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Hemp has gone mainstream. You can find it in prepared foods, protein powders, fruit-flavored gummies, and even granola. And, if you’re the adventurous type, you may even whip up some non-dairy hemp parmesan cheese in the kitchen. But, what does taking Hemp Oil really feel like?
When presented with an opportunity for trying something new, some people jump right in and hope for the best. Others prefer to take a more cautious approach, taking time to gather information before making a decision.
As demand and enthusiasm for Hemp Oil grows, people who were previously wary of it are now exploring their use, some for the first time. Eventually, many realize that Hemp Oil enthusiasts have relied on this natural product for years.
If you’ve investigated the therapeutic potential of the phytocannabinoids in Hemp Oil, you may be intrigued by your discoveries. However, you may still be hesitant to try a product you’ve never used before. To help alleviate your concerns, it may be helpful to learn about Hemp Oil and its effects on the human body.
The Regulatory System that Responds to Phytocannabinoids
The many potential benefits of industrial hemp are derived from the plant’s unique composition. Hemp crops produce more than 480 potentially beneficial plant elements, including more than 100 individual phytocannabinoids (1). Significantly, the phytocannabinoids in Hemp Oil have been shown to interact with the receptors of your endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS comprises a complex network of messengers and receptors responsible for regulating nearly every essential function in your body.
Many researchers today believe the continuous communication between your ECS messengers and receptors regulate homeostasis, the internal balance all organisms must maintain to survive. When internal or external forces disrupt that balance, homeostatic processes restore equilibrium (2). Just a few of the many functions regulated by ECS signaling include (3):
- Moods, emotions, and social behavior
- Pain perception and inflammation
- Processes involved in memory recall and learning
- Thermoregulation, appetite, and metabolism
- Circulatory and digestive processes
- Immune system responses
- Hormone regulation and reproductive processes
- Neuroprotection and muscle movement
- Circadian rhythms, REM sleep, and sleep cycles
- Bone and muscle formation
- Collagen synthesis, skin cell formation, and oil production
Hemp Oil and Its Effects: The Power of Cannabinoids
The phytocannabinoids in hemp mimic the effects of two of the body’s endocannabinoids: anandamide and 2-Ag (2-Arachidonoylglycerol). Anandamide is predominantly responsible for pain perception, memory, appetite, and reproductive processes. Meanwhile, 2-Ag directly impacts immune system responses. Made as needed, the endocannabinoids produced in your body are broken down by metabolic enzymes once their messages are delivered (4).
Numerous internal and external factors, including stress, illness, and injury, can increase the demand for ECS messengers. If the demand exceeds the supply, urgent signals never reach their intended targets. By supporting your endocannabinoid system with Hemp Oil, you restore essential balance in your body. Many researchers today believe endocannabinoid deficiencies may cause disease (5).
Understanding the Therapeutic Potential of Phytocannabinoids
Once you have a basic understanding of how the phytocannabinoids in Hemp Oil interact with ECS receptors, you may find it easier to recognize the considerable therapeutic potential of Hemp Oil products. While most of the evidence supporting the use of Hemp Oil tinctures, capsules, and skincare products come from laboratory tests, animal studies, preclinical trials, and user testimonials, people use Hemp Oil for a number of reasons.
Current research shows that CBD and other phytocannabinoids in Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil have analgesic, anti-emetic, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, and neuroprotective properties, potential benefits that may have a considerable impact on the way you feel (6). Your results will likely depend on which processes are impacted by a better-functioning ECS. Since ECS receptors are located throughout your body, your Hemp Oil experience may include any number of the following potential benefits.
Hemp Oil and Its Effects: You May Feel Emotionally Grounded, Calmer, or Less Anxious
Your moods, emotions, thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are driven by neurotransmitters expressed in specific chemical combinations. Imbalances can cause a wide range of complications, including stress, anxiety, and depression. Since the processes regulating moods and emotions are influenced by ECS signaling, many people report that Hemp Oil makes them feel calmer, more grounded, and better equipped to face daily challenges. Many user testimonials about hemp oil and its effects are backed by scientific evidence.
While ECS signaling has a direct impact on your moods and emotions, the anxiolytic and antidepressant potential of Hemp Oil is likely explained by the way CBD and other phytocannabinoids interact with several non-ECS receptors, including the serotonin, dopamine, and GABA receptors (7).
