An Introduction to Hemp

Hello Planet,

I am Yogi Lebowski, and today I will introduce you to a magical plant called Hemp.

It is somewhat surprising that I have to introduce you to something which has been around since the beginning of civilization. But such is life!

Let’s begin with the textbook definition. Hemp, or industrial hemp, is a variety of the Cannabis sativa plant species that is grown specifically for the industrial uses of its derived products.

Now, I see your eyes gleam with the mention of Cannabis. But hold your horses, you stoner!

Let’s get a better understanding.

What is Hemp?

Hemp is one of the most widespread ancient crops. The west has recently started to embrace the concept of CBD, hemp oil, and other hemp-derived products. We Asians, especially the Chinese and the Indians, have used hemp as an essential commodity for ages. Hemp crops were used to derive fiber for clothing, paper, furniture, and medicinal purposes. Hemp was not only cost-efficient but was also known for being a resilient crop.

Franklin D. Roosevelt was a great American president, but he fucked a lot of us. His policies resulted in a global ban on the cultivation of hemp and cannabis plants. Slowly and gradually, this became the new norm, and all traces of hemp were removed from our culture.

The only activity which survived was smoking up of cannabis plants to get intoxicated even though it was illegal.

Alcohol is far worse than cannabis, yet it is considered a status symbol while marijuana users are viewed as drug addicts. How ironic!

Contrary to popular belief, Hemp isn’t Pot, Weed, Grass, or Stuff as the stoners believe. Industrial hemp will not make you high.

Marijuana will.

Cannabis will.

Hemp is engineered for its medicinal properties and to create commercial and industrial products, including rope, textiles, clothing, shoes, food, paper, bioplastics, insulation, and biofuel. It’s not a drug that can be used for recreational purposes.

How does Hemp work as a medicine?

Hemp has lower concentrations of THC and higher concentrations of cannabidiol (CBD), decreasing or eliminating its psychoactive effects. So, yes, it won’t make you high. But the medicinal benefits are exponentially more significant than the temporary joy of getting high.

The cannabidiol compound stimulates receptors in our brains, such as serotonin and adenosine, which are the producer of happy hormones. If you consume or apply a hemp product, you will have better mood and control over your central nervous system.

Ideally, most of us run in an auto-pilot mode wherein our brains react to the situation at hand. We barely take well thought decisions. This is the sole reason for such poor quality of life in modern times. Hemp and its products can support a better mood and a stable mind giving way to a healthy lifestyle. Countless research studies point out the same.

Hemp products can also suppress the brain’s perception of pain. It means a hemp balm or hemp oil can reduce your pain without any side effects. That’s a significant win for people with an active lifestyle and the elderly. 

If you work out, you can increase your intensity without worrying about muscle wear and tear.

If you have arthritis, back pain, neck pain, or spondylitis, hemp has proven to help. 

What is CBD?

CBD, a compound found in hemp, has been found effective in reducing stress, pain, and anxiety. It can also uplift your mood. Many users report that a small dosage intake of CBD makes them feel more alert and focused.

Though no noteworthy agency has recognized CBD as a medically beneficial compound, research indicates numerous beneficial uses. Many Indian manufacturers prepare local products such as balms and creams, which are effective in reducing soreness and swelling due to physical injury.

The side effects of CBD are minute and only extend to fatigue and gastrointestinal discomfort that too only initially when your body is getting used to the substance. Neither will CBD make you high, nor will it impact your decision making in any manner. However, pregnant females and breastfeeding mothers should keep their hands off cannabidiol. 

Benefits of CBD

CBD is gaining momentum in the health and wellness world. Recent scientific studies confirm CBD’s effectiveness in treating conditions like chronic pain and anxiety. Below is the list of 3 unique benefits offered by CBD backed by scientific data 

CBD reduces Pain

Marijuana has been known to treat pain since 2900 B.C. Recently, scientists have established that some components of cannabis, including CBD, are responsible for its pain-relieving effects.

Our human bodies include a specialized system called the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which controls functions including sleep, appetite, pain, and immune system response. Studies indicate CBD can diminish chronic pain by influencing endocannabinoid receptor activity, reducing inflammation and interacting with neurotransmitters. CBD is also effective in managing Arthritis pain.

CBD helps with Anxiety and Depression

Anxiety and depression are prevalent mental health disorders that have disastrous impacts on physical health and mental well-being.

If you visit a doctor, they will prescribe pills to treat anxiety and depression, which can cause severe side effects, including headache, drowsiness, agitation, insomnia, and sexual dysfunction. Some medications, like benzodiazepines, are highly addictive and can further lead to substance abuse disorders.

CBD oil appears to be an effective treatment for both anxiety and depression using a safer, natural approach. Medical studies indicate that CBD not only reduces anxiety but also boosts cognitive abilities.

CBD oil also helps with basic sleep issues and chronic insomnia. A research study showed reduced nightmares in sexually abused children when given low doses of CBD. CBD also helps deal with PTSD.

CBD antidepressant effects are because of its ability to act on the brain’s serotonin receptors responsible for regulating mood and social behavior.

CBD helps with Cancer-related symptoms

CBD is effective in reducing cancer-related symptoms and side effects associated with cancer treatment, like vomiting, nausea, and pain.

Nausea and vomiting are common chemotherapy-related side effects among cancer patients. Pharmaceutical drugs help with these symptoms; however, they are mostly ineffective, driving people to explore alternatives.

A medical group study of patients enduring chemotherapy found that CBD effectively diminished chemotherapy-related nausea and vomiting. Other test-tube and animal studies have revealed that CBD contains anti-cancer properties and can inhibit breast cancer cells. Research is ongoing for more credible evidence.

Conclusion

Hemp products have been investigated for their possible role in treating many common health issues, including anxiety, depression, acne, and heart disease. For those with cancer, it provides a natural alternative for pain and symptom relief.

Research on various health benefits of CBD oil is ongoing, which will reveal more benefits. In the coming weeks, we will make you familiar with hemp product manufacturers in India and give product reviews.

What are your thoughts about Hemp?