Elixinol is a Colorado based company devoted to increasing health and reducing disease through the powerful therapeutic effects of CBD and other hemp-based cannabinoids.  Paul Benhaim founded the company in 1991 when he realized that hemp seeds offer an array of benefits including the fatty acids needed to reduce inflammation and promote heart health, about 10 grams of lean protein per three tablespoons, and plenty of fiber.  They are also a high-density caloric food, which can be a benefit for someone trying to gain weight.

Benhaim made it his mission to find the highest quality hemp from around the world and has since sourced the company’s products from Elixinol CBD oil North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Before the hemp is manufactured, it undergoes lab testing for the presence of heavy metals, microbial contamination, pesticides, and terpenes.

Elixinol’s products include CBD oil capsules, hemp oil tinctures, hemp oil liposomes, hemp oil oral applicators, and hemp seeds and protein.  One compound common to several of these products stands above the others, though, because of its incredibly therapeutic versatility.

Cannabidiol

Cannabidiol, or CBD, is one of the many cannabinoids (chemical compounds) present in the cannabis plant. While all of the cannabinoids work together to create some truly wonderful effects, CBD deserves the spotlight it has been receiving as of late.

Unlike its counterpart, THC, CBD is not psychoactive.  This means that, on its own, CBD will not get you high.  Actually, CBD is an organic suppressant of THC; when the whole marijuana plant is consumed, CBD is what stops THC from taking you to total paranoia land and keeps you in a pleasant state of euphoria instead (most of the time—paranoia happens).

Although CBD is not psychoactive, it definitely plays a role in your high

Therapeutically speaking, CBD is known to alleviate gastrointestinal disorders, symptoms of multiple sclerosis, schizophrenia, insomnia, fibromyalgia, acne, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, nicotine addiction, anxiety, nausea, and even the proliferation of breast cancer cells.

CBD and the Endocannabinoid System

How is it possible that CBD can have so many health benefits?  The brain contains receptors that have unique responses to cannabinoids, and our bodies have cannabinoid compounds themselves that bind to these receptors.  This relatively newly discovered system is known as the endocannabinoid system, and its primary function is to maintain homeostasis within the body.  CBD is one of the cannabinoids that triggers the endocannabinoid receptors within our bodies in a way that amplifies the regulation of our moods, physiologies, and overall well-beings.

Elixinol Oil and Neurodegenerative Diseases

CBD oil may have the ability to prevent the onset of neurodegenerative diseases such as ALS, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, or Alzheimer’s disease.  CBD oil mitigates the impact of oxidative stress, the primary cause of those diseases.

Oxidative stress occurs when free radicals, highly reactive molecules that wreak havoc on our body’s cells, outnumber the amount of antioxidants present in the body.  While the body naturally produces antioxidants, humans are constantly exposed to pollution, poor nutrition, UV rays, and a number of other free-radical producing variables.

Consequently, we can use all the help we can get when it comes to increasing exposure to antioxidants

CBD’s ability to stimulate the endocannabinoid system makes it an antioxidant and a healthy, non-psychoactive way to protect the body from neurodegenerative diseases.

CBD Oil and Your Gut

The treatment of gastrointestinal diseases such as Crohn’s disease can be exhausting, medication heavy, and pretty ineffective. But CBD oil may be an alternative to those harsher treatments.

CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties make it an excellent therapy for gastrointestinal ailments, which are often caused by inflammation.  Multiple studies have shown improvement of symptoms and even remission in cannabis using patients suffering from Crohn’s disease.

CBD Oil and Too Much THC

While it is impossible to overdose on cannabis, it is definitely possible to have an extremely uncomfortable and disorienting high.  THC, the cannabinoid that causes euphoria, is the same one that can cause anxiety and panic attacks in cannabis consumers.

Because of the way that it interacts with the endocannabinoid system, CBD is non-psychoactive.   It doesn’t make you high.  In fact, it can naturally mitigate the high created by THC.   This is one of the many benefits of CBD oil.  If your high has gone too far, take a CBD oil capsule, and it might bring you back to a more comfortable altitude.

There is also some anecdotal evidence suggesting that CBD can help alleviate hangovers from alcohol intoxication

So if you ever find yourself in that sorry state, try CBD oil.  While there is no evidence to definitively prove that it will reduce the symptoms of a hangover, its many therapeutic benefits suggest that it can’t really hurt to try.

Elixinol Oil and Aging

Let’s be honest with ourselves for a moment.  We live in a narcissistic, ageist society obsessed with reducing the signs of age.  People will undergo extensive surgery and chemical treatment to appear immortal.  To each his/her own, but there is a less invasive and dangerous way to do this: CBD oil.

CBD is an anti-inflammatory, and inflammation plays a huge role in skin degradation.  Additionally, CBD is an anti-oxidant, and oxidative stress is responsible for a lot of scary things including neurodegenerative diseases, cancer, and aging.

When it comes to skin care, the way that CBD is consumed plays an enormous role.  Smoke inhalation can actually speed up the process of aging, which is why taking CBD oil capsules is an easy and effective way to treat your skin without a single injection or stitch.

CBD Oil and Your Dog

Your furry friend already feels like family, but you may be more alike than you know.  Like humans, dogs and all mammals have endocannabinoid systems.  This means that CBD oil can help both you and your dog maintain homeostasis.

CBD has been shown to reduce inflammation and provide anti-cancer properties in both humans and dogs.  Providing your pup with CBD oil is preventative care that may increase his lifespan and sense of well-being.

Dianna Benjamin

About the author: Dianna Benjamin is a freelance writer, teacher, wife, and mom horrified and fascinated by social justice and our inability--yet constant pursuit--to get it right.