YSince the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, which removed cannabis sativa from the definition of marijuana in the Controlled Substances Act, millions of Americans have discovered the benefits of hemp oil extract. Specifically, the marketplace has been inundated with retailers selling a specific component of the hemp plant, Cannabidiol (CBD), in various forms, from tinctures to gummies and salves. But CBD is just one of more than 100 different cannabinoids found in this remarkable plant. Full-spectrum hemp oil retains all of the cannabinoids, along with beneficial terpenes and flavonoids, to deliver maximum effectiveness during use.
Why We Love Cannabinoids
To understand the benefits of full-spectrum hemp oil extract, it helps to understand the chemical makeup of cannabis sativa, and how the various components interact with one another and with our bodies. Similar to our lymphatic system or our respiratory system, the human body has an endocannabinoid system (ECS) that helps it run efficiently. The ECS is comprised of different cannabinoid receptors throughout the body that regulate things like mood, appetite, energy, stress response, immune function, and memory. Our body produces its own cannabinoids, just like it produces melatonin, serotonin, and insulin. But stress, a poor diet, and other factors can inhibit the body's ability to produce or process these cannabinoids to keep all of the related systems in balance.
Taken orally or applied topically in the correct dosage, full-spectrum hemp oil extract can complement the body's own endocannabinoid system and help it maintain a constant internal environment, also referred to as homeostasis. In addition, full-spectrum hemp contains beneficial terpenes. These fragrant compounds not only give hemp a sweet and uplifting aroma, but also act on receptors and neurotransmitters in the brain, which can help boost your mood and regulate sleep. The hemp plant contains dozens of different terpenes, including camphene, linalool, pinene, and careen, all of which work synergistically with the cannabinoids to boost its therapeutic effects.
How Flavonoids Pack a Punch
In addition to cannabinoids and terpenes, full-spectrum hemp oil extract also retains the plant's flavonoids. These pigmented molecules are mostly concentrated in the flower and leaves of cannabis sativa and are found in other fruits and vegetables, as well. Sometimes called cannflavins, flavonoids are natural antioxidants and have anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties. Like terpenes, these phytochemicals can work in concert with cannabinoids to create an "entourage effect" that allows the body to derive the maximum benefits from the hemp plant.
Hemp also contains plenty of vitamins and minerals, as well as proteins, and healthy fats, like Omega-3 and Omega-6. Proteins help the body repair damaged tissues, while healthy fats support the cardiovascular system. So, in addition to helping calm anxiety, reduce insomnia, and soothe aching muscles, full-spectrum hemp oil can provide essential nutrients that support overall health.
Simple ChangesTM uses only 100% organically grown hemp in our products, to deliver the maximum benefits of this amazing plant. The extract retains all of the cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids and other components of the hemp flower through super critical CO2 extraction, which ensures the highest bioavailability. We also monitor all our products "from soil to oil," to safeguard their quality and purity. In fact, you can scan the QR code on any Simple Changes product to read the lab report on the specific batch of ingredients used in its creation. To learn more, read about our commitment to full-spectrum health on our website.