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CBD for Epilepsy Approved by the FDA: What You Need to Know

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In 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first drug containing an active ingredient of Hemp for market use. Epidiolex — a brand-name prescription medication that contains 100 mg/mL of Cannabidiol (a.k.a. CBD) — is now a front-line medication for two types (i.e., Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome) of Epilepsy.

So how did we get here? Less than a decade ago, marijuana and Hemp were both listed on the federal drug scheduling system. Today, many cannabinoids — which are naturally-occurring compounds in the Hemp plant —are completely legal, widely-used, and highly-researched.

Why did the FDA approve CBD for epilepsy treatment? How do cannabinoids like CBD impact the body to the degree of alleviating serious symptoms like seizures? And what are the other cannabinoids present in Hemp and Hemp Oil products?

Here’s everything you need to know about Hemp and CBD for epilepsy treatment, and the role of Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil in today’s CBD market.

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol (or CBD for short) is a cannabinoid present in the Cannabis sativa plant. These cannabinoids (of which over one-hundred have been identified) are naturally-occurring compounds present in both the Cannabis sativa plant and, believe it or not, the human body.

That’s right!

Humans produce endocannabinoids (“endo” meaning “within”) that bind to cannabinoid receptors present all over our bodies. We’ll dive deeper into these endocannabinoids and the role they play within our bodies in the next section. But it’s important to remember that cannabinoids mainly only occur in two unique places: the Cannabis sativa plant and our bodies.

Here’s an interesting factoid: the Cannabis sativa plant has spawned a variety of widely-grown plants, and we know these plants by different names depending on the composition of their cannabinoids.

For example, Hemp (which contains less than 0.3% of the cannabinoid THC) is legally different than marijuana, but both Hemp and marijuana come from the Cannabis sativa plant; they’re simply different breeds of the same parent plant. CBD is almost always extracted from the Hemp plant. Not only is Hemp legal to grow across the United States, but it contains little-to-no THC, which is the psychoactive compound in marijuana.

When it comes to cannabinoids, none get quite as much press as CBD. And for good reason. Early research suggests that CBD may provide a variety of benefits, including:

  • Anxiety reduction
  • Mood regulation
  • Discomfort relief
  • Blemish reduction

But how could CBD possibly accomplish all of this? It’s just a small compound in a plant, right? Here’s where things get interesting. CBD isn’t quite like any other natural compound on the planet, and its ability to influence our bodies is incredibly potent and profound.

Understanding the Endocannabinoid System

The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) is a complex network of nerves and cell-signaling pathways that exists in the human body. When we break down the term endocannabinoid system, we can quickly learn the nitty-gritty of this incredibly dense and complex interrelation of cannabinoids, receptors, and enzymes.

The term “endo” is Greek for “within.” So, endocannabinoid literally means “cannabinoids within.” These are cannabinoids that are produced naturally within your body.

We put the term “system” after endocannabinoid because the human body uses unique cellular signaling pathways to communicate between these various cannabinoids, receptors, and enzymes.

In contrast, we often call cannabinoids occurring the Cannabis sativa plant “phytocannabinoids” — with “phyto” meaning plant. Technically, the cannabinoids within Hemp aren’t the same cannabinoids produced by your body regularly. However, these phytocannabinoids do seem to interact with your endocannabinoid receptors in novel ways.

The endocannabinoid system contains three core components:

  • Endocannabinoids: Cannabinoids produced by the human body (e.g., Anandamide, 2-Arachidonoylglycerol) are comprised of fatty-acids and operate in the central nervous system, which consists of the brain and spinal cord. These endocannabinoids play all sorts of interesting roles in your body. From inducing pleasure and pain to regulating appetite and mood, endocannabinoids are constantly surging throughout your body in abundance, looking to regulate activity spikes and maintain homeostasis.
  • Endocannabinoid receptors: Believe it or not, endocannabinoid receptors are the most abundant type of neurotransmitter in the human brain. CB1 and CB2 are the two primary endocannabinoid receptors, and endocannabinoids bind to these receptors to send signals to the ECS. Depending on what the body needs (e.g., lower temperature, fight against inflammation, relieve pain, etc.), these receptors will then fire out signals to the rest of your body.
  • Enzymes: Once endocannabinoids have discovered a problem, bound to a receptor, and have shot a signal to the body, they need to be disposed of properly. Your body produced on-demand endocannabinoids, and excess cannabinoids are quickly deleted and dissolved. There are two primary enzymes responsible for this deletion: fatty acid amide hydrolase and monoacylglycerol acid lipase.

