31 Oct RaulWHO Part 3: WHY HEMP OIL
Last week we introduced you to Raul Elizalde, President of HempMeds® Mexico and founder of the Por Grace Foundation.
Raul’s efforts on behalf of medical cannabis reform in Mexico has led the World Health Organization (WHO) to invite him to speak before the Thirty-Ninth meeting of the Expert Committee on Drug Dependence in Switzerland on November 6th.
At this meeting, Raul will be the voice for CBD hemp oil and speak to the committee on cannabidiol’s lack of psychoactivity as a major advantage to its use. Any recommendations the committee makes to cannabidiol’s international drug scheduling will have ripple effects to its legality around the world.
It goes without saying, but Raul’s journey to Geneva is a pretty big deal! We are both proud and honored to have him speak on behalf of HempMeds® and the CBD oil movement. In previous blogs we introduced Raul and his story, asking “Who is Raul?” and “Why HempMeds®?”
Today, we focus on the popular, breakthrough, non-psychoactive product itself and ask “Why Hemp Oil?”
What Is CBD Hemp Oil Used For?
Cannabidiol (CBD) oil is a natural, non-psychoactive concentrate extracted from hemp. Used on its own or infused into a plethora of products, CBD hemp oil is packed with vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids to offer a wide range of natural therapeutic benefits.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is just one of over 100 cannabinoids presently identified in the cannabis plant and is the second most abundant cannabinoid in marijuana after THC. In hemp, however, THC is only present in trace amounts, while CBD dominates the plant’s makeup. CBD hemp oil is made from high-CBD, low-THC hemp.
CBD interacts with our naturally occurring systems, but it is non-psychotropic, which means that the user doesn’t get high from it. This makes it a safer, less controversial alternative, while still offering significant health benefits.
There are many benefits to taking a daily serving of CBD from hemp oil products. The most exciting among them is that CBD oil products help to augment the body’s naturally occurring endocannabinoids, increasing the body’s ability to promote homeostasis within its systems.
- the tendency toward a relatively stable equilibrium between interdependent elements, especially as maintained by physiological processes.
Cannabinoids are a class of active chemical compounds produced by the cannabis plant. These cannabinoids act on receptors located in our cells as part of the endocannabinoid system (ECS) and alter the release of neurotransmitters from body organs, including the brain. The ECS predominantly consists of two endocannabinoid receptors: CB1, located in the central nervous system (CNS), and CB2, found throughout the peripheral nervous system (PNS). There may even be another CB receptor or two inside our body. Researchers across the world are working to find that answer.
There are over 100 presently discovered cannabinoids, which are largely responsible for the effects cannabis has on the body. Common cannabinoids include tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), cannabidiol (CBD), cannabinol (CBN), and cannabigerol (CBG). THC and CBD have attracted much of the media’s attention, however, cannabinoids like CBGa are emerging as important pieces to the ECS puzzle. Cannabinoids work together with the body’s ECS to regulate the body’s natural functions – including mood, sleep, appetite, immune response, and signal modulation.
Once the endocannabinoid system is stimulated in this way it is able to function more efficiently by optimizing the body’s performance each day. Although it is not critical to support the endocannabinoid system daily, doing so increases the effectiveness of CBD and the endocannabinoid system.
CBD: Chock Full Of The Essentials
A daily serving of hemp oil offers more than just cannabinoids like CBD. Hemp oil also provides a number of health benefits to the body, including:
- Essential nutrients, vitamins, and minerals
- Essential Fatty Acids like Omega-3 and Omega-6
- Complete source of protein
- Flavonoids and terpenes
Essential Nutrients, Vitamins, Minerals
A daily serving of CBD hemp oil offers a slew of nutrients including iron, zinc, carotene, phospholipids, phytosterols, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, vitamin D, vitamin E, chlorophyll, calcium, magnesium, sulfur, copper, potassium, phosphorus, and enzymes.
Eating a diet that includes optimal levels of all these elements is very difficult. If your nutrition is bad, or worse, consisting of mostly processed foods, it’s near impossible to consume healthy amounts of essential vitamins and nutrients.
These are raw materials your body requires to function properly. Essential vitamins, nutrients, and minerals work together in unison to perform hundreds of roles in a healthy human body. They help strengthen bones, heal wounds, and bolster your immune system. They also convert food into energy and repair cellular damage.
Researchers describe cannabinoids interacting with these vitamins and nutrients as the “Entourage Effect.” (It basically means you need the whole group together to really have a good time!) The entourage effect, also known as the “Whole Plant Theory”, is used describe the improved benefits when all compounds work together, instead of separately. Each vitamin, mineral, or cannabinoid works great when alone. Together, they work better.
