First, we must define the different terms so we can all have the same baseline of understanding because let’s face it – We don’t use terms like Cannabinoids and Terpenes in our everyday vocabulary.
Full Spectrum Hemp Extract: The full range of compounds(think of cells that make up our bodies) found naturally in the Hemp Plant. The Hemp Plant’s natural compounds are typically broken up into two different classes: Cannabinoids and Terpenes.
What are Cannabinoids and Terpenes?
Cannabinoids are the chemical compounds within the cannabis and hemp plant that are reported to relieve various types of ailments. Cannabinoids resemble endocannabinoids, compounds our bodies naturally produce to balance and control communication between cells known as our endocannabinoid system.
Commonly known Cannabinoid examples:
Terpenes are all around us. They are emitted from fruits, vegetables, flowers, and trees and make up various tastes and flavors that we know and use today such as bitter, sweet, sour, earthy, citrusy, and more.
Neat Fact: The same terpenes that are found in the cannabis plant are found in many everyday household flowers and herbs.
Terpenes are known as the essential oils found in many types of plants and flowers. Essential oils are the volatile oil that is secreted from a plant. Much like essential oils, Terpenes have many different flavors, smells, and properties that have a wide variety of health and wellness benefits.
Below are some images of the different types of Terpenes that are found in your everyday household items, as well as the Hemp plant and more specifically, found in our HempConnex products.
Disclaimer: HempConnex is not making claims to the following effects. These are simply opinions based people’s personal experiences.
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There are over 100 known cannabinoids and new ones are still being discovered and studied.
The Endocannabinoid System that is found inside all of our bodies was only discovered in 1992. Paired with the fact that legally. We have only been allowed to study this plant in the last 5 years. This means we are at the INFANCY stages to uncovering its full potential!
Terpenes are known as the immune system of the plant. Some studies suggest that terpenes have equal or even greater health values then Cannabinoids themselves.
Let’s take Broccoli as an example of how this works in another plant:
Broccoli has been known as an excellent source of:
If we were to extract broccoli in its “Full Spectrum” form, the extraction would contain all of the vitamins and benefits listed above!
What Does Isolation Mean? (What does the term CBD isolate mean)
The term isolation means to isolate or single out one compound. In the case of broccoli, we could isolate the Vitamin B6 that is found. Isolating this single Vitamin would mean you would be missing all of the other Vitamins and Fiber that are also found naturally in the plant. This same concept applies to CBD isolate. CBD isolate refers to Isolating only the single compound known as CBD.
This is why we choose to work with Full Spectrum Hemp Extract in our products. Would you take the diamond out of the wedding ring, and just give your significant other the band when proposing? Yeah, we didn’t think so. We believe in holding together the integrity of the plant to include the wide range of benefits that this very special plant has to offer.
Is isolating a compound a bad thing though?
No, Not necessarily and there are circumstances where it can be more beneficial if you are aiming to dose higher on a single compound for a specific reason. In general though (like our case with broccoli) when working with the hemp plant it is more beneficial to use the full spectrum of cannabinoids and terpenes that naturally occur in the plant to create more synergy and experience the full potential this plant has to offer.
What is Synergy and Why Does it Matter?
Have you ever heard the saying two is better than one? The same principle applies here as well. While one single compound is effective in its own way, the more compounds – the more synergy – the greater the effect.
Lots of research has been done on this subject and more and more formulations and products are being built around this concept even outside of the Hemp and Cannabis industry.
BACK TO FULL SPECTRUM EXTRACTS:
Now that we have cleared up a few terms, you can see why we prefer Full Spectrum Hemp Extracts over CBD isolate or other isolated compounds.
Our strategy is to try and harness as much of the plant’s medicinal values while leaving the plant intact and in its most natural form.
So Why Process or Extract the Plant at All?
This is a great question and there is an argument to make on how Raw Hemp Flower provides different benefits than Extracted Flower.
The main reason why we chose Hemp Extract in our products is to get HIGH concentrations of the plant in smaller amounts.
If you have ever juiced vegetables you know how a HUGE plate full of fresh veggies can be extracted into an 8-ounce glass of juice. It can be EXTREMELY challenging to eat a plate full of vegetables vs drinking an 8-ounce liquid. The volume needed to obtain the same benefits is simply not feasible sometimes.
This is why we chose to use the full plant extract in most of our products over raw.
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Unfortunately the credit card processing for Hemp related companies is let’s say… complicated.
This initially throws a lot of people off, especially if you are new to Hemp to begin with. The answer to this question lies in the merchant category codes that credit card processors use when processing credit cards.
