Can Hemp Oil Help? 5 Tips for Finding the Best Hemp Oil For You

5 Tips for Finding the Best Hemp Oil For You

Hemp Oil aka CBD Oil, a not-so-alternative pain management strategy, is a booming new business, and hard, at times, to figure out.

It was just a few years ago, that one of my clients confided in me that he was taking 3 Vicodin a day for his pain, just to function at his job (driving a vehicle for a living), and that the medications barely helped anymore.

One day, another client spoke in hushed tones when she told me, "I can’t take the pain medications my doctor prescribed - so I just have my daughter buy me edibles and they help!"

As a physical therapist, I have these types of conversations with my clients on a near-daily basis - and, it’s no secret that the United States has a serious pain-killer addiction problem. One study has cited that 1 in 3 people may be addicted to prescription pain killers, and after watching the Andy Irons surfing documentary Kissed By God, I’d be willing to bet that statistic is true - which is one of the reasons I am writing this blog post.

Here’s the thing with chronic pain - whether or not it’s cause is physical, psychological, spiritual or any combination there of, it persists. It IS your reality, and trying to change someone’s reality is a multi dimensional issue that cannot be resolved with taking any one pill. On top of that, taking a medication like an opioid based pain-killer, will have other negative side effects on your body, never mind it’s highly addictive dangers. Which is where a tool such as Hemp Oil can play a role in pain management, although likely it won’t be the only fix to your situation.

 My goal with this post is to:

  1. Explain a little about HOW hemp oil can help mitigate pain in our body (via our endocannibinoid system)
  2. Dispel some myths about hemp oil
  3. Make some suggestions as to what to look for in a hemp oil so you get the most bang for your buck. 

How Does CBD Oil Work Within Our Body?

Hemp is a substance that activates the endocannabinoid system in our body and let’s just start with defining what the endocannabinoid system is.

Endo- internal- within  

Cannabinoid- any of a group of closely related compounds which include cannabinol and the active constituents of cannabis. ([kə-năb′ə-noid′].

So without making things too complicated, understand that there is a system in our body that responds to our own self-made cannabinoid type substances, as well as external type cannabinoid substances (for example derivatives of hemp CBD, CBN, and THC).

There are 2 major types of cannabinoid cellular receptors in our system that exist: CB1, and CB2. CB1 receptors are distributed mostly in the brain and CB2 receptors are distributed in our peripheral limbs and abdomen.

Why is this system is so important?

The endocannibinoid system is involved with immune function, regulating inflammation, pain management, metabolism,  and more. The system works as (internally made or external substances) bind to the CB1 or CB2 receptors and kick off a chain of reactions.

Research implicates that activating this system through an external substance such as cannibidiol (CBD)  is a safe and effective way for people to seek relief for symptoms such as pain, depression, anxiety, acne, and neurological disease progression. CBD does not have the same psychotropic effects as it’s cannabis derived cousin, Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), making it an optimal choice for pain management. 

Dispelling A Few CBD Oil Myths:

Myth #1) Hemp Oil will get me high.

Not likely. CBD is a cannabis/hemp plant derivative that does not contain psychotropic THC..per The Farm Bill passed in 2018, in order for CBD oil to be legal, it needs to have less than 0.3% THC in it. So unless you’re using a CBD/THC tincture, the odds of feeling any psychotropic affects from it are pretty slim.

Myth #2) CBD is illegal in my state.

The 2018 Farm Bill removed hemp from the Controlled Substances Act, allowing for cultivation of the hemp plant and it’s non-THC based derivatives.

Myth #3) The more CBD concentrate in the oil I consume, the stronger/more potent affect the oil will have on my body.

This may be somewhat true, but, it is also just as important to consider the absorbability spectrum of the CBD and carrier oil, and quality of the carrier oil you are buying. If your body can’t absorb what you are putting into it, it may not matter how concentrate the CBD is.

Myth #4) I can take CBD as a cure-all for pain and inflammation.

ABSOLUTELY not.. It is a supplement, not a cure-all, and I could never insist on this.  

5 Tips To Consider When Purchasing Hemp Oil:

In most health food stores, it is common to find CBD infused into a carrier oil such as hemp oil, coconut oil, or olive oil. These oils generally have been used because the CB1 and CB2 receptors require a fatty substance to help activate them. However, the fats in these oils are not readily absorbable due to their large molecular size.

Before discovering this new technology for delivering CBD into our bodies (I’ll tell you about that in a second), I had previously found Jeff’s Hemp Oil in my local health food store and thought that it was pretty good.

However, a new strategy to increase bio-absorption (ability for our body’s to readily use and absorb CBD) has been found. PrimeMyBody CBD Oil uses phosphorlated liposomes to better deliver the CBD into your cells.

This technology works better than traditional oil carriers because the smaller size of the liposomes allows the CBD to more effectively absorbed into the cell (think about it like a key fitting into a lock).  This is beneficial because after all, if you are bothering to consume hemp oil, it makes sense to try and absorb as much of it as possible during dosing.

The last thing I’d recommend is knowing the source of the hemp that was farmed to create your CBD oil.

  1. Is the Hemp Organic? Because CBD oil is a supplement, it is not regulated from the standpoint of being able to be organic or not. However, you should be able to find out if the hemp itself was farmed in an organic fashion.
  2.  Look for a Certificate Of Analysis so you can check for impurities, additives, etc.
  3. GMO Free: You definitely don't want pesky GMO's in your CBD oil. 
  4. Gluten Free: This would pertain to the quality of the carrier oil, not the CBD itself as CBD shouldn’t have gluten in it.
  5. cGMP: CGMP refers to the Current Good Manufacturing Practice regulations enforced by the FDA. CGMPs provide for systems that assure proper design, monitoring, and control of manufacturing processes and facilities.

Based on these considerations, my 2 favorite hemp oils are as follows: 

Prime My Body CBD Oil- I was initially really impressed with their first CBD oil, and then they came out with a follow up oil, Recept. Both are great, but I prefer the 1st oil that they came out with personally and professionally. Click on the image to learn more.

 

Jeff's Best Hemp Oil- It's great topically for pain management. I also sent some to my grandmother who has been battling cancer for several years. Jeff's website has a lot of information pertaining to CBD and cancer.

 

 

 

Other Resources on Hemp Oil And Pain Management: 

This blog is certainly just a small scratch on the surface pertaining to this topic. Research about CBD Oil is evolving, and this blog article should not be construed as medical advice. 

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