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When it comes to cannabis, broad spectrum hemp is one of the best options available for senior citizens. Many patients use this kind of hemp for conditions like chronic pain, anxiety, arthritis and nausea. Rather than turn to opioids and other pain medications, patients can get a safer, healthier alternative. Now that the stigma surrounding cannabis has come to an end, senior citizens have more options for treating chronic conditions and taking control of their health.
The Three Kinds of Hemp Oil
If you want to buy hemp-based products, there are a few options you can choose from. The first decision you have to make is whether you want full spectrum hemp, broad spectrum hemp or hemp isolate. Your best choice depends on what you are looking for in your Blue Ribbon Hemp product.
When you buy full spectrum hemp oil, you can get a product that contains a wide range of cannabinoids and terpenes. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the component in marijuana that gets people high. While hemp oil does not have enough THC to make you high, it could still have enough THC to make you fail drug test. You can fail drug test if there is any THC at all. If you need to take a drug test for work, this product is probably not the best option.
Full spectrum hemp is a lot like whole-plant hemp. The main difference is whole-plant hemp has not been refined as much as full-spectrum products. This is why whole-plant products still contain fibrous materials, fats and waxes from the cannabis plant.
Unlike full-spectrum products, broad spectrum hemp has gone through several layers of processing. It is basically an option in between full-spectrum products and hemp isolates. A broad-spectrum oil still has terpenes and cannabinoids, but it uses an additional refinement process to remove THC.
Finally, a hemp isolate only contains one cannabinoid. It has gone through a complex extraction process to remove other compounds like terpenes and THC. Technically, you should not fail a drug test if you have purchased an isolate. Unfortunately, isolates are only as good as their manufacturer is. There are a number of fly-by-night companies that sell poor-quality isolates, so it is important to buy your products from a reputable company like Blue Ribbon Hemp.
Is Hemp Oil the Right Choice?
In the United States, the opioid crisis has reached epidemic proportions. Originally, people used opioids to treat pain because these drugs were approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Unfortunately, the FDA failed to properly regulate pain medications. Worse still, major pharmaceutical companies actively pushed drugs opioids like Vicodin and Oxycontin.
There are 47,600 opioid related deaths per year. Currently, 67.8 percent of overdose deaths are from opioids. Other than overdoses, opioids also cause other health issues. You can develop liver damage from opioids if you take them for a long time. In addition, taking drugs like oxycodone can immediately cause symptoms like respiratory depression if you take too much at once.
Thanks to anti-marijuana propaganda, people have spent years thinking that marijuana was a worse option than prescription painkillers were. In recent years, the end of marijuana prohibition has finally provided patients with safe alternatives to opioids. Known by nicknames like opio and vic, these pain medications are addictive and harmful to the human body. Cannabis allows senior citizens to get an alternative treatment for pain relief that can alleviate pain without causing a drug overdose. In addition, cannabis does not cause the same harmful effects.
Hemp Oil Offers an Alter native to Pain Medication
Cannabis is finally overcoming the stigma caused by anti-marijuana propaganda. Recent marijuana legalization solves many of the major problems senior citizens face when they start looking at pain-relief options. By offering a safe alternative to opioids like Vicodin, cannabis can help to alleviate the opioid epidemic and reduce pain.
Now that marijuana prohibition is finally over, senior citizens across the country can enjoy some of the benefits of hemp oil. Hemp oil is used for pain relief, but it can also help with conditions like arthritis. Scientists have also discovered that hemp is an excellent source of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. The 3:1 ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids is actually ideal for human health. Hemp-based foods like hemp milk and hemp hearts qualify as superfoods because of their anti-inflammatory benefits and fatty acids.
Research studies have found that people are able to reduce the symptoms of skin conditions like eczema by consuming hempseed oil for 20 weeks. Hempseed oil can also alleviate the emotional and physical pain of PMS. Some studies even indicate that hemp oil may help to prevent heart disease and hardening of the arteries.
Hemp oil can also alleviate mental illnesses like anxiety and depression. CBD has been used to treat anxiety and insomnia in children who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Hemp oil may alleviate symptoms of mental disorders like Alzheimer’s disease or Parkinson’s disease. Some senior citizens also use it to treat cancer-related symptoms like vomiting, pain and nausea.
If you are struggling with heart or circulatory system issues, cannabis may be able to help. Some cannabinoids have been shown to improve heart health. In particular, these cannabinoids have been shown to reduce high blood pressure. Hemp can also reduce your resting blood pressure. Part of the reason why cannabis may have this effect is because of its ability to lower anxiety and stress levels.
Because of the long-lasting marijuana prohibition, many research studies are still underway. There is a lot of promising research that indicates cannabis has anti-tumor effects. Some cannabinoids may even help with substance abuse treatment by reducing heroin-seeking behaviors and morphine dependence. Research indicates certain cannabinoids can help with diabetes prevention and schizophrenia.
Do You Need Other Cannabinoids?
Unfortunately, there are a number of products on the marketplace that only contain hemp isolate. If you want to benefit from all of the cannabinoids in the hemp plant, a hemp isolate is not the best option. Instead, you probably need broad spectrum hemp. With a full-spectrum or broad-spectrum option, you get all of the benefits of hemp’s different cannabinoids.
Currently, some scientists believe that all of the hemp plant’s cannabinoids work together to create something known as the entourage effect. The entourage effect revolves around the idea that different cannabinoids work together to create different effects. If you are trying to use hemp oil to treat a condition like insomnia or arthritis pain, you need all of hemp’s effects instead of just a single cannabinoid. When taken together, these cannabinoids have a sum that is greater than their individual parts. Rather than get a less effective, synthetic product, you can use full spectrum hemp instead. Blue Ribbon Hemp offers full-spectrum products that allow you to enjoy all of the hemp plant’s many benefits.
Are There Any Side Effects?
Scientists are still working to figure out all of the advantages and disadvantages of using hemp. Because of anti-marijuana propaganda, scientists were unable to legally conduct research trials that involved cannabis plants in the past. Based on current research, scientists are aware of a few side effects of using cannabis. Thankfully, cannabis does not cause side effects that are nearly as bad as the side effects caused by opioids.
Current research indicates that taking hemp oil may cause side effects like fatigue or diarrhea in some people. It may also cause changes in your weight or appetite levels. Because of how the cannabinoids work, you may want to avoid hemp oil if you take any medications or supplements that warn you not to eat grapefruit while you take them.
The FDA has actually conducted some research on cannabinoids from hemp. Since one hemp-based drug was recently approved by the FDA, so there have been a few clinical trials already. Because of these trials, doctors generally recognize hemp as a safe product with very few major side effects.
The Advantages of Using Broad-Spectrum Oil
For senior citizens, broad spectrum hemp is one of the best options available. It takes advantage of the entourage effect by including a range of cannabinoids and terpenes. Unlike full spectrum hemp, broad spectrum hemp has been processed to remove THC. Because of this, you are less likely to fail a drug test.
If you are looking for hemp-based products because you want to treat conditions like pain and anxiety, a broad-spectrum oil is a good choice. You get all of the benefits of the entourage effect and the advantages of hemp’s terpenes, but you do not have to take a product that contains THC. If you are uncertain about which option to choose, Blue Ribbon Hemp can help you figure out the product that is right for your needs.