How to Know if a CBD Product is Organic
Many everyday products sell the illusion of being high quality by putting words like “Natural” or “Non-GMO” on their labels. These marketing terms should raise red flags and direct you to the product’s ingredients list. Organic health and beauty products are a breath of fresh air in an industry teeming with toxic chemicals. Increase the benefits of your CBD oil by choosing organic products when available.
What Does Organic Mean?
Organic products are made with ingredients that are regulated by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
- Soil Quality
- Animal Raising Practices
- Pest Control
- Weed Control
- Use of Antibiotics, Hormones, or Additives
The USDA ensures that the resources used to produce ingredients are farmed using sustainable practices. Anything that is certified organic by the USDA will have the USDA badge on its label.
Why Shop for Organic CBD Oil?
What’s better for the earth is better for us. Supporting organic farmers will help counteract the climate crisis. Buying organic products will also increase demand, which can make these healthier choices more affordable for all.
Additionally, organic ingredients can promote better CBD oil effects. Let’s take Organic CBD Tinctures as an example.
These best-selling CBD drops are composed of naturally occurring chemicals that interact with each other. Organic full spectrum or broad-spectrum products like Joy Organics’ have positive chemical interactions.
Broad spectrum and full spectrum products contain up to 100+ various phytocannabinoids. These phytocannabinoids maximize the benefits of CBD oil by promoting the entourage effect.
Essential oils used in our tinctures contain aromatic molecules known as terpenes that also promote these benefits. Plus, terpenes give our premium tinctures an organically delicious flavor!
While you’re buying CBD tinctures for CBD, hemp extract is not the main ingredient in the product. A carrier oil will be the primary ingredient.
We choose organic MCT or extra virgin olive oil as the base for our tinctures. These oils are rich in healthy fats that boost CBD absorption.
Since the carrier oil is the main ingredient in CBD oils, it must be organic. Remember, all the compounds in the formula have chemical reactions! Therefore, adding synthetic ingredients or plants grown with pesticides to the formula can weaken the CBD oil’s effects.
Organic Products vs. Organic Ingredients
Get comfortable reading labels (and reading between the lines). Just because it says “organic” on the label doesn’t mean the product is.
Companies will proudly tout in the advertisements, “Made with organic ingredients.” That could technically be true. However, that doesn’t mean, “Made with ALL organic ingredients.”
Don’t let the marketing jargon trick you. Read the ingredients list and see if every item has the word “organic” in front of it.
Your safest bet to ensure that the product is 100% certified organic is to look for the USDA badge on the packaging. We proudly display ours on Joy Organics’ Organics CBD Tinctures and Joy Organics’ Organic CBD Salve.
What If You Can’t Get Organic CBD Oil?
It is rare to find CBD products that are 100% USDA-certified organic. It’s a long process to get certified. We know that firsthand!
Until we have everything 100% organic, we continue only to use the most natural ingredients. Other brands should have these same standards.
Read the labels. You should recognize the ingredients. If an ingredient sounds like it was made in a lab, it probably was. Stay away from these CBD products.
Top Organic CBD Products
Joy Organics is committed to making high-quality CBD products through sustainable practices. From carbon-free shipping to partnering with organic farmers, we try to combat the climate crisis every step of the way.
We are so proud to offer broad spectrum and full spectrum CBD products that are 100% USDA-certified organic, badge and all!
Joy Organics’ Organic CBD Salve
Reclaim your natural beauty with 100% USDA-certified ingredients that promote skin health, muscle support, and joint health.
This 0.0% THC formula contains a skin-nourishing blend of organic MCT oil and organic beeswax. These natural ingredients lock in moisture while helping with CBD absorption.
This organic CBD topical is fortified with a proprietary blend of essential oils that promote blood circulation and the entourage effect. Plus, they smell refreshing!
Fresh Lime Organic CBD Tincture (Full Spectrum)
Our first-ever full spectrum product is Joy Organics’ Fresh Lime Organic CBD Tincture. It contains 0.3% THC or less, which can be verified with third-party lab reports by scanning the QR code on the tincture bottle.
