Welcome to the world of Hemp! If you're wondering whether or not hemp products are right for you, we're here to help answer all of your questions. That being said, we are not here to give medical advice or replace any discussions with your doctor. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and our products are not intended to diagnose, treat, mitigate, cure or prevent any disease.
What is Hemp?
The human body is a complex machine, with tons of parts and pieces working together to do something amazing. One major factor that distinguishes your body from being just a pile of pulleys and gears, however, is its ability to heal itself.
When your body is operating at its best (homeostasis), it is incredibly efficient at fixing its own problems. Self-healing.
But your “machinery” can get worn out. As it gets strained or starts to age, something is bound to break. When this happens, your body is not as good at healing itself as it once was.
Prescription medications have long been the practical answer for treating a broken down bio-machine. While they can be effective, the use of synthetic drugs can be addictive, they are often accompanied by a compulsory list of side effects, and are not necessarily a holistic approach to wellness. Thankfully there are alternatives.
HEMP FOR NATURAL RELIEF
If you think of your body as a machine, Hemp would be the oil. Ironically enough, our Hemp is an oil.
Hemp is a plant which produces a broad range of natural compounds that have been shown to have several different benefits to the human body. Unlike the intoxicating sister-plant that has been used for recreational use to get a "high", the hemp plant does not produce enough of the intoxicating compounds to create psychoactive effects when consumed.
The hemp plant is capable of producing the non-intoxicating and medicinally rich natural compounds in high concentrations. In fact, hemp products are rapidly becoming one of the most popular forms of the therapeutic products on the market today.
In many cases, substituting hemp in place of pharmaceuticals provides a safe, more holistic approach to your ailments— reviving your body’s natural ability to fix itself.
Hemp serves as a catalyst in the self-healing process by initiating an increase in production of organic chemicals vital to maintaining health and balance.
The Effect of Hemp on Your Endocannabinoid System
As you read this article, your body is generating its own natural compounds similar to those found in hemp. Originating in the body, cooked up using your very own DNA recipe, these organic compounds go on to interact with one of your body’s best kept secrets—the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). Its purposes range from neuroprotection to regulation of your immune system, impacting faculties such as appetite, sleep, mood, and pain.
In addition to endocannabinoids, the ECS is comprised of an expansive network of receptors. These receptors are located on surfaces of cells scattered throughout your body and will ultimately bind with the endocannabinoids being transported throughout your bloodstream.
This binding event stimulates the production of crucial chemicals that regulate our bodily systems such as neurotransmitters (nervous system), cytokines (immune system), and hormones (endocrine system).
Interacting with the Endocannabinoid System is the most prevalent way that Hemp impacts the functionality of our body. Hemp can protect your endocannabinoids from being broken down by enzymes, allowing more of them to be available for binding with the ECS. The more binding, the more chemicals released. The more readily chemicals are released, the better your body will be at regulating and maintaining homeostasis.
Now that you have been adequately introduced to Hemp, we would like to address some of the most pressing questions that this “budding” industry incites.
Will it get me high?
A common concern about Hemp oil is whether or not it will induce the psychoactive effect referred to as a "high". The hemp plant does not produce enough of the intoxicating compounds to create psychoactive effects when consumed.
Additionally, the extraction methods that we employ allow for regulating the concentration of other compounds in the final product. This allows our oils to maintain their desirable therapeutic effects without the symptoms of a high.
By design, some of the Redeem Hemp oils do contain low-level amounts of the natural compound known for it's psychoactive effects (<0.3%) for the medicinal benefits. This compound can work with the other compounds to provide multiple benefits to some users. This is the difference between full-spectrum and broad-spectrum hemp oil. The concentration is within legal limits and is not a concentration that will have a psychoactive effect on your body.
Is it safe?
Hemp is considered a non-toxic substance, meaning that it does not pose an implicit danger to the health of the consumer. The side effects that have been chronicled are generally mild and include dry mouth, diarrhea, reduced appetite, drowsiness and fatigue.
Care should be taken when you are on a current medication. Mixing Hemp with other medications can inhibit the effectiveness of your prescription or cause an adverse effect. We recommend consulting a physician whenever taking hemp in addition to other medications.
Another aspect to consider in the safety discussion is the quality of your hemp product. Factors ranging from the manufacturing processes to the hemp supplier can have an impact on the grade of hemp you receive. Check to ensure the company that you choose uses organic, non-GMO cannabis and follows cGMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) processes.
The safest way to use hemp is to start with a low dosage in order to learn how your body responds. Track the effects and adjust your intake based on your observed results. Use our custom dosage tracker to help you start your hemp journey.
What can hemp do for my health?
The answer to this question is precisely why we got into the business. The potential therapeutic value of hemp for your body is spectacular.
At this point in time, however, we are forced to hold our tongues. Federal regulations do not allow us to declare any specific health benefits or conditions that hemp may treat, only that it has the potential to promote general wellness.
Thankfully online education can speak for us. We encourage you to look into such educational sites as www.projectcbd.org for insight as to the practical applications of hemp.
What makes one hemp product better than another?
These are exciting times for hemp enthusiasts, as a wide range of products are being made available for the first time. Be aware, however, that not all tinctures are created equal. Here are some factors that separate the good from the bad:
- Safety: Organic, non-GMO farming is key. Cannabis that is farmed using herbicides and pesticides will maintain these harmful contaminants throughout the extraction process and introduce harmful toxins to your body. Redeem Therapeutics stands by a grassroots method of hemp processing, taking particular care to ensure that what goes into your body actually belongs there. From the seed to the shelf, and every step in between, we take special care to keep the process natural.
- Concentrations: Of the plentiful selection of hemp products, an alarming amount have been found to contain a mere handful of milligrams of hemp per serving or no hemp at all. To protect you from this risk, verify the contents of your hemp batch by looking into third-party test results. Not only will this data will tell you just how much hemp your dollar is getting for you, but also the chemical concentrations within your specific batch. Lab results are how we verify that our signature “Optimal Spectrum” has been achieved and that our product contains the scope of natural compounds necessary to provide a full entourage effect.
- Quality: The current market for hemp can be likened to a 21st century Wild West. While the FDA has consistently recognized the health benefits of hemp oils, it has yet to enter the realm of regulation. This lack of accountability has opened the door to an expansive divergence in quality of hemp in the marketplace as opportunists push inferior products. Take the time to ensure that the company supplying you is thinking about your health and wellness, not just your money.
We are committed to helping you take back your health. It is our firm belief that hemp is an exceptional tool in that pursuit. Our goal is to provide a safe, quality product that contains the hemp that your body craves to restore your natural balance. We encourage you to look around our website and learn more about Redeem Therapeutics.