women using CBD for a hangover

Posted by & filed under Blog, CBD.

I used to think the only way to handle a hangover was lots of water and time but earlier this year the coffee shop next to my office started selling CBD hemp oil. One morning when I’d been a little too, ahem, enthusiastic at happy hour the evening before I decided to give one a try and see if it helped with my hangover. I quickly found that these were a great solution to pep me up the morning after a bit of over-indulging. I found that I didn’t get the combo headache & nausea that I usually do, and my mood improved quickly.

These days I keep a bottle of full-spectrum hemp oil as my go-to hangover cure any time I drink a little too much. Even if it was just one glass of wine too many the night before, it’s amazing how a little bit of CBD improves my day.

I started to wonder – do other people use CBD for hangovers? And what exactly was it about full-spectrum CBD hemp oil that might be helping me out?

What Causes a Hangover??

My first step was to understand what exactly causes the symptoms of a hangover, as in what systems are being affected in the body. We all know hangovers are the direct result of overconsuming alcohol, however, the severity and variety of symptoms depend a lot on who you are, what you drink, and how much sleep you get.

This is partly due to how your body relates to alcohol and the kind of existing stressors in your life. Two people can consume the same quantity of alcohol and have wildly different effects the next day, however, whether you get a hangover from two drinks, or ten, there are some common reactions your body has to excessive consumption of alcohol: inflammation, headaches, nausea, and disrupted sleep. Symptoms that may be improved by some very specific qualities contained in cannabinoids.

Your Endocannabinoid System Is Out Of Whack

One theory for the cause of hangover symptoms is that excessive alcohol consumption actually puts a strain on your endocannabinoid system, causing its natural functions to fall short. Remember, the ECS is instrumental in modulating pain, inflammation, appetite, and sleep cycles as well as serotonin and dopamine.

When this system isn’t functioning well your body’s ability to regulate pain, appetite, and sleep as well as your mood are diminished. Sound familiar? If this is the case, taking CBD, particularly full-spectrum hemp or CBD oil, could help replenish your ECS and return it to its normal functionality.

Cannabinoids for Pain Relief

After I started taking CBD first thing in the morning, I noticed that my headaches mostly dissipated. Turns out, these headaches could be caused by dehydration or they could be migraines triggered by the alcohol itself.

So why do I have less of a headache when I take CBD? While there is yet to be definitive answers as to why cannabinoids help with headaches, studies have shown that migraines may be directly related to the ECS, and symptoms seem to be mitigated by introducing cannabinoids into the body. Furthermore, cannabinoids may be able to affect serotonin levels which researchers believe plays a big part in pain regulation.

Mitigating Anxiety & Improving Mood

Speaking of serotonin, a common symptom of hangovers is anxiety and irritability. This is a big part of why I take CBD, especially if I’m at work or have a big day planned. I can usually count on having some level of increased anxiety and general grumpiness (especially if I didn’t get enough sleep!) and CBD helps me get my mood back on track. CBD may reduce social anxiety, and even change how our brains react to anxiety. In fact, cannabinoids could even prove to be a viable treatment for anxiety disorders including PTSD!

CBD May Help With Symptoms Of Nausea

The endocannabinoid system plays a major role in the function of our digestive systems and can be manipulated to prevent (or induce) vomiting. Dysfunction in the ECS continues to be studied for its possible role in sufferers of migraines, IBS and other similar treatment-resistant syndromes as well as its role in nausea induced by chemotherapy.

These cannabinoids may provide relief for these specific symptoms. Taking a dose of full-spectrum CBD has the potential to help repair and replenish your system, which may in turn ease symptoms of nausea. I’m lucky in that I rarely have severe nausea, but I definitely find that a dose of CBD soothes the mild nausea that I frequently experience.

Treat Your Body’s Inflammatory Response

Chronic inflammation is associated with heavy drinking, and even occasional excessive drinking puts a strain on your whole body, starting by overworking your liver. All of this inflammation can lead to a general feeling of malaise, particularly in combination with other hangover symptoms. While more research is necessary to confirm CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties, initial studies suggest that it can provide relief for inflammation and neuropathic pain in humans, and provide relief for inflammation in animals.

It Could Help You Get A Better Night’s Sleep

While you can’t go back and stop yourself from downing that last happy hour cocktail, the sooner you get caught back up on sleep, the better. Dosing up on a little CBD before bed can help relax your body and make it easier to fall asleep. If you’re feeling extra adventurous (or expect to have more than one or two drinks) you could even try taking a bit of CBD before the night starts. CBD may mitigate the effects of alcohol on your body, particularly its impact on your liver and brain.

How Much CBD to Take for a hangover

Like any substance, the amount of full-spectrum hemp oil you’ll want to take to help with your hangover depends on your body and may take some testing. I find that 20 to 25 milligrams usually does the trick for me, any less and I don’t notice much of an improvement in symptoms, but sometimes I’ll take more if I’m feeling particularly rough. My suggestion? Start with a moderate amount and work your way to your perfect dose!

So Can CBD Help With Hangovers?

The reality is that there is no set cure for hangovers – other than preventing them in the first place! However, CBD does seem to help the symptoms of hangovers and may get your body back on track more quickly than it would without any help, which has certainly been my experience.

Whether it’s CBD’s natural anti-inflammatory properties, its relation to the ECS, or the fact that it usually helps me get caught up on sleep again quickly, I’ve certainly found that it makes a big difference for me. Whatever the reason, the benefits of full-spectrum hemp oil are certainly worth exploring and there’s no downside to giving it a try the next time your friends persuade you to try out a new bar down the street.

Tags

hemp oil

Posted by & filed under CBD.

Hemp oil is everywhere recently, and while there are many reasons to incorporate hemp oil into your daily life, it can be confusing to navigate all the different options on the market, the real benefits, and the difference between the many product variations.

You may have many questions about this product that is growing like wildfire including: What is hemp oil? Is hemp oil the same as CBD oil? What are the benefits of CBD oil?

This ultimate guide to hemp oil will help you fully understand what this healing product has to offer, how to buy it online from reputable brands, and how you can reap the benefits of it in your life. 

There is a lot of hype about CBD hemp oil and this guide will help you see past that and get the facts you need to make a decision that is best for you.

By the end of this guide, you’ll be able to make the decision to use hemp oil, how much to take, where to buy it, and what to expect from including this in your daily life.

What is CBD?

For starters, let’s decode CBD. CBD stands for cannabidiol and it is one of over a hundred known cannabinoids found in the Cannabis sativa plant. Cannabinoids, and phyto cannabinoids, are natural compounds found in many plant species (not just cannabis) that are known to help the body protect itself against changes in the environment, helping the body adapt to these changes and maintain good health and homeostasis. Other plants that contain cannabinoids include Echinacea, Electric Daisy, Japanese Liverwort, and Cacao to name a few. Additionally, yeast can actually produce both CBD and THC, so these compounds are not exclusive to the cannabis plant.

There is a lot of confusion about the difference between CBD and THC. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the principal psychoactive property of cannabis. THC is what creates the “high” feeling, while CBD is much different. CBD does not get you high! While it may create a feeling of deep relaxation, the effects are more focused on the body rather than the mind. CBD is hemp and THC is marijuana. Additionally, many people report feeling anxious or paranoid from THC and CBD can actually help to counteract these feelings and create a more balanced sensation. 

Hemp vs Marijuana: CBD vs THC

There is a lot of confusion about the difference between hemp and marijuana. While these plants are both classified under Cannabis sativa L, they are very different from root to flower, and used for different purposes.

A cannabis plant that is categorized as industrial hemp, it has to contain less than .03% THC. Industrial hemp naturally and biologically contains low levels of THC and high levels of THC. Industrial hemp is federally legal, while marijuana is not. Marijuana contains high levels of THC and low levels of CBD. Once a cannabis plant contains greater than 0.3% THC, it is legally a marijuana plant.

Marijuana derived CBD is illegal, while hemp derived CBD is legal. It is possible to purchase marijuana derived CBD in states where recreational and medical marijuana is legal. 

