Why This Sports Nutrition Company Is Going "All In" On CBD Hemp Oil

“When looking at prospective supplements for our Nutrology brand, they must meet 4 important criteria. Is it safe? Is it Healthy? Does It Work? and Is it approved by WADA? Hemp Oil with Phytocannabanoids clearly meets our highest standards”

                                          Joanne Tull, Co-Founder at Nutrology

 

The world of sports nutrition supplementation is about to change very dramatically.  

The recent legalization of industrial hemp paints a promising future for nutritional supplements using organic hemp oil as a safe alternative to everything from NSAID’s to more powerful and addictive narcotics.

Already popular among professional athletes (since it’s removal from WADA’s banned substance list in 2017) for its outstanding ability to reduce stress, combat inflammation and pain, boost recovery and improve the quality of sleep.

Here at Nutrology, we are especially interested in the prospective sports supplements that fit our brand standards. Hemp Oil Extract stands out in this regard as safe, natural and effective. In this article we will look at the nitty-gritty of this amazing plant.

What is Hemp?

Hemp is a type of plant that is a variation of the Cannabis species. It is very often confused for marijuana, a kind of misinformation that has existed for decades. It has led to the term ‘hemp’ and ‘marijuana’ to be erroneously used interchangeably over the years.

To clarify, hemp and marijuana are both species of plants within the Cannabis family, but they show a lot of distinct differences. The main difference is that marijuana is high in THC content which induces a psychoactive effect i.e. “getting high”. In contrast, hemp is high in CBD which has no psychoactive effects but much of the same medicinal benefits.

So where does hemp come from?

Some of the earliest records show that hemp was originally cultivated in ancient Mesopotamia in around 8000BC. Other reports place cultivation in Central Asia as far back as 2800 BCE. Its use has since spread to different parts of the world such as the Mediterranean countries, Europe, North and South America.

Parts of a hemp plant

In appearance, the hemp plant has thin leaves and generally grows tall on average. The plant structure is simple and is made up of the leaves, seeds, stalk and roots.

The seeds have the most versatile use.

  • They can produce oil which can be used as a dietary supplement, as cooking oil, in body care products, to make paint and as fuel.
  • The seeds alone can be brewed for beer, or ground to make flour.
  • The hemp nut can make protein powder, or nutritious hemp milk.

The stalk has also been proven to be useful

  • Fiber from the stalk can make clothing, rope or be used in building insulation.
  • The hurds can make paper, good animal bedding or wonderful organic compost.

The roots have been used over the centuries for their medicinal properties. They also make for good organic compost a well.

Industrial Hemp and the 2018 Farm Bill

Hemp is often referred to as industrial hemp because of large scale production. This type of production was not previously possible because of strict laws that outlawed the growth of the plant. For years laws did not differentiate between hemp and other cannabis plants like marijuana and all were considered illegal. However, with more information and research coming to light, a lot of legislation has been singing a different tune. In America for instance, the 2018 Farm Bill has been particularly beneficial to people with an interest in growing hemp. This is a welcome change from the 1970 controlled substances act which banned cannabis of any kind.

In the second week of December in 2018, congress revised the existing Farm Bill in strong support of the hemp plant. The bill allows for broad cultivation of hemp by farmers for commercial and other uses, with no restriction on transport or sale of the product.

In order to meet the legal hemp cultivation standards the bill specifies that hemp cannot contain any more than 0.3% of THC, as it will be considered marijuana in that case. The bill also stipulates shared state-federal regulation of production, with state departments of agriculture liaising with the governing and law enforcement bodies to create a plan. This plan must be approved by the secretary of the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) before hemp production regulation can commence.

What does this mean for you as a consumer of hemp products?

In order to comply with the law, it is important that you make sure that any hemp product that you source has USDA oversight in its production. Producers of hemp products may offer this guarantee in the form of information on the packaging of their products. Hemp may not be illegal anymore, but the laws surrounding its production are strict.

Full Spectrum vs Isolate Hemp Oil

Of interest in this article is organic hemp oil, a product that is produced from the seeds/flowers of the hemp plant. There are numerous ways of extracting it, and ways to further purify the extract. This is often where the confusion between Full Spectrum Hemp Oil and CBD oil comes in, as consumers are often unsure which form is the best suited for their needs.

Full Spectrum Hemp Oil is simply the extract that not only contains CBD, but also various other phytochemicals. It is sometimes referred to as whole plant because it is the full plant extract, and is often times minimally refined.

CBD isolate on the other hand is a more refined iteration of hemp oil. As its name suggests, it has been refined so much as to leave only the CBD molecules intact. All other elements are removed and the product is almost often in the form of crystals, white powder or mixed with a carrier oil like MCT for better absorption.

The difference between these two products is that Full or Broad Spectrum Hemp Oil has the potential for a wider range of medicinal benefits. This is because it contains a more varied collection of phytochemicals aside from CBD. CBD isolate is simply CBD in a more concentrated form, which may be preferable for users that want to know just how much they are getting. Some people may not like the taste of raw hemp oil, and CBD isolate may be a better way to get the same benefits.

Is Hemp Oil Safe?

With the legalization of hemp production seeming more recent for a lot of people, the question remains: is hemp oil addictive or unsafe? It is a perfectly reasonable question to ask because just until recently, the plant and its products were considered illegal.

