For most people in the United States, just the mention of the city’s name, Nashville, instantly conjures up thoughts of country music. This thriving city is home to the Grand Ole Opry and Ryman Auditorium. On any given night, as one makes their way through the streets of Nashville, they can hear country, rock, jazz, and blues music streaming from our many music clubs and honky-tonks. Our laid-back southern atmosphere and rich musical heritage certainly make Nashville a fantastic place to call home.
Yes, we know how to enjoy life; and part of the enjoyment of life is doing our best to keep our bodies and minds strong and healthy for the long haul. Many of our most health-conscious residents have already discovered the benefits of CBD – but not all CBD is created equal. Therefore, we would like to introduce ourselves. We are The Hemp Doctor, America’s Premier Hemp & CBD Dispensary, and your one-stop-shop for all your CBD needs.
The Basics of CBD
If you are not already familiar with the compound that is taking the holistic wellness market by storm, here are some of the basics that are important to know.
CBD is short for cannabidiol. It is one of over 100 cannabinoids that are found in the cannabis family of plants that include hemp and marijuana. Products that contain this compound have been flying off the shelves of online retailers, brick-and-mortar stores, and even gas stations for the past few years – and for good reason. Those who have tried it instantly become raving fans and tout its many benefits to anyone who will listen. Because of its popularity, new products seem to be emerging every day that provide CBD to enthusiastic users in new and creative ways. Just a few of the products you will find in The Hemp Doctor’s inventory include:
- Salves and Balms
- Energy Drinks and Teas
- Vape Cartridges
- Pet Treats
- And more
With such a dizzying assortment of CBD products to choose from, you are sure to find one that is perfect for your taste and fits into your lifestyle.
Difference Between Hemp and Marijuana
With the changing landscape surrounding the legality of marijuana, you may be wondering if CBD products that are extracted from the cannabis plant are even legal. But you can rest assured that the answer to this important question is a resounding “Yes!” and we will tell you why. But let us take you on a bit of a journey through the history of this remarkable plant, and help you to understand the differences between hemp an marijuana.
Both hemp and marijuana are from the cannabis family of plants and come in strains like sativa and indica. Marijuana made its way into the United States during an immigration surge by Mexican residents who were fleeing from the Mexican revolution during the 1910s and 1920s. These immigrants enjoyed a variety of the cannabis plants that contained high levels of the cannabinoid tetrahydrocannabinol (or THC for short). This cannabinoid is famous for causing a psychoactive “high” feeling for its users. At the same time, anti-Mexican sentiment began to grow across America, and with it came some unfounded paranoia about the plant. Some Americans began to associate their negative feelings about the immigrants with the cannabis plant itself, and derogatory names like “marijuana” and “locoweed” emerged among the population. This sentiment eventually culminated in the passing of the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937. This Act taxed the plant so heavily that it essentially banned the sale of cannabis.
Hemp, on the other hand, has been around for thousands of years. During its illustrious existence, hemp has been used to make a number of useful products like rope, lamp oil, clothes, and sails. In fact, there is evidence that hemp-made products date back as far as 10,000 years ago! The usefulness of this product and its wide-spread acceptance carried through to impact the founding of America. In fact, there was a period in the 1800s where farmers were actually required to grow hemp. However, despite hemp’s widespread usage all over the world for 1000’s of years, when the powers that be got their hands on marijuana in the 1970’s, hemp got lumped in with its sister plant and became classified as a Schedule 1 drug – making it illegal to produce and sell.
While both the marijuana and hemp plants contain helpful cannabinoids like CBD, CBG, and CBC, the biggest difference between the two is found in their level of THC. THC is the famous component in marijuana that causes the user to experience a psychoactive “high.” Hemp contains very low levels of THC while marijuana contains much higher levels. Even so, it wasn’t until the passing of The Farm Bill in 2018 that hemp once again became legal to grow, manufacture, sell, and consume. The law is very clear that only hemp-based products that contain no more than .3% THC are federally legal, and this trace amount of THC is not known to cause psychoactive side effects. Although some states have accepted the use of marijuana for medical or recreational purposes, it still remains illegal on the federal level.
Note that all of the products in The Hemp Doctor’s inventory are 100% federally legal.
How to Find Premium CBD
Now that you know some of the history, you may be wondering what to look for when shopping for a CBD product. Here’s a few suggestions on finding a quality product that you can depend on.
Look for a retailer with an established presence and transparent web site. Because of the tidal wave of its popularity since it became legal in 2018, CBD products have been flooding the markets from every corner of the globe. Seemingly overnight, you could find CBD online, in stores, in coffee shops, in gas stations, and even through network marketing groups – everyone was trying to get in on the act. Because of this, and because CBD is not yet regulated by the FDA, unscrupulous vendors popped up who sold useless products at a “cheap” price – and who were here one day and gone the next. This is why you should always look for a vendor with an established presence. Make sure your retailer has a website that is transparent in every aspect of the company’s business. This website should be clear about the company’s origins, the type of extraction processes used, and contain lots of information about each product and CBD in general.
Make sure the products use CBD that is extracted by hemp that is grown in the United States. The U.S. has very strict standards when it comes to agricultural crops, and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) makes sure that farmers adhere to these standards. In addition, hemp crops that are harvested here take far less time getting to processing facilities and, therefore, create a fresher, higher quality product. In contrast, hemp imported from overseas may not have been grown using the same strict standards. Therefore, foreign grown hemp may contain pesticides or harmful chemicals used in the growing process, or molds that grow during shipping.
Make sure the hemp is processed using scientifically advanced techniques. There are many ways to extract cannabinoid compounds like CBD from the flowers, leaves, and stalks of the hemp plant. Some of these extraction methods use harmful chemicals in the process that make their way into the finished product. Scientifically advanced techniques like Supercritical CO2 extraction, however, do not leave behind any harmful substances and are known to produce a superior quality extract. This type of process is not cheap, but the finished product is more than worth the cost.
Be sure all of the retailer’s products are tested by a third party laboratory. Because CBD is not yet regulated, the market has been infiltrated by cheap knock-offs for a long time. So one of the most important things to look for from your retailer is transparency. A high quality retailer will have third party testing conducted on their products and post the results right on their website. This is one of the only ways that you can be sure that what is on the label is actually in the bottle.
Choose The Hemp Doctor for Your Nashville CBD Needs!
We here at The Hemp Doctor want to be your one-stop shop for all of your CBD needs. Each and every product in our massive inventory is 100% federally legal, derived from hemp grown in the United States, utilizes scientifically advanced extraction techniques, and is third party tested by an independent laboratory. In fact, we are so proud of our products that we post the batch testing results right on our website.
We stand behind our product with a money-back guarantee and provide you with a knowledgeable staff who can answer any of your product or CBD-related questions. So give us a call, contact us online, or enjoy shopping our website filled with premium products. We look forward to serving you soon!