From Plant to Production
Miracles of Health cares about each and every step in the cultivation and production of our full-spectrum hemp and hemp isolate products. We partner with northern Colorado hemp farmers who employ the best organic growing practices throughout the crop’s lifecycle.
For starters, our farmers build nutrient-rich “living” soil using organic composts and natural amendments. Living soil produces healthy harvests with minimal inputs, with more sustainable results than conventional agriculture. Our hemp is herbicide, pesticide and heavy metals-free. And by purchasing only organic cannabis, we keep toxins out of the human body and the environment that contribute to ill-health in numerous and unpredictable ways.
Our growers ensure that all plant materials meet the highest standards before and after harvest. The hemp is tested to assure appropriate cannabinoid levels, and plants are carefully harvested, dried and trimmed. The trim used for our salves and tinctures is meticulously sorted and stored before going through the supercritical vapor distillation, a solvent-free process.
The extraction process that we rely upon is the first in the world to utilize heated air and a proprietary condensation method to selectively distill and isolate the active compounds within the hemp. This solvent-free process produces the cleanest, purest, terpene-rich hemp extracts, perfect for the “entourage effect” of our full spectrum products. This means the integrity of the cannabis plant’s beneficial cannabinoids and terpenes are maintained. Rather than relying on a single isolate like CBD, the entourage effect is the synergy of the various plant compounds working together to improve health.
Keep in mind that some full-spectrum products may contain trace amounts of THC (at or below the 0.3% national standard). However, when we describe a product as being 100% THC-free, we mean it. Be sure to check the label and review lab reports if you have any questions or concerns.
Health & History
The cannabis plant has deep roots. The Chinese used it as medicine thousands of years ago. George Washington grew hemp at his home. Throughout most of U.S. history, hemp was legal and used in tinctures and extracts.
However, when cannabis was outlawed in the U.S. in 1937, medical research involving the plant virtually came to a stop. Recently, new legislation has changed the status of hemp, and people are turning back to cannabis to improve health. Studies of hemp’s medicinal properties are again underway. Of special interest are the various cannabinoids, chief among them cannabidiol (CBD).
Humans (and animals) have an endocannabinoid system (ECS), an extensive network of neurotransmitters and receptors and the ability to produce endocannabinoids. Among other functions, these endocannabinoids help regulate mood, appetite, and pain.
The body can become deficient in endocannabinoids. This deficiency is being studied as an underlying cause of many unhealthy conditions. Researchers are exploring how plant cannabinoids can restore the balance.
In addition to consuming a full-spectrum, hemp/cannabinoid supplement to promote a healthy ECS, other steps can be taken to boost your endocannabinoid production.
- Increase your Omega 3 intake
- Exercise regularly
- Take vitamins, supplements, and probiotics
- Reduce consumption of alcohol
- Eat plenty of leafy greens
What is Full Spectrum Hemp Extract?
When you start with the finest raw ingredients, the process of turning whole botanicals that organically grown and expertly picked, into premium supplements is crucially important. To do this, Miracles of Health believes in the Full-Spectrum method of extraction.
The Full-Spectrum extraction method keeps all the cannabinoids from the botanical as close to its natural makeup as possible in order to maintain the plant’s natural integrity and balance, enhancing its overall therapeutic effects and keeping the extract as close to the original plant as possible.
What are Cannabinoids?
Cannabinoids are therapeutic compounds found in the hemp plant. There are over 100 identified cannabinoids found in the hemp plant. There are two categories of cannabinoids:
- External (cannabinoids), originating outside the body
- Internal, originating inside the body, known as endocannabinoids, which again are compounds naturally produced by the human body.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a non-psychoactive, naturally occurring cannabinoid found in therapeutic hemp.
- CBD is extracted from specific varieties of hemp. Chemically, CBD is one of 85 chemical substances known as cannabinoids, which are all found in the cannabis plant.
- CBD is the second most abundant compound in hemp, typically representing up to 40% of its extracts.
- CBD is NOT marijuana because it contains less than 0.29% of THC. Marijuana has a THC content of 0.3% or higher.
- CBD helps to bring the entire body back into balance.
