Whole-spectrum hemp and black seed, or black cumin, oils have become two of the most in-demand oils for a very good reason: Both are supported by trustworthy, peer-reviewed research for their efficacy and safety.
As remarkable as they are individually, the real magic begins when you put them together.
When combined, you end up with a complementary, synergistic super-oil blend that delivers far more potential benefits than from just one oil alone. In other words, each enhances the other’s potential for various benefits for your body.*
While both hemp oil and black seed oil have earned a lot of recent notoriety, there’s a dark side to their popularity. Inferior knock-offs are flooding the market.
Here are just a few of the issues that have surfaced recently with both hemp oil and black seed oils:
- Contamination – High levels of pesticides and other harmful agricultural contaminants are showing up as oils that are third-party tested.
- Compromised purity and quality – Significant quantities of heavy metals are being detected in some finished products, most likely due to inferior growing conditions and depleted, contaminated soil.
- Harsh, high-heat extraction methods – If harsh chemical solvents, like hexane, are used, traces can remain. And high heat can harm or destroy the fragile active compounds in the oils.
- Lack of standardization – Independent testing is exposing false claims about the content of valuable compounds and evidence of dilution with cheaper oils, even with products claiming standardized quantities of compounds.
If you are currently purchasing hemp oil or black seed oil, these are very real concerns that warrant your attention and scrutiny. Because they are so important, I’ll go into more detail shortly.
First, let’s explore why you would even want to consider using whole hemp and black seed oils…
Why Whole Hemp Isn’t the Same As Marijuana
Hemp is often confused with marijuana, so many people are surprised to learn it is a different plant. Marijuana and hemp may share the same scientific name, Cannabis sativa, but that’s their only similarity.
Marijuana is cultivated for its primary psychoactive phytocannabinoid, tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, for recreational and medicinal value.
On the other hand, hemp is a certain variety of Cannabis sativa that contains only a trace of THC (less than 0.3% compared to marijuana’s hefty 5 to 35%). One of the world’s oldest crops, hemp has been cultivated for thousands of years for food, clothing, fiber and fuel.
However, because hemp shares the same genus and species as marijuana, it fell into the same category as marijuana with the passage of the Marijuana Tax Act in 1937, which ended the production and sale of hemp in the U.S.
With the passage of that act, hemp became classified as an illegal drug along with marijuana.
As if that wasn’t bad enough for the hemp industry, President Nixon’s “War on Drugs” in 1970 and the Controlled Substances Act further shut down the production of hemp.
All Cannabis species, including hemp (with the exception of its sterilized seeds), were declared a Schedule 1 Drug and banned under the Act. Hemp was now “an illicit substance” even though it didn’t include the substances that made marijuana a drug.
Finally, after 80 long years, hemp regained its legal status with the passage of the Farm Bill in 2018. Farmers can once again grow hemp, and universities and hospitals can study it. You can also now use it legally however you please as long as the state you live in permits it.
Your Endocannabinoid System – And Why It Craves Whole Hemp Oil
Among herbalists, there’s a well-accepted truth about plants: The sum of all its parts is much greater than any single, isolated component.
Traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic Medicine have long insisted on using whole herbal extracts instead of single, isolated components to take advantage of the whole plant’s synergistic properties. Isolates from plants rarely have the same degree of activity as the whole plant.
Hemp contains valuable phytocannabinoids and nearly 200 terpenes – the active compounds that give plants their taste and smell.
Herbalists believe the terpenes in hemp interact synergistically with its phytocannabinoids to create an “entourage effect” that enhances the healthful effects of each individual component.
In the 1990s, researchers made an astonishing discovery about how your body uses the important compounds in hemp oil. They uncovered a system in your body that may be your most important physiological system known to date.
The endocannabinoid system, or ECS, appears to play a major role in your body’s overall health through its constant communication with all your organ systems.
So how does it work?
It’s easy to visualize its actions in your body if you think of your organs as an orchestra and your ECS as the conductor.
Your body produces messenger molecules called endocannabinoids that can enter your cells through special doorways, or receptors. There are two main types of receptors: cannabinoid receptor type 1 (CB1) and cannabinoid receptor type 2 (CB2).
