The Health Benefits of Hemp

Post 2/11/2019 Author Jay Brown

Cannabidiol or CBD is the non-psychoactive compound found in commercial hemp. It has been gaining a lot of popularity in the recent years because of its promising results in the treatment of a range of deadly diseases such as HIV/AIDs, multiple sclerosis, and cancer.

However, its classification by courts as a Schedule 1 drug has proven divisive for the scientific community. While opinions about the moral and legal implications of hemp oil will swing on both sides of the fence, it is scientifically ill-advised to play down the health effects of CBD.

How CBD Derived From Hemp Oil Works

Scientists have still not understood the underlying mechanism that defines how CBD interacts with the human body.

CBD works by mimicking naturally produced endocannabinoids to regulate immunodeficiency disorders. Traditional medicines are just not as effective at communicating with the central nervous system as CBD, which explains why some of its health benefits are beyond what the pharmaceutical industry can produce.

The best part is that hemp oil users don’t build tolerance to the positive health effects of CBD, so they don’t have to continuously increase doses.

CBD derived from hemp benefits all parts of the body that have an existing endocannabinoid system and cannabinoid receptors, and it does so without inducing the high that is associated with marijuana. Just make sure that the product you’re looking for has less than 0.3 percent quantity of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), an active compound.

This isn’t to say that THC isn’t as beneficial to health, but that is a topic for another discussion.  

Here’s a quick rundown on just some of the diseases that hemp oil can minimize, if not completely treat.

1) Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease deteriorates the nervous system, almost crippling an otherwise healthy person. If left untreated, Parkinson’s slowly kills off brain cells that produce dopamine. The medical reasons behind Parkinson’s disease are still a mystery to scientists, although it is commonly attributed to environmental and genetic factors.

CBD derived from hemp oil acts like an ‘inverse agonist’ to a protein receptor known as GPR6. The depletion of this receptor has been linked with an increase in dopamine, thereby alleviating Parkinson’s disease.

2) Spinal Cord Damage

Blunt trauma can damage the spinal cord. Such injuries are usually permanent and can completely alter a person’s sensation, physical strength, and bodily functions. Researchers have shown that CBD derived from hemp oil lessens pain, decreases the frequency of muscle spasms, and improves bladder functionality.

3) Inflammatory Bowel Disease

IBD is used to describe several disorders that are responsible for the inflammation of the digestive tract. The two most common types of IBD are Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Both these diseases have several debilitating symptoms such as fatigue, rapid weight loss, abdominal pain, and severe diarrhea.

Researchers from the University of Nottingham found that CBD in hemp oil plays an important role in blocking cannabinoids in the body that increase the permeability of intestines, thereby strengthening intestinal bonds and minimizing IBD.   

4) Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis is one of the most potent neuropathic diseases that affects a person’s vision and mobility and causes tremendous pain. MS does this by preventing the flow of information between the body and brain, gradually cutting the central nervous system from the rest of the body. Common symptoms of MS include insomnia, gait abnormalities, uncontrollable bladder issues, and muscle spasms.

The biggest issue that MS patients deal with on an ongoing basis is inflammation in the brain, which, if left untreated, can cause neural degeneration, worsening MS symptoms. The anti-inflammatory properties found in cannabinoids regulate the immune system, improve muscle control, and reduce pain.

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