Hemp Oil Q&A
What is Hemp Oil Made From?
Hemp Oil is extracted from the hemp plant which is a variation of the Cannabis Sativa plant. The hemp plant does not contain large amounts of THC (0.3%), the psychoactive component of cannabis. It does contain a variety of beneficial terpenes that are absorbed by the body's endocannabinoid system. Consisting of neurotransmitters that bind to cannabinoid receptors, these cannabinoids act as neuromodulators that have been shown to affect pain sensation, appetite, and motor learning.
Does Hemp Oil Contain THC?
The strain of Cannabis Sativa used for the manufacture of Hemp Oil contains 0.3% THC. This amount of THC is not significant and will not produce any of the psychoactive effects that other strains of cannabis, whose THC content is much higher, will produce. The extracted terpenes from this strain of cannabis will affect the endocannabinoid system and provide other benefits such as pain and inflammation relief.
Will Hemp Oil Make Me Sleepy?
Hemp Oil or CBD is not a sedative and its use should not make you drowsy. Each individual's reaction to Hemp Oil can be unique and factors such as body chemistry, diet, and overall health can play a role in the effects you will experience. CBD can diminish the anxiety that makes falling asleep more difficult, by deactivating the sensory neurons in the area of the brain that keeps us awake. Hemp Oil can also help trigger a "tiredness response" through its effects on the 5-HT1a serotonin receptors which may help you relax after a stressful day.
What are Terpenes?
Terpenes are what give cannabis flowers that distinctive aroma and they may play a role in the different effects created by the varying strains of cannabis. For example, some terpenes may facilitate relaxation while others may facilitate pain relief. Over 100 different terpenes have been identified and each strain of cannabis can have its own unique profile for scent and flavor. These differences are where the benefits of CBD oils can be honed as the synergies of different terpene profiles can increase a particular desired effect such as relaxation.
What Does Full Spectrum Mean?
Almost all Hemp Oil products claim to be full spectrum. But what does the term full spectrum mean? When Hemp Oil is extracted from the plant, the goal is to extract all the different terpenes along with the various types of CBD that reside within that particular strain. Creating a full-spectrum product takes full advantage of the synergies created by these different ingredients maximizing the desired effect.
What are CBD Isolates?
Isolates are 99% pure CBD in the form of a powder or a crystalline solid. Once the oil is extracted from the Hemp plant, an additional refinement process occurs that strips away any other phytocannabinoids, plant matter, and THC leaving behind the purest CBD possible. Depending on the process used the resulting product can be in the form of large crystals or a fine powder. The benefits of such a pure form of CBD are:
- There is no concern about THC showing up in your system.
- Measuring dosage is easier than other products.
- Easier to mix with food or beverages for consumption.
Can Hemp Oil interact with any medications?
Yes, it can. CBD can either reduce or increase the effects of a drug. Cytochrome p450 is an enzyme involved in the metabolization of many drugs and is inhibited by CBD. Compounds in grapefruit also inhibit the same enzyme which is why physicians warn patients about consuming grapefruit for a time before or after taking a particular medication. If you are taking any medications check with your physician to avoid any possible negative effects.
Can Hemp Oil Relive Sore Muscles?
Hemp Oil is known for its anti-inflammatory properties which make it a valuable tool after a strenuous workout. A strenuous workout can put your muscles and joints through a lot of stress which will lead to inflammation and soreness. Because CBD receptors are primarily located in the central nervous system they are positioned perfectly to aid in pain and inflammation relief.
Can Hemp Oil Relieve Anxiety?
CBD interacts with CB1 and CB2 receptors found in the central nervous system and the peripheral nervous system, respectively. Cannabidiol (CBD) is a type of cannabinoid found naturally in marijuana and hemp plants and does not cause feelings of intoxication.
CBD has been shown to minimize seizure activity in the brain and can help to reduce anxiety and depression, as well as manage pain. It can also provide inflammatory and neuro-protective effects from diseases like arthritis.
Can CBD Help to Treat Social Anxiety?
