The legalization of American hemp cultivation through the 2018 Farm Bill has led to significant growth in not only the farming of the hemp plant but the production of hemp-derived products across the beauty, lifestyle, and wellness industries.
Though the race to create the latest hemp extract product may have the market relatively flooded, a benefit to the growing demand is the parallel growth in research and studies aimed at figuring out what exactly this seemingly “miracle plant” can actually do.
Hemp is a plant species of the cannabis genus that contains less than 0.3% tetrahydrocannabinol, the chemical compound also known as THC. Even when cultivated to be below the legal limit of THC, hemp can provide high levels of fellow cannabinoid and sister compound cannabidiol (CBD) among other cannabinoids. Through various extraction methods, hemp-derived cannabinoids can be crafted into various consumer products including tinctures, topical creams, and supplement capsules.
Many studies are underway regarding the potential for hemp extract as a safe, natural, and alternative method to alleviate various medical conditions and ailments.
One of the many exciting subjects of study is the prospect of hemp extract’s application in pain relief.
Chronic pain is a highly prevalent medical issue, known to be “one of the most common reasons adults seek medical care,” and estimated to affect over 20% of adult Americans. Of which an additional 8% (19.6 million) are cases of high-impact chronic pain, pain that interferes with their daily work and life.
If you are reading this blog it is safe to say you may be considering integrating hemp extract into your wellness routine and we want you to know that you are not alone.
Approximately 64 million Americans have used CBD products this year.
And if you are also one of the millions of Americans experiencing chronic pain we hope you find the following resources helpful as you explore the potential health benefits and applications of hemp extract in your life.
Experiencing pain and considering hemp? Here's what you should know:
Hemp extract is safe
Hemp extract has been widely accepted by global and national authorities, including the World Health Organization, as safe for consumption, with no potential for abuse. Ongoing studies suggest significant parallels between hemp extract and decreased pain and inflammation.
That said not all hemp extract is created equal.
When choosing your hemp extract wellness products, it is important to research the origin of the hemp from which the hemp extract is derived, as well as the company’s extraction process. Many parts of the United States have excellent conditions conducive to growing healthy, organic hemp. However not every company sources its hemp from America. China is one of the leading producers of hemp and hemp extract and has significantly less regulation on quality, growing conditions, and extraction methods.
Why are so many people considering hemp extract?
The short answer is many reasons! Mounting evidence suggests the naturally occurring compounds of the hemp plant may prove to have a variety of benefits to the human body. It is also acknowledged by the World Health Organization that hemp extract can be used daily, without the risks or potential for abuse associated with various pharmaceuticals.
How does hemp extract work?
Research suggests that hemp extract works with the body’s endocannabinoid system – or ECS. The ECS is a self-regulating system deeply integrated throughout the body including but not limited to the nervous system, immune system, and various organs.
One of the primary known functions of the ECS is maintaining homeostasis, balancing and promoting various healthy body functions including regulating appetite, supporting motor function, soothing neurological responses, and decreasing inflammation that can contribute to pain.
There are over 100 naturally occurring cannabinoids in the hemp plant. Though we are only just beginning to understand how many of these cannabinoids may affect the body, we do know many of them have significant effects. For example, when THC is ingested into the body, it is believed to bind to receptors activating any number of neurological or cellular responses controlled by the ECS. Studies also suggest CBD may influence the ECS by working to suppress interactions and receptor binding, possibly supporting the ECS by encouraging it to use more of its own naturally produced endocannabinoids.
How are cannabinoids extracted from the hemp plant?
Hemp extract can be derived through various extraction methods, significantly affecting not only its potential effectiveness but the purity of the hemp extract as well.
When extracted through careful methods “full-spectrum + broad-spectrum hemp extract oil” retain other naturally-occurring compounds thought to provide additional health benefits, leveraging what is known as the “entourage effect."
These various other aspects of the hemp plant include other cannabinoids, terpenes, and fatty acids, that may remain through certain extraction processes. Only with full-spectrum hemp extract does this include a naturally occurring micro-dosage of THC. Some studies suggest a micro-dosage of THC, remaining in accordance with the law, could enhance the efficiency of CBD's interaction with the body.
Who can hemp help?
Scientific evidence strongly suggests CBD is safe for consumption by adults, children, and even pets.
What can hemp help with?
Studies show hemp extract products being used by the masses with the intention of alleviating or treating a variety of medical conditions from anxiety and insomnia, to epilepsy, and multiple sclerosis. And as we have discussed here, pain related to arthritis or other chronic conditions, menstrual pain, and even common muscle soreness associated with exercise or leading an active lifestyle.
Why are so many people turning to hemp? The beauty of hemp extract is its ability to be consumed sans the adverse effects associated with many other prescription medications. Some benefits of using CBD are thought to be: minimal to no side effects, and no risk of addiction.
With the growing demand for hemp extract coming from an increasingly diverse audience, also comes the need for various methods of consumption. Hemp extract can be found in tinctures and creams as well as other forms to ensure a convenient, personalized solution to fit your needs.
Holief strives to provide a trustworthy and thorough resource, to help you make a well-informed decision when it comes to choosing your source of hemp extract. Please note that it is always suggested that you consult your healthcare provider before incorporating any new supplements or treatments into your wellness routine.
At Holief we approach pain the way you approach life: with unshakeable optimism and conviction. We believe natural, and mighty relief should be accessible to everyone.
Our hemp-derived products are designed and tested by experts in our field to deliver trustworthy, accessible, natural relief, and an effective alternative to ibuprofen or other pain relief medications.