Hemp Oil Extract FAQ’s
18 Quick and Easy Answers to Your Frequently Asked Questions
What is hemp extract?
How does hemp extract work?
What is the difference between full-spectrum and isolate?
What is the difference between THC and hemp extract?
What is the difference between hemp and marijuana?
What are the benefits and side effects of hemp extract?
What is the difference between hemp seed oil and hemp extract hemp extract?
What is the endocannabinoid system?
Why does hemp extract affect different people differently?
Is hemp extract safe for pets and kids?
What is the ideal serving size of hemp oil?
Can the small amount of THC in hemp extract show up on a drug test?
What kind of testing/analysis is done on your products?
What percentage of hemp extract is in your products?
From where are your hemp and hemp extract sourced?
What type of extraction system do you employ?
Is there a money-back guarantee, and how does it work?
Can I contact you with more questions?
1. What is Hemp Extract?
Yes, it’s confusing. This question, which seems benign at first glance, actually has a multi-faceted answer. It is probably the most frequently asked question about hemp extract, but the many types of hemp extract and the nuanced terms used to describe them can make trying to gain clarity a bewildering process.
Hemp extract stands for cannabidiol - a chemical compound (called a cannabinoid) derived from the Cannabis family of plants. This family of prickly shrubs grows wild in many tropical and temperate climates around the world. The Cannabis plants secrete cannabinoids during the flowering season. Scientists have recently discovered that the plants in the Cannabis family contain many cannabinoids that promote general well-being and healing (1).
Although THC, the psychoactive component contained in Cannabis, was until recently the most famous and heavily-researched compound emitted by this plant, hemp extract has been gaining continuous acclaim for its medicinal capacity. It is now being used to treat ailments ranging from neurological disorders like Multiple Sclerosis and ALS to depression, skin conditions, and even cancer.
2. How does HempExtract work?
Although it may seem unbelievable that hemp extract has such a broad range of healing powers, its power to influence almost every bodily system stems from how hemp extract works and interacts with the body.
Many people believe that the definition of health is the absence of disease. However, health is a much more subtle and delicate phenomenon. At its very core, health is the state of homeostasis, or balance, within all of the different systems in the body.
Every system in our body is a unit with intricate layers of signals, receptors, cells, tissues, and organs. All of these different components work together, and every slight shift that occurs in one part of the system immediately influences every other element as well. This concept is similar to a line of dominoes - every movement exerted on one domino effects the others in a chain reaction. In short, anything affects everything. Many diseases and symptoms originate from an imbalance in one part of the body which had many resulting negative repercussions.
This is where hemp extract comes in. Hemp extract is not just another nutritional supplement. It is a fundamentally unique and specific compound that works on a molecular level to restore homeostasis to our bodies.
As opposed to pharmaceutical drugs, hemp extract works on the system level to reduce or relieve symptoms by targeting the underlying cause of those symptoms. Hemp extract interacts at the nuclear level with the CB1 and CB2 receptors of the endocannabinoid system, which is responsible for maintaining balance throughout the body. Unlike THC, another component of the Cannabis plants, hemp extract does not directly link with the endocannabinoid receptors. Instead, it exerts its influence in a holistic and far-reaching manner by helping the body’s own cannabinoid system work more efficiently. Hemp extract causes a cascade of homeostasis that begins all the way at the beginning point of the system and travels down its many pathways, restoring inner balance to any point that is out of alignment along the way (2).
3. What is the difference between full-spectrum and isolate?
To understand the difference between full-spectrum hemp extract and isolate, we must first gain an understanding of the components of the Cannabis plants. Although THC and hemp extract are the most widely-recognized cannabinoids derived from the Cannabis plants, there are actually close to 400 cannabinoids known to exist within the Cannabis plants. These chemical compounds have many health benefits, among them the ability to help kill cancer cells and reduce inflammation, pain, stress, and anxiety.
In addition to cannabinoids, terpenes are another group of beneficial elements contained in the Cannabis plants. There are over 200 terpenes found in these miracle plants. Each terpene is a type of essential oil that has its own distinctive and beneficial healing properties. Terpenes also work to support the human body’s absorption of the cannabinoids, making the benefits of hemp extract and the other cannabinoids more accessible to the body.
