What is a whole hemp extract?
The most common terpenes in hemp oils are Beta-caryophyllene, Caryophyllene Oxide, Myrcene, Terpinolene, Bisabolol, Pinene, Nerolidol, Ocimene and Phytol. Hemp oil contains more essential fatty acids than any other plant.
Cannabinoids are a class of diverse chemical compounds that act on cannabinoid receptors in the body. This would also include the Cannabinoids produced naturally in the body of humans and animals, which is known as the endocannabinoid system.
What is a Cannabinoid?
In the essential oil industry, an extract made using this specific process is referred to as a CO2 Total.
Is your hemp Certified Organic?
Supercritical, on the other hand, is a high pressure and high temperature process that damages most terpenes and heat sensitive chemicals, but can extract much larger molecules such as lipids (omega 3 and 6), chlorophyll, and waxes. A truly full-spectrum CO2 extract includes first performing a subcritical extraction, separating the extracted oil, and then extracting the same plant material using supercritical pressure, and then homogenizing both oil extracts into one.
What does a consultation with Artemis look like?
We want to get to know you as a whole person, so a consultation with us includes an allergy check, medications that you’re on that you can’t take with grapefruit, any stomach sensitivity issues, current pain level, your lifestyle, and so on. We’re not doctors so we can’t provide a medical history check, but the more you share the better we can help you navigate the CBD space. So for example — for someone who has trouble sleeping related to anxiety, we would ask (after all of the other questions are asked)… do you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep? Do you also experience daytime anxiety? From there, we can recommend trying a tincture at a low dose during the day to help manage the daytime anxiety and a larger dose at nighttime to help keep you asleep. We’d also suggest keeping a titration journal to track your therapeutic window.
THC produces an intoxicating effect, and CBD is non-intoxicating thus it does not produce the ‘high’ the way THC does. When a CBD product is listed as ‘full spectrum,’ it means that there is less than 0.3% THC in it. When it’s listed as a ‘broad spectrum’ or ‘isolate’ product, it means that there is no THC in it. In the late 90’s, professors Raphael Mechoulam and Shimon Ben-Shabat posited that CBD and THC together, thus a full spectrum product, is often more efficacious than their isolated components, thus an isolate product (Mechoulam and Ben-Shabat, 1999).
How have you used CBD on yourself and how has it helped you?
My journey started when I was trying to find natural therapies for my pelvic muscle spasms. Being on antibiotics regularly for 20 years, I developed resistance to most antibiotics and it took a heavy toll on my gut health. I started researching and exploring the option of CBD and other anti-inflammation supplements. I take CBD every day, and went from about 24 pelvic spasm episodes to two last year. I was also diagnosed with depression and PTSD in my teens and early twenties, and still struggle with it every day. Over time, I’ve found that CBD helps me manage my anxiety and PTSD better.
Faced with isolation for a few more weeks many of us are starting to really crawl the walls, and we could use a moment to just chiiiillllllll. Meet your new best friend, CBD! Virtually calorie free, this miracle treatment is far better than consuming that 100th bottle of wine to zen out, for so many reasons. We chatted with Wendy Nguyen, OG of Wendy’s Lookbook and founder of Artemis, a premier CBD shop in the West Village, to get the scoop on what we should use and how!
What’s the right dosage? How long until I feel the effects?
CBD is accumulative and usually the optimal therapeutic dose is achieved (after titrating properly) after two weeks or so. To put this into perspective, probiotics usually takes about 1 to 2 months before seeing results. CBD can take up to 2 weeks or more. For some, the effects can be felt immediately after 1 dose. For others, it might take up to 2 weeks. Everyone’s ‘right dose’ is different. We have clients who feel pain relief at 2.5mg and others at 100mg. It really depends on how your body processes and breaks down CBD. With this being said, CBD is usually more effective when taken every day or every other day.
What forms does CBD come in and how do they differ?
CBD comes in many delivery methods. The most common are tinctures, edibles, and topicals. Fast-acting and easy to dose, CBD tinctures are take sublingually under the tongue. The active ingredients are absorbed by the blood vessels in the mouth tissues. CBD edibles offer a delayed onset time and longer duration due to the process of passing through the gastrointestinal tract and liver before being absorbed into the bloodstream. CBD topicals are an effective way to treat localized pain. Topicals do not enter the bloodstream, instead they are picked up by the many endocannabinoid receptors in the skin where they are absorbed locally to reduce pain and inflammation.
Now we are seeing products with CBDA. What’s the difference? Will we feel it?
CBDA is the acidic precursor to CBD. CBDA can be found in the live or raw form of the hemp plant. With CBDA, the absorption is 11x more than CBD (Eur J Clin Pharmacol. 2018 Nov;74(11):1427-1436), so CBDA-dominant tinctures are quite powerful. CBDA also interacts more strongly with our serotonin receptors, so we have a lot of clients who use CBDA-dominant tinctures for stress and anxiety relief.
Flash back a few months ago, I saw a Vice episode while editing blog and Instagram photos. It was about cannabis and CBD, and how mothers were using it to help their kids with epilepsy and as a treatment for seizures. I was just so curious about the compound. Then I saw another episode about CBD and depression, and then PTSD, and then immune disorders. My curiosity grew and I did more research that brought us to Amsterdam, San Francisco, and Los Angeles visiting every cannabis cafes and dispensaries. I think the question always lingered… Maybe CBD can help me with my anxiety, PTSD, and pelvic spasms. In a way, I was hoping to find answers for myself.
If you asked me 10 years or 5 years or even a year ago if Artemis was within the horizon, the answer would have been a big no. The truth is every blogger/Instagrammer/content creator I know worry about their future. As content and new social platforms evolve, we also have to evolve and naturally our “shelf self” becomes shorter. Thus, most of us start thinking about paths beyond blogging. The natural fit is usually a clothing line, jewelry line, or beauty line. I always loved fashion, so instinctively, I wanted to get more involved in the design world.
Back in Los Angeles, I hired a tutor who taught me pattern making and design. I did a collaboration with Marissa Webb a few years ago and I learned so much about construction and styling. Colin and I went to Vietnam and found a woman-owned clothing manufacturer, who also had a mission that was aligned to our future clothing brand – to help women who were previously sex trafficked. All of the pieces were there, but for some reason or another they just didn’t connect. As hard as I tried, I just didn’t know what was my added value. I didn’t want to have a clothing brand for the sake of having a clothing line. In the end, that idea was put on hold.
Maybe I can find answers to my anxiety, PTSD, and pelvic floor muscle spasms.
Flash forward to a few months later, I saw this space and knew it would be our second home. And like a speeding bullet, everything happened so fast. But so naturally. We signed the lease, started building it out, researched heavily into the compound, made every cement decor and display sign by hand. We didn’t hire electricians, contractors, merchandisers, interior designers… it was just Colin and I. And Colin’s good friend Matt, who stopped by to help us clean, set up, and paint. The whole process took about a month and that was it. Artemis opened and it changed our lives.