There are many questions you may ask about hemp oil benefits, such as;
What is hemp oil used for? What is it good for?
and What does it do?
What is hemp oil used for? What is it good for? and What does it do?
There are 2 main types of Hemp Extract available: Full Spectrum Oils and Isolates. Each of these can be offered in one or more different types of products. oils, tinctures, creams, capsules, vapors, and pet products. The benefits of hemp oil extract can vary by product. Depending on the type of hemp oil and the extraction and manufacturing processes used.
Different ways of consuming the hemp oil can affect its bio-availability (the amount of active substance absorbed by the body).
Full-Spectrum has become more popular, and for good reason, but isolate has certain benefits that might appeal to different users. In this article, we look closely at the differences, uses, and various benefits between the two.
Taking a dose of healthy hemp oil every day is good for you in many ways. Hemp oil is used as a daily dietary supplement/food and is known to be good for balancing our internal systems, namely the Endocannabinoid System or (ECS).
The most elementary for our body is to be in balance. When our body is in balance then we are feeling relaxed, healthy and happy. Only when we are in balance, we can thrive. The ECS is responsible for the maintenance of our state of equilibrium, or also called homeostasis.
Homeostasis is a term used to describe the process of maintaining internal balance in an ever-changing external environment.
The receptors of the ECS have a “wireless” connection with the whole body. And the ECS is continuously trying to regulate the body towards more stability. The endogenous cannabinoid system supports the body in a variety of internal, physiological processes and helps to regulate them. The four main tasks of the ECS are neuroprotection (the attempt to prevent nerve cells from dying), stress regeneration, immune balance, and homeostatic regulation.
The endocannabinoid system is directly involved in so many homeostatic processes, and these hemp oil benefits can give your organism the necessary element to continue to function efficiently.
Hemp oil can be used through three primary methods: mucous membranes, the digestive system or the skin. Accordingly, there are several forms of consumption, from hemp oil tinctures to hemp oil capsules to hemp oil creams.
Tinctures: The hemp oil product is placed under the tongue and held there for 30-60 seconds. The oil is then absorbed through the mucous membranes in your mouth and sent directly to your bloodstream. This is demonstrably faster than when taken through the gastric mucosa.
Capsules: When you ingest Hemp oil, it will take a while to feel the effects. The capsule has to go through the digestive system and circulate through the liver. During this process, the amount of Hemp Extract available to your body will be reduced. It is, however, a way to get more lasting effects.
Cream: For external use only, the hemp cream is applied and massaged into the skin before or after activities. Hemp oil has many benefits for the skin.
Vape / E-Liquid: As with hemp oil tinctures, when vaping Hemp Oil, the extract is absorbed through the mucous membranes and sent directly to your bloodstream. The e-liquid contains hemp extract as an additive, much like nicotine. The extract is prepared so that it can be safely incorporated into the other ingredients of the e-liquid. In addition, of course, then also flavors can be included. For vaping in a standard e-cigarette tank, it is best to use a product containing the standard composition of VG and PG. So you can be sure that the device tolerates the liquid.
Full Spectrum Hemp Oil
Full Spectrum Hemp oil is a valuable daily supplement due to the natural presence of essential nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, and omega-3 & -6 fatty acids. It also retains a great array of terpenes.
The way all compounds are interacting with another is called the entourage effect. Which describes the beneficial effect of all compounds working together more efficiently than when taken separately. In the following, we will discuss some of the benefits of the very healthy assets of full spectrum hemp oil.
* Products commonly manufactured with Full Spectrum: Raw Paste Oil, Tinctures, Liquids, and Capsules.
What are Terpenes?
Terpenes are common ingredients of flavors and fragrances. Terpenes, unlike cannabinoids, are responsible for the aroma of the hemp plant or hemp oil. The FDA and other health departments have generally recognized terpene as “safe”. Terpenes act on receptors and neurotransmitters. They are very vulnerable when it comes to combining or dissolving in lipids or fats. They act as serotonin reuptake inhibitors, improve norepinephrine activity, and increase dopamine activity.
“The hemp plant is made up of a variety of chemicals and compounds. About 140 of them belong to a large class of aromatic organic hydrocarbons known as terpenes (pronounced tur-peens).”
Terpenes in Hemp Oil
The most common and abundant terpenes found in hemp oil are; Limonene, Beta-Caryophyllene, Mycrene, and Linalool. These primary terpenes offer many benefits and therefore, we decided to elaborate more on each of these terpenes and their benefits below:
Limone is a monocyclic monoterpenoid and one of two major compounds formed from pinene. As the name implies, these varieties smell strongly of citrus fruits such as oranges, lemons, and limes. This citrus terpene is the main ingredient in citrus bark, rosemary, juniper, and peppermint as well as in pine oils.
