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CBD Oil vs Hemp Oil + FAQs

What’s the difference between CBD oil and the hemp oil I get in the supermarket?

One of the cannabis plant’s 100-plus cannabinoids, CBD (cannabidiol) has exploded in popularity lately. This oil is not contained in regular “hemp oil” which is extracted from industrial hemp seeds (seeds from hemp plants not specifically bred for high cannabinoid content). CBD and other cannabinoids are only found in the leaves and flower of cannabis and special hemp plants grown specifically for this purpose.

Both CBD and CBDA (the raw form of CBD found in high CBD hemp leaves and flowers) support our endocannabinoid system (a.k.a. ECS), which helps our body maintain a state of homeostasis, or balance. They essentially connect our body and mind by helping different cells communicate each using a different pathway towards the same ends. Ultimately, the ECS affects everything from our nervous system to our immune system to all of our organs. Research suggests keeping our endocannabinoid system balanced supports our well-being in a number of ways.

CBD/CBDA blocks the breakdown of AEA, a molecule known as the ‘bliss molecule,’ which is crucial for a happy endocannabinoid system (and explains the feeling of bliss I get when taking this remarkable herb). For this reason, CBD Hemp Extract acts as a defense for our endocannabinoid system—and overall health.

Plus, since CBD Hemp Extract is not psychoactive, it offers these benefits without the high. You’ll find it in the flowers and leaves of cannabis plants bred to contain higher amounts of the cannabinoid, but less than 0.3 percent THC.

Why should I want organic CBD oil?

Hemp is an excellent bio-remediation crop. Bioremediation crops can extract toxins out of soils better than most any other plants. Hemp plants used for bio-remediation or grown with chemical inputs are full of toxic waste, so knowing where and how your hemp was grown should be of particular import to anyone looking to derive health benefits from this remarkable plant.

What’s the difference between CBD and CBDA?

CBDA is the acid, or the raw form of CBD. It is thought to have similar but not identical effects to CBD. CBDA likely has (there are only preliminary studies on CBDA) complimentary pain relieving, anti-nausea, anti-cancer and mood enhancing effects with CBD, along with potentially superior anxiety and depression relieving effects. The best results seem to come when CBD and CBDA are taken together, just as the best results for CBD use seem to come in combination with THC as well. Our products contain CBDA and CBD in about a two to one ratio.

Why might I want raw, full-spectrum CBDA/CBD oil?

Raw, full-spectrum CBDA/CBD oil also has raw THCA/THC oil in it and not only does CBDA have potentially beneficial effects beyond that of CBD alone, THCA is deeply relaxing and does not cause the heart racing or paranoid effect that some people experience when taking decarboxylated THC. So if you want a deeply calming effect, you likely want a raw. full-spectrum product. Raw THCA doesn’t not cause the high associated with THC either, and THCA, CBDA and CBD all seem to counter the high from THC. Our products have small amounts of THCA and THC in approximately a two to one ratio. Raw products will also have many more of the delicate and important terpenes intact which are thought to have important healing effects of their own.

What if I just want to avoid THC all together?

I can certainly understand that. I don’t like the high associated with THC, however studies have repeatedly shown that there is a very real and very significant “entourage” effect when THC is combined with CDBA and other cannabinoids. Although CBD/CBDA may be the main contributors to the health giving effects we are all looking for when we turn to cannabis therapies it has been shown over and over that CBD works better when used in combination with other cannabinoids. We recommend using CBD isolates or products stripped of their natural THC only when absolutely necessary. Otherwise, stick with products that only have small amounts of THC- small enough that they won’t make you high.

Why is local food so expensive?

I do not believe that local food is expensive- I think that industrial food is cheap- at least if you ignore the externalities. The industrial food system has contributed in major ways to obesity, cancer, heart disease and myriad other health problems- I would say that cheap industrial food is a major contributor to a serious health crises in addition to causing major climate and environmental issues. If we continue to demand cheap food over healthy regenerative foods, these problems will only get worse.

Why don’t you just grow and sell vegetables- aren’t they better for your health and the planet?

No. They are not better for your health or for climate change. You can not really even separate growing animals from growing vegetables. Organic industrial vegetable production (the organic veggies you get at the grocery store) would pretty much disappear without industrial animal production (the meat you get at the grocery store). Organic vegetables are grown with animal manure, feather meal, blood meal, bone meal etc. Soil would hardly exist without animals as it is essentially animal byproducts mixed with plant byproducts. The idea of growing plants in large quantities without animals is almost laughable unless you are using petroleum products as a substitute (which are also largely ancient animal products). So honestly, you just can’t really separate the plants from the animals. They coevolved and you can’t have one without the other if you are counting what goes into each of them.

Doesn’t grass fed beef taste bad?

Grass fed beef is both the best and the worst tasting beef on the market. Many farmers/ ranchers either don't understand how to properly finish beef on grass or they cannot afford to as market prices do not differentiate for quality. So if you are selling into the industrial system (as 99% of producers must) there is no incentive to provide exceptional quality. The pressure is actually to provide the cheapest and lowest quality as quantity is what is paid for. Well finished grass fed beef tastes amazing and has plenty of fat that makes the meat both healthy and delicious.

Wait- did you just say fat makes grass fed beef healthy?

