Dr. Joseph Mercola, who is an osteopathic physician (DO), recently published an article called “The Many Medicinal Benefits of Cannabis and Cannabidiol (CBD).” He also makes available his Full Spectrum Hemp Oil Advanced capsules and Organic Full Spectrum Hemp Oil Advanced tinctures consumers can purchase directly from his official website at mercola.com. Let's dive in and review what the ‘alternative medicine' health expert has to say about CBD from hemp.
Dr. Joseph Mercola's View on CBD Oil Hemp Products
Joseph Michael Mercola, who is 65 years young, has plenty of published content regarding the ‘world's oldest domesticated crop'. Even one of his promoted pieces about hemp and CBD starts out with a headline alluding to this extraordinary plant's emergence from the dark ages and its ability to ‘feed' one of the most important physiological systems within the body, the endocannabinoid system (ECS).
And doctor Mercola, who manages and claims his website is the ‘#1 Natural Health Website Google Wants Banned', has never been a stranger to controversy and challenging the status quo when it comes to natural health alternatives. Then, combined with cannabis gaining a lot of momentum in the political sector, as well as for consumers, this is a touchy topic where the HealthMJ team felt it was necessary to break down Mercola's CBD review as well as including information about his hemp-derived CBD products available.
Though there are less than a dozen states that allow recreational use, the concept of it being used for medicinal purposes has been much more well received, though CBD has a much lesser stigma at the moment. ProjectCBD reports that a minimum of 50 CBD health benefits and conditions are believed to improve with cannabidiol extract use. Apart from the FDA-approved seizure medication, some of these conditions include pain, nausea, digestive disorders, mood disorders, and more.
Still, even with the legalization of cannabis for the last few years in many states, and the addition of industrial hemp as a crop, CBD has been listed as a Schedule 1 drug until quite recently. Other substances with this label include heroin and LSD, and there are clearly much less of a risk with CBD. CBD isn’t addictive, isn’t intoxicating and there aren’t any long-term side effects that put patients in danger.
Pushing the envelope even further, Dr. Joseph Mercola recently brought attention to this matter in an article titled “The Many Medicinal Benefits of Cannabis and Cannabidiol (CBD).” Doubling down on the lack of side effects and all of these other positive qualities, he states that there doesn’t appear to be any reason for the FDA’s aggression towards CBD, apart from “possible collusion with Big Pharma.”
Here is a video link of Dr. Mercola discussing his organic, full-spectrum CBD outlook:
The Food and Drug Administration surprisingly approved some changes at the end of 2018, changing the classification involving some CBD products. The modification stated,
“With the issuance of this final order, the Acting Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration places certain drug products that have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and which contain cannabidiol (CBD) in schedule V of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). Specifically, this order places FDA-approved drugs that contain CBD derived from cannabis and no more than 0.1 percent tetrahydrocannabinols in schedule V.”
Despite this apparent progress, Dr. Mercola stands strong, questioning if the change shows “new realism” for the FDA, or if it is a way to “get in on the action” of the industry. Still, there is no denying the progress made by cannabis farms, which are growing substantially. The Colorado-based Los Sueños Farms, which was recently featured in a video regarding the biggest cannabis farms in the world on the Growers Network, shows that the market has advanced in their technology.
For example, the outdoor plants are nourished with a drip watering system, which includes an emitter every 12 inches. The respiration rate of each plant is measured with drones that hover above the plants, assessing any insects or disease risks as well, while recording any plants that are struggling to grow to perfection. Indoor plants at the Los Sueños Farms have both humidity and lighting controlled by computers. A machine called a “twister” is responsible for dry trimming the cannabis flowers, involving no human labor. However, the farms have a quality control individual for inspecting the product.
Dr. Mercola is clear about his support for CBD and adds in another article that the full spectrum hemp oils and hemp extracts have his attention as well. He also explains why the endocannabinoid system requires more than just the CBD that hemp can offer. He states, “We believe your endocannabinoid system needs all of the phytocannabinoids and terpenes in hemp to function effectively, not just CBD.”
Here is a video of Dr. Mercola interviewing Carl Germano on the ECS's role in human health:
For these reasons, he is introducing Organic Full spectrum Hemp Oil Advanced, a product by the Dr. Mercola line. And Mercola, who has been featured on the Dr. Oz show multiple times, has been very vocal on the wide range of benefits CBD can offer the human body's ECS.
There is also a book called ‘Road to Ananda' featuring Carl Germano, Dr. Mercola and the godfather of cannabis research, Dr. Raphael Mechoulam that is the first scientific research book on the effects of CBD and THC on the endocannabinoid system:
The functional medicine physician had this to say about the book:
“Essentially, your ability to maintain optimal health rests on your responsibility to become informed about the ECS and its involvement in the underlying causes of many degenerative diseases. ROAD TO ANANDA, by Carl Germano is a brilliant start.”
Now, a quick review of Dr. Mercola's CBD hemp oil and capsules product line.
Organic Full spectrum Hemp Oil Advanced
The Organic Full Spectrum Hemp Oil Advance comes in both a capsule and a liquid tincture, depending on the preference of the customer. The extract inside comes from “the aerial parts of the plant,” resulting in 11 mg of phytocannabinoids in each capsule or dropper serving. It also offers a Terpene Blend (10 mg) that uses black pepper and clove extracts, as well as Organic Hemp Seed Oil (225 mg per capsule or 715 mg per dropper of tincture). In an effort to protect the contents of the capsules from oxidation and oxygen intrusion, the formula’s capsule form uses a hard capsule.
Consumers can choose from:
- Full Spectrum Hemp Oil Advanced capsules
- 90-day supply ($109.97)
- 30-day supply ($39.97)
- Organic Full Spectrum Hemp Oil Advanced
- Three bottles ($84.97)
- One bottle ($29.97)
As of October 12th, 2019, the formulas are presently out of stock, but consumers can request to be notified when the stock is available. Along with the CBD formulas, consumers can also purchase a package with capsules of Full Spectrum Hemp Oil Advance and Curcumin Advanced for $172.97, giving the user a 90-day supply.
All products come with a money-back guarantee, but the amount of time that customers have to return the product entirely depends on their membership level.
He has also been very active in highlighting the benefits of CBD, posting to his official twitter account about a recent case study showing CBD shrinks tumors:
— Dr. Joseph Mercola (@mercola) March 18, 2019
Contacting the Dr. Mercola Company
For more information on the aforementioned products from the State of Illinois Licensed Physician and Surgeon, or to learn more about the Dr. Mercola’s stance on CBD, consumers can reach out to the customer service team. The team can be reached by calling 877-985-2695 on weekdays from 8:00am to 9:00pm EST.
The team is also available on weekends from 9:00am to 6:00pm EST.