexpensive methods yielding low quality CBD oil involve toxic solvents such as propane, hexane, pentane, and butane, which are flammable hydrocarbon gases found in petroleum.
Another popular method uses organic, pharmaceutical-grade ethanol or grain alcohol to eliminate certain toxins and residues in the raw plant material itself. While this yields a high amount of cannabinoids and is GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) for human consumption, it can also destroy the plant’s waxes, leading to a less potent oil.
The most proven method of extraction yielding the highest quality hemp CBD oil is Supercritical CO2, which uses carbon dioxide under high pressure and extremely low temperatures to isolate, preserve, and maintain oil purity, preserving the highest percentage of the plant’s trichomes – cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids. While more expensive and requiring complex equipment and expertise, Supercritical CO2 extraction is the only method used by growers and producers of the full spectrum hemp CBD oil used in all Med 7 products.
The US and European Union require all legally distributed and sold CBD products contain less than 0.3% and 0.2% THC respectively. Because CBD and THC are so similar, other companies producing full spectrum hemp oil have to strip them both out and later in the process reintroduce CBD back into the mix as an isolate. Other methods include diluting the CBD content with other oils and ingredients to meet these regulations. Med 7 is one of the only US companies to use column chromatography to remove any unwanted amounts of THC without removing CBD or other cannabinoids.
*While all our Full Spectrum Hemp CBD oil products meet or exceed all Federal regulations for industrial hemp including THC content, Med 7 has not been systematically studied for effects on drug testing. Please consult a physician before using CBD products containing hemp oil.
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