So, the typical “flow” of the endocannabinoid system works something like this. Your body recognizes that you’re dealing with some inflammation. You produce endocannabinoids to deal with the problem. These endocannabinoids attach to the CB2 receptor and shoot a signal to the rest of your body to produce anti-inflammatory agents. After it’s done, enzymes break it down and dispose of the cannabinoid.

So… what does that have to do with epilepsy?

The FDA, CBD, Epilepsy, and a Few Rats: How CBD Become a Focal Point of the Fight Against Epileptic Seizures

According to leading research and studies, CBD seems to contain a variety of pharmacological properties, including anti-inflammatory, neuroprotectant, anti-anxiety, analgesic, anticonvulsant, and analgesic properties. For now, we’ll focus on CBD and its possible anticonvulsant property, though (again) CBD contains a variety of highly-researched properties that are showing promise across a wide range of conditions and disorders.

Interestingly, CBD doesn’t bind very well to CB1 or CB2 receptors. We say that’s surprising because when you look at other cannabinoids like THC, they have a strong agonist (i.e., binding) response to endocannabinoid receptors, so the fact that CBD rarely bonds to these receptors and floats somewhat free-form in your body makes them relatively novel compared to other cannabinoids.

In fact, CBDs potential anticonvulsant properties have little to do with endocannabinoid receptors. Instead, CBD triggers unique responses in the ECS, which starts bonding processes for a variety of ion channels, neurotransmitter transporters, and transmembrane receptors.

We won’t go too in-depth into the biological functions of CBD, since there is plenty that’s still not fully understood. However, CBD’s unique anticonvulsant properties seem well-proven in studies. To help, illustrate CBD’s impact on epileptic seizures, let’s look at a timeline of the beginning of CBD seizure research:

  • In 1997, researchers found that CBD actively reduced seizures in mice exposed to a variety of seizure-induced methodologies (e.g., electroshock, cocaine, etc.)
  • In 1978, researchers (using the previous study) tested CBD supplements with human participants with epilepsy. They found that the group taking CBD showed significantly fewer seizures than the control group, with a few even eliminating their seizures for the duration of the trial. This was a trial with small sample size.
  • In 1979, researchers found that CBD protected rats from seizures created from significant electroshocks.
  • In 1980, researchers took two groups of epilepsy patients and gave on group CBD. They found that the CBD group experienced significantly fewer seizures, with one patient becoming seizure-free during the trial.

Obviously, there was initial excitement. However, two immediately-following studies questioned the power of CBD. Ames et al. (1986) found no significant seizure changes, and the same problem was found with Trembly et al. (1990). This led to a bit of a lag in CBD-related seizure research. Come to find out, those two studies weren’t only anomalies, but CBD shows promising results against the two most aggressive forms of epilepsy — Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome.

Two major studies — Devinsky et al. (2016) and Devinsky et al. (2017) — showcased how powerful CBD was as an anticonvulsant for patients with these “catastrophic” (i.e., life-threatening and ongoing) types of epilepsy.

A year later, the FDA approved the first-ever drug containing a cannabinoid.

Epidiolex — which is a purified CBD solution — was approved by the FDA for epilepsy treatment in 2018. The medicine showed remarkable capabilities in controlled clinical trials, which have since been released to the public. Currently, CBD trials are ongoing for a variety of other seizure-inducing disorders, including Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC) and Sturge Weber Syndrome (SWS).

Important note: If you suffer from Lennox-Gastaut syndrome or Dravet syndrome, do not start taking over-the-counter CBD oils as a treatment plan. Discuss your treatment options with your doctor.

