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The hemp plant, especially its flowers, contains hundreds of beneficial compounds. All of these act on the receptors of the body’s complex regulatory endocannabinoid system first discovered in the 1990s and closely studied ever since.
While hemp has been used medicinally for thousands of years, public awareness of its value has increased sharply with expanding legalization. This has enabled patients to address issues from pain to nausea, anxiety and depression.
Scientific studies as well as empirical evidence from an ever-increasing number of consumers around the world are proving hemp to be effective in treating a wide range of medical conditions.
A plethora of scientific evidence shows the benefits of hemp in a stunning array of medical areas. Olla is letting these studies and the people who use hemp speak for themselves as cited in other parts of this FAQ and through our customer testimonials.
We strongly encourage interested parties to research the medical area they would like to address with hemp and find relevant evidence in primary studies (not blog articles that may be ill informed or biased). Based on thousands of medical studies, active hemp substances have been shown to successfully address the following diseases and symptoms in a statistically significant number of patients.
|Actinic keratosis||Inflammatory diseases|
|Alcoholism||Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)|
|Alzheimer / dementia||Menstrual disorders incl. menopause|
|Anxiety & stress||Multiple sclerosis (MS)|
|Atopic dermatitis (eczema)||Nausea & vomiting|
|Cancer (and its treatment effects)||Neuropathic pain (MS, sciatica)|
|Chronic pain||Nicotine addiction|
|Cognitive thinking||Opioid addiction|
|Concussion||Psoriasis & other skin disorders|
|Epilepsy / seizures||Sleep disorders / insomnia|
|Headache / migraine||Tumors|
Research into hemp has exploded in the past ten years since the substance has been seen to be beneficial in a wide range of diseases and symptoms.
Its curative effects have been demonstrated in small studies and through the personal experience of hundreds of thousands of people who are taking it regularly. Hemp has no psychoactive effect, no side effects and is not addictive or harmful. Contrary to pharmaceuticals, it has not caused a single death since there is no fatal dose.
We make no medical claims for any of our products. Testing and using hemp in the treatment of diseases and symptoms is the sole responsibility of the person using the product.
More than 6,000 relevant papers in PubMed peer-reviewed articles have been published in the leading scientific journals British Journal of Pharmacology, Cell, Journal of the American Medical Association, Journal of Mineral and Bone Research, Journal of Pain Medicine, Nature, Neuropharmacology, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Science and The Lancet.
Unfortunately, most doctors have not educated themselves on the subject and underestimate just how much knowledge already exists about an extremely broad range of conditions. Much more research will undoubtledly be published in the coming decade.
A number of studies have been conducted on the effectiveness of hemp extract for dogs suffering from a range of conditions from social anxiety disorders to pain, ostheoarthritis and intractable epilepsy. Here are a few sample reports:
- A Colorado State University study on ostheoarthritis and epilepsy in dogs.
- University of Sao Paolo study on social anxiety disorder (SAD) in animals and humans showing anxiolytic (anxiety inhibiting) properties.
- Cornell University study on ostheoarthritis in dogs.
- A study on epilepsy in dogs as reported in the Journal of American Veterinary Medicine
As the name implies, full spectrum indicates that this form of hemp oil contains ALL the medicinally useful elements of the plant including terpenes and flavonoids, the way nature provides them.
Hemp has 421 identified trace compounds, many of which have medicinal properties. Full spectrum hemp is slowly but surely being recognized as the most effective form of this amazing substance because of its synergistic so-called entourage effect as described in this study published in the British Journal of Pharmacology and another in Biochemical Pharmacology. Studies for epilepsy have found full spectrum hemp oil to be more effective and with lower doses than isolate.
Another very important difference between full spectrum and isolate products is the fact that, according to a seminal 2015 Israeli study, the dose-response curve for isolate is bell-shaped. This means that after hitting an individual “sweet spot” its efficacy decreases, with higher dosages making it not only less effective for the patient but also unsuitable for clinical studies.
The effect of full spectrum hemp oil, however, increases in a linear fashion with increased dosages. It is therefore the preferred form used in medical studies (with their mostly very high dosages) and recommended for all persons using it.
Olla Botanicals hemp oil is not only organic and artisanally made, but comes from a proprietary cultivar with an unusually high amount of resin where the highest concentration of medicinal compounds is found.
In contrast, industrial hemp oils are made from the plant’s roots, stalks, leaves, and seeds. Though industrial hemp was originally bred for its fibre, it has been utilized for its questionable medicinal properties since the 2018 United States Farm Bill removed hemp from the Controlled Substances Act. Isolates can be produced from industrial hemp on a large scale and are therefore widely available. It is not because they are the preferred or most effective form of hemp.
Highly toxic and environmentally harmful CO2 gas as well as solvents are used to strip relatively small amounts of active ingredient from copious quantities of plant material. This is a resource-intensive process that yields a less potent and possibly contaminated final product with chemical residues that are neither tested for nor declared.
Additionally, hemp is a bio-accumulator that absorbs toxins from the soil to such an extent that it was used in the post-Chernobyl accident cleanup. A surprising number of manufacturers source their industrial hemp from China, where significant levels of heavy metals and pesticides can find their way into agricultural products.
It is unfortunate that the popularity of hemp oil has led to many scam hemp products that are shoddily made, not laboratory tested, poorly documented, deceptively marketed and potentially harmful. Consumers can unknowingly be led into purchasing hemp oil products that contain harmful chemicals or that have little to no active content at all.
Hemp products are legal across the European Union, North America, and Europe. Here is a quick overview of the current status:
- In the United States, hemp products are legal at the federal level since the 2018 Farm Bill was adopted.
- Canada legalized hemp products in its Regulations of October 2019.
