Hemp has been safely used therapeutically and recreationally for thousands of years. Up until the last century, it was grown all over the world. This vital crop provided agricultural benefits, fiber for many crafts, and crucial medicinal benefits.
Sadly, the 1900s brought about a worldwide prohibition of cannabis. To be clear hemp is a nonpsychoactive variety of cannabis that contains under 0.3% THC. Now, this cannabis/hemp ban occurred for many reasons, none of which had your best interests in mind. The pulp-based paper industry didn’t want to compete with hemp paper. The new era of medicine did not want to compete with this natural and virtually free plant. Today, we are still fighting these powerful industries to bring this plant back into mainstream acceptance. Our efforts are finally paying off.
This unfortunate cannabis ban removed hemp consumption from the human diet. If you have been keeping up with our recent educational CBD articles, then you will know that hemp is a unique source of vital cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, and more. The lack of hemp nutrients created by prohibition may be contributing to the degradation of human health, by creating a state of endocannabinoid deficiency.
The human system evolved with this plant. We grew the plant for specific medicinal, dietary, and psychoactive purposes. As we ingested the plant our systems adapted to its effects. Fast forward several millennia, and now we have a complex network in the body that relates to cannabis and hemp. This network is known as the endocannabinoid system.
The human endocannabinoid system (ECS) is one of the most extensive networks in our body with receptors in virtually every tissue. It helps to regulate immune functioning, sleep, metabolism, hormone balance, mood, stress and more. This human cannabinoid network is crucial in the bolstering of our physical defense system. Without hemp, which interacts directly with this network, we are missing a significant tool to manage human health and disease.
Hemp cannabis, with all of its vital nutrients, is the perfect solution to the many physical and mental struggles that we face in the modern world.
Using CBD to Modulate the ECS
Using CBD is just like taking any other vitamin or mineral supplement. Hemp helps to supply vital nutrients that are lacking in our system. Hemp does, however, contain unique compounds that can’t be found anywhere else.
CBD provides powerful phytocannabinoids, or plant sourced cannabinoids that help to combat clinical endocannabinoid deficiency. As we stated above the ECS helps with nearly every function of our physicality including mood, disease management and more.
Ingesting cannabinoids helps the ECS to produce natural endocannabinoid compounds. These endogenous cannabinoids are native to our human body. When an aspect of our body falls out of balance, the ECS produces these endocannabinoids on demand to help restore homeostasis. As the number of endocannabinoids increases in an area of the body, the amount of endocannabinoid receptors within the targeted area also adjusts to help combat the specific ailment.
Our modern lives can be quite difficult for reasons that are seemingly hidden. The diets in our culture usually don’t provide the nutrients we need. Our stress builds up by working long hours, and these long shifts have created a lack of exercise in our lives. Add pollution of the body through endless chemicals, and pollution of the mind through the media to this situation and it is easy to see how our system can fall out of balance.
Hemp can help.
CBD and Clinical Endocannabinoid System Deficiency
The endocannabinoid network will help to provide a stronger immune system and assist the body’s physical defense systems when it is cared for properly. As the ECS is the watchful eye that cares for the immune system, it is clear that an endocannabinoid deficiency could be linked to autoimmune disorders such as cancer, and MS. This link between the ECS and our immune system is the primary reason that researches are focusing on cannabis and hemp.
At times, the body doesn’t seem to operate correctly. We make adjustments, we change our lifestyle where possible and still, we face challenges. This is where hemp and CBD come into the picture. By filling the gap that the human system has experienced over the last century of prohibition, these products can help get our health back on track.
Many illnesses are associated with an endocannabinoid deficiency, although more research is needed to explain the connection. CBD can boost our natural endocannabinoids. Specifically, CBD inhibits the FAAH enzyme. This enzyme is responsible for breaking down our natural internal cannabinoids.
Interestingly, plant cannabinoids are very similar to our internal cannabinoids. For example, one of the two central ECS compounds, AEA, is structurally and functionally similar to THC. Increased levels of AEA will not create an intoxication like THC, but it will help to boost mood, bring mental clarity, strengthen the immune system, modulate diet and much more.
Hemp Food – Beyond CBD Supplements
We have made it clear that we believe in CBD supplements. We have based our entire company around the many CBD health benefits. There is, however, much more offered by this powerful plant.
Hemp also provides many vital nutrients. Just like any leafy green vegetable, cannabis hemp provides many important compounds for proper human health. The plant carries essential fatty acids such as omega-3, omega-6, and GLA. These omegas that can be found in hemp oils, including the carrier oils used for CBD products, can help lower cholesterol, and increase vitamin E which helps fend off free radicals.
Cannabis is quite literally a superfood. Superfoods contain antioxidants, minerals, vitamins and more. Hemp contains antioxidants, fatty acids, magnesium, potassium, calcium, iron, zinc, phosphorus, fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, and nutritional polyphenols. That’s a serious list of healthy ingredients.
If you are looking to consume these healthy nutrients, we recommend trying hemp hearts, which are hemp seeds without the shell, as well as hemp oils. These foods are nonpsychoactive and can be found at your local grocery or health food store.
How to Get the Most out of the ECS
Simply put, to bolster the endocannabinoid system, we recommend you make use of broad-spectrum CBD. It is easy to take, affordable, and effective.
Our CBD Guru products are designed to strengthen the ECS. We provide an assortment of products such as vape juices, oils, CBD sprays, topicals and more. Each of these items uniquely impacts the body. They have different onset times and durations so that you can choose the best method that suits you. All of these products are easy to use and designed with your health in mind. For more information on administration and different durations of CBD products, check out our beginner’s guide to CBD.
Hemp Is No Longer History
Humans have been safely ingesting hemp for ages. We have used hemp for textiles, and crafts, as well as for medicinal purposes. Over the thousands of years that humans have been cultivating cannabis, it seems that we have evolved with one another. The versatility of the ECS demonstrates that hemp and CBD can be the simple solution we need to maximize health and happiness. The many varieties of cannabis products and strains available show how the plant has adapted to suit our individual needs.
Our world is struggling with diseases, overloads of stress, and unhealthy diets. It is time to take a stand. Empower yourself and be a part of the change, by enjoying CBD.