Hemp is a renewable resource that can be used to produce nutritional supplements, food, and thousands of products. The plant’s chemical and nutritional make-up and its environmentally friendly properties allow it to serve as a means of healing for both the planet and us.
Hemp is grown in countries all over the world for food, oil and fiber. Known for its sustainability, myriad processing applications, cannabinoid content and unique nutritional profile, hemp has the capability to provide healing effects for planet Earth and us.
However, hemp must be imported into the United States for commercial uses. In the U.S., over 30 states have passed laws to conduct hemp pilot projects, but are limited to growing the crop for purposes of research and development. A bill that would remove all federal restrictions on cultivating industrial hemp and reclassify it under the Controlled Substances Act was introduced in the House and Senate in January 2015, but since then has remained stagnant. If the federal prohibition of hemp were to be finally repealed, the natural health and environmental benefits of the incredible crop would be free to improve the health of the country.
Here are just some of the healing properties and effects of hemp:
- excellent source of nutrition, containing protein, antioxidants, healthy fats, and nutrients
- supports the health of skin
- promotes homeostasis and balance
- therapeutically beneficial for several conditions, including pain, spasms and seizures
- absorbs atmospheric CO2 to help combat climate change
- protects forests from unnecessary destruction
Hemp and your Body: Restoring Homeostasis
The cannabinoids and nutrients found in hemp give the plant and its components healing properties to encourage health. Hemp contains little to no tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main compound found in marijuana that gets you high, making it a safer and less controversial nutritional tool that still offers significant health benefits.
Hemp can help heal the body in a number of ways:
Interacting with the Endocannabinoid System to Encourage Homeostasis
The body’s endocannabinoid system is responsible for regulating several processes, including immune and central nervous systems function, mood, and sleep. Research suggests that “endocannabinoid deficiency syndrome” (when the body doesn’t generate enough endocannabinoids) can lead to serious health conditions like fibromyalgia, migraines, autoimmune disorders, irritable bowel syndrome, and other conditions. Hemp contains cannabinoids like cannabidiol (CBD), which have been shown to interact with the receptors of the endocannabinoid system and effectively assist in the treatment of conditions related to endocannabinoid deficiency.