Your CBD Questions Answered by Fiddlers Green Farm
From seed to bottle to your hands, we have our eyes and hearts in every step of the process to bring you a superior CBD product.
Let’s start this journey from the beginning…
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is but one of 113 currently identified cannabinoids found within plants of the cannabis genus; however when an extract is made from the plant the CBD cannabinoid accounts for around 40% of the extract.
Another cannabinoid is Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), well-known for producing psychoactive effects, or getting people “high”. CBD doesn’t produce this effect, and is therefore more easily incorporated into daily life.
Although both cannabis plants, there is a differentiation between hemp, grown to produce high CBD and low THC, and marijuana grown to produce high THC levels.
What is a CBD extraction?
After harvest of the hemp plant’s flower and leaves, a process is used to coax out the CBD. There are many different processes to do this and they all differ in how many other cannabinoids are brought along in the extraction process. A carrier oil is then used to suspend and dilute the extract to make it easier to measure a consistent dose.
How does CBD interact with your body?
Our neurons and cells have receptor sites for chemical neurotransmitters. When these sites are visited by a neurotransmitter a signal for action is activated, and can be spread cell to cell or neuron to neuron, making our bodily systems work. Neurotransmitter imbalances have been connected to many diseases and mental disorders.
CBD interacts with many of our neurotransmitter systems; the most impacted being our endocannabinoid and serotonin systems
What is the Endocannabinoid System?
Endocannabinoids, are neurotransmitters that are very similar to cannabinoids, but they are made by our bodies. When endocannabinoids bind to receptors throughout the body a signal can be delivered to that body part or system telling it to take action.
Research has found these processes to be affected:
- Memory and learning
- Appetite and digestion
- Chronic pain
- Immune system responses including inflammation
- Cardiovascular function
- Muscle formation
- Liver function
- Bone growth and health overtime
- Reproductive system and function
- Stress response
- Skin and nerve function
- Motor control
All of these processes keep our bodies stable and functioning. The Endocannabinoid System is thought to react in order to return our internal environment to its ideal functioning state when something throws off the balance like stress, injury, threat, or sickness.
How does CBD affect the Endocannabinoid System?
While THC is known to bind to certain endocannabinoid receptor sites (CB1 and CB2), CBD has not been found to bind to known receptor sites. Research suggests it prevents endocannibinoids from being broken down, meaning they have a greater effect on our bodies, bringing us more stability. This is perhaps where the calm feeling of well-being associated with CBD use comes from. CBD users have found it helps with such wide-ranging issues as pain, nausea, anxiety, inflammation, seizures, and sleep problems.
How to use CBD?
To use our CBD Full Spectrum Extracts all you need to do is shake the bottle, take desired amount into mouth with dropper, swish around for a moment and then swallow.
It is good practice for beginners to go “low and slow” – to take only a small amount of CBD daily and overtime build up the dose as needed. This will help you gauge your unique body’s reaction and find the sweet spot for what ails you or provide the calm and well-being you desire.
Each bottle of CBD has the concentration in milligrams (mg) listed, and if taking a full dropper dose of 1 milliliter (mL) then you can find the mg per serving by dividing by 30 servings in a 30 mL (or 1 oz) bottle. We provide this helpful information on our label, but not all companies do.
Our CBD Topical Products can be used by rubbing into your skin as needed, avoiding any broken skin or abrasions. Each one has a specific purpose and action to suit the stresses or ailments that life can challenge us with.
Why is CBD popular now?
Cultivation and use of hemp dates back more than 10,000 years to an ancient village site in Taiwan; hemp may have been one of the first human agriculture crops. The hemp plant has over 50,000 uses as wide ranging as textiles, food, paper, insulation, bioplastics and biofuel.
Hemp Foundation simply explains it this way: “The seeds make fuel, the stalks make fiber, the leaves make medicine and the roots cure the soil.”
But even though our past, and it seems our future, will involve hemp, there was a time all hemp growing in the U.S. was suppressed because of it’s association with marijuana. Even before Nixon’s War on Drugs, there were those that had financial gain tied to keeping such an amazing multi-use crop off the market.
The Hemp Farming Act of 2018, included in the 2018 Farm Bill, legalizes the growth of hemp with a THC concentration of no more than 0.3%. So finally CBD can be extracted from plants grown in U.S. soil, and many states allowed pilot programs for farmers to grow hemp for the first time in 2019, including Maryland – we’re very proud to have been part of that program.
The success of CBD has much to do with the beneficial effects people feel from use, making it seem to reach overnight popularity. With this popularity and new market there are many racing to supply consumer demand. Unfortunately, some suppliers are just looking to make money and are not interested in providing a safe, quality CBD product.
Here at Fiddlers Green Farm, we provide the safest, most environmentally responsible Full Spectrum Hemp Products we possibly can and always go the extra mile to ensure a superior product for our family and for yours.
Why all CBD products aren’t considered equal
When looking for CBD products to use for therapeutic benefits, it makes sense to investigate all the steps it takes to bring the CBD from seed to bottle so that you are getting the best of the best and a product worthy of its price tag. From growing conditions to extraction methods to 3rd party testing, we’ll go through what we consider the important elements that make a high-quality CBD product and that you could consider when shopping for CBD products.
