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Hemp seeds are produced from the hemp plant, also called Cannabis Sativa L. They have been highlighted and growing in popularity due to their nutritious value and health benefits. No…
Hemp seeds are produced from the hemp plant, also called Cannabis Sativa L. They have been highlighted and growing in popularity due to their nutritious value and health benefits. No other single plant source can compare with the nutritional value of hemp seeds. In its small seed, it packs a good source of amino acids, protein, fiber, and essential fatty acids. Hemp seeds are also considered to be more allergy-free than other seeds.
Benefits of Hemp Seed
“One of the most complete sources of vegetable nutrition known to man”
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Hemp seeds have several benefits that make it a superior source of your daily nutrients:
Hemp is nutritionally superior to Flax, Chia, or Fish Oil:
Contains both GLA (gamma linolenic acid) and CLA (conjugated linoleic acid). GLA is a fatty acid that has anti-inflammatory properties. CLA is a building block of cell membranes. It also offers more protein than Flax & Chia.
A naturally balanced ratio of Essential Fatty Acids:
Offers a naturally balanced 1:3 ratio of Omega-3 and Omega-6 Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs). EFAs are responsible for strengthening your immune system.
Offers all 10 Essential Amino Acids:
There are 8 amino acids the human body cannot make and 2 more the body cannot make in sufficient quantity. Hemp offers all these essential amino acids in its seed.
Great source of both Soluble & Insoluble Dietary Fiber:
Hemp seeds offer 17g of fiber per serving, while a serving of hemp protein also contains 8-11g of fiber. Hemp seeds are a great way to add fiber to your daily diet.
Source of vitamins and minerals:
Hemp seeds are a great source of vitamin E and minerals such as phosphorus, potassium, sodium, magnesium, sulfur, calcium, iron and zinc.
25% of the total calories are High Quality Protein:
65% of the protein is edestin, a protein that helps your immune system to properly function. 35% of the protein is albumin, which helps the protein get easily assimilated into the body. Hemp offers a great alternative for protein if you are allergic to dairy.
Fights bad cholesterol levels & blood clots:
Studies have suggested that hempseed and hempseed oil can help break down cholesterol as well as fight blood clots, which are typically caused by high cholesterol levels.
Helps improve various skin conditions:
Clinical trials have shown that Omega-3 and Omega-6 in hemp oil helps dry skin defects and are beneficial for the treatment of conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.
Ways to Eat Hemp Seeds
Hemp seeds can be eaten in so many different ways. It just really depends on your creativity. Here are just a few common ways to eat hemp seeds:
Eat raw as a snack.
Mix into your smoothie.
Sprinkle on top of cereal, salads, yogurt, or even oatmeal.
Substitute hemp for breadcrumbs to coat chicken or fish.
Hulled hemp, often called hemp hearts, is the entire hemp seed with the crunchy outer shell removed. Hulling the seeds, rather than eating as a whole, makes it easier to eat since the shell is quite crunchy. Removing the shell also makes the hemp hearts more nutritious, as it increases the overall percentage of protein and essential fatty acids. Hemp hearts can be eaten in numerous ways, such as mixing in shakes, cereal, or sprinkling some on your salad.Toasted hemp seeds are whole hemp seeds that are roasted in high temperatures for a varied length of time. This results in a popcorn like snack that makes it easy to snack on. Toasted hemp seeds are popular snacks in many countries around the world, especially in the Middle East.In addition to hulled & toasted hemp seeds, producers add hemp seeds as an ingredient to their products, as hemp is such a healthy supplement. Be on the lookout to see if you run into any energy bars or spreads that have hemp seed in them!
Where is it grown?
Hemp is grown in most industrialized countries, except the United States. The US is actually the only industrialized nation that does not allow the farming of hemp (but this might change soon!). Many countries typically grow hemp for industrial use (construction, textiles, etc.) rather than for food. For good edible hemp seed, Canada is known to be the best quality. This is not only because of the taste of the hemp strain that the Canadian farmers use, but also because of the strict restrictions that the Canadian government enforces. Canadian farmers are only allowed to use hemp seed varieties that are listed under Health Canada’s List of Approved Cultivars. All hemp seeds from Canada are non-GMO verified, which means the seeds are not genetically modified. Canadian farmers also don’t use pesticides when farming hemp. You can also look for the “Pro-Cert Organic” certifications on the brands that you buy. This ensures that the seeds are free of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, and fungicides. Lot of hemp manufacturers are now warning consumers to watch out for Chinese hemp that is flooding the market. Chinese hemp producers aren’t regulated as strictly as Canadian farmers. An easy way to tell the difference between Canadian hemp and others is by taste. Canadian hemp has much more of a nutty flavor whereas other seeds (especially China) have a very bland taste. Since you won’t be able to taste the hemp until you buy a packet, make sure to check their labels to ensure the hemp is certified from Canada!
Hemp seeds have a pleasant nutty taste that could be compared to unflavored sunflower seeds, but with a much softer texture.
It’s relatively easy to find hemp seeds at your local grocery stores. However, there’s also a lot of boutique US brands that offer great hemp seed products through honest ingredients and fair prices. Check out our full unbiased review of hemp seed products below to find which brand offers the best quality hemp seeds and where you can buy them.
As the human population grows, so do our need for more land to grow the crops that keep us fed. But our dependence on fossil fuels and dirty industrial processes have left a lot of land too toxic to sustain life. That’s where the rapidly growing field of “bioremediation” can be vital. Bioremediation essentially means using living things to heal the soil, allowing us to clean and reclaim some of these polluted lands. While bacteria and other microorganisms can be used, phytoremediation, from the Greek word for plant, relies on crops like hemp.
Below, we’ll take a look at the reasons why hemp is such a promising plant for bioremediation. At the same time, we’ll also touch on the risks posed by heavy metals and toxins, which can inadvertently end up in hemp-based consumer products.
Hemp Soil Remediation VS The Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster
One of the most dramatic demonstrations of industrial hemp‘s potential was in Chernobyl, in the aftermath of the historic 1986 nuclear disaster which spewed radioactive waste across Eastern Europe. Over 100,000 square kilometers of Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus were inundated with radiation, rendering much of them unusable.
In the late 90s, a company called Phytotech began experimenting with industrial hemp in some polluted Ukrainian regions. The results were extremely promising.
“Phytoremediation can be used to remove radioactive elements from soil and water at former weapons producing facilities,” explained Elaine Charkowski for Central Oregon Green Pages in winter of 1998. “It can also be used to clean up metals, pesticides, solvents, explosives, crude oil, polyaromatic hydrocarbons, and toxins leaching from landfills.”
“Hemp is proving to be one of the best phyto-remediative plants we have been able to find,” Slavik Dushenkov, a research scientist with Phytotech, told Charkowski.
Harvested Hemp Could Be Used As Biofuel
While hemp that’s been planted near Chernobyl obviously can’t be made into food or medicine, it can still be safely distilled into ethanol for use as a biofuel.
