Hemp is one of the most beneficial plants in the world. It has more benefits than we know about at present. We’ve only skimmed the surface of the miraculous powers of this plant. If there ever was a such thing as a miracle plant, hemp would be it. We know that it has analgesic properties, among several other nutritional benefits, but science is still uncovering more benefits each and every year.
I’m blown away by the benefits of hemp. If you’ve never heard of this plant, hold on to your seat as you read this piece. You wouldn’t want to get blown away without bracing yourself.
The oil presses from the seeds make one of the best skin moisturizers in the world. Most skin moisturizers are pseudo-moisturizers, merely coating your skin with a layer of oil to make it feel softer. Hemp seed oil actually penetrates your skin to deliver moisture to places that ordinary lotion can’t reach. It helps your skin at a cellular level, helping your cells to develop in a healthier environment.
If you have dry skin, you should think about using some form of hemp oil. Many people with sensitive dry skin, psoriasis, and eczema have found it to be very beneficial.
For this benefit, people consume hemp seed oil or the actual seeds. The seeds have an omega-6 fatty acid known as GLA. GLA is short for gamma-linolenic acid and it is really good for you. It helps to keep your brain operating at high levels and your hormones balanced. GLA also plays a role in reducing inflammation which is a nice added benefit (1). Most of us have some inflammation throughout our body that causes some irritation.
The number one cause of death in America is heart disease, claiming over 500,000 deaths a year (2). Over the course of two years, we’ll lose more than a million of our loved ones, family members, friends, fathers, mothers, daughters, brothers, grandmas, and grandpas. It’s easy to look at numbers, but when you think about how important each person is to their family, it’s really sad. We’re in desperate need of supplements that can help us reduce the number of cardiovascular-related deaths.
Hemp won’t fix the problem by itself, but it’s a start. If it could shrink that number at all, it’s a step in the right direction. It has several components that promote heathy heart function, including fiber, protein, and essential fatty acids. These components can help lower your blood pressure and reduce your bad cholesterol numbers.
When CBD is extracted from hemp, it can have powerful pain relief properties. Studies have proven that it has a strong anti-inflammatory effect on patients (3). It has been used to treat some hard to reach pain points in patients who have various kinds of ailments. More studies are needed to evaluate the efficacy of CBD before it becomes a household name, but a swelling number of people swear by its effects.
Methods of Supplementation
There are several different ways people are consuming CBD. The most popular form is through sublingually administered mediums. People use tincture or pure CBD oil and put it under their tongue. If you’re considering trying CBD, this is a good place to start.
Another popular way to supplement is through capsules. Capsules are nice because you don’t have to measure a precise serving. It’s already measured for you. If you have RA or a condition that makes it hard to execute fine motor movements, this could be an ideal method of supplementation.
One of my favorite CBD supplements is a powder called CBD isolate. This is one of my favorites because it has zero THC. I can get a little paranoid about THC since you never know when you will have to take a drug test. Most tests have room for error, so the trace levels of THC in hemp products won’t cause a positive. If the test is a zero tolerance test, than it could show a positive result. I can be considered conservative with my lifestyle, which is why I opt to use zero THC CBD isolate a lot. With isolate, you won’t get the full cannabinoid profile, but you will still feel the effects. Some say it’s more bioavailable to your body since the CBD is broken down into nanoparticles.