Hemp is the term used to classify the varieties of cannabis that contain no more than 0.3% THC and are thus non-psychoactive, as opposed to marijuana varieties of cannabis that contain more than 0.3% THC and are thus psychoactive. Hemp is very versatile; it is used for products across industries, including apparel & textiles, paper & packaging, topical body & beauty products, oils, foods & nutritional products, and even building materials.
Our hemp is extracted through super critical CO2 extraction, which we believe is the most natural, pure, and environmentally friendly extraction method. As a result of super critical CO2 extraction, 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 – the entire suite of power of the plant.
Full-spectrum extracts, also known as “whole plant,” are the purest and most effective. They contain all the elements of the hemp plant – a multitude of cannabinoids including cannabidiol (CBD), cannabigerol (CBG) and cannabinol (CBN), as well as 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 products more effective.
There are over 100 different phytocannabinoids found within cannabis plants. The most well-known are cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). CBD is one of the most prevalent within all varieties of cannabis. It is associated with many medicinal and healing properties, such as lowering anxiety, stress, and inflammation. CBD is non-psychoactive. THC is the psychoactive compound responsible for the “high” produced by marijuana varieties of cannabis. Our bodies also naturally produce endogenous cannabinoids, endocannabinoids.
The ECS is a cell-signaling system within our bodies, known to regulate a range of functions, including sleep, mood, and appetite. It is composed of receptors, endocannabinoids, and the enzymes responsible for breaking down endocannabinoids. ECS receptors are found throughout our bodies. CB1 receptors are found primarily in our central nervous systems and CB2 receptors primarily in our peripheral nervous systems, especially immune cells. When stressors like pain, inflammation, or anxiety throw off our body’s homeostasis, aka internal stability, the ECS acts to return our body to its optimal state.
Terpenes are essential oils attributable for distinctive flavors and varying effects of cannabis plants, ranging from calming to energizing. Flavonoids are polyphenols, antioxidants loaded with potential health benefits. Terpenes and flavonoids work in tandem to produce our sensory experience of cannabis – color pigmentation, flavor, and odor. They also work synergistically with the rest of the phytonutrients within cannabis plants, in what is called the “entourage effect,” to increase the overall benefits.