Debunking the Hemp Mystery
When you look up ‘hemp’ on Google, the suggested text pops up: “what exactly is hemp?”, “is hemp get you high?”, “is hemp a CBD?” With all these confused searches, it feels like no one knows what the hemp flower actually is, despite it making one of this generations most prevalent cultural comebacks. We’re here to break it down for you.
Hemp is an industrial sativa cannabis plant, which can be separated into fibers, oils and flowers. Each part of the plant possesses unique and distinctive wellness properties—the fibers are often used to make fabrics, ropes or paper, while oil and the flowers can be ingested for their medicinal capabilities.
Hemp does contain some THC (the chemical in marijuana that gets you high), but it’s not enough for any mind-altering or psychoactive effects. Through selective breeding and cross pollination, industrial hemp is designed to have very low levels of THC, whereas marijuana is often grown with the goal to get the maximum amount of THC out of the plant. However, the oil and flower components of the hemp plant do contain high levels of cannabidiol, more commonly known as CBD.
CBD has been found to have numerous health benefits in recent years, particularly in terms of stress and anxiety management. One study even shows that a 600mg dose of CBD helps even those with severe diagnosed social anxiety to make speeches in front of crowded rooms. Researchers think that this may be due to the way that CBD interacts with the serotonin receptors in your brain. Additionally, CBD is currently being researched as a treatment for epileptic seizures and neurodegenerative diseases, as well as an effective treatment so alleviate the side effects of chemotherapy. Many use this oil at home as a natural alternative for pain relief and sleep, and beyond that, it is being researched as a treatment for various chronic pain diagnoses. While interest in hemp-based medicines has been piqued in the last decade, it has been used for almost 5000 years, tracing back to ancient Chinese anesthetics. We’re massive advocates for hemp here at Plants With Benefits.
Hemp is a wonder plant, used in so many industries for so many different purposes and so many unique individuals. Chances are, even if you’ve been confused about hemp, you’ve come across it in one of its forms in your own life.