Belarus also conducted successful experiments in growing hemp on contaminated soil for later use as fuel. “By using hemp to create biofuels (namely ethanol), scientists believe they can take advantage of the large amounts of contaminants hemp removes from soil as a byproduct of growing, trapping them in the plants, which are then removed entirely once the crop cycle completes,” reported CannaZine Hemp News in July 2009.
“The Government of Belarus has declared ethanol a priority topic for energy development. So we are very happy today to see the first steps being taken, in what we are sure will be a successful and large-scale development of ethanol production,” declared Sergei Martynov, former foreign minister of Belarus.
Beyond Radiation: From Cadmium to Oil Spills
In a paper published in September 2012 in Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology, a team of five researchers in China reported on their successful experiments with hemp to absorb cadmium from the soil. Left untreated, cadmium in soil can enter the food chain, and consumption can cause severe joint and spinal pain. Too much exposure is known to even affect the kidneys and link to cancer.
The scientists experimented with 18 different varieties of hemp that are native to China. They identified 7 varieties which exhibited the highest concentrations of Cadmium (Cd) when grown in polluted soil.
“These cultivars, therefore, are good candidates for the implementation of the new strategy of cultivating biodiesel crops for phytoremediation of Cd-contaminated soils,” they wrote.
Phytoremediation could also provide an alternative to harmful chemicals like Corexit, which are currently used to clean up oil spills. In 1999, the U.S. Navy experimented with using kenaf, a member of the hibiscus family which produces a fiber that’s similar to jute. The Navy found that kenaf could successfully absorb oil spills, thanks to its absorbent, fibrous core.
“A uniquely similar core fiber is also found in hemp,” wrote “Johnny Green,” a hemp activist, in a September 2016 report from Green Flower, a site dedicated to cannabis and hemp education.
Unfortunately, the use of hemp for bioremediation is limited by the war on drugs in the U.S., which drives up the price of hemp and limits who can grow hemp or conduct research.
“It is more expensive to produce the hemp than the chemical agents,” Green wrote. “Essentially, it would take a tremendous amount of core fibers from hemp to be able to clean up some of these larger oil spills.”
Toxins Absorbed By Hemp Can Also End Up In Consumer Products
Hemp’s potential for environmental cleanup also poses a risk to consumers when everyday agricultural hemp is grown under less than exacting conditions.
Even though some CBD extracts and other hemp products are now produced in the United States, thanks in large part to the 2014 Farm Bill, the vast majority are still imported from overseas.
The main problem for end consumers is the lack of transparency when it comes to the CBD’s origin. There are basically no data behind the volume and quality control behind these CBD oil imports.
The main reason why hemp’s cultivation environment is so important is because of hemp’s properties of absorbing contaminants from the soil while it grows. So if the soil it was grown on is not good, clean soil, then that plant might contain high levels of lead or mercury.
The risks aren’t limited just to hemp products either. An investigation by NBC Los Angeles in February 2017 found potentially dangerous levels of pesticides in multiple products sold in medical cannabis dispensaries, forcing state officials to pull the products from the shelves. A 2015 investigation by Smithsonian found legal cannabis was often laced with fungus or heavy metals. While most states are implementing more stringent safety precautions as a result of these risks, it’s another sign that source and quality matter when it comes to both cannabis and hemp.
Hemp Provides Hope For Reclaiming The Earth From Pollution
For centuries, Taranto, in the Puglia region of Italy, was known for its fine traditional cheese, drawing tourists from around the world. But by 2008, a nearby steel mill had rendered the cheese unfit for human consumption, forcing the government to cull farmers’ animals.
Once a thriving agricultural center, the Ilva steel plant, the largest in Europe, turned “Taranto into a grimy industrial city,” reported Sara Manisera in July 2016 for Slate. All the local livestock were “contaminated with a dangerous cocktail of nickel, lead” from eating grass grown in toxic soil. Residents suffer from a high frequency of cancer and kidney diseases.
Now farmers are turning to hemp to reclaim their soil. In just five years, Taranto’s experiment with hemp grew to almost 100 farmers, who have collectively planted about 300 hectares of hemp. While the farmers can only sell the fibers now, since the edible parts could be toxic, each crop makes the soil a little cleaner.
Vincenzo Fornaro, who owned what had been one of the most popular dairy farms, told Manisera that hemp had brought him a new outlook:
“We have to start giving back what we took from the environment and provide an alternative employment to our children. For now we use hemp only for industrial processing. I hope in the future we can use it also for nourishment. But what is certain is that we will surround the Ilva plant with hemp.”
As more and more people realize hemp’s promise, and fewer laws restrict its use, we believe millions more people will experience that same sense of hope, too.
As millions of Americans struggle with increasingly stressful lives, some of them are turning to cannabis, specifically CBD, to ease their anxiety. According to the National Institute of Mental Health,…
As millions of Americans struggle with increasingly stressful lives, some of them are turning to cannabis, specifically CBD, to ease their anxiety.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, about 18 percent of Americans experienced the symptoms of an anxiety disorder at some point over the past 12 months, making it the most common form of mental illness in the United States. Even for the rest of us, our chaotic world can still often leave us feeling overwhelmed.
Regular users of psychoactive cannabis, also commonly known as marijuana, frequently report using the substance to relax after a hard day. For many people, hemp-based CBD oil can offer similar benefits, but with few side effects and without making them feel “high”.
Just as with our recent article on using CBD for pain relief, we’ve examined both the scientific evidence and anecdotal reports from regular CBD consumers online. Though there is still a lot of research to be done into CBD and anxiety, the preliminary results looks extremely promising.
The link between cannabis, CBD, and anxiety
Paradoxically, while many people look forward to that afterwork toke, other people report struggling with paranoia when they ingest psychoactive cannabis. This seems to happen often when they take more than they’re used to. Science suggests that CBD plays a key role in this seemingly paradoxical set of responses to the same substance.
Bailey Rahn, a writer at the cannabis information site Leafly, reported that some cannabis users have successfully counteracted these feelings of paranoia by taking additional CBD oil. High CBD strains also seem to generally be less likely to induce paranoia, and are often sought out by anxiety sufferers in states with legal recreational or medicinal cannabis.
“Cannabidiol balances the buzz and softens the euphoria — or, in some cases, the dysphoria — induced by THC, which, in concentrated form, can make people feel very loopy and weird,” wrote cannabis expert Martin A. Lee in his book “Smoke Signals,” in a passage quoted by Rahn.
Science supports CBD’s ‘Considerable Potential’ as anxiety treatment
Like all extracts of hemp or cannabis, CBD oil is known to work primarily through its effects on the endocannabinoid system, where it mimics chemicals similar to cannabis that are naturally occurring in all humans. Some research has even seems to link Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other anxiety-linked conditions to lower than normal levels of these natural occurring compounds.
