HempFactors to Consider When Buying Hemp

December 4, 2019by hemp20190

Factors to Consider When Buying hemp

Cannabidiol (known as hemp) has certainly been making its mark in the health and medical
spheres, with demand continuing to increase every day, and for good reason. Factors to consider when buying hemp oil-infused products will be described best in the following article. It is very important to really consider these factors when buying hemp products.

Ongoing studies continue to uncover potential ​medical benefits of hemp​, including its ability to
relieve pain and inflammation and alleviate anxiety, among other things. And along with this
increase in demand for hemp also comes an influx of new hemp manufacturers that are seemingly
popping up on a regular basis.

Given the plethora of hemp companies to purchase hemp products from, it can be overwhelming to
choose which manufacturer to buy from. And considering the fact that most hemp products are
designed to be ingested, you certainly want to make sure that the product you’re consuming is a
safe and high-quality one.

Before you buy and consume hemp products, be sure to consider the following six factors first.

 

Questions about hemp

Sourced From Marijuana or Hemp?

Is the hemp in the product that you’re buying derived from hemp or marijuana? The answer to this
question will determine if there is any tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in the product you intend to
consume.

While hemp and marijuana are often consumed interchangeably when talking about cannabis,
they’re slightly different. The main difference between the two is in the concentration of THC.

While marijuana plants can have high concentrations of THC ​as much as 30%​, hemp generally
has THC concentrations that are so low that they are virtually non-existent.

If you’re looking for a hemp product that does not induce any mind-altering effects then you’d be
better off with a hemp-derived hemp product.

Further, if you live in a state where marijuana is still considered illegal, buying hemp-extract hemp
products may be your safest bet. In the US, cannabis plants with ​more than 0.3% THC​ are
considered illegal on a federal level.

 

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The Source of the Cannabis Plant

Not only should you identify whether the hemp is extracted from hemp or marijuana, you should
also determine where the plant was sourced from and grown. Like many other types of plants,
cannabis will absorb anything from the soil, air, and water.

As such, the quality of the growing environment is important to develop high-quality plants. A
reputable cannabis farmer will grow their plants with limited toxins, chemicals, and pesticides.
Look for organically-grown cannabis that can be traced back to a reliable grower.

How hemp Gets Extracted From The Plant Source

In order to draw out the hemp from the cannabis plant, it must be extracted using a specific
process. When it comes to extracting cannabinoids from the cannabis plant, several different
methods may be employed, some of which are better than others.

It’s helpful to understand which extraction method was used to isolate the hemp in the product
that you intend to consume, as certain methods may leave behind solvents and other impurities
that you may not necessarily want in the hemp product you purchase.

It’s best to consume a product that is free of such impurities in order to ensure a high-quality
product that doesn’t cause any unwanted side effects. Common ​extraction methods of hemp
include:

 

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Solvent Extraction Method

With this method, ethanol or alcohol may be used to extract the hemp. This is among the
most effective methods and involves dissolving the plant waxes.

It’s a quick method of extracting hemp and other cannabinoids, but also tends to extract other
components, including terpenes, which give hemp products a bitter taste, however, these beneficial terpenes are essential to bringing out the healing properties associated with hemp.

The solvent extraction process involves soaking the solvent of choice in the flowers and plant
trimmings, stripping the material of the hemp.
The subsequent evaporation process then leaves the concentrated cannabinoids in oil form.

The residual solvent or 200 proof alcohol left behind is less than 300ppm, the legal limit from state and federal health authorities is 5000ppm, well below the limits safe for human consumption.

This is our preferred method of extraction as it allows for a true full spectrum extraction that brings all the beneficial cannabinoids and terpenes into solution, offering a balanced and safe oil to consume.

Olive Oil Extraction Process

This is an easy and cost-effective method to extract hemp and involves decarboxylating (or
heating) raw plant materials to a specific temperature for a certain amount of time in order to
allow the chemicals in the plant to activate
.
The plant material and olive oil are mixed and heated again, which is when the hemp is extracted.

