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Also called industrial hemp oil, full spectrum hemp oil is a substance derived from the whole hemp plant and contains a wide range of cannabinoids, flavonoids, terpenes, and fatty acids. Cannabinoids, or CBD, is only one of more than 400 compounds that have been identified in the Cannabis Sativa L plant (not the high-inducing Cannabis Indica plant of marijuana notoriety).
While the two cannabis plants are related, industrial hemp does not contain nearly as much, if any, psychoactive tetrahydrocannabinol, a cannabinoid better known as THC. In fact, according to the 2014 Farm Bill, industrial hemp cannot contain more than 0.3 percent THC on a dry weight basis—a nearly negligible amount. Holistic BioSciences uses only full spectrum hemp oil derived from industrial hemp.
To answer this, we need to take a step back to address the endocannabinoid system, a system within the body whose receptors (CB1 and CB2) have an enormous impact on our health and well-being.
“CB1 receptors in the brain are associated with emotions, mood, appetite, coordination, movement, and pain,” explains Stormy Simon, former president of Overstock.com who left in 2016 to become an advocate for cannabis. “CB2 receptors are found in the immune system and throughout tissues of the spleen and tonsils.”
The endocannabinoid system is a relatively new discovery. In fact, Simon notes, it was actually discovered and named after the cannabinoids in the cannabis plant. Seeing as cannabinoids are the compounds that activate this system, many have posited that cannabinoids full spectrum hemp oil can help improve endocannabinoid function.
While full spectrum hemp oil’s benefits are still being tested, some studies connect full spectrum hemp oil to reducing the symptoms of epilepsy, pain, and cancer. Many people also believe that full spectrum hemp oil helps with anxiety.
As with any supplement, before adding full spectrum hemp oil to your regimen, check with your doctor to make sure it’s a good choice for you. This is especially true if you are taking certain anti-seizure medications.
Full spectrum hemp oil can be consumed in many ways, including tinctures, oil vaping, capsules, sublinguals, and topicals. When taking full spectrum hemp oil, always follow the instructions on the product’s package.
No. THC is the psychoactive cannabinoid that makes you high; full spectrum hemp oil does not have any psychoactive properties. While many full spectrum hemp oil products may contain trace amounts of THC, it is not enough to make you high. If you are at a risk for random drug tests—through your job, for example—you may consider having your products independently tested to assure there is no detectable amount of THC.
Full spectrum hemp oil is generally considered to be safe for most people. However, a 2017 study noted that when significantly higher doses of full spectrum hemp oil—higher than what’s generally available over the counter—are taken, the following side effects were noted in some cases:
- Dry mouth
- Digestive troubles
The study’s authors also noted that more studies researching full spectrum hemp oil’s side effects after chronic administration would be necessary for a more conclusive safety profile.
The trace amounts of THC in full spectrum hemp oil should not make you fail a drug test; if in doubt, test your product with an independent lab to assure you will not fail a drug test.
Yes…but it might not pass customs! Full spectrum hemp oil is not yet legal in all countries. While this is a gray area in some countries such as France, in other countries—such as Australia and China—full spectrum hemp oil is illegal and could cause you big problems (including fines or even jail time) if you bring it into the country.
Production of full spectrum hemp oil is not the same all over the world—or even all over the U.S.—due to regulations and legislative hurdles with regard to the industrial hemp that is needed to produce full spectrum hemp oil.
Industrial hemp is legal throughout the European Union and organic varieties are fairly plentiful. It’s for this reason that many of our experts recommended seeking out a European full spectrum hemp oil source. Recently, U.S. legislation made it possible to certify full spectrum hemp oil as organic.
Today, full spectrum hemp oil sourced from Europe—especially Denmark and Germany, which have strict regulatory standards—is some of the best on the marketplace. In Colorado, where the growth of both industrial hemp and cannabis is legal, you can find some of the best certified organic full spectrum hemp oil. This is the source of Holistic BioSciences products.
Full spectrum or whole plant hemp oil contains trace amounts of THC as well as other cannabinoids. This contributes to the much-touted entourage effect, which Dr. Joseph Nathan, Director of the International Drug Information Center, notes allows users to reap the benefits of not only the hundreds of cannabinoids but also the flavonoids and terpenes present in the plant.
Isolate CBD oils are made by isolating only the cannabidiols present in the plant; other cannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenes are not present in these oils.
Hemp oil is the name given any oil derived from the whole Cannabis Sativa L hemp plant; CBD oil is an oil containing high amounts of cannabidiols made from either the Cannabis Sativa L hemp plant or the Cannabis Indica hemp plant. While much CBD oil is also hemp oil, not all hemp oil is CBD oil; hemp oil made from the seeds of the hemp plant will not contain active CBD.
Yes! Full spectrum hemp oil is produced from industrial hemp, the same plant used to make hemp textiles and hemp seeds. This plant contains trace amounts of psychoactive THC—not enough to make you high and usually not even enough to make you fail a drug test.
Technically speaking, yes: extracts of all plants from the Cannabis genus were made Schedule 1 drugs in early 2017. That said, the 2014 Farm Bill allows the cultivation and sale of hemp containing less than 0.3 percent THC, which includes full spectrum hemp oil made from industrial hemp.
It’s interesting to note that the FDA recently approved Epidiolex, a CBD-based epilepsy drug from GW Pharmaceuticals. This approval may have an effect on CBD’s scheduling status.
“An approval might even mean that the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) would have to reschedule the specific marijuana component in the drug, CBD, because it will have proven to have a tangible medical benefit,” writes Fortune.
Clinical trials are still confirming the efficacy of full spectrum hemp oil, but many individuals have noted that it has a positive effect on their health and well-being. “I tend to think that in most plants, nature evolves them to be the ideal expressions of that particular plant,” says Chris Kilham, Medicine Hunter. “So I think that there’s almost always a case to be made for using a whole plant.”
The views expressed herein are intended to stimulate your own interest in full spectrum hemp oil and highlight potential options for you, the consumer, of such hemp oil products. The information and opinions are provided for informational purposes only. We are not here to diagnose or treat any health or medical conditions, nor should this be relied upon as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, even if it features the advice of health experts, medical practitioners, or physicians. When making any lifestyle or health changes, consult your primary care physician.
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