When people think of hemp oil, the first thing they are likely to think about is CBD or cannabidiol. But CBD is only one of the many hundreds of beneficial compounds found in the hemp plant.
Agricultural hemp also contains polyphenols, which can help combat cell damage due to their antioxidant properties, and other beneficial phytonutrients like flavonoids, carotenoids, resveratrol, and others. In addition, hemp oil is also an excellent source of polyunsaturated fatty acids omega-3 and omega-6.
Meanwhile, hemp’s phytocannabinoids, or naturally occurring cannabinoids, act synergistically with the body’s own endocannabinoid system. These combined cannabinoids work together to create what is called “the entourage effect,” which means that cannabinoids work best when in conjunction with one another — rather than as isolated compounds working alone. “The entourage effect is singular to the hemp plant,” Gordon added. “It’s only the cannabis plant — there is no other plant on this earth that we have this synergistic relationship with.”
A whole-plant, full-spectrum hemp oil like Functional Remedies delivers benefits far beyond CBD alone and allows the body to access the full range of beneficial compounds including phytocannabinoids, polyphenols, fatty acids, and other potentially healthful benefits.
The key to this high-level efficacy is in the process. Unlike all other hemp oil companies, Functional Remedies employs a proprietary lipid infusion process by which a carrier oil (usually coconut) is used to transfer all of the plant’s compounds like essential fatty acids, phytonutrients, and cannabinoids into the final product while preserving nature’s intended balance.
“We understand the extensive benefits of the entourage effect, and how the hemp plant has all these phytonutrients that work synergistically,” says Functional Remedies Chief Science Officer, Tim Gordon.
Phytocannabinoids, like those in cannabis, cacao, and other plants, work in tandem with the human body’s endocannabinoid system, which is tasked with creating an environment of homeostasis, where body systems like digestion, mood, reproduction, sleep, and many others are kept in a state of balance.