What is Hemp oil?

Hemp oil is a substance derived from the hemp plant containing high amounts of the medicinal values.

Most Hemp oil comes from industrial hemp rather than psychoactive strains; while the two plants are related, industrial hemp does not contain nearly as much psychoactive. 

In order to extract Hemp oil from the Hemp plant, producers need to isolate the oil from the psychoactive component to ensure that the oil will not be psychoactive.

What does Hemp oil do?

To answer this, we need to take a step back to address the endocannabinoid system, a system within the body whose receptors (CB1 and CB2) have an enormous impact on our health and well-being.

"CB1 receptors in the brain are associated with emotions, mood, appetite, coordination, movement, and pain," explains Stormy Simon, the former president of Overstock.com who recently left the corporate world to become an advocate for cannabis. "CB2 receptors are found in the immune system and throughout tissues of the spleen and tonsils."

While Hemp oil's benefits are still being tested, some studies connect Hemp oil to reducing the symptoms of epilepsy, neuropathic and multiple sclerosis-related pain, and cancer. Many people also claim that Hemp helps with anxiety.

How do I take Hemp and at what dosage?

Before adding Hemp oil to your regimen, as with any supplement, be sure to check with your doctor to make sure that it's a good choice for you. This is especially true if you are taking certain anti-seizure medications.

Hemp oil can be consumed in a myriad of ways: tinctures, oil vaping, capsules, sublinguals, or even topicals. When taking Hemp, always follow the instructions on the package of the product you have purchased.

Can you get high from Hemp oil?

No.  Hemp does not have any psychoactive properties. While many Oils, particularly full-spectrum products, contain trace amounts of psychoactive component, it is not enough to make you high.

If you are at a risk for random drug tests, for example through your job, you may wish to choose a Oil that is entirely devoid of psychoactive component.

Are there side effects from taking Hemp oil?

Hemp oil is generally considered to be safe for most people, and few people experience side effects. A 2017 literature review, however, noted that Hemp oil can be linked to the following side effects in some cases:

  • Fatigue
  • Diarrhea
  • Changes to appetite
  • Changes to weight

It's important to note that the studies featured in this review mostly used higher doses of Hemp oil than are generally available for over-the-counter use. The study authors also noted that more studies researching Hemp side effects after "real chronic administration" would be necessary for a more conclusive safety profile.