Cannabinoids: The Gangs All Here

Obviously, seizure treatment is one incredibly exciting research subject happening with CBD at the moment. But it’s only one piece of the cannabinoid puzzle. Cannabinoids play an important role in your body, helping you maintain homeostasis. So far, we’ve talked primarily about CBD, but that’s just one of over a hundred phytocannabinoids that have been identified in the Hemp plant. Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil provides a holistic combination of all of these cannabinoids. So, while the two most prevalent cannabinoids are THC and CBD, there are a variety of others that are showing promising research, including:

  • CBG (Cannabigerolic acid)
  • CBGV (Cannabigerovarinic acid)
  • CBC (Cannabichromenenic acid)
  • THCV (Tetrahydrocanabivarinic acid)
  • CBCV (Cannabichromevarinic acid)
  • CBDM (Cannabidiol monomethylether)
  • CBDV (Cannabidivarin)
  • CBDV (Cannabidivarinic acid)
  • CBT (Cannabitriol)
  • plus 110 more!
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That’s a lot of cannabinoid action! Currently, up to 40 percent of Americans have tried CBD products, and millions more are jumping on the bandwagon yearly. People are using CBD to treat anxiety, improve performance, improve mood, and reduce tension, and alleviate strain. But what about all of those other compounds? What do they do?

Well… we aren’t perfectly sure. So far, we’ve seen research on over fifty of these cannabinoids, and early research is mind-blowing — to say the least. Here’s a teaser of some of the new research coming out surrounding these other cannabinoids:

  • Researchers found that CBG reduced inflammation in mice reduced pressure behind the eye in glaucoma patients, and showed promise as a neuroprotective agent.
  • Research suggests that CBC has promising anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.
  • GW Pharmaceuticals is currently showing promising results using CBCV to slow the onset of diabetes.
  • CBDV also shows promise as an anticonvulsant, with early rat studies suggesting it may alleviate seizures and reduce nausea.
  • THCA (which is non-psychoactive) shows promise in rat studies as a nausea reducing agent.
  • CBN may reduce inflammation and fight against viruses and microbes.

The list goes on and on and on. In other words, research is still in its infancy. Remember, Hemp was outcast for most of the past fifty years. So, researchers are now starting to dive into the wonderful and complex world of this plant, how it relates to our bodies, and what it’s capable of providing to us as humans.

But here’s the most interesting thing: these phytocannabinoids seem to work together. Believe it or not, isolated CBD (outside of medical uses) may not provide its full benefits alone. It needs its gang of friends.

The Value of Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil

Did you know cannabinoids are only one part of the Hemp plant? Hemp also contains vitamins, minerals, and other beneficial compounds like Flavonoids and Terpenes (which are used in aromatherapy). Together, all of these compounds and nutrients make up your lovable Hemp plant. And nature made it that way for a reason.

Imagine Hemp as a salad. CBD is the ever-so-delicious spinach. It’s abundant, packed with benefits, and often sold separately. On its own spinach is great. But when you combine it with the right veggies, dressing, and spices, it turns from great into downright amazing.

The same can be said for Hemp Oil.

Researchers have started to notice something interesting: all of the compounds in Hemp are synergistic. We call this the True Entourage Effect™. Those phytocannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, vitamins, and minerals are all present in Hemp for a reason. And they all play an amazing role in your body. Alone, they provide ample value. Research suggests that cannabis flavonoids and terpenes may have neuroprotective properties, and vitamins and minerals are critical for your body to function. But together, they make magic.

That’s why many consumers are turning towards Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil as opposed to isolated CBD products. Not only does the CBD extraction method often damage cellular walls and linings, but it strips all of these amazing compounds out of the end product. Today, people are using CBD for a variety of reasons. They may find that it helps with their mood, recovery, anxiety, or skincare routine. Unfortunately, many consumers quickly rush towards CBD due to its name recognition.

In most cases, this is a mistake. Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil provides CBD, but it also gives you thousands of other compounds that work synergistically with that CBD to provide a more holistic experience.

Are You Looking for Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil?

The benefits of Hemp Oil keep piling up. Hoping to reduce anxiety, improve mood, and reduce acne, millions of American consumers are adding Hemp Oil to their daily routine. At Synchronicity™, we believe in the power of nature.

