Hemp extract comes from industrial hemp. Industrial hemp contains a number of cannabinoids, terpenes, and other compounds that together can be extracted into a hemp extract.
Anandamide, an endocannabinoid (endo – naturally produced by the body), creates the feeling of “runner’s high.” Other common phytocannabinoids (phyto – from plants) are known by their abbreviations. The most commonly referenced are CBC, CBD, CBG, CBN, THC.
The body has an endocannabinoid system (ECS). Some research has found the ECS to be involved in the regulation of the nervous system, cardiovascular functions, and the immune system, including brain chemistry balance and pain management centers.
Each hemp extract is different, based on extraction methods and raw materials. See an example of which cannabinoids our products contain here:
Hemp has been used for rope, fibers, clothing, and food for thousands of years. In modern times, the legal aspects of THC caused growers and producers to differentiate between strains of cannabis (plants that have been bred over time) designed for use for their fibers vs food vs for their THC content. Today, the strains of cannabis that have been bred to have an extremely low amount of THC, and contain a maximum of 0.3% THC by dry weight, are legally known as “industrial hemp” – as the plants are processed for an industry like food or fiber. Any strains of cannabis with a higher amount of THC are collectively known as marijuana.
The difference between industrial hemp and cannabis is carefully regulated by each state through testing throughout the growing process. Since there are many different strains of hemp available – each one with different potential uses, industrial hemp growers must carefully combine the right seeds, growing conditions, and harvest time for their application. If at any point in the process a plant is tested and shows more than 0.3% THC, state regulations usually require that the entire field of crops must be destroyed.
Only certain parts of the hemp plant contain THC. Hemp seeds or hemp seed oil, for example, do not contain THC or any other cannabinoids. Hemp rope or cloth has no THC. All current strains of hemp do contain THC in their flowers, which is also the source of other cannabinoids. By selectively processing hemp extract, it is possible to remove all the THC. THC-free are made using this type of hemp extract.
Our customers have found that hemp extract tinctures in oil tend to absorb more slowly, which means that they are processed by the body more slowly and have a longer effect. Hemp extract tinctures that are water-soluble tend to be absorbed significantly faster and have a more potent effect. However, since water-soluble tinctures are absorbed quickly, they also tend to leave the body faster.