May the team point out, putting hemp oil in a juice or smoothie 3 or 4 times a week is a great idea, a tablespoon added to your regular juices will be so beneficial to you both inside and out.
What is Hemp Oil?
Hemp oil or hempseed oil is obtained by pressing hemp seeds. Cold pressed, unrefined hemp oil can be dark to light green in colour, clear and with a nutty flavour. The darker, the grassier in flavour. Hemp has had a long-standing relationship with humanity; modern science reveals that it contains all the essential amino acids and essential fatty acids necessary for human life, as well as a rare protein known as globule edestins that is very similar to the globulin found in human blood plasma. Hemp seeds contain the most balanced and richest natural single source of essential oils for human consumption. Research has shown that this nutritional oil was once a part of worldwide dietary intake, as it was one of the first cultivated crops. All natural foods contain some substances, which are essential to life. Oils for example, found in nuts and seeds, contain significantly higher amounts of essential fatty acids than other foods.
More Benefits of Hemp Oil
- Use directly on the skin to treat cracked, dry skin
- Similar to coconut oil it helps relieve hair loss
- helps to thicken hair
- relieves dandruff and flaky scalps
- Can help to strengthen hair
- A good massage with hemp oil products can improve blood circulation in the head and the brain
- Hemp oil is an abundant source of alpha-linolenic acid. What IS Alpha-linolenic acid ( I hear you cry) It is an fantastic source of healthy omega-3 fatty acid which is essential to achieve proper organ function!!! It is similar to the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil, and can help prevent heart disease, arthritis and depression, according to the University of Maryland Medical Centre. It can also help reduce low density lipoprotein cholesterol, the “bad” cholesterol that clogs arteries.
- Hemp oil is also rich in “super” polyunsaturated fatty acids,(Polyunsaturated fats are lipids in which the constituent hydrocarbon chain possesses two or more carbon–carbon – double bonds) Although these are not essential fatty acids, they may help reduce the symptoms of atopic dermatitis and other skin conditions ( which have been talked about in previous blogs). However, the amount of these non-essential fatty acids varies according to the quality of the hemp plant the acids were derived from.
- 9. Hemp is 25% protein!!
- 10. Helps with blood flow. So do not use if you are on blood thinning medication
- 11. It can help with your weight loss. It can be a completely natural and balanced way to support long-term weight loss, improve muscle tone, reduce cravings and speed up fat loss! It can be used ina dietry programme, to maintain good health
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Since hemp oil is natural, it is used as a moisturising oil which can be applied after a shower or a bath. When you massage your body with it, it nourishes the skin and increases the blood circulation.
Hemp oil is used in cooking as well, though it is not suitable for high heat cooking. Along with giving a slightly nutty and crispy taste to food, it can be the perfect salad oil just in case you’re out of olive oil.
Another application of hemp oil is its use as biodiesel in the same manner like other vegetable oils. It is a safe replacement for petroleum as it is non-toxic and doesn’t harm the environment.
Almost all the forms of plastics can be made by using hemp oil instead of using petroleum as a base. As those made from petroleum, release harmful chemicals while decomposition, but those from hemp oil, don’t.
Cannaboids is a blanket term covering a family of complex chemicals that lock onto cannaboid receptors. There are two types of cannaboids receptors in the body, CB1 and CB2. Found in different locations in the body. CB1 is found in our nervous system, including some parts of the brain and CB2 is found in our immune system. So CB1 is thought to be the chemical that gets you ‘high’ and CB2 is thought to help replenish our immune system. But a lesser known chemical is found in maijuana, GPR of which the main type is GPR55 and this little beauty is being researched in the fight against cancer. PLUS, in the past few decades scientists are studying whether cannaboids and endocannaboids are involved in help reduce pain and increase memory! Along with its affects at fighting various cancers and nerodegenerative diseases.
What is GPR55
This gene belongs to the G-protein-coupled receptor superfamily. The encoded integral membrane protein is a cannabinoid receptor. It may be involved in several physiological and pathological processes by activating a variety of signal transduction pathways.