Currently, however, more research has been done into the effects of CBD on serotonin, a neurotransmitter found in the human brain and nervous system that plays a crucial role in mood (including depression and anxiety), sleep and other key biological processes.
“Overall, current evidence indicates CBD has considerable potential as a treatment for multiple anxiety disorders.”
Most scientific research of CBD for anxiety is “preclinical,” meaning animal research rather than on humans, but these studies have found that CBD seems to function similarly to commonly prescribed SSRI class of pharmaceutical drugs by encouraging the action of serotonin receptors in the brain. Both SSRIs and CBD seem to promote regeneration of the hippocampus, a region of the brain that plays a role in both depression and anxiety.
In a survey of 34 studies which did include human subjects, published in May 2012 in Pharmaceuticals (Basel), Simon Zhornitsky and Stéphane Potvin found that CBD showed promise in numerous conditions from bipolar disorder to social anxiety.
“[P]reliminary clinical trials suggest that high-dose oral CBD (150–600 mg/d) may exert a therapeutic effect for social anxiety disorder, insomnia and epilepsy,” they wrote, but warned that high doses of CBD can “also … cause mental sedation.”
In a similar September 2015 survey, published in Neurotherapeutics, a team of 4 researchers looked at the results of both human and animal studies of CBD.
“Overall, current evidence indicates CBD has considerable potential as a treatment for multiple anxiety disorders,” the team wrote, though they emphasized that further study is needed.
CBD users find lower doses can also be effective
Scientific research into CBD seems to mostly focus on its positive effect on overall anxiety levels, and anecdotal reports we read from CBD consumers suggests it may be more effective when taken regularly rather than a treatment for specific flare-ups of “acute” anxiety.
“For me, it’s good for quelling the low level, day-to-day anxiety that buzzes in the background, but it isn’t strong enough to stop a panic attack the way xanax can,” wrote redditor WilliamMelvinHicks in a December discussion on Reddit.
Other redditors reported that too high of a dose of CBD can sometimes exacerbate anxiety. “That’s why [it’s] always good to start small and work yourself up,” wrote kiiinglouie, another redditor.
Though much is still waiting to be learned about CBD and anxiety, since CBD oil is legally available to consumers and has few side effects for most, it’s worth experimenting with hemp extracts to see if they can help you destress, too.
Let us know how you’re using CBD too, we’d love to hear your stories. Reach us at [email protected].
* This article is part 2 of our series of exploring the potential benefits of CBD oil. Read our other posts:
Clean, healthy water is the essence of prosperity in every society. Yet, as we’ve seen from recent crises such as the one in Flint, Michigan, access to clean water continues…
Clean, healthy water is the essence of prosperity in every society.
Yet, as we’ve seen from recent crises such as the one in Flint, Michigan, access to clean water continues to be a challenge even in a developed country like the United States. But what if there was a low-cost, quick-fix solution for the nation’s aging water systems that filters and purifies water at the tap without the need for harmful chemicals or costly systems?
Using hemp as a water filter seems to be a viable answer.
Foundation for Industrial Hemp Production & Research (FIHPR), a non-profit organization, has developed a hemp microfiber water filter after 2+ years of research and development. The new filter addresses many noticeable and unnoticeable problems, such as actively reducing rust, chlorine and E.Coli. It contains all-natural filter media: scientifically proven anti-bacterial/-microbial hemp fiber as well as activated coconut shell carbon, achieving a more thorough purification than most standard pitcher and faucet filters.
Hemp Microfiber Water Filter
“We have one, and it works so well! Our water is terrible fairly certain our pipes are rusted and a landlord who has no concern,” remarked one anonymous tester. “Since we got a HMF filter there has been no brassy residue and I feel confident it has improved our water quality significantly!”
Why use hemp for filtration
Michael Crippen, the founder of FIHPR, started researching water purification with the use of hemp micro-fibers at the request of an ex-navy entrepreneur about 2 years ago. Originally starting on a project on hemp biodiesel, he discovered the antibacterial nature of hemp fibers that could be utilized in the consumer market.
Ever since this discovery, Michael has spent the past two years on research and prototyping. As a student at University of South Florida majoring in chemical engineering, Michael has dedicated most of his research and free time on developing the hemp filter.
Michael bemoans the use of toxic chemicals and non-organic materials, as these methods may persist into the consumer’s’ drinking water and cause illness. Instead, his organization seeks to make available a healthier alternative that helps to reduce harmful components of municipal filtration. None of the filters contain any harmful materials.
The advantages of a hemp water filter
According to FIHPR, there are numerous upsides to the use of the hemp microfiber water filter. This includes a near endless resistance to mildew and mold, along with all the capabilities of standard filters. The vision behind the filters is to assist households around America and the world with an easy-to-use, effective in all environments filtration solution.
Currently, the only purification method to achieve anti-bacterial/microbial results are solutions such as UV-radiation and chlorine. The former option in incredibly expensive and bulky, while the latter is incredibly toxic. Hemp as an alternative is truly an attractive option that makes purification affordable and non-toxic.
The hemp water filter is more than just a filter. It’s a softener and purifier that cleans drinking and cooking water for the whole family. The hemp microfibers captures and kills 95% of bacteria and microbes without leaving toxic residue. It also effectively reduces natural gas, dyes, and tannins.
How the hemp filter could be a real gamechanger
Water quality infographic by UN Water
According to the UN-Water, “783 million people do not have access to clean water and almost 2.5 billion do not have access to adequate sanitation. ” This figure, along with the National Resource Defense Council’s study on copper and lead violations, provide a good view of the global water situation.
With the adoption of hemp filters as a viable purification solution, we can hope to positively contribute to solving this crisis. As a non-profit, FIHPR’s goal is to provide filters at no-cost to in-need communities and to help modernize aging and developing infrastructure around the world.
The water crisis in Flint, Michigan was a critical reminder of the importance of the quality of drinking water in society. With contamination and water scarcity becoming an increasingly bigger issue around the world, an eco-friendly and affordable solution such as hemp filter should be seriously considered.
How you can help
Unfortunately, most consumers end up purchasing filters based on what’s immediately available in supermarkets and don’t know if it’s actually improving their tap water.
Michael asks that any customers with questions or concerns contact their direct line +1(727)271-9916 for immediate assistance.Each filter costs $29.99 and the refills come in packs of 4 for $64.99. FIHPR intends to take the proceeds and start a non-profit that will help to provide adequate filtration to in-need houses at no cost, while expanding the type of filters and available services.
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Among the numerous uses of hemp, one of its most popular application is as a food source. In grocery stores, you can now find hemp food products such as hemp…
Among the numerous uses of hemp, one of its most popular application is as a food source. In grocery stores, you can now find hemp food products such as hemp seeds, hemp seed oil, hemp milk, hemp tea, and even hemp infusion drinks. These hemp (or cannabis) products bring together the nutritional and medical benefits, along with hemp’s unique nutty taste to a variety of different consumer products.
