Hemp 101

There’s a lot of information out there.

Let’s cut to the chase: there’s a lot of fear-based language in the mainstream about hemp AND a lot of confusion about what is out there and what works. 

Hemp has been outside of the mainstream narrative for quite some time. And now, we’re excited to be among those writing the new narrative: Normalization.

We’ve done our research, and come up with answers to some of your most important questions. As the research evolves, we’ll be sure you’re always up to date on the facts and have the tools to make the best choices through this page and our monthly posts.

We want you to feel good about investing your dollars in our products, that’s why we’re loading you up on research and data.

So, where do we start? How about with the facts!

What is hemp extract? There are more than 60 organic compounds found in hemp. There are also numerous cannabinoids as well as terpenes (aromatics), which we dive into more later, and flavenoids.

How does hemp extract work? Our bodies actually have a system called the endocannabinoid system which modulates the nervous system. This system is made up of thousands of receptors primarily in the central nervous system and the brain. Cannabinoids specifically interact with the CB1 and CB2 receptors in the body stimulating the nervous system and show promise for symptoms of depression, stress and diseases like Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, neuropathic pain, and the childhood seizure disorders.

Will it make me high? Short answer: NO. Long answer: The amount of the psychoactive component of hemp is less than .3%.

Will I test positive? Every body retains and carries chemicals differently. When considering prolonged or regular use of full-spectrum hemp extract, please consult with your primary care physician about the possibility of positive drug tests. Trace amounts of cannabinoids can build up in the blood stream over time.

So what is full spectrum hemp extract? We specifically chose to work ONLY with full-spectrum hemp because it provides whole-plant benefits AND because hemp’s effectiveness is enhanced by trace amounts of all of the cannabinoids found in hemp. Full-spectrum extraction preserves all those amazing organic compounds that give you the full benefit of the plant. Think of it like this, full-spectrum hemp means you get all of the cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavenoids (which have been shown to be anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-proliferative, and anti-allergic) for maximum efficacy. Here’s some more science for you if you’re curious.

Am I going to become addicted? NO! According to a recent study by the World Health Organization “…human experimental research indicates that [hemp] is not associated with abuse potential.” 

What is Nanotechnology? A method of breaking down the oil droplets into particles so small (nanoparticles) they are more readily absorbed by the body. Makeup and health organizations have been using it for years. Need more? Read on!

Is full spectrum hemp extract the same as hemp oil? No. While both are derived from hemp, they are from different parts of the plant and contain completely different compounds.

Hempseed oil, often called just hemp oil is made from the seeds of the hemp plant. Hempseed oil is rich in protein, vitamins, and omega-3 fatty acids and has the “perfect” 3:1 ratio of omega-3:omega-6 fatty acids, it does not contain any of the major or minor cannabinoids.

Full-spectrum hemp extract is the oil extracted from the flower of the hemp plant. The flowers are where the cannabinoids are found, as well as terpenes (the volatile aromatic compounds that give the plant its distinctive smell.) The synergistic interaction of these compounds is known as the “entourage effect.”

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