Monthly Archives: March 2019

  1. Full Spectrum Vs. Isolate: CBD Types Explained

    Full Spectrum Vs. Isolate: CBD Types Explained

    If you’ve been browsing the many CBD tinctures available in the Apotheca store, you’ve probably noticed the product description table. This is designed to answer questions about tinctures quickly and simply so you can spend less time shopping and more time enjoying excellent CBD products.

    CBD tincture product description

    However, it’s not all self-explanatory for newcomers. If you’re new to CBD, the “CBD Type” column might be confusing. Even if you’re an avid consumer, you may have some misconceptions about what terms like “full-spectrum,” “broad-spectrum,” and “isolate” actually mean. Understanding these concepts is crucial in finding the product best suited for your needs.

    Full-Spectrum: Bringing You Every Part of the Plant

    Full spectrum tinctures have every phytonutrient that is extracted from the hemp plant. While CBD is the most prominent molecule in hemp research, there are over 100 other known cannabinoids—typically referred to as phytocannabinoids to differentiate them from the endocannabinoids found in the human body.

    In addition to those phytocannabinoids, there are additional compounds called terpenes and flavonoids. All three of these compound varieties are most highly concentrated in unfertilized flowers of female hemp plants. Here’s a quick overview of those compounds:

    • Cannabinoids: Some of the most well-known cannabinoids include CBD, THC, CBG, and CBN. These compounds are unique to cannabis plants and interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system. For an in-depth breakdown of some of the most prominent phytocannabinoids,
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  2. Explaining Cannabinoids Part I: Phytocannabinoids

    Explaining Cannabinoids Part I: Phytocannabinoids

    Phytocannabinoids are the compounds that make cannabis a popular remedy for a variety of conditions. Phytocannabinoids are found in every variety of cannabis plant—both hemp and marijuana—although the levels of each cannabinoid present vary from strain to strain. There are over 100 identified phytocannabinoids and researchers are actively studying the plant to better understand their physiological effects.

    These plant-based cannabinoids interact with a series of receptors found throughout the body called the endocannabinoid system. We’ll be covering that system in our next post.

    The Most Common Phytocannabinoids

    Most people know the big two: THC and CBD. THC is notorious for its psychoactive effects, which are frequently cited by proponents of cannabis prohibition. The focus on the perceived negative side effects of THC put a damper on studying the pharmacological effects of the many other cannabinoids for decades. While research into the potential benefits of cannabinoids has ramped up significantly in recent years, we still only understand about 10% of known phytocannabinoids.

    Here are some of the more well-documented phytocannabinoids and their pharmacological activities:

    ?9-Tetrahydrocannabinol (?9-THC): THC is the psychoactive phytocannabinoid. It is found in large quantities in marijuana, but hemp is legally required to have 0.3% or less THC by dry weight. While THC is often associated with recreational use, researchers have identified many potential pharmacological effects including: anti-inflammatory, antiemetic (reduces nausea), anti-epileptic (prevents seizures), and analgesic (painkiller). Cannabis advocates say even the small quantities of THC found in hemp plants increase the effectiveness of other phytocannabinoids, including CBD (we'll get back to that in just a moment though).

    Cannabidiol (CBD): CBD content is typically highest in hemp plants and reduces the ps

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  3. An Introduction to Kratom

    An Introduction to Kratom

    Kratom is one of the most talked about plant-based remedies on the market. Despite a long history of its use all over the world, kratom remains largely misunderstood and a great deal of misinformation is spread about it on the internet. At Apotheca, we strive to cut through that misinformation with thorough research and a selection of quality kratom products from trusted brands.

    This blog post is our way of introducing new customers to kratom, answering some of the most common questions we hear and helping you make the best decision regarding your own wellness.

    What is Kratom?

    Kratom is the Thai word for the Mitragyna speciosa plant. Mitragyna speciosa is a tropical evergreen tree from the Rubiaceae family of plants (the same family as coffee). The plant can grow anywhere from 30 to 70 feet tall and is native to Southeast Asia, most notably Thailand, Malaysia, and Papua New Guinea.

    The kratom products you see on shelves and in our online store are made from the leaves of the plant. These leaves are typically dried and powdered, although there are a number of other common preparations, especially in the plant's native countries.

    What is Kratom Used For?

    In Southeast Asia, kratom has traditionally been used by manual laborers as a way to stave off fatigue and increase productivity. Kratom has also been a part of traditional medicine traditions and religious ceremonies in Thailand and Malaysia for centuries.

    In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration has not approved kratom for any uses. Therefore, kratom companies cannot give specific recommendations for use or suggest that kratom can be used to diagnose or treat any conditions. At Apotheca, we gather scientific studies and other resources to provide an understanding of the potential documented

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  4. An Introduction to Hemp

    An Introduction to Hemp

    Hemp is one of the most versatile plants on Earth. It has served as a textile, foodstuff, medicinal herb, and vital part of spiritual practices for people all over the world, predating recorded history. Although hemp's reputation in recent US history was tarnished by drug enforcement laws that lumped it in with its cousin marijuana, it has seen a resurgence as people rediscover its potential. At Apotheca, we sell American-grown hemp flowers for smoking, vaping, and consumption. This guide serves as an introduction to hemp that will answer someone of the most common questions we hear from first-time customers.

    What is Hemp?hemp plant illustration

    Hemp is the name given to the low-THC, high-CBD variety of cannabis sativa plants (with marijuana being the high-THC, low-CBD variety). Under the 2018 US Farm Bill, US law defines hemp as having 0.3% or less THC by dry weight. All products in the Apotheca store meet this standard and are verified by third-party lab testing.

    Hemp is an annual flowering herbaceous plant that is highly adaptable and can thrive in most climates. Hemp plants grow quickly, have negligible impact on soil nutrients, and have a deep root structure that prevents soil erosion. This combination of attributes allowed the plant—native to Asia and the Middle East—to spread throughout the world, and today it is cultivated on every continent except Antarctica.

    What is Hemp Used For?

    More or less everything.

    Really. Hemp was one of the first plants used to make paper, it made up the sails that propelled the vikings on their seafaring journeys, and people today are living in toxin-free hempcrete homes.It's also a viable biofuel and nutrient-rich food.

    Hemp is so ver

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  5. An Introduction to CBD

    An Introduction to CBD

    We understand that CBD products are new to a lot of people. Figuring out where to start can be daunting, especially with the amount of misinformation out there. At Apotheca, we want to help you find the best natural products to support your health and wellbeing. We’ve put together a quick guide that answers some of the most common questions we receive from first-time customers. We hope this gives you a good place to start as you begin your journey to better wellness with us.

    What is CBD?CBD Chemical makeup

    CBD stands for cannabidiol, and it is one of the many cannabinoids found in the Cannabis sativa plant (that's the scientific name for both hemp and marijuana). Cannabinoids are molecular compounds that are only found in cannabis plants. These compounds have a wide variety of effects on your body.

    CBD is one of the more prevalent, well-known cannabinoids and is the subject of many ongoing scientific studies. A good portion of research is focused on the potential benefits CBD may have for people with epilepsy, but scientists have found a number of other potential applications.

    Are CBD Products Legal?

    The short answer is yes. All the CBD products you’ll find on our website are legal under United States federal law. That is because we source products grown from hemp plants.

    Cannabis sativa is a plant grown all over the world. It is divided into two categories: marijuana and hemp. Unlike marijuana, hemp is legal to produce, sell, and possess in all 50 states thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill. However, there are some cities, counties, and states where CBD and hemp products are banned or restricted. It is always a safe bet to check local regulations before buying CBD products.

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