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What is Hemp?

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Hemp, or industrial hemp, is defined by the 2014 U.S. Farm Bill as plants of the cannabis sativa species that contain <0.3% THC, making their extracts non-psychoactive and legal.

Hemp is a sustainable and renewable crop, reaching maturity in only 13 weeks. Hemp can be refined into countless commercial items, including food, paper, textiles, clothing, biodegradable plastics, animal feed, insulation, biofuel, and more.

Whole-spectrum hemp extract contains CBD, along with numerous other cannabinoids, as well as flavonoids, terpenoids and other compounds found naturally in the hemp plant. All of these compounds offer benefits of their own, while potentiating and enhancing the effects of the other compounds present to nurture the endocannabinoid system; this is commonly referred to as the entourage effect.

Endocannabinoid System

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The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a large network of receptors and transmitters found throughout our bodies that has been shown to regulate numerous systems and functions.  Cannabinoids are compounds that interact with ECS receptors to promote homeostasis (balance) within these systems.  Endocannabinoids occur naturally in the body, while phytocannabinoids, such as CBD and many others found in whole-spectrum hemp extract, occur naturally in the hemp plant.

Cannabis has been at the center of one of the most exciting and underreported—developments in modern science. Research on marijuana’s effects led directly to the discovery of a hitherto unknown biochemical communication system in the human body, the Endocannabinoid System, which plays a crucial role in regulating our physiology, mood, and everyday experience.

The discovery of receptors in the brain that respond pharmacologically to cannabis and the subsequent identification of endogenous cannabinoid compounds in our own bodies that bind to these receptors has significantly advanced our understanding of human biology, health, and disease.

It is an established scientific fact that cannabinoids and other components of cannabis can modulate many physiological systems in the human brian and body. Cannabinoids are chemical compounds that trigger cannabinoid (and other) receptors. More than 100 cannabinoids have been identified in the marijuana plant, Of these marijuana molecules, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) have been studied most extensively. In addition to cannabinoids produced by the plant, there are endogenous cannabinoids (such as anandamide and 2AG) that occur naturally in the mammalian brain and body, as well as synthetic cannabinoids created by pharmaceutical researchers.

Extensive preclinical research—much of it sponsored by the U.S. government—indicates that CBD has potent anti-tumoral, antioxidant, anti-spasmodic, anti-psychotic, anti-convulsive, and neuroprotective properties. CBD directly activates serotonin receptors, causing an anti-anxiety effect, as well.

In recent years, scientists associated with the International Cannabinoid Research Society (ICRS) have elucidated a number of molecular pathways through which CBD exerts a therapeutic impact. For example, a preclinical study by Dr. Sean McAllister and his colleagues at the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco report on how CBD destroys breast cancer cells by down-regulating a gene called ID-1, which is implicated in several types of aggressive cancer. Silencing the ID-1 gene is, thus, is a potential strategy for cancer treatment.

“Cannabidiol offers hope of a non-toxic therapy that could treat aggressive forms of cancer without any of the painful side effects of chemotherapy,” says McAllister.

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What’s in Kingdom Harvest Sublingual Oil?

We use ethanol, the alcohol we drink in beer, wine, and spirits, to product multiple full-spectrum hemp extracts, each containing a broad range of compounds from the industrial hemp plant. We carefully remove the ethanol and blend the extracts together with MCT Fractionated Coconut Oil to product our Kingdom Harvest Sublingual Oil (SLO).

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By virtue of our use of whole-spectrum hemp extract, our SLO contains a broad range of cannabinoids, including CBD, and other phytonutrients. We standardize our SLO on total phytocannabinoid content, including CBD and others; the combination of these cannabinoids and phytonutrients employs the entourage effect and creates a highly effective product. A little goes a long way.