The deluge of new CBD based companies is daunting. Just type "CBD oil" into Google and you will find hundreds of companies selling CBD elixirs for 20-200 dollars. It seems like a lucrative way to get your product out into the world. So you may be wondering why King's Tree Lotion does not have an online store. The answer is simple:

IT IS A FEDERAL CRIME TO SEND CANNABIS PRODUCTS THROUGH THE MAIL.

The companies offering CBD oil through the mail are not altruistically risking their companies. They are selling products made from industrial hemp crops. What is industrial hemp? What is the difference between hemp oil and cannabis oil? These are all questions we hear everyday, so we decided to break it down.

 

 

Cannabis and hemp come from the same species, Cannabis Sativa, but years of prohibition and vilification have lead to a head-scratching dichotomy. These two plants are legally defined by intent, not taxonomy. Hemp is grown for its stalks and seeds for the manufacturing of goods such as paper, rope, clothing, food supplements, skincare products, bio fuels, building materials and many more industrial applications. Legally, hemp cannot contain more than 0.3% THC. Cannabis is grown for cannabinoid, terpene, trichrome -rich flowers. In California the cannabis can contain 20-35% of intoxicating THC. 

Cannabinoid-rich flowers growing on a cannabis plant

Cannabinoid-rich flowers growing on a cannabis plant

 

Contrary to popular belief, it is illegal to grow industrial hemp in the US unless it has been registered and permitted by the government for learning purposes or commercial research programs. You can read more about legal industrial hemp hereThat means the hemp "CBD" oil you are buying over the Internet is grown and processed overseas in huge industrial crops. Online "CBD" companies love to promote the high CBD to THC ratio as if the only good cannabinoid is CBD.  Unfortunately this perpetuates the stigma that THC is somehow bad for you. This is an indicator that a company, or our government, is using buzz words to mislead you.  There are over 85 different cannabinoids known to man with a compounding list of benefits and applications. 

Farmer cultivating hemp stalks

Farmer cultivating hemp stalks

Hemp oil in the modern era of skincare and food supplements typically comes from the seeds of the hemp plant, whereas cannabis oil is derived from the whole plant including the cannabinoid-rich flowers, and leaves. Using the whole plant allows us to utilize all of the different cannabinoids found in cannabis. This broad spectrum of cannabinoids is beneficial and natural. For example if you were to make a batch of basil pesto would you only use the seeds? Of course not! So why apply this logic to "CBD" lotions? 

Industrial hemp seeds before cultivation

Industrial hemp seeds before cultivation

Many cannabis topical companies use large extraction machines to pump out as many cannabinoids as possible to bolster lab results. There is an underlying competition to see who can pack the most CBD into their product. We see things differently at King's Tree Lotion. Being a part of the cannabis community for many years means we strive to keep our products natural and minimually processed. Our cultivators grow CBD dominate cannabis plants until the cannabinoid-rich flowers are ready to be harvested, from there the whole cannabis plant is harvested and stewed in organic coconut oil for 24-48 hours. The raw material is then strained out, and what you are left with is an organic cannabinoid-rich cannabis oil.