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Is Industrial Hemp the New Energy Crop?

Daniel King

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With the November 2018 midterm elections, the buzz surrounding the cannabis plant has been revived, and talks on the uses of CBD Oil and cannabis varieties such as marijuana and hemp have once again been ignited. In light of this, it is important to look into one of the most essential potentials of the cannabis plant, which is hemp as an energy crop.

What is Hemp?

Hemp is a variety of the cannabis plant that is highly fibrous. It is a variety of Cannabis sativa, scientifically known as Cannabis sativa L. It is different from sativa in that it has a low THC (tetrahydrocannabinol, the highly psychoactive compound) content, but high levels of CBD (cannabidiol, the medicinal component). Historically, the ancient Chinese used this plant to make clothes, bowstrings, and parchment and Europeans, in the 16th century, were also reaping the benefits of this strain for food and textiles.

With its fiber-rich stalks and stems, this plant is currently used in various industries to make plastics, paper, ropes, and textiles. In fact, it is used in major areas in modern plumbing. One of the most significant developments in studying the benefits of hemp is its contributions to the biofuel industry.

The Benefits of Using Hemp for Biofuels

There was a push towards using this plant as an alternative to traditional fuel sources. However, with legal limitations restricting the use of the cannabis plant in the U.S., this vision was not fully realized. However, more and more experts are vouching for the use of this strain as a good source of biofuels and here are some of the benefits of using it:

  • It Has Minimal Environmental Impact

One of the best things about using this crop is its environment-friendly attributes. Keep in mind that traditional fuel sources are getting depleted. Moreover, burning fossil fuels such as coal and oil has proven to be detrimental to the environment and is the number one cause of global warming.

With hemp biofuel as an alternative, we can reduce the damage caused by hydrocarbons (extracted from old and non-renewable animals and plants). This is because this crop offers a carbohydrate alternative, which can be obtained through new and renewable plants.

  • Industrial Hemp is more Sustainable

If you are thinking that hemp is the only energy crop available, you are wrong. There are many other crops that can be used to replace traditional fuels. However, this was deemed unsustainable because the production of biofuel from these other crops has a negative environmental impact primarily because they use too much water and land while yielding very little. Cultivating this cannabis strain can be the answer to the problem. Keep in mind that this crop is easy to grow and, when it comes time to harvest them, they have high yields.

To further illustrate the advantages this crop has to offer, we need to take note that this crop is high in fiber. To extract biodiesel and ethanol/methanol, large amounts of grains, starches, waste paper, and pulp are needed. Because of the high fiber content, it is a perfect alternative to traditional and other energy crops.

  • Hemp in the Automotive Industry

Automobile makers have been using plastics made from hemp for a while now. In fact, almost all European manufacturers use hemp-derived materials for their cars. Some of the car parts that are made from this crop include interior and exterior door panels, trim pieces and card doors. This shows the usefulness of this plant in one industry alone.

These developments in the use of the cannabis plant can help industries to reach new heights. With the many benefits of hemp to offer in the fuel and energy industry, there is no denying that it is the new energy crop.

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Home-based Solutions: 2 Ways to Create CBD Oil at Home

Daniel King

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2 Ways to Create CBD Oil at Home

Sure, staying at home could be a bore for some, especially with all the fun possibilities the great outdoor promises. However, with the ongoing health crisis, you might find yourself with no other option but to stay within the comfort of your home and temporarily ditch the outside world.

Fortunately, with CBD, you may now find new ways to enjoy your time at home and skip the stress that comes with this pandemic. Promising a soothing effect that puts the body at ease, CBD is sure to make your stay a lot more rewarding.

To let you get the most out of this compound and enjoy your stay at home, we have prepared a brief guide that will let you create your own CBD oil right at the comfort of your home.

Interested to know how? Read on to learn more.

 

Can You Extract CBD at Home?

Believe it or not, creating your own CBD oil at home is not rocket science and can be learned easily. Sure, while you might have to experiment first to get a fuller grasp of the most effective techniques, extracting CBD at home requires very little effort and supplies.

Generally, the process can be done in two methods, namely the oil method and the alcohol method.

Here, we will discuss everything you need to know about each of them.

