I want to start taking hemp, but I don’t know what I should look for.
Q. Dear Terry, “I want to start taking hemp, but I don’t know what I should look for. Can you help point me in the right direction?” — Oscar P., Richmond, VA
A. Dear Oscar, I think one of the biggest points of clarification when discussing hemp is that hemp and marijuana are not the same thing. By definition, hemp is virtually free of psychoactive THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol), which is the primary compound responsible for the euphoria of marijuana. The hemp plant, Cannabis sativa, contains a full range of other compounds called cannabinoids (including cannabidiol – popularly known as CBD), that affect the brain and body in very positive ways without impairing focus or concentration.
Hemp oil compounds, including CBD, have a lot to offer. But you have to be careful which kind you choose. It’s easy to think that only CBD is important, but hemp oil is complex, and the other non-THC phytocannabinoids are valuable. The best hemp oil provides a full entourage of compounds from the stalk, which is important because these compounds work together more strongly than any one single compound on its own.
I prefer European, CO2 extracted, non-GMO hemp from specifically cultivated plants that are carefully tended in order to deliver maximum health benefits. I would take this once or twice daily.
Terry . . . Naturally