Hemp has a long and illustrious history; its complex relationship with humanity is extensive, but even now, there are still many questions regarding the individual components of hemp. Our goal is to help educate about the unique properties of this versatile plant, and explain why it has always been such a prominent and valuable resource.
Here are some frequently asked questions we hear:
What is Cannabidiol?
Cannabidiol, or CBD, is one of over 100 natural compounds called phytocannabinoids that are found within the cannabis plant. There are three types of cannabis: Sativa, Indica, and Rudalis — hemp is a hearty strain of Sativa that is rich in CBD. Along with Δ-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD is is one of the most prominent compounds in cannabis, so scientists have devoted the bulk of their research to the study of these two phytocannabinoids.
Where Does Hemp Come From?
While cannabis is typically associated with recreational marijuana use, the properties of hemp are utilized in a different manner. Commercial marijuana strains are often categorized by the concentrated THC content in the flower, but hemp has naturally low levels of THC and is primarily harvested for the stem and stalk of the plant. Hemp originates from colder climates, which means it is frost resistant and easy to grow in less ideal conditions. Hemp fiber is incredibly durable, as well as antimicrobial and antibacterial, and its use for the production of paper, textiles, synthetics, and food has led to it being termed “industrial hemp”, in order to distinguish its purpose from that of commercial marijuana. Another advantage that hemp has over other production materials is that it is one of the fastest growing plants, making supplies easy to replenish!
How Long Has Hemp Been Grown
It was the famous cosmologist and cannabis advocate Carl Sagan who hypothesized that cannabis was likely humanity’s first agricultural crop, over ten thousand years ago. Researchers have discovered evidence of cannabis use that spans as far back as 8000 BCE, in China. Hemp’s superior qualities have long been utilized for a broad variety of purposes — its fiber can be used for the construction of clothing, rope, paper, and building material, as well as be ingested. Numerous ancient texts have made reference to it, with some describing hemp as the “king of seeds” and “sacred grass”. Hemp was also a central component to the growth of the United States; at one point during the 18th century, farmers were legally obligated to grow hemp as it was considered an essential crop. Up until the 20th century, hemp was the dominant material for the production of a huge range of goods, but its use was eventually curtailed due to the tenacious efforts of competing industries that were pushing for alternate materials. This led to the effective prohibition of hemp in 1937 with the passage of the Marihuana Tax Act.
Can I Take Too Much or Overdose?
These products are not drugs so you cannot overdose. However, just like any other nutritional supplement, your body can only process so much. If you have not taken hemp-based products before, we suggest you start off with a lower dosage at first so your body can acclimate properly until moving up to a higher dose.
How Fast Do Your Products Work?
This depends on the dosage, the method of ingestion, and the individual. CBD can enter the bloodstream within the first 15 minutes of administration when absorbed through the sublingual gland under the tongue, as it bypasses the digestive system. When CBD is vaped, it is able to get into the bloodstream within a few minutes. When eaten, CBD has to go through the digestive system first, which could take at least 30 minutes.
Is Hemp Legal?
Our hemp is meticulously and proficiently examined by the United States Department of Homeland Security, assuring its safety and validity. Because of this, all of our products that contain hemp are federally legal throughout all 50 states.
How Does Cannabidiol Work?
Throughout our body is an extensive system of receptors that comprises the endocannabinoid system, or ECS. The primary purpose of the ECS is to maintain homeostatic balance within the body, which it accomplishes through its neurotransmitters — known as endocannabinoids. These endocannabinoids work by regulating different body systems wherever an imbalance is detected; this involves the modulation of various other neurotransmitters, such as serotonin.
When introduced to the body, the phytocannabinoids in cannabis are specifically formed to bind or interact with the internal cannabinoid receptors of the ECS, and this process facilitates the release of endocannabinoids. However, CBD does not actually bind with cannabinoid receptors; rather, it inhibits the enzymes that breakdown certain endocannabinoids from the bloodstream. In this way, it affects the cannabinoid receptors indirectly.
