10 Hemp Extract Facts You Need To Know
1.) Hemp Extract is a Main Component of Cannabis
Hemp Extract "Cannabidiol" or "HEMP EXTRACT" is a primary component of cannabis. It is one of more than 85 compounds unique to the plant and grouped under the umbrella term cannabinoids. HEMP EXTRACT and THC are the most prominent cannabinoids found in cannabis, and as such have undergone the heaviest scientific study.
2.) Hemp Extract Will NOT Get You High
Hemp Extract does not cause the feeling of being ‘high’ that is often associated with cannabis. The high is caused by THC. THC binds tightly to the CB1 and CB2 nerve receptors in the brain and throughout the body. Hemp Extract does not bind to these receptors and instead causes its therapeutic actions through more indirect means.
Because Hemp Extract will not make you feel intoxicated, it is a great option for parents, workers, and anyone else who does not to compromise their mental clarity.
Many health conditions, both severe and not, are treated with pharmaceutical drugs. Unfortunately, many of these drugs have unpleasant or dangerous side effects. In some instances, HEMP EXTRACT may offer non-toxic, virtually side-effect free, natural benefits for individuals who want to avoid or reduce the number of pharmaceuticals they are taking.
3.) Hemp Extract Oil from Hemp is Legal
Hemp Extract products come either from medical cannabis or industrial hemp plants. While still illegal under federal law, cannabis is legal in several states. And because it has a low THC content (>.3%), industrial hemp does not fall under these same regulations. This means that consumers are free to choose Hemp EXtract as a natural supplement without worrying about any legal repercussions.
4.) The Human Body Produces Cannabinoids On its Own, and Hemp Extract Speeds the process.
Phytocannabinoids are cannabinoids derived from plants. Endocannabinoids are cannabinoids produced naturally in the human body.
One example of an endocannabinoid is anandamide, or ‘the bliss molecule.’ This molecule activates the CB1 receptor.
Benefits of activating the CB1 receptor include:
- Relieving depression [S]
- Increasing myelin formation [S]
- Lowering intestinal inflammation [S]
- Decreasing intestinal permeability (Leaky Gut Syndrome) [S]
- Lowering blood pressure [S]
- Lowering anxiety [S]
- Reducing fear and paranoia [S]
- Increasing BDNF levels [S]
- Increasing PPARy expression [S]
- Reducing GPR55 signaling [S]
- Lowering prolactin [S]
An enzyme in the body known as FAAH is responsible for breaking down anandamide. HEMP EXTRACT is an inhibitor of FAAH, meaning more anandamide to be available to the CB1 receptors.
Anandamide has been shown to stop the proliferation of breast cancer cells, promote anti-anxiety and antidepressant effects, and increases neurogenesis. Anandamide plays a role in memory and forgetting, creating a potential natural value for individuals with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
5.) Hemp Extract Oil Effects Several Neurotransmitter Receptors
Hemp Extract is an allosteric modulator at several receptor sites in our bodies.
Allosteric modulators change the shape of specific receptors to alter their ability to interact with neurotransmitters.
Hemp Extract is a positive allosteric modulator of the mu and delta opioid receptors. This means it enhances the ability of these receptors to receive endogenous enkephalins which can increase quality of life and naturally reduce pain.
Inversely, Hemp Extract is a negative allosteric modulator of the CB1 receptor, reducing its ability to bind with THC; this explains why high-HEMP EXTRACT cultivars of cannabis mitigate many of the unwanted side effects associated with THC. [S], [S]
At high doses, Hemp Extract activates the 5-ht1A receptor. The 5-ht1A receptor helps regulate anxiety, addiction, appetite, sleep, pain perception, nausea, and vomiting. HEMP EXTRACTA (the raw form of Hemp Extract) shows an even higher affinity for the 5-ht1A receptor than HEMP EXTRACT. [S]
HEMP EXTRACT also antagonizes GPR55 receptors. GPR55 receptors are widely distributed in the brain (especially the cerebellum) and help to control bone density and blood pressure.
When activated, GPR55 promotes cancer cell proliferation. This antagonizing action may help explain the natural value of supplementing with HEMP EXTRACT in individuals with cancer, osteoporosis, and high blood pressure. [S]
Hemp Extract activates TRPV1 receptors. TRPV1 is involved in regulating pain, body temperature, and inflammation. Other substances targeting TRPV1 receptors include anandamide, AM404 (a metabolite of acetaminophen), capsaicin, and various cannabinoids such as CBN, CBG, CBC, THCV, and CBDV.