Activating GABA receptors calms overexcited nerve impulses. And, dopamine pathways influence muscle movement, the pleasure and reward centers of the brain, and pain perception. Meanwhile, serotonin receptors initiate an excitatory or inhibitive response depending on the chemical composition of the message received. Thus, many of the medications most often prescribed for the symptoms of anxiety, depression, migraine, and nausea work by increasing serotonin levels (8).
Hemp Oil and Its Effects: You May Feel More Alert and Focused
Brain fog is a laymen’s term used to describe a type of mental fatigue. Rather than feeling sharp and focused, brain fog can make you feel as if you’re lost in a haze. While episodes of brain fog are relatively common, the resulting cognitive dysfunction can be debilitating.
The somewhat disturbing symptoms are usually the result of stress, hormonal fluctuations, lack of sleep, dehydration, or nutritional deficiencies. However, it’s important to know that brain fog can also be a symptom of several medical conditions, including autoimmune disorders, inadequate liver function, kidney disease, or thyroid disorders (9). Even with treatment, many people still experience symptoms. Up to half of all lupus patients and nearly 80 percent of those living with fibromyalgia report lapses in memory and difficulty concentrating (10).
Current research seems to suggest that the phytocannabinoids in Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil have the potential to address numerous factors that contribute to decreased mental clarity and brain fog. Since ECS function regulates memory, sleep cycles, metabolism, and emotional responses, supporting ECS function with the phytocannabinoids in Hemp Oil may help you feel more clear-headed and focused. Plus, Hemp Oil is a significant source of omega-3 fatty acids, essential lipids that support brain function (11).
Hemp Oil and Its Effects: You May Feel More Refreshed and Rested
During sleep, your muscles relax, your breathing slows, and your body begins the process of rejuvenation. By and large, many people drift off to sleep within minutes of slipping between the sheets. They wake feeling refreshed and rested. On the other hand, if you experience difficulty falling asleep, you may suffer daytime sleepiness, chronic fatigue, headaches, digestive disturbances, or food cravings.
Losing as little as an hour of essential sleep each night can raise your blood pressure, slow your reflexes, or impair your powers of concentration. As crucial as sleep is for physical and emotional health, research suggests that most adults don’t get enough to meet their needs. While occasional sleeplessness is unlikely to cause significant harm, chronic sleep deprivation results in cumulative long-term effects, thus increasing your risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, and diabetes. In addition, sleep deprivation may also impair your ability to fight viruses and infection (12)(13).
Once sleep cycles are disrupted, it can be difficult to get back on track. If caffeine restrictions, new hygiene habits, or counting sheep aren’t giving you the results you seek, maybe it’s time to try the therapeutic potential of Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil. As phytocannabinoids in Hemp Oil influence the receptors that regulate sleep cycles, they can also improve your capacity for REM sleep. Hemp Oil also has analgesic, anxiolytic, and antispasmodic properties that can calm your mind and alleviate muscle tension. This leads to improved sleep quality, which may help you feel more rested.
Hemp Oil and Its Effects: You May Experience Fewer Physical Discomforts
Pain has many potential causes. Generally, pain signals function as a warning, an alarm that sounds in response to illness or injury. As the damage heals, the discomfort typically subsides. However, discomfort sometimes lingers. More than 20 percent of our population lives with moderate to severe chronic pain caused by health conditions like arthritis, autoimmune disorders, nerve damage, migraine, and fibromyalgia (14).
While research investigating the potential benefits of Hemp Oil is still ongoing, numerous studies have explored the pain-relieving potential of phytocannabinoids. In particular, many of these studies focus on a single plant element, CBD. Based on the research, the phytocannabinoid appears to have considerable potential for alleviating several types of physical discomfort, including nerve, muscle, and joint pain (15).
In laboratory tests and animal studies, CBD has been shown to inhibit the production of the metabolic enzymes that break down anandamide. It also shows effectiveness in increasing anandamide production. You may remember that anandamide is one of the two main endocannabinoids produced in your body. Research suggests that increasing anandamide levels alleviates pain. According to a report published in Current Neuropharmacology, researchers determined that CBD may be as effective as over-the-counter or prescription pain killers (16).
However, the phytocannabinoids in Hemp Oil don’t just have the potential of reducing physical discomfort. They may possess the ability to promote better digestion, balance hormone production, ease painful muscle spasms, and soothe skin irritations.