Because hemp derived CBD is federally legal, it is possible to purchase online and ship to anywhere in the United States. 

Hemp oil is considered a dietary supplement and is used in skin care, clothing, paper, and more for its fibers and profile of cannabinoids and phytocannabinoids. 

Just as lemons and limes are both citrus, hemp and marijuana are both cannabis but with different chemical make ups. 

Are Hemp Oil and CBD Oil the Same? What is Hemp Seed Oil?

Now that we’ve got the difference between THC and CBD down, let’s dive into the difference between hemp oil, CBD hemp oil, and hemp seed oil. These are all very different things, and as a consumer, it’s super important to understand what makes them different and why one product will not have the same effects as the other. 

What is hemp oil? What is hemp seed oil?

Hemp oil and technically be any oil that is derived from the hemp plant, including hemp seed oil. This does not necessarily mean that the oil will contain any CBD or other cannabinoids. This can get confusing when shopping online as many manufacturers mismarket products to sell more units to uneducated consumers looking for CBD hemp oil. There are, however, many benefits to hemp oil including fatty acids, vitamins, moisturizing agents, and dietary supplements. Hemp oil is great for hair, skin, digestion, and much more. However, it will not garner the same effects as CBD hemp oil. 

Hemp seed oil is a rich oil derived solely from the seeds of the hemp plant. 

What is CBD oil and CBD hemp oil?

CBD hemp oil is extracted from the stalks, leaves, and flowers of the hemp plant. It is rich in cannabinoids and phytonutrients, known in the industry as full-spectrum hemp oil (FSHO). FSHO is considered to be CBD hemp oil and contains high levels of CBD and phytocannabinoids that offer support to the body in ways that hemp oil or hemp seed oil do not. The full profile of these benefits is still being studied and understood by scientists, but this type of hemp oil is federally legal and contains less than .03% THC.

There are three different types of CBD oil:

  1. Full-spectrum hemp oil: FSHO, as mentioned above, contains the most amount of the plant of all CBD oils. It contains the full range of cannabinoids, terpenes, polyphenols, and more, which all have different effects on the body. FSHO contains less than .03% THC.
  2. Broad-spectrum hemp oil: Broad-spectrum is nearly the same as FSHO, but with all amounts of THC extracted. The spectrum of cannabinoids and other aspects remain, but contains 0% THC. 
  3. CBD Isolate: This type of oil contains only CBD, which has been isolated from the plant through chemical extraction and purification.   

Adding any type of CBD oil to your daily life can be very beneficial! Choosing the right option for you is dependant on the effects you’re looking for and how much you are looking to spend. There are distinct benefits to all three options, which we’ll cover next.

How Does CBD Work?

While official scientific studies on the effects and benefits are still being conducted, there is a lot we do know about how CBD interacts with the body and why people report feeling the benefits they do from using CBD hemp oil. 

The body is a self-regulating machine that is always working on establishing balance within. When something is out of balance, the body works to compensate for the imbalance, working toward homeostasis. One way our bodies maintain homeostasis is through the endocannabinoid system, the ECS. The ECS produces cannabinoids from the inside (endo), which help the process of self-regulation. The ECS is in charge of regulating functions including eating, sleeping, stress, anxiety, happiness, etc and help us adapt to change. Additionally, healing and repair are also regulated by the ECS. 

The ECS is a network of cell receptors (CB1 & CB2) throughout the body that are responsible for sending signals to the ECS when something is imbalanced. Found primarily in the brain and spinal cord are the CB1 receptors, whereas CB2 receptors are concentrated in immune cells in the peripheral nervous system. The combination of these two vital receptors creates a balance between our vital life functions, which all report to the ECS. 

Because our bodies naturally produce cannabinoids, this process can sometimes be interrupted by environmental factors or anything that creates an imbalance in sleep, eating, etc. In order to assist the body’s production of endocannabinoids, it is helpful to consume cannabinoids from the external world to help restore balance.

Both the CB1 and CB2 receptors respond to different cannabinoids, making a full-spectrum CBD hemp oil act like a set of keys for different locks. CB1 receptors bind with CBD, while CB2 receptors bind with THC. The combination of consuming both THC and CBD creates balance in the ECS where there is an imbalance or a lack of inherent production of endocannabinoids. THC and CBD work very well together, as mentioned earlier in balancing the psychoactive effect that can be experienced from consuming just THC alone. 

Additionally, a feeling of happiness is sometimes reported from users of CBD. While this is not the same as the “high” feeling produced by THC, it is thought to be a naturally occurring effect from CBD. The bliss molecule, Anandamide (AEA), is thought to be supported and sustained by CBD because it blocks the breaking down of an enzyme called FAAH (fatty acid amide hydrolase). When this happens, AEA is not broken down and the sensation of joy and happiness can be sustained for a longer period of time from naturally produced AEA.

There is still a lot of research that needs to be done to fully understand how CBD interacts with all aspects of the body and our health, but this initial research is very promising. 

Is CBD Hemp Oil Legal?

This topic is a bit confusing with some misinformation floating around the internet. The short answer is, yes. Under the 2018 Farm Bill, industrial hemp was permanently removed as a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act. As noted, the cannabis plant cannot contain more than .03% THC and cannot be derived from marijuana, only hemp. 

Additionally, while the 2018 Farm Bill has made hemp derived CBD legal, each state can still make its own laws—meaning it may still be illegal in your state. 

Excerpts taken from Brookings.edu:

“Ultimately, the Farm Bill legalizes hemp, but it doesn’t create a system in which people can grow it as freely as they can grow tomatoes or basil. This will be a highly regulated crop in the United States for both personal and industrial production.”

In terms of using hemp for research to determine the full profile of benefits and how it interacts with the body in a positive way, this also saw support with the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill. What began in 2014 to support the research of the medical benefits of hemp was amplified in the 2018 Farm Bill:

“One of the goals of the 2014 Farm Bill was to generate and protect research into hemp. The 2018 Farm Bill continues this effort. Section 7605 re-extends the protections for hemp research and the conditions under which such research can and should be conducted.”

This is all great news for the hemp industry and for those looking to supplement their health with CBD. 

Because this bill passed about a year ago, there is still only preliminary scientific research that has been done, mostly in animal studies, as to the health benefits of CBD. This is, however, an incredible start to something that has the potential to change the medical industry.

Consumer research is still highly recommended before purchasing CBD hemp oil.

What Are the Health Benefits of CBD Hemp Oil?

Medical research in human and animal studies is promising, as the functionality of the ECS is further explored and understood. There is still a long road ahead before actual claims can be made on the true benefits of CBD hemp oil, however. While we all patiently wait, we can only rely on reports from users about what they’ve experienced directly from using CBD in their daily life. 

CBD can be used to support good health and supplement imbalances in the body. Recently, The Arthritis Foundation published a press release advocating for the use of CBD to treat and relieve direct and indirect symptoms of arthritis. This statement was made after conducting a survey with patients living with arthritis. While there isn’t any scientific research to back this up, there are over a thousand responses to the positive effects of CBD for arthritis. The Arthritis Foundation even created a CBD hemp oil guide specifically for their community to navigate how to best incorporate CBD in their treatment plan. 

With more and more efforts like this from reputable foundations that are advocates for the legalization and FDA approval of CBD hemp oil, the future is looking bright!

Outside of scientific studies, users of CBD hemp oil have reported experiencing benefits with:

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Stress 
  • Insomnia
  • Pain relief
  • Inflammation
  • Arthritis
  • Mood swings, and more

All we have to go off of now are case studies, surveys, and user reports, but that will surely change in the future.

The most important thing to do before you add CBD hemp oil to your daily life is to consult with a medical professional who have experience with CBD hemp oil. Everyone will react differently to CBD hemp oil, and it is important to keep that in mind when considering adding it to you life. Reactions and effects will be as unique as your fingerprint is, and there is no way to determine the response without trying it first. For some, the effects may take up to an hour, while others can feel it more quickly. 

