How Does Full Spectrum Hemp Oil Work?
How Does Full Spectrum Hemp Oil Work?
The cannabis plant is widely known for its therapeutic properties, primarily associated with two of its specific cannabinoids: cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). In laymen’s terms, CBD does not produce a high and THC does.
THC has long been known for its healing properties for various ailments, and is often the center of the medical marijuana debate, with CBD growing in popularity as we learn more about its “miracle cure” properties.
But the cannabinoids present in the cannabis plant number in the hundreds and all work together to produce a synergistic therapeutic effect when used in oils or other similar products, often called the “entourage effect.”
Rather than debating whether THC or CBD is best to treat a particular illness or health concern, it’s possible that the sum total of all the cannabis “parts” is actually the answer.
What is Full Spectrum Hemp Oil?
Think of full spectrum hemp oil as PURE hemp oil: when it is extracted from hemp, this oil contains all of the same compounds and cannabinoids as the original plant. While CBD will make up the majority of the cannabinoid content, the oil contains dozens of other cannabinoids as well as naturally occurring vitamins and minerals, essential fats, and proteins.
Here is a breakdown of what makes up full spectrum hemp oil
- Cannabinoids CBD, THC, CBG, CBN, and others
- Vitamins A, C, E
- B Complex vitamins such as niacin, riboflavin, and thiamine
- Other vitamins such as beta-carotene
- Minerals such as calcium, phosphorous, iron, magnesium, zinc, and potassium
- Essential fatty acids (omega-3 and omega-6)
While balanced, healthy diets and dinners consisting of grilled salmon over greens are certainly good choices for long-term health…but hemp oil should not be overlooked for its abundant benefits as well!
The entourage effect of all of these “ingredients” working together provides the maximum benefit to overall health. It should be noted that any oil with trace amounts of THC can show up on a drug test—which is why some users will still opt for an isolated oil, with no THC—but the benefits are full spectrum hemp oil are undeniably positive overall for those who use it.
What conditions can be treated with Full Spectrum Hemp Oil?
While hemp oil can be used to treat a wide variety of conditions, it’s worth pointing out that it is beneficial to “perfectly healthy” people as well. All of the ingredients in hemp oil can boost the immune system and prevent inflammation; there is no reason it has to be thought of as serious diseases or disorders only. Virtually anyone can benefit from its use!
As far as specific health concerns, we will take a look at some that are commonly treated with full spectrum hemp oil.
Depression and Anxiety
Full spectrum Hemp Oil works to balance levels of serotonin, which is why it makes it an excellent choice for the treatment of depression. Low serotonin levels are often associated with depression and the oil targets the brain receptors that control serotonin. Effectively, it helps to restore balance to these levels, firing off signals for the production of more serotonin when it is lacking. While prescription medications can come with unwanted side effects and toxicity issues, Full Spectrum Hemp Oil is a welcome natural alternative that can provide the same relief and, in fact, will relieve your wallet as it is a much cheaper option!
Sleep deprivation is a common problem that exists alongside depression and hemp oil is also known to provide relief in this area. Depressed individuals are in a much better state to battle the effects of depression when fully rested, rather than feeling restless and irritable. With its impact on serotonin levels and its ability to enhance sleep, Full Spectrum Hemp Oil is a powerful tool to fight depression.
In treatment for anxiety, full spectrum hemp oil also interacts with the brain receptors that stimulate fear and anxiety. New studies are emerging that show it may be an effective treatment for PTSD as well.
Chronic Pain and Inflammation
A natural pain reliever and anti-inflammatory, hemp oil is a promising alternative to prescription pain medications. It eliminates the risk of addiction and users do not build up a tolerance to full spectrum hemp oil. In this way, it can be an effective treatment for those suffering from fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, Lyme’s disease, and other painful illnesses.
Some early studies indicate that topical hemp oil gel can relieve or lessen arthritis and it is possible that any condition associated with inflammation could be effectively lessened by Full Spectrum Hemp Oil.
Full Spectrum Hemp Oil is now being studied as a treatment method for addiction. As with many of its other uses, the early and anecdotal evidence points to hemp oil having a positive impact in this area. We do not yet fully understand the intricacies of how hemp oil curbs addictive behavior, but we do know it has an impact on the neural circuits associated with such behavior. It is already used by those trying to curb a nicotine addiction and it is possible it can be effective in treating more serious addictions, such as opioid addiction. A natural alternative in the battle to end addiction would present a welcome option for those attempting to end a dependence on all prescription drugs.
One of the most important findings with the use of hemp oil is associated with evidence of its impact on epileptic seizures. A major breakthrough occurred in April 2018 as a CBD-based drug was recommended for FDA approval: this is promising news not only for those battling epilepsy but for all others who suffer from illnesses that could be treated with hemp oil.
The reality for those suffering from multiple sclerosis is that the prescription medications intended to provide relief can be ineffective, cost prohibitive, or produce many unwanted side effects. This devastating disease—where the body’s own immune system attacks its own central nervous system—may seem “small” by comparison to other illnesses (with around three million afflicted worldwide) but it is an important consideration in the ongoing studies of hemp oil’s benefits. Full spectrum hemp oil is not a cure for MS, but it has been proven to provide relief for sufferers and may be a more common treatment in the future.
A final word on the use of Full Spectrum Hemp Oil to treat any condition or illness: this should always be discussed in advance with your physician. There are very few side effects with the use of hemp oil; however, it is best to keep an open line of communication with your doctor and discuss any and all treatment options.