CBD and Hempgenix FAQs and Info
- What Is CBD and CBD oil?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a kind of naturally occurring component of cannabis and industrial hemp. It has a 314.4636 molecular mass and C21H30O2 formula. In cannabis, it is the most abundant of all of the non-psychoactive cannabinoids, and scientific investigations have been conducted for different reasons. CBD oil is a type of cannabis oil (which may be derived from either industrial hemp or marijuana since the word cannabis actual comes from the Latin genus which is for both names) that has significant quantities of cannabidiol (CBD) contained in it. Our CBD extracts and products are made from industrial hemp, therefore they can be considered to be CBD-rich cannabis oil, hemp derived CBD oil, CBD-rich hemp oil, or just hemp extracts since they usually contain a lot more than simply CBD. Cannabis doesn’t just mean marijuana. It is a general umbrella term and genus name which all types of hemp and marijuana fall under. We don’t sell marijuana. The type of cannabis that we utilize in our hemp and CBD extracts is industrial hemp.
- If hemp extract is comprised of 40% cannabinoids, then what is the other 60% made of? What is contained in hemp extracts in addition to naturally occurring cannabinoids?
The Kentucky hemp extracts that we use contain more than 80 different phyto-cannabinoids like CBN, CBG, CBC, cannabidiol (CBD), etc. There are many other kinds of natural phyto-chemical compounds and natural chemicals contained in our agricultural hemp extracts along with the naturally occurring cannabinoids, like terpenes, water, pigments, glycosides, alkanes, nitrogenous compounds, ketones, flavanoids, chlorophyll, beta-carotene, trace minerals (which include potassium, magnesium, calcium, zinc and iron), fatty acids (including omega 6 and 3), vitamins (including D, B6, B2 and B1), carbohydrates and amino acids. The most common types of terpenes contained within our hemp extracts are alpha-Humulene, Beta-Phellandrene / Limonene (Co-elution), trans-alpha-Bergamotene, Nerolidol og Phytol, beta-Pinene, alpha-Pinene, Linalool, Terpinolene, Beta-caryophyllene and Myrcene.
- What is the difference between Marijuana and Hemp?
Marijuana and Industrial Hemp are scientifically the same plant and their species and genus name is Cannabis Sativa. However, there are genetic profiles are drastically different. Industrial Hemp always is a Cannabis sativa strain, while marijuana may be Cannabis ruderalis, Cannabis indica or Cannabis sativa. The main difference is the way that industrial hemp is bred compared to a kind of marijuana Cannabis sativa. Industrial hemp, typically speaking is very fibrous, has hardly any flowering buds and long strong stalks. A marijuana Cannabis sativa strain will be full of flowering buds, bushier and smaller. However, newer U.S. industrial hemp varieties within the US are now being bred so that they will have higher yields of terpenes and cannabinoids and more flowers, like the Kentucky hemp that we now use.
Marijuana has a high quantity of THC 99% of the time and a very low quantity of CBD. On the other hand, hemp in most cases has a really high amount of CBD, and just a trace of THC. Hemp’s cannabinoid profile is fortunately perfect for individuals searching for the benefits offered by cannabis without having the ‘high.’ Hemp is utilized for making natural plastic, oil, bricks, paper, rope, fiber, food, herbal supplements and a lot more. On the other hand, marijuana tends to only be used medicinally, spiritually and recreationally. The term cannabis oil may refer to either a hemp or marijuana derived oil, given that hempand marijuana are two different kinds of cannabis.
In the U.S. the legal definiton for Industrial Hemp, according to Section 7606 of the 2014 Agricultural Appropriations Act is that the term industrial hemp refers to the Cannabis sativa L. plant and any parts of the plant, whether it is growing or not and that has a a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of 0.3 percent maximum on a dry weight basis.
- Is CBD or other hemp derived cannabinoids as good as the ones that come from marijuana?
Yes is the short answer to this question. CBD is always CBD, whether it is from hemp or marijuana. A majority of marijuana has a really low non-psychoactive cannabinoid profile (such as CBG, CBC and CBD), so a majority of the time hemp is a lot more preferable for anything other than THC. Usually marijuana has a very high amount of THC (which is what gives the high to poeple) but usually has a very low amount of other types of non-psychoactive cannabinoids.
These days in the US, many farmers grow industrial hemp flowers that are actually just as terpene rich, odor-producing and beautiful as the best strains of marijuana, like our partnered Kentucky farmers.
- Why is your hemp sourced from Kentucky rather than other states?
We think that the Kentucky hemp program is better suited for our company when it comes to growing hemp, and this is due to it being 100% in compliance with the 2014 Farm Bill’s Section 7606 (as well as the 2016 Agricultural Appropriations Act). At the federal level, it is perfectly legal to produce it there. The ecology of Kentucky is ideal for hemp just lie it is for tobacco. It has a longer growing season than Colorado does, and it has richer soil, so the hemp has better yields and quality. Our Kentucky farm is also the industry leader with the science, testing, and quality of the CBD raw materials and offer raw materials that no other farm can offer.