CBD does interact with some medications negatively, which is why it is so important to consult a medical professional before taking any action. 

CBD Hemp Oil Dosage: How Much CBD Hemp Oil Should You Take?

Again, the dosage for each person can vary widely and will be unique for everyone. The general rule of thumb is to start “low and slow.” Additionally, there are many different ways to take CBD that are not only in the form of CBD hemp oil, the tincture.

Forms of CBD

Other forms of consuming CBD are in capsule form, edibles, inhalation, and topical solutions including salves, balms, and creams. Depending on your needs and preferred method, choosing the form of CBD is totally up to you. 

Measurement of CBD

CBD is measured in milligrams (mg) and every product will have a different potency. Based on the mg that the form you choose to consume contains, you will be able to determine how much to take and how often. The easiest way to measure the dosage will be with a tincture, as you can determine how many drops contain a more exact mg dosage of CBD than, say, an edible. Too big of a bite could result in an unwanted effect.

Dosage of CBD

To start, take 20-25 mg of CBD once daily. While the effects of CBD are meant to be subtle, meaning you won’t have that “high” feeling or any sensations of euphoria, you will be able to feel a notable difference within an hour.

It is a good idea to keep a notebook on the dosage, effects, and time while you are getting started. This way you’ll be able to track your consumption and exactly how much you took and what you felt.

Maintain the starting dosage for at least one week consecutively before increasing the mg. 

If you are targeting stress or anxiety, taking it early in the day is optimal. For insomnia, later in the day or after dinner is optimal. 

What Type of CBD Hemp Oil Should You Buy? Full-Spectrum CBD Hemp Oil or CBD Isolate?

As with anything, there are different strokes for different folks. Generally, you’re going to get the widest profile of benefits from a full-spectrum CBD hemp oil like what you can find from Functional Remedies. This is due to something called the entourage effect which refers to the combined effect of the phytocannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids and other beneficial compounds in the hemp plant working together in your body. As a result, Functional Remedies full-spectrum hemp oils foster enhanced therapeutic benefits that other isolate CBD oils can’t match.

CBD isolate will be a more affordable option that will not contain all the cannabinoids that a full-spectrum CBD hemp oil does. 

Where Can You Buy CBD Hemp Oil?

With the boom of CBD hemp oil, it is easy to find many different options online, however buy beware. There is a lot of misinformation online, including Amazon who is technically not legally able to sell anything but hemp oil for hemp seed oil. 

Read the labels and look for ingredients you can understand. There will be carrier oils with the CBD (not always hemp oil) that can include MCT oil and coconut oil, among many others. Essentials are also added to amplify the flavor and benefits. 

There are points you’ll want to look for that reputable and trustworthy brands will have stated explicitly on their website:

  • List of ingredients
  • Compliant with current Good Manufacturing Practices
  • cGMP Certification from third party auditor
  • Third party Certificate of Analysis (CoA)
  • Extraction method
  • Testimonials

Additionally, this glossary of terms is incredibly helpful to further understand the vocabulary and language in association with CBD hemp oil. 

Here are a some from Functional Remedies that are vital to understand:

Cannabinoids – A class of naturally occurring chemical compounds that act on cannabinoid receptors and include those produced in the body as well as by plants (primarily cannabis plants). Over a hundred different cannabinoids have been identified, but the most prevalent and well known include:  tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), cannabidiol (CBD), cannabigerol (CBG), cannabichromene (CBC), and cannabinol (CBN).

EndoCannabinoid System (ECS) – A biological system composed primarily of endocannabinoids [the endogenous arachidonate-based lipids, anandamide (N-arachidonoylethanolamide, AEA) and 2-arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG)] that bind to cannabinoid receptors, the enzymes that synthesize and degrade the endocannabinoids [such as fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH) or monoacylglycerol lipase (MAGL)], and the cannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2, two G protein-coupled receptors that are located in the central and peripheral nervous systems.

Entourage Effect – The Entourage Effect refers to the combined effect of the cannabinoids, terpenes and other beneficial compounds in the plant working together in synergy. The combined effect of all the phytonutrients is greater than the sum of the individual effects.Only a full spectrum hemp oil can deliver a complete entourage effect. 

Extraction Method – The process used to remove the beneficial compounds from the hemp plant. There are a variety of methods that can be employed, common methods utilize CO2, ethanol, propane, butane, or hexane. We infuse the oil directly with our whole plant material in a much more gentle process that reflects more of the true nature of the plant.  

Full-Spectrum – A full-spectrum hemp extract describes a product with the entire array of cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant, plus the additional range of beneficial compounds like terpenes, flavonoids, fatty acids, etc. It utilizes a much larger part of the plant versus isolate products that single out only one compound of the cannabis plant, such as CBD.

MCT oil – MCT stands for Medium Chain Triglyceride, meaning it has 6-8 carbon molecules compared to Long Chain which have 10-12 carbon molecules and take longer to metabolize.   Because the MCTs are easier to absorb they get used by the body for energy rather than stored as fat and have been touted as a superfood.

Single Origin – The term single origin is essentially as it sounds – it means that the hemp used to make the hemp oil comes from one place only, usually from a certain region or country.  Functional Remedies only uses hemp grown on our own sustainable farm here in Colorado.

It’s Time to Try CBD Hemp Oil!

With this wealth of information included in the ultimate guide to CBD hemp oil, you are prepared to start your CBD hemp oil journey. Experimenting with natural substances will be different for everyone, but every good experience starts with a high-quality product like what you can find at Functional Remedies

hemp oil for hair

Posted by & filed under Blog, CBD.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard of CBD oil and the raving reviews from users. This three-letter compound is not as common as the psyco-active compound THC, but it’s really gaining a following in the US right now. 

What is CBD? CBD (aka, cannabidiol) is one of over a hundred compounds found in cannabis. CBD interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system, which regulates the homeostasis in the body. Its benefits are still widely being researched, but there is a lot to be said about this growing trend in the cannabis industry and beyond. Because CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system, this is how users report feeling less anxiety, stress, inflammation, etc.

CBD is finding its way into all types of products from coffee and cocktails to skin and hemp oil hair care. Many users report a decrease in pain, anxiety, insomnia, inflammation, and more. And while there is still a lot of confusion about what CBD actually is and how it can benefit the body and mind, there’s a lot of reasons to add it to your daily hair care routine.

CBD Hemp Oil for Hair

It turns out that our hair can become stressed, in addition to our minds. Stressed tresses need some TLC from CBD and adding this incredible compound to your hair care routine can go a long way — literally. 

There are tons of companies who are jumping on the CBD bandwagon and adding this compound to their products. Entire lines of CBD hair and skin care products are available, but you can also add CBD hemp oil to any hair care product to reap the benefits!

Why would you want CBD hemp oil in your hair? In addition to the many other benefits of CBD oil, it also contains the building blocks of protein: all 21 amino acids. This can help the hair build elastin an collagen, which prevents breakage and promotes hair growth! With stronger hair, your locks are able to grow longer and look more full and healthier.

CBD is also high in antioxidants like Vitamins A, C, and E which help keep out pollution from hair (which can be very damaging) as well as prevent free radicals. Dry environments can make hair look thin and damaged. While humid environments create frizz that can easily break off. Protection from environmental damage is fueled by CBD hemp oil for hair.

Usually placed within a carrier oil like hemp oil, adding CBD to hemp oil will create a substance that is rich in fatty acids such as Omegas 3, 6 and 9. The entire hair industry strives for shine and moisture that looks natural and doesn’t weigh the hair down, CBD hemp oil does exactly that while also strengthening the hair and making it look much healthier.

While this is all good for the ends of hair, CBD hemp oil is best suited for the scalp. Many people suffer from dandruff due to dry scalp, irritation, and inflammation. The beauty industry is obsessed with the benefits of CBD hemp oil for skin, and the scalp is no different. With sore or irritated hair follicles, it’s difficult for hair to grow and regenerate properly. With CBD hemp oil treatments on the scalp, or the addition of CBD oil to hair care products, the scalp is getting some much needed attention that will benefit the hair overall.

