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I am a mom of two and one of my children depended on cannabis as a therapy daily for many years. My daughter, Nattaly, was diagnosed with cancer at the age of four. She went in and out of treatment three times and during her second round of chemotherapy, we chose to use cannabinoids, mainly CBD and THC, to help ease the side effects she was experiencing due to her treatment. The question I kept finding myself asking was “where does this medicine come from?” Michigan is a legal state and there are policies in place so that provisioning centers are supplying patients with clean medicine that must be tested before it is sold so I knew her medicine was clean and safe for consumption but I had this urgency to know who handcrafted this plant for her.
I was never told the name of the farmer to thank or the field that cultivated a plant that made her quality of life exponentially better. Someone took the time to mature a plant to help her and I will never know who that was. This unanswered question left me with a desire to cultivate and produce medicine so that I could tell patients where their medicine came from and whose hands crafted it. Ben is our farmer at Michigan Hemp Solutions, and he is cultivating CBD for patients like you and those you love. He is also taking the time to teach others this trade so that high-quality products will continue to be produced for patients like Nattaly.
Michigan Hemp Solutions cultivates hemp with a high CBD profile on a family farm in Galesburg Michigan. The CO2 extracted CBD oil produced is also manufactured in Galesburg. It is important to us that you know where your cannabinoids are cultivated because that makes all the difference in quality. I have had a lot of people come to me over the last five years and ask me what the best CBD product was and where they could purchase it. I was never able to confidently answer that question until I met Ben. When I heard about Ben & Sarah’s farm and what they were trying to accomplish with the hemp fields, I was captivated. They are farmers who have the consumer’s best interest in mind and their hearts are all the way into the product that is being produced. Soil Friends Farms, where our hemp is cultivated, has been chemical and pesticide-free for 7 years. I have finally found a product that is cultivated locally, and I can confidently recommend this line of CBD to anyone who asks.
The quality of your CBD starts in the plant’s growth with a cannabinoid known as cannabigerolic acid or CBGA. This is the molecule that all other cannabinoids are built upon. Each cannabinoids structure is different, and those different structures bind to docking sites within our body’s cells causing the cell to change shape. This shape change causes the cells receptors to make a neurotransmitter. This change caused by the fusion of cell and cannabinoid will create an event within the body. For example, the vanilloid receptor is responsible for pain, inflammation and body temperature. Once the cell that has bonded with a cannabinoid has landed on the receptor signals are blocked. This is the same reaction that is produced when you take Tylenol for a headache. Hemp farmers could also be called trichome farmers, we raise our hemp for the trichomes that it produces once it matures. This is where all the medical value of the plant is housed. We at Michigan Hemp Solutions take pride in the quality of our product knowing it is your family we will be taking care of. This is the same reason Soil Friends Farms has not used chemicals or pesticides on fruit or vegetable crops. The quality of the plant starts with the field and hands used to raise it.
If you are new to our Blog, Welcome! We are Michigan Hemp Solutions and it is our goal to educate and inform on a variety of hemp uses and practices. In our last post we talked about carbon dioxide (CO2) extraction systems and the reasons we chose CO2 for our extraction solvent. CO2 extraction takes our high-quality hemp flower full of Cannabidiol (CBD) and turns it into a medical grade oil.
The consumption method must meet the need of the consumer and we are lucky that there are many methods to choose from. To name a few we have oils, vaporizers, tinctures and patches. But there is little discussion around smoking the flower from a hemp plant. We want to offer you information on why this consumption method may work for you.
It is still illegal to add CBD to liquids and foods and it is not approved as a dietary supplement by the FDA, yet as 2020 approaches the acceptance of cannabis has come farther than it ever has in America. It is understandable that consumers are being cautious of the products they are purchasing and consuming. The strains produced on our farm meet state standards meaning there is less than 0.3% of Tetrahydrocannabinol (delta-9 THC) on a dry weight basis. Michigan also tests our harvest for foreign matter, pesticides, chemical residue, metals, CBD and CBD acid levels, fungicides, insecticides, residual solvent levels, moisture content and a terpene analysis.
