The Best Ways to Use Hemp Extract
April 16, 2019 /
The Best Ways to Use Hemp Extract
From oils to edibles, creams, and capsules, there are many ways for you to consume hemp extract. For some, inhaling it through a vaporizer is the best option while others prefer to hold it underneath their tongue. Every consumer is different.
However, for hemp extract to work, regardless of the method, you must absorb it into your bloodstream. While each consumption method eventually enters the bloodstream, it does so in various ways. Some techniques take longer than others while different processes lead to immediate results.
The delivery method you choose will determine how effective the hemp extract is in managing your health conditions, making it vital to do your due diligence in researching and choosing an effective delivery process. However, there are three methods of consumption that are typically the best.
Hemp extract oils are designed for you to take sublingually, meaning you have to hold the oil underneath your tongue for a minute or longer. Typically, tinctures are oil-soluble, leading to a naturally hydrophobic remedy that runs away from water. As a result, companies have to figure out a way to get oils through the skin barrier. Since our bodies are made mostly of water, sublingual intake is perhaps the fastest and most effective way to get hemp extract into the bloodstream.
The mucous membrane along with a branch of blood vessels (capillaries) found underneath the tongue absorbs the oil, giving it a direct path into the bloodstream without being metabolized through the digestive system and filtered through the liver. It typically takes 10 to 15 minutes to feel the effects of the oil when consumed sublingually. However, if after 15 minutes you still don’t feel anything, adding another drop or two may help. This delivery method also lasts as long as 4 to 6 hours at a time.
Vaporizers produce a vapor-like smoke that is inhaled and exhaled by the user. When inhaling hemp extract, you absorb it through tiny air sacs known as the alveoli, which is found on the walls of your lungs. The hemp extract then enters straight into the bloodstream and finally into the brain.
The effect of this delivery method is felt instantaneously, lasting no longer than 2 to 3 hours, which may lead to more frequent vaping. However, the strength of the hemp extract will determine how quickly and for how long you feel its relieving effects.
Our skin is the largest organ of our body. Like a sponge, our skin is very porous, and it’s quite absorbent. While hemp estract infused topicals are very effective, it’s harder for them to enter into the bloodstream. Because our receptors are found within the second layer of skin, using high-quality carrier agents helps deliver the hemp extract through the skin and into the bloodstream more thoroughly.
How to make different types of hemp extract
To create different hemp extract delivery methods, it all boils down to the carrier agents. Here at Kat’s Naturals, we focus our time and attention on producing high-quality products — and using hemp seeds as a carrier agent is just one of the reasons our products are so consistent.
Hemp seeds contain a number of nutrients: magnesium, protein, zinc, and iron. In addition to these nutrients, we’ve found that cold pressing hemp seeds produce a great oil that we can use as a carrier agent. In fact, hemp seeds consist of about 30% oil and include high amounts of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.
However, there are many other ways to approach the extraction process as well. You can create sublinguals, vaporizers, and topicals using various methods – it just boils down to how you extract the oil and what you do with it afterward.
As we mentioned before, sublinguals need an oil base. Most hemp extract oils are made with Hemp seed or MCT oil, while others use açaí oil, olive oil, sesame seed oil, and even safflower oil or glycerin, which we highly discourage. Determining the potency of these can be tricky, but again, it all boils down to the carrier agents. The percentage of the carrier agent based on the percentage of your extract will determine your potency levels.
Coconut oil, vegetable glycerin, or propylene glycol and glycerin are the most popular carrier agents for vaporizers. In the medical arena, propylene glycol is used in many inhalables, such as albuterol.
At Kat’s Naturals, we source an organic vegetable-based propylene glycol so that it can adequately dissolve into the liquid, bind with the molecules, and absorb into the tiny little air sacs within the lungs. We also use organic vegetable glycerin, which not only produces the cloud effect but also helps diminish the bitter taste of hemp extract, leaving just the pleasant flavor of our essential oils.
Topicals with hemp extract are very effective with the right carrier agent. You need a carrier agent to deliver the hemp extract onto and into the skin. Numerous types of carrier agents can penetrate the different layers of your skin, but for the most part, these topicals are only getting through the first two layers, which is where you find your receptors. We’ve found that emu oil is similar to our body’s natural oils, so it helps the skin absorb the topical faster so that you can feel its effects sooner.
Determining your preferred delivery method
As the industry continues to grow, it’s not only imperative to seek out reputable companies that take pride in producing high-quality hemp extract products, but it’s also important to determine what it is you want to treat.
Before you purchase a hemp extract product, there are three specific criteria you should consider to help you determine which delivery method is best for you:
- The reason you want to consume the hemp extract
- The amount of time you’re willing to wait for the hemp extract to take effect
- The length of time you need the effects to last
Once you’ve considered the above criteria, you can make an informed decision regarding the delivery method you prefer. For example, here’s how to decide whether you should move forward with sublinguals, vaporizers, or topicals.
Sublingual intake is without a doubt the most common consumption method of hemp extracts. It can be a great option for those who are experiencing long-term needs that impact their quality of life and prevent them from enjoying daily activities in and outside of the home. Sublingual intake is also convenient, fast, and easy to dose.
Vaping is another convenient consumption method of hemp extract. If you experience a situation that requires immediate relief, waiting 15 minutes for your hemp extract to take effect can feel like an eternity. If you prefer instant results, vaporizers are the best option for you.
Topical applications are great as an easy application method and an alternative to other hemp extract application methods.
You will consume hemp extract differently depending on your specific health condition. However, regardless of the method you choose, you should feel confident in the decision you’re making by thinking about your preferences and needs beforehand.
You know the most effective delivery methods for hemp extract, so now it’s time to spread the knowledge! Share this article with someone who might be wondering what type of hemp extract they should buy.