ARE HEMP AND MARIJUANA THE SAME?
Scientifically, industrial Hemp and Marijuana are the same plants, with a genus and species name of Cannabis Sativa. They have a drastically different genetic profile though. Hemp is a strain of Cannabis sativa, while marijuana can be Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica, or Cannabis ruderalis. The major difference is how hemp has been bred compared to a marijuana form of Cannabis sativa. Typically speaking, industrial hemp is very fibrous, with long strong stalks, and barely has any flowering buds, while a marijuana strain of Cannabis sativa will be smaller, bushier, and full of flowering buds. However, newer industrial hemp varieties in the USA are being bred to have more flowers and higher yields of cannabinoids and terpenes, such as the hemp Chasisi RX uses.
Marijuana has a high amount of THC and only a very low amount of CBD. Hemp, on the other hand, naturally has a very high amount of CBD in most instances and only a trace amount of THC. Fortunately, the cannabinoid profile of hemp is ideal for people looking for benefits from cannabis without the ‘high.’ Hemp is used for making herbal supplements, food, fiber, rope, paper, bricks, oil, natural plastic, and so much more, whereas marijuana is usually used recreationally, spiritually, and medicinally. The term cannabis oil can refer to either a marijuana or hemp derived oil since marijuana and hemp are two different forms of cannabis.
In the USA the legal definition of “industrial hemp,” per Section 7606 of the Agricultural Appropriations Act of 2014, is “INDUSTRIAL HEMP — The term ‘‘industrial hemp’’ means the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of such plant, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis.”
ARE YOUR PRODUCTS LEGAL?
Yes. Our products are grown in Colorado. We work closely with the State of Colorado and the Department of Agriculture to ensure we are compliant with all existing laws regarding hemp extracts and byproducts.
Section 7606 of the federal law states that regardless of another federal law (including the Controlled Substances Act), if the growing and cultivation of industrial hemp is allowed under state law and overseen by the Department of Agriculture, then the product can be manufactured and sold as part of the state’s approved hemp pilot program.
HOW DO I GET PATIENTS STARTED?
Cannabinoids, particularly CBD, demonstrate a bell-shaped dose-response curve; therefore, it is imperative that patients slowly titrate up to their optimal dose without going over.
To find an optimal dose, patients should eliminate the use of any cannabis product for two days. Going over the optimal dose could cause the patient to lose the maximum benefits.
Most patients prefer to start using CBD about two hours before bedtime. Patients should start with 10-15mg of active cannabinoids once daily, increasing the dose slowly every 2-3 days to determine if a better therapeutic effect results.
For example, use 10mg once daily for two days, then increase to 10mg twice daily (morning and night) for two days. Continue to slowly titrate the dose up every few days.
Once a point is reached where the therapeutic benefits do not increase OR where they decrease, stop and go back to the previous dose. This is the top of that individual’s bell-shaped dose-response curve.
WHAT ARE CANNABINOIDS?
Cannabinoids are the chemicals that give the hemp plant its medical properties. Among the 113 cannabinoids produced, CBD is the most prevalent and the most well-understood. CBD has numerous benefits, such as anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective properties. Whether produced by the body or in a plant, these naturally-occurring compounds all interact with the endocannabinoid system. Chasisi RX utilizes all the cannabinoids found in hemp instead of using only CBD (an isolate product).
WHAT IS THE ENDOCANNABINOID SYSTEM?
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) refers to a group of endogenous cannabinoid cell receptors located in the mammalian brain and thought the central and peripheral nervous system. You can think of cell receptors like little locks on the surface of your cells. The keys to these locks are called endocannabinoids. Each time an endocannabinoid binds to a cell it relays a message, giving your cell-specific direction.
There are two different types of cannabinoid receptors: CB1 and CB2. CB1 receptors are found primarily in the brain. Each time an endocannabinoid binds to a cell, it relays a message, giving your cell specific direction.
WHAT IS THE ENTOURAGE EFFECT, AND WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
Cannabinoids, terpenes and other chemical compounds found in cannabis achieve limited success when working in isolation or as individual components. Research suggests that when these individual components of the hemp plant support one another, therapeutic benefits are magnified. Together, they produce an effect that is greater than the sum of their parts. This phenomenon is known as the “entourage effect.” The entourage effect supports the idea that whole plant medicine is superior to pure extracts, such as an isolate product.
WILL I GET HIGH FROM HEMP?
No. While there are at least 113 known cannabinoids produced by the hemp plant, THC is the only molecule in the cannabis family with a psychoactive component. It’s the only one that will get you “high.” CBD, even at extremely high doses, will not make you feel “high.” Chasisi CBD products contain no THC. There are hundreds of other cannabinoids, terpenes and phytonutrients present in the hemp plant that are beneficial to overall health and wellness; unfortunately, they are improperly associated with the properties of one molecule, THC.
Section 7606 of the Farm Bill defines industrial hemp as cannabis plants with <0.3% THC. Our products contain a full spectrum of cannabinoids except THC. To maintain compliance with all laws, federal and state, our products are rigorously tested to ensure a level of 0.00% THC.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HEMP SEED, HEMP OIL AND CBD OIL?
The primary difference between hemp oil, hemp seed oil & CBD oil is where the oil itself is derived from the hemp plant. Hemp Oil and hemp seed oil is derived from the seeds of the hemp plant only and have no cannabinoids. CBD Oil is derived from the stalk, stems, leaves or flowers of hemp plants and are rich in cannabidiol and other cannabinoids.
WHAT IS A FULL SPECTRUM OIL?
A Full Spectrum Oil is referring to a CBD product that has all the naturally occurring cannabinoids, terpenes and phyto nutrients. Isolate CBD Oil has been available for a longer period of time, but studies are showing that Full Spectrum CBD Oil benefits our health the most.
DO YOUR PRODUCTS HAVE THC?
No. In many states, THC is illegal. But, THC is not necessary to get benefits from CBD. THC is removed through our proprietary extraction to ensure that anyone using our products are compliant with state law.
WHAT TYPE OF TESTING IS PERFORMED TO ASSURE QUALITY?
We have an industry leading quality control system. Chasisi RX uses third party laboratories to analyze all of our hemp extracts and an in house testing of our final products for cannabinoid potency, heavy metals, bacterial and microbial life, mycotoxins (fungus), and pesticides.
Chasisi RX products are exclusively made from the legally and organically hemp plant. We use the entire plant to ensure a full spectrum product containing all the cannabinoid except THC. Once plants have reached their optimum growth period, the plant is harvested and shredded. The product then goes through our proprietary extraction process. All of these processes take place within four hours of harvesting. The application of this costly method is the only way to produce a fresh and pure product. Several samples are taken to guarantee the quality, these are tested in certified laboratories to check for the presence of THC, metals and pesticides. The percentages of cannabinoids, terpenes and terpenoids are taken and registered at this stage. All of these steps guarantee that Chasisi RX is a healthy, fresh and high-quality product.