When the scalp is healthy, stimulated, and moisturized, it can also promote hair growth and regeneration where hair has experienced trauma (from hair dye, etc) or has fallen out. Much like castor oil, CBD hemp oil for hair can promote the healthy growth of hair and help to heal the scalp. Everything starts at the root and healthy hair is no different. 

Adding CBD Hemp Oil to Your Hair Care Products

While there are tons of brands on the market who are selling hair care products with CBD oil in them, you can also do this at home with your favorite hair care products. Adding CBD hemp oil to your hair care products is easy and you are able to learn more about how to DIY all your beauty products with CBD oil if you want. 

Finding CBD hemp oil online can seem like a daunting task when you go to Google. There are so many companies selling CBD oil that it’s hard to know what to look for and what sets them all apart. You can even find hemp oil on Amazon, but beware—CBD oil sold on Amazon does not contain the quality CBD oil that you can find from reputable companies. 

Starting with a high-quality, full-spectrum CBD oil from a company like Functional Remedies is the core of making quality DIY CBD hemp oil hair care. When you’re working with a CBD hemp oil that is full-spectrum and high-quality, you’re going to gain so many benefits that span much wider than just CBD. 

How to DIY CBD Hair Care Products

  1. To add CBD hemp oil to your hair care products, start with a high-quality, full-spectrum CBD hemp oil
  2. Then, depending on the size of the container and the product available, place anywhere from 15 drops to 1 tablespoon. This may seem like a wide spread, but it really just depends on what you’re working with.
  3. Shake the bottle for about 30 seconds to ensure the CBD hemp oil is mixing with the product

You can do this with shampoo, conditioner, deep conditioner, leave-in conditioner, hair serum, and so much more. If you’re working with product that you can’t get into, like a mouse or a gel in a spray bottle, you can add a couple drops of CBD hemp oil to your palm, place the product in your palm and then work directly into your hair.

There are so many ways you can incorporate CBD hemp oil into your favorite hair care products and enjoy the many benefits of this incredible compound!  

The key is to use a high-quality, full-spectrum CBD hemp oil like what you can find at Functional Remedies.

You scalp and hair will thank you for it!

Tags

Posted by & filed under Blog, CBD.

Hemp is one of the oldest plants cultivated by humans and may have one of the most exciting and storied histories of any agricultural product ever!

From its usage by royalty in China and Britain to colonists in the Americas paying their taxes in hemp, to its demonization by 20th-century governments, hemp has played an important role in human history since its first discovery approximately 12,000 years ago. Recognized for its medicinal properties, hemp also served as a source of food (hemp seeds) as well as fiber for clothing and paper throughout the globe.

Hemp vs. Cannabis

The history of hemp is intimately related to the history of cannabis, as both plants are derived from the same subspecies Cannabis Sativa and share many of the same qualities. Cannabis is identified as the plant or product which contains THC, while hemp does not, however historically there was very little differentiation between the two which is especially important for understanding why hemp has only recently begun to see wide usage again in the United States.

The Early Discovery Of Hemp & Its Medicinal Benefits

The benefits of hemp may have been discovered as far back as 12,000 years ago, and we know that in 2800 BCE Chinese Emperor Shen Nung listed cannabis in his pharmacopeia, using it to treat rheumatism and poor memory. Several hundred years later hemp was recorded as being used to treat dysentery and fever in India and by 1,500 BCE its usage is recorded in Persia, France, Germany, and Greece. In 1649 the English herbalist Nicholas Culpeper wrote about using the seeds, roots, and the whole plant to treat inflammation and joint pain.

In the early 19th century Sir William Brooke O’Shaughnessy discovered the medical uses of cannabis while living in India and introduced it into Western medicine after using it to successfully treat pain in rheumatism and to treat convulsions or seizures. From then on tinctures that included cannabis became common, and it’s even rumored that Queen Victoria herself used a tincture to reduce pain from menstrual cramps! During this period, cannabinoids had not been individually identified and so the tinctures were probably made from hemp or cannabis that included CBD and THC in equal parts.

Hemp Goes to the Americas

When the Jamestown colony of Virginia was established, colonists were required to grow hemp to help reduce Britain’s reliance on outside sources for it. For the next several hundred years, hemp would be seen as an invaluable crop in the North American colonies, particularly by the government who often imposed mandatory hemp cultivation despite its lower cash value for the colonists. In fact, by 1630 most colonists’ clothing was made from it, and in 1735 Massachusetts residents were even allowed to pay their taxes in hemp!

The Discovery of the Cannabinoid

In 1898 researchers Dunstan and Henry managed to isolate a cannabinoid (or cannabinol as they called it) within hemp oil, but it would be almost a hundred years before the true value of full-spectrum hemp oil would be discovered.

Towards the beginning of the 20th century, cannabis began to be conflated with narcotics amid growing concern around morphine and opium addiction. In 1906 the Pure Food and Drug Act was passed, requiring proper labeling of medicines and the inclusion of cannabis in tinctures that also contained opium or cocaine, contributed to an increasingly fearful view of the plant and its relative the hemp plant.

Hemp & Misinformation in the 20th Century

During prohibition in the United States, the recreational usage of cannabis, now referred to as “marijuana” began to spread, frequently taking the place of alcohol as a way for people to relax and unwind. When prohibition ended in 1930, the director of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics Harry J. Anslinger began a full-blown campaign targeting cannabis as a narcotic.

Films such as Reefer Madness were produced to influence public opinion and gain support for “anti-marijuana” laws. Anslinger’s campaign was highly successful, and several years later Congress enacted the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937. While the act was targeted towards recreational use of the plant, it effectively hamstrung industrial hemp production, making it less economically viable to import or produce hemp in the United States.

Cannabis continued to have some defenders including Fiorello La Guardia, the mayor of New York City at the time, who commissioned a study that showed no negative effects from cannabis usage, no indication that it was addictive, or that it was a problem among New York City youth, however Anslinger remained firmly committed to his campaign against the plant in all its forms.

The Controlled Substances Act & Hemp’s Conflation with Cannabis

In the next few decades, public opinion would become mixed and somewhat softened by findings such as La Guardia’s study, however by 1970 cannabis found a new antagonist in Richard Nixon who introduced “The War on Drugs” during his presidency. That term and the accompanying campaign would stick for the next 30 plus years, sweeping cannabis and hemp into one highly negative category in its wake. In 1970 Nixon signed the Controlled Substances Act into law, designating cannabis as a Schedule 1 drug, classifying it as a substance equivalent to LSD and declaring that it had no value for medical use.

This act effectively prohibited research and production of all types of cannabis, ignored and prohibited therapeutic use of cannabinoids in medicine, and disregarded the distinction between cannabis and hemp which would go almost entirely unrecognized for the next forty-plus years.

The Discovery of Cannabinoid Receptors

The scientific research of hemp or cannabis was fairly limited in the period following the signing of the CSA and a significant portion of the research that did happen was subsidized by NIDA (the National Institute on Drug Abuse) and devoted to researching negative effects of cannabis and THC.

However, in 1964 researchers of THC had discovered cannabinoid receptors, identifying the CB1 receptors for THC and, in spite of being hampered by the CSA, this work continued into the 1990s.

CBD Makes Its Entrance

In 1988 Allyn Howlett and William Devane identified that the brain has specialized receptors for cannabinoids, and in 1993 the next cannabinoid receptor CB2 (or as we know it, the receptor for CBD) was identified and found to be throughout the immune system and peripheral nervous system.

These discoveries subsequently led to a breakthrough discovery about a previously unknown system within the human body: the endocannabinoid system. Further experiments allowed researchers to identify the role of these two receptors in the human body for modulating pain, inflammation, appetite, and sleep cycles as well as serotonin and dopamine.