As previously mentioned, hemp has been found to have low levels of THC, which automatically takes it out of the substance abuse category. There has been a lot of research proving its harmlessness to the body in general.

The most notable of course is the WHO report that was published in June of 2018. The critical review found that CBD is actually well tolerated in the body, with no adverse reactions noted in studies. It also found that it has a very low abuse potential. This means that it cannot be easily converted into a substance that can be abused. The report also noted a very low dependence potential, meaning that there is little to no chance that it can become addictive. There is also the great potential for medicinal use, as evidenced by a number of studies that showed promise in treating numerous conditions such as epilepsy!

Phytocannabinoids in Hemp Extract

When describing hemp oil, we touched a bit on the phytochemicals that are present along with CBD. These (including CBD) are referred to as phytocannabinoids and they are compounds that interact with the body. The term “phyto” means to “plant” and alludes to the fact that these compounds are derived from the hemp plant. The term cannabinoid refers to a class of chemical compounds that have an effect on certain receptors in the body.

So what are phyto-cannabinoids that you can find in hemp?

CBD

In full, CBD stands for Cannabidiol. According to research, CBD has demonstrated immense potential in the treatment for a number of medical conditions such as inflammation, pain, Alzheimer’s, alcoholism, diabetes, atherosclerosis and even skin diseases.

CBC

Cannabichromene or CBC was first studied in the 80s and found to have an impact on inflammation. More recent studies show that it promotes gut health, brain health and even skin health.

  • CBG

Cannabigerol or CBG is another phyto-cannabinoid that is undergoing a lot of study today. Research has found that it might support immune functions and improve the mood. It also plays an important role in the endocannabinoid system, which we will discuss later.

Terpenes

Terpenes are the compounds that give hemp its characteristic smell and taste. However recent studies have found that in hemp alone, there are about 10 different kinds of terpenes. Even better, a lot of studies have found terpenes to have anti- inflammatory, analgesic and antibacterial properties.

 

How Phytocannabinoids interact with your Endocannabinoid system

Have you ever wondered how hemp ended up being capable of the numerous positive medicinal effects in the body?

The Endocannabinoid system

It all began in the 70s when American researchers identified certain receptors in the brain that were able to bind with opioids such as heroin and morphine. Fast forward to 1990, and researchers had finally managed to pinpoint THC receptors in the brain. From here it was not long before more researchers were able to identify more naturally occurring receptors, namely CB1 and CB2. While CB1 receptors were mostly found in the brain, CB2 receptors were more concentrated in peripheral organs. These were receptors that were produced within the body and were capable to reacting exclusively to cannabinoids. They were referred to as “endocannabinoids”.

More research shed light on an interesting signaling system between phytocannabinoids and endocannabinoids that later came to be referred to as the endocannabinoid system. It has been found to play a crucial role in regulating a number of physiological processes like mood, blood pressure, gut health, immunity and metabolism among many more.

Stress and anxiety

The effects of phytocannabinoids on stress levels have been found to be very positive. For instance, a study published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology in 1993 found that CBD was able to actively decrease anxiety levels of subjects when tested.

Inflammation and pain management

A study published in the Journal of experimental Medicine in 2012 interestingly found cannabinoids to be very capable in suppressing inflammatory and neuropathic pain. It is just one of many that support the effectiveness of phytocannabinoids in the management and treatment of pain and inflammation.

Sleep

Even though research into the effects of cannabinoids on sleep is still fairly new, results already show a lot of promise. In 2015, a review published in the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy found that cannabinoids have helped improve sleep for military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorders by reducing nightmares and cases of insomnia.

Recovery

This is a particularly important effect of phytocannabinoids especially for athletes who really need to bounce back to form quickly. Phytocannabinoids have already demonstrated anti- inflammatory and sleep improving qualities. It follows therefore that they are actually very good for recovery from strenuous physical activity!

Phytocannabinoid benefits chart

Hemp Oil for Athletes

There has been a growing interest in the use of hemp and hemp products for athletes across the world. Back when little was known about it, use of hemp put many athletes at risk of accusations of doping. Athletes would risk disqualifications or even stripping of already earned titles.

With the recent turn of events that has brought more information to light, more and more sporting organizations are becoming more accepting of the use of hemp. In 2017 the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) revised its list of banned substances reflecting that CBD for athletes is no longer prohibited for use. It took effect on the first of January 2018.

This is great news because now athletes can take full advantages of the benefits that hemp and hemp products provide.

Here at Nutrology, we firmly believe that hemp oil is the future of nutritional supplementation. Its laundry list of benefits is more than enough of a reason for companies to go all in on it. With so much evidence to back it up, it clearly meets our highest standards in promoting your overall health.


Joanne Tull, former Fitness America, Fitness Canada and Fitness Universe finalist. Joanne is a Co-Founder of Nutrology, the naturally based sports nutrition company that has innovated clean label nutritional products used by thousands of athletes, including elites in the NFL, MLB, NHL and Professional Boxing. Having appeared on ESPN, Fox Sports and TSN after finishing a storied athletic career as a state champion, collegiate and national level gymnast. Joanne’s common sense approach to nutrition will educate and motivate people on how to live a healthy lifestyle while balancing career, kids and fitness goals.

 

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