That’s why our world-class patented Hemp plant provides access to thousands of compounds like cannabinoids, flavonoids, terpenes, vitamins, and minerals. We combine our industry-leading LipidTrans™ Infusion process with our genome-defining hemp to create a holistic, GMO-free Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil for your body. We’re driven by science and inspired by nature. Contact us to learn more about Synchronicity’s™ amazing Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil solutions

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Golf and Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil: Will it Benefit Your Game?

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Each year, 25 million Americans leave their humble abode to set foot on the rich greens of their local golf course. In fact, golf remains one of the most played sports in the United States, partially due to its universal playability. You don’t have to be muscle-bound or 7-foot tall to pick up a golf club. It’s a fun, relaxing, and outdoor-oriented sport that can be played by anyone of virtually any age. But, like all other sports, golf is competitive. You want to perfect your swing, maximize your drive, and eliminate those oh-so-terrifying Lucy shots.

“Happiness is a long walk with a putter” — Greg Norman

We recently partnered with Troon —the world’s largest and most prestigious professional golf club management company — to provide our patented line of Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil to professional golfers and golf enthusiasts worldwide. At Functional Remedies, we’re avid golf fans, and our product is already widely used by professional golfers. In fact, Scott McCarron —  Jack Nicklaus Trophy Winner, 2019 PGA Tour Champions Player of the Year, and 3x PGA Tour Winner — admits that “roughly 75% of Champions Tour players are taking CBD oil, with about 30% of PGA Tour players using it.”

So, why are so many golfers taking Hemp Oil? And why is Functional Remedies partnering with the world’s foremost club management company? Believe it or not, Hemp Oil may not just help you balance your mood and reduce golf injuries, but it may also help you improve on your game. And that’s something every golfer can get behind.

Golf is Good For Your Health

“Success in this game depends less on strength of body than strength of mind and character.” – Arnold Palmer

Sure! Golf isn’t the most physically demanding sport on the planet, and you don’t need to stick to a diet of raw broccoli and bland chicken to compete on the course (we’ve always preferred steak and mac n’ cheese). But that doesn’t mean that golf isn’t healthy. In fact, golf may be the most health-driven sport on the planet. Research shows that golfers are 40% less likely to die than non-golfers of the same age. That’s huge! But it gets better. Roy Morgan’s data suggests that golfers are also 30% less likely to experience anxiety and 38% less likely to experience depression.

That may sound too-good-to-be-true, but there’s some logic behind those statistics. You burn around 1,500 calories walking 18 holes with a bag. In other words, you’ll burn over half of your daily calorie allowance if you walk the holes during your 18-hole round of golf. To put that into perspective, a full-court game of basketball will burn roughly 800 calories per hour. Even if you want to take the cart for a spin (who doesn’t?), you’ll still burn well over 500 calories during that 18-hole outing.

But, it’s not just the exercise that makes golf incredibly healthy. It’s also the relationships and bonding. 50% of salespeople admit that there is “no better way” to get to know a client than over a round of golf. Talking on the greens is an American pastime. Business relationships are forged, friends are made, and bonds are built behind shiny metallic drivers. Did you know that a whopping 90% of Fortune 500 CEOs regularly play golf? It’s their job to understand people, and learning the ins-and-outs of humans will never be easier than on a golf course, where emotions, secrets, and happiness explode out of every drive. Believe it or not, those golf relationships also feedback into your health. People with strong social ties have a 50% better chance at survival than their peers.

Let’s be honest: most of us don’t play golf to earn sneaky favors from the Grim Reaper (who is obviously an avid golfer). But it helps. And behind every birdie lies an incredible truth: golf may be increasing your lifespan.

Benefits Come With Practice and Patience

The more I work and practice, the luckier I seem to get.” – Gary Player

Want to hear a secret? The more you golf, the more health benefits you receive. So, those long hours on the course perfecting your putt aren’t just selfish, competition-driven time sinks. They’re investments in your health (feel free to add that to your excuse box). But, most of us aren’t playing golf solely for health benefits. We play to win. So, chances are, you want to get better at golf, right? From the pros at the tippy-top of the PGA Tour to the amateur lounging in a Troon Clubhouse, golfers across the globe spend hours upon hours perfecting their skills. In fact, a massive 14 percent of golfers will take lessons from a pro this year.