- Cannabidoil, CBD, is rapidly becoming an accepted means of relief from anxiety and inflammation.
- CBD is known to be an anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-spams, anti-convulsant, anti-psychotic, and anti-tumoral.
- CBD also directly activates serotonin receptors, causing an anti-depressant effect.
Cannabidiol (CBD) has been shown to assist in healing various conditions such as anxiety, cancer, cardiovascular disease, chronic pain, crohn’s disease, diabetes, nausea, IBS, rheumatoid arthritis, PTSD, schizophrenia, strokes and more.
Important Terms to Understand
Cannabis: hemp, therapeutic hemp, whole plant hemp, and marijuana are all synonyms for cannabis. There is zero dif-ference between hemp, therapeutic hemp and whole plant hemp.
- What makes Marijuana different from hemp is strictly THC content.
- 0.3% THC or higher = Marijuana
What Are the Potential Benefits
Scientific and clinical studies underscore CBD’s potential as a treatment for a wide range of conditions including: arthritis, diabetes, alcoholism, MS, chronic pain, schizophrenia, PTSD, antibiotic resistant infections, epilepsy, and other neurological disorders.
Used for Neurodegeneration
The ECS helps maintain an up/down balance within the central nervous system.
- Cannabinoid receptors are important in the pathology of Alzheimer’s disease and cannabinoids succeed in preventing the neurodegenerative process occurring in the disease.
- In a 2007 study found that targeting the ECS might be useful for the treatment of MS.
- CBD may represent a very promising agent with the highest protective therapeutic uses in the treatment of neurodegenerative illnesses such as Parkinson’s disease.
Used for Anxiety
CBD has shown to reduce anxiety in patients with social anxiety disorder and researchers suggest that it may also be effective for panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
- Studies have found CBD to be an inhibitor of anxiety, to be antipsychotic, and an antidepressant.
- A 2009 discovery in Israel showed that the fear center of the brain contains a significant number of endocannabinoid receptors.
- Cannabinoids were found to be therapeutic in treating PTSD through modulating panic responses both before and after painful and traumatic events.
What Are the Potential Benefits?
Used for Chronic Inflammation Related Illness
- Almost all age-related illnesses have at their root chronic inflammation of some kind; everything from autoimmune disease, cancer, neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, and inflammatory bowel disease.
- CBD has shown huge benefits for multiple forms of inflammation related pain including IBS, Crohn’s disease and pancreatic issues.
- A 2004 study found that an endocannabinoid deficiency may underlie migraines.
- Studies report patients suffering from illnesses as diverse as Parkinson’s, MS, rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease are finding relief from their symptoms and even possibly slowing down the on-set of the disease through consuming cannabis.
Used for Skin Disorders
- As the largest organ in the body, it should come as little surprise that the endocannabinoid system is also present in our skin. Scientist’s believe that disruption to the endocannabinoid system’s balance might bring about the development of a whole host of skin diseases including acne, dermatitis, dry skin, hair loss, ex-cessive hair growth, itching, skin tumors, pain, psoriasis and skin cancer.
- One way of stimulating the skin’s ECS receptors is by topically applying cannabinoids such as CBD onto the problem areas.
- The ECS’s main purpose in the skin is to control and balance growth and survival of skin cells as well as to produce proper immune responses.
The Endocannabinoid System (ECS
The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) is a unique chemical messaging system active throughout the brain and body that affects many important functions.
- The ECS produces endocannabinoids that play a role in regulating appetite, metabolism, stress response, learning, sleep, mood, pain, immune function, and more!
- The ECS has preventative and protective mechanisms for the nervous and immune systems, initiates pain control, and calms inflammation.
- The ECS was discovered in 1990, and its complex functions are still being researched.
Understanding the ECS is critical if we are to more effectively manage human health, especially chronic, debilitating diseases for which there are no orthodox cures. Some researchers suggest that when properly activated, the ECS may help suppress certain disease processes.
Evidence suggests that the ECS may even be involved in generating subtle-but-therapeutic shifts in the ways we perceive the world, relate to our internal landscape, think and feel about ourselves, and interact with each other. A healthy ECS increases our ability to be open to new perspectives and experiences.