Omega Fatty Acids And Proteins
CBD hemp oil is abundant in protein, polyunsaturated fatty acids, omega 6, omega 3, and insoluble fiber. Composed of nearly 85 percent essential fatty acids (EFAs) alone, it offers the richest, most balanced natural source of EFAs.
The human body can synthesize most of the fats it needs from the diet. However, two essential fatty acids, linoleic and alpha-linolenic, cannot be synthesized in the body and must be obtained from food. The amount of alpha-linolenic and linolenic acid in one tablespoon of hemp oil provides more than the daily EFA requirements suggested by the FDA.
These basic fats, found in plant foods, are used to build specialized fats called omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are important for the normal functioning of all tissues of the body.
If you don’t get enough of these fatty acids, your health may suffer dramatically. Deficiencies in these fatty acids lead to a host of problems and symptoms, including liver and kidney abnormalities, reduced growth rates, decreased immune function, depression, and dryness of the skin.
On the flip side, proper intake of the essential fatty acids can aid in numerous health benefits. Some of these include prevention of atherosclerosis, reduced incidence of heart disease and stroke, and relief from ulcerative colitis, menstrual pain, and joint pain. Omega-3 fatty acid levels have also been associated with decreased breast cancer risk.
The Right Ratios
It is not only important to incorporate good sources of omega-3 and omega-6s in your diet, but also consume these fatty acids in the proper ratio. Omega-6 fatty acids compete with omega-3 fatty acids for use in the body, and therefore excessive intake of omega-6 fatty acids can inhibit omega-3s. This happens because many Western diets get too much fat from their daily diet and from processed foods. The ratio gets thrown off and “good” fat can get turned into the “bad” kind.
If you get protein from hemp seed oil, you’re getting an unbeatable ratio! Hemp oil protein has been dubbed “Nature’s most perfectly balanced oil”, due to the fact that it contains the perfectly balanced 3:1 ratio of Omega 6 (linoleic/ LA) to Omega 3 (alpha-linolenic/ LNA) essential fatty acids, determined to be the optimum requirement for long-term healthy human nutrition.
Hemp seeds even edge out soybean in protein content. Proteins serve a variety of functions in the human body such as acting as enzymes, antibodies, and the structural components of tissues, hormones and blood protein. The main function of dietary protein is to supply amino acids for the growth and maintenance of body tissue. Digestion breaks down proteins into their basic building blocks – the amino acids.
Hemp protein contains all 20 known amino acids including the 9 essential amino acids (EAAs) our bodies cannot produce. Proteins are considered complete when they contain all 9 essential amino acids in a sufficient quantity and ratio to meet the body’s needs. Hemp seeds contain an adequate supply of these high-quality proteins (EAAs) for a well-balanced diet.
Flavonoids And Terpenes
Flavonoids are antioxidants that exhibit significant anti-inflammatory, antifungal, and diastolic effects. They can also strengthen the immune system and facilitate the absorption of vitamins. Red wine’s beneficial effects on the heart and skin can be largely linked to the high content of flavonoids in the vine. Small world, huh?
Through complex biochemical mechanisms (what happens when vital processes occur in living organisms), flavonoids from hemp interact on many different sites in the body. Some interact with estrogen receptors, others act as extreme antioxidants or contribute to enzymatic (fancy word for digestion) processes.
Terpenes contribute to a plant’s flavor, scent, and color. These compounds are the main ingredient for essential oils. For instance, it is the terpene limonene found in citrus fruits that not only creates lemon, orange, and lime’s distinctive smells and flavor, but also the ability of citrus oils to work as natural cleaners. Limonene also has a reputation as being a naturally occurring antibacterial and antifungal.
Terpenes such as limonene are often used in food additives, perfumery and aromatherapy, some are even thought to have medicinal properties – fighting bacteria, fungus and environmental stress.
Did We Mention That CBD Is Non-Psychoactive?
Unlike THC, CBD does not cause a high. While many recreational users obviously enjoy the marijuana high, health professionals prefer treatments with minimal side effects.
CBD is non-psychoactive because it does not act on the same receptors as THC. These CB1 receptors are highly concentrated in the brain and are responsible for the mind-altering effects of THC.
Hemp is naturally high in CBD containing only trace amounts of THC, meaning that with hemp you can incorporate CBD into your routine without experiencing the negative effects of THC.
Some CBD hemp oil products, like our RSHO-X, contain 0%THC, making it an excellent choice for serious athletes in training, those serving in the military, anyone who is subject to a drug screening test, and of course, parents giving it to young children.
At the U.N. & World Health Organization Convention on Drug Scheduling, Raul Elizalde will speak to and educate world health leaders that CBD is beneficial, and not psychoactive.
Click here to follow Raul’s journey to Switzerland that will lead up to his address to the World Health Organization.