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Terminology

If you’re ever confused about terms used on Trusted Hemp, browse this section to familiarize yourself with those words. Always know what you’re putting in your body and how it works.

Click on the terms below to learn more about each one.


CBD is a natural compound found in hemp that interacts with CB receptors and alters neurotransmitter release in the brain.

Highly sought after for medicinal reasons, CBD is easily obtainable from industrial hemp oil. This is very fortunate, because imported hemp oil is legal in the U.S. That’s why we import our CBD hemp oil —so it’s available to be delivered to you regardless of what state you’re in.

“Decarboxylation” may sound intimidating, but let me rid you of any confusion towards this word.

Decarboxylation is a process that simply involves heating. That’s it. Why would you heat hemp oil? Because it causes a chemical reaction that makes CBDa drop a carbon atom and become CBD.

Is CBDa better than CBD?

Well, that’s what we used to believe, but studies have suggested otherwise. In our years working with hemp, we’ve seen some people respond very well to raw hemp oil (which has CBDa and CBD in a fairly even ratio)…but there are also some people who’ve responded better to decarboxylated hemp oil, which is all CBD.

I’m sure you’re tired of hearing us say this, but you have to experiment to figure out what works better for your body. An easy way to test this out is by ordering a 1g tube of our Raw Hemp Extract and a 1g tube of our Blue (decarb) Hemp Extract, and see which one you feel works best for you.

CBDa and CBD are so similar that most companies do not specify which one is in their product. I think it’s important to know this information, though, because it will help you compare products and learn what is most effective for you.

That’s why we’ve done the research for you! We’ve spoken to our manufacturers and reviewed lab results in order to show you exactly what’s in each product.

The History of Decarboxylation

The reason we’ve gotten into this habit of heating cannabis oil is because, for some compounds, it makes a major difference. For instance, THCa does not cause psychoactive effects. But once heated, it turns into THC and becomes psychoactive.

With CBD and CBDa, neither are psychoactive. So the question of which is best for you…is entirely up to what your body needs.

The Endocannabinoid System, or ECS for short, refers to all the CB receptors in your body. They’re located on cells in the brain and the central/peripheral nervous systems.

CBD interacts with these receptors to help the ECS do its job.

What is its job, exactly? The ECS is responsible for regulating various biological processes to maintain homeostasis.

It’s not just luck that compounds like CBD interact so well with our bodies…the body is designed to work with them. In fact, within our own bodies, we produce a compound similar to those found in hemp.

CBD from hemp is a natural way to support the ECS.

Hemp and marijuana are both Cannabis plants, but they are very different. Not only do they look a little different, they produce different cannabinoids.

Hemp is rich in CBD, but has only trace amounts of THC, which is what causes the psychotropic effects experienced with marijuana.

Most CBD products will direct you to use them sublingually, which means “under the tongue.”

A tincture is a glass bottle containing a plant extract (hemp oil) and other “base” ingredients to dilute the extract. By diluting the extract, you create a liquid oil that tastes good (that is, if you choose a flavored version).

Tinctures make for an easy way to take CBD, because the pure form (a “concentrate”) is very thick and earthy tasting.

This is a very common word in the hemp industry. It’s used in the same way as “hemp extract.” Both of these terms refer to the oil extracted from the hemp plant —an oil that has no other ingredients added to it. It’s simply just CBD-rich hemp oil.

A concentrate is typically a dark, thick paste. Similar to coconut oil, it’s thick in cooler temperatures and becomes more runny in warm temperatures.

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