Delta-9 THC is known for its ability to cause psychoactive effects in the brain. It is a misleading fact that CBD is a non-psychoactive component of the cannabis plant. The term psychoactive refers to the effect caused by a chemical reaction in your brain. CBD does cause a chemical reaction making it a psychoactive drug, however to redefine this conception we can think of THC as intoxicating and CBD and non-intoxicating. Cannabis is processed through your Endocannabinoid system (ECS). The Endocannabinoid system is found in many different species but we will just focus on how it effects humans. Your ECS is compiled of a group of receptors found throughout your body. These receptors are in the central nervous system, the peripheral nervous system and within the immune system. The receptors control and regulate our metabolic functions that are used to maintain homeostasis. In other words, our ECS is used to balance systems within our bodies that are otherwise imbalanced causing us to feel ill or uncomfortable. If we can get our bodies to reach a state of homeostasis it means all the systems in our bodies are working in harmony to maintain optimum conditions. Our ECS is important in regulating essential functions such as sleep, appetite, pain, fertility, and immune system functions to name a few. Although CBD is not intoxicating it has been reported to make the consumer feel relaxed, sleepy, at ease or generally just a little bit happier. CBD has also been noted to provide quick relief from nausea and pain.
Inhalation is one of the most practical ways for users to get cannabis, in this case in the from of CBD, into their body’s Endocannabinoid System. Inhalation is also one of the fastest delivery methods. Inhaling CBD allows for direct contact with your lungs alveoli, which then transfers the cannabinoid into your blood stream. When inhaling CBD the onset usually occurs within five minutes and can remain in your system for up to two hours. Inhalation is also the cheapest way to experience hemp flower. Inhalation can be achieved with a variety of methods such as a pre-rolled cone or by using a dry herb vaporizer. Smokable hemp allows the consumer for a fast and effective short term relief. Our farm produces three strains of hemp each with its own unique properties. Sour Berry is a strain that is best used during the day. Our Sour Berry tests at 8.5% CBD and is bursting with fruity terpenes giving a boost of energy to any user. Boax tested at 7.6% CBD and is a great strain to smoke at night after a hard day, it has properties that highlight relaxation and heightening a feeling of accomplishment. Low and slow drying preserved the flavor and terpenes to help contain CBG, CBN, CBC, Caryophyllene, Humulene, Limonene, Linalool, Pinene and a host of vitamins, minerals and essential amino acids. This strain has flavor of sweet earthy herbs and smooth smoke. Boax Spectrum is very similar to Boax but has a minty flavor. This strain tests at 8.4% CBD and is used like that of Boax, it is perfect for the end of the day or on a relaxing Saturday morning. All our strains are grown on land free of chemicals and pesticides. We farm with quality in mind in hopes that we are providing you with the best agriculture products on the market.
Farmers have an opportunity in 2019 that hasn’t been available to us since 1937. The President of the United States of America signed the Agriculture Improvement act of 2018. This allows farmers to apply for a license in their state to produce and manufacture hemp. The bill also allows the sale, transport and possession of hemp derived products. The limitation being the products produced must be consistent with the law. Under the law hemp is classified as anything that is less than 0.3% THC; anything with a THC content higher than 0.3% is classified as marijuana. 
In 1937 under the Marijuana Tax Act all forms of cannabis plants were made illegal. In 1970 all cannabis plants were scheduled under the Controlled Substance Act as a schedule one narcotic. This came after a man and his family tried to go on vacation while possessing hemp flower in the form of hemp cigarettes. The man was arrested and on trial was found not guilty by pleading the fifth. After this trial the US government found it necessary to incriminate any persons possessing cannabis plants regardless of use.
During this time period there was not enough science and research around Cannabis Sativa to allow for the understanding we have of the plant today. Cannabis is a broad term that can be broken down into smaller classification to determine if the cannabis plant is Hemp or Marijuana. If we reach back to our biology lessons from high school, we know that all living organisms belong to classification. This classification is broken down into ranks such as Kingdom, Class, Order, Family, Genus and Species. Hemp and Marijuana all belong to the Kingdom Plantae; Class Dicotyledon; Order Urticales; Family Cannabacea.  The Genus Hemp produces a species Marijuana, and this occurs naturally when the flowers from the Hemp plant are pollinated.
Science has allowed us to research the genetic makeup of the cannabis plant and we have found that certain genetic makeups provide us with a plant that produces less than 0.3% THC. Cultivators have been working for decades to bring a consistent product to farmers across the country. Trilogene Seeds provides Michigan Hemp Solutions with high quality CBD genetics. The breeders and cultivators from Trilogene have cultivated to perfection strains of CBD rich cannabis seeds. It is our goal here at Michigan Hemp Solutions to provide our customer base with products they can rely on to be high quality and grown with care.