In this article, we’ll break down the top hemp food products that you can buy online or at your local grocery store.
Hemp Seed Oil
Hemp seed oil is made by cold pressing of hemp seeds and is not suitable for frying because of its low smoke point (160 C/320 F). One of the main health benefit of hemp seed oil is that it offers a very balanced EFA (essential fatty acids) distributions in your body, unlike flaxseed oil. Hemp seed oil consists of:
55% linoleic acid (LA/omega-6)
22% alpha-linoleic acid (ALA/omega-3)
1%-4% gamma-linoleic acid (GLA)
1%-2% stearidonic acid (SDA/omega-3)
Often confused with hemp seed oil, another beneficial variation of hemp oil is hemp extract oils with phytocannabinoids. One of the most clinically studied cannabinoids is CBD (cannabidiol). which is known to have numerous benefits. Among many other things, it’s known to have the potential to treat neuroinflammation, chronic pain, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis (MS), HIV/AIDS and even cancer. The higher CBD content, the more potent medicinal effect observed.
Therefore, some experts recommend not only to take hemp oil as a supplement, but also apply it directly to your skin. There are plenty of skin care products, such as balms and shampoos, infused with hemp oil that are loved by consumers for its properties. They not only are excellent moisturizers, but they also help reduce dandruff, seborrhea, and itchy scalps.
Probably the most yummy product that is derived from cannabis is hemp heart seeds. You can easily add these to almost any salads. Hemp hearts are rich in fiber, full of complete proteins, and contains well-balanced fats. Among the health benefits of the hemp hearts, many studies support the ideas that it could promote digestion, reduce bowel syndrome, and normalize gastrointestinal tracts. It’s also shown to reduce PMS and menopause symptoms. More critically, hemp seeds have shown to be beneficial to cardiovascular health, as it may reduce blood pressure and decrease risks of a heart attack.
Hemp milk, is another popular product made from hemp seeds, often additionally flavored with vanilla or chocolates. Overall, it is a great alternative to soy, nuts milk or traditional milk as it contains no dairy. Hemp seeds are also known to not cause any allergic reactions. Majority of hemp milk’s benefits come from the hemp seeds, which provides rich omega fatty acids, calcium, iron, niacin, and zinc.
Hemp tea, which consists of dry hemp leaves or toasted hemp seeds, contains trace amount of many useful cannabinoids (like CBD) that may substantially vary depending on the plant species. However, majority of cannabinoids are not water soluble. Therefore, in order to maximize the health benefits of hemp tea, we recommend adding the dry hemp with a few spoons of oil, butter, or some alcohol. This will help cannabinoids to dissolve faster and more effectively. Hemp tea lovers claim multiple health benefits of hemp tea, such as:
Helps with insomnia, reduce anxiety, stress and depressions
Illuminates nausea and irritable bowel syndrome that are frequently happening to chemotherapy patients
Reduces chronic pain, sometimes reduce allergy, reduce inflammations. This makes it popular among rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis (MS) patients
Hemp Infusion Drinks
Hemp infusion drinks, like Hempfy, is a great example of how hemp is utilized to make healthy and tasty drinks. They can be consumed solo or even added to cocktail mixes.
Whatever cannabis products you choose to try, we hope you’ll come to love cannabis as much as we do 😉
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The Answer Is More Complex Than It Seems Is CBD oil legal in the US? Oddly, the answer seems to depend on who you ask. Despite the many benefits of…
The Answer Is More Complex Than It Seems
Is CBD oil legal in the US? Oddly, the answer seems to depend on who you ask.
Despite the many benefits of CBD oil and a growing field of research showing both its safety and its efficacy, this popular hemp extract exists today in a confusing legal gray area.
The Drug Enforcement Agency insists that CBD oil is illegal at the federal level, while other legal experts and many vendors and producers of CBD oil think the DEA is overstepping its bounds and argue that hemp extracts are legal.
The good news is that individual consumers of CBD oil appear to be safe. There’s simply no indication that CBD-only extracts, which are made from agricultural hemp and do not cause a high like psychoactive cannabis, are being regularly targeted by anyone in law enforcement. This is especially true in states that have passed laws legalizing CBD.
We’re not lawyers, but we’ve studied the arguments of both sides, and done our best to summarize them in this article and propose what we think might happen next. While CBD’s defenders have a lot of legal ammunition on their side, ultimately whether CBD oil remains available in the future may depend on the actions of the federal government and the courts.
Congress legalized hemp growing & sales for research in 2014
Even though many states have begun to legalize psychoactive cannabis, on a federal level cannabis remains illegal. Despite the mountains of evidence that cannabis in all its forms has numerous benefits to humanity, under the rules of the Controlled Substances Act cannabis is a Schedule I substance, legally defined as a dangerous drug with no medical benefit whatsoever.
Agricultural hemp, the close, but non-psychoactive cousin of cannabis, was also illegal for decades in the United States, from shortly after the end of prohibition until the 21st-century, apart from a brief window when farmers were encouraged to grow hemp during WWII. That changed in 2014, when the annual Farm Bill included a provision allowing states with legal hemp laws on the books to begin licensing growers for research purposes. Crucially, the bill defined research broadly to even include market research, or sales of products based on hemp including CBD.
President Obama signed the Farm Bill in 2014
Further, provisions of the 2015 and 2016 Congressional Appropriations Act forbade the U.S. government from using its funds to prosecute anyone involved in these pilot programs.
Into this new market came a number of successful hemp growers, especially in the Southeastern United States, where falling tobacco profits had left farmers eager for a new cash crop. While some CBD products are imported, many of the highest quality CBD-oil products originate with hemp grown in carefully controlled conditions here in the U.S. As word of CBD’s many benefits and few side effects spread, its popularity grew and so did sales of CBD products.
DEA creates CBD confusion after making Schedule I threat
On December 14, DEA added a notice to the Federal Register that began the process of classifying CBD as a Schedule I drug, alongside psychoactive cannabis. In the notice, the agency argued that CBD oil was already illegal, because all products still contain trace amounts of THC, the psychoactive, and illegal main active ingredient in cannabis, but this new classification would cover CBD-only products, too.
Federal Registrar segment on new DEA rule. 12/14/16.
Immediately, many headlines declared that it was all over for CBD in America. Leafly, a top cannabis news and information website, declared that the “New DEA Rule Says CBD Oil is Really, Truly, No-Joke Illegal.” But the hemp industry fired back, insisting that their products are protected by the 2014 Farm Bill and the subsequent Appropriations Acts.
John Ryan, founder of Ananda Hemp, which grows hundreds of acres of hemp in Kentucky and Tennessee, subsequently using it to produce CBD oil and other hemp products, strongly condemned the move.
“People need to understand that there are federal laws that the DEA cannot bypass,” Ryan told MintPress News. “If they do, they can expect legal challenges from the industry.”