We use a proprietary blend of organic MCT oil, organic full spectrum hemp extract, organic key lime essential oil, and stevia. It has a bright flavor that will awaken your taste buds and keep you mentally focused.
Tranquil Mint Organic CBD Tincture (Broad Spectrum)
Soothe your mind with the refreshing flavors of Joy Organics’ Tranquil Mint CBD Tincture. This fast-acting tincture contains 0.0% THC.
It contains organic extra virgin olive oil, organic broad spectrum hemp extract, and organic peppermint oil. Cool your racing thoughts and your breath with just one drop!
Summer Lemon Organic CBD Tincture (Broad Spectrum)
Summer is always in season when you have Joy Organics’ Summer Lemon Organic CBD Tincture. This 0.0% THC formula is a citrus kiss that will add some zest to any day.
This clean formula contains organic MCT oil, organic broad spectrum hemp extract, and organic lemon essential oil. Its tangy bite will make you pucker up and push through any workout ahead!
Orange Bliss Organic CBD Tincture (Broad Spectrum)
Squeeze a drop of Joy Organics’ Orange Bliss Organic CBD Tincture into your mouth to kickstart any morning. This eye-opening tincture has a juicy flavor that compliments any beverage you whip up.
Our simple and effective 0.0% THC formula contains organic MCT oil, organic broad spectrum hemp extract, and organic orange oil. It’s like a creamsicle, minus the calories!
CBD vs CBG: What’s the Difference?
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While CBD and THC are the cannabinoids that get the most attention, cannabis actually contains a wide-ranging spectrum of 100+ cannabinoids. Cannabis research has come far in recent years and, as our understanding of cannabis-derived products continues to expand, so does our understanding of the different cannabinoids on that spectrum.
CBG is one cannabinoid that’s increasingly piquing the interest of cannabis researchers and consumers of cannabis-derived products. Like CBD, CBG doesn’t cause psychoactive effects and is said to contain its own potential benefits.
What is CBG? How is it different from CBD?
What Is CBG?
CBG, or cannabigerol, is one of the 100+ cannabinoids found in cannabis. CBG was first discovered in 1964, but research into the cannabinoid is relatively limited. The studies that have been conducted on CBG, however, suggest that it does contain considerable potential benefits.
CBG is derived from cannabigerolic acid (CBGA), which is the chemical foundation for most other cannabinoids. This is why you’ll often hear CBG referred to as the “mother” or “stem cell” of most other cannabinoids.
CBGA is the first cannabinoid acid to form in the cannabis plant, where it is then converted by enzymes into three main cannabinoid acids: cannabidiolic acid (CBDA), tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA), and cannabichromenic acid (CBCA).
In order to become the active cannabinoids like CBD and THC that we’re familiar with, cannabinoid acids must be heated through a process known as decarboxylation. Once CBGA is decarboxylated, it becomes CBG.
The presence of CBG in most cannabis varieties is relatively low (less than 1% by most accounts). Because of the increased interest in CBG, breeders have begun to experiment with crossbreeding and genetic manipulation to produce cannabis plants that contain higher CBG content. Cannabis scientists have also found that the ideal time to extract higher amounts of CBG naturally present in the plant is during the sixth week of an eight-week flowering phase.
CBG and CBD are both cannabinoids that interact with the endocannabinoid system (ECS) and are similar in some ways, but there are also some distinctive differences between them.
Here we’ll take a deeper look.
What’s the Difference Between CBD and CBG?
Different Molecular Structure
CBD and CBG are both cannabinoids, but they do have a different molecular structure. The molecular structure of cannabinoids is represented by the composition and quantity of oxygen, hydrogen, and carbon atoms. Because CBD and CBG have different molecular structures, they interact differently with the ECS.
Different ECS Interaction
CBD is different from other cannabinoids in that it doesn’t directly bind with CB1 or CB2 receptors. Instead, its effects are caused by an indirect influence on the ECS.
