Let's break it down. Hemp has been used to treat pain as far back as 2900 B.C. Recent studies have shown that certain non-psychoactive components of the plant are responsible for its pain-relieving effects.
Hemp is a variety of plant that contains low concentrations of the psychoactive compounds, and is used for a more therapeutic effect. It is legal in most countries and states in America.
The science behind hemp and how it interacts with our bodies can be easily explained. Once you understand this, you'll begin to understand the vast range of opportunities there may be for hemp to provide relief for you or someone in your life.
While the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not regulate the purity or safety of the substance, hemp is considered safe when purchased from a trustworthy manufacturer with 3rd party testing.
How Does Hemp Work Within Your Body?
Hemp is one of many natural compounds found in the hemp plant that will 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 things like appetite, sleep, mood, and pain.
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 compounds 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).
Hemp can act as a catalyst in the self-healing process by initiating an increase in the production of organic chemicals vital to maintaining homeostasis. health and overall balance.
What Are The Effects of Hemp?
Interacting with the ECS is the most prevalent way that hemp impacts the functionality of our body. The more readily chemicals are released, the better your body will be at regulating and maintaining homeostasis.
The non-psychoactive properties of hemp make it ideal for therapeutic use. Some studies show that hemp may help reduce chronic pain by impacting ECS receptor activity, reducing inflammation and interacting with neurotransmitters (Trusted Source). There have been multiple studies showing that hemp can be effective in treating pain related to sciatic nerves, multiple sclerosis and arthritis.
Hemp has also been extremely effective in providing relief from anxiety, stress, depression, and other physical ailments.
What is the Most Effective Way To Take Hemp?
The effects of hemp can vary from person to person as well as product to product. Products may vary in the amount of hemp and other natural compounds in it. The various forms of hemp products all vary in effectiveness and purpose.
The rate and degree at which the hemp is absorbed into your bloodstream (also referred to as bioavailability) is one of the most important factors in the performance of CBD products. For this reason, hemp products consumed through your stomach and digestive tract are the least effective way to take your hemp.
When hemp is swallowed it goes immediately to the stomach, where it is subjected to the digestive process, slowly absorbed by the small intestine, and taken directly to the liver where it is broken down. This process is called first pass metabolism and is the worst method of administering hemp because most of the hemp is destroyed before it comes in contact with your ECS.
Bioavailability of hemp varies greatly depending on the method of administration. The averages for hemp bioavailability by method of administration are:
- 6% – 15% for oral (swallowed and digested by the GI system)
- 35% for oromucosal (absorbed directly through the mouth)
- 34%-46% for intranasal (applied through the nose)
- 40% for vaporized (absorbed through the lungs)
Tinctures & Topicals
Two of the most popular methods of taking hemp to maximize bioavailability include Topicals and Tinctures.
Generally speaking, individuals who may only need occasional relief from aches and pains in specific areas may be satisfied with a Hemp pain cream. Topical pain creams are especially popular among older adults and other individuals suffering from chronic pain caused by conditions like arthritis and Sciatica. For others looking for more long-term, consistent benefits, a hemp tincture spray incorporated into a regular wellness routine may do the trick. Hemp tinctures are popular among those who need daily relief from pain, inflammation, anxiety, and depression.
To truly maximize your hemp benefits, it is often recommended to use a variety of products in combination to promote synergy within your body through the entourage effect. Each product brings its own unique benefits through its combination of natural compounds, and our bodies use these components in different ways. Utilizing a tincture for daily use may help your body find a new equilibrium, and a pain cream may be able to help with those occasional flare-ups of pain. Try a range of hemp products to find the combination that works best for your individual needs.
We’ve learned that by increasing the length of time that tinctures and sprays remain in the mouth, one may increase overall absorption. More studies need to be performed to determine what other factors improve bioavailability. For both mouth sprays and tinctures, it is currently recommended to hold the liquid under the tongue for 30-60 seconds before swallowing.
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The number and concentrations of natural compounds offered by most companies is not standardized. The mix of natural compounds differs in each plant with each grow season, from farm to farm, in different locations within a field, and with inconsistencies in the processing methods. Due to this variability, consumers may buy the same product over and over again and experience varying beneficial effects with every new purchase.
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