Merchant category code examples are things like groceries, utilities, gas, and many more. At this time items that contain Hemp extracts are lumped in and classified with marijuana and cannabis. This is where the confusion of the laws and regulations come into play.
Federally marijuana is still illegal and because of that any credit card processor, who are typically large banking institutions, stay away from processing these transactions. These banking institutions are FDIC insured and tied in with the federal government and the federal reserve. Currently there are no merchant codes set up that clarify the difference between Hemp products and marijuana products…
Although we know anyone who has tried an Industrial Hemp product vs a marijuana product is SURE to know the difference between the two. 🙂
The solution to the problem will come when a distinction is made from the federal government between Hemp and Marijuana. So How do other Hemp companies process credit cards? Here are two options I here are used the most:
With the EXTREMELY fast growing and HOT market of hemp extract and other Hemp based health products we hope that it will not be much longer before this distinction is made and clarified to the public. We wanted to write this article to inform the public about the issues that Hemp based companies face. As awareness grows in our own communities about Hemp products, and the impact they are having on our nations health, we hope this information will help voters to make educated decisions regarding Hemp related issues.
These issues are one of the bigger reasons Hemp based companies have to charge more for their products currently. There are logistical issues to collect payments and more heavily intensive labor is needed to process orders.
Currently most normal online retailers can utilize software to process cards, prepare shipments, and hit a button to print a label and ship. While Hemp based companies now have to take manual orders by phone, figure out logistics on how to collect money, and then fill orders be hand resulting in significantly higher labor costs. In conclusion we have hope and faith that as more people are learning the facts and seeing the heart wrenching and emotional testimonials coming out, they will start to speak up and stand for the changes needing to happen.
Related articles: Legalities of Hemp Based Products in the US.
This is what we understand about the laws and legalities of hemp extract possession, consumption, and distribution in the US. This is just a summary as an introduction to the legal landscape. We recommend independent research and consultation with an attorney for any questions regarding individual circumstances.
We partner with suppliers who grow hemp under The Agricultural Act of 2014 (the Farm Bill) and the Colorado Hemp Act of 2014. The Farm Bill allows for hemp to be farmed as long as the grower is compliant with state law and that the THC content of the plant stays under 0.03%. To put this into perspective a dispensary in Colorado who is selling recreational marijuana would probably have THC amounts close to around the 20%-40% range or higher. The farms we partner with here in Colorado are registered with the Colorado Department of Agriculture to be in accordance to the Farm Bill Act.
After the hemp is grown we process it with a company located in a mountain town in Colorado. From there they use ethanol to extract and make our products. (see full reasons on hempconnex.com/info) During the extraction process, the THC matter in the plant usually gets even further dwindled down resulting in our test results coming back at very, very low amounts of THC (amounts so low you can barely detect any) Once extracted they formulate and bottle our products in-house Under typical Good Manufacturing Practices. These are constantly evolving and changing as the industry grows and we strive to stay on the leading edge of these changes. To receive a copy of our third-party test results please click here.
You are sure to find articles, statements, and internet chatter about good faith disagreement between people’s interpretations of the laws, particularly with respect to hemp’s relationship to the Controlled Substance Act and the Pure Food and Drug Act and the policies of different federal agencies. As you can imagine on the internet there is no response or interpretation that hasn’t been said! 🙂
We are committed to conducting our business in a good ethical and legal manner. We know there is going to be some resistance and push back because in every good thing you are sure to meet challenges you must work with and overcome.
One of the biggest reasons we are in this is to help navigate some of these uncertainties for people and push for legislation to resolve any confusion and ambiguities for everyone. These changes start here with all of us investigating our own thoughts and speaking with our state legislators about the change we think we need. I know Oklahoma legislators know about hemp extract and are doing everything they can to understand it better and make fair laws for the state and the people. We hope to help push this movement along by providing resources and information for people to look at and make their own informed decisions.
The internet is full of AMAZING stories of how Hemp can potentially help benefit people and our society. I know of several people who completely depend on it for their quality of life. I know of customers, patients, and kids who have terminal cancer, epilepsy, and other major illnesses that rely on hemp extract to try and raise their quality of life the best they can with their situation. For me and our family, we felt a heavy heart and a calling from God to help these people and take a risk to stand up for what we feel is right and help spark the changes that need to be made.
Unfortunately, at this time I can’t sit here and answer with 100 percent certainty some of the questions people have asked. I can only present the information, tell you our opinions, and share the opinions of our customers and friends.
We believe in life, that nothing is 100 percent certain, and we must ultimately follow our hearts and conscious of what we feel we need to do and are called to do. We hope this may inspire others to get involved or to make their own leap of faith in their life.