Where is Your Hemp Processed
We source our industrial hemp from carefully selected fields in the Netherlands, where the farmers have perfected cultivation techniques that have been refined through the experience of multiple generations. These methods enable the production of extremely high quality hemp that has been grown without the use of pesticides, in soil that is free from any contaminants. From there, the hemp is delivered to a state-of-the-art facility in Germany, where it undergoes a superclean, CO2 extraction process that allows the hemp to retain a majority of its raw, natural components; this method is superior to any other extraction method as others are known to leave behind traces of the toxic chemicals that are used to strip the plant of its compounds.
Why Do People Use Hemp and/or CBD?
Currently, the FDA does not allow anyone to make medical claims about hemp or CBD products because this would fall under a medical claim statement. We are committed to following the guidelines set forth online, but these policies do change without our notice. We will update our information as we become aware that any changes have been made. Please see more information here: https://www.fda.gov/news-events/public-health-focus/fda-regulation-cannabis-and-cannabis
What is The Best Way to Take Hemp Oil?
There are several different ways to take our Hemp products. Using our tinctures, you can drop the hemp oil under the tongue and wait for it to be absorbed through your sublingual gland. This is one of the fastest and most simple ways of ingesting CBD. You may also drop some in your coffee, tea, or food. Capsules or gel caps are another format, especially for those who would want to take higher doses at once. Our products, whether by tincture or capsule, are meant to suit a variety of needs, so make sure to check out all of our products to find the perfect one for you.
What Makes Your Products Different Than Other Similar Products?
Hemp is our passion. We strive to bring the best science and the most sustainable practices that will enable us to provide our customers with the most exceptional quality hemp extract products.
Do I Need a Medical Marijuana Card to Purchase Eco Sciences Products?
You do not. We don’t sell Marijuana… You can purchase our products just as you would vitamins or supplements at your local store or online.
What is PG?
PG stands for Propylene Glycol, an organic glycerol made from propylene oxide, a petroleum by-product. The PG is a thin, odorless and tasteless liquid. The use and effects of propylene glycol have been thoroughly researched. It has been used safely for more than 50 years in food, cosmetic and pharmaceutical industry.In vaping it is used to provide a “throat hit”, which some users claim is similar to the sensation experienced when smoking tobacco.
Will Any of This Get Me High?
No. Industrial Hemp lacks a potent amount of THC, the only phytocannabinoid that induces psychotropic effects in its users; this means our products are naturally non-intoxicating. These intoxicating effects occur when THC binds with cannabinoid receptor 1, or CB1 Interestingly, CBD actually inhibits the binding of THC and CB1 receptors, thereby mitigating its intoxicating properties. It is this reason that commercial strains of marijuana are typically bred to have very little CBD.
Can My Dog Have Hemp?
Absolutely. Dogs also have an ECS that works the same way as ours do, and there are a variety of hemp extract products available for dogs on the market. Our dog tinctures contain our extremely high quality, CBD-rich, full spectrum hemp extract and they come in savory bacon and peanut butter flavors that your dog will love!
Can I Get Addicted to This?
The binding of THC and CB1 receptors is what triggers addictive tendencies, as it creates tolerance as well as withdrawal to occur with cessation of THC ingestion; however, because hemp only contains trace amounts of THC, it is non-addictive.
How Should I Store My Hemp Products?
Our products are best kept in a dark, cool place. Make sure to close all of our products properly and securely. Since they are commonly used on a day-to-day basis, it is also recommended that they are stored in an easily accessible place. Some ideal places to store our products are medicine cabinets or your refrigerator.
Are There any Restrictions When Taking CBD or Hemp?
While all of our products do not require a prescription, we do suggest consulting with a medical health professional if you are pregnant, nursing, attempting pregnancy, or taking other medications as to avoid possible interactions. That being said, none of our products are known to impair or any abilities or hinder your daily activities.