The two most common types of hemp extract are full-spectrum and isolate. These two types of hemp extract, aside from being processed differently, are produced by using different parts of the Cannabis plant and therefore create different effects within the human body.
When hemp extract is produced from all parts of the hemp plant, including the stalks, leaves, and flowers, it is labeled “full-spectrum.” Perhaps even more essential than the benefits that the cannabinoids and terpenes each provide on their own is the way that all of the powerful elements work together to create what scientists have dubbed the “entourage effect.”
When hemp extract is produced from the entire plant, including all cannabinoids and terpenes, a synergistic blend is created in which all of the beneficial properties work in unity to generate a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. The “entourage effect” refers to this holistic synergy and harmony.
As opposed to full-spectrum hemp extract which has many components and properties, hemp extract isolate is just that - isolated. It is created by separating the hemp extract compound from all of the other cannabinoids and terpenes found in the hemp plant. Hemp extract isolate is not harvested as pure cannabidiol. Instead, it is collected together with the other components included in the Cannabis plant, after which the pure hemp extract is separated through a cooling and crystallization process. This creates a form of hemp extract that contains over 99 percent pure cannabidiol, without any other cannabinoids and terpenes.
Although hemp extract isolate was at one point thought to be more pure and potent than full-spectrum, this theory was later disproved by research done in 2015 by the Lautenberg Center for Immunology and Cancer Research. The study concluded that full-spectrum hemp extract contains far more anti-inflammatory properties and is more effective in alleviating the pain sensation than hemp extract isolate (3). In most cases, barring a specific medical reason, full-spectrum is the hemp extract of choice for most people.
4. What is the difference between THC and Hemp Extract?
THC, or delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, is one of the most abundant compounds found in the Cannabis plants. Although THC and hemp extract are very often confused, they actually have very definite differences. The vastly diverse effects of THC and hemp extract are attributed to the ways these compounds interact with the endocannabinoid receptors in the body.
One of the most critical differences is that while THC binds directly to CB1 receptors, which are mostly located in the brain, hemp extract exerts its influence over these receptors in a more indirect and general manner (17). Because direct interaction with CB1 receptors can cause a psychotic reaction, THC is considered psychoactive, while hemp extract is not. In fact, hemp extract can even help minimize THC’s psychoactive effects.
While it may seem intuitive to believe that THC and hemp extract must be extremely dissimilar on an atomic level, THC and hemp extract actually have the same molecular structure. Both share the molecular formula of C21H30O2, which means that they have 30 hydrogen atoms, 2 oxygen atoms, and 21 carbon atoms. Furthermore, their molecular mass is almost identical with THC having a mass of 314.469 g/mol and hemp extract having a mass of 314.464 g/mol. However, the slight discrepancies in how the molecules are arranged create two entirely different compounds with entirely different effects and usages.
5. What is the difference between hemp and marijuana?
The distinctions between hemp and marijuana are rooted in the ratios of the two most potent compounds in these two different varieties of the Cannabis plants. THC, a cannabinoid that has psychoactive properties, is found in the marijuana plant in high ratios and can make up 10-30% of the extract of marijuana. Hemp, or industrial hemp as it is sometimes called, legally must contain 0.3% THC or less. Hemp extract, however, is found in higher amounts in hemp as opposed to marijuana.
Because of THC, the component of marijuana that produces a “high,” the legal status of marijuana is much more complex than that of hemp. In the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015, American farmers were given the go-ahead to cultivate industrial hemp (4), while marijuana has a complex and specific legal status that depends on individual state laws.
6. What are the benefits and side effects of hemp extract?
Hemp extract is a unique substance in that it has very few known side effects, with a vast array of benefits. Research has shown that ingesting even high amounts of hemp extract is well-tolerated and unlikely to be associated with any side effects. While some research does indicate that hemp extract can have adverse effects such as diarrhea, dry mouth, dizziness, drowsiness, and changes in appetite (5), other studies show that any side effects that do occur are most likely due to interactions between hemp extract and other medications one may be taking, as opposed to stemming from the hemp extract itself (6).
