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What is Hemp oil, benefits of hemp oil and how it can help you?

Updated: Jun 7, 2020

Is it worth the hype?

More people than ever before are shifting their opinions about health and medical wellness. CBD is all over the news media and I bet you are wondering what this oil is all about. This article will help you to understand what CBD is and how it can affect the body. As a medical professional that has treated patients for years suffering from pain and cancer, I will say that no one thing is a magic pill or oil that cures everything. If someone tells you that then you should run for the hills. However, I have seen the benefits first hand in my own personal life and with patients. It is important for you to understand why and how it works.

What is Hemp oil (CBD oil)?

Hemp plants contain over 140 naturally occurring, active compounds called cannabinoids. Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the many cannabinoids found in the marijuana and industrial hemp plant.  Unlike its close relative, THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), CBD is completely non-psychoactive. This allows us to benefit from the many health properties of the Cannabis plant without the negative side effects of “getting high.” Because of this, CBD became a very popular option for those seeking a natural alternative for certain conditions.

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The history behind Hemp and CBD

Dating back to the ancient civilizations, it was some of the first people on earth who discovered and identified the differences between hemp and began using cannabidiol for various purposes. Archaeologists believe the plant species “Cannabis Sativa,” dates back 10,000 years ago and was likely one of the first crops planted by early man. These people also identified that hemp seeds have high levels of protein, vitamins, and essential fatty amino acids. During this period, hemp seeds were used so frequently that they became essential to human civilization. Hemp has long been grown for a variety of purposes: its seeds can be used to produce food and cosmetics, and its stalks are found in products ranging from construction materials to clothing to biofuels.

As one of the many useful compounds in the hemp plant, CBD has been used to treat ailments for millennia. However, the individual compounds in cannabis remained unidentified until Dr. Raphael Mechoulam revealed the structure of THC and CBD in the early 1960s. In the 1980s, President Ronald Reagan poured tens of millions of dollars into a study to prove that cannabis damages the human brain. But rather than showing how cannabis harms the brain, the Reagan administration ended up subsidizing a series of studies that culminated in the discovery of the endocannabinoid system, expanding our understanding of how cannabinoids interact with the human body. Due to the role of endocannabinoids in this system, the system was officially named the Endocannabinoid System (ECS).

Endocannabinoid System

The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a network of messengers and receptors that regulate the way your body communicates with the brain. The messengers called cannabinoids to bind to the receptors located throughout your body. Cannabinoids are found in three different forms which include endocannabinoids ( produced in the body), phytocannabinoids (produced by the hemp plant), and pharmaceutical cannabinoids ( produced by man). There are also two key endocannabinoids in your body called 2-AG and anandamide. Anandamide is nicknamed the “bliss molecule,” because studies believe it, aidx;, in modulating mood, memory, appetite, fertility, and is even believed to halt the proliferation of cancer cells.  2-AG is believed to regulate sleep, immunity, pain, and appetite. Although your body makes your own endocannabinoids as needed, they can be broken down very quickly by enzymes.

That's where CBD comes into play.... it helps prevent the breakdowns of these helpful molecules. Much like a daily vitamin, CBD, one of the many cannabinoids found in the hemp plant, supplements the Endocannabinoid System, which plays a vital role in optimal daily life. When the ECS is in balance, one experiences homeostasis.

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