Please have a look at our frequently asked questions.
Please have a look at our frequently asked questions.
Burning question on hemp
What gives hemp a bad name?
Hemp, possibly the earliest plant to be cultivated by humans, is highly controversial…well, at least it has been since the beginning of the 20th century. Hemp provides the strongest natural fibre in the world, widely used in textiles, paper, food and building materials production for thousands and thousands of years, never considered as dangerous or illegal until 1910, when nearly a million Mexicans migrated to the United States of America seeking refuge from the Mexican Revolution. Anti-Mexican sentiment began to ferment, and the name “marijuana” arose to refer, in a negative sense, to cannabis’s use by Mexican immigrants. As the condemnation of cannabis use grew more widespread, the USA started passing anti-marijuana laws, hemp, unfortunately belonged to the same family, was regulated as an illegal substance under the Controlled Substance Act of 1970. After decades of propaganda, even now when the use of cannabis is finally legalised or decriminalised in many places, the imputation remains.
Is hemp marijuana?
No. While hemp and marijuana are often indistinguishable from each another visually, they are different varieties of the same plant species, cannabis sativa. They are cultivated for different purposes and react differently in the body.
How are they different?
Cannabis consists of up to 100 different cannabinoids, principally CBD and THC. The main difference between hemp and marijuana is the level of THC in the plant (yes, THC is the cannabinoid chemical that makes people high). Hemp has high levels of CBD and very low levels of THC, no more than 0.3%; marijuana is recognised for high levels of THC (between 5-35%), but low in CBD.
CBD derived from hemp with 0% THC is 100% legal in Hong Kong
What is so great about CBD then?
Our skin, the largest organ of the human body, has native receptors for cannabis extracts, which means that CBD is recognised by the body quickly. The Endocannabinoid system exists in all mammals, which plays a crucial role in regulating our physiology, mood and everyday experience. The research on cannabis led to the discovery of this previously unknown biochemical communication system in our body.
Research has shown that CBD offers great antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits to reduce inflammation, dryness and free-radical damage. Ideal for acne-prone, ageing and sensitive skin, studies also indicate CBD may be effective in treating chronic skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. CBD is available in several different forms, including creams, oils, tinctures and even gummy bears, allowing people to tailor their method of use to their specific needs.
What is the difference between topical and sublingual application of CBD?
Both methods can be beneficial, depending what issue we want to address: sublingual application allows greater absorption of CBD to our bloodstream, through the mucous membranes in our mouth, allowing quicker onset, perfect for improving overall wellness and focus, as well as promoting tranquility and internal balance; on the other hand, if you are looking for pain relief and help with skin conditions, topical application might be your best bet. CBD is a potent antioxidant with anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, when applied onto our skin, it will not necessarily reach the bloodstream, but it will interact directly with cannabinoid receptors (CB1 &CB2) on our derma, delivering more local and targeted results, hence more useful in dealing with skin issues. Topical application works best when lotions and balms contain high concentration of CBD.
Unlike THC, CBD is not psychoactive. It has a more subtle effect that helps to restore any imbalances that exist within your body. The calming effects tend to be more noticeable if you are experiencing anxiety or depression. And if you suffer from chronic pain, you are likely to find quick relief thanks to CBD’s strong pain-relieving properties.
Are there different types of CBD?
Yes indeed! Most CBD products are divided into full spectrum, broad spectrum and isolate. Read our glossary list for more details.
Cannabidiol (CBD): a naturally occurring chemical compound found in cannabis, a non-psychoactive cannabinoid.
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC): the main psychoactive compound in cannabis that creates the feeling of being high.
Marijuana: a variety of cannabis sativa, used mainly for medical or recreational purposes. Illegal in most countries, it contains more than 0.3% THC and can have a psychotropic or euphoric effect on users.
Hemp: also a variety of cannabis sativa, the first crop cultivated by mankind, widely used in textiles, paper, foods and body care products, it contains less than 0.3% THC.
Full-spectrum CBD: cannabis extract with all cannabinoids, including trace amounts of THC, as well as essential vitamins, minerals, omega fatty acids and terpenes. Some users think full-
spectrum CBD provides greater relief than the isolate variety due to the combined benefits of the cannabinoids, terpenes and other beneficial plant materials.
Broad-spectrum CBD: the whole plant extract where THC has been removed or a CBD isolate that has other cannabinoids added. Broad spectrum still delivers an entourage effect by using multiple parts of the plant, but is completely free of THC.
Isolate CBD: the cleanest form of CBD, free of THC, other cannabinoids, oils, plant material, etc., with no taste or smell.