A Tour of the Hemp Plant
What Is Hemp
Hemp as a Superplant
Hemp is considered a ‘Super Plant’ because it has so many uses, over 50,000 uses have been identified to date.
Hemp seeds themselves are very nutritious and rich in healthy polyunsaturated fats, essential fatty acids Omega-6 (linolenic acid), Omega-3 (alpha-linolenic acid), Gamma linolenic (GLA) as well as protein (2-3 tablespoons of hemp seeds provide 11 grams of protein), vitamin D & E, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, magnesium, sulfur, calcium, iron, zinc and many more.
As well as vitamin C, some B vitamins, and vitamins A and E.Hemp seeds also contain phytosterols, which help in reducing the amount of cholesterol in the body by removing fat build-up in the arteries.
Magnesium deficiency — which is especially prevalent in older populations — is linked to insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, coronary heart disease, and osteoporosis. Nuts and seeds like hemp are some of the best sources of magnesium.
Hemp is also known to be resistant to mildew, bacteria, and UV rays. It is also highly durable and moisture wicking, which means hemp can positively impact the health of your skin and body.
Hemp and the Endocannabinoid System
Clinical endocannabinoid deficiency (CEDC) is a proposed spectrum disorder that has been implicated in a range of illnesses, including fibromyalgia, migraine and irritable bowel syndrome. So far, very little clinical research has been conducted on this speculative disorder. It is quite possible that these very common conditions may respond favorably to cannabinoid therapies. However, this will only happen if more research is conducted.
Hemp Phyto Cannabinoids
What is the Entourage Effect??
The concept of the entourage effect was introduced in 1998 by Israeli scientists Shimon Ben-Shabat and Raphael Mechoulam. The theory is that cannabinoids within the cannabis plant work together through a network of coincidental relationships as part of a greater organism and affect the body in a mechanism similar to the body’s own endocannabinoid system. Basically, these compounds work better together than in isolation.
The longstanding, successful use of cannabis as a whole makes it necessary to find a rationale for its medicinal superiority in comparison to products containing isolated, single components of the cannabis plant, or synthetic cannabinoids trying to replicate the natural components.
Research on the benefits of THC and CBD in isolation is well established. THC demonstrates analgesic, anti-emetic, and anti-inflammatory properties. CBD possesses anti-psychotic, anti-seizure, and anti-anxiety properties. However, evidence is mounting that by isolating these cannabinoids or creating them in a lab, that the resulting effects may have limited therapeutic use. It is also the reason visits to a doctor or emergency room have increased. When delivered in high concentrations, THC can cause overdosing. Although an acute THC overdose rarely requires medical intervention, the side effects can be very unpleasant. Good evidence now shows that THC and CBD work together. CBD is known to lock out THC at the CB1-R. Therefore, applying the entourage effect, increasing CBD in the case of an overdose may lessen the effects of THC.
Things to Consider When Purchasing CBD
The Type of CBD: there are three types of CBD products and you need to consider these when deciding the type of CBD product you would like to purchase:
- Full Spectrum: includes all of the plants cannabinoids (THC included), Terpenes and Flavonoids
- Broad Spectrum: includes all plant cannabinoids (except THC), Terpenes , Flavonoids
- Isolate: includes just the 1 cannabinoid (CBD), no THC. No other plant compounds are included.
The Form of CBD: CBD comes in various form and applications. CBD Form and your purpose for trying CBD should be considered when deciding what CBD product to purchase:
- Ingestible: forms that can be taken by mouth (Oils, Tinctures, Pills, Powder, Gummies, Coffees, Teas, etc.). Takes about 30-40 mins. before effects are noticed. Exception: holding the tincture or oil sublingually (under the tongue for 1-3 mins) instead of just swallowing, bypasses the digestive tract and allows for a much faster delivery;
- Topical: forms that can be applied to the body (oils, lotions, salves, creams, etc.). takes about 10 mins. before effects are noticed;
- Inhalation: forms that can be inhaled into the lungs (pre-rolls, vaping, flower, dabs, etc.). This is the quickest form of CBD and effects can be noticed within minutes.