Why has cannabis/ hemp been so popular?
- The crop is easy to grow organically without using chemicals and is very pest resistant.
- It is also low risk due to the fact that the plant is easy to grow.
- It gives high profit per hectare to farmers because they can profit from the whole plant and the seeds.
- It can replace fish oil as the plant is very rich in Omega 3 and contains the optimal 1:3 ratio of omega 3 to 6.
- There is a large population of people who believe it can have a relaxation effect. Therefore, it is popular for recreational use.
- There are also a lot of people claiming that the plant helps relieve different symptoms.
Products and Definitions
What is hemp oil?
Hemp oil is simply another word used for CBD oil, as both are terms to mean cannabis extracts. But be aware that there is also a huge misunderstanding about the difference between hemp seed oil and hemp oil, with many people believing they are the same.
Hemp seed oil is derived purely from hemp seeds, and is used in food preparation but does not contain CBD or any other cannabinoids.
Find out more in our ‘What is CBD?’ guide.
What is medical cannabis/ medical marijuana?
Medical cannabis, or medical marijuana, can refer to the use of cannabis to treat disease or improve symptoms. However, there is no single agreed-upon definition. Mostly, this term is used to define plants that contain high amounts of THC, but it is becoming more complicated to define what it is, due to the fact that we have recently found a lot of cannabis plants with many other molecules.
Medical cannabis/ medical marijuana is a word used very frequently in the thousands of medical cannabis shops in the USA where they sell cannabis plants legally under state law. Most of the medical cannabis/ medical marijuana is sold for recreational purposes. Very few cannabis products on the market have been through any clinical trials. Unfortunately, the trials that have taken place are very small with inconclusive results.
Does cannabis/hemp have any other names?
Yes, it has a lot of slang names such as;
What is a synthase?
A synthase is an enzyme which catalyses the linking together of two molecules.
What is the endocannabinoid system?
The endocannabinoid system is a homeostatic regulator of neuronal activity and almost every other physiological system in the body. It has a regulatory role on pain, inflammation, memory, emotion, sleep and metabolic function.
It comprises a vast network of receptors in the brain, central and peripheral nervous system and cannabis-like compounds called endocannabinoids.
It has been likened to a dimmer switch, constantly working to bring balance when there is too much or too little activity in the body.
Plant cannabinoids like CBD and THC interact with the endocannabinoid system, which researchers believe may explain some of the reported physiological effects of the cannabis plant.
Scientists also believe that when this system isn’t working correctly, diseases can occur. This is known as Endocannabinoid Deficiency and could be at the root of many conditions such as migraines, fibromyalgia, IBS and multiple sclerosis.
Recent research has demonstrated that active compounds from other plants species such as carrot (Daucus carota), kava (Piper methyscum), New Zealand liverwort (Radula marginata), ginger (Zingiber officinale) and black pepper (Piper nigrum) contain compounds which interact with the endocannabinoid system.
What is cannabidiolic acid (CBDa)?
CBDa is the acidic precursor of CBD. That means if you took some freshly harvested hemp plants, they would contain mostly CBDa and only a little CBD. It’s through the drying and heating process that CBDa turns into CBD (Cannabidiol).
What is tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCa)?
THCa is the acidic precursor of THC. That means if you took some freshly harvested cannabis plants, they would contain mostly THCa and only a little THC. It’s through the drying and heating process that THCa turns into THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol).
What is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)?
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the cannabinoid found most in abundance in the cannabis plant. It has a psychoactive effect, hence plant varieties that have been bred for recreational use are particularly high in THC.
That is not to say that THC doesn’t have any therapeutic use. It has been found to be effective for reducing nausea and vomiting experienced by patients during chemotherapy, can slow down the progression of glaucoma and help reduce nerve pain.
What does the CBD oil/ hemp oil contain?
CBD, Chlorophyll, Alkanes, Nitrogenous compounds, Amino acids, Sugars, Aldehydes, Alcohols, Ketones, Flavonoids, Glycosides, Vitamins and Pigments.
We have found out that cannabis/hemp contains over 400 molecules – and in recent research we have discovered there are a group of molecules that cannabis produces called cannabinoids, which are mostly responsible for its effects. There are over 120 cannabinoids including CBD, THC, CBG, CBC and CBN.
