Part 1: The Truth About Hemp Extract (with a recipe!)


For many months now, we have been in conversations with many of you who have raved about hemp extract and the benefits of CBD. While we initially hesitated to offer it in the store, the more we have learned, it feels good to offer it to you. There is so much misinformation out there, that we hope to clarify a few details here + share some helpful resources for you to learn more. And of course, please don't hesitate to ask us if you have any questions!

Thank you,
Elio & Your VG Family

yes, it looks like its cousin, but hemp is NOT the same as marijuana...!

yes, it looks like its cousin, but hemp is NOT the same as marijuana...!

Clarification #1: Hemp Leaves are NOT the same plant as marijuana, and CBD will not get you "high".

Hemp and Marijuana are in the same family, but their properties are entirely different. (like cousins who might have similar features but who act VERY different from each other!)

It's the THC in marijuana that creates the sensation of being high, but THC is present in hemp only a tiny fraction of 1%, and it cannot get you high.

Instead you'll find CBD (Cannabidiol), which is "one of the 150+ naturally occurring phytocannabinoids found in certain strains of hemp and in all cannabis plant strains," according to the Wikipedia article about CBD.

And it's the CBD and other phytocannabinoids which offer a medicinal effect so potent that it's being used to manage diabetes, PTSD, anxiety, seizures and epilepsy, and nearly everything you can imagine. (Even infertility + athletic performance due to the faster post-workout recovery times!)

hemp seeds, lotion, oil, plant, extract... so many truly   different   options from the same plant

hemp seeds, lotion, oil, plant, extract... so many truly different options from the same plant

Clarification #2: Hemp seed oil and hemp extract are quite different!

Hemp is truly an amazing plant (it even was used as part of the clean-up in Chernobyl, the world's worst nuclear disaster to date!), and it can make many different products.

But not all are equal.

Hemp seed OIL (on the surface) looks and sounds a lot like hemp extract, but their properties are quite different. 

Hemp seed oil is made from only the seeds, whereas hemp extract is made from the entire plant. While hemp seed oil is high in omega fatty acids, it includes almost no (or zero!) therapeutic CBD.

"the world's most trusted hemp extract"!

"the world's most trusted hemp extract"!

We're pleased to offer you the hemp well-known to be the world's most trusted hemp extract.

We have it right at the front register in the store, and you are welcome to peruse our selection. Like literally everything we offer to you, you'll find that our markup is small enough that our prices are often the same or lower than what you might find online.

Right here on island. 😘

If you're in our (free!!) e-Club, you know that we delight in offering you introductory offers. Feel free to join in this week to take part, if you have not already!

a must-try - we hope you'll enjoy this milkshake!

a must-try - we hope you'll enjoy this milkshake!

+ Green Avocado Milkshake recipe, optionally featuring hemp extract!

This one is absolutely delicious but so very simple, and you can skip the hemp extract if you don't have or want it. 💞

* 3 bananas
* 1 Hass-sized avocado
* 2 cups milk (almond milk, soy milk, or dairy milk all work great!)
* small handful spinach
* 1 cup ice
* 1 dropper of Hemp Extract

Blend until smooth, and enjoy!

Éva Raposa

Éva Raposa is a digital marketing strategist, website designer, and raw foods enthusiast based on the island of Martha's Vineyard.