The hemp plant, also called “weisswort,” is a tall, aromatic, perennial herb. The slender, canelike stems are fleshy, thin, erect, and hollow with a long-pointed tip. The leaves are dark green, usually leathery with palmate texture and flower ranging in color from white to yellow. The flowers are normally small, greenish-yellow and have seed-bearing flowers.
In the United States, hemp is used for manufacturing several products. The major product, which has become the most popular, is the seed oil. This oil, extracted from the seeds, has several health benefits. It is particularly useful as an anti-inflammatory; it contains fatty acids and thc that may help reduce the symptoms of arthritis, eczema, psoriasis, and various other skin diseases.
Other uses of hempseed oil are to treat serious illnesses such as HIV, arthritis, cancer, and inflammation, and to lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Research indicates that it is rich in antioxidants, which can help lower LDL or “bad” cholesterol levels and increase HDL or “good” cholesterol levels. Some research even suggests that it may lower blood pressure. Other studies have shown that it may help prevent diabetes and heart disease.
The seeds contain a high amount of protein. Some research indicates that hemp hearts have up to twice the amount of protein of conventional dairy cows. Hemp is a complete protein; it contains no fats, carbohydrates, cholesterol, or lactose. In addition, there are no trans-fats or saturated fats. Most of the protein is found in the hemp oil.
Hemp is a great source of vitamin A, which could help those who are prone to cataracts, macular degeneration, and other eye problems. It contains fatty acids that are essential for cell membranes to function. The seeds contain fibre, which is another necessary component for cell membranes to function properly. Hemp is high in potassium, magnesium, and selenium, and low in sodium, sugar, cholesterol, and phytosterols. When consumed regularly, it can help reduce cholesterol levels, muscle pain, and nausea after surgery, kidney stones, and constipation. Plus, it has been proven that it helps slow the progress of Alzheimer’s disease.
Cannabidiol, or CBD, is one of the two chemicals contained in the marijuana plant. When CBD is present in high enough concentrations, it has a profound effect on the central nervous system without causing addiction, as is the case with smoked cannabis. However, very little is known about CBD, its effects, or how it might benefit humans. Some researchers view CBD as a substance with medical applications, while others believe that CBD is too unique to be helpful in treating age-related problems.
In recent studies, hemp has been shown to increase blood pressure levels. In one study, researchers had patients drink CBD oil, which contained a variety of different substances that were then measured over time. After six weeks, researchers found that those who took the highest amounts of CBD had lower blood pressure than those who took a lower amount.
Even though there are many positive aspects to growing and using hemp, the United States government has not embraced the plant due to a lack of information. Currently, only three states, Alabama, West Virginia, and Wyoming, cultivate the plant. In addition, recreational cannabis users are prohibited from consuming any product containing THC, including CBD. In some cases, cities and municipalities have passed laws that prohibit cannabis consumption in public places. Although CBD is considered similar in some ways to the psychoactive substance THC, it does not produce the same level of the substance in the body. Therefore, it is not known whether or not the plant could be used as medicine one day.