Similarly, Robert Hoban, managing partner at the Denver-based Hoban Law Firm, told Fox 31 Denver that the DEA’s new classification was “an invalid rule” under the law. He continued:
At the end of the day, the DEA needs to sit down, read the Controlled Substances Act, read the farm bill and understand that what they’re saying has practical implications on commerce and on patients around this country. That’s not weight they should throw around so lightly.
Hemp food precedent shows DEA’s history of overreach
In 2001, the DEA attempted to ban the manufacture, sales or import of food and cosmetics made from agricultural hemp seeds produced overseas, using a similar argument that these products contained trace amounts of THC even though they didn’t make anyone high. In a pair of cases brought by the hemp industry, judges ruled “that the DEA had exceeded its authority and struck down the rules as void,” according to Rod Kight, a lawyer who is an expert on drug laws and an advocate for cannabis legalization.
On his blog Kight on Cannabis, Kight noted that now that hemp cultivation is legal in the U.S., the decisions made in these earlier cases apply “to domestically cultivated hemp and its products (such as extracts containing CBD) as well as imported hemp and its products.”
“In other words, marijuana extracts from non-psychoactive (industrial) hemp containing only trace amounts (or less) of naturally occurring THC is wholly legal,” he concluded.
A “clarification” of the new rule issued this month may be a sign that the DEA is backing down from some of its threats by acknowledging the limits of their authority:
By creating a new drug code for marijuana extract, the Final Rule divides into more descriptive pieces the materials, compounds, mixtures, and preparations that fall within the CSA [Controlled Substances Act] definition of marijuana. Both drug code 7360 (marijuana) and new drug code 7350 (marijuana extract) are limited to that which falls within the CSA definition of marijuana.
“It is the first time that the Federal government has explicitly stated that cannabinoids (aside from THC which is separately scheduled) are not in and of themselves illegal substances,” Kight noted in another blog entry.
Hope for CBD and hemp in an uncertain future
Based on our layman’s understanding of the law, if CBD extracts are truly free of THC, and made from agricultural hemp rather than psychoactive cannabis, they’re most likely legal and free from regulation under the Controlled Substances Act. We believe consumers should feel safe buying and using these products, although little is absolutely certain in the current political climate.
Jeff Sessions, the newly minted Attorney General of the United States, has repeatedly threatened to crack down on cannabis in states which have legalized its consumption. He has also spread misinformation about the supposed dangers of cannabis, when in reality this plant is extremely safe (apart from the risks to life and liberty posed by police under the war on drugs).
At the same time, with so many states passing laws to allow either recreational medical use of cannabis, the Justice Department could face an uphill battle if they want to turn the tide of the drug war away from legalization. Likewise, there seems to be ample state and federal laws to protect access to CBD oil for the foreseeable future, though the hemp industry could be forced to fight a potentially costly legal battle to defend itself.
While CBD extracts and CBD-based products may face legal threats in the future, at Ministry of Hemp we’re hopeful that good sense will eventually prevail. Until cannabis, hemp, and all their derivatives are completely legal, we can periodically expect to see this kind of government interference in our lives. However, with the popularity of cannabis legalization at an all-time high among both Republicans and Democrats, we think total legalization is only a matter of time.
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The non-psychoactive, highly therapeutic compound known as cannabidiol (CBD) has opened up a new channel of alternative therapy for pets. As more people start to familiarize themselves with the healing…
The non-psychoactive, highly therapeutic compound known as cannabidiol (CBD) has opened up a new channel of alternative therapy for pets. As more people start to familiarize themselves with the healing properties of cannabinoids, it might be time to consider the use of CBD as a viable treatment option for man’s best friend.
CBD oil is characterized by its low dosage of THC, making it an attractive option for humans and animals, especially those who prefer to avoid any psychoactive effects. CBD has been shown to alleviate a variety of ailments, such as arthritis, inflammation, stress disorders, anxiety, chronic pain, and seizures. Overall, early research indicates that CBD is a versatile compound with an assortment of benefits that can help ease your pet’s discomfort.
To help pet owners looking to try CBD oil for their pets, we’ve broken down the best ways to administer hemp oil. The most popular types of CBD products are CBD hemp extracts, tinctures, topical creams, and edibles.
CBD Oil Extracts
CBD oil allows for more precise dosage and quicker reaction time than that of edibles. It offers pet owners control over how much CBD their canine is ingesting, and acts more like an oil-based health supplement rather than a recreational cannabis product.
CBD potency measures at a variety of levels, ranging from pure CBD to a mix of CBD and THC. Many CBD pet treat manufacturers are adamant about only using hemp CBD oils for their products, due to the dangers that THC poses to pets. However, some manufacturers still prefer to use the full-spectrum oil, which includes a combination of CBD and THC. One of these companies, Bark Avenue, says the full therapeutic properties of the cannabis plant cannot be felt without using BOTH of the cannabinoids. Sometimes these THC-CBD ratios, if dosed correctly, have been seen to be useful for more severe symptoms and conditions.
Dog owners should always consider where CBD oil brands source their oil from. It’s important to ensure the oil is sourced from reputable suppliers that conduct third party lab tests. Another important factor is to consult with a qualified veterinarian to discuss the most appropriate course of treatment for their trusty sidekick. Oil extracts are much more potent compared to other CBD products, and that is why they are used as the foundation for some of the other cannabis concentrates that we will discuss below.
Tinctures come in a form of a bottle and dropper to administer the oil to your pets. While not as potent as extracts, it does well for those who are looking to relieve more mild symptoms like muscle pains, nausea, stress or anxiety. It’s a great entry point for pet owners who are still wary of hemp-based treatments.
Tinctures are liquid hemp extracts made by infusing CBD compounds with mixtures of vegetable glycerine, oil, or alcohol. It is essentially a cannabis-infused solution. Tinctures are administered orally, and a dose consists of a few drops placed under the tongue. This delivery method helps the compound be absorbed more efficiently into the bloodstream, allowing for better dosage control and immediate relief. It provides moderate or low CBD potency with a variety of flavors. CBD tinctures are a great option for pet parents who want to integrate CBD as a daily dietary supplement for their pup. CBD tinctures have been shown to alleviate symptoms such as nausea, body aches, seizures, anxiety, and loss of appetite for dogs facing the pains of old age.
Hemp-infused topicals are a traditional remedy for individuals and animals suffering from body aches and joint pains. Topicals are applied directly on the skin, delivering immediate localized relief. Only for external use, the salves and creams are absorbed into the skin to treat allergic reactions, weak joints, muscle pain and inflammation. Most cannabis topicals are mixed with other therapeutic compounds like essential oils and herbal extracts to provide an additional layer of healing effects for you and your pet. These balms and creams made from CBD are a great option for those who need consistent relief throughout the day.
The CBD potency level for topical products is moderate compared to pure CBD oil. This transdermal treatment option does not reach the bloodstream–meaning even if the topical had a trace amount of THC you still will not feel the “high” you’d get from smoking or ingesting it.
