What Is Hemp Extract? The Basic Science and Benefits Of Hemp

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Hemp has been known widely for its industrial, environmental, and healing usages throughout history. One of the main distinguishing factors between hemp and marijuana, is the fact that hemp itself is non-psychoactive, meaning it will not get you “high” like marijuana will. This is chiefly due to the fact that while marijuana can contain between 5% to over 20% THC (tetrahydracannabinol) content, hemp typically only contains a measly 0.3% – 1.5%.1

Don’t worry though, the THC is not what makes hemp, and hemp extract so special.

In this article, we will cover the basics about the plant healing power behind hemp extract and why you may want to consider using hemp extract as a staple part of your daily health regimen, especially if you’re currently dealing with autoimmune issues, anxiety, depression, pain, or inflammation.

Industrial and Environmental Uses Of Hemp

While in this article we will be discussing the many health benefits of hemp extract, I also wanted to quickly give you a background of the other things hemp can be used for, since most people who are reading this blog article are likely exploring the subject and may be new to hemp.

Hemp is one of the strongest and most durable soft fibers grown on earth. It was outlawed in the US back in 1937 with the signing of the Marijuana Tax Act  – which was essentially an act of collusion between newspaper and timber magnate William Randolph Hearst and Federal Bureau of Narcotics chairman Harry Anslinger. If you’re interested in reading about the subject, I highly recommend the book The Marijuana Conviction, which outlines the entire ordeal in great detail. If you’ve ever wondered why cannabis has been illegal for our entire lifetime, despite so many amazing health benefits of both cannabis and hemp extract, then you’ll be absolutely surprised when you realize that its marginalization and demonization was entirely based on the threat hemp posed as a cash crop to timber in the US.

Hemp is a very useful alternative to not just traditional timber for paper products, but also to cotton as well. Just one acre of hemp can yield the same amount of fiber as 3 acres of cotton. This makes growing hemp very environmentally friendly, and useful for many things from clothing, to paper, to rope, and more.

Growing industrial hemp doesn’t require the use of any pesticides, or herbicides, and requires a fraction of the fertilizer needed for other cash crops. The ability to grow it without pesticides and herbicides obviously also translates to amazing health advantages for humans as well, especially since most of the produce and plant material we consume in the United States is grown on commercial farms and is doused in pesticides and other endocrine disrupting chemicals many times before it reaches our local grocery store shelves.

It makes a lot of sense, from the business perspective, why such an easy-to-grow, sustainable crop was seen as a massive threat to the big businessmen of the 1930’s namely William Randolph Hearst and Andrew Mellon, and why they worked so hard to defeat it and demonize it in the public eye. They were successful, but now the public is beginning to wake up.

The FARM Bill Of 2014 federally legalized the cultivation of industrial hemp in the US. According to the USDA:

“The term “industrial hemp” includes the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part or derivative of such plant, including seeds of such plant, whether growing or not, that is used exclusively for industrial purposes (fiber and seed) with a tetrahydrocannabinols concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis. The term “tetrahydrocannabinols” includes all isomers, acids, salts, and salts of isomers of tetrahydrocannabinols.”

This is taken from the Statement of Principles On Industrial Hemp provided by the Agriculture Department, the Drug Enforcement Agency, and the Food and Drug Administration on 08/12/2016.

And such, after that passed, there was an opportunity for farmers in the US to begin growing hemp on a large, and legal, scale. And also the opportunity to make an extract oil from the hemp seeds for health purposes.

What Is Hemp Oil Extract, CBD Oil?

Hemp extract is the oil that is extracted from the seeds of industrial hemp plants. Hemp oil extract typically contains high amounts of a compound known as CBD, or cannabidiol.2

CBD oil and full spectrum hemp oil extract have been widely clinically studied for use of pain management 3, epilepsy 4, stroke prevention 5, and joint health, 6 and even schizophrenia. 7

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5 Health Benefits Of Hemp Extract

Hemp oil extract has a ton of health benefits for humans. I will have more articles on this website about all of the awesome benefits of this plant extract, but here are five benefits of hemp extract that may appeal to you.