We want to make one thing abundantly clear, nothing (not even Troon’s luxury-padded clubhouses or our benefits-bound Hemp Oil) will improve your game as much as practice. In fact, pro golfers spend hours upon hours on the course every single day. So, there’s no shortcut to golf greatness. Yes, there are plenty of tips that can help you get better. Getting fitted to your putter, holding your pose, and perfecting your swing are all crucial golf components, but they come with time.

If you want to dominate the course, we recommend two straightforward tips:

  1. Practice plenty
  2. Walk more

That second tip may actually be more important than the first. Walk. Don’t hop into the cart and blast music as you haphazardly speed to the next hole. Pick up your clubs and take a slow-and-steady walk to your ball. Sure! It takes more time, and it’s certainly more physically demanding. But, by walking, you can really take in the experience. Because, at the end of the day, that’s what golf is all about: the experience. The wind slowly rocking the tree branches, the cool air blowing off the water, and the crisp crunch of well-manicured grass help sync you to the game. Groundskeepers spend hours upon hours going over the nitty-gritty details of the golf course. When you ride your cart and blaze through the game, you start to miss all of those details.

Mastering golf requires a connection to the course itself. A black-tie affair in the clubhouse with roasted veggies and a well-charred steak is great, and we certainly consider upscale dining and casual friend hangouts as a de facto component of golf itself. But, once you walk out to the greens, it’s you vs. the course. The more time you spend immersing yourself in that course, the better your game will get. When you walk to the hole, you have time to strategize, cool down after a bad shot, and really appreciate the beauty of the game. And believe us when we say this: this appreciation translates into your putts.

How Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil Can Help Your Golf Game

“[Functional Remedie’s] long-standing commitment to delivering exceptional products at the highest standards is part of what makes them such a great fit with the Troon experience.” — Brett Brooks, Troon’s Director of Global Partnerships

We have another tip to help you improve your golf game, and it’s probably going to surprise you: Hemp Oil. A few years back, we partnered with golf legend Scott McCarron to help us spread the wonderful word of Hemp Oil to the golf space. To be fair, this was back when CBD wasn’t filled with so much hype that they started layering it into pillowcases and pomade. When we first invited McCarron into the Functional Remedies family, Hemp Oil was still relatively new in the health-and-fitness space, and virtually no golfers were using CBD to up their game. Of course, there was a good reason for this. The PGA Tour Anti-Doping Organization still listed CBD products in a gray area. But, in 2018 — when the World Anti-Doping Agency officially removed CBD from its banned substances list — things started to change: fast.

McCarron may have started a trend. In an interview with Golf Digest, Scott McCarron said, “Functional Remedies Hemp Oil helps my mind stay focused and my body recover, so I can always play my best.” adding that, “Most people don’t realize the incredible level of mental stress and anxiety that comes with pro golf.” And that stress and anxiety can directly impact your game. According to McCarron, ~30% of PGA players are now using Hemp Oil, and that number will likely grow as Hemp Oil continues to break out of its shell.

But, you don’t have to rely on the words of PGA tour players. Let’s talk science. How is it that Hemp Oil can make a measurable difference in your golf game? After all, pro golfers practice for thousands upon thousands of hours to perfect the smallest movement in a swing. Can a bottle of “oil” really up to your game?

How Hemp Oil Works in Your Body

Where do you think the most receptors are in your body? Maybe your limbs or spine? Or are they in your brain? The answer is a little interesting: they’re in your endocannabinoid system (ECS). Believe it or not, your body already produces cannabinoids. Anandamide (AEA) and 2-arachidonoylglyerol (2-AG) are crucial endocannabinoids produced by your body to regulate sleep, homeostasis, and pain. Not only does your body produce its own endocannabinoids (called “endogenous” endocannabinoids), but it’s also hardwired to receive them. CB1 and CB2 receptors are the single most common receptors in your body, and they flood your immune cells, organs, and nervous system.

The hemp plant contains over 100 unique phytocannabinoids. And, here’s where things get interesting. Your body is pre-wired to receive these cannabinoids from hemp, and it knows exactly how to use them. While research on the ECS is still young, scientists believe that hemp alone can impact your body in incredible ways due to their relationship with ECS. Let’s take CBD as an example.

