The world is well and truly taken by CBD oil and all its purported benefits. This is a very exciting step forward in battling the lingering stigma still firmly attached to cannabis. While it has opened the door for many genuinely great CBD products, it has also laid the path for substandard products to make their way into the mainstream.
The CBD molecule on its own (as you’ll find in ‘CBD isolate’ products) has some incredible qualities. However, the best results almost always come from using a whole plant supplement. This is partly due to the wide range of cannabinoids (more than 140 of them), terpenes, and flavonoids, all of which play an important role in creating a well-rounded wellbeing effect. Another factor is, to get the most out of your CBD product, you should also include the seeds.
Cannabis or hemp seeds only contain negligible amounts of cannabinoids, but they are densely nutritious, providing a unique source of:
- All 21 amino acids
- All 8 B vitamins
- Vitamin E
- The perfect omega 3:6 ratio
While all of these qualities make hemp seeds (and hemp seed oil) one of the healthiest oils you can keep in your home, we would like to focus specifically on its omega content – and why combining hemp seed oil with CBD oil is crucial if you want to get the most out of it.
Omega-3 and the Endocannabinoid System
You’re probably already familiar with the fact that CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is a major physiological system in the body that regulates all bodily functions and is made up of receptors and activating molecules called ‘endocannabinoids’ (cannabinoids produced by your own body). Phytocannabinoids (cannabinoids derived from plants) like CBG and THC can directly activate the ECS receptors, implying that they could be used as an endocannabinoid supplement.
It’s important to note that, however beneficial, supplementing your diet with cannabinoids may not be the best strategy if your endocannabinoid system is dysfunctional. Experts believe this to be the case for millions of people all over the world, due to modern lifestyle habits that are not conducive to health and wellbeing. While ingesting cannabinoids may improve things for you, it only addresses part of the problem without solving the cause – a deficient endocannabinoid system can be caused in part by the lack of omega-3 in most diets.
Among the many things omega-3 is essential for (such as reducing inflammation, boosting the immune system, reducing stress, anxiety, depression and even playing a major role in reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s, Dementia and even COVID-19), we now know that it is a key part of endocannabinoid production and maintaining healthy endocannabinoid receptors.
If your body is deficient in omega-3, you could be missing out on the full potential health benefits of supplementing your diet with CBD – because your endocannabinoid production and number of receptors will likely remain deficient.
Hemp Seed Oil Boosts CBD Oil Bioavailability
Did you know that CBD is extremely difficult for the body to absorb and utilise? There’s some evidence to suggest that you can lose up to 95% of the product during the process of consuming it, so it’s a good idea to do what you can to improve absorption and bioavailability (the amount of product that your body can use).
A few pointers include:
- Holding oral drops under your tongue for at least two minutes (so the oil has more time to enter the bloodstream via the thin mucous membranes there).
- Taking it directly after brushing your teeth (as blood flow to the mouth is increased).
- Dosing right after eating something high in fat.
Cannabinoids are fat soluble, which means they need fat to move around in our body. Hemp seed oil not only provides us with a quality fat source to carry CBD, and other cannabinoids, but it is also a rich source of omega-3. For this reason, we use organic hemp seed oil as the carrier in all Ardoa Organics products.
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