- In the European Union and Switzerland, hemp products are legal.
Since consumers are responsible for their own consumption, they are advised to check the current laws in their jurisdiction for themselves.
Olla Products and How To Use Them
All Olla Botanicals products are 98% organic and handcrafted in small batches from beginning to end without the use of solvents or industrial processes. We use only the finest natural ingredients including shea butter, arnica, magnesium, and Vitamin E, as well as wild Alaskan fish oil for pets. We also add healing essential oils like German chamomile, lavender, and frankincense, chosen as much for their therapeutic qualities as their pleasant fragrance.
The total amount of active ingredients in our products is considerably higher than in most others, making them highly effective.
This is a hard question to answer generally. There are many dosage charts made by suppliers, but the effect varies so widely from patient to patient that such guidelines are best viewed as only a rough starting point.
It’s important to have realistic expectations. One or two sample doses are not enough to have an effect. It is best to take the oil regularly twice a day for two to four weeks since it works cumulatively with increasing effect over time.
The most common advice for dosage is to go “low and slow”. Start with a small dose of a few drops once or twice a day and see what the effect is. Hemp oil effects last for six to eight hours. If it does little or nothing, use more. A standard dosage for many patients is 0.5 – 1ml (15 – 30mg) once or twice daily.
One drop of oil is equal to 1/20th of one milliliter (which is about one gram). If you take 10 drop doses, you are consuming half of one ml. A 30 ml bottle therefore contains 60 such doses. If taken twice a day, a 30 ml bottle will last 30 days at that dosage.
A 30 ml bottle contains 600 drops. In a 30 ml bottle with 1000 mg, every drop contains 1.6 mg, 10 drops 16.6 mg. These ratios are the same for the 15 ml bottles.
The effect of an oil taken orally is stronger and starts working faster when taken on an empty stomach. The best absorption rate (bioavailability) is directly through the mucous membrane.
It is therefore best to drop the oil under the tongue and keep it there for a while before swallowing. Some of the oil will then be taken up in the mouth instead of being broken down in the stomach and digested, which has a lower bioavailability.
A few people who take the oil during the day may feel slightly sleepy, but this is very rare.
For the majority, hemp oil taken in the evening makes them fall asleep and stay asleep. Some Olla Botanicals Premium Oil users have reported that it is the only remedy that does, while one tried-and-true OTC pharmaceutical after another has failed.
According to an article in LeafScience, whether hemp makes you sleepy or more alert seems to also depend on the dosage. The lower the dose, the more it might be stimulating, though this is a rare effect.
More commonly, hemp in normal or higher doses helps many people go to sleep and stay asleep.
Since the oil is a direct infusion of the plant material, it carries the flavour of the plant along with the medicinal benefits of all its active ingredients. An isolate-based or industrially produced extract may taste bland, but is not likely to offer the important synergistic entourage effect of the organic full spectrum Olla Botanicals oil.
Most users get used to the taste, but if you continue to have a hard time with it, you can blend it into foods such as almond or peanut butter, soups, green drinks or other thick liquids like honey or tahini. You can also take it followed by a few sips of water or juice or a bite of banana. Or how about in your morning coffee?
As declared by herbal specialists testing Olla hemp oil, it is relatively mild on the spectrum of such products in the market.
The normal shelf life of hemp oil is about one year. It is a good idea to keep it out of the sun, but placing it in the fridge is not necessary and may make it solid.
Olla Pet Health Oil is 100% organic and contains full spectrum hemp (as do all Olla products), which has more beneficial effects than a product made from industrial isolate. Our farm-to-table (or -dog bowl) production methods make it a cleaner, better product… one Closer to Nature. More on the differences elsewhere in this FAQ.
The oil is mostly for internal use, though it can be used on the skin as well, especially when high concentrations are needed. If your symptoms are systemic (not localized), such as overall pain, sleep issues or anxiety, the oil is best. If they are more local and within one inch of the skin surface, like an arthritic finger or toe joint, achy muscle or irritated skin, use a balm or cream.
When you feel sore, tense, fatigued and achy in any part of the body, apply a good amount of the balm by rubbing it into the skin. It will penetrate easily leaving no greasy film behind. You will feel the heating, penetrating action of the essential oils immediately.
While they start to work in conjunction with the other anti-inflammatory and restorative ingredients (shea butter, arnica, magnesium), the hemp in the Joint & Muscle Balm will slowly start to take effect penetrating about one inch into the tissue. The effect usually lasts for six to eight hours.
Hemp oil offers several qualities that are beneficial to the skin. It is anti-inflammatory so it acts against redness (rosacea), irritation, and hyperligmentation. It’s an antioxidant, which combats free radicals (unstable molecules that damage cells and cause signs of aging). It moisturizes and protects with premium ingredients like organic shea butter and Manuka honey.
In addition to the active constituents of hemp, Olla Restorative Face Cream also contains a blend of essential oils, all of which have soothing, healing qualities while carrying a pleasant and mild fragrance. German chamomile and frankincense are especially effective (and expensive) essential oils for the skin.
The cream is a very light, non-greasy emulsion that goes on easily, is quickly absorbed, and tightens the skin. Both the face and skin care creams have a calming effect in addition to feeling and smelling wonderful.
Our skin can easily become irritated, inflamed, red or itchy. Hemp acts on all these common skin conditions by its interaction with the body’s endocannabinoid system. The shea butter calms the skin while the hemp acts more long term. The added Vitamin E also nourishes and heals skin and its blemishes.
Due to its proven ability to suppress inflammation, hemp has been found helpful with psoriasis, excema, acne as well as acne scars. It acts cumulatively, so don’t expect immediate results. Olla Skin Care Balm and the other ointments need to be applied regularly twice a day for several weeks to start making a difference.