Limonene is strongly absorbed by inhalation and appears rapidly in the bloodstream. It helps in the absorption of other terpenes through the skin and other body tissues. It is also well documented that limonene suppresses the growth of many species of fungi and bacteria.
Plants use limonene as a natural insecticide to repel predators. Limones were used especially in foods and perfumes before it became better known as the most important ingredient in citrus cleaners. It has a very low toxicity and side effects are rarely associated with it.
Beta-Caryophyllene is a sesquiterpene found in many plants such as Thai basil, cloves, cinnamon leaves, black pepper, and lavender. The aroma has been described as peppery, woody and/or spicy.
Caryophyllene is the only terpene known to interact with the endocannabinoid (CB2) system. Studies show that β-caryophyllene selectively binds to the CB2 receptor and that it is a functional CB2 agonist.
Beta-Caryophyllene is mainly used in chewing gum when combined with other spicy blends or citrus flavors.
Myrcene, specifically β-myrcene, is a monoterpene and the most commonly produced terpene in the hemp plant. Its aroma was described as a musky, earthy, vegetable – much like carnations.
Mycrene is found in mango, hop oil, citrus fruits, laurel leaves, eucalyptus, wild thyme, lemongrass, and many other plants.
Myrcene has some very beneficial properties, such as lowering resistance to the blood-brain barrier. This is allowing many other chemicals to cross the barrier easier and faster. It has been shown to increase the maximum level of saturation of the CB1 receptor, allowing for a greater effect.
Myrcene is a potent analgesic, has anti-inflammatory, antibiotic and antimutagenic properties. It blocks the effects of cytochrome, aflatoxin B and other pro-mutagenic carcinogens.
Linalool is a non-cyclic monoterpenoid, and the aroma has been described as floral and smelling of lavender undertones. Linalool has soothing, relaxing effects.
Linalool has been used as a sleep aid for centuries. Linalool reduces fearful emotions, so it is helpful in the treatment of daily stress. Studies also show that linalool strengthens the immune system, and restore cognitive and emotional function. Linalool strengthens the immune system by activating immune cells directly through specific receptors and/or pathways.
The Environmental Protection Agency has approved their use as pesticide, flavor, and fragrance. It is used in a variety of bath and body products. It is commonly listed among the ingredients for these products as beta linalool, linalyl alcohol, and p-linalool. Its vapors have proven to be an effective insecticide against fruit flies, fleas and cockroaches.
Linalool is a critical precursor to the formation of vitamin E.
Hemp isolate is as pure and concentrated as it gets. This is in part due to the production process. Which eliminates all hemp plant fatty acids, proteins, terpenes, and other chemical compounds. It has no scent and no taste, making it a perfect option for those who struggle with the earthy flavors of more conventional hemp oils.
While Full Spectrum has become the more preferred hemp extract, it does not discredit the effectiveness and usefulness of isolate. There are a wide variety of situations when isolate would be preferred over Full Spectrum. For example, you may not necessarily need the full benefits of the whole plant material compounds, or if you tend to be sensitive to the effects of whole plant compounds found in full spectrum, you may benefit from using isolate.
Isolates are a much more versatile substance than other Full Spectrum oils. Because they have no flavor, no smell, and they can easily be blended into coconut oil (MCT) and incorporated into beverages or edibles.
* Products commonly manufactured with Isolate: Powder, Tinctures, Liquids, and Vape E-Liquids.
How does Hemp Oil Isolate delivered in coconut oil (MCT) differentiate from other Hemp Oil products?
– maximum BIO availability
– great taste – it does not burn in the throat
– contains no other whole-plant materials, terpenes, fatty acids, and minerals.
Hemp Extract Isolate is a great alternative to Full Spectrum oils. The advantage is that it is very light in flavor with just a hint of coconut and it has a pleasant texture. Isolate blended with MCT is, therefore, suitable for anyone who appreciates the light coconut flavor. Isolate is definitely a product that could be easily enjoyed by all members of the family.
Creative ways to use Isolate to maximize its benefits.
– You can add it to your ready meals / drinks.
– It can be added to sauces, salads, smoothies, etc.
– You can add a small spoon of isolate to coffee or tea.
There are thousands of studies and reviews published in respected peer-reviewed science and medical journals. Many more studies are also beginning to research the effects of hemp extract on animals such as dogs and cats.
There are too many to list. We recommend that you do your own research regarding the health benefits of hemp oil. And speak with your doctor before starting any new supplement routine.