There is an ongoing debate about the cannabis plant, particularly on its medical benefits. While some are wary of its use, the research is emerging that it does have the potential for healthcare. There are some studies that show that cannabidiol (CBD), a non-psychoactive compound from the cannabis plant, can help people suffering from certain ailments.
Hemp is a kind of cannabis plant and contains the highest levels of CBD for medical purposes. Because of its chemical components, including its high CBD content, there are many people who believe in the benefits of hemp extract.
What is Hemp?
Hemp has been cultivated for thousands of years, first grown in Asia as a food source. Other ancient cultures made use of hemp products in everyday life. It was used to create clothing, medicine, and even pottery.
While history proves the usefulness of hemp, modern times has introduced it to the controversy that stems from being associated with marijuana. Both hemp and marijuana are cannabis plants.
However, there are plenty of differences between the two plants. Hemp has low levels of THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, the chemical compound that has mind-altering effects. The opposite is true for marijuana, which has high levels of THC.
As a result, marijuana is psychoactive while hemp is not. In terms of application, hemp and marijuana are also quite different. Marijuana is primarily grown for medicinal or recreational reasons. Hemp is used for a wider variety of products.
Hemp contains gamma-linolenic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid. This fatty substance is converted by the body into a hormone called prostaglandin. Prostaglandin is different from other hormones because they are not produced by certain glands. Instead, they are a result of a chemical reaction. Their function depends on where they are produced. In the female reproductive system, they regulate the production of hormones.
A deficiency in gamma-linolenic can set off a chain reaction. If there is not enough gamma-linolenic acid, there is not enough omega-6. Without these substances, there is a risk of a hormonal imbalance. Hemp oil can help supply this deficiency.
There are indications that the CBD found in hemp extract can help manage chronic pain, especially if it is caused by the nerves. There are some studies that show that CBD can suppress persistent inflammation and pain without developing an analgesic tolerance.
There are anecdotal reports, supported by early scientific research, that hemp extract can help with mental illnesses such as anxiety and depression. CBD is believed to have an energizing effect in small doses. People who take them can experience feeling more active and able to concentrate. It is thought to work by stimulating the serotonergic and glutamate cortical signaling.
Clinical trials have been done to determine the effect of CBD on addictive substances like nicotine. In one study, the use of CBD reduced smoking cigarettes by 40%. A possible explanation is that CBD can reduce the body’s reaction to addiction triggers. There are also indications that it reduces the feeling of satisfaction from using the addictive substance.