All your questions answered, from serving size to side effects, and how hemp actually works.

What Is Hemp Extract?

Will hemp extract get me high?

No. Hemp extract with cannabidiol (CBD) is non-psychoactive and non-intoxicating. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the psychoactive compound that binds with receptors in our brain, producing a “high” or euphoric feeling. In order to be legal in the US, hemp extract products must contain less than “0.3%” THC. Studies suggest consuming THC below this percentage will not induce psychoactive effects, or impair cognitive or psychomotor abilities.

What is the difference between CBD and THC?

Cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are both natural chemical compounds (cannabinoids) found in plants of the cannabis genus. Both CBD and THC interact with our body’s Endocannabinoid System (ECS), however in very different ways. The ECS moderates aspects of our immune system, pain receptors, and stress response, as well as appetite and sleep cycles. Current research suggests CBD may work as an "indirect antagonist," reducing the effects of different chemical compounds in the body by blocking them from binding to certain receptors. CBD also is believed to eliminate the enzyme responsible for consuming and thus decreasing the body's own endocannabinoids, allowing more to remain in circulation in the body. THC binds to receptors located in the brain and central nervous system that control euphoria, relaxation, anxiety, as well as appetite, sleep, memory, and motor function. THC is most commonly known for creating a “high” or euphoric feeling when consumed.

Do hemp extract products contain THC?

Some hemp extract products may contain trace amounts of THC and are typically labeled as full-spectrum hemp extract. In order to be sold in any form, hemp extract must contain less than 0.3% of the federally legal limit of THC.

Are hemp extract and marijuana from the same cannabis plant?

Both hemp and marijuana are strains of the Cannabis Sativa genus. Hemp plants are cannabis plants that contain less than 0.3% THC. Marijuana plants are cannabis plants that contain higher concentrations of THC. Cannabidiol (CBD) is found in the seeds and stem of marijuana plants and the seeds, stems, and buds of hemp plants, and physically can be extracted from both. That said, in accordance with federal law, in order for hemp extract products to be legally sold in any form, they must contain less than the 0.3% legal limit of THC and be derived from industrial hemp, not marijuana.

How Does Hemp Extract Work?

What are cannabinoids? How do they work?

Cannabinoids are chemical compounds naturally found throughout the cannabis plant. Tetrahydrocannabinol and cannabidiol are only two of over 100 known active cannabinoids found in cannabis. Certain cannabinoids are similar in structure to the endocannabinoids that our body naturally produces allowing them to interact with our body’s Endocannabinoid System, a system that affects everything from our immune system and pain receptors, to our body’s stress response, appetite and even our ability to sleep.

How does hemp extract work?

CBD in hemp extract works as an "indirect antagonist," modulating different chemical responses within the body by blocking or inhibiting interactions with receptors in our Endocannabinoid System. These receptors exist abundantly throughout the human body’s cells and tissues, allowing CBD to interact with the body’s pain, inflammation and stress responses. It is also thought that CBD may enable the ECS to use more of its own endocannabinoids by eliminating the enzyme responsible for consuming them, allowing more to stay in circulation in the body.

What is the Entourage Effect?

The Entourage Effect is a biological phenomenon where the various natural compounds and cannabinoids found in the hemp plant, cannabidiol (CBD), tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and other lesser-known phytochemicals like CBN, are believed to work together to enhance their mutual benefits and effectiveness within the human body.

How is hemp extract or CBD extracted from the cannabis plant?

There are a variety of methods to extract cannabinoids from the cannabis plant. Different extraction methods are believed to have considerable effects on the quality of the hemp extract products derived. One frequently used method is alcohol extraction, or using chemical solvents. Utilizing liquid ethanol, butane or hexane to separate cannabidiol and other compounds from the plant, the solvents are subsequently evaporated, leaving the active cannabinoids. However, traces of chemicals can remain and could cause adverse health responses or pose health risks if consumed. Another prevalent method, used here at Holief, is CO2 extraction. C02 works like a solvent through specific pressure and heat, extracting cannabidiol while helping retain valuable terpenes and other chemical compounds, and without using potentially harmful chemicals, for a much cleaner hemp extract.

What is Broad-Spectrum? What is Full-Spectrum hemp extract ?

Broad-Spectrum, Full-Spectrum, and CBD Isolate all relate to the extraction of the cannabidiol (CBD) and the remaining components or lack thereof through the extraction process. It is believed by some researchers that through “The Entourage Effect” it can be beneficial to retain additional cannabinoids and natural compounds, in addition to CBD, that are found in the hemp plant. Full Spectrum hemp extract retains all the hemp plant’s naturally-occurring compounds through the extraction process in order to leverage The Entourage Effect. Full-Spectrum hemp extract contains cannabinoids, terpenes, and fatty acids as well as can contain trace amounts of THC. Broad-Spectrum hemp extract is also a form of hemp extract that retains various other cannabinoids, terpenes and fatty acids that naturally occur in the hemp plant, and are thought to be beneficial to the human body. However, through the extraction process, THC is removed. CBD Isolate is a form of cannabidiol (CBD) extracted to remove all additional components of the hemp plant so that solely pure cannabidiol remains.

How To Use Hemp Extract

When should I use hemp extract?