Hemp Oil and Its Effects: The Excellence of Full-Spectrum Products
While it’s true that Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil contains CBD, it’s important to know that most hemp products labeled as “CBD Oil” don’t contain the full array of phytocannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids and other phytonutrients found in naturally cultivated hemp plants. Most CBD oils are made with CBD isolate, a flavorless, powdered version of CBD.
Although CBD does show potential when used on its own, many Hemp Oil enthusiasts find Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil products the better option. Generally, Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil is far less processed than CBD isolate. When you use Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil, the large number of phytocannabinoids, plant terpenes, flavonoids, and other phytonutrients combine to magnify and multiply its therapeutic potential (17). Basically, the synergistic properties of individual plant elements combine to produce the Entourage Effect.
Since so many Hemp Oil companies offer Full-Spectrum products, you may be surprised to learn that most products labeled as “Full-Spectrum” qualify only as “Broad-Spectrum” at best. Most often, these products don’t make the grade because manufacturers use harsh extraction methods, pressurized chambers, or potentially harmful solvents that compromise product integrity. Once compromised, the plant oils cannot deliver a True Entourage Effect™ in the body.
Maximizing Your Hemp Oil Experience with a True Entourage Effect™
A True Entourage Effect™ requires a production process that preserves the natural composition of the plant. This generally includes the full range of phytocannabinoids, essential fats, flavonoids, and fibers commonly altered or removed by aggressive extraction methods.
At Functional Remedies, our Synchronicity™ Full-Spectrum, Whole-Plant Hemp Oil is crafted with oils obtained through a unique process, LipidTrans™ Infusion. This process allows us to gently infuse organic coconut oil directly into the Whole-Plant in small, hand-pressed batches. Since we never use chemicals or solvents, our plant oils retain more nutrients that can be utilized by your body. In addition, our safe, gentle production method allows our Full-Spectrum, Whole-Plant Hemp Oil to provide a particularly True Entourage Effect™.
Adding Synchronicity™ Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil to Your Daily Routine
It’s easy to add Synchronicity™ Full-Spectrum, Whole-Plant Hemp Oil to your daily routine. If you feel comfortable using a simple, no-fuss product, consider the convenience of our Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil Capsules. Available in 25 mg and 50 mg strengths, CBD pills are discreet and easy to use. Plus, you’ll never have to worry about getting the right serving size. If you find product versatility more appealing, you may prefer using one of our Full-Spectrum, Whole-Plant Hemp Oil Tinctures.
You can use your Hemp Oil tincture to add phytocannabinoids to your morning coffee or your favorite recipes. In addition, you can also create DIY Hemp Oil topicals by adding our tinctures to your favorite cream or lotion. While each of these methods delivers the therapeutic potential of phytocannabinoids to the requisite receptors in your body, many Hemp Oil users find the sublingual method delivers the fastest results.
Taking a Hemp Oil tincture sublingually is easy. Simply shake the bottle, measure your serving size, and place the tincture under your tongue. Hold the liquid in place for 10-20 seconds before swallowing. This method allows your body to absorb the phytocannabinoids in the Hemp Oil through the blood vessels under your tongue. Specifically, this results in reduced amounts of phytocannabinoids lost through digestion. While capsules and edibles can take more than an hour (sometimes two) to reveal their true potential, the effects of the sublingual method can be felt in as little as 15-20 minutes.
Finding Your Ideal Hemp Oil Serving Size
A number of factors may influence how much Hemp Oil you should ingest at any one time. This includes product potency, your body weight, and body chemistry. Since phytocannabinoids affect everyone differently, first-time Hemp Oil users should start with a small serving size, generally just a few milligrams. Ask Your Body™ is the best approach. If you don’t experience the effects you seek, add more tincture drops with each subsequent dose until you’re happy with your progress.
While there’s no harm in sticking with the serving recommendations on your product label, there’s also no additional benefit in ingesting more Hemp Oil than your body needs. A hemp oil serving size that works well for someone else may be less than ideal for you. So, focus on identifying the smallest tincture dose necessary to achieve the needed results. Using a larger serving size will simply increase your cost of daily use.
We encourage you to try our unique lipid infused products to experience how Synchronicity™ Whole-Plant Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil can make you feel. However, if you have a medical condition or currently take prescription medication, please consult your health care provider before adding Hemp Oil products to your daily routine. While this natural plant product is well-tolerated by most people, the phytocannabinoids in Hemp Oil are known to interact negatively with several prescription and non-prescription medications.
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