CBD is a nickname for cannabinoids which are various products of the plant Cannabis sativa. Out of these various derivatives of cannabis Sativa, hemp is the seed and fiber part of this plant. It is an incredibly valuable part of this plant and that’s why it is often called “cash crop” as it helps in treating numerous conditions including inflammation, pain, anxiety, epilepsy and even in cancer.
If you are new to the Hemp industry then there will be a number of questions in your mind like:
- What is this hemp?
- How does it work?
- What are the benefits of this cash crop?
- And is there any side effect of it?
In this article, an introduction to Hemp will be given. As mentioned earlier, hemp is the seed and fiber part of the plant Cannabis sativa. Hemp is sometimes confused with the cannabis from which marijuana is derived as both have the same psychotic substance tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which gets you high, but the concentration of THC in hemp is far less than in marijuana.
How does it work?
It works through the ECS system. In the body, hemp molecules interact with different kinds of receptors depending on the site and situation such as TRPV channels, 5HT1A, G coupled protein receptors, CB1 and CB2. But the main pathway through its work is mainly Endocannabinoid (ECS) system (MK McKinney BF Cravatte). This system also comprises of receptors that are found in the brain and in various parts of the body including skin, bones, GIT and other organs. This is an interesting as well as an important system which virtually communicates with almost all parts of the body to maintain a normal state of the body which is also called Homeostasis. In advance research it has been confirmed that Endocannabinoid (ECS) system is a central constituent of health; it is that system which becomes active in almost all diseases to some extent. Hemp particles attach on the ECS just as a chemical or a molecule binds to its receptor and after this receptor-molecule combination, a spark generates which leads to the cause of action potential, giving rise to its various functions related to site and situation (Bennett). Researches have shown that it is not that harmful as it is assumed.
What are the benefits of this cash crop?
Daily Skin Care Regime
Hemp seeds contain a high (30–38%) concentration of fatty acids and are also rich in amino acids, vitamins, and fiber, which makes hemp oil a very good component for skin that is prone to dryness. In addition, it absorbs pretty quickly. If we talk about cannabidiol itself, it was found that it can regulate the production of sebum and has an anti-inflammatory effect. Later scientific publications confirm this: the authors of the study used a cream with a 3% concentration of HEMP on an acne focus group. According to the test results, the respondents observed a significant slowdown in the production of sebum and a decrease in the number of inflammation and redness on the side of the face on which they applied the cream. Now cosmetologists predict this component even more popular in the future.
Acne is a condition which happens due to overworking sebaceous glands and inflammation. Therefore it can also be used in acne as confirmed in a study (2014) published by the Journal of Clinical Investigation sue to its anti-inflammatory disease.
Natural pain relief and anti-inflammatory properties
For pain and its relative stiffness, people tend to use a big amount of different drugs but researchers believe that hemp can do this analgesic work way better than normal drugs. When a study is done on the analgesic effects of hemp, it is found that that hemp not only reduced acute but also the chronic pain in mice and rats. Therefore, researchers are hopeful that hemp can be a new treatment for the conditions of chronic or prolonged pain.
Beside this, hemp oil and other products have been significantly beneficial in conditions like Arthritis, Cardiovascular diseases, Diabetes and anxiety disorders.
Is there any side effect of it?
Till now there is not any major side effect reported about CBD and hemp products. They act like natural substances of the human body and therefore cause less to no harmful effects as compared to conventional medications. But studies are done on the action of hemp and cannabinoids to understand these substances.
After the legalization of marijuana, HEMP industry is sky-rocketing and providing various forms (like HEMP oil, tablets etc.) to help in treat a number of conditions. And as studies are done on these marijuana derivatives, it can be a substitute for conventional synthetic drugs.
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- “Hemp | Description & Uses.” Encyclopedia Britannica, www.britannica.com/plant/hemp.
- “What is Hemp?” Ministry of Hemp, ministryofhemp.com/hemp/.