- What is the percentage of CBD and cannabinoids in your products?
The raw extracts that we use have varying percentages of cannabidiol (CBD) and cannabinoid content, with the range being 65% to 99% (while many of competitors are at 10% to 99%). Each of our products has its own unique formulation and utilizes various ratios for our types of extracts. Our CBD Isolate is more than 99% pure CBD and utilized in very minimal products. Full Spectrum CBD Oil is used by 90% of our products.
- What method is best to use?
From a medicinal standpoint Full Spectrum is better since it contains the entire plant as well as all of the cannabinoid and aspects provided by the plant.
- What is the best serving size for me to take, and how frequently should I take it?
There isn’t any answer to that question. We recommend that you start out with a serving size of 5 mg CBD for every serving of dietary supplement. For additional Medicinal use our recommendation is that you start at about 15 mg per serving drops. However, we usually recommend that you experiment to figure what what feels the best for you. Some people prefer more than 50 drops a day, while others prefer 5 drops.
- What is the safety level of your CBD products and hemp extracts? Do they have any negative side effects?
Many consider hemp to be safe in general. We haven’t heard of or seen any negative or significant side effects in all of the years that we have been part of this industry. However, we cannot rule them out completely. Before you use Hemp extract supplements or any other dietary supplement please speak with your physician first.
- Which of your CBD and Hemp products should I buy?
As a company that sells different food and dietary supplements, we cannot suggest any of our products to prevent, treat or cure any ailment or disease.
Whenever you are considering our various dietary hemp products, keep in mind that all of them come in two different variations: CBD Isolate and CBD Oil.
Many of the competition’s oil are made from a CBD Isolate along with a carrier oil such as Olive or Coconut oil. We make our CBD Tinctures using Full Spectrum CBD Oil combined with Hemp seed oil for the carrier oil. It is well known that Full Spectrum oil is more medicinally beneficial for humans.
You can try out our CBD Isolate for research, vaporizing or dabbing.
Anyone who suspects they might have a disease or are looking for help with a disease should contact a qualified medical professional to consult with.
- Why do individuals use your CBD products and Hemp Extract? Uses and benefits?
In compliance with federal regulations we are unable to make any health claims about our dietary supplement products. Our products can only be recommended for general wellness.
- Is a CBD-rich hemp extract the same thing as a standard hemp seed oil?
No not at all. Standard hemp oil can be found quite inexpensively at a grocery store. The product is much different from our C02 hemp extracts (don’t come from seed). Standard hemp oil is made from cold pressing its seeds. On the other hand, our hemp extract comes from a supercritical C02 extraction from not the seeds but the actual hemp plant itself. Hemp seed oil is known to be an excellent nutritive food. However, it doesn’t have any of the naturally occurring cannabinoids, terpenes, or other components that are contained in our extracts.
- To obtain your CBD and Hemp extracts do I have to move to Colorado? What areas do you ship to?
No you do not have to live in Colorado. Many people mistakenly believe that the only way they can obtain CBD and hemp extracts for either a loved one or themselves is to move to Colorado or another one of the cannabis-friendly states. There are numerous misinformed major news outlets out there that are unfortunately spreading the concept that CBD oil can only be obtained in states where the use of medical marijuana is legal. However, that is not true. Our extracts are made from hemp and not marijuana, or we are able to to ship nationwide, and so it isn’t necessary to have a medical marijuana card. There are a few exceptions, such as South Dakota, where state legislation does not allow us to sell our products.
In general, a majority of marijuana sellers and products (particularly the ones that are part of the black market) do not do any testing for contaminants (bacteria, pesticides, metals, etc.). Actually Rick Simpson Hemp Oil is more of an extraction metohd than it is an actual specific product. The Rick Simpson method is used by people with hundreds of various strains of marijuana, so that means that the CBD, THC, and other cannabinoid content contained in the final oil varies a great deal, depending on whatever cannabis is being acquired by consumers. For Rick Simpson oil usually what is used is a strain with high THC and an inferior CBD content, since that is what most of today’s marijuana is.
14. Where is your CBD and hemp sourced from?
We get 99% of the raw materials from Kentucky that we manufacture. We also source from Oregon and Colorado.
15. What type of analysis and testing do you perform on your products?
Our quality control system is one of the best in the industry, and all of our final products and hemp extracts are analyzed by third party laboratories for pesticides, mycotoxins (fungus), microbial and bacterial life, heavy metals and cannabinoid potency.
