The Farm Bill of 2018 legalized hemp at the federal level, so here are 7 benefits of hemp you didn’t know about to boot.
Unknown to many people, hemp has numerous benefits that are yet to be exploited therapeutically. Well, with all the years of prohibition this comes as no surprise. But now that we have the green light there is no better time to tap into the therapeutic potential of this herb.
What Is Hemp?
Hemp is a plant from the cannabis sativa species. It is widely used globally as an industrial crop; a source of fuel. Hemp seeds have a high fiber content that endears them as healing agents. Hemp oil is also highly nutritious and packed with cannabidiol. Hemp has many uses both as an industrial product as well as a medicinal compound.
Hemp Versus Marijuana
Many people assume that hemp is the same thing as marijuana. This cannot be further from the truth. While both of them originate from the cannabis sativa species, they vary in the amount of THC present in each.
Generally, marijuana has high amounts of THC and low amounts of CBD. Hemp, on the other hand, has high CBD and low THC. Because of this major difference, marijuana causes psychoactive effects while hemp does not.
Is Hemp Legal?
The 2018 Farm Bill reclassified hemp as an agricultural product, this legalized hemp at a federal level in the US. Hemp has also been legalized in the UK for medicinal purposes. Following this, anyone can grow, use, or distribute hemp in the US without fear of reprimand.
Is Hemp A Drug?
In the US, hemp is not recognized as a drug. However, hemp-derived CBD has been approved for the treatment of several medical conditions. A synthetic form of CBD (Epidiolex) was legalized in 2018 for the treatment of intractable childhood seizures. Therefore, the therapeutic benefits of hemp-derived CBD are acknowledged at a federal level.
Health Benefits of Hemp Seeds
1. Hemp seeds protect the heart
Heart disease is among the leading causes of death in the US. Improving heart health and reducing the risk of heart disease should be a priority.
Hemp seeds contain high amounts of an amino acid that is linked to reduced inflammation in the heart. Inflammation is at the root of heart disease and therefore consuming hemp seeds help to lower the risk for heart disease.
2. Hemp seeds replenish the skin
If you are worried about subtle changes in your skin related to aging, then hemp seeds could be your saving grace. Hemp seeds are packed with omega oils that replenish the health of the skin. They may be used to fight inflammation on the skin in conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.
Eating hemp seeds regularly will restore vibrancy and youthfulness to the skin.
3. Hemp seeds reduce symptoms of PMS
Hemp seeds are packed with gamma-linolenic acid that regulates hormonal imbalances. Chewing on hemp seeds may help to reduce severe PMS symptoms such as pain, anxiety, and low spirits.
4. Hemp seeds improve digestion
Hemp seeds have super high amounts of fiber. As you may know, fiber adds to the bulk of food making the process of digestion easier. Fiber adds nutrients for beneficial bacteria to act on. This reduces sugar spikes and is associated with a decreased risk for diabetes. However, you need to ensure that the hemp seeds have not been de-hulled; this reduces the amount of fiber in the seeds.
5. Hemp for weight loss
The number of overweight and obese people appears to be on the rise globally. Being overweight predisposes one to chronic diseases such as cardiovascular diseases and diabetes.
Hemp, being loaded with fiber, promotes satiety. This, in turn, limits nutrient intake and reduces the chances of overweight and obesity. For those needing to shed some weight, incorporating a few tablespoons of hemp seeds into your breakfast routine may help you achieve this.
6. Hemp protects the brain
Hemp seeds have antioxidant properties due to the high CBD content. Some studies have shown that CBD has neuroprotective properties. The combination of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties in the brain helps to protect brain cells. Patients suffering from Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer's, and Multiple Sclerosis may benefit from eating hemp seeds.
7. Hemp is good for arthritis
CBD in hemp is useful in relieving symptoms of arthritis, as studies have shown. This includes pain, inflammation and restoring mobility in affected limbs.
Since legalization, there has been a lot of interest in the potential benefits of hemp. Science is only beginning to catch up with the different uses and applications of this cannabis sativa derivative. Even as we wait for science to point clear direction in this area, these 7 benefits of hemp you didn’t know about should get you excited!