Industrial hemp is classified as the non-psychoactive cannabis sativa plant and is grown legally in over 25 states under the Federal Farm Bill Section 7606. Industrial hemp plants must be inspected and certified as such by the state in which they are grown.
Cannabinoids are a diverse class of chemical compounds that occur naturally in the body (endocannabinoids) and in several plants including cannabis. In contrast, phytocannabinoids are the primary chemical compounds found in all cannabis plants.
The ECS is a biological system composed of endocannabinoids (cannabinoids naturally produced in
the body such as anandamide and 2-AG), enzymes that synthesize and degrade the cannabinoids, and cannabinoid receptors (primarily CB1 and CB2) found in the central and peripheral nervous systems. The main purpose of the ECS is to maintain homeostasis in the body. Research has shown that introducing external phytocannabinoids could be useful in treating a variety of medical ailments.
Full-spectrum hemp oils are made with whole plant hemp extracts that contain all of the beneficial phytocannabinoids (CBG, CBN, and others), terpenes (beta-caryophyllene, b –pinene, humulene, and limonene), plus flavonoids, polyphenols, and other important hemp-derived phytocompounds. In contrast, some hemp oil products are made from isolate concentrate, and do not contain many of the beneficial phytocannabinoids.
The Entourage Effect refers to the combined effect of the cannabinoids, terpenes, and other beneficial compounds in the plant working together in synergy. The combined effect is greater than the sum of the individual effects. Full-spectrum hemp oils deliver an Entourage Effect.
Lipid infusion is a gentle, low-heat process that uses cellular bonding to infuse the active beneficial phytocompounds of the whole hemp plant with a lipid (usually oil coconut) while preserving the integrity of the plant molecules and making them bioavailable. This is why lipid-infused hemp oils deliver an entourage effect. The process takes longer and is costlier, but the result is a safer and more beneficial product. Harsh extraction processes requiring some combination of high pressure (Co2), high heat, and chemical solvents strip the hemp cells of the many beneficial phytocompounds and potentially leave behind residual solvents.
Single-origin means there is one source for the hemp plant from which the finished hemp oil products are derived. Ideally, hemp plants and the specific variety) should be traceable back to the country, state, and farm where they were grown in order to verify farming practices such as sustainability and use of pesticides, synthetic chemicals or herbicides, as well as to ensure integrity from batch to batch.
Digestible hemp oil products as classified as dietary supplements. And just like other supplement companies, hemp oil companies cannot claim that hemp oil will treat or cure any specific condition. Descriptive language used most commonly is that hemp oil products “may help to relieve discomfort, support sleep, support the body’s interrelated signaling systems (the endocannabinoid system), and promote an overall sense of balance and homeostasis to the body.” Users are encouraged to review the growing number of research studies citing findings that support the multitude of potential benefits such as anxiety relief, pain relief, and reduction of inflammation.
Hemp oils are safe for most people and there are very few, if any, potential side effects. The vast majority of people take them without ever experiencing any unpleasant effects at all, and the rare few who do will most likely experience only minor symptoms such as mild stomach upset or dry mouth. These can be relieved by taking with food and drinking plenty of water.
Yes. Hemp-derived supplements are treated like any other supplement. Despite the laws regulating production, these supplements are legal to purchase and use in all 50 states, and no travel restrictions exist. Hemp-derived supplements are also safe for children and legal to give them. (As with any supplement, adult supervision is advised.)
As with any cannabis-based product, there is always a chance of triggering a positive drug test. Users are encouraged to talk with their employer or healthcare provider if this is a concern.