From skin allergies to arthritis pains, CBD-rich topicals can provide localized pain relief and immediate soothing sensations. Some brands infused their CBD topicals with other compounds like cooling menthol or a warming agent to help speed up the healing process. Geriatric dogs facing joint pain or weak bones can experience the strong painkilling properties of CBD. While other dogs with itchiness and skin issues will be able to rest more comfortable with the calming effects of these topicals.
For pet owners who see their dogs suffering from arthritis and skin irritations, topical CBD treatments may be worth considering. People would be surprised to see the difference one remedy makes for the overall health and happiness of their canine.
If you have a dog, you know how difficult it is to feed them medications. They somehow manage to eat the entire treat except for the medicine pill. Administering the oil through a tincture could also be equally challenging, as your dog avoids to open her mouth and runs away. CBD dog treats give you the option to treat your pet with a pain relieving compound while providing them with an easy to swallow and enjoyable snack. With all the delicious flavor combinations available, your pet will not be able to tell the difference between their favorite treat and medicine. Over time, they may even become one in the same!
Pet edibles are made by mixing CBD oils with dog treat ingredients. CBD is commonly found infused within the butter or added directly to the recipe as the oil extract. Unlike tinctures and other delivery methods, edibles take longer to absorb. This delay poses a danger for pets because after they eat a CBD treat they may seem okay and exhibit no side effects, and you may even want to give them more to make sure it’s working. That is a bad idea!
Due to the digestive process, edibles take much longer to kick in and can have varying levels of potency. Pet owners must follow the proper pet dosage guidelines (especially with edibles) and always start off with the smallest amount to see how your pet reacts. The biggest risk of edibles is overconsumption.
Ultimately, CBD dog treats are an excellent choice when consumed responsibly!
Correct Dosage: How much is too much?
If you don’t purchase from reputable sources there is a real and present danger that you could end up giving your pet a CBD product that has high psychoactivity or toxicity level.
The most common side effect of CBD overconsumption is drowsiness. More serious side effects can include excessive itching or mild vomiting. With proper dosing and careful observation, these side effects are seldom encountered. However, if your dog does react with these symptoms or exhibits greater sensitivity to CBD, you should stop providing the hemp oil immediately and consult your vet before proceeding any further.
Patience is key when treating your pet with hemp-based products. It’s important to pay attention to dosing guidelines and always start with the lowest dose to monitor and observe the effect it has on your pup. Once you have a better idea of how your pet can process CBD, you can then increase the dosage if you find they have more severe pain.
Future of cannabis-based Pet Treatments
Since cannabis remains as a Schedule I drug in the U.S., veterinarians are hesitant to prescribe cannabis treatments to their patients. Pure cannabis (high THC) is very toxic for pets. The consumption of psychoactive cannabis can cause seizures, stomach problems, and severe respiratory issues for dogs. The growing popularity of marijuana edibles has resulted in a wave of pet hospitalizations due to cannabis ingestion. Veterinarians are seeing more cases of pets accidentally eating their owner’s “pot” or edibles stash. With the unregulated nature of the cannabis market, if you don’t purchase from reputable sources there is a real and present danger that you could end up giving your pet a CBD product that has high THC or toxicity level.
Hemp derived CBD oil for pets have become a popular treatment for pet parents seeking more holistic pain relief without the legal implications of marijuana. Hemp is a legally sold substance in the United States. You can find hemp CBD products in various shops across the US, especially in the dispensaries where these CBD products have become big sellers among the pet communities.
Putting a stop to the stigma behind medical marijuana will require a significant amount of scientific research. However, CBD’s medicinal future looks promising due to its unique compound structure that allows people and animals to experience the therapeutic effects of cannabis, without the psychoactive effects. These new modes of CBD consumption are helping people see the great potential CBD has. With further research and changing perceptions, we hope to see more pets experience the pain-relieving sensations of medical cannabis.
Psychoactive cannabis, commonly known as marijuana, has been frequently used to relieve the suffering caused by everything from migraines to menstrual cramps. CBD oil has almost no THC, the main mind-altering chemical in cannabis, and therefore offers many of the same benefits without making users “high.”
Instead of giving you another sales pitch about the benefits of CBD, Ministry of Hemp wants to help you understand the facts and science behind the benefits — and the limitations — of this herbal extract. Starting with this article about chronic pain, we’ll be examining how CBD oil can benefit different health conditions over the next few months. Like our recent review of side effects of CBD, this report relies on looking at a variety of scientific research as well as anecdotal reports.
Chronic Pain and the Endocannabinoid System
For decades, research into cannabis and its many compounds was limited thanks to the war on drugs, but thanks to changing laws and legal CBD oil, scientists are finally beginning to understand how and why these substances can help with pain.
Cannabis tinctures were once available over the counter at almost any pharmacy and were frequently used for pain. However, until just a few decades ago, people incorrectly believed cannabis worked on the body like alcohol or opiate drugs like morphine.
Human’s endocannabinoid system
Actually, special receptors found throughout our brains and nervous systems respond to naturally produced substances that are similar to cannabis, referred to by scientists as endogenous cannabinoids (endogenous means “originating within the body”). Although their behavior is a little different from psychoactive cannabis or CBD-only extract, both the body’s own chemicals and plant-based substances interact with these same receptors, known as the endocannabinoid system.
Scientists now understand that these endocannabinoids help regulate our bodies’ behavior in myriad ways, from motor function, to appetite, and the sensation of pain. And plant-based cannabinoids, also known as phytocannabinoids, seem to be capable of picking up the slack in some ways when our bodies aren’t producing enough to manage our pain.
CBD shows significant pain relief potential in scientific studies
Numerous scientific studies suggest CBD can help with many different forms of pain. In a Feb. 2003 study published in Clinical Rehabilitation, a team of researchers from Oxford examined the benefits of CBD, THC, and a combination of both in patients who suffered from “neurogenic” pain (meaning their pain originated in their nervous system).
Most of the 24 patients in the study suffered from multiple sclerosis, but others had pain from spinal cord injuries or limb amputation. The study’s subjects regularly took one or more of the substances, or a placebo, at home, for two weeks while periodically reporting into the clinic.
“Pain relief associated with both THC and CBD was significantly superior to placebo,” the researchers’ wrote. Not only did the patients experience significant relief, but in some cases other unpleasant symptoms like muscle spasms were also alleviated.
Another study, published in Oct. 2006 in Current Medical Research and Opinion, also supported the idea that cannabis extracts, including CBD, are especially effective in treating pain caused by multiple sclerosis. The authors looked at six different studies and found they consistently showed “Cannabinoids … are effective in treating neuropathic pain in MS.”
