I bet we got your attention! To clarify, no, we don't have any secret pot vaping tricks. We are talking about hemp oil. This is something we've been exploring and experimenting with for a long time now. It's been in the news a lot lately, and we thought we'd shed some light on what it really is and its applications from a deep health point of view. We believe it to be one of the most important dietary supplements to add to your health regimen.
What is Hemp Oil?
The use of hemp itself has been historically documented for over 6,000 years, beginning with its use in Oriental Medicine. Hemp oil is extracted from the stalks and stems of the hemp plant. What makes this hemp plant different from marijuana plants, containing the psychoactive element, THC, is quite simple and rather interesting. In order for the plant to develop the psychoactive properties, the female plants must be deprived of fertilization by its male counterpart. Happily pollinated female plants will hardly produce any THC at all (less than 1%).
The Health Benefits and how it works.
Studies show that hemp il is helpful at reducing a number of disorders related to the dysregulation of the cannabinoid system. Did we lose you there? Let us explain.
Human beings have an internal cannabinoid system, aka endocannabinoid (endo = internal). This system, made up of endocannabinoids and their receptors, are found everywhere in the body from the brain to the organs, glands and immune cells. Their main purpose is to maintain homeostasis, or balance, throughout the body. When this system is in balance primed with sufficient cannabinoids, it supports the balance of the body's systems overall. It establishes equilibrium within and allows the body innate intelligence to do its job, and heal itself wherever healing is needed.
In modern times we are hugely overstressed. Overwhelmed by toxins from foods, not enough movement, lack of sleep, heavy metals, overexposure to unnatural light and EMFs (just to name a few), just about everyone on this planet has an endocannabinoid system that is seriously out of whack.
What happens when we satisfy our endocannabinoid system? Hormones are balanced. The immune system, normal cell growth, bone growth, sleep and relaxation, brain, memory, focus, nervous system and mood are all optimized. Energy, recovery and endurance are naturally enhanced.
Hemp oil is a nutraceutical that is neuroprotective, in other words, protects the brain. It's used to successfully treat children with epilepsy with no side effects, has anti-bacterial properties and acts as an antioxidant. It supports heart health, skin conditions, and can slow the growth and spread of some types of unhealthy cells.
What about negative side effects?
While THC is sometimes associated with laziness, addiction, overeating and memory loss, these undesirable attributes are not characteristic of hemp oil. In addition, its nearly impossible to overdose with it. It has been used for the past 6,000 years, and has stood the test of time. The death count from overdose is zero in all this time. As it is a natural plant-derived supplement, there have been extremely rare cases of allergic reactions noted, but that aside, no negative side effects are known. It is even safe for children and pets!
What to look for in a hemp oil?
Surely by now you are busy scavenging Amazon for hemp oil. Before you do that, here's the catch, not all hemp oil is created equal. First, be sure you are getting something that is meticulously sourced and extracted from the hemp plant itself (not lab-created) and full spectrum. Second, you need something that can be readily absorbed by the body. Most of the beneficial properties of hemp oil will be lost as it goes through the digestive system if its not delivered by means of liposomes. When looking for a high quality, bio-available hemp oil, you also need something with a minuscule particle size, below 100 nanometers (or 1/100th the width of a single human hair),
If you are interested in getting your hands on what we consider the gold standard when it comes to hemp oil (and we've tried many), contact us. Also coming on May 20th is a special hemp-oil infused mobility event in New York City. If you are in the area at that time, please join us. More details to come very soon!
Now, here are some more very interesting cannabinoid facts. Aside from the hemp plant, cannabinoids can be found in nature in black pepper, cacao, black truffles, kava, echinacea, helichrysum (a South African daisy with potent healing qualities), and even mother's breast milk. It's what you experience when you get into deep mediation or that "runner's high" during an endurance workout.
We are not doctors, or do we claim to be on the inter-webs! If in doubt, please check with your medical professional before beginning or trying any new dietary supplement.