Medical Usage of Cannabis Begins To Be Legalized

As the fear and misinformation stirred up by the War on Drugs in the 1970s and the benefits of cannabinoids began to be more widely understood and acknowledged, public opinion and legislation began to change. In the 1990s five states and D.C. passed medical marijuana laws, and in the 2000s eight additional states joined them. As of 2019, a total of 33 states and D.C. have now legalized the medical use of cannabis.

The 2018 Farm Bill

On December 12, 2018, the United States Congress legalized the cultivation of hemp once again by passing the 2018 Farm Bill which removed hemp from the Controlled Substances Act and returned it to its rightful place as an agricultural product.

With an increased understanding of how cannabinoids work and the differences between hemp and cannabis, CBD was able to emerge from under the shadow of its psychoactive sister cannabis and take its place on the shelves of grocery stores, in yoga studios, and coffee shops throughout the country.

The Benefits of Full Spectrum Hemp Oil & CBD Finally Recognized

In spite of an improved reputation and increased understanding of cannabinoids, misinformation around CBD and its relation to THC continue today, including the false belief that CBD always includes THC, or that CBD works better when it does.

Full-spectrum CBD oil contains over 100 other cannabinoids, none of which have the psychoactive effect of THC but which do maximize the benefits of CBD. All of these cannabinoids contribute to the value of Full Spectrum Hemp oil resulting in what is called the entourage effect.

Tags

Posted by & filed under Blog, CBD.

Can CBD Oil Really Improve Insomnia?

If you’re like many Americans, trouble sleeping may be affecting your everyday life. If groggy mornings, inability to focus at work, and tossing and turning all night sound familiar, you’re not alone. Sleephealth.org estimates that trouble sleeping affects around 50 to 70 million Americans every year. Unhealthy lifestyles and too much time spent on screens can all play a part in how well we sleep every night. But what happens when changing these habits isn’t enough?

What Causes Insomnia?

As mentioned before, insomnia and general poor sleep can be caused by a variety of factors. Screen time and stress in one’s personal and professional life may all attribute to issues falling and staying asleep. The Sleep Foundation states that factors such as chronic pain and the brain’s inability to stop being awake can contribute to insomnia as well. But perhaps the most common cause of insomnia is anxiety and depression.

How Does CBD Hemp Oil Help with Sleep?

A 2017 study of CBD and insomnia found that CBD may have the potential for the treatment of insomnia due to its therapeutic effects. In addition, a full-spectrum hemp oil, like Functional Remedies, may be able to produce an even stronger result due to the entourage effect. So, if you’re struggling with stress or anxiety in your daily life, the possible calming and therapeutic effects of CBD may help to put your mind at ease and subsequently fall asleep faster.

Many studies are still being done on the effect of CBD and long term sleep habits. However, it’s important to note that many researchers have discovered the helpful effects of CBD and insomnia in the short term. As CBD becomes more popular and more research is done, a clearer picture will be shown of the intricacies of CBD and sleep.

How to Use CBD Hemp Oil

Healthline recommends taking the CBD hemp oil at least an hour before bed in order to see effective results. CBD products can be ingested orally, inhaled, and applied topically. CBD bedtime “cocktails” have also grown in popularity recently with recipes easy to access online. Mixing CBD oil with tea or various juices is a great way to incorporate CBD into your nighttime routine.

For best results, it’s important to keep in mind things like your weight and how strong your insomnia is. Read the label carefully and use only as directed. Always talk with a physician or healthcare provider to make sure you’re taking the right dosage for your body.

Additional Benefits of CBD Hemp Oil

In addition to helping treat insomnia, CBD hemp oil is said to have many additional health benefits. Harvard Medical Publishing states that CBD has been known to assist with anxiety, chronic pain, and even epilepsy. When applied to the skin, CBD oil may help with arthritis and even joint pain. And when ingested orally, CBD oil can sometimes help manage stress and improve mood. While research is still being done on these claims, one thing is for certain. CBD affects people in different ways, and it’s important to talk to your doctor first and listen to your body each time you consume CBD.

What to Consider Before Trying CBD

Before trying any new product, it’s important to consult with your doctor first. Previous health issues may affect the way your body interacts with CBD hemp oil. So it’s imperative to have an honest conversation with a trusted doctor, identify what problems you’re having, and chat openly about CBD products. If you both decide CBD is right for you, be diligent in your routine. Keep track of your dosage, the time of day you’re consuming CBD, and any and all side effects you have. Even the smallest change is important to note at first, as it may be the result of the CBD you’re taking. CBD may not be for everyone, but for many CBD is a life-changing regimen that helps them get their sleep back on track.

What is Full Spectrum CBD Hemp Oil?

Industrial hemp is classified as the non-psychoactive cannabis Sativa plant. Full-spectrum hemp oils are made with whole-plant hemp extracts that contain all of the beneficial phytocannabinoids (CBG, CBN, and others), terpenes, plus flavonoids, polyphenols, and other important hemp-derived phytocompounds. Cannabinoids are a diverse class of chemical compounds, Endocannabinoid refers to those that occur naturally in the body, while Phytocannabinoid refers to those that occur naturally in several plants including cannabis. Phytocannabinoids are the primary chemical compounds found in all cannabis plants.

Simply put, when these cannabinoids interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system, it creates and maintains homeostasis in the body. Because CBD isn’t psychoactive, you won’t get that “high” feeling normally associated with THC. Instead, research has found that full-spectrum CBD hemp oil may be able to help with sleeping better.

Why Is Full Spectrum CBD Hemp Oil Better?

When it comes to CBD, quality matters. Agricultural hemp is an incredible plant that contains over 100 different phytonutrients and phytocannabinoids that can restore balance to the body’s natural endocannabinoid system. The best way to benefit is to use as much of the plant as possible.

Enter, full-spectrum CBD hemp oil. Only full-spectrum hemp oil can deliver the entourage effect, which refers to the combined effect of the phytocannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids and other beneficial compounds in the hemp plant working together in your body. Because of this, Functional Remedies full-spectrum hemp oils may foster enhanced therapeutic benefits that other isolate CBD oils don’t produce.

Ready to Take the Next Step?

If you’ve chatted with your doctor and believe CBD hemp oil is right for you, be sure to do thorough research on all products available. Make sure you’re picking high quality, premium CBD products in order to obtain maximum results. We might be a little bias, but we recommend our products, as we pride ourselves on offering the most effective CBD products on the market. Our mission is to bring more balance into your life and getting a better night’s sleep in a big part of feeling more balanced. So try our hemp-oil today, and find out for yourself if it can help you get more rest.

For more information on Functional Remedies story and products, click here.

Tags

Does CBD Oil Really Work?

Posted by & filed under Blog, CBD.

The number of people who use cannabis reached 123M in 2017, which increased by 85% since 2009. If you’re wondering if CBD is right for you, now is the perfect time to try. It’s only natural to feel some anxiety when trying a new product for the first time, especially when it comes to CBD products. If this is your first experience with our CBD products, we’re here to guide you. In this article, we’ll talk you through everything you need to know about our CBD hemp oil, its effects, and the benefits you’ll see from using our products.

First Thing’s First – How Does CBD Oil Work?

All cannabinoids, including CBD, produce effects in the body by attaching themselves to certain receptors. The human body produces certain cannabinoids on its own. Additionally, it has two receptors for cannabinoids, called the CB1 receptors and the CB2 receptors.

CB1 receptors are present throughout the body, and a large number of these are present in the brain.

The CB1 receptors in the brain deal with coordination, movement, pain, emotions, mood, thinking, appetite and memories. THC attaches itself to these receptors.

CB2 receptors are more common in the immune system. They affect inflammation and pain.

Researchers once believed that CBD attached to these CB2 receptors, but it now appears that CBD does not attach directly to either receptor.
Instead, it seems to direct the body to use more of its own cannabinoids.

Think of your CBD hemp oil products as your fitness trainer who systematically guides your workouts in order to enhance your performance and achieve improved results.

Does CBD Oil Really Work? Test it Out!

