The Science behind Hemp Extract

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a safe, non-psychoactive, naturally occurring compound in plants (a phytocannabinoid) which is most prominently found in hemp plants. Leafwell products are made with hemp oil extracts that contain CBD. CBD is one of the over 80 cannabinoids found in hemp plants that has been most extensively researched and has shown early promise in delivering a myriad of benefits for both pets and people.

What is Hemp Oil Extract?

Hemp Oil Extracts are the concentrated oils that we extract from hemp plants by removing fats, waxes, and certain plant materials which vary depending on the extraction method used. Our US hemp oil extracts contain over 80 phytocannabinoids. The primary cannabinoids found in our extracts are CBD, CBG, CBC, and CBN, all of which are non-psychoactive.

Why use Hemp Oil Extract?

Due to the current regulatory environment around hemp & CBD we cannot make any claims regarding any potential medicinal our products may have even though early promise has been shown by scientific research on many of the cannabinoids found in hemp. However, we can say that people have anecdotally seen it help with recovery from rigorous exercise, day to day stresses, and a sense of calm, among many other stories. We highly recommend diving into the research being conducted by the scientific community.

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What is the Endocannabinoid System?

1) The Endocannabinoid System (“ECS”) is a collection of cannabinoid receptors within mammal’s bodies that interact with both endocannabinoids (produced by the body) and phytocannabinoids (produced by plants). The interaction between cannabinoids and the ECS is what causes the variety of benefits experienced by people when taking products that contain hemp oil extract.

2) The full extent of the ECS’ role in our bodies is still being researched having only been discovered in the 1990s with scientists identifying the CB1 receptor in 1990 and CB2 in 1993. CB1 receptors are found primarily in the central nervous system and brain while CB2 receptors are found in the peripheral nervous system.

3)Research so far has shown that the Endocannabinoid System influences many different parts of the body including the brain, immune system, central nervous system, organs, and connective tissues, among other parts of the body.

Our Extraction Process

Our focus at Leafwell is delivering the best quality products to all of our customers. Given this, we utilize both CO2 and ethanol extraction in our process depending on the final products we intend to make with our hemp oil extract.

We utilize Ethanol extraction for many of our products because it does a better job of preserving cannabinoids & terpenes due to the lower temperatures used. It’s also been extensively researched by the scientific community and regarded as one of the safest and preferred methods for herbal extraction, including pharmaceutical medications. Our process uses an organic food grade ethanol which is classified as Generally Regarded as Safe (GRAS) by the FDA as an extraction solvent. It’s a class 3 solvent which means that it is not known to be hazardous for humans.

We also use CO2 extraction for some of the extracts we use in our products because it preserves some of the beneficial plant material that ethanol removes. CO2 extraction is a non-toxic process that is clean and environmentally friendly because we use recycled CO2.

One part that many of our competitors touting CO2 extraction won’t tell you is that CO2 extraction yields a crude oil that still needs to be refined before it can be used in final products. This usually means winterization (freezing in ethanol) to separate out the fats & waxes from the oil. Unlike our competitors which just look for a marketing gimmick to sell product (or just don’t understand their own process), we want you to truly understand our process.

Before getting to a final product we have an evaporation process that removes all of the Ethanol used in either the extraction or winterization and a proprietary distillation process that further refines our hemp oil extract to the premium concentrate used in all of our products.

To cap it all off we get all of our concentrates and batch of products tested by an independent third party lab and make those available to you so you know what you’re getting.

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Highest Quality Standards

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We only work with U.S. farmers registered & compliant with the Department of Agriculture that utilize organic farming practices and don’t use pesticides. We will never work with or source hemp grown outside of the US.

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Our extraction processes are designed to safely preserve cannabinoids, terpenes, bioflavonoids, and other beneficial compounds found in hemp.

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Every single concentrate & batch of final products is third party tested for purity, potency, and safety, ensuring our extracts and final products are safe. Any products that does not pass our rigorous standards is discarded.

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We diligently research each and every ingredient (not just our hemp) and only choose organic & natural ingredients that complement our hemp oil extract by providing fast absorption & other incremental benefits.

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Safety is on top of our minds when it comes to packaging, so you have the best from the inside out. We choose sturdy glass containers best for storing hemp extracts and pair that with child resistant closures.

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Our focus doesn’t end when you purchase our products. We’re on a mission to help as many people as we can and we’re here to listen to any of your concerns and answer any questions you might have.

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