Researchers have actually mapped out the CB1 and CB2 receptors in the human body and have come up with more than 1,000 receptors.
They’re located mainly on nerve cells in your brain and spinal cord, but they are also found in your organs and tissues, such as your spleen, gastrointestinal and urinary tracts, and on your blood cells.
Here’s what’s so intriguing about the ECS and hemp… Researchers now believe your endocannabinoid system requires all of the phytocannabinoids and terpenes found naturally in whole hemp for it to function effectively.
Is Your Body Running Low on Endocannabinoids?
Your body produces two types of endocannabinoids: anandamide and 2-AG. These two endocannabinoids, or messenger molecules, are transported into your cells through the CB1 and CB2 receptors.
How can you support your ECS and help ensure your body has sufficient endocannabinoids to help maintain all its functions?
Your omega-3 status plays a key role in the proper functioning of your ECS. So, it’s important to get enough omega-3s, preferably through clean marine sources like krill, salmon or herring caviar oil.
Exercise also helps by nourishing and supporting your ECS. Research shows moderate exercise dramatically increases your levels of anandamide and 2-AG.
Evidence of this can be found in that feel-good “runner’s high” some experience after exercising vigorously. While many people believe those positive feelings come from endorphins, researchers suspect the perceived “high” also comes from the increase in anandamide levels.
Anandamide specifically targets your CB1 receptors as well as your opioid and endorphin receptors. In fact, studies show that the higher the anandamide levels, the better you feel.
Your other endocannabinoid, 2-AG, is another workhorse in your body. Especially important for transmitting signals across your brain cells, levels of 2-AG run about 170 times higher than those of anandamide.
When 2-AG activates your CB1 and CB2 receptors, it influences many of the same functions as anandamide. In addition, 2-AG supports your immune health, brain health and insulin sensitivity.
There’s no question that both anandamide and 2-AG are essential for your physical, cognitive and emotional health.
However, as you age, your body becomes less efficient at producing both anandamide and 2-AG.
Because your endogenous cannabinoids – 2-AG and anandamide – resemble the cannabinoids found in whole hemp, I believe a high-quality whole hemp oil should be part of everyone’s daily regimen.*
Why You Can’t Be Too Choosey When Selecting Whole Hemp Oil
It’s not easy to find a hemp oil product that you can truly trust.
The hemp plant has a unique soil-cleansing property that allows it to extract heavy metals and chemicals from the soil, so you must look very closely at how the hemp was grown and processed to make sure you end up with a quality product without GMOs and traces of herbicides and pesticides.
Indeed, heavy metals and unwanted chemicals have been detected in some hemp oil products.
Here are some questions to ask when selecting a whole hemp oil product:
- Is the product Certified Organic, or even better, Demeter Certified Biodynamic®, to ensure it doesn’t contain genetically engineered ingredients or high levels of pesticide residues and other harmful agricultural contaminants?
- Is the hemp grown in clean, heathy soil? Has the soil been tested for heavy metals, as well as its purity and quality?
- What about the quality and source of the seeds?
- How is the hemp oil extracted and processed? Do they use harsh chemical solvents for extraction or high heat processing methods that can damage the fragile components in the oil?
In a minute, I will tell you about an extraordinary whole hemp oil we discovered that meets these criteria with flying colors. But first, let’s take a look at another stellar oil that I believe deserves your attention.
The Ancient Secret of Distant Lands – Black Seed Oil
Hundreds of scientific peer-reviewed articles have been published about a unique oil that comes from the tiny black seeds of a beautiful flowering plant called Nigella sativa.
Don’t worry if you’ve never heard of it before – you’re not alone. It’s been a secret of distant lands for a long time.
Black seeds, or Nigella sativa, are also known as Black Cumin, Fennel Flower, Nutmeg Flower, Roman Coriander and Love-in-a-Mist. Its name has been translated into nearly two dozen languages.
The oil from these black seeds contains a wide array of active compounds including alkaloids, saponins, sterols, B vitamins, minerals and omega-3 and omega-6 fats. Over the years, researchers have isolated three naturally-occurring active compounds in black seed oil that account for its major actions in your body:
- Thymoquinone (TQ) – TQ acts as a scavenger for damaging free radicals and superoxide radicals.