If you would like to watch this in video format, I recommend viewing this video 5 Amazing Health Benefits Of Hemp Oil

1. Hemp Extract and Joint Pain:

One of the most widely known and appreciated benefits of hemp oil is how much it helps to alleviate joint pain, not just in men and women, but also in animals. Many people love to give it to their dogs and cats, especially since dogs and cats can develop arthritic joint pain as they age, which affects their mobility in the same way as aging humans.

One of the major reasons for the ability of cannabidiol and other phytocannabinoids in general to help regulate joint pain is the fact that CB1 and CB2 receptors (cannabinoid receptors) are expressed in joint tissues, neurons, chrondocytes, and bone. 8

Researchers have found alleviation of joint pain in both humans and animals via these CB1 and CB2 receptors, for example in osteoarthritis knee surgery patients. 9

2. Hemp Extract and Eczema:

Researchers have found a positive correlation between supplementation with hemp oil extract and improvements in a condition known as atopic dermatitis, otherwise known as eczema. 10 You can typically see benefits when using the extract topically, for example as a key ingredient in balms, creams, or lotions, as well as when you consume it orally.

3. Hemp Extract Helps Lower Blood Pressure:

Hemp extract has been shown in research to improve cardiovascular health in humans. 11 In a large study of 4680 individuals, promising results were shown in regulating blood pressure. 12 Other research has shown that the compounds in hemp extract can help decrease blood pressure in as little as 4 weeks of use. 1314

4. Hemp Oil Extract and Immunity:

The compounds in hemp oil have been positively correlated with an improvement in immune function in humans. 15

The presence of more endocannabinoids available for binding to your CB1 and CB2 receptors will decrease inflammation, strengthen the immune system, and keep the body healthy and strong.

5. Hemp Extract is Rich In Vitamin E:

Hemp is high in vitamin E.  Vitamin E is an extremely potent and helpful antioxidant, which also helps in the regulation of estrogen and the increase in the natural production of testosterone.

The different types of vitamin E include:

One of the main issues with consuming polyunsaturated fats, like the omega 3’s and omega 6s found in hemp oil, is that diets high in PUFAs can be hormonally damaging. However, hemp extract is amazing because it naturally negates the bad effects of its PUFA content because it is also rich in Vitamin E, which has been show to protect your body from the oxidative damage that you’d otherwise get from consuming the oil. 16

Vitamin E and vitamin C have been shown in human research to both slow the rate of free radical damage to the body.

Diets high in PUFAs requires increasingly higher amounts of Vitamin E if you want to regulate the free radical damage the PUFAs can do to your thyroid and pituitary, 17 however hemp oil extract is great because it naturally contains the right amount of Vitamin E to protect you from any amount of oil you consume.

 

Where To Buy Organic Hemp Extract

Hopefully this article was helpful in educating you about some of the awesome benefits of hemp oil and a bit of the background behind why it was initially banned in the United States but is now legal to grow again.

Hemp is an exciting new field of scientific study, agriculture, and health.

You may be curious at this point about where you can buy a good solid Hemp Extract from a reputable retailer. I put together a page with some details for you here: Where To Buy Hemp Extract

 

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About Christopher Walker

Christopher Walker has a degree in Neuroscience from Duke University, and is the research writer for The Universal Plant. He has dedicated his life to helping men and women around the world educate themselves and take action to improve their health with natural plant-based and nutrient therapies. Follow him on Instagram @_christopherwalker

2 Comments

  1. Martha Cabral on June 2, 2018 at 5:36 pm

    What is best for Trigeminal Neuralgia. Medici Quest days 500mg hemp extract, 15 drops under tongue. My sister needs relief. Prescription meds for nerve pain don’t work that well and make her sleep a lot.

  2. John Melnick on June 3, 2018 at 2:48 am

    I am on Xarelto for a blood cloth, also Lyrica for burning leg and feet…..Can I use MVP 250 hemp..?

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