CBG, on the other hand, supports ECS function through direct interaction with CB1 and CB2 receptors.
How CBD and CBG Are Similar
While there are some definitive differences between CBD and CBG, the cannabinoids do have a couple of things in common.
For one, they’re both known to be non-psychotropic, meaning they won’t cause any intoxicating effects. In fact, most cannabinoids don’t cause intoxication. THC is the primary cannabinoid to cause the “high” that’s long been associated with cannabis consumption.
This being said, both CBD and CBG do influence the ECS and could impact the mind in a way that leads to increased relaxation. Like CBD, CBG could help counter THC’s intoxicating effects. THC creates intoxication by binding to CB1 receptors in the brain.
CBG has a slight affinity for CB1 receptors that is approximately equal to CBD. This is why it’s suggested that CBG could counteract intoxication experienced when consuming THC.
What Are the Potential Benefits of CBG?
If you’ve been using CBD for a while, you’re probably aware of the bounty of benefits it’s said to bring. Maybe you’ve personally found it helps support your sleep schedule, your bestie hasn’t stopped raving about how much calmer she feels since she started taking CBD, or your fitness friend swears by a CBD topical to support sore muscles and joints.
Like CBD and other cannabinoids, CBG is suggested to contain some benefits itself. While research on CBG is still pretty limited, some believe that CBG contains promising potential.
As the ECS performs its duty of keeping the body balanced, CBG can support it in running optimally. Anyone looking to give their body’s inflammatory response extra support may turn to cannabinoids like CBG.
Skin can be tricky to care for, especially during dry months. Those using CBG to support their body’s natural defenses may also find that it helps them maintain healthy skin.
CBD vs. CBG: Final Thoughts
The potential of CBG has recently gained some serious attention, with both scientists and cannabis consumers alike taking notice of the up-and-coming cannabinoid. Not only is CBG the precursor to all other cannabinoids, but it’s also suggested to contain a list of benefits that are a bit different than CBD.
When it comes down to CBD vs. CBG, there are absolutely definitive differences, but there are also some similarities. Like other cannabinoids, they work harmoniously with the ECS to provide their prospective benefits. Both CBD and CBG are non-intoxicating, meaning they won’t make you feel high.
As you can see, both CBD and CBG contain their own unique potential, offering a variety of prospective benefits that could support wellbeing. Both full-spectrum and broad-spectrum CBD products will contain trace amounts of CBG. There are also brands that offer CBD + CBG products for those who want to take full advantage of the cannabinoid that’s making waves throughout the cannabis community.
If you’re thinking about trying CBG for yourself, just make sure the product you’re interested in comes with third-party lab test results that ensure you’re getting a safe product that contains as much CBG as the label claims.
Keep in mind that as promising as the benefits for CBG might seem, research is still very limited. If the increased research over recent years into the benefits of CBD is any indication of what’s to come with other cannabinoids, we imagine the future holds some serious promise for this cannabinoid mother.
Can You Eat Raw Hemp Leaves?
Think you can only benefit from hemp by vaping, smoking, or using a CBD tincture or topical? Think again. There are some serious benefits that can be found by consuming raw hemp leaves. Raw cannabis is actually so good for you that some might even consider it a superfood.
It’s true. And not very surprising when you think of the myriad of benefits the hemp plant contains.
When we look at the Cannabis sativa plant (which includes both marijuana and hemp) from a nutritional perspective, it’s more “leafy green vegetable” than it is “weed,” and it’s actually extremely healthy.
If cannabis is so good for you, can you eat raw hemp leaves like you would spinach or kale?
Let’s take a closer look.
The Health Benefits of Raw Hemp Leaves
Nature truly provides us with almost everything we need to maintain great health. There are several medicinal plants that can be found throughout nature, and as we all know, cannabis is certainly no exception.
Not surprisingly (considering the myriad of benefits contained in CBD), hemp leaves pack a powerful nutritional punch. The leaves of the cannabis plant are full of iron, zinc, potassium, magnesium, fiber and phosphorous.
