While the cannabis plant has been used for millennia for its healing and medicinal qualities, full spectrum hemp oil has only recently begun to get the recognition it deserves. That’s because until 2014, hemp was not allowed to be grown or sold in the United States for consumption due to its botanical resemblance to marijuana.
Why Hemp Works in Your Body
Before we drill down into all the amazing ways that hemp oil can benefit the body, it’s important to know why hemp works better than any other plant oil extract you can find.
The reason is that your body has something called an Endocannabinoid System (1). If you didn’t learn about this in anatomy class it’s because it was only discovered in the 1990s.
The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) is a series of receptors found throughout the body – brain, immune system, central nervous system and more – that respond to cannabinoids the body produces, as well as cannabinoids from plant sources (such as hemp).
The Endocannabinoid System helps to maintain a state of homeostasis or balance in the body (2). The ECS also plays a key role in:
- Immune System
- Sleep Function
- Digestive System
- Mood & Anxiety
- Neuro-protection (brain)
Endocannabinoid receptors are not only found in people, but all mammals, which means hemp oil can benefit pets too.