What is CBD anyway?

CBD stands for “cannabidiol,” one of approximately 100 cannabinoids (which are natural compounds) found in the hemp plant. CBD and THC are the most abundant cannabinoids in cannabis plants, but CBD is in higher concentrations in hemp than in marijuana. CBD is not psychoactive like the cannabinoid THC is. (That is, CBD cannot get anyone high, no matter how much you use.)

CBD is “having a moment” because of steadily growing acceptance of industrial hemp as well as medical and recreational marijuana. People report very positive experiences with it, data is starting to surface to support its safe use in many applications, and companies are interested in market opportunities (to put it mildly).

CBD is not the same thing as hemp or cannabis oils—it is a compound found within these plant oils.  In skin care and ingestible products like our Edible Drops, people can experience CBD in these ways:


1)  as a part of a full-spectrum oil

Full-spectrum—which is what June uses—means extracted from the whole hemp plant. The CBD and approximately 100 other cannabinoids, terpenes and other amazing plant compounds are all present in the oil. The THC is <0.3% of the hemp oil, so its legal and not going to get you high.

2) as CBD isolate

An isolate means that the chemical compound has been isolated—pulled out of—the plant oil. The data on CBD isolate is limited, but it may be most promising in medical treatments. At June, we believe the safest, most effective way to use the power of CBD is as nature intended—in a full spectrum oil.

June’s hemp oil is organic, premium full-spectrum oil grown in the USA and Co2 extracted from the entire hemp plant. It is super clean, lab tested for purity, and grown with respect for the earth, farmers and you, the customer.


What’s the relationship between hemp and marijuana?

Hemp and marijuana are both cannabis plants, and both contain CBD and dozens of other cannabinoids, but at different levels. As we mentioned, industrial hemp oil is rich in CBD but has < 0.3% THC. Marijuana has more THC than hemp does, and there are many distinct strains of marijuana which contain different ratios of THC and other cannabinoids (and other natural compounds like terpenes). This is why they can have such varied effects.

All of the hemp grown in the US is “industrial” hemp, even if it is grown organically, as June’s is. It is still called “industrial” to underscore the difference between this type of plant and marijuana, which is used as a drug or medicine.  Hemp is a hardy plant that can be grown sustainability and used in myriad ways—fibers for textiles and building materials, seeds for food, extracts and isolates for medicine and skin care, and more.

Marijuana is still federally illegal, and states have different regulations around its use. In states where is it legal to use marijuana for medical or recreational purposes, it can be grown with a license and sold in licensed dispensaries.  See your state for details!


So what does hemp oil do?

In short: we’re still learning, but what we know looks really, really good. Studies--most of them on cannabis and ingestion--have shown that CBD (and other cannabinoid compounds) can interact with the body's own endocannabinoid system, which may help to ease pain, anxiety and other ailments.  There are too few studies on the dermal effects of hemp oil (and/or CBD), but there are a few that indicate it looks promising for helping with itchy, blemish prone and/or inflamed skin.

June looks forward to throwing our support behind more quality, relevant studies. But for now, we know that hemp oil is rich in essential fatty acids and phytonutrients, and has a emollient effect without being too heavy on skin, making it an excellent choice for a variety of products and skin types, with additional benefits we’re sure to discover in time.


Sources
The role of cannabinoids in dermatology. Mounessa, Jessica S. et al.

Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology , Volume 77 , Issue 1 , 188 - 190.

Penn State Extension. Industrial Hemp Production. July 2, 2018. https://extension.psu.edu/industrial-hemp-production

Garden Om Hemp Company, June’s exclusive hemp partners. March 2019. https://www.gardenom.com/full-spectrum-cbd-oil

ECHO. A Look at Major and Minor Cannabinoids. January 5, 2017. https://echoconnection.org/a-look-at-the-major-and-minor-cannabinoids-found-in-cannabis/