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A Beginner’s Guide
December 17, 2020

At Second Century, we’ve been growing hemp in our home state of Georgia since 2019, and now we’re using our plants to create organic hemp products that can help manage stress, pain, sleep, and overall general wellness.

Hemp has made a huge difference in our lives, and we want to share these positive changes with you and your loved ones. That’s why we’re here to help you understand you on the benefits of full-spectrum hemp, and your endocannabinoid system.

The Difference Between Hemp and THC

Very often we receive questions revolving around the safety and legality of hemp and hemp. Both hemp and THC are cannabinoids found in cannabis plants. THC is known to have psychoactive effects (giving you a “high” feeling), whereas hemp is nonpsychoactive.

Hemp and marijuana are both cannabis plants, but industrial hemp always has less than .3% THC. The hemp plants we grow throughout the Southeast produce higher percentages of hemp with less than .3% THC—meaning each harvest meets the legal standard in states like Georgia, Tennessee, and Alabama.

Research shows people have been consuming hemp tincture derived from hemp for thousands of years. Hemp’s effects occur because hemp naturally connects to our endocannabinoid system to help create homeostasis (or balance) throughout the body.

The Endocannabinoid System

In high school biology you learned about the digestive system, respiratory system, nervous system, and more. But did you learn about the endocannabinoid system? This system, only recently discovered, connects cannabinoids to CB1 and CB2 receptors in the body to help control inflammation, metabolism, and more.

Our bodies naturally produce cannabinoids called endocannabinoids to maintain general well-being. Phytocannabinoids (such as hemp) from hemp can also attach to CB1 and CB2 receptors.

When our body is unbalanced due to pain or stress, consuming phytocannabinoids from a hemp extract can help encourage homeostasis by adding more cannabinoids to the system where endocannabinoids are lacking.

Full Spectrum Hemp vs Hemp Isolate

Now, let’s talk about the different options for hemp extracts. Hemp sublinguals come in three main classifications: full-spectrum hemp, broad-spectrum hemp, and hemp isolate.

Full-spectrum hemp includes hemp, additional cannabinoids such as CBG and CBN, terpenes, and THC. The trace amounts of THC are less than .3% and will not cause psychoactive effects. Terpenes are the aromatic compounds found in hemp (and plants such as lavender, fruit trees, and herbs) known to promote aromatherapy. When all of these organic nutrients are combined in full-spectrum hemp, the “entourage effect” occurs and encourages homeostasis.

Second Century offers full-spectrum hemp for sale because we believe it is the most effective way to consume hemp.

Broad-spectrum hemp is essentially the same as full-spectrum hemp but without the .3% THC. Since traces of THC can sometimes show up in drug tests, some users choose this blend. Unfortunately, the results are not as effective as full-spectrum hemp.

Hemp isolate only contains hemp. The other phytonutrients such as terpenes, waxes, flavonoids, and additional cannabinoids are stripped away. Some consumers in search of sleep aid choose this blend when full-spectrum or broad -spectrum hemps are less effective. We recommend trying full-spectrum hemp first before using this alternative formula.

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