CBD activates 5-HT receptors (which influence aggression, anxiety, mood, appetite, learning, sleep, memory, etc.), binds to TRPV1 receptors (temperature regulation), and regulates the intake of AEA and 2-AG receptors. In other words, CBD has been shown to reduce pain, improve mood, and regulate homeostasis. Now, imagine this: CBD is just one of over 100 endocannabinoids present in hemp. Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil combines all of them into a single consumable. Not only has science shown that the “entourage effect” (i.e., combining all cannabinoids) increases the potency and effectiveness of CBD, but each of these endocannabinoids plays a distinct role in your biology.

3 Ways Hemp Oil Can Help You Improve Your Golf Game

Hemp Oil isn’t going to make your swing better magically. In fact, that’s why we emphasized practice and patience. We aren’t here to sell you pseudoscience. But Hemp Oil can help you eliminate outside factors that may be impacting your game. There’s a reason that we have over 100 players on the PGA TOUR and PGA TOUR Champions using our products; Hemp Oil provides tangible benefits to golfers. These include:

Sleep & Anxiety Relief: CBD (just one of the cannabinoids in Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil) has been shown, in studies, to reduce anxiety levels and minimize insomnia. In fact, sleep relief is one of the reasons that Scott McCarron joined the hemp revolution. “For the first time in about two years, my sleep levels were green (according to WHOOP sleep device) for seven days straight the first time I took this CBD oil at night to help me sleep.”

  • Back and Joint Relief: Studies suggest that CBD is an “effective tool” to combat back pain, joint pain, and overall body pain. This is huge for golfers. In fact, golf has the highest injury rate of any sport, and up to 90% of pros are injured (e.g., wrist sprain, joints, back sprain, elbows, etc.) every year.
  • Mood Improvement: Meta-reviews of hundreds of studies suggest that Hemp Oil can improve mood and reduce stress. Obviously, this is important for golfers. The less stress you deal with, the more you can focus on what really matters — your swing.
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Are You Ready to Join the Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil Revolution?

We’re incredibly excited to announce our partnership with Troon. Not only do we think that Troon’s impeccable history and commitment to the golfing ecosystem pushes us to bring out the best in our own products, but we believe that this partnership will bring meaningful value to golfers across the world. At Functional Remedies, we believe that golf is the perfect sport. We also believe that Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil is the greatest natural remedy to many of the issues facing golfers today. Together, golf and Hemp Oil can make magic happen. Do you want to learn more about our products and our commitment to golf? Contact us. We may not be able to meet on the green, but we can help you make the most of your next swing.

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Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil and Mood: A Research-Based Investigation

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In the United States, more than 40 million people suffer from mood disorders. And yet, only about a third actively seek treatment, largely due to social stigma and the lack of financial resources. Imagine what would happen if these individuals had access to an effective natural solution. That’s the promise of Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil.

CBD, short for cannabidiol, has long been touted as an effective remedy for mood disorders.  It isn’t uncommon to come across bold claims of this “wonder drug” in the holistic health industry. But, how much truth is behind those claims?

Quite a bit, as it turns out — especially in the case of Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil. The latter contains the “full-spectrum” of phytocannabinoids and terpenes. While more research needs to be done, numerous studies have shown the positive effects of CBD in treating mood disorders. Join us as we consider these studies, examine their findings, and arrive at some critical conclusions.

As you explore the use of Hemp Oil, it’s important to remember that it’s just one of 100 beneficial compounds found in our Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil. Thus, our sustainably sourced product can have a powerful impact on your health in more ways than one.

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About Mood Disorders

Before we dig into the potential effects, it’s important to understand mood disorders. Most of us have experienced stress, whether it be from a dreaded phone call in the middle of the night or an email from the boss at the worst possible time.

And, stress symptoms often appear without warning. They may include sweating, tremors, increased heart rates, hyperventilation, and even insomnia. Those experiencing it tend to feel backed into a corner, unable to perform even the basic functions of life.

In some cases, these symptoms are derived from a pre-existing medical condition. According to the ADAA (Anxiety and Depression Association of America), 6.8 million adults suffer from GAD (generalized anxiety disorder) every year. GAD is characterized by incessant worry about a number of things. Those afflicted feel helpless and unable to control their mood swings.

