Major Benefits of Hemp
When it comes to cannabis, many of us are lost in legal interpretation and industry slang either it just hemp, cannabis or marijuana. In reality, the correct answer would be it all come from cannabis family plant. Cannabis could be use as:
- recreational drug - mostly called Marijuana (rich in THC ingredient)
- consumer goods products: food, textile, paper - called Hemp
- or medical Cannabis, for therapeutic use.
In this article we would like to focus on cannabis as food source, mostly known on consumer market as: Hemp tea, Hemp seeds, Hemp oil, Hemp milk, and Hemp infusion drinks.
Hemp tea, consist of dry hemp leaves, contained trace amount of many useful cannabinoids (CBD, THC, etc) that may substantially vary depending on plant species. But majority cannabinoids are not water soluble. Therefore, in order to maximise health benefits of Hemp tea, we recommend to add to Hemp infusion a few spoons of oil, butter or some alcohol that will help cannabinoids to dissolve. Hemp tea lovers claim multiple health benefits of Hemp tea, like:
- help with insomnia, reduce anxiety, stress and depressions;
- illuminates nausea and irritable bowel syndrome that are frequently happening to chemotherapy patients;
- reduce chronic pain, sometimes reduce allergy, reduce inflammations, therefore popular among rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis (MS) patients.
Hemp oil is made by cold pressing of hemp seeds and is not suitable for frying because of low smoke point (160 C/320 F). One of the main health benefit of Hemp oil is it can be consumed over long period of time with very balanced EFA (essential fatty acids) distributions in the body, unlike flaxseed oil.
Benefits of hemp oil for skin and hair. Despite of limited clinical study, there is a Hemp cosmetic and beauty boom on the market. There are plenty shampoos, balms, and skin care products that are primary ingredients are Hemp oil or Hemp infusion. Consumers like Hemp based products for excellent moisturizing properties, reducing itchy scalp, seborrhea, and dandruff. Many claims that creams based on Hemp oil reduce symptoms of eczema, psoriasis, and acne; help with swelling legs, varicose veins, and aching joints, tendons, and muscles pain.
Probably the most yummy product that derived from Cannabis is Hemp heart seeds. You can easily add it to almost any salads. Hemp hearts rich in fiber and complete proteins, contain well-balanced fats. Among health benefits of the hemp hearts, many studies support the ideas that it could promote digestion, reduce bowel syndrome, normalise gastrointestinal tract; reduce PMS and menopause symptoms, and probably are beneficial to cardiovascular health, as it may reduce blood pressure, decrease risks of heart attack. Read more about Hemp seeds in our previous article.
Hemp milk, is another popular product made of hemp seeds, often additionally flavoured with vanilla or chocolates. Hemp milk is a great alternative to soy, nuts milk or traditional milk as it does not cause allergies. Majority of Hemp milk benefits come from ingredients that hemp seeds are rich, like omega fatty acids, calcium, iron, niacin, thiamin, and zinc.
Hemp Infusion Drinks
Hemp infusion drinks, like Hempfy bitter-lime or Hempfy sweet-lime are great example of how cannabis plants are utilised in order to make healthy and tasty drinks that could be consumed solo or added to cocktail mixes.
Whatever cannabis products you choose to try, we hope it will be great experiences and you get to love cannabis as we do ;)