Hemp extract is associated not just with individual benefits, but with categories of benefits. One major such category stems from hemp extract’s anti-inflammatory properties. Since many illnesses arise from inflammation in the body and hemp extract aids in decreasing inflammation, it thereby serves as a powerful antidote to pain (7). Inflammation can present inside the body, such as IBS, or on the surface of the body, such as with a variety of skin conditions, such as eczema and psoriasis. hemp extract has been shown to help with inner and outer bodily inflammation (12), (13), (14).
Another benefit of hemp extract is that it increases serotonin, a natural mood-regulator found in the body, and therefore acts as an antidepressant and anti-anxiety (8). Hemp extract also interacts with neurological receptors, which allows it to have a positive influence on many neurological-based diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's, Alzheimer’s disease, and epilepsy (9), (10), (11). Perhaps the medicinal benefit that most clearly shows how far-reaching the effects of hemp extract are is its ability to induce the death of cancer cells, thereby slowing the progression and perhaps even contributing to the eradication of cancer in the body (15).
7. What is the difference between hemp seed oil and hemp extract?
Although these products might sound similar, they are in fact very different, at least regarding hemp extract content. The key here is that hemp extract is derived from the resin of the plant and therefore contains hemp extract, as opposed to hemp-seed oil or hemp oil, which are derived from the seeds and have no hemp extract included.
However, hemp-extracted hemp extract can be referred to by a variety of names, which contributes to the difficulty of getting a clear picture of which name means what. Among those names are hemp extract-rich hemp oil, hemp-derived hemp extract oil, hemp extract-rich cannabis oil, or even just plain hemp extract. All of these titles refer to a product that is rich in hemp extract.
8. What is the endocannabinoid system?
The endocannabinoid system, which was only recently discovered in 1992 by Dr. Raphael Mechoulam of the Hebrew University in Israel, is the system in our bodies responsible for maintaining internal balance. The endocannabinoid system is comprised of cannabinoids, such as Anandamide and 2AG, and cannabinoid receptors, such as CB1 and CB2. As documented by Scientific American in 2015, the body’s endocannabinoid system is responsible for increasing the feeling of well-being and decreasing the sensation of pain (16).
However, plant-extracted cannabinoids also have the ability to interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system. Research shows that hemp extract is unique to other cannabinoids in that it does not exactly fit into either the CB1 or CB2 receptors, but instead exerts its influence in a more far-reaching manner by increasing the general efficiency of the body’s endocannabinoid system (2). hemp extract increases the density of CB1, reduces the effects of some harmful compounds on CB2, and boosts the effectiveness of how other cannabinoids interact beneficially with these receptors. In this way, hemp extract creates a formidable impact on the internal balance of every bodily system.
9. Why does hemp extract affect different people differently?
The answer, in short, is because no two peoples’ bodies are alike. Because hemp extract is a natural substance as opposed to a pharmaceutical drug, hemp extract works with the body’s own endocannabinoid system, which is unique to each person. Genetics, physical and mental health, tolerance, and the precise strain of the extract can all affect the way hemp extract acts within your body. Additionally, people use varying dosages of hemp extract, which has a direct correlation to the results they will experience. Interestingly, women are more sensitive to the effects of hemp extract and usually feel the effects with a smaller dosage.
10. Is hemp extract safe for pets and kids?
Ultimately, the choice to let your children or pets use hemp extract is up to you. Although there is less research on the effects of hemp extract on children and pets than there is on adults, there is evidence of hemp extract being a healthy way to address some childhood symptoms without side effects (18). Since hemp extract is produced naturally in the body by the endocannabinoid system, hemp extract, at the correct dosage, is generally considered safe and effective for any mammal. Hemp extract is even produced in a woman’s breast milk, which is regarded by many health professionals to be the healthiest milk for a child. Of course, there may be individual exceptions or medications that hemp extract can interact negatively with, but on the whole, hemp extract is an extremely well-tolerated substance in adults, children, and pets alike.
11. What is the ideal serving size of hemp oil?
This is a bit tricky since there is no one correct dosage for everyone. In addition, hemp extract comes in different strengths, with each strength having a different amount of milligrams of hemp extract per serving. To figure out exactly how much hemp extract you are taking, divide the amount of hemp extract contained in the entire bottle by the number of servings in the bottle, and you will end up with the number of milligrams in each serving. For example, in our 250-milligram bottle, there are 30 servings, so 250/30 = 8.3 milligrams of hemp extract per serving.
