FAQ

Hemp Extract

What is hemp? Is it legal?

Hemp is a term used to classify varieties of cannabis that contain 0.3% or less THC content by dry weight. It is a very versatile plant used for the production of products across industries, including apparel & textiles, paper & packaging, topical body & beauty products, oils, food & nutritional products, and even building materials.

And yes! The Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 (aka the “Farm Bill”) federally legalized hemp and hemp-derived products that contain no more than 0.3% THC. Industrial hemp is thus legal and not psychoactive. Our products are tested and verified by third party analytical labs to contain no more than the 0.3% legal limit of THC.

What differentiates our hemp extract?

Our hemp extract is derived from single-origin hemp. Our Vermont farmers lovingly grow and process our hemp using exclusively sustainable and organic practices from germination through to extraction.

Our hemp is extracted using super critical CO2 extraction, which we believe is the most natural, pure, and environmentally friendly method to process cannabinoids. As a result of this extraction process, we can provide a full-spectrum product free of any residual solvents, while retaining all of the cannabinoids, essential vitamins, minerals, omega fatty acids, and terpenes that naturally occur in the hemp plant.

We carefully test all our products & verify with third-party labs to ensure that they contain exactly what we say they do. For our published test results, please see here.

For context about how important quality-assurance and transparency is, a 2017 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that only 30% of all CBD products sold online contained the specified cannabinoid content, rendering the other 70% of products potentially ineffective.

Why full spectrum?

Full-spectrum extracts, also known as “whole plant,” are the purest and most effective. By definition, full-spectrum products contain all of the elements of the hemp plant – meaning that along with cannabidiol (CBD), they contain a multitude of other cannabinoids like cannabigerol (CBG) and cannabinol (CBN), terpenes, flavonoids, essential vitamins, minerals, and omega fatty acids. Each of these compounds has a different effect on the body, that in combination can lead to a synergistic effect, dubbed the “entourage effect,” rendering them more effective.

To see the full host of compounds in our products, please refer to our published compositional analysis results here.

What are terpenes?

Terpenes are the aromatic oils that are attributable for the distinctive flavors and varying effects of cannabis plants. Over 100 different terpenes have been identified in the cannabis plant so far. However, these essential oil compounds can be found in many different plants, including thyme, citruses, black pepper, cinnamon, pine needles, lavender, and hops.  The array of effects of terpenes ranges from calming to energizing. Most importantly, terpenes work synergistically with the rest of the phytonutrients found within the cannabis plant in what is called the “entourage effect” towards increasing the overall benefits of the plant.

To learn more about which terpenes are present in our products and the levels thereof, please refer to our published compositional analysis results here.

What are flavonoids?

Flavonoids are composed of groups of polyphenolic compounds. Polyphenols are micronutrients packed with antioxidants and potential health benefits. Like terpenes, flavonoids are not unique to the cannabis plant; they have been identified in plants ranging from fruits and vegetables to flowers. Spoiler alert, olive oil’s vast health benefits are also attributable to polyphenolic compounds!

Cannaflavins are flavonoids that are exclusively found within cannabis. These flavonoids work in tandem with terpenes to contribute to our sensory experience of cannabis – color pigmentation, flavor, and odor. Furthermore, research has indicated cannaflavins contribute additional medicinal benefits, including anti-inflammatory, antifungal and antioxidant properties. They are an important component to the synergistic “entourage effect” of all the phytonutrients within cannabis plants.

Can you get high from hemp extract?

No! Our products contain no more than 0.03% THC, the psychoactive component of cannabis. That is the legal limit for THC in hemp-derived products.

Will using hemp extract affect a drug test?

Our products are made with full-spectrum hemp extract and contain no more than 0.3% THC. Although very unlikely that these trace amounts of THC trigger a test, we suggest you consult a physician if this is a concern.

What is CBD? Do your products contain CBD?

CBD is short for cannabidiol, one of the most prevalent cannabinoids (chemical compounds) found in the cannabis plant. There are over 100 different cannabinoids that are naturally occurring within the cannabis plant. The best known of these compounds are CBD and tetrahydrocannabinol, also known as THC. CBD is associated with many of the medicinal and healing properties of the plant, excluding any psychoactive elements, for which THC is responsible. CBD is known to reduce anxiety, stress, inflammation, and support our endocannabinoid system.