Since the olive oil isn’t evaporated, the extract is not as concentrated as the other extraction
methods.

Further, the product does not have as long of a shelf life, which can be an issue for many
consumers.

CO2 Extraction Method

This method is considered the least effective as it tends to produce lower quality hemp
products. The result is fewer cannabinoids and almost no terpenes are in the finished extract.

With the CO2 extraction method, an extraction machine with three chambers is used.
The first chamber holds pressurized CO2, the second contains dried plant material and the third
chamber separates the end product.

CO2 is pumped from one chamber to the next to extract the cannabinoids and in the final
chamber, the CO2 rises to the top, leaving behind the extract at the bottom and isolating it from
the CO2.

 

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The Concentration of hemp in Product

One of the more important factors to consider when buying hemp oil is the concentration of the hemp.

The cannabinoid is typically mixed with a base oil such as olive oil or coconut oil. hemp oil
products tend to come in bottles that range from 10mL to 20mL, but you may be able to find
smaller or larger bottles.

While it’s helpful to know the overall weight of the product, it’s the actual hemp concentration that
you should be looking at.

Reputable hemp manufacturers will detail the amount of hemp that is in each bottle or serving on
the label.

For instance, one 30mL bottle of hemp oil may have 500mg of hemp, while another may have as
much as 1,500mg hemp or more in the same size bottle.

Before buying hemp oil, read the label and find out exactly how much of the cannabinoid is in
each drop

 

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Whether the hemp is an Isolate or Full-Spectrum

Is the hemp you’re consuming an isolate or full-spectrum? Different people have different opinions
on whether hemp isolates are better than full-spectrum, and vice versa. hemp isolates simply mean
that the product only contains hemp and no other cannabinoids, such as THC.

These products are made by isolating hemp from cannabis extract when it is drawn out of the
plant.

Full-spectrum hemp​, on the other hand, is made with extracts that have all (or almost all) of the
compounds in the cannabis plant, including hemp, THC, and other cannabinoids that are not as
well-known, such as cannabinol (CBN), cannabichromene (CBC), or cannabigerol (CBG), among
others.

Full-spectrum hemp may also include all the plant’s flavonoids, terpenes, and other compounds
found in the plant.

hemp isolates are popular because many consumers like the idea of using pure hemp and isolating
it and its effects from any other compounds, particularly THC.

But full-spectrum hemp is often considered superior because it is able to take advantage of the
medical benefits of all the compounds of the cannabis plant. It is also believed that when all of
the cannabis plant’s compounds are consumed simultaneously, they have a synergistic effect that
is more powerful than each of the compounds’ effects combined.

This is knowns as the “​entourage effect​” and occurs when cannabis compounds behave
synergistically to take advantage of the overall effects of the plant, this is a very important factor to consider when buying hemp oil.

 

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Third-Party Lab Results Should Be Provided

It’s important that hemp products are tested to ensure that they offer the appropriate potency and
are void of any potentially harmful impurities. But rather than the hemp manufacturers testing their
own products, reputable ones should have their products tested by independent labs that have
no affiliation with the company.

That way there is no bias about the hemp product in question, which gives consumers more
assurance that the test results provided are accurate and truthful.

Third-party lab results can come with hemp products and are important for consumers to look
over. Third-party labs will examine the hemp to make sure that it meets quality standards. They’ll test for things such as the presence of contaminants (including microbial, physical contaminants,
and chemicals) and potency (concentration of hemp versus other cannabinoids, including THC).

You want to make sure that the product you are consuming is precisely what you believe it is,
and third-party lab test results can give you this vital information.

 

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Final Thoughts

Whatever the reason for wanting to try hemp, it’s important to obtain a product that is of the
highest quality and comes from a reliable and reputable manufacturer.

Doing your due diligence is a must, no matter what type of product you decide to consume. We hope that pointing out the various factors to consider when buying hemp oil has been helpful.

When it comes to buying hemp products, there are certain criteria that the product should meet,
and it would be in your best interests to take a bit of time to check all the boxes to make sure that
the hemp product you inevitably choose is the best one for you.

 

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