Note on Efficacy: Everyone’s experience with CBD is a little different, and there is no guaranteed or standard reaction. Some people find a very small amount of CBD to be what they need, while others take much more. CBD is a very personalized supplement and may not be effective for some individuals’ specific goals. It is also important to understand that you will not necessarily feel an immediate effect when using CBD (it is non-intoxicating) like the “high” experienced in THC products. As these products have not been evaluated by the FDA, we make no claims as to any benefits these products may provide.
What is CBD & What is Hemp:
Cannabidiol or CBD for short is one of the 113 identified cannabinoids in the cannabis plant. The plant Cannabis Sativa has two primary species: marijuana and hemp. Both of these plants contain CBD, but hemp plants contain a much higher percentage of cannabidiol (CBD). Unlike THC (Delta-9 Tetrahydrocannabinol) in marijuana which causes one to get “high”, CBD is non-psychoactive. Hemp plants have an exceptionally low content of THC (less than 0.3%). CBD is found in the aerial parts of the hemp plant, also known as its flower. Care and expertise are taken to extract the CBD oil in the flower of the hemp plant to create our extracts.
The Endocannabinoid System
Our bodies have an endocannabinoid system. We have natural cannabidiol that help regulate many of our systems that control important functions such as the central nervous system, and immune activity, just to name a couple. Studies have shown that CBD receptors from Hemp attach themselves to our CBD receptors allowing them to flow freely and naturally throughout our bodies allowing them to function at the optimum level, helping us reach “homeostasis”.
Some experts believe in a theory known as clinical endocannabinoid deficiency (CECD). This theory suggests that low endocannabinoid levels in your body or ECS dysfunction can contribute to the development of certain conditions. Studies show that migraine, fibromyalgia, and irritable bowel syndrome might be caused by endocannabinoid deficiency.
All of our CBD is extracted from hemp by C02 extraction. What does that mean? CO2 extraction is a process that pulls compounds from plants using carbon dioxide. It is safe and does not cause harmful effects to the plant material or environment. It also preserves the natural oils and flavors of Cannabis.
What is a Carrier Oil
A carrier oil is just that, an oil that carries other compounds like essential oils, cannabinoids (such as CBD), and other compounds. It assists in making those compounds more bioavailable. At Sir Hemp we use Medium-Chain Triglycerides (MCT) as our carrier oil for it’s rapid bioavilablity. Our MCT Oil is both Kosher and Halal Certified.
What is MCT
Short Answer: It is our carrier oil of choice. MCT is an abbreviation for Medium Chain Triglycerides. They are medium sized fatty amino acids. MCT oil is digested rapidly because it travels directly to the liver unlike other carrier oils, which have to be broken down in the lymphatic system before entering the liver. What does this mean? When you use our CBD extraction oil you will feel the effects immediately! Your body will absorb it and turn it into energy, and it will not be stored as fat, like other oils will. We use high quality, Non GMO, Hypoallergenic, Kosher, Halal, MCT oil. Most CBD companies use MCT oil that is mostly coconut oil. Apart from the allergens, coconut oil can be processed in overseas facilities that have no quality control. Our MCT oil contains no allergens. It is the purest form of medium chain triglycerides consisting of Caprylic (C8) and Capric (C10). Our MCT oil is made in the United States.
Terpenes, or terpenoids, are the aromatic compounds found in cannabis and many other plants that give its unique smell.
These aromatic compounds create the characteristic scent of pine, lavender, and citrus. Evidence suggest that terpenes have direct physiological effects on the body and have been used in alternative medicine, such as aroma therapy.
COMMON CANNABIS TERPENES
- Alpha-pinene (essential pine oil), the most common terpene in the plant world and one often found in cannabis, is a bronchodilator potentially helpful for asthmatics. Pinene also promotes alertness and memory retention by inhibiting the metabolic breakdown of acetylcholinesterase, a neurotransmitter in the brain that stimulates these cognitive effects. It is also found in dill, basil, parsley, and rosemary.
- Myrcene, another terpene present in numerous cannabis varietals, promotes sleep, pain relief, relaxation, and an anti-inflammatory compound. This musky terpene can also be found in hops, which gives beer the peppery, spicey aromas and tastes.
- Limonene, a major terpene in citrus as well as in cannabis, has been used chemically and clinically as a solvent, can improve mood and concentration, helps relieve heartburn and gastrointestinal reflux, and its powerful antimicrobial action can kill pathogenic bacteria.
- Linalool, a terpenoid prominent in lavender as well as in some cannabis strains, is an anxiolytic compound that can counter anxiety and stress. In addition, linalool has been used as a strong anticonvulsant, it promotes and amplifies serotonin-receptor transmission, giving an antidepressant effect. Applied topically, linalool can help heal acne and skin burns without scarring.
- Beta-caryophyllene is a sesquiterpene found in the essential oils of black pepper, oregano and other edible herbs, as well as in cannabis and many green, leafy vegetables. It is gastro-protective, good for helping fight certain ulcers, and shows great promise as a therapeutic compound for inflammatory conditions and autoimmune disorders because of its ability to bind directly to the peripheral cannabinoid receptor known as CB2.
“Cannabinoid-terpenoid interactions amplify the beneficial effects of cannabis while mitigating THC-induced anxiety” Dr. Ethan Russo.
Besides CBD, hemp contains other beneficial compounds including minor cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids and amino acids. When consumed together, these compounds have been shown to work synergistically and increase the healing properties of one another. This is what is called the “Entourage Effect”.