There are a lot of questions we receive on full spectrum hemp oil near daily on topics like – ‘how do I take full spectrum hemp oil?’, ‘will I fail drug tests using full spectrum hemp oil?’ and from those looking to understand in more detail how hemp oil functions on the endocannabinoid system to deliver its benefits to the body. Let’s tackle some of these important queries and shed some light on the mechanics of cannabidiol from the best ways to ingest and ingestion vehicles (or products) such as full spectrum hemp oil, tinctures, gummies, topicals, sublingual’s and how much to take when beginning. We’ll also examine the mechanisms hemp oil interacts with the body via the CB1 and CB2 receptors to trigger anti inflammatory effects without the nasty side effects of prescription pharmaceutical medicine. Finally let’s explore whether or not full spectrum hemp oil has effects on drug tests and if it’s safe to take if you’re in a drug tested job.
How to Take Full Spectrum Hemp Oil Properly
What is the proper amount of full spectrum hemp oil to take? The answer can be tricky. Like many other supplements as well as medicines, there is no specific amount for each person. Each person is unique, like a snowflake and has a different metabolic profile. Start with a specific dose and monitor for 3 – 5 days. Most people start with 5 to 10 Mg’s per day. Hemp oil has a greater effect if you enable it to build up in your system to get the full effect, like a multivitamin. Start between 5 to 20mg per day and monitor. If you require more, you can slowly increase the dose. Be aware of yourself and your symptoms and always monitor your body. It is not unlike a workout routine for a beginner in that you monitor and write down your reps and sets so you can adjust as needed based on how your body responds (note that this is a good idea for other supplements and medicine too – not just full spectrum hemp oil!).
Obviously it goes without saying that any uncomfortableness in the body (eg. feelings of nausea or anxiety) means something is not working optimally. You must be serious about “healing yourself” and never underestimate the power of your will. Your intention and your will play a role in your health at all times and stress is a killer from the effects of cortisol. Full spectrum hemp oil is a compound that works at the cellular level so it doesn’t mask symptoms like pharmaceutical drugs or synthetically produced painkillers. There are many things you can do to heal and prevent illness such as increase raw food diet rich in plant foods, increase your protein intake and meditation.
Adding supplements like pure Ascorbic Acid and Baking Soda to your daily routine, or Apple Cider Vinegar can also help to put your body in a “state” to heal optimally. When toxins and negative energy like drama and stress are removed, the body can do what is intended to do and heal. Particularly when assisted with high antioxidant foods like turmeric, blueberries or spinach. High quality Hemp oil doesn’t come cheap. But your health and lifestyle shouldn’t have a price. is When it comes to diet, exercise and supplements – always use what your body needs. The higher the milligram or potency of full spectrum hemp oil, the more it will cost. A review published in Current Drug Safety concluded that full spectrum hemp oil “does not interfere with several psychomotor and psychological functions.” The authors add that several studies suggest that hemp oil is “well tolerated and safe” even at very high doses. You can find out more about protocols for dosing and best methods for ingesting CBD here.
What Are the Best Types of Full Spectrum Hemp Products?
There are many ways you can ingest full spectrum hemp oil. You may utilize it in edible form such as gummies, capsules, or candies. We don’t recommend gummies/candies as they have sugar and other additives which is part of the problem with human health and can add unnecessary calories. We don’t need more preservatives and sugar in our bodies. There is a crumble, which is a waxy solid that requires heating to liquefy for consumption and requires a ceramic vaporizer to inhale. The delivery when inhaled is much faster than when consumed through the digestive tract but at the cost of damaging the lungs. There are also capsules, creams and sprays.
Another type of hemp oil is concentrate which is a more “raw” form of CBD and is a powder or otherwise referred to as an isolate. This isolate can be eaten or liquefied or vaped. There are liquid forms of CBD (the most popular) which are formulated with coconut oil or vegetable glycerine and are referred to as intra oral or “sublingual” and placed under the tongue before swallowing. Yes you may give small doses of hemp oil to your pets to help them remain healthy. CBD can be used in all mammals for health. Pet treats are also a gimmick as they also have preservatives. Just use the same pure hemp oil you take on your pet in a much lower dose. If you choose to vape CBD, there are many choices including pre-packaged cartridges. Part of being a healthy person is to always be utilizing “all” your sensory abilities. Taste, smell, touch, and hearing are important faculties. Classical music and Jazz are proven to be healing at a cellular level. Heavy metal and Rap music are not healing and place the body in an “alert” fight or flight state increasing adrenaline and are not relaxing to the body and mind.