A famous cannabinoid is THC, which is psychoactive and responsible for the high. However, at Endoca we produce products with a high concentration of the cannabinoid CBD – which does not give the high.
Does Endoca hemp seed oil contain CBD (Cannabidiol)?
Yes, 300mg CBD Cannabidiol.
Does Endoca CBD oil/ hemp oil contain THC?
We have been working hard on finding the cannabis/hemp strains containing high concentrations of CBD, other cannabinoids and untraceable amounts of THC.
What is the difference between cannabis, marijuana and hemp?
All are actually cannabis plants. However, hemp or industrial hemp is a term commonly used for cannabis strains that contain very low levels of THC – to be precise below 0.3% THC. Marijuana, in general, is a word used for plants that contain high amounts of THC.
Our grandfathers did not know anything about THC (that it is psychoactive) and were just growing cannabis and calling it hemp. It’s only in modern times that the definition of hemp means low levels of THC.
On street level, when a cannabis plant is analyzed it’s found to contain 1%-22% THC. Cannabis products can even contain up to 98% THC.
How does CBD work?
There are some scientific experiments that indicate that cannabinoids work in a similar way to the endocannabinoids that the human body already produces in healthy people. The mechanisms of action are still not clarified and there are no conclusive studies that show any clear pathways.
Read more about the effects of CBD here.
Can cannabis cause allergic reactions?
Just like pollen from trees, grasses or weeds, marijuana pollen may trigger allergic reactions in a very small minority of people. This subject has not been studied in depth, but there are scientific divs and studies that point to allergic reactions caused by cannabis.
If you choose a product that is GMP certified you minimize the risk of contamination with allergens. Endoca offers the finest quality cannabis extracts on the market as it is GMP certified. This means that our products contain no hazardous chemicals that can cause an allergic reaction.
Why can cannabis cause allergic reactions?
Cannabis contains over 400 different molecules: Phytocannabinoids, Terpenes, Chlorophyll, Alkanes, Nitrogenous compounds, Amino acids, Sugars, Aldehydes, Alcohols, Ketones, Flavonoids, Glycosides, Vitamins, Pigments and Water.
In rare cases, individuals may be allergic to certain natural compounds. For example, terpenes are molecules that are in many foods and cosmetics and are known to trigger allergic reactions in a very small percentage of people. However, if you suffer from this rare allergy, it is extremely likely that you will already be aware of it.
Are there many people allergic to cannabis?
From the knowledge available, we can conclude that allergy symptoms have only occasionally been reported as one of the adverse health effects of cannabis use. There has been a call for more controlled studies to determine the mechanisms behind these rare adverse reactions.
What do scientific studies indicate?
There are studies specifically investigating exposure to pollen, cannabis extracts and the act of smoking cannabis that indicate that there can be adverse reactions. On the other hand, there have also been studies showing that cannabis can be used to combat allergies. As we can see, the evidence is confusing but at least conclusive in one sense: marijuana allergies not related to broad-spectrum pollen allergy are extremely rare.
Why does cannabis combat allergies and at same time provoke allergies?
When cannabis is smoked, the process of heating and burning the herb causes changes to happen to the molecules it contains. These molecules are not normally found in the plant, and in their altered state, they can cause allergic reactions.
In addition, poor indoor growing conditions and the use of pesticides, or the incorrect harvesting and curing of the herbal cannabis can cause it to become moldy, with toxins created by the mold fungi causing potential allergic reactions. The spraying of the plant material with chemicals including dangerous artificial cannabinoids or with chemicals designed to increase mass, can cause unpleasant allergic reactions or toxicities. (Read our ‘What’s in your oil?’)
Are Endoca products safe?
We treat testing very seriously here at Endoca and thus spend large amounts of our resources doing quality control. We keep our product safe and free of toxins by controlling our production process in line with Good Manufacturing Process (GMP) regulations. As a result, we are able to guarantee that our cannabis products are free from contaminations. Our product has been successfully used by over 10,000 people with huge satisfaction.
Are certified products the only way to minimize risk?
Good manufacturing practices (GMP) embraces the practices required in order to confirm the guidelines recommended by agencies that control authorization and licensing for manufacture and sale of food, drug products, and active pharmaceutical products. These guidelines provide minimum requirements that a pharmaceutical or a food product manufacturer must meet to assure that the products are of high quality and do not pose any risk to the consumer or public.