Raw hemp leaves are also full of polyphenols, powerful antioxidants known for their effects on aging skin as well as their ability to protect against the development of several different diseases. Raw hemp is also rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and rich in digestible globular proteins.
To say that raw hemp is healthy is almost a bit of an understatement.
Let’s take a closer look.
What Makes Raw Hemp Healthy?
Aside from its amazing nutritional profile, there are a few components of the raw hemp plant that make it such an amazing plant to consume in its natural state. These include:
The primary cannabinoids in raw cannabis leaves are CBDa and THCa. The “A” at the end of these cannabinoids stands for “acid” and denotes that the cannabinoid is in its acidic state. In order to experience the psychoactive effects of marijuana, THCA must be heated, a process known as decarboxylation.
Raw hemp leaves are primarily dominant in CBDa. While CBD is known for some serious benefits of its own, CBDa could also contain beneficial properties.
Aside from super-beneficial CBDA, raw hemp leaves are still full of the natural terpenes contained in the plant itself. Terpenes are the aromatic chemicals found in several different plants that provide a distinct aroma and taste. Earthy sage. Zesty orange. Spicy cinnamon. It’s all in the terpenes.
Some of the most common terpenes found in raw cannabis and hemp include:
Chlorophyll is what’s responsible for giving hemp is green pigmentation. While typically chlorophyll is removed from CBD products, hemp leaves are packed with it. What makes chlorophyll so good for your health? Research shows that chlorophyll is beneficial for the following:
So, Can You Eat Raw Hemp Leaves?
If you can get your hands on some, raw hemp leaves can be an amazing addition to an already healthy lifestyle.
Dr. William L. Courtney is an expert in raw cannabis, whose area of special interest is in the dietary uses of cannabis to achieve 250-500mg cannabinoid acids, which he contends is an essential nutrient in the diet of individuals in their 4th decade and older.
Courtney believes that the “raw” version of cannabinoids helps activate the endocannabinoid system more effectively than when it is dried, cured, and heated.
How to Eat Raw Hemp Leaves
Ever tasted raw hemp?
It’s a bit bitter, to say the least. For those of you who enjoy a bitter green (think dandelion, arugula, endive, and others), raw hemp leaves could be a welcome addition to a fresh green salad. For those of you who can’t stomach bitter greens, we feel you. That’s why adding raw hemp leaves to a smoothie or juice is our favorite way to consume raw hemp leaves.
If you’re into juicing, think of raw hemp leaves as a huge powerhouse of nutrition. Whatever your favorite juice recipe may be, simply add a handful of hemp leaves (1-2 cups) along with your other ingredients. You’ll get all the benefits of the raw hemp leaves without their bitter taste. Our go-to juice contains a healthy amount of raw hemp leaves, cucumber, carrot, apple and ginger.
Not a big fan of juicing? Try adding your raw hemp leaves to a smoothie instead. We love smoothies. What an easy and great-tasting way to get the nutrients you need! You can experiment with CBD superfood smoothie recipes by tossing a handful of raw hemp leaves into the blender. The other ingredients blended into these drinks mask the bitter taste of the raw hemp leaves, while the hemp leaves offer increased nutritional benefits.
Of course, if you wanted, you could always just eat them raw right off the plant itself.
Are Raw Hemp Leaves Right for You?
While raw hemp leaves aren’t likely to be sold in your local produce section anytime soon, eating raw hemp leaves offers some pretty significant health benefits. Raw hemp leaves are such a powerful source of nutrition that some even consider them a superfood.
Full of fiber, phosphorus, potassium, iron, zinc, magnesium and more, raw hemp has you covered as far as nutrition is concerned. Add the rich amount of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids combined with the antioxidant effects of the polyphenols raw hemp leaves contains, and you’ve got yourself an extremely healthy addition to your juice, smoothie or salad.
So, can you eat raw hemp leaves? If you can get your hands on some raw hemp leaves, go for it!
Not only can you 100% eat raw hemp leaves, but your body will likely thank you for it.
Here’s to your health!