That’s an important part of understanding how cannabidiol can help. It works by modifying serotonin levels in your brain. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter, a chemical that “transmits” messages between brain cells. If you have low serotonin levels, you may suffer increased levels of anxiety, irritability, and depression. Cannabidiol works, regardless of your ability to control your moods.

What the Research Says About CBD as a Treatment for Mood Disorders

First, a note of caution: CBD isn’t an automatic, unreserved treatment for mood disorders. The medical research isn’t extensive enough to draw any such conclusions. What research has been done, however, has been overwhelmingly positive in terms of its effectiveness. In this section, we’ll dig into the various studies highlighting the advantages of CBD as a treatment for mood disorders.

Let’s begin with a broad statement by the World Health Organization:

There is… preliminary evidence that CBD may be a useful treatment for a number of other medical conditions, (with anxiety among them).

That statement, of course, is backed by an increasing number of studies leading to the same or similar conclusions. Each of them is worth examining in its own right.

Our journey begins with a study in the 1970s, which found significant reductions of anxiety in test subjects injected with CBD. However, the study didn’t uncover exactly why the treatment had this effect.

Meanwhile, another study examined the effect of cannabidiol on public speakers, an environment generally known to produce situational stresses. The researchers found that the group given CBD saw a significant reduction in negative moods and an increase in cognitive performance, compared to the control group. But again, it was unable to determine exactly how CBD was able to achieve this effect.

Other studies have found similar results. In fact, a 2015 analysis of previous medical research found evidence of CBD reducing a variety of mood-related disorders:

  • Social anxiety disorder
  • Panic disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder

Recent Research on CBD and Mood Disorders

Meanwhile, recent research has uncovered the reasons for the effectiveness of cannabidiol as an anxiolytic treatment. In 2010, a study sought to identify how CBD affected the brain mechanisms involved in human emotion. In the course of uncovering the fact that CBD can significantly reduce symptoms associated with SAD (social anxiety disorder), the why became a little clearer.

The study included brain scans of participants. In these brain scans, researchers found changes in cerebral blood flow. In particular, treatment with CBD altered blood flow in the limbic system. Anxiety occurs when the emotional center of the brain (the amygdala in the limbic system) overpowers the cognitive decision-making part of the brain. In the CBD group, the limbic system had normal rather than decreased blood flow levels.

Other research suggests that CBD works by binding itself to CBD1 receptors, which can affect serotonin levels. Receptors are protein-based cell structures that can receive signals from neurotransmitters like serotonin. Because mice and humans react similarly to the interactions between CBD and CBD1 receptors, we consistently see the same effects of CBD in both.

That’s a lot of research, all pointing to the same conclusion: while not proven beyond a shadow of a doubt, the evidence is mounting that cannabidiol is a significantly powerful remedy against mood disorders. But beware: not all types of CBD have this effect.

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How Does Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil Compare to Most CBD Oils?

Examine any of the above studies (and the analysis of those studies) closely, and you’ll find a common refrain: notes of caution, due to the fact that not all CBD is made equal. In fact, the CBD used in these studies may not be the same thing you buy over the counter. There’s a reason for that.

As it turns out, CBD oil is a broad term. Very broad, in fact. 

CBD, in short, is an active chemical compound in the cannabis plant. That means CBD oil can refer to anything from the isolated compound added to a carrier oil to CBD extracted from hemp. It can also refer to any synthetic oil that approximates CBD. Naturally, none of these products are quite the “real deal.”

Compare that with Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil, which contains more than 100 different phytonutrients and phytocannabinoids. In other words, this particular oil matches what its name suggests. All the benefits from the plant are right there. They’re never isolated, and the resulting product is free from synthetic elements.

That’s an important distinction. It’s tempting to look at any of the studies we cited above and conclude that all CBD oils at your pharmacy can produce the same effect. In fact, the opposite may be true.

For instance, the Center for Disease Control has reported cases of acute poisoning from synthetic CBD oil products. Essentially, these types of products offer few benefits and can actually be dangerous for your health.