In March 2008, Ethan Budd Russo, a doctor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Montana, also found that CBD and cannabis in all forms offers significant benefits in the treatment of “difficult to manage pain.” Rudd’s report, another “meta-analysis” of multiple studies, is especially interesting because he reported that cannabis extracts can offer significant benefits not just when ingested orally, but also when applied topically to the skin. Many consumers have similarly reported receiving relief from topical forms of CBD oil and psychoactive cannabis.
CBD oil offers relief from menstrual cramps to migraines
To get a wider look at CBD’s potential benefits, we also searched a variety of anecdotal reports found in blogs and message boards.
Pamela Hadfield, a co-founder of the medical cannabis site HelloMD, reported in July 2015 that she “started using CBD to manage chronic pain caused by crazy, intense migraines.” While pharmaceutical drugs left her feeling mentally hazy, CBD seems to offer her immediate relief with few side effects.
Similarly, in a discussion last month on reddit, many redditors reported CBD quickly eases their menstrual cramps, though the dosage needed varies a great deal from person to person. The redditors also noticed that the quality of the CBD extract made a big difference in its effectiveness. The source and quality of CBD oil products is vitally important, as we reported in last July on Ministry of Hemp, so research all hemp products before you buy.
While many people with chronic pain benefit from CBD oil alone, others receive the most relief from a combination of CBD and THC, which unfortunately remains illegal in many parts of the U.S. For example, Donna Burch, the author of the Fed Up With Fatigue blog, suffers from fibromyalgia, a poorly understood condition that combines debilitating fatigue and insomnia with severe muscle cramps. Burch reported in Sept. 2015 that while CBD oil seemed to help her pain for a while, it became less effective over time.
She ultimately found the most relief from psychoactive cannabis after receiving a permit for legal medical use. In states with medical cannabis programs, many chronic pain patients like Burch seek out strains bred to contain high levels of CBD along with THC.
CBD Oil could be a safe option for pain management
Just as with most health conditions, people with chronic pain often find that a combination of approaches, from stretching to pharmaceutical drugs, offer the most relief. Our research shows that CBD oil can be an important part of a pain relief regimen.
Since CBD oil is legal in all states, and has few if any side effects, it’s worth finding out if it can help you too. You can buy CBD oil online, and it can be ingested as an extract, applied to the skin, or even inhaled with an e-cig, and it’s possible one form will benefit you more than another. As states continue to ease legal restrictions on cannabis use, we expect to see more and more people explore its painkilling potential.
We’ll continue to follow the latest research into the benefits of CBD oil for pain, and report them to you here on Ministry of Hemp. Let us know how you’re using CBD too, we’d love to hear your stories. Reach us at [email protected].
* This article is part 1 of our series of exploring the potential benefits of CBD oil. Read our other posts:
To create this article, we looked at both scientific research and anecdotal reports from CBD users. From our in-depth research, what we found suggests that the side effects of CBD oil are usually minor, and, for most people, the benefits far outweigh the rare reports of discomfort.
Does CBD oil have side effects? If so, what are they?
It’s worth noting that even psychoactive cannabis — what’s often called marijuana — is also considered to be extremely safe, contrary to what the government wants us to believe . It’s so safe that it’s basically impossible for an adult human to ingest a fatal dose, although they can certainly make themselves feel very sick from eating or smoking too much. There’s every reason to believe that CBD extracts from hemp plants are as safe, or even safer, than psychoactive strains of cannabis.
Overall, what we’ve found shows that, just as with any health supplement, the quality and source of your CBD oil can make a big difference when it comes to side effects. In fact, many unpleasant experiences from CBD by consumers could be mainly due to impurities or poor quality CBD oil, as we’ll discuss later in this article.
What we’ve found shows that, just as with any health supplement, the quality and source of your CBD oil can make a big difference when it comes to side effects
The War on Drugs Hurts Cannabis & Hemp Research
Due to the the stigma associated with the war on drugs, free and open research into both hemp and its close relative, psychoactive cannabis, is only just beginning in many ways.
For example, the first study into the benefits of cannabis in veterans with otherwise untreatable post-traumatic stress disorder is beginning in 2017, but only after the researchers involved struggled through years of red tape and put their careers at risk in order to do promote the need for this vital research. Fortunately, their work, and that of others like them, have begun to peel back the bureaucracy preventing scientific research.
On the hemp side of the equation, the 2014 Farm Bill which legalized the growth and sales of agricultural hemp in the U.S., and the production of its derivatives like CBD oil, should help to open the way for research into the benefits and possibilities of hemp in all its forms. While we’ll summarize some of what we’ve found from our research into CBD side effects below, we expect to see a lot more research in this field in the years to come.
Although the medical research is still in its preliminary stages, scientists have devoted considerable effort to proving that CBD oil is safe for human consumption.
A study published in 1986 in the International Journal of Neuroscience, examined the effects of CBD oil in 5 patients with dystonic movement disorders (muscle tremors and other forms of uncontrollable movements). CBD oil’s side effects “were mild and included hypotension [low blood pressure], dry mouth, psychomotor slowing [slowed thoughts or movements], lightheadedness, and sedation,” according to the study’s authors, Paul Consroe, Reuven Sandyk and Stuart R. Snider.
According to this study, CBD seemed to help people with their dystonia, but might have made some symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease (found in 2 of the study’s subjects) a little bit worse. However, other, more recent research has found that CBD can benefit Parkinson’s patients.
One study of 8 healthy volunteers and 15 patients with epilepsy, published in 1980 in Pharmacology, looked at the side-effects of CBD when consumed daily for a month. “All patients and volunteers tolerated CBD very well and no signs of toxicity or serious side effects were detected on examination,” wrote the researchers, who also found that CBD can help some people with epilepsy.
Consuming higher dosage of CBD caused no toxicity
In 2006, a group of researchers studying the potential benefits of CBD in treating psychosis and anxiety, looked at several studies of CBD oil’s safety and summarized their findings in a paper published by the Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research. Noting that CBD safety was first proven through animal research, the scientists added:
“Acute CBD administration by the oral, inhalatory or intravenous route did not induce any significant toxic effect in humans. In addition, chronic administration of CBD for 30 days to healthy volunteers, at daily doses ranging from 10 to 400 mg, failed to induce any significant alteration in neurological, psychiatric or clinical exams. Finally, in patients suffering from Huntington’s disease, daily doses of CBD (700 mg) for 6 weeks did not induce any toxicity. Therefore, confirming results from animal studies, the available clinical data suggest that CBD can be safely administered over a wide dose range.“
A 2007 study published in Phytomedicine found that CBD, along with other similar substances including THC (the main active ingredient in psychoactive cannabis), have potential as an anticoagulant, so people with who have diseases like hemophilia that cause problems with blood clotting should use extra caution with these substances.
An Anecdotal look at CBD Oil side effects show quality matters
Of course, since many of these studies have small sample sizes, and every person reacts a little bit differently to any substance, we looked at CBD oil users’ anecdotal reports, posted on popular online communities and forums, such as Reddit and sites that sell CBD products.