When taking CBD oil, make sure you set your own expectations and intentions for why you want to use CBD. Whether you’re taking it to treat an ailment or simply to support your general health, it’s important to understand your personal reason why.

Once you’ve set your goals and expectations, you can easily track your progress by using these Functional tips:

Create a Record

Journal your everyday interaction with CBD. Journaling is the most effective way to monitor your experience with any changes you introduce to your lifestyle, especially CBD. Using a notebook or your phone are easy ways to keep track of these changes. Make sure you record:

  • The time of the day
  • Type of product you’re taking – concentration of CBD and the additional ingredients
  • Serving size
  • An hour after you take the CBD oil, make sure you record anything that you notice in your body, even if you aren’t sure it’s CBD related. This will help you understand patterns and enhance your understanding of how your body interacts with the CBD oil product.

Know Your CBD Hemp Oil Product

It’s important to know the type of CBD oil product you’re taking, as different types of CBD products produce different effects.

Marijuana-derived CBD oil may have more stimulatory effects, as marijuana contains both THC and CBD. THC is believed to create a mind-altering “high” upon using, but CBD shouldn’t have a mind-altering effect.

Alternatively, hemp-derived CBD oil can create calming effects on your mood and improve sleep, because the hemp plants contain less than 0.3% THC. Due to the low percentage of THC, CBD should not alter your state of mind and should not be psychoactive. CBD users have experienced benefits such as helping with anxiety and depression, alleviating stress, and much more.

How you Consume your CBD Hemp Oil Matters

There’s a variety of ways to take CBD oil products. It can be ingested orally, inhaled or applied externally to the skin. To determine which way works best for you, you first have to understand your body’s needs and try to cater to them. While the external application is known to yield immediate effects for aches and pains, the oral ingestion of CBD oil is generally recognized to aid healing over a longer period. It’s important to understand what you’re trying to achieve with CBD in order to determine what works best for you.

The Dosage of your CBD Oil Hemp Matters

The serving size of the CBD oil product will also impact how quickly you feel results. You can start with the recommended dosage on your CBD oil product and gradually adjust it depending upon your body weight and your existing health issues. Since each body has its own unique needs, you may need to take more or less of the product to achieve your desired goals. Don’t hesitate to experiment with the dosage until you have figured out what works best for you.

Doses should be taken at least four to six hours apart. You can take CBD oil at any time of the day. However, if you are using it to improve sleep, take it before bed.

What to Look for in your CBD Hemp Oil Product

When choosing a CBD hemp oil product, make sure you opt for a full-spectrum CBD hemp oil instead of an isolate.

Full-spectrum CBD oils contain a variety of cannabinoids and original compounds found in the hemp plant. These help to magnify the therapeutic benefits of CBD and the additional compounds in what’s known as the entourage effect.

A full-spectrum CBD oil may include:

  • Proteins
  • Fatty acids
  • Chlorophyll
  • Fiber
  • Flavonoids
  • Terpenes

It’s always a good idea to choose a reputable CBD oil brand, offering third party lab testing results. These brands provide full disclosure and well-rounded customer service. Taking premium quality CBD hemp oil products is also key in order to maximize its benefits. We cannot emphasize enough how beneficial premium quality products will be for your overall health and wellbeing. Remember, a product that works well for a friend or family member may not have the same effects for you. If a product doesn’t work for you consider making minor alterations in the dosage and/or form.

It’s also important to store your CBD hemp oil products in a dry, cool place away from direct heat and sunlight. Make sure the cap is closed tightly after each use. Though it’s not necessary to refrigerate your CBD hemp oil product, it may help prolong its shelf life.

Ready to Try CBD Oil?

If you’ve been wondering if CBD oil is right for you, now could be the perfect time to try. There’s no universal answer to what CBD feels like when it’s working – it’s something that you must determine for yourself as you navigate through different regimes to achieve your desired results. Stay committed to your regimen, take notes of the effects you see and make adjustments as necessary. We hope this helps you understand your CBD experience better, and that CBD products ultimately help you live a more balanced and healthy life!

Tags

cbd oil for dogs

Posted by & filed under Blog, CBD.

CBD oil for dogs is all the rage right now and I’ve heard about it for a long time. I personally take Functional Remedies CBD hemp oil daily and I love it, but I never thought my 3-year-old English Bulldog needed it. Lola has always been easy going and fit, especially for a bulldog. She loves to chase balls, meet other pups at the park, and nap in the sun that streams through the window upstairs. But one day at the park she was running and then stopped and laid down. At first, I thought she was just overheated but when I walked over it was apparent that she was in a lot of pain. 

I rushed her to our vet and sure enough, she tore her ACL. I didn’t even realize that dogs could do this. Long story short, she needed surgery and a long recovery. Although she was still a young pup with a lot of energy, this is a hard surgery to recover from for any dog.

After surgery, her pain medicine made her crazy, cranky, and constipated. As if taking care of her around the clock wasn’t hard enough, she was an emotional handful. With another full week of pain medicine prescribed by the vet, I knew we both couldn’t go on like this. We’d drive each other straight to the looney bin. 

One morning when I was putting my favorite Functional Remedies CBD hemp oil in my coffee, it was like the clouds parted and I saw the light. I thought, “I wonder if they make CBD hemp oil for dogs!” And they do! After browsing on the site, I found CBD hemp oil for pets. Not only did they have hemp oil, but they also made capsules that you can hide in pill pocket treats. Genius! Hallelujah! I ordered a bottle on rush delivery and had it in my hands in a matter of days. 

It was about a week after surgery that I started Lola on her CBD hemp oil treatment that would change both of our lives for the better.

On day 1, I didn’t notice much of a difference in her mood and it was difficult for me to determine her pain level anyways. She seemed pretty normal compared to what she was acting like since the surgery. It wasn’t hard to get the full dropper of CBD hemp oil in her mouth as she was pretty lethargic, but she didn’t seem to mind the taste either. I gave her a treat immediately after and that made it all seem easier.

On day 2, I saw a softness come back to her face that I hadn’t even realized was missing. It was like a tension released that had been there since maybe even before surgery. She looked happier and more calm overall. I could tell her pain level was lower because she tried to jump off the dam couch!   

After the first week of a full dropper of CBD hemp oil for dogs given orally, I really began to see a shift in Lola. She was eager to move around, she wanted to go upstairs, which was a no-no, but I loved that she was trying to get up to the sunshine that she loves to bask in. We also had a follow-up appointment at the vet and he was amazed by her healing progress and her mood. She said that most dogs who had this surgery weren’t walking after a week and a half and surely weren’t in good moods, asking for treats, and playing. 

Week 2 was when things got really good. Lola was cleared for light movement and I had to get back to life, running errands and other tasks. I work from home, so staying with her during recovery was never an issue, but I still had to get out of the house for my own sanity and so my family could eat! Lola had always had a bit of separation anxiety. She would get super nervous when my husband and I weren’t in the house and we could tell that she would lose it a bit when she was alone. Toys would be destroyed and sometimes we’d get home and you could just tell that she’d been barking for a while. We never got complaints from the neighbors, but we also didn’t think she was quiet as a church mouse. Well, this was the week that all of that seemed to disappear. After an afternoon, about 4 hours, out of the house, I came home to a completely relaxed Lola. It was like she didn’t even realize I had left! This was huge. 

The improvements continued and I kept giving Lola a full dropper of CBD hemp oil every day. Some unexpected things started to happen in addition to her surgery recovery.

