Benefits and Uses of Hemp Oil
The Major Benefits of Hemp Oil for Your Brain and Body
A lot of people may have heard of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which is the psychoactive compound found in cannabis that gives people the “high”. However, Hemp oil has no psychoactive properties whatsoever.
This means that Hemp is a great option for people who want to get all the benefits that Hemp oil has when it comes to relieving pain and other symptoms without experiencing any mind-altering effects.
Hemp oil making process is pretty straightforward: Hemp is extracted from the plant and then diluted with a carrier oil (coconut or hemp seed oil usually).
Hemp oil is getting more popular as there are more scientific studies that confirm its possible effectiveness when it comes to treating various health conditions such as chronic pain and anxiety.
For starters, the following health benefits of Hemp have strong scientific evidence:
Hemp oil has pain-reducing properties and such marijuana usage can be tracked as far back as 2900 B.C.
Recently, scientists have established that certain marijuana components, Hemp included, really do relieve pain effectively.
Also, humans have the endocannabinoid system (ECS) which has an important part in regulating sleep, appetite, pain and even the immune system. As the body naturally produces endocannabinoids (neurotransmitters that affect the ECS), studies have shown that Hemp can be very helpful in boosting the receptor activity, thus reducing chronic pain, regulating sleep, reducing inflammation, etc.
For instance, one study on rats showed that their surgical incision pain reduced significantly when injected with Hemp while other rats study found that taking Hemp orally effectively reduced sciatic nerve pain and inflammation.
There were several different studies on humans that found that combining Hemp and THC is a very effective way to treat multiple sclerosis and arthritis pain.
Hemp for Post Workout Recovery
Hemp is just one of the 80+ cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. In general, Hemp and THC are most abundant, and most extensively studied. Basically, Hemp doesn’t cause any psychoactive effects (unlike THC) which is why it’s used as a dietary supplement with many health benefits. After all, cannabinoids affect your body’s endocannabinoid system and trigger its receptors, thus playing their own role in reducing pain, inflammation, stress, etc. Because of this, a lot of athletes opt for Hemp oil as a workout recovery tool. It’s becoming especially popular among high-intensity athletes who need to soothe their soreness and injuries quicker and more often.
Essentially, Hemp works through several biological mechanisms, those that can affect post-workout recovery included:
Nervous system interaction
As Hemp interacts with main nervous system receptors that control inflammation, sensitivity to pain, stress, and anxiety, it seems that Hemp is a very effective tool for managing post-workout recovery.
Increasing levels of anandamide and adenosine
The human body produces its own natural cannabinoids, the main one being anandamide, which is responsible for reducing pain and inflammation, together with another neurotransmitter adenosine that also has a similar role in human body. With Hemp intake, the levels of these neurotransmitters become higher and their properties in reducing pain and inflammation stronger.
When one considers just how important pain and inflammation reduction is for athletes, Hemp may prove to be a great post-workout recovery tool, especially since it’s responsible for sleep regulation and reduction of muscle spasms as well.
There is no recommended Hemp dosage when it comes to using Hemp for a post-workout recovery currently. However, we at Naturally Well suggest that athletes start with 10mg, and maybe increase the dosage gradually with 5mg. Essentially, 10-30mg is the dosage to consider, but don’t forget that the Hemp will take effect after 90 minutes or so.
Hemp Oil Uses
Using hemp is nothing new as it has been grown and used for thousands of years. Of course, the main difference is that now science can explain just how and why hemp is beneficial, which aligns with the past belief stating that hemp is a power plant. As hemp is full of cannabinoids, using hemp can actually balance your endocannabinoid system.
But, just like with any other dietary supplement, you need to consult your doctor before taking hemp. Also, users need to be 18+ years old in order to take hemp products.