Millions of Americans use hemp extract products daily. Hemp extract with cannabidiol has not shown to impede motor or memory function, often associated with tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), and thus is considered safe to use at any point in the consumer’s day. Choosing when and how to consume hemp extract products will be specific to the desired effects, the potential symptoms the consumer is experiencing, and the preferred method of consumption. For example one might try topical cream when experiencing muscle pain or a tincture drop before bed to assist with insomnia.

How long does it take for hemp extract to work?

It may take minutes or a few hours to feel potential effects depending on serving size, method of consumption, the desired result or symptom you are looking to treat, as well as your personal metabolism. Edible and topical forms of hemp extract could take up to a few hours, however consuming hemp extract sublingually through a tincture or via vaping can result in feeling the effects within minutes and provide short term, more immediate relief.

What is the right dose?

Everyone will have a different experience of and reaction to hemp extract, therefore the general consensus is to start small and work your way up to a higher dosage over time. It is widely accepted that a “low level” dose of hemp extract will range from 1 to 20 milligrams of cannabidiol (CBD). CBD in excess of 20+ milligrams has been known to make consumers significantly more relaxed. That said studies have been conducted with prescribed dosages of 1,200+ mg daily for months without yielding any adverse effects, so there is no need to be concerned about taking too much. When deciding whether to take a higher dose of hemp extract it is suggested to wait at least an hour after vaping, and 6+ hours after oral consumption, in order to allow the effects of the initial serving of hemp extract to fully present themselves.

Can I cook with hemp extract?

Yes! You can cook with hemp extract. Many individuals cook with hemp extract oil, top off meals with a little hemp extract oil drizzled on top, or even add it to drinks like coffee. Things to note when adding hemp extract to food, avoid high temperatures when cooking as it can cause the hemp extract to evaporate or lose its potency. Be cognizant of how much you are using to ensure the desired effects of incorporating hemp extract are achieved. It is also worth noting that cannabinoids like cannabidiol (CBD) in hemp extract bind well with fat and can be enhanced by combining with ingredients such as coconut oil or butter.

What is hemp seed oil vs. CBD oil or hemp extract oil?

Hemp seed oil contains no cannabidiol (CBD), or any cannabinoids, including THC. Hemp seed oil is commonly considered in the “superfood” family and can be an excellent supplement and source of antioxidants, omega-3s and fatty acids. Hemp seed oil is created through cold-pressing seeds from the hemp plant and can be used in beauty products, or even as a cooking oil, akin to a sunflower seed oil or coconut oil. Hemp extract oil, commonly referred to as CBD oil, is a liquid version of hemp extract from the cannabis plant, specifically derived from the seeds or stems of industrial hemp and contains cannabidiol (CBD). As we have discussed, hemp extract oil containing cannabidiol could have a variety of health benefits and can be cooked with, or consumed via tinctures, topicals and other methods. It is important to always read labels thoroughly to determine if the product you are considering actually contains cannabidiol (CBD).

Tell me more about hemp extract topicals

Hemp extract topicals are any kind of hemp extract infused cream, lotions, balms or gels that can be applied directly to the skin. Hemp extract topicals are thought to assist with muscle pain relief and even skin conditions such as acne or eczema. They can be an excellent choice for someone considering hemp extract for targeted effectiveness, as they are applied locally and absorbed through the skin, as opposed to ingesting and entering the bloodstream.

Safety + Legality

Is hemp extract legal?

In short, yes, if hemp extract is derived from industrial hemp, cannabis with less than 0.3% THC, it is legal on the federal level. Millions of people across the US use hemp extract products daily.

Is hemp extract natural?

Yes! Hemp extract is a natural derivative of the hemp plant. Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally occurring compound found in the cannabis plant. Though cannabidiol can be found concentrated in the seeds and stem of marijuana plants, it is typically extracted from industrial hemp (cannabis with less than 0.3% THC) where it is found throughout the stem, seeds, and buds.

Does hemp extract have side effects?

Hemp extract is generally considered safe for human consumption with few if any side effects. Studies have seen participants experience fatigue, change in appetite and weight. However, cannabidiol has been known to affect the body’s ability to metabolize certain medications. Specifically, the cannabidiol compound is known to affect cytochromes P450 (CYPs), a group of enzymes involved in drug metabolism. Medications or supplements that come with a “grapefruit warning” could likely be adversely affected by cannabidiol or hemp extract consumption as cannabidiol and grapefruit both affect CYPs similarly. As always, please consult your doctor for professional, personalized medical advice.

Is hemp extract safe? Is it safe for my family?

Scientific evidence from clinical studies strongly suggests hemp extract is safe for consumption by adults, children, and even pets. Always consult your children’s doctor before having them try new hemp extract products.

How does hemp extract interact with other medications?

Hemp extract with cannabidiol (CBD) has been known to affect the body’s ability to metabolize certain medications. Specifically, the cannabidiol compound (CBD) is known to affect cytochromes P450 (CYPs), a group of enzymes involved in drug metabolism. Medications or supplements that come with a “grapefruit warning” could likely be adversely affected by cannabidiol consumption as cannabidiol and grapefruit both affect CYPs similarly. As always, please consult your doctor for professional medical advice.

Will hemp extract show up on a drug test?

It is highly unlikely that consuming high-quality hemp extract will result in a positive drug test as products must be under 0.3% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). That said it is always important to consume hemp extract produced by a trusted source. Some hemp extract companies may claim less than accurate THC content. Higher THC consumption than the legal 0.3% may result in a positive test.

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