Oil Method

Considered to be one of the safest ways of extracting CBD, the oil method involves the use of oil, such as coconut and olive oil, as solvents to extract CBD from hemp plant material. Under the said method, you will need to prepare a high-quality cannabis plant, along with your selected carrier oil, an oven, a double boiler, a mason jar, a towel or cheesecloth, a herb grinder or knife, and a baking tray.

To start the process, you will need to put the raw cannabis into the decarboxylation process. To do so, you will need to condense the hemp flowers to a fine consistency using a herb grinder or a knife. Once you’ve reached your desired texture, put the ground flowers into the baking tray and heat it at approximately 110 °C or 220°F for 90 minutes.

Once the material achieved a light brown complexion, you may now proceed by mixing the ground-up cannabis with the carrier oil of your choice in the mason jar. After thorough mixing, saturate the cannabis with the oil. Once done, you can now start the boiling process by placing the mixture in the top section of the double boiler. Fill the bottom section with some water and leave the mixture to wait for 3 hours. Once done, you may now take the oil-cannabis mixture and put it in a container. Place the towel or cheesecloth over the opening and pour the mixture into another bowl. Extract as much oil as possible and seal the container to cool in a dry place.

Alcohol Method

If you’re out of coconut or olive oil, you may still create your CBD oil at home using the other method, called the alcohol method. Similar to the previous technique discussed, this process requires very little effort and only a few tools.

To start, you will need to prepare a high-quality cannabis plant, food-safe grain alcohol, a bowl, a wooden spoon, a grinder, a piece of cheesecloth or a sieve, and a double boiler.

Similar to the oil method, the first step is to put raw cannabis into the decarboxylation process. Once it’s done, you may now put the grinded materials into the bowl along with your chosen alcohol. Pour in enough alcohol to submerge the plant and stir for about 5 to 6 minutes.

Next, you will now need to separate the CBD-infused alcohol from the plant matter. To do so, put the cheesecloth or the sieve on the opening of the bowl and filter out the solvent. Be sure to repeatedly squeeze the mixture from the cloth to extract as much alcohol as possible.

From there, pour the extracted oil into a double boiler and heat it for about 30 minutes on a low flame. This will help make the alcohol evaporate from the solution. Once done, transfer the liquid into a jar and leave it in a cool, dry place.

 

Conclusion

Ready to make your very own CBD oil at home? Embrace the comfort and convenience of staying at your own place and enjoy the promises of cannabidiol today.

Which among the two methods would you like to follow?

 

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A Brief Guide to Buying CBD Products Online

Stacey Wellington

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A Brief Guide to Buying CBD Online

Running out of your CBD stock? As the world faces a health crisis, buying CBD products might come as a challenge, especially with the imposed quarantine in different parts of the world. Fortunately, with the presence of online shops that offer delivery services, you can still somehow manage to buy and receive the products you are aching for.

However, while this method might appear convenient, there are still certain risks involved in shopping CBD-infused products online. Not only could you end up with the wrong item but you might also fall victim to scammers and fraudsters.

Buying CBD Products – Tips to Consider

To avoid getting into that pitfall, it’s important to know the right techniques when shopping CBD online. To help you with that, here is a list of tips that you should keep in mind before, during, and after making your purchases.

 

  • Check the shop’s background

While it’s easy to spot retailers online, it’s a challenge to distinguish the legitimate ones from the fake ones. With this possibility, it is always important to research about the store you’re eyeing before going straight into the checkout. To make sure that you’re not going to end up with the wrong shop, don’t be scared to browse through the internet and look for available reviews and recommendations. You may also ask you, friends, for shop suggestions and may even go through the government’s list of accredited CBD sellers. If you want to skip the hassle, the best bet is to go into popular e-commerce platforms, such as Amazon.

  • Know the Law

Of course, given the fluctuating legal status of CBD, it’s important to research more about the law surrounding the compound before purchasing any CBD-infused items. Specifically, it’s important to see the THC content of a CBD product and examine whether it meets the imposed minimum THC level provided by the state you are in.

If you are in the USA, get to know the cannabis law in every state. In most cases, the maximum amount of THC allowed ranges from 0.3% to 0.5% or less. To know whether the product you are seeing meets this standard, be sure to check out the item information on the site before making your transaction.

