Hemp & Health
When dealing with health issues, or even just the daily stressors of life, more and more people are turning to natural remedies for extra support. Over time, stress can weaken our resilience, making us more prone to dis-ease, and the result can be increased pain, inflammation, reduced energy, mood & sleep issues, immune function issues, and even issues with metabolism, appetite and digestion. In fact, many medical professionals believe that at the root of all dis-ease is inflammation and stress.
Natural remedies can be very effective in supporting our effort to restore internal balance, health & well-being. They have the potential to offer us many benefits without all the unwanted side effects of certain pharmaceutical medications. Hemp oil is a perfect example of a powerful natural remedy that can offer many health benefits, which might explain its growing popularity.
Humans have been using nature-made remedies since the beginnings of time with much success. In ancient Chinese, Egyptian and Ayurvedic medicine, Cannabis was used to alleviate pain and treat various conditions, including gout, anxiety, depression, rheumatism, inflammation, malaria, and poor memory.
In early American history, England desperately needed hemp to make rope and sails for ships and enlisted settler of Jamestown to grow it in the New World. The Mayflower’s ropes and sails were made from hemp because of its natural resistance to decay. Hemp supplied the Pilgrims with enough clothing fiber to survive the winter. Hemp was one of George Washington’s three primary crops at Mount Vernon, along with wheat and tobacco. Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, Andrew Jackson, Zachary Taylor, and Franklin Pierce all grew hemp. Thomas Jefferson wrote his first draft of the Declaration of Independence on hemp paper. The 1915 series ten dollar bill was printed on hemp fiber and depicted pictures of hemp cultivation on the back. For most of human & early American history, hemp was considered a useful material and a beneficial medicine.
Cannabis tinctures were commonly available medicines in the late 18th century, and it was universally thought that cannabis had useful medicinal effects. By 1850, medicinal preparations containing cannabis had become widely available and could be purchased over the counter without a prescription. By 1900, cannabis medicine was being marketed to treat sleep disorders, rheumatism, digestive complaints, and nausea.
The Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906, stated that all drugs that were not issued by a pharmacy needed to display the word “poison” on their label whether or not they were actually poisonous, and a 1913 revision of the Poison Act required that cannabis extracts be prescribed by a doctor and supplied through a pharmacist.
In the 1930s, after the alcohol prohibition ended, the cannabis prohibition began. Fueled by propaganda and widespread bigotry, the quest to make cannabis illegal can be largely attributed to Henry Anslinger of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics.
This quote from Henry Anslinger pretty much sums up his views on cannabis use, “Most marijuana smokers are Negroes, Hispanics, jazz musicians, and entertainers. Their satanic music is driven by marihuana, and marihuana smoking by white women makes them want to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers, and others. It is a drug that causes insanity, criminality, and death – the most violence-causing drug in the history of mankind.” His racist beliefs and the financial motivations of the Hearst family and the DuPont corporation (makers of nylon) fueled the campaign to heavily tax cannabis, which effectively halted production.
By World War II, the US needed hemp, and growing hemp for the war was considered patriotic. It regained popularity for a couple of decades until Nixon came into office. Under his administration, which had similar motivations as Anslinger, The Controlled Substances Act of 1970, went on to classify cannabis as a Schedule 1 drug, meaning it had no acceptable medical use. The position of the American Medical Association was that there were medical uses for cannabis, but this schedule I classification effectively ended all medical research. The FDA simply would not approve any requests to research the medicinal benefits of cannabis.
In 2018, The Farm Bill was passed, once again legalizing the use of hemp. The law stipulates that industrial hemp cannot contain more than 0.3 percent THC, the psychoactive compound. Any cannabis plant that contains more than 0.3 percent THC would be considered non-hemp cannabis—or marijuana—under federal law and would thus face no legal protection under this new legislation. So we are once again seeing a rise in the use of hemp products, but among users of hemp oil, there is a lot of confusion.
THE CANNABIS CONFUSION
Hemp and Marijuana are different strains of the Cannabis sativa species, and each strain has unique chemical compositions and uses. Hemp contains trace amounts of THC and higher concentrations of cannabidiol, or CBD. Cannabidiol is widely believed to offer many of the pain relieving and inflammation reducing benefits that users experience with hemp oil. Marijuana also contains CBD, but it has higher and sometimes very high levels of THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, another cannabinoid.
THE ENDOCANNABINOID SYSTEM (ECS)
Hemp oil contains many endocannabinoids, including high levels of CBD, which act like chemical keys that unlock many chemical receptors throughout our bodies. These receptors are located in every organ system and they play many roles in how we feel and how we function. Interestingly, all animals have these receptors, so many people find that hemp oil is beneficial to their pets as well. With a role in regulating appetite, mood, reproduction, pain, inflammation, sleep, immunity, and even memory , we are just beginning to understand how important the endocannabinoid system really is to overall health and well-being.
When the body doesn't have enough endocannabinoids and we are operating with a deficiency, our natural balance is disrupted. This lack of natural balance can affect our health in many ways.
Because hemp oil is only allowed to legally contain less than 0.3% THC, it doesn't require a medical marijuana license to obtain. In fact, hemp oil is completely legal in all fifty states because it does not have any of the psychoactive effects users of medical marijuana may experience. Hemp oil will not alter your ability to go about fulfilling your usual routines and responsibilities and it is perfectly safe and non-addictive.
People who are interested in trying hemp oil for the first time are often curious about which product to choose, what strength they need and how to dose effectively. The interesting thing about using hemp oil, is that it is a highly individual experience. Some people need a low dose to experience results and other people experience more benefit by using a higher dose. This has to do, in part, with the issues they may be experiencing and the benefits they are trying to achieve. It is always more cost effective to find the lowest effective dose, which may require a little experimentation at first.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
Hemp contains 100’s of compounds that are known to be beneficial to the human body. Safely extracting the full spectrum of compounds from the hemp plant yields a result that is more beneficial and better utilized by the body than single, isolated molecules. This phenomenon that we see with full spectrum hemp products is often referred to as the “entourage effect”, and it has been studied quite extensively. The many beneficial compounds of the hemp plant synergistically work together to produce a greater benefit because all of the different compounds amplify each other’s chemistry. The end result is a more effective product for the user. We prefer oils that are full-spectrum, organic, safely extracted, no additives, artificial sweeteners or flavors, and third party tested for content verification.
LIFE IN BALANCE
More and more frequently, people are adding hemp oil into their daily wellness practice. The days of demonizing this plant are behind us. We can now get back to appreciating the benefits of hemp like humans have for thousands of years. Hemp oil is a fantastic wellness tool. Diminishing one’s experience of pain, anxiety, inflammation and depression goes a long way in improving our overall quality of life. Hemp oil helps to restore internal stability, equilibrium, and BALANCE! If you would like to learn more about the therapeutic, full spectrum Hemp Oil products we offer at Glow Essentials, click here for more information.