Lastly, HEMP EXTRACT activates PPAR-gamma receptors. PPAR-gamma receptors are located on the cell’s nuclei and play a role in lipid uptake, insulin sensitivity, dopamine release and the degradation of beta-amyloid plaque. This is why HEMP EXTRACT has been found to have natural value for individuals with diabetes, schizophrenia, and Alzheimer’s disease. [S]
6.) HEMP EXTRACT Oil May Help with Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency (CECD)
Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency is a condition where an individual has a lower amount of endogenous cannabinoids than is considered necessary to promote health and well-being.
Scientists now believe CECD may play a role in the following conditions:
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Motion Sickness
Many of these conditions are treated with a range of medications that carry some heavy side effects. As the research develops, if CECD is found to be the culprit behind these conditions, HEMP EXTRACT would help increase endocannabinoids in the body without many of the risks associated with pharmaceuticals.
7.) HEMP EXTRACT Oil Has Numerous Natural Benefits
Cannabidiol is one of 85+ cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant, and much of the ongoing research has found it to be a promising potential therapy for many illnesses that medical professionals have previously thought to be untreatable, including:
- Pain (neuropathic, chronic, cancer-related, etc.)
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
- Broken Bones
- Mad Cow Disease
- Bacterial Infections
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Substance Abuse/Withdrawal
- Heart Disease
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
8.) HEMP EXTRACT Is But One Part of the Entourage Effect
The entourage effect describes the phenomenon where the 400+ compounds in cannabis work in concert to have a synergistic effect on the body. In other words, it is the sum of its parts that make cannabis so effective.
For example, 100mg of isolated HEMP EXTRACT may be substantially less effective at alleviating symptoms than 100mg of a whole-plant, cannabis extract.
Vitamin C may be a good analogy. Many vitamin C supplements are presented in the form of ascorbic acid. Ascorbic acid is just one of the many compounds that comprise the whole vitamin C. In order to be most effective, vitamin C must also exist alongside rutin, Factor K, Factor J, Factor P, Tyrosinase, and Ascorbigen. In fact, in all of his years of research, the discoverer of Vitamin C and Nobel prize laureate Dr. Albert Szent-Georgi was never able to cure scurvy with isolated ascorbic acid. In contrast, eating an orange provides whole vitamin C with all the necessary cofactors for optimum absorption.
It is this very concept that lies at the center of the HEMP EXTRACT oil from hemp vs. HEMP EXTRACT oil from cannabis debate.
While it may be cheaper and more cost-effective to extract HEMP EXTRACT from industrial hemp, users may ultimately experience fewer benefits due to the absence of clinically significant levels of terpenes and other compounds which occur in abundance in high-HEMP EXTRACT cannabis.
Agricultural hemp is much closer to the kind of cannabis that one would find growing naturally, whereas high-HEMP EXTRACT cannabis is hybridized and altered by growers to produce the highest levels of the desired compounds.
Unfortunately, there are no hard facts about the validity of the entourage effect. It is up to each individual to research, consult with medical professionals, and decide for themselves the best path forward.
9.) HEMP EXTRACT and THC Have Different Benefits for Pain
Research suggests HEMP EXTRACT may be better for inflammation and neuropathic pain, while THC may excel with spasticity and cramp-related pain.
High doses of THC can exacerbate current pain symptoms making micro-dosing with THC a more reasonable pain management strategy.
Many people experience difficulty managing the side effects of THC, and because HEMP EXTRACT can mitigate these side effects, some experts to suggest a combination of THC and HEMP EXTRACT as a more manageable approach to treating pain.
THC is illegal and carries considerable immediate and long-term cognitive side effects. These include impaired thinking and reasoning, a reduced ability to plan and organize, altered decision-making, and reduced control over impulses.
In addition, chronic use of THC correlates with significant abnormalities in the heart and brain. HEMP EXTRACT lacks many of these harmful effects.
Given the increasing popularity of medical marijuana, breeders are currently creating strains with higher HEMP EXTRACT to THC ratios to minimize these psychoactive side effects.
Overall, the lower health risks of HEMP EXTRACT, combined with its efficacy, make it a better candidate for natural supplementation than THC.
10.) HEMP EXTRACT Oil Helps Children with Seizures and Epilepsy
Perhaps one of the most exciting applications of HEMP EXTRACT oil is its potential impact for adults and children with epilepsy.
Individuals who were experiencing dozens of seizures daily have found that HEMP EXTRACT can dramatically decrease the these numbers.
Considering the shocking increase in children receiving prescriptions for various ailments, HEMP EXTRACT oil may provide a non-toxic more natural alternative to pharmaceutical treatments, preventing children from experiencing long term damage or side effects.