Yes. The fat in truly grass fed (and finished) beef is great for you. It is full of saturated fats which you need to be healthy (like breast milk the fat of which is generally about 50% saturated) and high in Omega 3 fatty acids as well. Saturated fats have been vilified in order to sell factory foods like vegetable oils (which have large quantities of the less healthy Omega 6 fatty acids), but the fats in grass fed beef are full of fat soluble nutrients like A, D and K vitamins, and CLA (none of which you will find in your typical vegetable oil).

Why do you raise cows when their burps/ farts are destroying the planet?

Farting and burping cows are only an issue in feed lots. In nature cows (and other ruminants) co-evolved with perennial grasslands. The impact cows cause when they are rotating through a healthy grassland ecosystem actually increases the carbon sequestration of the plants while creating healthy proteins for those further up the food chain. The methane they produce feeds bacteria living on the plants and in the soil (which in turn feed the plants) just as CO2 feeds the plants directly. Recent studies also point out that the amount of methane produced by ruminants has everything to do with their diet. One study showed that by feeding a certain seaweed to cows at 10% of their diet brought their methane production to zero. Reminds me of of human digestion and gas production- definitely related to diet.

How do you raise your pigs?

We raise our pigs and birds in a system called deep bedding. We get free wood chips from local landscapers and use them as bedding in the animals enclosures. Then we feed the pigs from the waste stream on the wood chips towards the center of the pen while the pigs pee and poop near the edges of their pens. Both the left over feed and the pee and poop are very high in nitrogen just as the wood chips are naturally high in carbon. Put the two together in a moist environment with a dash of time and you get compost- organic matter to feed your soil as a byproduct. So essentially our pigs use waste products from the community and with that they produce high quality meat and compost to grow vegetables and feed the soil. The pig pens are always located close to a bird house so the birds can break the parasite cycles for the pigs. They also get nutrition this way. That’s right, the birds get the calories they need to make eggs by eating the bugs and parasites that can multiply in pig pens and make the pigs sick. So the birds keep the pigs healthy and drug free just as the pigs feed the vegetables and the soil.

Why do you feed animal products to your pigs- aren't pigs vegetarians?

Pigs evolved in nature as omnivores. "Vegetarian Fed" is code for GM corn and soy feed. Pigs don't like this or thrive on it. This is one of the many reasons that industrial pigs are given so many drugs to keep them alive. Pigs in nature don't eat grains or legumes as a general rule. They eat the mast from trees, dig tubers from the ground and eat general carrion along with anything else tasty and nutritious they can find.

Isn’t chicken both better for you and the planet than beef?

Absolutely not. We sell both, however at this point our beef is both healthier and more regenerative than our chicken. Ruminants (like cows and sheep) can thrive on grass alone in a perennial ecosystem. If managed properly, their impact on that system is to enhance it in every way- they increase photosynthesis, soil water holding capacity, biodiversity and organic matter. It is very hard to raise chickens in large numbers without grain feeding. We minimize our grain feeding of chickens by letting them truly free range (free range birds from the grocery store do not necessarily ever even go outside- and certainly almost never do what I would call anything even slightly similar to ranging free). Our birds get a great number of their calories from eating the bugs and worms they find as they roam free on our 27 acres- but they still need grain supplements, especially in winter if they are going to produce a lot of eggs. Grains are generally grown in mono-crops, are extractive by nature and lead to high omega 6 to omega 3 ratios in everything that consumes them in quantity- so grocery store chicken is going to have an unhealthy omega 3 to 6 ratio. Ours on the other hand are only getting a small portion of their diet from mono-cropped grains- our beef and lamb on the other hand is absolutely 100% grass fed.

Beef is very nutritious containing large quantities of things like iron and B vitamins in very bioavailable forms which can be hard to find in other foods. The fat in truly grass fed beef can be particularly healthful with it’s combination of fat soluble nutrients, omega 3 fatty acids and saturated fats. Chicken fats can also be healthful, but only when the chickens have a healthy diet - commercial birds eat pretty much 100% grains. This leads to environmental problems and a plethora of the less healthy omega 6 fatty acids (some of which are great- but they need to be kept in balance with the omega 3s). It’s not so much that beef is or isn’t healthy in and of itself, but the health or lack thereof comes from how the animal was fed and raised.

How do you raise your cows and sheep?

We raise our ruminant animals (cows and sheep are ruminants as they have rumens- essentially large fermentation chambers that make them able to digest cellulose much better than monogastrics like us) on pasture every day of every year using a system based on holistic management. They rotate through their pastures as needed to maximize photosynthesis, soil organic matter, biological soil life, nutrition and health. We supplement their diets in off months with hay which we grow for them. We also give them access to a mineral cafeteria with options like kelp, yeast, sea salt and clay in case our pasture grasses are lacking in any of their mineral needs at any given point it time and make vegetable and fruit pulp silage for them. The silage is a high quality waste stream product from The Pressery that gives them access to nutrient dense, ruminant appropriate food regardless of season, weather, etc. We often find their noses covered in carrots or ginger, kale and apple. This gives them the diversity of a much more varied pasture and helps keep them healthy. We never give any of our animals inoculations of any kind. We find that if they are getting all of the nutrition they need and are not being stressed out, they simply do not get sick.