Yes! Since our products are powered by full-spectrum hemp extract, they include naturally occurring levels of CBD. For more details about the amount of each cannabinoid within our products, please refer to our published lab results here.

Fun fact: cannabinoids can be found in various plants aside from cannabis, including broccoli, cauliflower, kale, and echinacea, but the hemp plant is the most abundant source.

What is the endocannabinoid system?

The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a cell-signaling system within all our bodies, known to regulate a range of functions, including sleep, mood, appetite, memory, reproduction, and fertility. The ECS is composed of receptors, endocannabinoids, and the enzymes responsible for breaking down endocannabinoids. Endocannabinoid receptors are found throughout our bodies; the two main kinds are CB1 receptors, primarily found in our central nervous systems, and CB2 receptors, primarily found in our peripheral nervous systems, especially immune cells.

Cannabinoids, like CBD and THC, that are found in plants are referred to as phytocannabinoids. Endocannabinoids, or endogenous cannabinoids, on the other hand, are produced by our bodies. Meaning that, yes, our bodies also internally produce cannabinoids! Cannabinoids interact with the receptors within the ECS towards maintaining homeostasis, meaning the internal stability of our bodies. When outside forces like pain from an injury, anxiety, inflammation, or other stressors throw off our bodies’ homeostasis, the ECS acts to return our body to its optimal state.

Are you products lab tested for pesticides, heavy metals, mold, etc?

Yes! We carefully test all our products and verify with third-party labs to ensure that they are clean, safe, and contain exactly what we say they do. We pride ourselves in providing you with the highest quality products possible. For our published test results, please see here.

Olive Oil

What differentiates extra virgin?

There are three main grades of olive oil – refined, virgin, and extra virgin. Extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) is the highest grade. It is completely unrefined, meaning no solvents, heat, chemicals, or other refining methods are used during its extraction process. EVOO is produced by cold-pressing freshly harvested olives. Because of this clean, natural process, EVOO is able to retain maximum levels of the phytonutrients that naturally occur in the olive fruit, especially phenolic antioxidants, making it the healthiest type of olive oil. It has a distinctive olive fruity aroma and flavor.

Just like a fine bottle of Bordeaux wine, extra virgin olive oil is classified as such only when it meets certain standards. It must not have any sensory flaws and it must meet rigid chemical standards. Olive oil must have a polyphenol content of 55mg/kg to be considered extra virgin. The high content of these phenolic antioxidants is what sets extra virgin olive oil apart as especially healthy.

Why is extra virgin olive oil so healthy?

Thanks to natural extraction process, extra virgin olive oil is very nutrient dense. In particular, it is loaded with antioxidants and healthy monounsaturated fatty acids, which provide powerful health benefits. Studies show that extra virgin olive oil is linked with benefits for the heart, brain, joints, and more.

Most predominantly, the phytonutrients within extra virgin olive oil provide highly anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. The combination of antioxidants, like oleocanthal, and fatty acids, like oleic acid, is to thank for EVOO’s anti-inflammatory effects. Chronic inflammation is thought to be among the main causes of many diseases, including heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and arthritis. In addition, the antioxidants rich within EVOO, polyphenols, are responsible for reducing oxidative damage from harmful free radicals, which may lower the risk of chronic diseases.

Studies have also linked EVOO with several other health benefits: the fatty acids attribute to a reduced risk of stroke; the polyphenols aid in fighting against Alzheimer’s; the improvement in inflammatory markers and oxidative stress can help treat rheumatoid arthritis; the antibacterial properties can inhibit or kill harmful bacteria; and its consumption can aid in weight loss.

Please keep in mind that extra virgin olive oil provides its best health benefits and flavors when fresh. It should be purchased within 12-18 months of its harvest date and used within 6 months of opening. Like all plants, it is most powerful when consumed raw and fresh.

Where is your extra virgin olive oil produced?

Our organic extra virgin olive oil is produced from Kalamata variety olives by the love and care of farmers in the Messinia region of Greece.

What is the sharp, peppery sensation on the back of my throat when I swallow your oil?

That sensation is one of the best indications of the quality and nutrient density of olive oils. High-quality EVOO is rich in antioxidants called polyphenols, which contribute to this sharp taste. A receptor located at the back of our throats where this distinctive sting is felt then interacts with oleocanthal (one of the antioxidant polyphenols) to promote similar functions as ibuprofen.

Why does your oil taste bitter and pungent?