Endocannabinoids are chemical compounds that our bodies make naturally to activate the receptors within the ECS. When the body is stressed, endocannabinoids go to work to fix the problem.
Cannabinoids are chemical compounds originating outside the body. There are more than 100 known cannabinoids, including cannabidiol (CBD), found in the hemp plant (Cannabis sativa).
CBD works as a switch to turn on the endocannabinoid system. Research has shown that small doses of cannabinoids from hemp can signal the body to make more endocannabinoids and build more cannabinoid receptors.
CBD is also thought to prevent the breakdown of endocannabinoids, which promotes homeostasis—equilibrium—by balancing metabolic functions, nutrient transportation, energy storage, and insulin sensitivity.
Understanding Endocannabinoid Deficiency
Through the stresses and strains of modern living, the endocannabinoid system can become depleted, impacting its role of bringing balance to the body.
American neurologist Dr. Ethan Russo has termed this “endocannabinoid deficiency,” suggesting that it lies at the root of many difficult-to-explain illnesses such as fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, irritable bowel syndrome, and even migraines.
According to Dr Russo, “If you don’t have enough endocannabinoids, you have pain where there shouldn’t be pain.”
5 Signs Your ECS Might be Unbalanced
- You are particularly sensitive to pain
Scientists have demonstrated that endocannabinoid receptors play an important role in modulating pain and inflammation. Research suggests that cannabinoids may reduce pain and inflammation.
- You feel anxious or “blue”
People who contend with anxiety, social discomfort, and/or “the blues” often report an improvement in mood once they start using CBD as part of a daily wellness routine. If you are feeling more than just a little down, depressed or anxious, it’s important to seek the advice of a mental health care professional before using CBD and other hemp-derived products.
- You are addicted to junk food
If you’re constantly craving all the wrong things, perhaps your endocannabinoid system is being overtaxed. Normal hunger should signal you to seek healthy foods that deliver vitamins, minerals, high quality proteins, fiber, complex carbohydrates, and essential fatty acids, not empty calories. CBD might help modulate those unhealthy sugar and fat cravings.
- You have chronic pain or inflammation
Almost all age-related illnesses have, at their root, chronic inflammation—everything from auto-immune disease, cancer, neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, and inflammatory bowel disease. A 2004 study found that an endocannabinoid deficiency may underlie migraines. CBD and full-spectrum hemp products are useful in reducing the body’s inflammatory response.
- You have a difficult-to-treat skin condition
Scientists believe that disruption to the endocannabinoid system might bring about a whole host of skin issues including acne, dermatitis, dry skin, hair loss, excessive hair growth, itching, pain, psoriasis, and abnormal skin growths. If you have a skin condition that doesn’t respond to conventional medicine, your ECS may not be functioning properly. One way to stimulate the skin’s ECS receptors is by topically applying cannabinoids such as CBD to the problem areas. The ECS’s main purpose in the skin is to regulate the production and survival of healthy cells and to produce proper immune responses.
6 Effective Ways to Boost Your ECS
- Bump up Your Omega 3 Intake
Omega-3 fatty acids are vital for a well-functioning ECS.
Studies suggest the reported “runners high” is not caused by an endorphin rush but by an increase in the production of endocannabinoids.
- Keep Your Gut Healthy
Eighty percent of your immune system is located in your digestive tract! Without proper elimination, the body can actually poison itself. Certain medications also affect digestion and elimination. Eat a balanced diet, avoid fast foods, and reduce stress to boost gut health.
4. Eat Your Greens
Greens are abundant in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that protect cells, and they’re rich in fiber.
- Cut Down on Alcohol
Studies show that ethanol dampens the ECS.
- Take Miracles of Health Hemp and CBD-Infused Products
Our full spectrum hemp and CBD isolate-infused products can boost your endocannabinoid system with natural plant cannabinoids.
ONE FINAL NOTE: We recommend that you talk to your doctor before you begin using hemp and/or CBD products. This is especially important if you are taking medications, as the natural compounds in hemp may affect the efficacy of some drugs.