16. What is C02 extraction? What are the differences between supercritical and subcritical C02 extracting?
C02 extraction is a kind of extraction process where pressurized carbon dioxide is used to extract phyto-chemicals (like flavonoids, terpenes, CBG or CBD) from a plant. CO2 at certain pressures and temperatures acts like a solvent, but without having the dangers of really being one. The extraction method is the most expensive, and considered to be the safest and most effective of all the world’s plant extraction methods.
Many CBD and hemp companies brag about the supercritical C02 extractions that they use, however that is actually just one (and maybeinterior) method of utilizing a C02 extraction machine. In addition there are supercritical, ‘mid-critical,’ which is a general range in between supercritical and subscritical, and subcritical C02 extractions. It takes more time for subcritical (low pressure, low temp) C02 extractions and smaller yields are produced compared to super-critical extraction. However, they do retain the terpenes, essential oils, and other sensitive chemicals that are in the plant. On the other hand, supercritical, is a high temperature and high pressure processes were most heat sensitive chemicals and terpenes are damaged, but much larger molecules can be extracted like lipids (omega 6 and 3), waxes and chlorophyll. A real full-spectrum C02 extract involves first having a subcritical extraction performed, which separates the extracted oil, and then the same plant material is extracted using supercritical pressure. Finally both oil extracts get homogenized into oil. Within the essential oil industry, it is called C02 Total when an extract is made utilizing this specific process.
17. What is the Ethanol Extraction process and why is it so effective?
Over the past couple of years, as the cannabis industry continued to grow, the market share of cannabis extracts has grown even more rapidly. Two kinds of cannabis extracts, supercritical C02 extracts and butane extracts, have accounted for a vast share of concentrate production that is available in the marketplace.
However, ethanol, which is a third solvent, has been making gains on supercritical C02 and butane as the top solvent pick for producers that manufacture high-quality cannabis extracts. That is why some think that ethanol is the best solvent overall for cannabis extraction.
There is no solvent that is perfect in every way for cannabis extraction. Butane, which is the hydrocarbon solvent that is most commonly used in extraction, is favored for its non-polarity, which lets the extractor capture the terpenes and cannabinoids that are desired from the cannabis without having the undesirables co-extracted, which includes plant metabolites and chlorophyll. The low boiling point of butane makes it easy as well to purge it out of the concentrate at the final stage of the extraction process, which leaves a fairly pure byproduct behind.
Butane is a highly combustible substance, and there have been many stories of explosions that result in serious injuries as the result of incompetent home butane extractors and has given the cannabis extraction process a very bad rap. In addition, when low-quality butane is used by dishonest extractors they may retain a range of toxins that are dangerous for the health of humans.
For its part, supercritical C02 has been praised due to its relative safety when it comes to its environmental impact and also when it comes to toxicity. However, the lengthy purification process that is needed to removed co-extracted constituents, like plant fats and waxes, from an extracted product may take away from the final terpenoid and cannabinoid profile of extract that are yielded over the course of the supercritical C02 extraction process.
18. Hempgenix Proudly Chooses USA Hemp
Hempgenix has an exclusive business partnership with a farm in Kentucky to secure a crop of organic cannabinoid-rich hemp. We do have other relationship for various raw materials from Colorado and Oregon as well.
We are a proud to be a part of the Kentucky Agriculture’s hemp business. This farm is fully compliant with the 2014 Farm Bill that was enforced by former President Obama in February, 2014. The legal definition of hemp is “industrial hemp – namely the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any of its parts, featuring a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of maximum 0.3% of the total dry matter weight.” This makes hemp crops legal in the USA, and it entitles the processors to use the trichome rich flowers when they manufacture and commercialize hemp-based products.
19. The Reason For Choosing Kentucky Hemp
Our farm we use is one of the largest and definitely the most advanced in testing, production, and quality in the world. This gives us the peace of mind of being able to secure the hemp amounts we need in our production process and industry leading quality.
20. What Is The Endocannabinoid System (ECS)?
According to Wikipedia, the endocannabinoid system (ECS) is an array of endogenous cannabinoid receptors and neuromodulatory lipids which can be found in our mammalian brain and in the peripheral nervous system.
The ECS has two types of receptors, CB1 and CB2. CB1 receptors can be found mainly in the central nervous system, while CB2 receptors are usually locate din the peripheral nervous system. All mammals produce two main types of cannabinoids, 2AG and Anandamide. The Anandamide term comes from the Sanskrit “ananda” which means “peace”).
Even since prehistoric times, all vertebrates living on Earth have been the happy owners of an ECS system. This is one of the vital systems in our body, well known by scientific and medical communities since almost 40 years ago. Unfortunately, despite this fact, the ECS isn’t studied in most medical schools and universities of today. Nonetheless, this doesn’t mean this system isn’t present in the body of modern humans. It just means more time has to pass until society will understand the benefits of studying this system in great detail.