A lot of debate still surrounds the use of products that are related to marijuana, even by the slightest association. Hemp oil is one of the few unfortunate bystanders to be dragged into this heated debate despite having nothing to do with the psychoactive drug. This is due to its association with marijuana, and the general public’s unwillingness to ask for themselves what is hemp? Hemp oil is considered a superfood that contains over 85 phytocompounds. The FDA classifies it as a dietary supplement, and although this means that it is legal in all 50 states, it also means that none of its useful medical benefits are being taken seriously as of yet.
Not to be confused with CBD oil, hemp oil tinctures and capsules are often extracted from the whole hemp plant and thus contain more than just one cannabinoid. Studies point to hemp oil being considerably more effective than single-molecule hemp oils (such as the aforementioned CBD) because they contain the full spectrum of cannabinoids, and not just isolated molecules. Their phytonutrient-rich constitution only serves to make them more potent, which is why they are generally considered to have enhanced therapeutic benefits.
Hemp oil is extracted as a full-spectrum compound whose molecules interact collectively and thereby become more effective through a process scientists call “the entourage effect.” It combines the therapeutic benefits of all the useful compounds of the hemp plant, which is why it has a much greater impact on the endocannabinoid system when consumed.
Hemp oil is not to be mistaken for hemp seed oil either. The latter is usually extracted from the seeds of the hemp plant through the cold-press process and is a common substitute for vegetable oil and olive oil for cooking. Hemp seed oil is still packed with useful antioxidants as well as the good kind of fats, and although it has a high nutritional value, it still cannot be compared with whole-plant hemp oil. Hemp oil, also referred to as full-spectrum hemp oil, is made from the flowers, not the seeds, of the hemp plant.
To maximize potency, the flowers are usually harvested while they are still young. This explains why hemp oil is far more expensive than standard grocery store hemp seed oil, which does not require as much plant material to extract since hemp seeds contain approximately half their weight in oil. Hemp oil also contains many additional beneficial compounds, all of which contribute to its overall positive impact on our health when consumed.
Hemp oil interacts with our bodies through the endocannabinoid system, which is also known as the endogenous cannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is responsible for maintaining the body’s homeostatic balance, which means it affects our sleeping habits, appetite, response to pain, stress, and overall moods. The compounds in hemp oil help by mediating how we react to external stimuli, which is why full-spectrum hemp oil is effective at helping us to manage both emotional and physical stress brought on by changes in our immediate environment.
Despite the fact that hemp oil and marijuana both interact with the ECS, the two are worlds apart. The key difference is in the chemical composition of marijuana, which contains tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the compound responsible for making you “high” when you consume marijuana. Hemp oil has no psychoactive compounds whatsoever, which is why it is legal in all states. You don’t even need a marijuana card for it. It is a wholesome plant extract that improves your body’s internal balance as well as your health.
Hemp products are categorized as dietary supplements by the FDA and as such, manufacturers are not allowed to mention any specific health benefits that are associated with them. However, several independent reports point to its numerous health benefits that are backed by scientific research. Hemp products produce varying results in patients largely because they interact differently with everyone. This is why there are no clear-cut dosage instructions on how you should consume hemp oil.
To be safe, you should start with a small dosage then gradually increase it as you gauge the amount that feels right to you. These initial small doses should be spread out through the day. Reaching your optimal hemp dosage allows you to maximize the benefits while reducing the risk of side effects, which are rare in this case anyway. However, most people start off at 15mg doses, and others can find their sweet spot at around 150mg a day.
Since hemp oil affects everyone differently, some may feel the results instantly while for others it may take two to three weeks to notice any discernible effects. Patience is advised when increasing the dosage since hemp oil can sometimes take a while to work. Several factors contribute to how hemp oil interacts with your ECS, but remember, hemp oil works by gradually improving your state of internal balance, so immediate results are not always evident and can sometimes be very subtle.
In conclusion, full-spectrum hemp oil has a wider range of efficacy since it contains more expedient compounds compared to single-molecule cannabinoids. It can affect a wide range of body functions, but it generally improves how we react to the stimuli from our immediate environment. The right hemp oil dosage will vary from person to person, and it can take weeks to see positive results. In the end, patience and consistency play a big role in how effective hemp oil is for you.