- Thymohydroquinone (THQ) – THQ is a potent acetylcholinesterase (AChE) inhibitor that supports the activity of neurotransmitter acetylcholine for brain vitality.
- Thymol – The active ingredient in thyme, this essential oil has been shown to enhance respiratory, nervous and cardiovascular function.
All of these active ingredients are effective by themselves. However, studies show they work even better together, as they are in black seed oil.
The Active Ingredients in Black Seed Oil Work Synergistically to Support Your Health
Years of extensive research on the three active compounds in black seed oil – TQ, THQ and thymol – reveal how they can potentially support your:
- Metabolic health – Studies show TQ may support normal glucose tolerance, intestinal glucose absorption, and help to maintain blood glucose levels already in the normal range.*
- Cellular health and an already normal inflammatory response – TQ has been shown in multiple studies to affect the expression of cytokines and to promote an already normal inflammatory response.*
- Liver health – Your liver works hard to protect your body from toxins and heavy metals like lead and mercury. In the process, these substances can harm your liver enzymes and damage your liver. A study showed TQ may have positive effects on liver health.*
- Respiratory health – Studies have shown how TQ and THQ can have positive effects on respiratory and sinus health.*
- Digestive health – One study shows how TQ has a gastroprotective effect by supporting a healthy inflammatory response and helping to protect your stomach lining from insults. TQ also promotes nitric oxide production which supports mitochondrial health, as well as endothelial function and heart health by dilating your blood vessels.*
- Brain health and cognitive function – A study on mice demonstrated potential neuro-protective effects of thymol on cognitive function.*
- Hormonal and reproductive organ health – A systematic review of research done during a 14-year span shows that the antioxidant properties of TQ support male fertility by helping to protect against free radical and DNA damage.*
Here’s something you need to know about black seed oil products: Not all are created equal. In fact, some products should be avoided altogether.
What to Look for When Choosing a High-Quality Black Seed Oil
As soon as black seed oil became recognized for its many potential benefits, it didn’t take long for products – both good and bad – to enter the market.
Some companies have been accused of diluting their black seed oil and making false claims. At least one company claims their black seed oil has much higher levels of TQ than other products, but doesn’t provide any substantiation or verification.
If the company in question can’t supply third-party, independent proof of what’s in its product or its product claims, this may be why.
So how can you tell a high-quality black seed oil from one that’s not? Here’s what to look for when buying black seed oil. Make sure it’s:
- Made from the Nigella sativa plant (and not cumin).
- Raw and cold pressed (exposure to high heat can destroy the fragile compounds of black seeds).
- Not processed with hexane or other harsh chemicals.
- Pure and not diluted with other oils.
- Produced without genetically engineered ingredients (Demeter Certified Biodynamic® provides that assurance).
- Made by a company you can trust.
By choosing a black seed oil produced according to Biodynamic standards, you receive all the benefits of organic plus optimal environmental stewardship and quality. Certified Biodynamic® provides an extra layer of insurance that you’re getting authentic, high quality black seed oil from the best known source, namely Egypt.
Taking Organic to the Next Level With Demeter Certified Biodynamic®
There is no shortage of organic hemp and black seed oil options available in the marketplace today. But what if we could provide you with something even better?
Striving for that higher standard, we worked exclusively with Demeter Certified Biodynamic® farmers in the U.S. to source Biodynamic® Organic Hemp Oil and Biodynamic® Organic Black Seed Oil, certified by the platinum standard for high-quality nutritious crops.
So what exactly is Demeter Certified Biodynamic®, and what makes it better than Certified Organic?
Biodynamic® is, in effect, a step above Certified Organic as it utilizes regenerative farming methods (that organic doesn’t necessarily use). It takes a spiritual-ethical-ecological approach to creating a self-sustaining ecosystem.