A growing body of research suggests that CBD can help to reduce symptoms of social anxiety. A study done in 2010 indicates that CBD changes blood flow to the regions of the brain linked to feelings of social anxiety, causing users to feel better and change the way the brain responds to anxiety. The results suggest that CBD could be a useful option to treat social anxiety.
Are There Any Negative Side Effects I Should Worry About?
CBD has been the source of much speculation and there are many claims of its benefits being made. Hemp Oil is generally safe to ingest but it’s important to exercise some caution and common sense before adding CBD to your daily regimen. If you are taking prescription medications be sure to speak to a physician before beginning a CBD regimen.
Some negative side effects at high dosages include:
- Decreased appetite
- Gastrointestinal Problems
- Altered liver enzymes
For most people, these side effects occurred during the first few days of increasing dosage while seeking the "sweet spot" of benefits.
How Do I Know If It’s Pure?
With so many products available from so many different manufacturers it is wise to be cautious of the purity of the product you are buying. As a rule of thumb always look at the most recent labs for a product. If labs are not made available for a particular product you are interested in it is advised to keep searching. Serenity Potions only offers products whose manufacturers make Lab results available. CBD Lab results will include the potency and terpene profile analysis providing you with a high quality product and a level of potency you can rely on.
Can Hemp Oil Help Improve my Complexion
The skin is the body's largest organ and it is important to protect it from premature aging caused by excess sun exposure, inflammation or environmental pollutants. Skin Care products containing CBD are in high demand because CBD can reduce inflammation and protect your skin.
How Are The Cannabinoids Absorbed By The Body?
Modern extraction methods have advanced in recent years making it possible for Hemp Oil products to be ingested orally in the form of an oil or edible. CBD can also be used in the form of a topical, such as a lotion or roll on. You can choose the most convenient method for you.
Once Cannabinoids enter the bloodstream they bind to cannabinoid receptors in your nervous system producing the desired effect.
What Are Some of The Benefits Of Hemp Oil?
Hemp Oil (aka CBD) directly affects your body’s endocannabinoid system which is responsible for how you regulate sleep, appetite, immune system response and pain. Your body produces neurotransmitters known as endocannabinoids that bind to cannabinoid receptors in your nervous system. These neurotransmitters play an important role in the way we feel pain and may affect the way we experience pain. CBD also causes a relaxing effect which can help with anxiety as well as insomnia.
There are many ways available to consume Hemp Oil. Tinctures and Topical Creams and Serums are common but each have their own benefits.
What Benefits Do We Get From:
- Sold in 30ml bottles that can be carried everywhere.
- Highly concentrated allowing for smaller doses.
- Fast-acting and high bioavailability.
- Penetrate the skin faster
- Highly concentrated ingredients
- Not diluted by added oils or other chemicals
- Can offer hydration
- May provide sun protection
- May be applied day or night
- Provide long-lasting relief
- Precise dosing
- Provide a whole-body effect
How Much Should I Take?
One of the more challenging things about adding Hemp Oil to your daily regimen is trying to figure out just how much you should take. We are all different, our sizes, weights, and metabolisms can vary greatly so there is no hard-line approach when figuring out what dosage works best for you. A good starting point seems to be 1 to 6 mg per pound of body weight. Experiment prudently when adding any new supplements to your daily routine start small and increase gradually until you reach your desired results.
Is Hemp Cultivation Good For The Environment?
Hemp is one of the most sustainable plants, and this is the main reason its popularity is ever surging. The plant has a fast growth rate and grows very tightly spaced. This translates to a higher yield from the same space and decreased land use. In addition, it is used to produce a wide variety of biodegradable materials, which means it is the answer to the CO2 emissions that are contributing to climate change. Hemp uses less water to grow than trees or traditional crops.
(Read More about The Environmental Impact of Hemp Cultivation)
We're Here To Help You Choose
There are many Hemp Oil products available to you and choosing the right one can be difficult.
Serenity Potions has researched and chosen the finest CBD products manufactured by bands that are at the forefront of the CBD market. When you buy a Hemp Extract from Serenity Potions you can trust that you are buying the highest quality products available with lab-tested potencies.
Have questions about our products or why we carry the lines we do? Feel free to reach out to us and ask! We’re always happy to explain more about specific products and help you with any inquiries you have.