The Benefits of Hemp Oil

The Benefits of Hemp Oil
People have used different types of oil as a natural medicinal treatment for thousands of years. It is well known that oil has a variety of uses in cosmetics and in food, offering many nutrients and other positive properties. Cannabis has various benefits for our health as well, so the combination of hemp and oil can have even more impact on our bodies. The therapeutic effect of hemp oil has even been confirmed by modern clinical studies. Scientists have identified a lot of its healing effects and a whole list of diseases and ailments in which the use of cannabis oil is not only advisable, but completely necessary. Hemp oil contains the maximum amount of unsaturated fatty acids, compared with other known oils. Hemp oil contains vitamins – A, B1, B2, B6, E, K, O. It also contains various trace elements and amino acids. Recent studies have shown that the oil contains carotene, chlorophyll and tannins in sufficient quantities. Chlorophyll itself is a substance with anti-tumor properties. There are several types of cannabis oils, such as CBD and hemp oil. CBD oil is derived from the Cannabis sativa plant and is known scientifically as cannabidiol. CBD is one of 120 known chemical compounds embedded in marijuana plants. The main difference is that CBD oil contains Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the primary psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis. Today, some drugs stores offer hemp oil tincture for purchase.

How do I Make it?

In order to make hemp oil at home, stir fry the hemp seeds on a low heat, stirring regularly, until they start to burst. This stage requires close attention – if you overcook the seeds, the oil will turn out with a bitter aftertaste.

What Health Benefits Does Hemp Oil Offer?

Treatment of Oncological Diseases

You can use hemp oil in the complex therapy of cancer patients to reduce the side effects of chemotherapy. Because it contains THC, hemp oil can be used as a potential cure for brain cancer. Laboratory studies conducted in 2008 by a team of scientists from Spain, France, and Italy showed that THC causes the death of human glioma cells by provoking their autophagy (self-eating). The study showed that using the same biochemical processes, THC can destroy various types of cancer. It has also been proven that cannabinoids can use different mechanisms, inhibiting cell growth, causing their death and prohibiting the spread of metastases. Interestingly, cannabinoids do not affect healthy cells and can even protect them from cell death. The effect of THC on the malignant cells comes from the real-life experience of people who have successfully defeated cancer with cannabis products. This includes patients who completely cured skin cancer by simply spreading oil on the affected areas, as well as others who recovered from a severe head injury using hemp oil.

Cardiovascular System Health

Hemp oil contains Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, and in an optimally useful ratio, and phytosterols. Hemp oil has a hypocholesterolemic effect, i.e. reduces the level of harmful cholesterol in the blood and helps cleanse the blood vessels of cholesterol plaques.

Blood Health

Hemp oil contains chlorophyll, iron, zinc, which are directly involved in the synthesis of blood cells. This product is recommended to include in the diet of patients with anemia.

Respiratory and Digestive Health

The use of hemp oil in effective in the complex therapy of respiratory and asthmatic infections of the upper and lower respiratory tract. Regular consumption of hemp oil in food has a beneficial effect on the digestive tract as a whole. It has a light analgesic, sedative, wound healing and anti-inflammatory action.

Musculoskeletal Health

Hemp oil has an anti-inflammatory, soothing, mild analgesic effect.

Healthy Skin, Hair, and Nails

Studies have shown that regular use of hemp oil (2 tablespoons daily before meals) has a positive impact. After 2-3 weeks you will begin to see healthy, soft skin and strong nails. Your hair will also delight you with a healthy shine and fast growth. Hemp oil moisturizes the skin well without clogging pores. It has the highest penetrating ability, therefore it is an ideal oil for massage. Natural antioxidants, like those found in hemp oil, prevent premature aging of the skin. Essential fatty acids contribute to healthy and supple skin, hair, and nails. They supply every cell of the skin with oxygen, clean the arteries, strengthen the immune system, and prevent viruses and other threats to the immune system. Fatty acids can only be obtained from outside sources, as they are not produced by the body. Hemp oil quickly restores the broken lipid barrier, thereby soothing dry, flaky and irritated skin. It has an anti-inflammatory effect on the skin, clearing redness and swelling. One of its components, alpha-linolenic acid, gives it a high regenerating properties, helping to limit the loss of moisture from the skin surface. A recent Canadian study has shown that it has a wide range of ultraviolet protection for the skin, has a regenerating effect on the skin already affected by the sun, and also contributes to the restoration of muscles damaged after exercise.

Hemp Oil in Food

Hemp oil is a vegetable-origin fat obtained by hot pressing or cold pressing from hemp seeds. Historically, over time, it has been completely replaced by sunflower oil, and then olive oil, but recently manufacturers have introduced high-quality hemp oil to the market. It has a light green tint, delicate, pleasant aroma and slightly sour taste. Hemp seeds are used for cooking hemp porridge, as well as additives to other cereals. There are also some recipes for fried hemp seeds. The taste of the seeds is very bright and nutty. Therefore, before cooking, they are soaked and then boiled. You can also pass the seeds through a meat grinder or blender. You can also cook hemp milk, or even hemp cookies or hemp caramel.

