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Flower Only vs Whole Plant CBD Oil

Flower Only vs Whole Plant CBD Oil

Posted by Cornbread Hemp on May 31st 2021

What is Flower-Only CBD?

What everyone needs to know about Flower Only CBD

Flower-only CBD comes from only the flowers of the hemp plant. The flower has the highest concentration of CBD in the entire plant and, when processed, the flower lends the CBD a delicate floral flavor. CBD “lives” in the sticky resin that the flowers produce to attract pollen. The stickier the flower, the more cannabinoids in it.

By contrast, whole plant CBD comes from all of the parts of the plant that are above ground (also known as the “aerial parts”— the parts of the plant that touch the air). This process includes the stems, leaves, flowers, and seeds. Many CBD producers flavor their CBD with peppermint, vanilla, and other cloying flavors. That’s because the CBD oil produced from the whole plant-- stems, leaves and all— tastes bad and needs these flavors to make it edible.

What is Full Spectrum CBD?

“Full Spectrum” CBD refers to CBD products that contain all of the natural cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant, including minor cannabinoids like CBC, Cannabigerol (CBG), Cannabinol (CBN), and also the legal amount of less than 0.3 percent THC. They also include terpenes and flavonoids.

Full Spectrum CBD works by potentially affecting a recently discovered system in the body called the endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system consists of cannabinoid receptors that can be found all over the body. Their job is to help these systems in the body achieve homeostasis, or balance, according to preliminary research.

There are at least 150 cannabinoids found exclusively in the cannabis plant, and studies show that these compounds have the most effect on the endocannabinoid system when they all work together. This process is called the “entourage effect,” and that effect is less present when using broad spectrum products or not present at all in CBD isolate products. Only full spectrum CBD oil can trigger an entourage effect on your body, according to available research.

That’s why all of Cornbread Hemp’s products are full spectrum and contain a legal amount of less than 0.3 percent THC.

What is Broad Spectrum?

Broad spectrum is CBD with the THC removed. The only benefit to products that are broad spectrum is that if you consume them you are less likely to fail a drug test that tests for THC. Full spectrum products can trigger that outcome.

What is CBD Isolate?

With CBD Isolate there are no other cannabinoids, flavonoids or terpenes in the product to produce the entourage effect. CBD by itself is good, but not as good as when it is found together with other major and minor cannabinoids.

Types of Full Spectrum CBD Extract —Whole Plant

Whole Plant extract is made from the whole hemp plant, or at least all of the parts of the plant that are above ground. These are called the “aerial parts” and include the flowers, seeds, stems, and leaves of the plant. This biomass is shredded and then pelletized. The CBD is then extracted from the pellets using a CO2 extraction process.

History of Whole Plant CBD

The entire CBD industry arose after the legalization of hemp in the 2014 Farm Bill. That’s when a bipartisan group of US senators led by Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon inserted a one-page pilot program for hemp into that year’s Farm Bill.

When cannabis cultivators realized that the only regulated part of the hemp plant, now, was THC, they immediately jumped at the opportunity to create strains of hemp with low THC and high CBD. To his credit, McConnell went on to see this as good and helped to legalize hemp for cannabinoid production, specifically CBD, in the 2018 Farm Bill.

The first purveyors of high CBD/low THC strains were the Stanley brothers, who were enlisted into these efforts to help a child, Charlotte Figi. Charlotte was a little girl with epilepsy. Her mother, Paige, determined to help her, dug deep into health research when she came across the idea that cannabidiol, long before CBD became widely available, could potentially help Charlotte.

Paige sought help from the Stanley brothers, who were working on proprietary strains of hemp, in 2012 and asked them if they could create a low THC, high CBD product for Charlotte. Once it became clear how well it worked for Charlotte, the Stanley brothers began producing the strain commercially and named it after Charlotte.

What are the benefits of Whole Plant CBD?

The benefits of whole plant CBD oil is that it is full spectrum, with all the beneficial compounds found in the hemp plant, including cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids. This includes the THC found naturally in the plant, below 0.3 percent.

What are the downsides of Whole Plant CBD?

The downside of whole plant CD is its bad taste. The taste of the oils extracted from the whole hemp plant have a grassy and bitter flavor. That’s because the stems and leaves taste that way. The only palatable parts of the hemp plant are the flowers. This bitter taste requires a cover flavor to be palatable. Producers use flavors such as peppermint, vanilla, and even chocolate mint to mask the unpleasant taste of the whole plant oil. And because of the added flavor and all of the non-CBD-containing ingredients like stems and leaves, the CBD oil produced in this way contains a less concentrated full spectrum of cannabinoids than Flower-Only extract.

Types of Full Spectrum CBD Extract — Flower-Only

Flower-Only is just what it says it is. To make Flower-Only™ CBD extract, the hemp is harvested, dried, and cured. The flower of the hemp plant is then hand-harvested from the hemp plants. The CBD is then extracted from the flowers, in Cornbread Hemp’s case, using food-grade organic sugarcane ethanol.

What is the history of Flower-Only CBD production? Before Cornbread Hemp, no one was doing it. Cornbread Hemp was the first Flower-Only CBD producer of its caliber in Kentucky, and among the only ones nationwide -- and the only to offer a full line of products made from Flower-Only extract that’s certified organic by the USDA.

Cornbread Hemp debuted Flower-Only CBD products in January 2020 — just before the COVID lockdown. The news of this release was quickly overtaken by COVID. Nevertheless, we grew our online sales through the year and raised nearly a half million dollars in our crowdfund campaign on Wefunder. We relaunched our USDA organic, Flower-Only CBD line in Q1 of 2021 with even more products.

What are the benefits of Flower-Only CBD?

Because only the flowers are used and the product includes no extra biomass from the leaves, stems, and seeds, Cornbread Hemp’s Flower-Only products contain a more concentrated full spectrum of cannabinoids. That means they contain all of the natural cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant, including the legal amount of less than 0.3 percent THC. All of these cannabinoids work in tandem in what’s called the “entourage effect.”

Also, CBD products made from the Flower-Only taste naturally good. What do they taste like? Well, flowers, naturally. The floral flavor of the CBD products makes it so there is no need for cover flavors. Most CBD producers that produce whole plant products choose to flavor those products with strong cover flavors like strawberry, peppermint, or vanilla. These extra flavorings do not contribute beneficially to the CBD oil product. With Flower-Only hemp extract, bad flavor is never a problem.

What are the downsides of Flower-Only CBD?

It’s not cheap. Because it uses only a fraction of the whole plant, the process of creating Flower-Only CBD products is expensive. Hemp plants are harvested, dried, and then the flowers are shucked from the dried plants by hand. Obviously, the volume of biomass that is being produced is significantly lower than the biomass produced by the whole plant process. This is also a more time-consuming process than tossing whole plants into a wood chipper.

Why Choose Flower-Only CBD from Cornbread Hemp?

Cornbread Hemp is for CBD consumers looking for the most robust full spectrum with a natural taste of cannabis flowers. No flavoring. No fillers. The USDA organic seal on our products ensures the flowers in Cornbread Hemp’s Flower-Only extract are free of pesticides and other synthetic chemicals, and that they have been farmed in the most sustainable ways possible. Try our Flower-Only CBD Oils, CBD creams, CBD for Pets, and CBD gummies.

Cornbread Hemp remains a vanguard in the CBD business and continues to innovate. The company produces the only Flower-Only, certified organic CBD products in the state that produces the best hemp — the Commonwealth of Kentucky.