What is Whole Spectrum Hemp Extract?

What is Whole Spectrum Hemp Extract? To better understand the uniqueness of Kingdom Harvest and our Whole Spectrum extract, you have to start with the plant.

The plant cannabis sativa L. is native to Central Asia. Over millennia, humans domesticated this multifunctional plant, using many different parts of the plant for various purposes – the seed is an excellent food source, containing fats rich in omega- 3 and omega-6 fatty acids; the fiber surrounding the stalk can be utilized to form textiles, having been used in rope and garments for many centuries. The plant also produces small extra-cellular structures called trichomes; these mushroom and spike-shaped nodules are found predominantly on the surface of the flower of the plant. Within these trichomes are found phytocannabinoids, a group of compounds with a related structure and properties. Over 100 different phytocannabinoids have been identified within the cannabis plant; 1 the vast majority of these are present in only trace amounts and their properties and potential uses are yet unknown, representing an exciting frontier for science moving forward. The phytocannabinoids of greatest significance today are delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD); these compounds and others can be extracted from cannabis plant material and blended into products for human use. Research and popularity of these compounds and products represent the vast majority of interest into cannabis as a plant due to the effects that they have on the human body.

What has been lost in the fray, and in the early adoption of CBD as primary compound, is the potential beneficial properties of those raw precursor compounds, those acidic cannabinoids that were effectively glossed over and forgotten about. Few, but some, in the industry have taken note of the promising research on acidic cannabinoids and are taking steps beyond the average fully decarboxylated, full-spectrum products. Kingdom Harvest rises above the fray and focuses on the utilization of the aggregate of compounds inherently in the plant…or the “Whole Spectrum”. We’ve developed unique patent-pending formulas and processes in the development of what we feel are healthier and more beneficial extracts.

With the passing of the Farm Bill in 2018 and the legalization of hemp at the federal level, we’ve taken a more proactive and progressive approach in creating our extracts; recognizing CBD as an isolate will most likely be regarded by the FDA as a pharmaceutical, therefore not added to products intended for human consumption. This may cause some problems for companies focused the use of CBD as an isolate, which is why we focus on the Whole Spectrum, and do not list CBD on our labels; as the isolate is a part of the array of compounds naturally found in the plant, and more comprehensive and effective application of the plant’s benefits.

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CBD Oil vs. Whole-Spectrum Hemp Extract

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What is a CBD Oil vs Hemp Extract?

Perhaps one of the most important aspects of creating an effective product involves the extraction process.

At Kingdom Harvest, we take this process very seriously and have developed proprietary processes and formulas focusing on creating the highest degree of efficacy possible. Below is a more detailed explanation of the extraction process.

Phytocannabinoids are the most sought-after components of the cannabis plant, but they must be separated from the rest of biomass in order to be used in most products on the market today. Generally, this is done with solvent extraction.  In extraction, a solvent will dissolve a solute, bringing that solute into the liquid. The extraction process for cannabinoids is conceptually the same as making tea wherein tea leaves are added to hot water and allowed time to sit and comingle. The hot water has properties that are like certain compounds in the tea leaves, allowing those compounds to be dissolved by the hot water and brought into solution (dissolved). Other compounds, because they don’t have many similarities to water, will be left in the tea leaves. When the tea leaves are removed, the dissolved compounds are left in the water while the other compounds remain in the tea leaves. Caffeine, antioxidants and a host of other compounds are now present in the hot water, making it tea.

The same idea is applied to cannabis, except that in this case we’re not after caffeine, we’re after cannabinoids. Cannabinoids have properties that are more similar to oil than water, so water can’t be used to extract them. Other solvents must be used which have been affinity for cannabinoids. Among those most commonly used are Supercritical CO2, ethanol, and butane. In each case, the cannabis plant material, generally slightly ground-up flower, has one of these solvents wash over the surface of the plant material, pulling the cannabinoids into solution along with other compounds, and again leaving many behind in the plant material which don’t interact well with the solvent. The solvent can be filtered to get out all the little bits of plant material, and you’re left with a cannabis extract. The solvent can then be removed leaving behind what is called a cannabis concentrate (as the cannabinoids have now been concentrated into a thick honey-like paste with a high content of cannabinoids).

Ethanol is a natural product of the fermentation of sugars by yeast. Ethanol is the alcohol that is found in beer, wine and spirits. Ethanol has a rich history in making medicinal herbal preparations as it has the ability to extract a wide array of compounds, somewhat more broad than most other solvents.

Kingdom Harvest uses food grade, 200-proof (100%) non-GMO corn-derived ethanol for our extraction process. Our process, using ethanol, produces a high-quality product with significant efficacy. This does not mean that any process using ethanol produces a high-quality product, or that any product that doesn’t use ethanol can’t produce a high-quality product. Instead, what we found through our persistent testing and refining of our formulas and processes, we know using Ethanol works and works well.

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Is CBD Oil Legal?

On December 20, 2018, the 2018 Federal Farm Bill was signed. The new Farm Bill legalized hemp in all 50 states. As a result, hemp and hemp derived products have been removed from the Controlled Substances Act. 
CBD oil extracted from legally grown hemp is legal at the Federal level now, as long as the hemp contains less than 0.3% THC. 

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Kingdom Harvest Product Testing

Kingdom Harvest sublingual oil products are tested for cannabinoid potency, pesticides, microbials, mycotoxins, heavy metals, residual solvents, filth and foreign material, and water activity. We make batches of final product in which we track where the plant material came from and all the ingredients into it, then take representative samples of each batch and send those samples off for full panel testing for the above tests. We test every single batch, without fail, and at considerable expense to ensure the utmost quality and safety (copies of certificates are available upon request).

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