What are your growing conditions?
At Fiddlers Green Farm we grow our hemp plants outside and are proud to utilize sun-grown hemp. By utilizing the power of the sun and growing outside in an environment that doesn’t have to be so specifically controlled to prevent plant disease, we cut down on energy consumption and can deliver a premium CBD product in a more environmentally and economically responsible way.
In our Certified Organic Fields we work to cultivate the most complex soil community possible because we know that a diverse soil microbiome enables nitrogen fixation and water retention providing for more robust plants. By farming in a regenerative way we are always building the soil to be richer and more full of life naturally, instead of relying on chemical fertilizers.
What are the different types of CBD extracts?
CBD extracts are categorized as isolate, broad spectrum, or full spectrum; they differ based on how much processing they went through and what is left in the final extract.
- Isolate- The hemp extract in this case only contains CBD, no other cannabinoids.
- Broad Spectrum- This hemp extract contains all the cannabinoids, except THC and is usually created from CBD isolate with the plant terpenes added back in.
- Full Spectrum- The least processed, most natural extract contains all cannabinoids including THC (below the 0.3% threshold).
Our products contain Full Spectrum Extract with all the cannabinoids, terpenes, and essential oils of the plant. These compounds are synergistic, meaning they work together to amplify each individual compounds therapeutic effects and mitigate any potential side-effects of any one compound alone. This unique phenomenon is known as the entourage effect.
Full Spectrum Extracts are best for individuals who want to benefit from the entourage effect, because this is the only extract that contains a small amount of THC. In San Francisco at the California Pacific Medical Center they found that combining THC and CBD produced more potent anti-tumor effects against brain cancer and breast cancer cells lines than either cannabinoid tested alone.
*If drug testing is a part of your reality, it is best to choose a broad spectrum CBD product rather than missing out on the benefits all together! Full spectrum extracts are not guaranteed to pass a drug test screening for THC even though the amounts are extremely low and non-intoxicating. Although we believe full spectrum is the most effective choice, we are happy to make recommendations for broad spectrum brands we trust.
What are the Extraction methods?
The most common extraction methods use either petroleum-based solvents (butane or propane), supercritical CO2 (carbon dioxide), or ethanol. Both petroleum-based solvents and supercritical CO2 involve a step that heats the product to a point where you could take away from the final cannabinoid and terpene profile.
For our products we choose to use Organic Ethanol to preserve all the beneficial cannabinoids and the unique smell and flavor provided by terpenes. Ethanol is classified by the FDA as safe for human consumption and therefore poses no risk for exposure to toxic residues if the extract isn’t done properly.
What are your product ingredients?
For a carrier oil we use Organic Coconut-Derived MCT Oil. MCT (medium chain triglyceride) oil is a type of saturated fatty acid that is easy to digest, for the body to process, and metabolize quickly so it isn’t stored in body fat. MCT oil helps keep CBD from being degraded by the digestive system and it allows for a larger concentration of CBD to be absorbed into the bloodstream. We choose organic to protect against exposure to chemical pesticides.
For our Wintergreen Flavored extracts we chose clean, organic wintergreen extract with nothing artificial and none of those sneaky “natural flavors”.
What is Third-Party testing and why is it important for CBD products?
While CBD quality, purity, and potency is unregulated, there are sellers who will use exaggerated claims for their products and try to make more money for low-quality or contaminated hemp. So reputable businesses must then pay an independent (third-party) lab for testing to show the quality of their products.
We pay for third-party testing for our full-spectrum extract so you know exactly what you are getting. We test for heavy metals, pesticides, biological contaminants (molds, fungi, parasites, and bacteria), our cannabinoid potency and terpene profiles.
It’s our extra proof that we have taken all the steps we can to grow the best hemp and process it in a clean, healthy way. You can find our results for each product in our Farm Store featured accordingly with each product.
Why do we put so much hard work into this?
We want to live in a world that embraces regenerative farming that is good for the earth and our bodies, so we can live our best lives possible. This means we have strict moral and ethical guidelines that are our compass for how we farm and how we do business.
Proud to be Maryland Farmers, we back other like-minded members of our community that also support the local economy and environment. And we love to share our products at local face-to-face markets so we can share everything we are doing to keep things pure, potent, and pleasurable. As a family farm we have three generations of Battens involved in bringing this magic to you and we hope you will try some today.
Many people have tried CBD for a vast range of ailments and found it helpful. With dozens of clinical trials currently running there are bound to be more uses being confirmed by science.
Reputable Products We Use Ourselves
All of our topical products are handcrafted in small batches here on our farm using our hemp extract, our medicinal herbs or high quality organically and sustainably sourced ingredients.
The quality of the overall product depends on the quality of the hemp flower used, the extraction type, and extraction process. We openly share how we lovingly grow our organic hemp plants, quickly harvest and dry for freshest plant material, then use organic ethanol to get the richest cannabinoid and terpene profile for our full spectrum extract in organic MCT oil and our line of CBD topicals.
At Fiddlers Green Farm we want to provide the most vibrant, clean, soulful CBD experience possible with our small-batch organically grown hemp. If you ever have any questions, we are an open book, contact us and we will be happy to chat.
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