I Gave My Dog CBD Oil for 30 Days: Here’s What Happened

  • Lola experienced a massive decrease in stress and anxiety
  • Her coat became soft and shiny like when she was a puppy
  • Her surgery recovery was swift and easy and her leg seemed to be stronger than before surgery
  • Separation anxiety when Lola was home alone seemed to completely stop and she was relaxed when we walked in the door after being away
  • Her mood toward other dogs at the dog park and on-leash walking around the neighborhood improved. She was always pretty calm but could have flare-ups of aggression in certain situations. That all stopped.
  • She seemed to be just a happier and more grounded version of her already sweet self

The whole month that I was giving Lola CBD hemp oil for dogs on a trial basis became our new normal. I will always have Functional Remedies CBD hemp oil stocked in our house (for humans and dogs) because it has truly changed both of our lives. From surgery to all the unexpected improvements Lola experienced, we’ve had an incredible success story with CBD hemp oil for dogs and I couldn’t possibly recommend Functional Remedies more than I already do unless I turned myself into a living billboard. I tell everyone from the grocery store line to the dog park! I’ve gotten so many dog parents on Functional Remedies CBD hemp oil for dogs and it’s been so great to hear their stories.

Tags

full spectrum cbd oil

Posted by & filed under Blog, CBD.

With the massive increase in the popularity of CBD oil, it’s hard to know what to buy and what it all means. From isolate to full-spectrum, hemp oil to CBD hemp oil, there’s a lot to navigate in the marketplace. Knowing what to look for on the labels and online can save you a lot of time and money. At Functional Remedies, we’ve been excited about CBD hemp oil for a long time and we are happy that the world is finally catching up. Our decades of dedication to creating the highest quality product possible is evident in our reviews, partnerships, and science.

If you’re new to the whole full-spectrum CBD oil game, don’t worry because we’ve got you covered. And when it comes to the best full-spectrum CBD oil to buy, you’ll want to go with full-spectrum. But before we get into what that means, let’s talk about what CBD oil is and why it’s sweeping the nation right now. 

CBD (cannabidiol) is an active chemical compound found in the cannabis plant. CBD is one of the most prominent cannabinoids out of more than 100 that have been identified. Cannabinoids are a diverse class of chemical compounds that occur naturally in the body as well as in several plants including cannabis.

Cannabinoids are a diverse class of chemical compounds, Endocannabinoid refers to those that occur naturally in the body, while Phytocannabinoid refers to those that occur naturally in several plants including cannabis.  Phytocannabinoids are the primary chemical compounds found in cannabis plants.

If you’re wondering if full-spectrum CBD can get you high, the answer is: No, full-spectrum CBD will not get you high. It actually has been proven to have the opposite effect by blocking the receptors of THC and lessening the psychotropic effect when present in a THC strain. It’s safe to take full-spectrum CBD hemp oil and go on normally with your day. One of the most asked questions, hemp is not the same as marijuana. Hemp contains only trace amounts of THC, and many hemp varieties have a naturally larger concentration of CBD. Every batch of our hemp oil is third-party tested to verify the CBD potency, but also to ensure it is well below the 0.3% THC limit. The cannabinoid profile of hemp provides all of the benefits without the “high” feeling.

So when you’re looking for a high-quality full-spectrum CBD hemp oil, you’ll want to go with a Functional Remedies, and there are many reasons for that!

What does full-spectrum CBD hemp oil really mean?

Agricultural hemp contains over 100 different phytonutrients and phytocannabinoids. A full-spectrum hemp oil means it contains all of these phytonutrients and phytocannabinoids. This process utilizes the entire hemp plant which gives you the greatest benefit. 

Only full-spectrum hemp oil can deliver the “entourage effect” which refers to the combined effect of the phytocannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids and other beneficial compounds in the hemp plant working together in synergy in your body. As a result, full-spectrum hemp oils foster enhanced therapeutic benefits that other oils just don’t have. full-spectrum CBD hemp oil offers so much more than isolate CBD oil, which is mostly what is advertised online and on Amazon.

With isolate CBD oils, just one singular compound (such as CBD) is added to a carrier oil, and therefore does not contain any of the other beneficial phytonutrients or provide the “entourage effect”.

What is the entourage effect?

The Entourage Effect refers to the combined effect of the cannabinoids, terpenes, and other beneficial compounds in the plant working together in synergy. The combined effect is greater than the sum of the individual effects. Only full-spectrum hemp oils deliver a complete entourage effect.

If you’re looking to include a high-quality CBD hemp oil into your daily routine, we highly suggest working with Functional Remedies CBD hemp oil. 

What makes Functional Remedies full-spectrum CBD oil different?

With our patented proprietary process, the result is that Functional Remedies produces the highest quality hemp oil with maximum levels of phytonutrients. No other hemp oil company can match our decades of tireless research and development. And no other hemp oil company has access to our genetically-superior plants. Hemp oils are safe for most people (and animals!) and there are very few, if any, potential side effects.

We spent years developing our proprietary LipidTrans™ process that preserves natural cellular bonds and yields phytonutrient-rich, full-spectrum hemp oil that’s incredibly efficacious. Our LipidTrans™ process is completely unique and much more effective than the harsh CO2 extraction processes used by most hemp oil companies. CO2 extraction uses high pressure and/or chemical solvents to fracture cells which greatly diminishes phytonutrient content. 

This really makes a difference when you consider the quality of CBD hemp oil available on the market and the vast availability of products. There are tons of options out there and doing your research is a must. With our patented processes, the result is the highest quality hemp oil with maximum levels of phytonutrients. No other hemp oil company can match our decades of tireless research and development. And no other hemp oil company has access to our genetically-superior plants.

Go for Quality

As we’ve mentioned, and as you’ve likely discovered in your research on full-spectrum CBD oil, there are almost too many options out there. What you’ll want to look for is proper testing and analysis of full-spectrum CBD oils. We test all of our batches and issue a Certificate of Analysis (COA) that is available online. Functional Remedies uses many accredited, third-party labs to identify, record and analyze the phytonutrient compounds in our proprietary hemp strains. This is a standard procedure that all legitimate companies comply with, and if you don’t see it on their packaging or on their website, move along. Go for trusted quality that is verified.

There’s so much to be gained by investing in a high-quality full-spectrum CBD hemp oil, which is compounded by doing your research and really digging into the history, process, and reviews of any company. 

Tags

cbd and alcohol

Posted by & filed under CBD.

CBD and alcohol are a combination that is finding its way around the nation in the form of infused cocktails and beer. And with the rise of CBD use in general, it’s likely that it will find its way into your glass sooner or later. As cannabis use becomes more accepted and legal, there are many bridges we are crossing as consumers that didn’t exist previously. One of those being the infusion of CBD and alcohol. 

You can find CBD coffee, skincare, bath bombs, treats, and so much more. The benefits of CBD are spanning the previous fears and barriers that cannabis has experienced in recent US history. This trend of CBD infused everything is a nod to the creative and crafty. 

If you’re not on the CBD train quite yet and aren’t sure what this all means, here’s a quick rundown:

CBD (cannabidiol) is an active chemical compound found in the marijuana plant and industrial hemp plant called a cannabinoid. It is one of the most dominant of over 100 known cannabinoids. Cannabinoids are a diverse class of chemical compounds that occur naturally in the body (endocannabinoids) and in several plants including cannabis.

All cannabinoids behave differently, but CBD is quite unique in that it doesn’t bond directly with the cannabinoid receptors. This is when the body is encouraged to produce endocannabinoids. This natural production of endocannabinoids is much better for the body as the production is native. 

The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is composed of endocannabinoids (cannabinoids naturally produced in the body), enzymes that synthesize and degrade the cannabinoids, and cannabinoid receptors (primarily CB1 and CB2) found in the central and peripheral nervous systems. The main purpose of the ECS is to maintain homeostasis in the body. The ECS has been known to influence things like sleep, mood, and pain.

CBD doesn’t get you high like THC and it can generally be taken in larger doses with less of an effect.

Studies are still being done to determine the full profile of what CBD is beneficial for, and many are advocating for it strongly with incredible stories of healing from using CBD.

CBD and Alcohol

Many believe that CBD and alcohol are a match made in heaven. Both CBD and alcohol are known for their relaxing effects by reducing inhibitions and promoting a sense of happiness. When combined, this is amplified and many report feelings of bliss and “floating on a cloud.” 