This, in turn, leads us back to full-spectrum hemp oil. It’s a guaranteed natural solution, extracted from most parts of the plant. That’s why we at Synchronicity believe so strongly in our products and the benefits they confer.

Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil and Mood: The Legal Question

Even though the research is not 100% conclusive, the anxiolytic benefits of Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil are becoming clearer. Of course, you may still feel nervous about whether you should actually take this product, based on preconceived notions about its origin.

First, a reassurance: Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil is legal at the federal and state level. This means you can use it freely in all 50 states. That’s because it doesn’t have appreciable levels of psychoactive THC, which is typically associated with the recreational use of marijuana. 

In fact, hemp oil effectively blocks THC receptors, thus reducing any hallucinogenic effects. The amount of trace THC present in Hemp Oil is so low that you’ll pass most modern drug tests.

So, the clear answer is yes. Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil is a legal and ethical way to treat mood disorders. While that’s reassuring, it’s still important to consider the potential side effects of this treatment, minimal as they may be.

Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil and Mood: What Side Effects Should You Worry About?

Generally, in comparison to other anxiolytic treatments, Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil is safe for most people. Its use also doesn’t result in tolerance buildup. In fact, studies show that CBD use actually results in reverse tolerance, where less is needed to produce the same effects over time. That said, the FDA continues to advocate for further studies on its long-term effects.

It’s important to know, though, that Hemp Oil may interfere with other prescription drugs. When used in conjunction with pain medications or OTC anti-anxiety drugs, negative reactions may result. This includes headaches, stomach pains, tiredness, and dizziness. 

Once again, these side effects are mild compared to those from other mood-control medications and faux CBD oils. Potentially negative side effects can also include anxiety and extreme mood swings, counteracting the reason you’re taking the medication to begin with.

These potential side effects lead to two clear takeaways as you consider Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil for treating anxiety:

First, use only the products you trust. An ethical company that extracts Hemp Oil sustainably should take precedence over one that is less forthcoming about its production and extraction processes.

Second, consult with a medical professional. While low doses of Hemp Oil are generally safe, it makes sense to consult with your primary care physician, especially if you’re on a prescription regime. That way, you can minimize any risks you may otherwise incur from introducing CBD into the mix.

Of course, you should also make sure you get the serving size right. That’s what we’ll discuss in our final section on the topic.

Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil Tincture 30 mL dropper

What is the Right Serving Size for Treating Mood Disorders with Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil?

More isn’t always better. Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil is generally effective in treating anxiety. Because the product is 100% natural, taking too much won’t harm your body. But, you still want to make sure that you get your Hemp Oil serving size right.

First, servings differ in strength depending on the manufacturer. Determining the right potency starts with looking at the label and identifying just how strong the suggested serving is. High-quality, sustainable, and natural Hemp Oils like ours are tested for purity and potency, so they’ll differ from other products you may find on store shelves.

Second, start small. When you use Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil to address your mood disorder, you don’t have to start with a full serving. Instead, start with smaller doses to see how your body responds. Use a tincture or dropper to make exact measurements and gradually increase your serving size to see if it makes any difference. Over time, the ideal dose will come naturally and be unique to you.

Finally, give it time. As mentioned, Hemp Oil isn’t a wonder drug that will make your problems disappear instantaneously. Yes, you may feel its positive effects within minutes. However, some of our customers tell us that it may take a little more time. So, allow a couple of hours after you ingest Hemp Oil before you judge its efficacy (or lack thereof).

Using Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil to Treat Negative Moods

So, there you have it. While not conclusive, the evidence of CBD’s positive effects in treating mood disorders is beginning to mount. And while those results are somewhat unreliable considering the broad spectrum of CBD products on the market, they’re especially relevant when compared against the natural effects of Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil.

This type of oil is not only legal in the United States but has also been proven to be effective in a variety of ways. As long as you know how a manufacturer sources its CBD, you can expect positive effects from its use. 

Yes, you’ll have to determine the right serving size for your needs, and you may still experience some mild side effects from its use. But, if you suffer from any type of mood disorder and your doctor has approved its use, Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil is well worth a try. If, however, you’ve already tried it and seen its benefits, we’d love to hear from you. Share your thoughts with us on social media!