If you’ve already read our article about the endocannabinoid system, you know how and why our bodies respond to cannabinoids. (If you haven’t, we highly recommend checking it out!) CBD is a hemp-derived cannabinoid and its benefits have been studied and utilized across cultures for years. Here in America in 2021, we are finally giving more and more credit to the health benefits of CBD. There are more studies than ever since the legalization of hemp in the states in 2018, leading to forward momentum in pain management, anxiety and depression treatment, insomnia, and even skincare. All by utilizing hemp extracted CBD. So what exactly are the benefits, and how can you use them for yourself?
CBD, which stands for cannabidiol, is an anti-inflammatory chemical. Anti-inflammatories are drugs that reduces inflammation. Some other drugs like this that are very common are Tylenol, Aleve, and Advil. Some foods that act as anti-inflammatories are ginger, turmeric, and even olive oil!
CBD has shown in studies to decrease inflammation both when applied to the skin and consumed. Application to the skin is a direct way to decrease pain and swelling in a specific problem area. So if you’re an active person with swollen joints or injuries from a long day out and about – hemp extract products will help with the aches and pains. If you have chronic pain from swelling perhaps from an old injury, taking hemp extract oil daily will help reduce the inflammation from the inside. Hemp oil, unlike Tylenol, cannot damage your liver. And hemp oil, unlike Aleve, cannot cause ulcers or holes in the stomach and intestine. So instead of reaching for your daily painkiller, consider hemp oil instead, you’ll be happy you did.
Taking Care of Your Insides
Hemp extract is also high in Omega-3 and Omega-6, which are two fats known as unsaturated fats or ‘good fats’. Some food examples of unsaturated fats are avocados, olives, and peanuts. These fats are high in protein and excellent for your daily diet. In fact: hemp seeds contain all the amino acids you need from a protein source, which is very rare when it comes to plant proteins. Another plant food like this is quinoa, which – you guessed it – makes hemp seed another superfood!
Eating foods that are high in protein is important for a balanced diet. But for people who are especially active and exercising daily or even just once, eating foods that are high in protein within two hours of exercise will help build and repair muscles. So by consuming hemp extract products, you’re helping your body recover and grow after being active. Pretty cool, right? Bet your regular seltzer can’t do that!
You heard me! Since CBD is an anti-inflammatory, it reduces all inflammation it comes into contact with. That includes acne, which makes hemp extract good for your skin health!
Furthermore, we know that hemp extract contains Vitamin C and Vitamin B, which are both excellent vitamins for skin health as well. Vitamin C promotes the body’s production of collagen, which is what will fill in those lines and wrinkles from aging, smiling, scowling, and even help heal scars. (Vitamin C is a common ingredient in a lot of the serums that skincare companies are pumping out like crazy right now because of its ability to make the body produce collagen.) The proteins and amino acids in hemp are also good to introduce to your body because your body will break them down and create more collagen from the protein and amino acids.
Vitamin B is common in facemasks and creams because it also helps reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Vitamin B reduces the redness of acne as well. So if you add hemp extract to your diet, you will be fighting the appearance of wrinkles and acne, all while you build muscle and treat swelling and pain!
Superfood, Super You
There’s an old saying, ‘you are what you eat’, which is used to encourage people to eat healthy and therefore feel better. When it comes to hemp, introducing hemp oil or any extract product daily, is an easy way to help your body improve. Hemp products are going to give you protein, nutrients, and vitamins, and bring down any inflammation (and we all have it – even if you don’t know it) without the harmful and permanent side-effects we’ve come to accept from mainstream drugs.
So next time you reach for a protein bar, a seltzer, or a new skincare regiment: give hemp extract a try.