In general, a bitter and sharp taste indicates that olives were harvested early, making the olive oil extra green, grassy tasting, and nutrient-dense. The pungent sensation at the back of your throat is an indication of the high count of beneficial polyphenols in our oils.

Our hemp extract is attributable for an enhancement of that grassy, earthy bitterness as it too is a highly nutrient-dense plant product. Within the hemp extract, however, it is terpenes and flavonoids that provide its distinctive taste and aroma profile – earthy, musky, and bitter.

Lucky for you, we have married the two taste and nutrient profiles perfectly into an incredibly nutrient rich and delicious end product.

Is Cannaves Oliva a cooking oil or a finishing oil?

Think of our hemp-infused olive oil like you would a very high-quality truffle oil – it’s a higher-grade finishing oil used to add supplemental flavor & health benefits to your diet. For recipes and ideas, scroll through our blog! Or visit our Pinterest or Instagram pages for more Cannaves Oliva lifestyle inspiration.

What is the smoke point of your products?

While traditional olive oils enjoy a smoke point around 400 degrees Fahrenheit, because of our hemp infusion, Cannaves Oliva should not be heated above 320 degrees Farenheit. Beyond this point, the active compounds (cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids) in our products can begin degrading and losing potency. Heating hemp extract at too high of a temperature can also bring out more of its bitterness.

General Product

Are your products organic?

Yes! We are proud to be one of only a handful of hemp brands boasting a USDA organic certification. The process of attaining this certification is rigorous, lengthy, and expensive. But it was a must have for us. Because the hemp industry is still neither sufficiently nor universally regulated, a USDA organic certification is currently the only way for consumers to be sure about the quality of hemp products. We made sure to provide you with the most natural and nutrient-dense products possible, because mother nature made plants powerful.

Are your products gluten free?

Yes! Our products 100% plant-based, vegan, gluten free, and cruelty-free.

Are Cannaves Oliva products vegan?

Yes! Our products 100% plant-based, vegan, gluten free, and cruelty-free.

Can I mix Cannaves Oliva with other dietary supplements or products?

We recommend that you consult with a medical professional if you are unsure whether or not you should be taking CBD with any supplements and/or prescription drugs.

We would be happy to discuss our product with your health care professionals and provide any information they might require to accurately answer these questions for you.

How Can I use Cannaves Oliva products in my beauty/wellness routine?

Some fun life hacks we have gathered for alternative ways to incorporate our products into your daily rituals include:

  • Heal chapped lips
  • Moisturize hands, legs, and arms
  • Cuticle conditioner
  • Naturally lubricating shaving cream
  • Pre-shampoo scalp treatment
  • Removing makeup
  • Ear wax remedy

For more fun ideas, scroll through our blog! Or visit our Pinterest or Instagram pages for more Cannaves Oliva lifestyle inspiration.

How should Cannaves Oliva be stored?

All our bottles are coated with UV-protecting matte coating, so you can keep your bottle on your kitchen counter or at your table and don’t have to hide it away in a dark, lonely cupboard. That being said, make sure to close the top and store it away from any direct heat sources to retain the product’s integrity and maximize shelf life.

How long does Cannaves Oliva last?

When properly stored, a bottle of Cannaves Oliva should last for 6 months after opening. However, we do recommend that once you open your bottle, you consume it within 3-4 months to ensure you are enjoying it at its freshest, most nutrient-dense quality.

Are your bottles and packaging recyclable?

Yes! We took great care in ensuring our packaging and bottling have the lowest impact possible on our beautiful planet. We would greatly appreciate if you do your part as well by properly recycling or reusing all of your bottles and packaging.

Our mailers are 100% recyclable, biodegradable, and produced using both managed forestry and renewable energy. They are certified to Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI) Standards.

Our seals are made of cellulose, allowing them to be biodegrade and able to be applied without added heat or solvents.

Other

What is the best way to place a bulk order?

For orders over 12 bottles, please reach out to support@cannavesoliva.com.

For any wholesale inquiries, please fill out our wholesale application. For any further wholesale questions, please reach out to partners@cannavesoliva.com

Can I carry your products in my store?

Yes! Please fill out this form to apply to become a Cannaves Oliva wholesale partner.

I am a blogger or influencer and would love to partner!

Exciting! Please fill out this application to join our affiliate program. For any further questions, please reach out to partners@cannavesoliva.com.

How do I contact you?

For general inquiries, please reach out to support@cannavesoliva.com.

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