CBD is everywhere…tinctures, creams, infused in coffee, and more. As I began my journey with CBD oils I threw myself into research of CBD made from industrial hemp but quickly became frustrated with being directed to articles regarding marijuana. I turned to a man who graduated with an agriculture degree from Murray State in Kentucky and he was also a part of a multi-generational farming family. He was able to guide me, help me understand the language, and more. I hope to help you navigate and share with you what I have learned and what I continue to learn about this industry.

When cannabis is mentioned most people think of marijuana. Most facts about industrial hemp are lumped in together with marijuana and this creates more confusion. There are 3 members of the cannabis family and each plant has distinct features and benefits. Marijuana is Cannabis Indica. Marijuana produces high levels of THC (5.0-35.0%), low levels of CBD oil, and has 2 uses: recreational and medical. The industrial hemp plant is often referred to simply as hemp.  Hemp is identified as Cannabis Sativa.  Hemp produces low levels of THC (0.3% or less), high levels of CBD oil, and has over 25,000 uses. The third member of this family Cannabis Ruderalis, is grown in northern Europe. This plant grows to about 2 feet and has low levels of THC (0.2%). All of Mir’s products only uses hemp and CBD oil produced from hemp plants grown in Kentucky.

CBD is short for cannabinoid oil.  This oil is harvested from the flowers of the industrial hemp plant. There are two ways to extract the oil: one is through a CO2 extraction process and is the cleanest way of extraction. The other way is introducing the solvent ethanol for extraction. This process leaves traces of ethanol in the CBD oil and many people try to avoid unnecessary ingredients in their oils. At Mir, we use the CO2 extraction because of our commitment to purity.

So why all the hype around this supplement? As I talk to people, I am amazed how well this supplement works for so many people with different needs. I began using the oil to improve my mood and control my anger. After a hysterectomy at 40 I was handed hormones. I asked if they were safe and I was reassured they were low dose and safe. 18 months later I was diagnosis with stage II HR positive breast cancer. Since the age of 42, I have not taken any hormones and I was becoming a grouchy old lady. A friend suggested trying CBD oil and this was my start of my wellness journey. I became happier, stress was reduced, and I wanted to learn more.

During my research, I found the patent held by the US Government on CBD oil. The patent was filed in April 1999 and the abstract of the patent is very eye opening. The abstract of the patent states:

“Cannabinoids have been found to have antioxidant properties, unrelated to NMDA receptor antagonism. This new found property makes cannabinoids useful in the treatment and prophylaxis of wide variety of oxidation associated diseases, such as ischemic, age-related, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. The cannabinoids are found to have particular application as neuroprotectants, for example in limiting neurological damage following ischemic insults, such as stroke and trauma, or in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and HIV dementia. Nonpsychoactive cannabinoids, such as cannabidoil, are particularly advantageous to use because they avoid toxicity that is encountered with psychoactive cannabinoids at high doses useful in the method of the present invention.”

This patent link is here for you to review: http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=6630507.PN.&OS=PN/6630507&RS=PN/6630507

CBD oil is known to help with autoimmune diseases, prevents oxidation, and more. Oxidation is the process of oxygen destroying the human body from the inside out and leads to many diseases such as cancer, arthritis, and more. CBD oil is high in antioxidant properties that naturally occur in the oils. It has been discovered the human body has more endocannabinoid receptors than we have opioid receptors. Simply put: we were designed to use this.

So now you are more curious but unsure of where to start or maybe you already bought a supplement but saw no benefit. Here is what you need to be aware of and I will go deeper into these points in another blog on this site. Make sure you can read the label of the product and understand what is in it, if you are unclear about the contents or dosage, don’t buy it. You also want to be sure the source of your oil: where is it grown? Mir uses hemp and CBD oil grown in Kentucky. We know where our oils are grown. Only buy oils grown in North America. There are a lot of imported cheap oils that are not batch tested. It is vital that a company batch tests and make these tests available. Batch testing reveals the THC levels, pesticides levels, and other heavy metals. Even though the CBD oils are made from hemp, it is important these companies make the tests available to their customers. Finally, only buy from companies that have products bottled in an FDA approved facility. You would be surprised at the people who are buying gallon jugs of CBD oil and pouring it into bottles in their pole barn or basement. That is a product I do not want to ingest and neither do you.

If you haven’t tried CBD oil now you know a little bit as you confidently begin your research and make better decisions as you embark on your wellness journey. If you have tried a product that didn’t work, there may be numerous reasons for this: it wasn’t full spectrum, didn’t have CBD oil in it, or was the wrong strength for you are just a few reasons.  Please check out our other blogs regarding CBD oil on this site.