Have you heard of the “Entourage Effect”?
Most hemp oils on the market are CBD-only tinctures. This means they have used CO2 extraction and created a CBD isolate only, and added a carrier oil like coconut or olive. On the opposite side of the hemp oil market are full spectrum hemp products (like Zion Medicinals). We use the whole plant to process and extract the full spectrum of cannabinoids to provide a superior product. Why is a full spectrum hemp oil more effective and have more medicinal qualities? Because of the ‘entourage effect’. The combination of several cannabis cannabinoids plus naturally occurring terpenes provide a product that is superior to isolates in their medical application as they work better together. How? Every cannabinoid affect multiple targets within the body, improve active ingredients absorption, overcome bacterial defense mechanism, minimize adverse side effects. These cannabinoids (specifically CBD & THC) work with your CB1 & CB2 receptors in your endocannabinoid system (yes, you DO have a cannabinoid system!) to help achieve homeostasis. This CANNOT be achieved with CBD isolate or even broad spectrum hemp oil (CBD isolate with added terpenes).
The Endocannabinoid System
CBD doesn’t ‘fit’ directly with the ECS, but has powerful indirect qualities. THC on the other hand, fits directly with your ECS and specifically CB1 which connects with the brain and nervous system. This is why CBD isolate or broad spectrum hemp oil is not the highest form of hemp medicine.
So if you’re looking for the highest quality, medical grade hemp oil on the market, and want to achieve the coveted entourage effect, look for these things:
- Full spectrum (all natural cannabinoids INCLUDING <0.3% d9THC & terpenes)
- Ethanol extraction (pulls more compounds from the plant than CO2 extraction)
- Organic (look for lab reports showing no pesticides)
- Spagyric (added hemp minerals salts for better bioavailability & medicinal potency