There are a lot of misconceptions among the general public when it comes to hemp oil. First off, what hemp oil is NOT: It's not marijuana, and it's not psychoactive.
Second, hemp is a superfood available to anyone. It contains more than 85 different phyto-compounds and it is legal in all 50 states.
What is a cannabinoid?
Glad you asked! Cannabinoids are the primary chemical compounds found in the hemp plant.
Functional Remedies’ hemp oil capsules and tinctures are made with whole plant hemp extracts that contain ALL of the beneficial cannabinoids and elements of the hemp plant, not just isolated molecules.
Why “whole plant”
Scientific studies have established that synthetic, single-molecule hemp-oils have a very narrow window of efficacy and requires great precision to achieve that efficacy, whereas lower concentration, whole-plant, full-spectrum, phyto-nutrient rich nutritional supplement regimens are already showing efficacy for many. Full-spectrum compounds interact collectively and enhance their therapeutic benefits. Scientists call this the “entourage effect.” Numerous hemp compounds have medicinal attributes, but the therapeutic impact of whole plant hemp is greater than the sum of its parts.
They sell hemp seed oil at my grocery store. Is that the same thing as Functional Remedies' hemp oil?
Short answer: No.
Hemp seed oil is extracted from the seeds of the hemp plant typically using a cold-press process. Hemp seeds contain as much as half of their weight in oil, which is easily extracted and commonly used as a substitute for olive oil and other cooking oils. While it has a host of beneficial uses and is full of antioxidants and healthy fats, hemp seed oil is used for its nutritional value and is not the same as the whole-plant hemp oil we produce.
High quality full-spectrum hemp oil is made from the flowers of the hemp plant, not the seeds. To get the most nutrients and whole plant phyto-cannabinoids out of the plant, the hemp must be harvested while the flowers are still very small, requiring a large quantity of plant material. This is why full-spectrum hemp products are typically more expensive than hemp seed oil, but contain a greater number of beneficial compounds and have more far-reaching positive health benefits.
What does hemp oil do?
Full-spectrum hemp oil interacts with the body through the endogenous cannabinoid system (ECS) or endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system regulates the body’s normal homeostasis, or general state of balance. This can maintain a healthy mood, sleep habit, appetite, and pain response.
As the environment around us affects our normal state of balance, the endocannabinoid system keeps us level by mediating our body’s reaction to external stimuli. Taking a whole-plant hemp oil supplement can enhance your body’s ability to maintain homeostasis and manage physical and emotional stress as a result of changes in your immediate environment.
Aren’t hemp and marijuana the same thing?
Short answer: No.
Longer answer: Both hemp and marijuana work with the endocannabinoid system in the body, but there are a few key differences. Marijuana has a high concentration of THC – the chemical that makes you feel “high”. Hemp does not get you high, and is legal in all 50 states without a medical marijuana card. Hemp has numerous cannabinoids that work with your endocannabinoid system to bring about greater overall health and vitality. Functional Remedies' products are made from hemp - NOT marijuana.
Where does hemp oil come from?
Functional Remedies’ hemp oil and hemp tinctures are made from hemp plants that we grow on our farm here in Colorado. We use the whole plant - the stem, leaves & flowers - to make our products. And, the flower is the most valuable for a dense, rich, full-spectrum hemp oil with a broad range of phyto-nutrients. Functional Remedies' full-spectrum hemp oil is high in phyto-cannabinoids,terpenes, flavonoids, phyto-compounds and so much more.
What is hemp oil used for?
Hemp based products are becoming incredibly popular for their enormous therapeutic potential and wide range of possible applications.
Can you tell me more?
Actually, no. BUT...there’s a very good reason for that! Because Functional Remedies’ hemp oil, Hemp Tincture and other sustainable hemp products are classified as dietary supplements by the FDA, we can’t make any specific claims as to what diseases and conditions they treat. So, while we are unable to speak to specific diseases and conditions, there are large (and growing) array of sites, online resources, and scientific research from around the world that point to the many beneficial uses of hemp oil. We also encourage you to sign up for our email list and we’ll send you lots of valuable information about hemp as well as updates and news that are cutting edge.
How much hemp oil should I take?
Just like your method of ingestion, your optimal dose of hemp oil, hemp tincture, or hemp capsules is highly personal. We are not able to make exact dosing recommendations as per FDA regulations, but we generally suggest that you start small, and work your way up to the dose that feels right, especially if you have little experience with full-spectrum hemp oil.
A small dose, a few times a day, is a better place to start than a large dose all at once. You can gradually increase your dose until you find what works best for you. An optimal dose yields the greatest benefits while minimizing any adverse effects. For some people, that’s 15 mg per day, but for others it may be 150 mg per day.
When you find that sweet spot, consistency is key. A good plan is to stick with your starting dose for 2-3 weeks to see how it affects you before increasing. While some folks might feel a difference right away, others may have to build up to an optimal dose to feel the desired results. Be patient with yourself, and give the product a chance to work.
How long will it take for me to “feel” it working?
Some people feel results from whole plant hemp oil immediately (and that’s wonderful). However, some people find that it takes 3-4 weeks of consistent use before they begin to feel the beneficial effects of the oil.
As with any new nutritional supplement choice, there are several factors that will determine how quickly you see results: duration and severity of the factors in your life which are impacting your sense of wellness and well-being, concentration of the capsules or tincture, and other therapies you might be using at the same time are just some of the variables to take into account when beginning therapeutic use of whole plant hemp oil, hemp capsules, or hemp tincture. Hemp is a natural remedy that functions with your body to gradually improve its overall state of balance, and, unlike with most prescription medications, the changes you experience as a result can often be very subtle. This is a gradual process toward long lasting health and vitality, so be patient, stay consistent, and you will see results!