What is the solution?
First of all, use only GMP certified products. Secondly, if you are suffering from e.g. MCS (Multiple Chemical Sensitivity) or in general have a tendency to have allergic reactions you should exercise caution.
Up-titrations are a viable solution. Start with very low doses and increase dosages slowly, monitoring yourself for any indications of an adverse reaction. For more information, read our guide to understanding CBD dosage.
Another solution is to use our 98% CBD that contains only the cannabinoid CBD and very low levels of terpenes.
Characterization of Cannabis sativa allergens
Cannabis Allergy: What do We Know Anno 2015
Sensitization and allergy to Cannabis sativa leaves in a population of tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum)-sensitized patients
Selected oxidized fragrance terpenes are common contact allergens
Cannabis sativa: the unconventional “weed” allergen
Anti-inflammatory activity of topical THC in DNFB-mediated mouse allergic contact dermatitis independent of CB1 and CB2 receptors
Cannabinoids as novel anti-inflammatory drugs
How does a cannabis drug test work?
THC is the cannabinoid that is targeted in drug tests. These tests look for the metabolic products of THC and begin with a simple urine test sample (for example). The test uses antibodies to detect THC and the metabolite it produces. There is no such thing as a CBD drug test because CBD is not a drug.
Does CBD have any drug Interactions?
There are no studies showing that there are any drug interactions using CBD and other drugs. However, it is wise to consult with a professional doctor if you’re planning to make dietary changes.
Uses & Benefits
Will CBD oil/ hemp oil help me with my illness?
We cannot make any medical claims about CBD/ hemp oil.
It is recommended that you conduct your own research or contact your doctor.
These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA.
Does cannabis have medicinal properties?
Historically, it is famous for its use as medicine. There are also many clinical trials that show some effects and there are new ongoing trials. Millions of people are using it already, claiming it helps them in one way or another. There is already medicine on the market made from cannabis that has been through clinical trials that is approved for sales. However, unfortunately, the trials that have taken place are very small with inconclusive results.
Does cannabis help people?
According to mainstream science, there is no evidence that cannabis has any positive effect on the human body. Until research has been done with many people over a long period of time, it will be very difficult to answer this question.
The cannabinoids that the cannabis plant produces are very similar to endocannabinoids produced by the human body and therefore could have huge potential in helping the body to find a balance. However, to claim anything, there is a need for large randomized, double-blind placebo trials over a very long period of time to be able to prove any positive effects.
Orders and Delivery
How do I pay?
Endoca makes paying easy with any of the following methods. All payments take place in a secure environment with our payment service provider.
Endoca accepts payment with MasterCard or Visa. This is how you pay online: simply enter your credit card number, its expiry date and the 3-digit security code (CVC code) on the back of the card on our provider’s payment page. We will receive your payment immediately and can start preparing your order.
If you are unable to pay with MasterCard or Visa, just ask us to create a personal payment link, just for you, for you to send your money securely and safely directly to us. It is also possible for you to pay by bank transfer (also through internet banking). After you place your order, you’ll receive our banking coordinates to finalise the payment.
PLEASE NOTE: If payment is denied, please call your bank and make sure that your credit card is set up for international purchases, then simply try again.
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Shipping delay due to customs inspection
We ship worldwide but some countries have import regulations that delay the transportation of hemp-based products. We hope that soon all the world will learn about hemp solutions, meanwhile, we will notify you immediately if an inspection from your postal service or customs delays your package.
To Greece, it takes about 10 days for the product to arrive. With express shipping – 2 days.
Norway, Australia, Canada, Iceland, Greenland, New Zealand, Thailand, Russia – please allow about 3-4 weeks additional delivery time because of increased security measures at border crossing points.
If you paid using the bank transfer option (+4 days)
The funds will be available in our bank approximately four days after the transfer is made. As soon as we receive the funds, we will ship your Endoca product.
How long until I get my package?
We take the speed of delivery very seriously.
You will normally receive your Endoca product within 3 to 5 working days. Please see our terms and conditions for special countries that take a longer time. However, there are things that may further delay your shipment which are out of our control.