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EVOO 101

Extra Virgin

EVOO is the highest grade of olive oil. It is extracted through a completely unrefined, natural process called cold-pressing. Because of this, it retains maximum levels of the nutrients naturally occurring in the olive fruit, especially phenolic antioxidants. To be classified extra virgin, an olive oil must not have any sensory flaws and must meet rigid chemical standards – polyphenol content of at least 55mg/kg.

Healthy Fatty Acids

About 84% of the nutritional composition of olive oil is healthy fatty acids, including omega-6, omega-3, and, most predominantly, oleic acid. Studies link the monounsaturated oleic acid with anti-inflammatory effects, antioxidant effects, and higher heat resistance.

Antioxidants

Extra virgin olive oil is packed with antioxidants, biologically active nutrients that can help reduce the risk of chronic diseases. Two of its main antioxidants are oleocanthal, linked with anti-inflammatory effects, and oleuropein, known to help protect bad cholesterol in your blood from oxidation. These powerful antioxidants can also help reduce oxidative damage due to free radicals, which is believed to be a leading driver of cancer.

Anti-Inflammatory

Chronic inflammation is thought to be among the main causes of many diseases, including heart disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes, arthritis, Alzheimer’s, metabolic syndrome, and obesity. EVOO’s powerful anti-inflammatory effects are believed to be the main driver of its health benefits. Fun fact: oleocanthal has been shown to work like ibuprofen – research estimates that the effect of 50ml of EVOO equates to 10% of the adult ibuprofen dosage for pain relief.

Fight Chronic Diseases

Studies have found that olive oil is the only source of monounsaturated fat linked with a reduced risk of stroke and heart disease. EVOO works to lower blood pressure, lower inflammation, protect bad LDL cholesterol from oxidation, improve the lining of blood vessels, and help prevent the blood clotting associated with strokes and heart disease. Studies also show that olive oil may fight Alzheimer’s disease by helping remove the building up beta-amyloid plaques in brain cells.

Promote Weight Loss

While eating excessive amounts of fat is known to cause weight gain, studies have linked the Mediterranean diet, which is rich in olive oil, with favorable effects on body weight. By keeping your hearth healthy, maintaining your blood sugar levels stable, improving digestion, and promoting satiety, EVOO may aid in achieving desired weight loss goals.

Hemp 101

Hemp vs Marijuana

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.

Extraction

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

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.

Cannabinoids

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.

Endocannabinoid System (ECS)

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 & Flavonoids

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.

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