The Functional Side of Cannabis

Whether or not you partake, you are likely aware of 4/20 (April 20th). The holiday has become somewhat of a pop culture staple. Inherently, the holiday is associated with marijuana and with partying, but it doesn’t have to be. The cannabis plant (hemp OR marijuana, depending on the amount of THC) can provide so much more than just recreation, and an increasing number of people are looking to the plant for its functional & medicinal benefits. This 4/20, let’s take a look at some of the functional benefits of cannabis, and celebrate the healthier side of the plant. You don’t have to get high to enjoy cannabis.

Cannabis can be an effective part of your daily routine in a way that’s beneficial to mind and body. Marijuana has led the way in terms of popularity, with a focus on THC at the forefront. While THC has therapeutic benefits, it can also be intoxicating and psychotropic* in higher doses. This is a great solution for some, but many of us are looking for the daily wellness benefits of hemp, without the psychotropic* effects.

*A quick note on the differences between psychoactive and psychotropic, as these are often misconstrued. Psychoactive substances affect mood & brain functions but they don’t produce a “high” and are generally considered non-intoxicating. Coffee, nicotine, and chocolate fall into this category. Psychotropic substances affect mood & certain brain functions, are considered intoxicating, and can cause an impairment of cognitive function. Marijuana is considered psychotropic.

Cannabis is subdivided into two categories, hemp and marijuana. Hemp contains all of the beneficial compounds present in marijuana, but with a significant reduction in THC. Hemp, by legal definition, must be less than 0.3% THC.

So where do hemp extract products come in? CFH, LTD recently launched its Discovery line, which includes 4 products, each under $20. The purpose of the Discovery set is to make hemp extracts available and accessible to people who are looking to either develop (or refine) their daily wellness routine. Whether you’re completely new to the plant and want to start a routine, or you’re an aficionado looking to supplement your existing routine, the Discovery set has something for you. Everyone’s Endocannabinoid System (ECS) is different, as is their lifestyle, so everyone’s routine is going to be a bit different as well. Enter the Discovery set.

15ml tincture. This is our flagship product and can be the cornerstone of any wellness routine. Our Full Spectrum hemp extract tincture allows for extremely precise dosing, and if taken sublingually (held under the tongue) can have a rapid onset in addition to having long lasting systemic effects. Our tincture is our most essential & flexible product. Any condition to be addressed by CBD & other cannabinoids can be addressed by our tincture and its systemic influence on the ECS.

Nightly Cherry Gummies. These are a great starting point for anyone who’s looking for the sleep benefits that hemp can provide. Take one or two 30 minutes or so before bed, and voila! Fall asleep faster, and stay asleep longer. As mentioned earlier, everyone’s ECS is a bit different, so we recommend starting low and going slow. Try a single gummy for a few nights, then move up to two. 

Topical Relief Cream. Moving on from systemic effects to topical, our aromatic and rejuvenating relief cream provides deep relief to muscles and joints. Apply liberally to sore areas of the body, massage into skin, and let the relief cream go to work. The cream is hydrating and excels at moisturizing and replenishing dry skin.

Essential Serum Rollerball. Consider this the holy grail of topical spot treatment. Easy to take on the go, this rejuvenating rollerball can be applied to repair any skin irritation, as well as used for blemishes or quick skin rescue. Keep one in your beauty drawer, your everyday bag for breakout emergencies, and your hiking bag for those loathsome bug bites. You’ll be glad you did.

The aim of the discovery set is to make all of these different products accessible. Try them all and discover your perfect wellness routine. Remember to start slow and stay patient. Effects from hemp extract can take time. Soon you’ll be able to devise your own routine according to whatever dosage & delivery system you prefer.

The hemp plant is an extraordinary thing. It can be converted to fuel and used to make clothes and building materials. One acre of hemp produces as much paper as four acres of lumber. It’s a nutritious source of protein, Omega 6 and Omega 3, vitamin E, and numerous minerals such as phosphorus, potassium, sodium, magnesium, calcium, iron and zinc. Hemp extracts also work internally with our ECS to naturally regulate an astounding number of our physiological systems. 

However you choose to celebrate the guest of honor this 4/20, stay safe and healthy.

Kyle is a marketing coordinator based out of Fort Collins, Colorado. While not at work, Kyle enjoys creating music, rock climbing, and hiking. If you can’t find him in his studio or in the mountains, check one of the local breweries. Can’t beat a nice cold beer in the warm Colorado sunshine.