Q&A

What’s the difference between hemp and marijuana?

Hemp and marijuana are both broad classifications of the cannabis plant. According to cbdorigin.com, “The term ‘Hemp’ is used to classify varieties of cannabis that contain 0.3% or less THC content (by dry weight). ‘Marijuana’ is the term used to classify varieties of cannabis that contain more than 0.3% THC (by dry weight), which can induce psychotropic or euphoric effects on the user.”   Learn more: https://medium.com/cbd-origin/hemp-vs-marijuana-the-difference-explained-a837c51aa8f7)

What are cannabinoids?

It’s all about the plant-body connection! Cannabinoids are natural chemical compounds found in cannabis flowers that provide the plant with protection; there are more than 100 known cannabinoids. In the human body, cannabinoids work by attaching to specific receptors called cannabinoid receptors. The body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS) regulates many critical functions including sleep, appetite, emotional behavior, and mobility. Each cannabinoid has a different influence or effect on the cannabinoid receptors in the endocannabinoid system.

What is CBD? What does it do?

CBD is the popular nickname for cannabidiol—one of many naturally occurring cannabinoids, or chemical compounds, found in the flower of cannabis. For thousands of years, people have used cannabis for various medicinal purposes. Today, the therapeutic properties of CBD are being rigorously tested and confirmed by scientists and doctors around the world.

How is CBD different from marijuana?

When it comes to CBD vs. marijuana, let’s consider the source. CBD stands for cannabidiol, the second most prevalent of the active ingredients of cannabis (marijuana). While CBD is an essential component of Medical Marijuana, it is derived directly from the hemp plant, which is a cousin of the marijuana plant. So, even though CBD is a component of marijuana (one of hundreds), by itself it does not cause a “high.”

What effects will I feel from CBD?

No two people experience the effects of CBD in exactly the same way. How it affects you can depend on the dose and frequency of your CBD, as well as your weight, diet, metabolism, and any medical conditions you might have. Many GreenTop customers report multiple positive effects from our CBD, including feelings of relaxation and calm. Many also say that their stress levels drop after using CBD, and that their day-to-day tensions clearly diminish. If you take CBD during the day, you may find that it helps you focus on your business, or the tasks at hand, with fewer worries and more clarity of purpose. Taking CBD before bed, many users concur, helps their anxieties slip away…easing them into regular sleep patterns essential to better health.

Is CBD from hemp plants legal?

In a word, yes. In 2018, the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (aka the Farm Bill) legalized CBD that is derived from hemp and contains no more than 0.3% THC (by dry weight). The Farm Bill also created regulations for hemp farmers to ensure that hemp is produced in a manner consistent with the Farm Bill, associated federal regulations, association state regulations, and by a licensed grower. GreenTop Farm is fully licensed by state and federal authorities. Learn More:

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What are the benefits of CBD and whole-plant hemp supplements?

Here’s a case where the whole is definitely greater than the sum of its parts. Many people integrate CBD into their health routine to support their cellular and molecular health. CBD, or cannabidiol, is just one of over 80+ cannabinoids that can be extracted from hemp. Scientists have found that these plant compounds have a better effect on the body when they work together, rather than alone. This means that CBD and all those other great compounds can support the body more fully than just CBD by itself. See the Entourage Effect.

And how, exactly, do they provide support to the body?

Among the many benefits that our users experience, some major benefits are: a sense of calm for focus; relief from everyday stresses; help in recovery from exercise-induced inflammation; and support for a healthy night’s sleep.

GreenTop Farm produces full-spectrum cannabinoid extract with CBD and other cannabinoids and beneficial plant compounds like terpenes and flavonoids. Since research shows that using the whole plant maximizes benefits delivered throughout the body and supplies additional wellness components, we make sure to give you as much of nature’s goodness as we can.

What’s the difference between full-spectrum and broad-spectrum?

We’re glad you asked! Full-spectrum CBD is CBD that contains all of the hemp plant's beneficial nutrients, plus cannabinoids, terpenes, and essential oils. Full-spectrum CBD’s wide variety of cannabinoids and terpenes make it capable of the “entourage effect,” which is the phenomenon of each element in the plant working together synergistically to provide maximum benefits. Full-spectrum CBD also contains a trace of THC, less than 0.3 %, as prescribed by law. Put simply, broad-spectrum CBD is full-spectrum CBD with the THC removed.

What is the entourage effect?

The entourage effect is all about synergy. It’s the results (the effect) produced from the synergistic interaction of the cannabinoids, flavonoids, terpenes, and fatty acids naturally found in cannabis.

What are terpenes?

If you’ve ever enjoyed aromatherapy you’ve interacted with terpenes. Terpenes are the naturally occurring fragrant oils in plants that give our extracts and CBD products their appealing aromas. Terpenes play an important role in the therapeutic use of CBD, delivering different effects across various strains. For instance, citrus aromas are most closely associated with increased energy, while earthy or woodsy smells help with relaxation. GreenTop uses only the natural terpenes found in our plants; we do not add any terpenes to our wellness products.

What are flavonoids?

Flavonoids are another group of natural plant compounds thought to provide health benefits and antioxidant effects. In addition to hemp plants, flavonoids are found in a variety of fruits and vegetables. They are also present in red wine, as well as green and black tea. Speaking of tea, check back here with us here for GreenTop CBD Tea…coming soon!

How do you extract the CBD from the hemp?

When it comes to CBD extraction, GreenTop Farm believes in safety first. There are several ways to extract CBD and other cannabinoids from hemp. GreenTop employs the Supercritical C02 Method, the most popular method, because it is safe and provides a pure end-product. Our CBD is extracted from GreenTop Vermont Grown Hemp in Morrisville, Vermont.

What is an isolate?

As its name implies, an isolate is CBD in its purest, most basic form. When hemp undergoes the extraction process to remove its cannabinoids, all of the plant’s cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids are extracted. If an isolate is desired, extra steps can be taken to isolate the CBD to free it of any other compounds. Isolates contain nothing but pure CBD. In other words, there are no other cannabinoids, terpenes, or flavonoids present -- just good old CBD!  

Why would you want full-spectrum hemp vs. CBD isolate?

Hemp has a family of over 400 compounds like cannabidiol (CBD), secondary phytocannabinoids, as well as terpenoids, terpenes, and flavonoids. These compounds work synergistically to heighten the positive effects of cannabidiol. That’s why we believe so strongly in creating whole-plant hemp extracts.

How do I store GreenTop Hemp Flower?

When it comes to storing your GreenTop Vermont Grown Hemp Flower, it’s best to avoid extremes. Please be wary of extremely high temperatures, humidity and UV light.  We recommend keeping your GreenTop Hemp Flower away from bright sunlight (just say no to windowsills), and any harsh lights and lamps. Room temperatures between 77° and 86° F should help keep the level of moisture within the leaves at its optimal level.

How long can it last?

It all depends on your body, how much you take, and how you take it. But generally, the effects of CBD can last from 2 to 6 hours.

What are the health benefits of CBD?

Chances are, if you’re reading this, you are among the many people these days who are seeking alternatives to costly pharmaceuticals with negative side effects. You may be turning to medicine more in tune with the body’s natural processes, as well as plant-based supplements. By working with the body’s endocannabinoid system, CBD offers countless users relief from chronic pain, anxiety, inflammation, depression and many other conditions. In addition, important clinical trials and studies are underway, in the U.S. and abroad, to confirm CBD’s effectiveness in the treatment of cancer. Learn More: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ioJbVyNg08)