Guide to Hemp Oil

What Is Hemp Oil?

A Brief Overview
The growing phenomena Hemp, or Cannabidiol, is a non-intoxicating compound found in the cannabis and hemp plant. Hemp products (most known being the oils / tinctures) are continuing to grow in popularity as an organic and natural health supplement across the globe.

We typically associate cannabis with getting stoned, baked, or any other metaphor but Hemp can be extracted from the plant to make products that come without ‘the high’ or the smoke.

The molecule (cannabinoid) in cannabis that gets us high is called THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), and nowadays, you can turn to cannabis-derived Hemp products with little to no THC for clear, organic supplement.

It’s not just THC and Hemp either, cannabis produces over 100 types of potentially therapeutic compounds called cannabinoids. We’re slowly getting to know them as legalization spreads, and research continues.

The Hemp Spectrum

The Break Down
It's important to look out for what type of Hemp product you are buying as each have different benefits. Below we provide a simple breakdown of each.
Full Spectrum
Full spectrum Hemp is an extract that contains all compounds found naturally occurring in the plant, therefore contains terpenes, essential oils as well as other cannabinoids .The full spectrum of cannabinoids, terpenes, and essential oils all work together to magnify the therapeutic benefits of each individual cannabinoid. This is commonly referred to as the “entourage effect“.
Broad Spectrum
Broad spectrum is a mix between Hemp Full Spectrum and Isolate. Like Full Spectrum Hemp, broad spectrum includes the other compounds however, like Hemp Isolate, THC is completely removed. As it contains other cannabinoids, terpenes & essential oils it can deliver the enhanced benefits of the “entourage effect,” without the risk of psychoactive effects of THC. In short broad means THC free.
Hemp Isolate
Hemp isolate is the purest form of Cannabidoil, which is produced by singularly extracting that compound from its environment and isolating it from all other cannabinoids. While it is the purest form, it is produced by removing all other compounds found in the plant including terpenes, flavonoids, plant parts, and other cannabinoids.

Hemp And The Body

How hemp Interacts With Us
Our bodies have a set of receptors that interacts with cannabis cannabinoids, like Hemp. These receptors,CB1 & CB2 receptors, are found throughout the body as part of the endocannabinoid system (ECS), a complex signalling system that ensures our bodies maintain homeostasis.

To put it into simpler terms, the endocannabinoid system keeps us in balance by directing the communication traffic in our bodies. Cannabinoids such as Hemp interact with this system, enhancing our natural compounds / versions on cannabinoids (called endocannabinoids) produced by our body.

Hemp influences cannabinoid receptor activity and encourages production of the body’s natural endocannabinoids. Interestingly, Hemp also affects activity beyond the endocannabinoid system and can also interact with opioid, dopamine, and serotonin (happy) receptors.

The ability of Hemp to interact with so many different systems in our body suggests it has the potential to open new frontiers & potentially could improve everyday wellbeing.