Hemp extract is the crude oil extracted directly from hemp flowers and is most often a thick, dark green oil with a very strong plant-like aroma. This oil is the closest to the actual essence of the plant and is the basis for the refined variations of the extract including CBD isolate, Broad Spectrum and Full Spectrum. Hemp extract in its pure form has the highest level of THC which is then lowered or removed during processing to adhere to state and federal hemp laws. Hemp extracts with levels of THC higher than 0.3% require processing to remove some of the THC to adhere to state and federal laws regarding hemp and hemp extracts.
Pure hemp extract has a stronger hemp flavor and the widest variety of benefits, but not necessarily the strongest. While it may have the widest range of cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, proteins, waxes and lipids, it also has lowest concentration of cannabinoids of all extract types due to the very fact that much of the room is taken up by compounds other than cannabinoids such a lipids and waxes giving it that dark color and thick consistency. Hemp extract often has a lower total cannabinoid value that can range from 20-40%. To get a higher concentration of cannabinoids, refinement is required to remove the waxes and lipids which comprise the largest amount of the extract, leaving a higher concentration of cannabinoids.