While Certified Organic is a high-quality standard that helps you avoid harmful synthetic pesticides, fertilizers and GMOs, your food may still lack important nutrients if the soil in which it was grown lacks those nutrients. Biodynamic farming methods strive to replace lost soil nutrients.
|Allows imported organic fertilizers
||Reduces imported materials by utilizing nutrient-rich humus created within the farming system
|Allows imported organic pesticides
||Creates a biologically diverse habitat that encourages balanced predator-prey relationships
|Does not require the use of livestock
||Integrates livestock to improve soils
|Does not address the rotation of crops
||Promotes crop rotation and intensive use of cover crops (green manure) to add nutrients to the soil
|Organic feed for livestock can come from anywhere in the world
||50% of livestock feed must be grown on the farm
|Does not require biodiversity
||10% of total farm acreage must be set aside for biodiversity
|Focuses on crops and allows for only one section of a farm to be certified
||Focuses on farms as a whole and requires that the entire farm be certified
|Product certification focuses mainly on ingredients used
||Product certification uses 12 Biodynamic® processing standards so the agricultural ingredients used define the product
Introducing… Biodynamic® Organic Hemp Oil Concentrate With Black Seed Oil
Because I so whole-heartedly believe in what whole hemp oil and black cumin oil offer for your physical and mental well-being, I wanted to combine both into a blend you could trust.
I’m excited to introduce you to our Biodynamic® Organic Hemp Oil Concentrate with Black Seed Oil.
Unlike other products on the market, our unique blend is produced using a reliable T4 approach (Transparency, Traceability, Tested and Trust) to ensure the product is nothing but the finest, and that includes it is:
- Made with oils produced by Demeter Certified Biodynamic® farmers who follow the platinum standard for producing high-quality, nutritious crops, ensuring the least amount of contamination with pesticides and other harmful agricultural contaminants.
- Sourced from plants cultivated from unique genotyped seeds, cared for and harvested under stringent eco-farming practices where every plant is traceable to its seed stock, farm and facility where it was extracted.
- Standardized to exact quantities of the most important compounds in hemp and black seed oils, including whole hemp phytocannabinoids and thymoquinone.
- Documented for purity and quality and verified through independent testing by third-party laboratories.
An internationally recognized laboratory conducts rigorous environmental testing to verify the product’s purity.
Anything’s possible today in the hemp and black seed industries. There are few controls for growing and processing the oils, and nobody is watching over the process to ensure you receive a quality, safe product.
That’s why our supplier’s T4 approach really matters.
We Use Only Authentic Egyptian Black Seed Oil in Our Biodynamic® Formula
I’m proud to say the Biodynamic® Organic Black Seed Oil in our Biodynamic® Organic Hemp Oil Concentrate with Black Seed Oil is of the highest quality.
It’s raw, cold-pressed, biodynamic, organic, not diluted and is made from the seeds of the Nigella sativa plant.
And it comes from the region that knows black seed oil the best – Egypt. We source our Biodynamic® Organic Black Seed Oil from an Egyptian community and organization that has been embracing sustainable development for more than 40 years.
Sharing our beliefs in ethical and fair business practices as well as environmental stewardship, this organization is Certified by the Egyptian Biodynamic® Association and applies Demeter International guidelines in its agricultural processes.
Best of all, it is supplying more than 20,000 local people with fair wages and a life-affirming livelihood. In 2015, it earned the Land for Life award from the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification.
When you purchase our product containing this high-quality Biodynamic® Organic Black Seed Oil, you help support this organization’s sustainable practices and its neighboring communities. Doing so actively helps combat local desertification and soil erosion.
See How Biodynamic® Organic Hemp Oil Concentrate With Black Seed Oil Can Make a Difference in Your Life
Our whole Biodynamic® Organic Hemp Oil Concentrate With Black Seed Oil offers many potential benefits for your mind and body.*
Its full array of phytocannabinoids and terpenes have been shown to support your vitally important endocannabinoid system, which, in turn, influences your cells, tissues, organs and systems.*
Available in a liquid tincture, it is easy to use. Plus, it’s simple to take with you, wherever you go. While each oil is a stand-out on its own, this synergistic blend enables one to round out the other oil’s potential benefits for a comprehensive approach to a healthy body and mind.*
And because we have elevated this dynamic combo to the platinum standard for purity and quality, you know you’re getting only the finest whole hemp and black seed oils.
Order today, and start experiencing the many benefits of our Biodynamic® Organic Hemp Oil Concentrate with Black Seed Oil for yourself.