Now that you know how to calculate the amount of hemp extract there is in a serving, how do you figure out how much to take?
1- Estimate your dosage based on your body weight
A person’s body mass will be a big factor in determining how much hemp extract to take. A good rule to follow is to take 1-6 MG of hemp extract for every 10 pounds of body weight, while also taking into account the level of pain being experienced.
2- Start small and increase gradually
Even if two people have the same body weight, the ideal serving size might be different for each one. The best way to determine your ideal serving size is to start small, taking your first dose based on body weight and level of pain, and then moving up from there if you do not see results.
3. Consult your physician
It is always beneficial to consult with a physician prior to beginning use, as he or she will have knowledge of your medical history and past reactions to other substances. Based on this information, your doctor will be able to give you a professional opinion as to what dosage of hemp extract is right for you.
12. Can the small amount of THC in hemp extract show up on a drug test?
If you are stuck wondering if you will show up positive for a drug test while ingesting hemp extract products, you are not alone. The reason you may be bumping up against conflicting information is that the answer is more complicated than a yes or no.
In most cases, even when ingesting full-spectrum hemp extract which contains some THC, the percentage of THC is so minuscule (less than 0.3%) that it usually won’t show up on drug tests (19). However, anyone who is concerned and would like to ensure that a drug test will definitely come back negative should choose hemp extract isolate over full-spectrum, since it contains 0% THC.
13. What kind of testing/analysis is done on your products?
Here at White Cedar Naturals, we believe in being 100% transparent with our customers. Our company places a tremendous value on our relationship with our customers, and that relationship must be based on trust. All of our products go through third-party testing by Proverde labs so that you can be assured of full potency, purity, and quality.
14. What percentage of hemp extract is in your products?
The answer to this question depends on which strength of hemp extract oil you choose. There are four strengths to choose from, and a different amount of hemp extract in each one:
100 milligrams - 100 mg of hemp extract per bottle, and 3.3 mg per serving.
300 milligrams - 300 mg of hemp extract per bottle, and 10 mg per serving.
600 milligrams - 600 mg of hemp extract per bottle, and 20 mg per serving.
1200 milligrams - 1200 mg of hemp extract per bottle, and 40 mg per serving.
15. Where do you source your hemp and hemp extract?
All of our hemp plants are grown locally in the USA by a small group of committed and passionate farmers who are devoted to providing the highest-quality hemp and hemp extract available. Our organic farms in Kentucky stretch over acres of lush and verdant fields, drinking in the sunshine in a completely natural and pristine environment. Our hemp extract is always pesticide-free, USDA organic, and fresh from the farm - just as Mother Nature intended.
16. What type of extraction system do you employ?
We extract our hemp extract from the hemp plants using a process called supercritical CO2 extraction. The machinery required for this process is very costly, but the medicinal and environmental benefits of this technique are superior to that of all other methods of extraction. Supercritical CO2 extraction removes all the unwanted components of the hemp extract and leaves behind a hemp extract substance that is pure and clean.
The process of extracting the hemp extract involves compressing CO2 under high pressures until it draws out all of the unwanted components and releases it into the atmosphere, leaving no toxic residue in the environment or in the hemp extract product. After this process is finished, the resulting extract is considered microbiologically sterile, and there is no need to purify the finished product further. The term“supercritical” (as opposed to subcritical), refers to a type of CO2 extraction that retains more of the plant’s nutrients and medicinal compounds than other methods of CO2 extraction.
Supercritical CO2 extraction is considered an example of “green chemistry” because it is a safe and clean process with no negative impact on the environment. This technique is currently considered the method that produces the highest quality cannabinoid extracts.
17. Is there a money-back guarantee, and how does it work?
Of course. At White Cedar Naturals, we stand behind our products with a 90-day, 100% money-back guarantee. If you are in any way not satisfied with your product, simply contact us using our contact form, and we will be sure to send you a full refund.
18. Can I contact you with more questions?
Absolutely- that is why we are here. Just use the contact form and shoot us an email. We will be sure to respond as soon as possible. Or, you can reply directly to this post.
We look forward to hearing from you!
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