Hemp Extract (CBD oil) benefits

What is hemp extract used for?

Full-spectrum hemp oil commonly contains CBD may help with general stress and tension in the muscles. Like fatty acids, CBD has an anti-inflammatory effect on the body, which may help relieve the tension that many people carry from stress and promote recovery from exercise.

Is hemp extract the same as CBD?

Yes. Both are derived from the cannabis plant but from different parts of that plant. Hemp extract commonly known as CBD oil comes from the flowers, leaves, stems, and stalks of the mature plant.

Is hemp extract good for weight loss?

CBD may promote weight loss by reducing appetite, boosting metabolism, and encouraging the “browning” of fat cells. However, research is currently limited, and more human studies are needed

There’s been a lot of buzz and confusion lately about hemp plant products and especially cannabidiol (CBD) hemp extract, given changing laws surrounding the production and research of both.1 The hemp plant has been used and cultivated for centuries to make textiles, whole food products, and health and wellness products.2 Recently, full spectrum CBD hemp extract has become more readily available in the marketplace in various formats to support overall wellness.

So, is full spectrum CBD hemp extract right for you? To help you decide, let’s talk about the hemp plant and its many uses, the benefits of CBD hemp extracts, phytocannabinoids and other ingredients from hemp plants. 

Hemp Plants & CBD Hemp Extract

Hemp plants have been used for centuries as resources for paper, textiles, biofuels and more. They’ve also been used holistically in balms, lotions, tinctures and extracts.2 Some of the confusion around hemp plants and related products stems from the fact that they come from varieties of the cannabis plant. This leads many to wonder if the hemp plant used to make these products is the same as the marijuana plant with psychoactive effects—but it isn’t.

The type of hemp plants used to make CBD hemp extracts and other hemp-derived products are known as industrial hemp plants, the non-psychoactive (not hallucinogenic) varieties of Cannabis sativa L. with low (less than 0.3%) or undetectable levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is the principal psychoactive constituent of cannabis. So, products made from industrial hemp, like CBD hemp extracts do not produce the psychoactive effects in the body that result from the use of THC-containing cannabis plants (marijuana).3 

The industrial hemp plant is a renewable resource, and its seeds, flowers and stalks are used in thousands of health foods, body care and wellness products. It is also an attractive crop for farmers as hemp plants absorb CO2, help detoxify the soil, prevent soil erosion, do not require pesticides and use less water than traditional crops.

Many people refer to the industrial hemp plant as a more environmentally-friendly, more renewable resource than other plant resources. It is also a whole food resource for full spectrum plant-based nutrition. Industrial hemp plants contain fiber, protein and essential fatty acids (i.e., linoleic and linolenic acids), phytonutrients and phytocompounds.7 These include chlorophyll, flavonoids and terpenes.8

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