Maximum Yield, a cannabis specialised magazine, defines hemp as:
Summarising, hemp is a strain of Cannabis Sativa, that contains high amounts of CBD, but low levels of THC (having no psychotropic effect) and can be used for many purposes.
What is it used for?
Hemp has been proven to cure some diseases and help with many others. There are several ways of consuming medicinal cannabis, from smoking it to applying it in body lotions. Hemp has many other industrial uses, from fibres for clothing, to being used as an alternative form of biofuel.
How does it work?
We have, in our body, a system solely dedicated to recognising the cannabinoids contained in cannabis: the cannabinoid system.
Most of the medical attributes of hemp are attributed to the CBD molecules that it contains. Industrial hemp has been modified to contain up to more than 20 times the normal quantity of CBD in C. Sativa.
If you want to learn more about CBD for medicinal purposes, read CBD in medicine.
In a 2014 scientific report written by a group of researchers, several benefits of hemp oil were stated:
- Skin health: treating the most common skin diseases, including dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, and acne. Because of it’s anti-inflammatory properties. Most of the people suffering from those chronic diseases will improve, with CBD being an effective and natural treatment.
- Brain health: the high concentration of fatty acids in hemp oil helps the brain function correctly, as well as protects it from inflammation.
- Heart health: Cannabis has a high concentration of alpha-linolenic acid, which reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
Directly consuming hemp seeds can be really nutritious for humans, as they contain most of the necessary macromolecules for our body.
- Proteins: There exist 9.5 grams of protein per 3 tablespoons (30g), containing all the essential amino acids. Proteins carry significant energy, and through ingestion will ensure that you feel full after a hearty meal.
- Minerals: Hemp seeds are very rich in minerals, such as:
- Magnesium (Mg)
- Phosphorus (P)
- Potassium (K)
- Iron (Fe)
- Zinc (Zn)
- Vitamins: Hemp seed are rich in B vitamins, that play an important role in cell metabolism
- B1 (thiamin)
- B2 (riboflavin)
- B3 (niacin)
- B9 (folate)
- Fats: Hemp seeds are a great source of Omega-3 fatty acids, such as the alpha-linoleic acid commented before.
- Fibre: Per 30g of seeds (3 tablespoons) there exist 2g of fiber. This has many benefits, such as stabilizing sugar levels and regulating the functioning of the guts.
Most of the effects of eating hemp seeds are similar to the hemp oils effects, protecting our skin, brain, and heart. But we should also highlight that it helps to reduce body inflammation.
Both hemp seeds and oil have a low dose of THC. Meaning that the probabilities of suffering the psychotropic effects or an overdose are practically nonexistent.
The most popular way of consuming medicinal cannabis is through joints and spliffs. Smoking is the most direct way of enjoying the marijuana benefits, but it isn’t the only way that THC is isolated for consumption.
Because THC is calming and acts as a natural pain reliever, smoking cannabis is recommended for some diseases and as a palliative treatment. People can leverage similar benefits of CBD-THC if instead of smoking normal cannabis, they smoke hemp.
REMEMBER: smoking cannabis is illegal in many countries and should not be done
without the authorisation and supervision of a certified doctor.
A wide range of products can be developed using hemp fiber. The most common uses for it are:
- Animal bedding
- Water and soil purification
- Weed control
- Ethanol fuel
PLASTIC AND COMPOSITE MATERIALS
Hemp is used, when mixed with other materials, to create the composite panels for cars since 2002. Well-known car brands such as Audi, BMW, Lotus and many more, use hemp in their cars.
Hemp-made paper is one of the first types of paper ever done, starting in China in the year 200 AD. Nowadays it is widely used to produce cigarette papers, technical filters, and banknotes.