Medicinal Marijuana

To start things off, I will remind everyone that the term “Hemp” refers to strains of the Cannabis plant which contain miniscule amounts of THC. That is a chemical compound which confers Cannabis with its psychoactive effects. The highly fibrous, seedy and non-intoxicating strain of this plant is used only for industrial purposes. For clarity, the recreational/medicinal strains will be just referred to as ‘”Marijuana” or other derogatory terms referring to the substance that will get you high. To begin you are going to see a brief overview of the medicinal uses for this plant.

We all know that the Pot plant in particular situations has been approved for medical uses in some very limited conditions, but as you may have read in other articles, these restrictions that are in place on Marihuana and Hemp, stem more from moral panics and negative propaganda than from any practical or even remotely educated reasons.

One of the most well-known and initally talked about uses for this herb, is, at least for me the first one that comes to my mind. The use of Weed to reduce the pressure of the fluids inside the eye that build up, in a condition known as glaucoma. Although, in these circumstances it is supposed to be a medication used only as a last resort. Meaning that to use it the other more standard (man-made) medications must fail or not be sufficient, even in jurisdictions where it doesn’t need approval.

Other approved therapeutic uses for the cannabis plant are as a painkiller. It kills the pain through the following mechanism: similar to how capsaicin (the chemical that makes chili peppers hot) tricks the body into thinking it is suffering from heat damage and feels pain. Some of the chemicals in the Reefer plant do exactly the opposite. Thet counteract the painful actions of capsaicin with a similar (although significantly weaker) action as opioids such as morphine or heroin, which are very strong painkillers.

Another common medicinal use most folks relate to the use of Marihuana is for nausea and vomiting, especially when associated with chemotherapy treatments. The chemicals in the herb directly inhibit the vomiting center of the brain, (a place medically known as the Chemoreceptor Zone) to achieve these effects.

In all those respects, and many more that are currently being investigated, there are still several medications that are considered more potent and effective than this wonder plant, and are legal too. But there are plenty of situations where those pharmaceuticals fail. Sometimes, a doctor finds a patient with a case that is resistant to regular (man-made) treatments, and it is on these occasions when the medical use of Mary Jane indeed shines.

Also, notice how Pot is used medically on some very painful and debilitating conditions. Including such things as cancer and the adverse effects of it’s treatments. However, I may be the only one who is proposing to use Weed medicinally for common migraines. Even though Cannabis is a rather noble recreational drug, a deeper and more comprehensive review of those aspects would be a good topic for a different article. So let’s now focus on the clinical and thereputic uses of the Hemp plant.

As I always seem to mention, THC is the chemical responsible for the psychoactive and hallucinogenic effects of Pot, but it is not the only compound with effects over the mind. The second most important and relevant compound would have to be Cannabidiol, usually abbreviated as CBD. While CBD does not cause hallucinations and will not make the consumer laugh or feel euphoric, it does have many potential therapeutic applications and with its lack of recreational and euphoric effects this gives it an attractive advantage.

Strains of the Marijuana plant grow that contain very high amounts of CBD and miniscule amounts of THC. And depending on the source, such strains could also be considered hemp products, for they only have one use, which if for medicinal purposes, and is industrially processed to extract the compound. Right now, the use of CBD for clinical diseases is still experimental. It is not yet approved (mainly because of the legal prohibition existing in the United States which precludes large-scale investigations and clinical trials in humans). So until CBD is legally approved for the treatment of psychiatric conditions, strains of the Cannabis plants with an extremely high proportion of CBD and a tiny proportion of THC will not be widely considered Hemp.

As for the potential clinical applications of CBD. It has been found very effective in treating the most debilitating Social Anxiety Disorders and Agoraphobia, the most severe symptoms are when an individual can’t leave his or her house for any reason. It has also been found particularly helpful in treating Schizophrenia, without most of the adverse effects of the most commonly prescribed antipsychotics.

Hemp Seed Oil Benefits

Hemp is rich in dietary fiber, and it contains 35 percent fiber, which of 90 percent is insoluble fiber and 10 percent soluble fiber. Collectively, both fibers offer numerous benefits to the health.

Fiber regulates your blood cholesterol. Excessive intake of unhealthy foods increases your saturated and trans fats levels. Both these fats spike up LDL or bad cholesterol. Fiber is a component that blocks harmful fats and ensures the proper supply of healthy fats in the bloodstream that in turn, reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke.

Fiber is a lifesaver for diabetics. Soluble fiber is considered quite effective against this disease. It helps control blood glucose levels and helps not only diabetes, but also multiple complications caused by high sugar level.

Hemp fiber plays a vital role in improving digestive tract. It keeps the stomach clean and healthy and prevents constipation.

The large amount of fiber makes hemp a great appetite suppressant, after all, fiber rich foods do take longer to digest and you can say the same of different types of hemp foods. Fiber rich hemp foods also take many hours to digest and stop you from being hungry. That is why hemp is widely considered a far better choice than other snack foods.

Hemp fiber helps sustain energy for an extended period and prevents fatigue. But in reality, fiber does not truly have a direct effect on your energy levels but instead it removes all those wastes that lead to tiredness.

Eating a lot of high fiber food helps aid weight loss. The fiber contained in hemp also burns calories quickly and helps keeps weight under control.

Hemp oil is termed to be one of the most balanced and healthiest oils on the earth. It is cold pressed from the seeds of the hemp plant and contains multiple vital nutrients such as vitamins, minerals and essential amino acids. These are a few of the nutrients found in hemp oil with some of their benefits to your health.

Essential Fatty Acids
Cannabis oil carries all the essential fatty acids that are required to stay healthy, but the real kicker that makes this oil so unique is the high levels of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Nearly 80% of this oil consists of essential amino acids, a quantity that is rare to find in any other oil seed.
Essential fatty acids keep the heart healthy and prevent a number of chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes and arthritis. Besides that, EFAs also improve the function of the brain.

Vitamin E
Also contains vitamin E, a nutrient that boosts the immune system and protects from eye disease. This vitamin is immensely beneficial for hair and skin. Due to the presence of vitamin E and omega 6 fatty acids, hemp’s oil is often an ingredient found in cosmetic products such as soaps, shampoos and body creams.

Vitamin D
Vitamin D is a nutrient that is hard to get from food. Fortunately for us, hemp is a natural source of vitamin D. This vitamin is essential for the growth, and the formation of bones and its deficiency may result in diseases such as rickets and osteoporosis.

Ways to use hemp oil
As with any other culinary oil, it is used in many ways, and it is easily digestible, packed with nutrients and low in saturated fats that make it a perfect choice for any diet. A lot of the time the oil is poured over salads, baked vegetables, with bread or even mixed into soups. It can be used for cooking purposes mainly baking, but it is not considered suitable for high-temperature cooking.