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HEMP: The Most Powerful Nutrient in Nature

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Hemp is in the midst of a massive revival but is nothing like so many health fads that come and go because it’s been around for thousands of years and up until the early 1900s was considered nature’s most versatile and durable plant. Despite its benefits, hemp has a complex history.

In 1938, Hollywood released the film Reefer Madness, a cautionary tale designed to paint marijuana as a dangerous drug. However, by 1942, when World War II had depleted cotton resources, the American government released another film, Hemp for Victory, which called upon farmers to produce as much hemp as possible for use as rope and fabric.

Today, the cultivation of hemp is legal in many countries including Spain, Australia, Canada, Denmark, UK and Switzerland while the US market for hemp health products is forecast to be worth up to $80 million by 2020.

The Difference between Marijuana and Hemp

Hemp and marijuana both come from the same plant, Cannabis Sativa L., but that’s where their similarities end. Whereas marijuana is a bushy plant grown in warm climates to produce buds with a THC content up to 25 percent, hemp is a coarser plant more suited to colder climates that’s cultivated for its fiber, seeds and oil, and contains less than 0.3 percent of THC.

Cannabis plants contain compounds called cannabinoids. To date, more than 113 cannabinoid compounds have been identified, but the most well known are THC (psychoactive compound found in marijuana) and CBD (non-psychoactive compound found in hemp.) Both marijuana and hemp contain THC and CBD, but marijuana is high in THC and low in CBD, while hemp is high in CBD and low in THC. According to ongoing research, the CBD compound found in hemp has many amazing health benefits. In short, hemp will get you healthy not high.

How Does Hemp Work?

In the late 1980s researchers discovered the previously unknown endocannabinoid system (ECS), which turned out to be the most important system in the body, as it controls key functions including mood, memory, sleep, appetite, pain tolerance, body temperature and inflammation. It also plays an important role in the maintenance of homeostasis, the body’s natural internal equilibrium, which maintains temperature, blood oxygen and salt levels, and hydration.

The ECS is made up of receptors located throughout the body and is activated by signaling molecules called endocannabinoids. The cannabinoid compounds found in hemp are memetic, meaning they mimic the body’s endocannabinoids and have the ability to influence key functions in a positive way.

On top of that, hemp seeds contain 30 percent fat, including the essential fatty acids, linoleic acid (omega-6) and alpha-linolenic acid (omega-3) in a perfect 3:1 ratio. Clinical research has linked imbalances in fatty acids to cardiovascular disease, arthritis, and diabetes, as well as skin and mood disorders, which is why the balanced ratio of fatty acids found in hemp is so important.

Hemp contains gamma linolenic acid (GLA), an omega-6 fatty acid, found in breast milk and evening primrose oil that reduces inflammation and promotes cell growth. Hemp is a rich source of protein (similar to meat or soy) and contains 20 amino acids, the building blocks for a healthy body.

Hemp seeds are also a good source of vitamin E, important for healthy skin, hair and cell rejuvenation, and minerals such as phosphorus, potassium, sodium, magnesium, sulfur, calcium, iron and zinc. This unique profile makes hemp the richest source of nutrients in nature.

The Benefits of Hemp

So, hemp is not a drug, it’s a food, similar to olive oil or chia seeds, except far more nutritious. It’s non-toxic and non addictive with no adverse side affects. 

1. Heart disease is the number one killer worldwide. In a study of 13,000 people, eating hemp seeds was shown to reduce the risk of heart disease by lowering blood pressure and inflammation.

2. Due to the presence of omega-3 and omega-6, it’s been shown that hemp oil is beneficial for skin conditions including eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis and acne.

3. Hemp alleviates the symptoms of menopause, most likely due to the high GLA content of seeds, according to another study.

4. One of the biggest benefits of hemp is its high fiber content. Most of us don’t get enough fiber in our diets, leading to all sorts of digestion problems. Hemp seeds contain both soluble and insoluble fiber that is beneficial for digestive bacteria, can regulate blood sugar and cholesterol levels.

5. Studies have shown that the cannabinoid compound found in hemp significantly reduce chronic pain and inflammation.

6. A 2011 study on social anxiety disorder showed that taking hemp oil prior to public speaking reduced anxiety, cognitive impairment and discomfort.

7. Another 2011 study demonstrated that hemp cannabinoids induced cell death in breast cancer patients without damaging benign cells.

8. A 2012 study on rats showed that hemp cannabinoids are effective for suppressing nausea.

9. Other preliminary studies have positively linked hemp oil with the treatment of epilepsy, sleep disorders and mood disorders such as depression, anxiety and schizophrenia.

In thousands of ongoing studies, the cannabinoid compound found in hemp has been shown to have anti-inflammatory, anticonvulsant, antipsychotic, and antioxidant effects. Though studies are ongoing, countless doctors and researchers agree that hemp is one of the most medically exciting plants on the planet due to its ability to boost the immune system, aid metabolism, act as an anti-inflammatory and affect neural function. These doctors class hemp as an essential dietary supplement because of its ability to rejuvenate cells, prevent illness and ensure long-term health. To test the amazing benefits of hemp for yourself, click here.

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