Obesity and Healthy Weight

The balanced content of polyunsaturated fatty acids in hemp oil contributes to the treatment and prevention of diseases of the cardiovascular and nervous system and obesity. Working in conjunction with THC, CBD limits some of the effects of tetrahydrocannabinol on the body. Using data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Adolescent Health polls, researchers found that women who consume cannabis daily have a BMI by an average of 3.1% lower than non-consuming women. For men, the difference is slightly smaller, about 2.7%, but still in favor of cannabis users. Researchers believe that their findings may help eliminate stereotypes associated with marijuana and increased appetite. The 2013 papers published in the American Journal of Medicine have shown that cannabis inhibits the growth of fat deposits, changing the rate of insulin production in the body and speeding up metabolic functions, as in a well -established mechanism. Even earlier studies in 2011 also showed a positive relationship between cannabis use and lower weight.

How to Choose

The color of hemp oil can vary from light yellow to dark saturated green (which indicates a high content of chlorophyll). Its’ taste is neutral, with nutty notes. Something to keep in mind is that the lower the spin temperature, the greater the benefit.

How to Store

It is also important to properly store hemp oil as it can lose its healthy properties if it is not kept correctly. To preserve the nutritional properties, it should be kept in the refrigerator, in a bottle of dark glass, with a tight-fitting lid. Photo Credit: The Complete Herbal Guide

How Cannabidiol (CBD) Works for Treating Anxiety

How Cannabidiol (CBD) Works for Treating Anxiety

If you suffer from anxiety then maybe CBD can help you treat these stress responses. Cannabidiol has been shown to reduce the anxiety induced by simulated public speaking in this 2011 study.

In 2016, CBD was Googled more than THC and has been growing since. In a recent survey, Quartz asked 2,000 Americans about their use and perceptions of CBD. While 86% of people surveyed had heard of CBD, only less than 20% had tried it, and less than 7% admitted to using it regularly.

Why People Are Taking CBD

Of those surveyed by Quartz, 22% said they used CBD socially, 55% of those who tried CBD said they ‘used it to relax’ and another 50% said they were looking for stress and anxiety relief. See Chart below:

The Reasons US Adults Say They Tried CBD Cannabidol

Anxiety-Related disorders affect 18% of adults in the United States age 18 and older. Pharmaceutical companies answer to anxiety is SSRIs (Prozac and Zoloft) and tranquilizers (Valium and Xanax).

If you are prescribed one of the numerous drugs to treat anxiety like one of the many selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) with little success, then it might be time to give Cannabis and more specifically Cannabidiol or CBD a shot.

There is a large subset of people suffering from anxiety that see no relief from these drugs, can’t handle the side effects, or do not want to take due to these drugs highly addictive nature. In recent years, CBD has shown evidence that it has a powerful impact on anti-anxiety properties.

Cannabidiol appears to be well tolerated by users and safe to use making CBD an alternative to other drugs used to treat anxiety and depression.

CBD May Be Beneficial in Treating These Anxiety-Related Disorders

  • Panic disorder
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Social phobia
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
  • Mild to moderate depression
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

How Does CBD Work?

While most research currently on CBD is preclinical and based on animal studies, CBD exerts several actions in the brain that may explain why it could be useful in treating anxiety.

5-HT1A is a subtype of the serotonin receptor. It matters because anxiety and depression are treated with SSRIs like Prozac or Zoloft. These serotonin reuptake inhibitors work by blocking reabsorption of serotonin in the brain, which increases the availability of serotonin in the synaptic space.

CBD can reduce anxiety and boost mood in certain cases by helping the brain to transmit more serotonin signals. However, this is not fully understood about why.

CBD may act similar to SSRIs by boosting signaling through serotonin receptors. Spanish researchers found that CBD enhances 5-HT1A transmission in this 2016 study.

They published that “Our results demonstrate that CBD exerts fast and maintained antidepressant-like effects as evidenced by the reversal of the OBX-induced hyperactivity and anhedonia.”

Their findings indicate that CBD could represent a novel fast antidepressant drug by enhancing both serotonergic and glutamate cortical signaling through a 5-HT1A receptor.

How Does CBD Help Reduce Anxiety?

Patients afflicted with generalized social anxiety reported a significant decrease in anxiety that was supported by brain scans showing blood flow in the brain in patterns consistent with the anti-anxiety effect. This study 2011 study also showed reduced ECD uptake in the left parahippocampal gyrus, hippocampus, and inferior temporal gyrus.

“This suggests that CBD reduces anxiety in SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) and that this is related to its effects on activity in limbic and paralimbic brain areas.” – Department of Neuroscience and Behavior, School fo Medicine of Ribeirao, University of San Paulo

Should I Use CBD to Treat Anxiety?

While human studies are starting to validate CBD’s efficacy as an anti-anxiety treatment more research is needed to examine the long-term effects of CBD.

CBD has so much potential due to its demonstrated efficacy and highly favorable safety profile, especially when compared to currently available anti-anxiety drugs, which make it a safe addition if not replacement to currently available pharmaceuticals.