  • See Whether the Product Has Been Tested by a Third-Party Lab

Of course, purchasing CBD online poses a few health risks. Without careful attention to detail, you might end up with a product that is low in quality or is even unsafe to the body. To avoid that from happening, the best you can do is to check whether the item has been tested by a 3rd party laboratory.

To confirm this, see whether lab reports for the item is readily available somewhere on the company’s website. If you can’t find any, it’s best to skip the item and look for another one that has been approved by a third-party lab.

  • Be critical of the prices

Of course, when it comes to CBD products, prices still come as an issue. While it’s favorable for your wallet to see cost-effective products, you may want to double-check an item if it poses a price that is way cheaper compared to the standard price in the market. Often times, a way too low-price signals a red flag for buyers as it may suggest possible issues about the product being sold. The same goes for rocketing prices. If the item is being sold at a way too high price, you can always have the choice to turn back and look for other shops online.

 

The Bottom Line

The ongoing health crisis might have affected your flexibility in buying your desired CBD products. However, once you’ve found the right online retailer, your problems are sure to be wiped off right away.

Be sure to buy only in reputable sellers. Follow the tips mentioned above and get ready for your item to arrive straight on your doorstep.

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Here are 4 Things You Need to Know Before Trying CBD

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Here are 4 Things You Need to Know Before Trying CBD

New to CBD? Maybe you’ve finally been swayed by the online articles you’ve been reading online, or maybe you’ve decided to give it a try after hearing stories from your friends about the wonders of this compound. Whatever the case is, understanding CBD and its effect on the body comes as an important task you must fulfill before jumping straight into the bandwagon.

If you’re a newbie in the CBD craze, conducting quick research about the compound will help you get the most out of its therapeutic promises – from pain relief, relaxation, to mood enhancement. To help you with that, here is a brief guide that will help explore everything you need to know about cannabidiol.

Read on.

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol, or CBD for short, is one of the many active ingredients found in cannabis or marijuana plant. Although usually paired alongside tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), another active ingredient in marijuana that is identified to be the plant’s principal psychoactive constituent, CBD is not psychoactive. This means that consuming it won’t lead to a feeling of euphoria or “high” associated with cannabis consumption.

Why CBD is Popular Today?

As you might have already heard, cannabidiol is currently taking the modern market by storm. From being an underground industry that has long been hiding in the shadows, CBD has now emerged to become a million-dollar industry. Specifically, it’s the rise in popularity is rooted in the compound’s long and impressive list of therapeutic benefits. Among these include its promise of pain relief, anti-inflammation, control seizures, calm anxiety, and many more.

What are the Proper Ways to Consume/Use it?

Given the medicinal hype, cannabidiol is getting, it is no wonder that the compound can now be availed in varying forms. Among these include CBD oil and tinctures, edibles, capsules and pills, vaping products, as well as topical creams and ointment.

Generally, when it comes to selecting what type of CBD product you’re going to use, it’s best to turn back to the questions of what your goal is and why you’re taking CBD in the first place.

If you’re after its pain management promises, experts usually advise using topical CBD cream or ointment, so that you can directly apply it to your skin and enjoy a quick relief from your aching muscles, joints, or ligaments.

Meanwhile, if you’re the reason for trying CBD is for systemic treatment of seizure disorders and digestive issues, it’s best to turn to CBD capsules and pills. However, when it comes to the speed of delivery, using capsules and pills might take longer for the effects to kick in.

On the other hand, if you’re after the calming effect of CBD, you might want to get your hands on some quality CBD vape products, which promise the fastest way to experience effects. However, while these items suggest the fastest delivery of the compound’s therapeutic benefits, they also wear off faster too. This makes them the best bet if you just simply want to give your self a quick break from stress and weariness.

How much should you take for the first time?

As a beginner, it is always advisable to begin with a low dosage and go slow with increasing the amount you’re going to consume. Typically, this could vary depending on the person and could be dictated by varying factors, including your body weight, the condition you want to treat, your body chemistry, and the type of CBD product you’re consuming. However, in most cases, beginners are usually advised to take only 20 to 40 mg a day, which they could increase by 5mg after every week.

Conclusion

Ready to dive into the CBD craze and experience its therapeutic promises yourself? Don’t wait to give this amazing compound a try. Talk to your doctor to know more about its possible effects in your body as early as today!

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