How Does Full Spectrum Hemp Oil Work in the Body?
There are receptors in the body and brain which are stimulated differently depending on how you choose to absorb the compounds in full spectrum hemp oil. The two primary subtypes of CBD receptors are CB1 and CB2. These receptors are distributed throughout the central, peripheral, nervous and immune system and are present in various tissues including the brain, gastrointestinal system, reproductive and urinary tracts, spleen, endocrine system, heart and circulatory system. Recently researchers have uncovered new evidence that points to at least three other Cannabinoid receptors throughout the body. Following the discovery of these cannabinoid receptors, the hunt was on to find the substances produced in the human body that were binding to them. This led to the discovery of the first endocannabinoids, “anandamide and 2-AG, in the early 1900’s. So far to date five endocannabinoids have been isolated.
All of the endocannabinoids are derivatives of the polyunsaturated fatty acids, closely related to the very popular Omega-3 fatty acids. These Omega-3 fatty acids are the same people often purchase at health food stores for vitamin supplements. Since they are fats, endocannabinoids are not water soluble and therefore have trouble moving quickly throughout the body. For this reason they are designed to work locally. One of these important local activities occurs when endocannabinoids serve as the primary messenger across synapsis (the gaps between nerve cells). They signal neurons to communicate with each other through the release of neurotransmitters in the brain. It has become clear in recent years that the role of endocannabinoids in the synaptic function is both more important and far more complex than previously thought.
Endocannabinoids modulate the flow of neurotransmitters, running smoothly. Our cannabinoids are produced on demand and then taken up into the cells and rapidly metabolized. Our cannabinoids appear to be profoundly connected with the concept of homeostasis which is defined as “maintaining physiological stability”. It basically helps redress specific imbalances presented by disease or by injury. It is also believed that the endocannabinoid levels may be responsible for the baseline of pain throughout the body. This is why hemp based medicines are helpful in treating conditions such as Fibromyalgia (a condition marked by muscular pain). This could also mean that the constant release of the body’s own endocannabinoids have a “tonic” effect on muscle tightness in Multiple Sclerosis, neuropathic pain, inflammation and even appetite. Thus the “value” of the endocannabinoid system throughout the body is very significant in general overall well-being.
The CB1 receptor is expressed throughout the brain, where it works in concert with the endocannabinoid system to form a “circuit breaker” which modulates the release of neurotransmitters. The list of brain functions that are affected by this system is enormous and too large for this book. Just a few are here: Movement, cognition, emotions, decision making, learning, memory, regulation of body movement and functions, anxiety, fear, stress, pain, and more. One brain region which does not have any CB1 receptors is the brain stem, responsible for respiration and circulation. This is why cannabis in high doses are not fatal.
To date there has never been one documented case of a cannabis related death from over dose – it would take an amount of cannabis which is near impossible to intake without injection or oral consumption of huge amounts of near pure THC. Compare that to Prescription drugs. It is the “activation” of the CB1 receptor that is responsible for the psychoactive effects of cannabis. The CB2 receptor does not have this effect. The CB2 receptors are primarily found in the blood cells, Tonsils and the Spleen. From these sites CB2 receptors control the release of cytokines or immunoregulatory proteins linked to inflammation and general immune functions. This is why quality Protein is important to the human body as it provides the building blocks of your cells and immune system. This is a massive book on its own. People consume far too little “quality” protein and far too much Alcohol generally, which is much more harmful in terms of side effects to the body than cannabis. The healthcare system will “never” be balanced until people begin to take more responsibility for their own health and stop relying on pills.
Will I Fail a Drug Test from Full Spectrum Hemp Oil?
