The benefits of hemp are being rediscovered
The lowly hemp plant is enjoying new found respect. I am not speaking of marijuana. We are considering it’s cousin hemp. Marijuana is psychoactive, hemp is not. Hemp is a plant that has been used for thousands of years. It has provided fibers, seeds and oil for the use of man for all of those years. It has been less that 100 years since hemp was made illegal and now there is renewed interest in hemp products. Our topic of discussion today is CO2 extracted hemp oil. Hemp oil and extracts are made from the stems and leaves of the non-psychoactive plants.
One of the important compounds in hemp is CBD, cannabidiol. We have discussed this in previous interviews. What you will learn in this interview with Dr. Cass Ingram is that there are at least 60 different cannabinoid compounds in hemp and the most prevalent is beta caryophyllene.
The CO2 extract captures all the key ingredients, including the full spectrum of canabanoids and the all-important, super-potent terpene, beta caryophyllene. It is beta caryophyllene which is nature’s most potent activator of key cellular receptors, known as CB2 receptors. The CB2 receptors are essential for activating a wide range of body functions. Their actions are critical for overall wellness and optimal health. The receptors are located strategically in key organ systems, including the brain, spinal cord, thyroid gland, adrenal glands, ovaries, testes, heart, spleen, intestines, and lymphatic cells. Upon activation, the receptors aid the body in a vast number of ways, modulating inflammation, boosting immune function, enhancing circulation, stimulating digestion, and improving neurological function.
Dr. Ingram is in the final stages of writing his new book entitled “The Hemp Cure“, due in March of 2016. Here is an excerpt.
“Cannabidiol, one major biologically active compounds in hemp, has been shown in a variety of studies, both human and animal, to combat anxiety tendencies. In one human study the fear of public speaking, of which virtually all people are conscious, was used as a means to generate sensations of anxiety.
The purpose was to compare the effects of a simulation public speaking test on healthy control patients versus anxiety-ridden patients. In some 24 patients half received placebo, while the other half were given a single dose of CBD-rich hemp oil. Another group of 12 performed the speaking challenge without receiving either CBD or placebo. When challenged with public speaking anxiety reactions were monitored through blood pressure, heart rate, and skin conductance, measured at six different time points during the speaking challenge. Pretreatment with CBD had obvious, positive effects. It reduced the anxiety, while also reversing cognitive impairment. The sense of nervousness and discomfort in anticipating public speaking was also reduced. In contrast, the placebo group had higher anxiety and the thinking process was impaired. There was also greater discomfort at thought of such speaking than in the CBD group.” End excerpt.
Here is an excerpt from the National Cancer Institute website: “Cannabinoids are active chemicals in Cannabis that cause drug-like effects throughout the body, including the central nervous system and the immune system. They are also known as phytocannabinoids. The main active cannabinoid in Cannabis is delta-9-THC. Another active cannabinoid is cannabidiol (CBD), which may relieve pain and lower inflammation without causing the “high” of delta-9-THC.
Cannabinoids may be useful in treating the side effects of cancer and cancer treatment. Other possible effects of cannabinoids include:
Blocking cell growth.
Preventing the growth of blood vessels that supply tumors.
Relieving muscle spasms caused by multiple sclerosis.” End excerpt.
If you want a product that Dr. Ingram endorses look for Hempanol by North American Herb and Spice. These products are new to the market so you may need to request them from your favorite health food store. It is usually the smaller, independent stores that are interested in innovative products.
About Dr. Cass Ingram
Dr. Cass Ingram is a nutritional physician who received a B.S. in biology and chemistry from the University of Northern Iowa (1979) and a D.O. from the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences (1984). Dr. Ingram has since written 24 books on natural healing. His research and writing have led to countless nutritional discoveries. Dr. Cass Ingram presents 100’s of health tips and insights in his many books on health, nutrition, and disease prevention. Dr. Ingram is one of North America’s leading experts on the health benefits and disease fighting properties of wild medicinal spice extracts. such as oregano oil. He now travels the world promoting health – the natural way.