What is CBD
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of at least 85 active cannabinoids identified in cannabis. It is a major phytocannabinoid, accounting for up to 40% of the plant’s extract. CBD is considered to have a wider scope of medical applications than tetrahydrocannabinol(THC). An orally-administered liquid containing CBD has received orphan drug status in the US, for use as a treatment for Dravet syndrome, under the brand name Epidiolex.
What is THC
So everyone knows THC, tetrahydrocannabinol. It was first discovered in 1964 in Raphael Mechoulam’s lab in Israel. And it was about the same time the Beatles were first being exposed to cannabis themselves.
THC is an extremely useful compound in cannabis but CBD is the cookie, especially when it comes to cancer fighting and helping the imune system fight disease. It’s basically a structural isomer of THC. What that means to say is THC and CBD have the same chemical composition but the atoms are just arranged just a little bit differently. In fact, there’s a ring that opens and closes. If that ring is closed it’s THC, if that ring is open it’s CBD.
It turns out, patients have reported that high-CBD and other cannabis oils work against Dravet syndrome, Doose syndrome, Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, cortical dysplasia, metachromatic leukodystrophy, CDKL5 disorder, idiopathic epilepsy, and more. What’s truly surprising about this situation is how few questions the country has asked regarding this situation, and nobody has made the connection that logically, this medicine should work on much more than epilepsy. Think about it – what are the chances that epilepsy is the only serious condition that extracts work for? Epilepsy was apparently the first thing the Stanley brothers seriously pursued, and it worked. If epilepsy was the only condition that responded in this miraculous way to cannabis therapy, the likelihood of the Stanleys striking gold on the first try is absurdly low. It makes far more sense that many diseases respond in this way, and epilepsy just happens to be one of them.
What does the American Cancer Society Say?
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Marijuana – THC and CBD
More recently, scientists reported that THC and other cannabinoids such as CBD (cannabidiol) slow growth and/or cause death in certain types of cancer cells growing in laboratory dishes. Some animal studies also suggest certain cannabinoids may slow growth and reduce spread of some forms of cancer. However, these substances have not been tested in humans to find out if they can lower cancer risk. There is no available scientific evidence from controlled studies in humans that cannabinoids can cure or treat cancer.
Cannabis Sativa is an annual plant which grows wild in warm and tropical climates throughout the world and is cultivated commercially. The leaves and buds of the plant have been used in herbal remedies for thousands of years. Scientists have identified over 70 biologically active components, called cannabinoids, in marijuana. The best known component is the chemicaldelta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, although cannabidiol (CBD) and some other active substances are now being studied
What is the history behind it?
Marijuana plants were made into fibre for rope and textiles, oil was taken from its seeds, and some cultures used it in various religious rituals. It was described in Indian and Chinese medical texts more than 3,000 years ago. It was used to treat conditions such as beriberi, constipation, gout, malaria, rheumatism, and absent-mindedness, as well as depression, insomnia, vomiting, tetanus, and coughs. In the middle ages, herbalists used it externally to help muscle and joint pain.
In the mid-1800s, the plant was mentioned as a treatment for gonorrhea and angina (chest pains related to heart disease). It was also used to treat intestinal pain, cholera, epilepsy, strychnine poisoning, bronchitis, whooping cough, and asthma. In the US and Europe, marijuana extracts were prepared and sold for medicinal use as sedatives and pain relievers, to help appetite and sexual problems. By the early 20th century, it was noted that the extracts varied in their effects. Their actions in the body varied based on where the marijuana came from, how it was prepared, and how old it was. Other medicines became available that were more predictable and easier to use.
Things were already changing in the US in 1937, when marijuana use (even by doctors) was taxed. Then Congress passed a law in 1951 that classified marijuana as a narcotic drug. In 1970, marijuana was defined in a new law, the Controlled Substances Act, as a Schedule 1 drug — a drug with no accepted medical use and with the potential for abuse. While marijuana is legal in many parts of Asia and the Middle East, it remains illegal in most Western countries.
In recent decades, marijuana has been the subject of extensive medical research using more advanced methods of testing as specific active compounds have been isolated. But its status as an illegal substance, as well as concerns about potentially harmful side effects, have hampered the process of scientific inquiry in many countries, but do the benefits outway the side effects?
We will be writing more on this amazing subject in the next few weeks….