Cannabidiol or CBD is a plant-based cannabinoid and just one of the many compounds found in full-spectrum hemp oils. In contrast to CBD isolates which contain only Cannabidiol, full-spectrum oils are created from whole-plant extracts. These whole-plant hemp extracts retain a broad range of bioactive compounds including a wide array of cannabinoids, terpenes, phenolics, fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals.
Research suggests that through a phenomenon known as the entourage effect, cannabinoids, terpenes, and phenolics work together to enhance each other’s desired effects. The entourage effect is why many people, including ourselves, believe that full-spectrum hemp products are more powerful and desirable than isolated CBD.
CBD for Pain. Clinical research into how cannabidiol affects our experience of pain is still in its early days, however, studies have found that CBD helps alleviate both inflammatory and neuropathic pain. Research has also shown that a combination of cannabinoids and opioids is stronger than opioids alone. This suggests that supplementing with cannabinoids like CBD, can help patients suffering from chronic pain reduce opioid dosage.
One way in which CBD products may dampen pain is by inhibiting the release of inflammatory agents like glutamate. These effects make cannabidiol able to diminish the burning, prickling and tingling sensations often associated with neuropathic or nerve related pain as well as pain related to inflammation.
Unlike traditional anti-inflammatory drugs, cannabidiol oil has an anti-inflammatory mechanism that is unique to the cannabis plant. Studies show that compared to anti-inflammatory pharmaceuticals like Ibuprofen, cannabinoids like CBD and THC are up to twenty times more potent at reducing inflammation. Transdermal application, or rubbing a hemp body butter directly onto your skin is an alternative to oral consumption capable of targeting specific pain points.
CBD and Anxiety. Evidence from both animal and human studies strongly supports a broad range of anxiolytic or anxiety reducing effects brought on by CBD. Neuroimaging research has demonstrated that cannabidiol is able to achieve its calming effects by changing the activity of brain regions that normally mediate anxiety.
CBD and Sleep. Anecdotal evidence strongly suggests the therapeutic potential of cannabidiol oil in promoting more restful sleep and reducing insomnia. Although CBD has been found to work as a stimulant in low doses, in higher doses it leads to sedation. These sedative properties are what led scientists to look into its effects on sleep disorders.
An early study by Carlini and Cunha showed that 160 mg/day of CBD resulted in increased total sleep time and less waking up throughout the night. This study found that cannabidiol produced no ‘hangover’ effects, but did decrease dream recall, which depending on the types of dreams you’re having, may not be a bad thing. A 2004 study supported these findings showing that higher doses of CBD were associated with sleep improvements. More recent studies have also found similar results and you can read about them here.
CBD oil is not a new phenomenon in human existence and while it won’t get you high, it will probably make you feel good. Humans and animals have a 12,000-year-old history with hemp, and the first recorded medicinal uses of CBD rich hemp products date back to China some 5,000 years ago when Emperor Shennong first documented the use and discovery of the healing properties of cannabinoids.
Unsurprisingly, from 1850 until 1937 before the advent of Big Pharma and patented pharmaceuticals the United States Pharmacopoeia listed Cannabis as the prime medicine for more than 100 different illnesses. By 1837 and until the enactment of the 2018 Farm Bill in December 2018, lobbyists not only wiped hemp from medical practice but made it wholly illegal as a Schedule I Controlled Substance.
Luckily, Colorado was one of the pioneer states to legalize medicinal and later recreational Cannabis use and as a result, it is perhaps the best state in the nation to get your hemp from today. This is not just because of our 300+ days of sunshine, clean air, and mountain water. Colorado has strict legal policies ensuring the highest purity and quality. Ned goes beyond these requirements to also test for contaminants and heavy metals.
As the political and medical climates are caving to the pressure of more people looking to ancient and natural remedies, full-spectrum hemp products have been making a comeback. The therapeutic potential of CBD products cannot be ignored and as more people discover that it helps them take on pain, inflammation, anxiety, sleep, and overall well being, the problems we can solve naturally with the help of cannabinoids will return to their former glory.
CBD and other cannabinoids found in full-spectrum hemp extracts interact with our body’s endocannabinoid system. This system, which develops before we are even born is present in every part of our body and exerts effects on every other system including the circulatory system, the muscular system, the pulmonary system, the skeletal system, the immune system, and the nervous system.
600 million years in the making, the endocannabinoid system is an ancient communication network that resides in all animals except insects. It is responsible for maintaining homeostasis in our bodies and it does so by releasing its own endogenous, or body made cannabinoids when and where they are needed. For instance, if our body is sending pain signals, the endocannabinoid system will work to tune these down. If our body is experiencing decreases in happy neurotransmitters like dopamine, the endocannabinoid system will work to turn these up.
Studies suggest that CBD, a plant-based cannabinoid exerts its effects by inhibiting the body from breaking down the endogenous cannabinoid anandamide. Often referred to as the bliss molecule, anandamide, is associated with the regulation of pain, happiness, inflammation, sleep, and much more.
As you may have guessed, not all hemp oils are created equal. Ned’s single-source hemp oil products all begin as carefully cultivated and organically grown hemp plants on a sunny Colorado farm that utilizes biodynamic principles and practices. Biodynamic farming is a slower, gentler way of working in tune with the land.
Conventional farming degrades the quality of our land and water by employing toxic pesticides, chemical fertilizers, and profit-based planting calendars. Biodynamic farming goes one step further than organic by employing resources from within the farm, like worms to aerate the soil, local robins to keep the worms from overpopulating, planting in tune with cosmic rhythms according to a time-tested calendar that focuses on earth’s natural processes over farm-profit schedules.
These planting methods result in quality and purity unlike any other. We know because we test every batch that comes off the farm. You can find our latest batch certificates here.
After our hemp is harvested, we dry and extract it slowly and without heat. This ensures that the heat-sensitive bioactive molecules responsible for hemp’s healing properties stay intact and are available for you to reap their benefits.
Whether you are suffering from pain, anxiety, trouble sleeping, hormonal imbalance or just want to fully optimize your wellness, our CBD products can help you feel and look your best.