There are numerous benefits to be derived from using the hemp flower and its extracts. The benefits arise from its having a high CBD (14-20%) and low THC (0.3% or less) content. Most people who are familiar with hemp flower will site the medicinal benefits of using the magic flower available at Cheef Botanicals. True, the medicinal properties probably make up the larger share of the uses.
Hemp is used as a nutritious stock feed. It is used in the manufacturing of textiles and as a raw material in the papermaking industry. It is also used by the construction industry for making strong rope. Some use it as a food flavoring agent. The list is almost endless. In this article, however, we will be concentrating on the benefits of using it, not merely its uses.
1. Medicinal Uses and Benefits
Treatment of Epilepsy
It has been scientifically proven that CBD is effective in the treatment of at least two rare cases of epilepsy in small children. A CBD extract has been isolated and used to make a drug called Epidiolex which is the drug used to treat epilepsy. Epidiolex has already been approved by the US Food and Drug Agency (FDA)
CBD has also proved useful in alleviating anxiety. When smoked or ingested it has a calming, relaxing effect on the nerves. Research carried out so far suggests that it acts as an inhibitor on sensory traffic in the neurons of the central nervous system. Clinical trials have shown that when patients of a nervous disposition take it, they become much more relaxed.
CBD applied on the skin in the form of creams and lotions has shown that it reduces the severity of acne. Acne is an infection of the skin which mostly affects the lighter-skinned people. It is caused by lipid (fat) accumulation on the skin. CBD interferes with this lipid accumulation.
Sleeping disorder control
CBD oil has also been shown to reduce the severity of the sleeping disorder, insomnia. This disorder is believed to be caused by, amongst other things, anxiety. It is believed that by directly reducing anxiety, CBD oil also indirectly reduces the severity of insomnia.
Alleviation of mental illness
Research suggests that CBD oil alleviates certain cases of mental illness, chief amongst them mental depression and bipolar disorders. This, however, is yet to be scientifically proven.
Alleviation of Neuro-based illnesses
Current studies are also showing that CBD has promising potential in alleviating many cases of neuro-based illnesses. Research is still in its early stages, but CBD is showing great promise that it could have a neuroprotective function in alleviating cases of seizures, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and schizophrenia, amongst others.
CBD hemp flower can also be used to boost the appetite of those who lack the desire to eat. It is not as powerful an appetizer as the THC found in hemp but it works
2. Pain and inflammation relief
The hemp flower is also known to provide relief from pain and inflammation. When taken in any of several ways, it helps people who have suffered injuries from accidents or those who have suffered burns.
3. Can be smoked
Hemp flower is probably the only drug that can be administered through smoking. It can be smoked in rolled cigarettes, using pipes, and using the more sophisticated vaping method. That it can be smoked has great benefits to the user.
- When dried, hemp buds are smoked. The inhaled smoke goes straight to the lungs where it is absorbed directly into the bloodstream. This is a great advantage because the drug starts taking effect seconds after being inhaled. This contrasts sharply with drugs that are taken orally. In such cases, the drug has to travel along the digestive tract, digested into an absorbable form, then diffuses in the blood vessels to be transported to the body tissues.
- Hemp contains hundreds of useful cannabinoids. By using the smoking method, almost all these cannabinoids are taken up. Almost none are lost as they get to the body tissues immediately after being inhaled.
- Taking hemp through smoking also has a third big advantage. Research has shown that CBD is more effective in its functions when it works in conjunction with the other cannabinoids than when it works alone. This is known as the ‘entourage effect’. In contrast, when taken orally, some of the other useful cannabinoids are destroyed during the digestive process.
4. No side effects
Hemp flower has no side effects. This is a very big advantage in the medical field. Many drugs, while curing a particular ailment, have side effects. It’s like they cure one illness and give you another.
This flower has little or no THC, the euphoria giving, and intoxicating component. So it’s a clean drug. All the other hundred or so cannabinoids have beneficial effects.
5. Can be taken in different ways
Hemp flower and CBD have got another big advantage. It can be administered in many ways.
Hemp flowers can be smoked. As mentioned above, this flower can be smoked in a variety of ways. It can be rolled into cigarettes or smoked in a pipe. It can be vaped, where the vapor from the heated vapor is made to pass through water, filtering it of soot and other impurities. The advantages of smoking have been outlined above in this article.
It can be taken in the form of capsules. Hemp flower extracts like CBD can be isolated and then made into capsules or pills, which are easy and convenient to use.
Hemp flowers can be manufactured into skincare products. Some of these creams and lotions are used for the treatment of ailments like acne. Trials have shown such to be useful in de-aging, or moisturizing the skin and reducing unsightly wrinkles.
Hemp flower can be used as a cooking aid and form part of recipes of pastries and cakes. It is rich in amino acids. Hemp seeds are very nutritious and can be consumed in the raw state, dried, and ground into a powder. The seeds are very rich in fatty acids. Rich salads can also be made from the leaves of the hemp flower plant.