Okay, so have you heard all the buzz about hemp? Yes…pun intended. But while so many people envision hemp as a fabric worn by hippies hanging out at a Grateful Dead (http://www.dead.net/) concert in the ’60s, and there are even rumors that these same hippies would tear pieces of the fabric from their attire to roll and subsequently smoke…Well, let me bring you up to speed.
Before I go any further, let me state clearly that I am not a doctor or a chemist. I am merely an average citizen who thinks this is a cool topic. I’ve read some articles, and I am merely sharing what I found. The websites referenced are noted. Oh, and I need to add: The Grateful Dead is one awesome band!
So what is hemp? According to (https://www.leafly.com): “There are many different varieties of the cannabis plant. Hemp — also called industrial hemp — refers to the non-psychoactive (less than 1% THC) varieties of Cannabis sativa L. Both hemp and marijuana come from the same cannabis species, but are genetically distinct and are further distinguished by use, chemical makeup, and cultivation methods.”
What hemp CAN do: The seeds and flowers of hemp can make thousands of useful items including health foods and body care products. The stalk and fibers can be made into paper, clothing, and even construction materials.
What hemp CAN’T do: Hemp cannot get you stoned. Hemp contains such a minimal amount of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), that you will NOT get high.
Now, what about hemp oil? Taken under the tongue or used on the skin, hemp oil such as the Straight Hemp pictured above (https://straighthemp.com/) has potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. It also helps in the healing of skin conditions such as eczema or it can be used as a moisturizer to nourish skin. It’s also been said to help with anxiety and insomnia.
Most surprising to me is that hemp appears to be going mainstream. Hemp is showing up in health and holistic wellness magazines and articles. And people are talking about it…recommending it to others. People that you would least expect are discovering and enjoying all that hemp has to offer.
Now I’ve barely scratched the surface of all the benefits of hemp so you may want to look into the topic on your own. I’d love to read about your discoveries or stories. Let’s get the conversation started.