The Benefits of Hemp Products You Should Know
Let me start by stating that hemp is not the same thing as marijuana! I say this because Hemp has received a pretty bad rep in modern times and this is due to its association with cannabis and general confusion surrounding the hemp plant.
What is Hemp?
If you are concerned about trying hemp due to its association with marijuana, bear in mind that the cannabis plant (from which it is derived) has two species.
The first species is hemp and the second species is marijuana – hemp has all the beneficial properties of cannabis but without the ‘high’ aspect associated with marijuana.
You could view it as a parent with two children. Cannabis is the parent, the wise old sage that bestows healing knowledge and learning on its kids. Hemp is one of the children, who decided to take that knowledge and use it to improve his own life as well as the lives of everyone else. Marijuana, while accepting some of the knowledge from his parent, went a little off the rails and decided to go down another path, which in some cases is volatile and unpredictable.
CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) are two common cannabinoids found in cannabis. They are compounds known to have effects on the body. Both THC and CBD exist in marijuana and hemp, but the difference is that marijuana contains much higher amounts of THC.
THC is a psychoactive compound that affects things like mood and memory and gives you the ‘high’ feeling. CBD, however, contains very tiny amounts of THC and much more CBD, which is known to help the body with feelings of well-being in a variety of areas.
What is Hemp Used For?
The truth is, hemp has been used for thousands of years for both its healing and nutritional benefits. It was one of the first plants to be cultivated by our ancestors and there is so much ancient wisdom attached to it. If you are thinking of trying hemp, as always it is important to do things in moderation and monitor your reactions. CBD can cause side effects such as a dry mouth and drowsiness – always make sure you are purchasing from a reputable seller; and if you are on medication, ensure to check with your doctor to make sure hemp is suitable for you.
What can Hemp Help With?
Below is a list of things with hemp in them, which can help with anything ranging from weight management to arthritis pain.
Shelled Hemp Seeds
Shelled hemp seeds are the seeds from the hemp plants and it is said that adding them to your diet can help keep a healthy weight. They are also an excellent source of plant-based protein and are a good source of healthy fats. Shelled hemp seeds can be drizzled over salads, soups or porridge to add extra nutritional value to your meal.
Bookmark this recipe: Breakfast donuts made with hemp seeds!
There is an increasing amount of hemp creams on the market and it is said that hemp cream can help with arthritis and chronic pain. As well as this, hemp cream also has anti-aging properties and can help smooth out fine lines, reduce dark circles, and soothe dry skin.
Did you know that CBD is also used to help with arthritis and chronic pain? Read more here.
Hemp Protein Powder
If you’re seeking a protein powder that is plant-based, hemp protein powder is a good option. It is a complete protein with plenty of minerals, fiber, heart-healthy fats, and antioxidants. It is also believed to boost metabolism and promote weight loss. Mix it up in a shake after a good workout or add to meals.
Hemp Essential Oils
Fans of essential oils may like hemp essential oil. When used in an oil burner mixed in with a carrier oil such as olive oil or jojoba oil, hemp essential oil produces active components which have anti-inflammatory properties. Hemp oil is also good for treating acne!
Many herbal teas are beneficial for the human body and hemp tea is one of them. Hemp tea may have quite a strong taste to some, but the benefits are enormous. Hemp tea can improve heart health, ease inflammation of the pancreas, relieve pain and alleviate nausea. Hemp tea can also make you feel extra relaxed and is good for anyone struggling with stress or looking to wind down after a hard day.
These are some of the benefits that this ancient and beneficial plant can provide us with. Our ancestors may have existed a long time ago, long before modern technology and the wonders we have today, but they possessed a wisdom that sadly is lost among much of society today.
Hemp’s properties have been recorded since ancient times and there is no reason why this ageless plant should not provide us with the same benefits. So if you’re looking to give it a go, try one or more of the items listed above and see where this extraordinary little plant takes you.