Many people have a negative experience when alcohol is mixed with smoking THC. This is a common occurrence that induces nausea, vomiting, the spins, and a wretched hangover the next day. Luckily, THC and CBD are very different and won’t garner the same results. If this is all giving you bad flashbacks to college days spent on the bathroom floor, don’t worry. CBD and alcohol don’t have the same effect.

Studies and first-hand accounts are showing that the mixture of CBD and alcohol can have many positive effects. A study published in Frontiers in Pharmacology found CBD in alcohol to “facilitate drinking reduction,” the paper’s authors write, but research also shows the compound “may provide idiosyncratic protection to the liver and brain, which could reduce the development and impact of alcohol-related liver disease and alcohol-related brain injury.”

More research from Free Radical Biology & Medicine showed that rodents that ingested CBD 30 minutes before ingesting alcohol were less likely to experience alcohol-induced oxidative damage in the liver than those that didn’t have the CBD. While they’re just animal studies, experts think they’re quite telling.

Even if you’re not drinking the two together in a cocktail, CBD and alcohol can interact if you take them within four to eight hours of each other, says James Giordano, professor of neurology and biochemistry at Georgetown University Medical Center. So if you take CBD at lunch at work and then go to happy hour, you’ll still feel the effects as if you drank a CBD cocktail. 

CBD can make some people very sedated and relaxed. Alcohol has the same effect for many, especially after a few drinks, making the combination potentially negative if you’re in a public space like a bar or a restaurant.

And if you’re consuming multiple cocktails with CBD in them, that will also mean that you’re consuming a likely large about of CBD. More alcohol plus high doses of CBD can be a slippery slope if you’re not a seasoned consumer. 

If you’re curious about making CBD cocktails at home, this article has great recipes to try before you procure a CBD cocktail at a bar.

CBD and Addiction

An article published in Healthline stated: One study in 24 smokers found that using a CBD inhaler for one week reduced cigarette use by 40%. These results may suggest that CBD could help curb addictive behaviors.

The Bottom Line

If you’re going to mix alcohol and CBD, use your best judgment, go slow, listen to your body, and quit while you’re ahead. The effects of CBD can be quite minimal and you may not notice anything for up to an hour. Micro-dosing is a common and safe way to experience the benefits and effects of CBD in a minor way. Until you know your threshold for CBD and alcohol together, this is the best option.

Much of the research presented here and available online has been done on rats. Until more research is done on humans, there will be an air of uncertainty around mixing CBD and alcohol. Use discretion and moderation. Hemp-derived CBD products with less than 0.3% THC are legal on the federal level but still considered illegal in some states. You can order CBD tinctures online from reputable companies and try it in the comfort of your own home.

If bars around the country are infusing cocktails with CBD, it’s likely you’ll come across the opportunity to try the combo. You can also do your own research and make your own CBD cocktails at home. 

 

Tags

weight loss plan with cbd

Posted by & filed under Blog, CBD.

CBD and Weight Loss: Does it Really Work?

With the rise in popularity of CBD oil, many different ways to use it are being discovered by pioneers who have taken to exploring the multi-faceted benefits of this natural remedy. For far too long, cannabis was demonized and thought to only be fit for the couch-ridden stoner surrounded by snacks and failed dreams.

High on the list of things cannabis wasn’t “good” for was certainly weight loss. The munchie attacks and inability to stop eating were some of the most common issues with people who liked the effects of cannabis, but not those side effects. Surprisingly, now that there has been more and more research done on CBD alone, scientists have found that it can help with lower body weight and reduced BMI.

If this has spiked your interest in CBD you’re not alone! But what is CBD and how does it benefit the body?

CBD (cannabidiol) is an active chemical compound found in the marijuana plant and industrial hemp plant called a cannabinoid. It is one of the most dominant of over 100 cannabinoids. Cannabinoids are a diverse class of chemical compounds that occur naturally in the body (endocannabinoids) and in several plants including cannabis.

All cannabinoids behave differently, but CBD is quite unique in that it doesn’t bond directly with the cannabinoid receptors. This is when the body is encouraged to produce endocannabinoids. This natural production of endocannabinoids is much better for the body as the production is native.

CBD Oil and Weight Loss

It is the endocannabinoid system (ECS) in particular that was identified as having a direct link to obesity and weight loss. The endocannabinoid system is a biological network located throughout the body that regulates various physiological functions, including sleep, appetite, mood, and inflammation. The prefix “endo-” is short for “endogenous,” meaning that the endocannabinoid system is comprised of endogenous, or naturally occurring, cannabinoid receptor cells throughout the body.

 

Hence, when you consume hemp, the plant’s chemical compounds, known as cannabinoids, activate the receptors throughout your endocannabinoid system. These receptors can engage with both phytocannabinoids, compounds that occur in the hemp plant, and endocannabinoids, compounds that occur naturally in the human body. Anandamide, for instance, is an endocannabinoid that the body produces. Also known as the “bliss molecule,” anandamide plays a vital role in functions such as pleasure, motivation, and appetite. 

 

Because the ECS is focused on restoring and maintaining homeostasis, it is believed that CBD oil will assist the ECS in normal functionality. There is a range of “normal” activity in all body systems. When the balance is compromised, towards over-activity or under-activity, the body works to compensate for the imbalance and that is when dysfunction can set in.

 

Many studies report that in the cases of obesity, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome, there is clear evidence of endocannabinoid system hyperactivity

 

When paired with a healthy diet and regular exercise, CBD oil helps to restore balance to the ECS, further supporting a healthy weight, which can also include weight loss as well as keeping the weight off. When the body doesn’t have to work as hard to restore balance to a system like the ECS, then there is more energy to operate smoothly and efficiently. 

 

An article in Medical News Today stated: “Usually, CB1 receptors exist mainly in the brain and central nervous system and are almost nonexistent in the rest of the body. CB2 receptors, on the other hand, exist throughout the body. In people with obesity, however, CB1 receptors become more widespread, especially in fatty tissue. Because of this, researchers believe that there may be a link between the activation of the CB1 receptors and obesity.”

 

Through multiple recent and past studies, CBD oil is being claimed to work in the following ways that may help to reduce weight gain and promote weight loss. Please note that these are claims based on multiple research studies, mostly in animal subjects. Until more research is done in human studies, it is difficult to say exactly how CBD works in the body.

    • Reduce Appetite:
      A study from 2012 found that CBD oil exposure in the body of rats helped to reduce appetite. Cannabis has long been associated with an increased appetite and the munchies, but CBD oil on its own affects the body differently. While this study was only done in rats, it’s the CB1 and CB2 receptors that scientists were looking at.
    • Turn Bad Fat into Good Fat:
      A 2016 study helps back up this claim of CBD turning bad fat into good fat. CBD stimulated the body to break down brown fat more easily while also converting white fat to brown fat cells. White fat cells are seen as the “bad” fat and when they can be either broken down or converted, that is a step in the right direction to assist with weight loss and helping in cases of obesity.
    • Burn Fat:
      It is thought that once the white fat is converted to brown fat, that those “brown” cells will work harder to burn off and turn into heat. Brown fat cells are seen as a more active form of fat, making the conversion from white to brown in a direction that would be more capable of burning fat.

 

    • Reduce the Risk of Metabolic Disorders:
      Because CBD works to bring homeostasis to body systems through the endocannabinoid system, it is thought that this can also work to reduce the risk of metabolic disorders. When the body is in balance, it is much harder for it to fall out of balance with the assistance of CBD. Overactive CB receptors are the culprit for these disorders, and CBD works to block the CB1 receptors meaning it might also work to reduce the risk of metabolic disorders and there for diseases like type 2 diabetes, obesity, and high blood pressure.

The Bottom Line

While these studies are still very much in their early stages, and much of these are still seems as claims until more research is able to be done on humans, there’s a lot we can glean from the research that has been done. Overall, this research shows great promise in developing new therapies. 

A healthy diet with plenty of exercise paired with CBD consumption just might be the way to help many change their lives and their health for the better. The claims made are still in review in many laboratories around the world and in the coming years, we will surely know more.

Tags