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Not All Hemp Oil is Created Equal

Mar 06, 2018 11:50AM

Just as with any health product, the quality, purity and source of ingredients are all of the utmost importance. Cannabidiol (CBD), comprising the non-intoxicating cannabinoids found in the hemp plant, has been found to bring myriad health benefits for dozens of acute and chronic conditions, including chronic pain, mental health, women's heath and autoimmune issues. The World Health Organization recently announced that they found CBD to be completely safe.

Hemp oil comes in many forms, from tinctures and vapes to gummies and pills. The choice is between either a full-spectrum product or just CBD alone, known as an isolate. Full-spectrum CBD hemp oil is a term that includes the extraction of more than 118 cannabinoids, 200 terpenes, flavoids and flavonoids found in this medicinal plant oil.

When choosing a full-spectrum product, it needs to be the full aerial extraction of the plant, containing all of the ingredients necessary to achieve the "entourage effect", which means they are all working together synergistically to fire the receptors in the mammalian endocannabinoid system (ECS). The entourage effect magnifies the medicinal impact because the whole plant is greater than the sum of its parts.

Some CBD is made from agricultural or industrial hemp. Terms such as "aerial plant parts" or "stalk and/or seeds" indicate a very low cannabinoid content and are not as beneficial. In addition, many CBD products are processed inexpensively using high-grain alcohol. Products processed using a carbon dioxide extraction process are preferred because it is cleaner and allows CBD to be extracted in its purest form. Many companies add thinning agents to the products such as propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin and polyethylene glycol, all of which are unnecessary and may result in exposure to harmful carcinogenic compounds when heated and inhaled.

When buying CBD products, read the ingredient list. If it is not found on the bottle or website, call the company and ask. Be sure to actually get what is claimed to be in the bottle. According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, 69 percent of hemp CBD products tested did not contain the amount of cannabidiol indicated on the label.

Hemp and Heal is a pioneer in the global CBD hemp market and use third-party testing to ensure purity, safety and consistency, In addition to selling the highest-grade CBD products, they offer excellent educational tools and free telephone consultations with a healthcare professional.. For more information, visit HempAndHeal.com and HempAndHealPets.com. Hemp and Heal is a proud sponsor of the 2018 Health and Wellness Expos USA series of events.

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