What is Full Spectrum Hemp Oil & What Does It Do
Nov 29, 19
Since the legalise movement started becoming mainstream, all sorts of new substances, oils and products have been flooding the market.
All claim to have great benefits for the human body and, for the most part, the mind.
But when looking into the science of all the options, we quickly recognised that Full Spectrum Hemp Oil was the best way to help Kiwis without getting them high.
What is Full Spectrum Hemp Oil
The most important part of NZ Hempress' oil is the "Full Spectrum".
As the name suggests, it includes a complete range of elements. While there are a lot of CBD-focused products out there, the cannabis plant actually contains over 100 different phytocannabinoids that all work together to support the body. 113 to be exact (discovered so far).
It also contains other elements the body loves, such as fatty acids, vitamins, chlorophyll, protein, terpenes, and minerals.
Just like how eating a head of broccoli will always be more beneficial than extracting just the vitamin C, ingesting a full-spectrum product offers a huge range of benefits that you simply don't get from isolated CBD oil.
Here's all the good stuff that you will find in our full spectrum hemp oil:
What is full spectrum hemp oil used for?
A full spectrum hemp oil can be used for a variety of conditions from anxiety, stress, insomnia and sleep disorders, autoimmune conditions like fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis or endometriosis to name a few. It has many more uses as you'll find in the information provided on our blog.
Cannabinoids are substances derived from a cannabis plant. There are more than a hundred types of cannabinoids in the plant and each is unique.
The most popular cannabinoid you've probably already heard of: CBD.
But where some products contain only CBD, a Full Spectrum Hemp Oil contains the whole range including cannabinol (CBN), cannabigerol (CBG), and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
Due to the tiniest amounts of THC, it is non-psychoactive, which makes it safe and healthy for regular, daily use.
Full Spectrum Hemp Oil: Terpenes
Terpenes can be found in hundreds of plants. According to Wikipedia, terpenes “are a large and diverse class of organic compounds, produced by a variety of plants, particularly conifers.”
Research shows these compounds give plants their unique scents (like the citrus smell in a lemon) and assist plants to thrive in a variety of ways - including attracting pollenating insects for plant reproduction.
They also ward off predators, slow plant maturation and regulate metabolism. They are a major component of plants’ essential oils and aromatherapy treatments frequently use them due to their medicinal properties.
There are around 100-200 different terpenes in the hemp plant, depending on the scientific classification.
What is the difference between full spectrum hemp oil and full spectrum cbd oil?
The main difference is that a full spectrum hemp oil typically contains CBD in levels that are naturally occuring, whereas a full spectrum cannabidiol CBD isolate contains both a full strength dose of CBD along with a full spectrum of essential fatty acids and other plant compounds.
A high quality full-spectrum hemp oil contains natural vitamins, minerals, essential fats, and protein. Some of the vitamins in hemp oil are not easily obtained in most foods. Thanks to all its health benefits, Hemp was a staple in a lot of ancient pantries and medicine cabinets, with research showing use going back to the ancient Egyptians.
All these nutrients are utilised together to help support the body's natural ability to keep well. Isolating just one aspect is never as beneficial as consuming the full spectrum.
What About Full Spectrum Hemp Oil in New Zealand?
The primary concern that people have around cannabis products is about the THC content - the compound in marijuana that is responsible for making people feel "high".
But, as we've previously mentioned, Hemp and Marijuana are not the same thing, and the biggest difference is the THC content.
If you live in a country where cannabis is illegal, or if you simply don’t want to consume THC yourself, then you might be concerned about THC content.
However, due to New Zealand laws, all cannabis products must be extracted from hemp not marijuana.
By definition, hemp contains less than 0.3% THC, meaning that the extract will also only contain negligible amounts of THC. These trace amounts will definitely not get you high. (We tested it!)
The Importance of Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil
For centuries, cannabinoids - through Hemp Seeds and other cannabis-based foods - were part of our diets. (You can even find small amounts in chocolate and black pepper, as well as naturally occurring in the body.)
But now, thanks to the global war on drugs, Hemp is rarely a part of our everyday diets. But our endocannabinoid system needs a healthy dose of cannabinoids to function properly and keep our bodies in balance.
The main receptors, called CB1 and CB2 bind and interact with cannabinoids, resulting in the active compounds in cannabis to be extremely well absorbed and used by our bodies.
All of the compounds found in cannabis work synergistically together, enhancing the benefits and decreasing any side effects.
When you isolate individual molecules, isolates can create side effects and will not work as well as the entire plant as a whole.
A recent study showed the group of compound's effects of a full spectrum CBD oil were superior to an isolate in the effective treatment of inflammatory conditions.
Some distinguishing benefits of providing the body with cannabinoids and other helpful compounds through a complete full-spectrum hemp oil can include:
- Reduced pain and pain management
- Anti-inflammatory benefits
- Can help with depression and anxiety
- Support the body in the fight against cancer.
- Full-spectrum hemp oil can assist with relieving stress and tension
One of its biggest benefits is its ability to help activate and support the endocannabinoid system.
A Full Spectrum Hemp Oil has all the beneficial cannabinoid chemicals that Marijuana has, but with very little of the THC that makes it a problematic daily medicine.