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Hemp-Extract Safety

Why choose Lassen? We collaborate with healthcare professionals, pharmaceutical manufacturers, health and wellness industry leaders, and organic and natural source companies to advance our unique approach to product excellence. Our ingredients are of the highest standards and are measured to meet or exceed quality certification criteria. Excellence in production, service, and compliance is monitored at every step of the process. We offer full traceability and C of A’s on all products.

A recent study of 84 Hemp-Extract products bought online showed that more than one-quarter of the products contained less Hemp-Extract than labeled. In addition, other harmful chemicals was found in 18 of the products. The inconsistency of the purity and dosage of Hemp-Extract products should be a cause for concern.

As with any natural product, it is important to speak with your physician prior to beginning use. There are some slight risks associated with using Hemp-Extract in high doses or for extended periods of time, including:

  • Mild Low Blood Pressure
  • Dry Mouth
  • Lightheadedness
  • Sedation
  • Reduced activity of T and B Cells
  • Reduced p-Glycoprotein activity
  • Reduced activity of Cytochrome P450 (CYP450) Enzyme
  • Decreased Fertilization Capacity

Keep in mind that these side effects illustrate worst-case scenarios with Hemp-Extract, and are not necessarily typical. There is one major exception to the “generally harmless” attitude about Hemp-Extract and that is the negative effect cannabinoids can have on the functioning of the liver’s CYP450 enzyme. It is important to note that even something as benign as grapefruit juice can cause the same CYP450 enzyme inhibitory action as Hemp-Extract.

Approximately 60% of all pharmaceutical drugs undergo metabolism by this enzyme, including:

  • Steroids
  • HMG CoA reductase inhibitors
  • Calcium channel blockers
  • Antihistamines
  • Prokinetics
  • HIV-antivirals
  • Immune modulators
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Antiarrhythmics
  • Antibiotics
  • Anesthetics
  • Antipsychotics
  • Antidepressants
  • Anti-epileptics
  • Beta blockers
  • PPIs
  • NSAIDs
  • Angiotensin II blockers
  • Oral hypoglycemic agents
  • Sulfonylureas

Hemp-Extract Is Not Physically Addictive. People often ask us, “Can I get addicted to Hemp-Extract?” This is a tricky question, and the answer ultimately depends on your school of thought.

Based strictly on chemistry, the answer is no. Hemp-Extract is not physically addictive in the same way substances like heroin, cocaine, alcohol, opiates, benzodiazepines, and related substances can be. Further, Hemp-Extract cannot produce any physical withdrawal symptoms in and of itself upon cessation of use.

(Interestingly, Hemp-Extract is currently undergoing study for its ability to minimize withdrawal from drugs with severe cessation symptoms, like opiates.)

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