A routine urine drug screen for marijuana use consists of an immunoassay with antibodies that are made to detect it, and its main metabolite, 11-nor-delta9-caboxy THC (THC-COOH). The cutoff level for a positive urine screen in the immunoassay at 50 ng/mL. When the immunoassay screen is positive at the > 50 ng/mL level, a confirmatory GC/MS The Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry test is performed to verify the positive urine screen. The confirmatory GC/MS has a cutoff level of 15 ng/mL and is specific only to the 11-nor-THCCOOH metabolite. Fortunately, the urine drug screen for THCCOOH is known to have very little crossreactivity to other cannabinoids that are not psychoactive, such as CBD (cannabidiol), CBG (cannabigerol), CBN (cannabinol).
Individuals using unusually large doses of a cannabinoid-rich hemp oil product (above 1000-2000 mg of hemp oil daily) could theoretically test positive during the initial urinary screen. The urine screen in these cases would likely represent a “false positive” due to other non-THC metabolites or compounds, which may cross-react with the immunoassay. Keep in mind that most of the high-quality, reliable CBD-rich hemp oil products contain much less THC than marijuana. Hemp contains anywhere from 1/10th to 1/300th of the THC concentration found in marijuana. An individual consuming 1000-2000 mg per day of hemp oil would thus consume about 3-6 mg of THC-A. THC-A is the compound found in Cannabis prior to being decarboxylated (heated to release the psychoactive affects) Raw Cannabis does not get you high.
Exceedingly high dose may result in detection of positive urine screen in up to 11% to 23% of assays. Note: Most research suggests that for infrequent or ‘non-daily’ users of cannabis, a typical high-dose marijuana cigarette (containing about 40mg to 50mg of THC) would result in a positive THC metabolite screen for up to two days at this cutoff level. This depends on many factors including: 1. How much & how often cannabis is used 2. The metabolism of each individual 3. The route of administration 4. Other factors such as medications used, liver or kidney disease. 5. Body type, H20, various organic liquid antioxidant consumption. Data based on SAMHSA standards. If you have any concern about testing positive for THC when using hemp oil please seek advice from your health care professional.
New data suggest that it may be possible for CBD to convert to THC in the stomach. Here are the details on this new finding as of November 2017. Through much research it appears that stomach acid can “potentially” convert CBD to THC at low levels. This has implications for people who consume hemp oil and for those who have to take or receive random drug tests. There seems to be one caveat worth noting regarding this finding. Full spectrum Hemp oils high in cannabinoids seem to be the primary culprit since they contain all the plant material including CBD, CBG and CBN as well and trace amounts of other cannabinoids. This data could have repercussions for a small segment of people consuming hemp oil. Remember, this will not occur using a topical method of delivery since there would be no exposure to stomach acids with a topical or even inhaling it. “Gastric fluid enzymes can convert CBD into the psychoactive components D9-THC and D8-THC, which suggests that the oral route of administration may increase the potential for positive immune essay or even a false positive which is common. First, if you ask a synthetic organic chemist if it was possible to convert CBD to THC under highly acidic conditions they would say “yes, but the yields are low”. Second, while the stomach is acidic (pH 2) almost Hydrochloric Acid the rest of the GI is weakly acidic to neutral (pH 5.7 -7.4), which disfavours the conversion (it can still happen but only very slowly).
Finally, some enzymes can also do this conversion independent of pH. So, do these enzymes exist in the GI system? Yes for some and no for others. Gastric enzymes is a massive topic since each person is 100% unique, and the types and amounts of foods they consume are rarely exactly the same… therefore this requires a lot more study. The answer at least temporarily maybe to consume only 100% pure hemp oil from the Isolate and not the full Spectrum. This may help mitigate the “potential” for your body to have any conversion in the stomach per your unique gastric juices.
We’ve covered a lot of ground here on hemp oil and some of its biggest questions. To recap on the key insights we’ve shared: first when it comes to dosing, always start small and test to learn what your body responds to. When comfortable increase dosage and try to load the body for a better ongoing experience. In terms of mechanics CBD is able to bind to and trigger the CB1 and CB2 receptors throughout the body which releases endogenous compounds to calm inflammation, support immunity and more. Finally with drug testing, its highly unlikely to be triggered at all from CBD use due to containing very low THC. Higher risk is present with full spectrum hemp oils due to the mixed cannabinoid content in these products but risk is still low unless your dosage is very high. We hope you’ve derived a deeper understanding of our favourite plant based supplement here and are able to overcome some of the misunderstandings and myths we frequently see.