The hemp plant and its molecules called cannabinoids were widely used in medicinal treatments thousands of years ago, dating back to the ancient Chinese. In recent times, however, hemp, has been buried by other pharmaceutical treatments. Now the potential benefits of cannabinoids naturally found in the hemp plant are central to a lot of studies. The cannabinoid CBD (cannabidiol) found in the hemp flower has been reported in some studies to help ease chronic pain, uplift mood calm anxiety and more.
CBD is one of the most known cannabinoids in hemp, but it is just one of at least 113 types of cannabinoids identified so far. One of the most exciting parts of this (and there are many!) is that the full-spectrum of hemp cannabinoids work in unison.
Ingesting full-spectrum Hemp/CBD flower extract with all of the cannabinoids together amplifies the benefits. Scientists have named this the Entourage Effect. What's even more convincing is that scientific and medical research shows that our body creates cannabinoids. These endogenous cannabinoids are called endocannabinoids. "Endo" means within. Cannabinoids found in hemp are called phytocannabinoids and are thought to behave similarly to endocannabinoids. Full-spectrum hemp may also contain phytonutrients and, essential vitamins and minerals, fatty acids, flavonoids and terpenes.
If you prefer just the benefits of CBD, then you can buy pure CBD isolate. These products remove all the cannabinoids in hemp and leave just the CBD.
Whether you are purchasing a full-spectrum hemp-CBD product of CBD isolate it's important to make sure the party is certified and third-party tested. THC levels should be less than .3% in the US.
The First Endocannabinoid Discovered
The first endogenous cannabinoid was discovered in 1992. Researchers named the molecule Anandamide, after the Sanskrit word for joy, bliss or happiness. Anandamide and other endocannabinoids are chemical messengers. When they bind to receptors in our body, they transmit messages to other parts of the body providing instructions vital to our health and daily functioning. Together the cannabinoids and receptors make up the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). For an easier understanding, think of receptors as the lock and cannabinoids as the key.
The receptors CB1 and CB2 are sensitive to Anandamide. This is especially important because CB1 and CB2 are abundantly present in the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) and peripheral nervous system (organs and tissues outside of brain). The effects of the relationship may help regulate mood, boost brain function, improve sleep and strengthen our immune system. When the body does not produce enough endocannabinoids or cannot regulate them properly, you may be more susceptible to illnesses that affect one or several of the functions mentioned above.
Over 100 phytocannabinoids have been uncovered in hemp so far. Since it is thought that phytocannabinoids may help boost the ECS system, full-spectrum hemp with its Entourage Effect could be your best choice.
- Cannabidiol (CBD) Topically applied CBD may offer relief from different types of chronic pain by helping reducenflammation. An animal study demonstrated the mechanism by which CBD inhibits inflammatory and neuropathic pain, two of the most difficult types of chronic pain to treat.
- Cannabigerol (CBG) is being studied may reduce inflammation, pain, and nausea, and may slow the proliferation of cancer cells. Research states that CBG helps with migraines and glaucoma by reducing intraocular eye pressure. Anti Inflammatory properties have the potential to benefit people with inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn’s disease, and cancer
- Cannabichromene (CBC) has been reported to: relieve pain, have antidepressant properties, and provide migraine relief
- Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV) is heavily researched and used by the medical community to help manage type II diabetes
But we're not the only ones with an ECS. Scientists believe that all mammals have an ECS. It has certainly been identified in dogs, cats, horses, to name just a few. Vets and pet parents give their companions full-spectrum hemp extract and CBD to help ease conditions such as chronic inflammation, arthritis, nausea, anxiety and skin allergies.
What Are Hemp Seed Oil Benefits?
Hemp seed oil is good for heart health because it has the ideal 3:1 ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3 fatty acids. That balance has been shown to support heart health and overall cardiovascular function. Omega fatty acids also play a role in many biological processes and may help prevent a number of degenerative diseases. Ananda Professional products are blended with hemp seed oil and MCT coconut oil.
Potential Benefits of Hemp and the Other 100+ Cannabinoids?
Hemp's phytocannabinoids are thought to boost the body's natural supply of cannabinoids. The ECS helps to maintain optimal balance in the body – known as homeostasis. It also helps regulate:
- Motor control
- Immune function
- Reproduction and fertility
- Pleasure and reward
Do your homework. There are CBD and hemp products on the market that are not tested or verified. Ananda Professional's line of full-spectrum hemp flower extract products are tested by a third-party lab and are in strict compliance with the 2018 Farm Bill. In fact, Ananda Professional co-authored the 2014 Farm Bill authorizing industrial hemp cultivation in the US. The parent company of Ananda Professional owns the WORLD’S largest hemp seed bank. Medterra's line of CBD isolate products are also third-party tested and certificates of analysis are available for each product. Medterra is certified by the US Hemp Authority. Both Ananda and Medterra products are grown and manufactured in the USA.
Hemp and Marijuana are not the same, so the same laws do not apply. You can compare hemp and marijuana to the tomato and eggplant. They are both in the nightshade family but they are not the same. Likewise, hemp and marijuana are in the same plant family, but they are not the same.
The biggest difference between hemp and marijuana is that hemp has no psychoactive effects. Marijuana has psychoactive properties (that's what makes people "high") which stem from high levels of the cannabinoid THC. Marijuana can have anywhere from 30% to even 80% THC. Meanwhile, hemp has .3% THC. At a level so low, it is impossible for Hemp to make people "high." Hemp even has cannabinoids that counteract the psychoactive effects of THC.
Cannabinoids are molecules found in the plant family cannabis. CBD is a cannabinoid, called cannabidiol. THC is a cannabinoid, named tetrahydrocannabinol.
CBD is an active ingredient in the FDA-approved prescription drug Epidiolex. Epidiolex is prescribed for adults and children to reduce seizures caused by Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS) or Dravet syndrome (DS).