A handful of very sensitive people who use CBD oil report feeling mild mood and mind-altering effects, similar to a low dose of psychoactive cannabis, but these effects appear to be rare. Some people also reported mild digestive upset, including diarrhea, from ingesting CBD oil.
“Others have suggested the problem was actually the purity of the CBD extract.”
According to one post on Reddit, some people get headaches from using CBD oil, which is a bit unusual since CBD can also sometimes be used to treat migraines. However, other Redditors have suggested the problem was actually the purity of the CBD extract.
“I have just recently started taking CBD for headaches, and after three weeks of getting a worse headaches, I finally figured out that my CBD oil was cheap crap — and that a LOT of it is,” a Redditor named Pellquin wrote last year.
When it comes to CBD, Purity & Source Matters
Pellquin had it right: unfortunately, there’s a lot of poor quality CBD oil from unreliable brands. The CBD oil market is still in its infancy, and it can be challenging for consumers to educate themselves except through expensive trial and error. When Ministry of Hemp investigated CBD oil purity and safety in November, we found a host of potential problems.
CBD oil is a poorly regulated market and most products are imported from overseas. Since hemp absorbs chemicals from the ground, including lead and mercury, growing conditions can make a big difference. Labelling of CBD products is also often inconsistent and unclear, making it confusing for CBD consumers to know what they’re buying.
When we interviewed Carlos Frias, founder of Green Lotus and a cannabis industry expert, he gave us three pieces of advice for buying CBD oil:
Always ask for third party lab results when buying CBD oil
Pay close attention to product labeling
Don’t hesitate to ask a more knowledgeable expert for help.
CBD is Safe, But Research Before You Buy & Use
Overall, we found that scientists and doctors consider CBD oil to be safe for most people to use, and there are few, if any, serious side effects.
While everyone has their own unique body chemistry, it seems like the vast majority of people can ingest CBD oil without ever feeling any unpleasant side effects at all, and the remaining few will mostly likely experience only minor symptoms like stomach upset or dry mouth. Since scientists are using pure extracts from known sources, it’s likely that some consumer reports of headaches or other minor adverse reactions could be due to impurities in inferior CBD products.
As always, you should closely research the products you buy, and consult with a medical expert if you have any doubt about the best or safest way to use CBD oil.
How much do you know about hemp products? An article published in Popular Mechanics in 1938 claimed hemp as the New Billion-Dollar Crop. Claiming to have thousands of potential applications,…
How much do you know about hemp products?
An article published in Popular Mechanics in 1938 claimed hemp as the New Billion-Dollar Crop. Claiming to have thousands of potential applications, there seemed to be no limit on how and where hemp could be used.
Yet, not even a year after this publication, the government passed restrictions on hemp that essentially killed the entire industry. For the next 80 years, hemp and its history has largely been forgotten and misunderstood.
“American farmers are promised a new cash crop… and it will provide thousands of jobs for American workers throughout the land”
– Popular Mechanics in 1938
Sadly, today most of us don’t even know about hemp. We grew up never learning about it or even using it. The modern society never got the chance to experience the amazing quality and benefits that hemp brings. Many people mistakenly assume hemp as the same thing as marijuana (close, yet distinct, cousin). Others aren’t even aware of its existence.
So what is hemp and what can it do? To show the true potential of hemp, we’ve created an extensive, all-encompassing list of hemp products that exists today. Although some of these applications may not yet be fully commercialized, most of these items can be purchased online through various boutique brands. Many hemp advocates are fighting to offer customers high quality, eco-friendly hemp products that are superior to its conventional counterparts.
Check out our full list below and see what hemp has to offer. One thing that’s clear is that as more people start using hemp, its misconstrued stigma will more quickly disappear in the modern world. We hope you’ll try some. You’ll be surprised how awesome they are.
Hemp seeds are probably the most popular application of hemp because it’s so nutritious. Popular among vegetarians and athletes, hemp seeds are often compared to flax and chia seeds as superfoods. Here’s just a short list of some of its amazing health benefits:
One of the most nutritious foods available in nature.
Easily digested by the body.
Can sustain our dietary needs, even without consuming any other healthy food.
Contains essential fatty acids (Omega-3 and Omega-6) – helps with immune system and cholesterol levels.
Helps heal those suffering from immune deficiency diseases.
While hemp offers different types of oil, hemp seed oilis the most common dietary application you will find. Hemp seed oil comes from the seeds of the plant itself. When the oil is unrefined, it is commonly considered “Nature’s most perfectly balanced oil”. Here’s why:
It contains a perfectly balanced 3:1 ratio of Omega 6 and Omega 3 essential fatty acids.
Great source for Vitamin A & E.
Includes number of minerals such as calcium, magnesium, sulfur, potassium, phosphorus, iron, and zinc.
Has amazing skin care properties.
Promotes healthy hair and nails, while reducing inflammation.
Hemp protein is one of the most popular vegetarian protein powders among active athletes. Derived from hemp seeds, hemp protein promises an average of 15 grams of protein per serving – that is the highest vegan source of simple protein available!
Hemp protein is a great way to increase your daily protein intake, especially for those who are lactose intolerant or have difficulty digesting whey protein.
Blending your teas with hemp seeds allows you to enjoy your favorite teas while adding hemp seeds’ amazing nutrition to your drink. Brands like Hemp Kettle Tea offer a variety of choices for its customers, as they offer mixtures such as Jasmine, Cardamom, and Holy Basil teas.
5. Energy Bars
Do you need an energy bar that’ll keep you stomach satisfied until your next meal? Hemp energy bars are know to use the highest quality ingredients that allows you to snack healthy. Brands like Ever Bar only use organic ingredients like hemp seeds, hemp protein powder, cranberry, blueberries to keep you going for hours!
Hemp coffee beans are made from ground coffee beans + lightly roasted hemp seeds. The blend of toasted hemp seeds with roasted coffee beans offers a nutty tasting coffee while adding “a vibrational frequency not found in other worldwide coffees with considerably less caffeine and countless vitamins and minerals.”
Ever tried vegetarian burger patties and thought they were tasteless and bland?
Hemp seed based veggie burgers are now offering a better solution.
Good Seed Burger developed protein-packed veggie burgers based off hemp seeds as the main ingredient. It also contains superfoods like chia seeds, wild-crafted seaweeds and sprouted beans & grains. Enjoy the savory, nutty flavor, the warm earthy complexity and the hit of mild spice.
8. Healthy Flavored Water
Hemp’s version of Vitamin Water – Hemp2O. This herbal water is packed with vitamins B3, vitamin B5, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, vitamin C and Omega 3. It contains all of the essential amino-acids which help support muscle growth and is low in saturated fats. Using only organic ingredients, Hemp2O has antioxidant properties, fatty acids, and is completely gluten-free!
Just like there’s peanut butter, almond butter – try hemp seed butter! Made from finely ground and pressed form of hemp seeds, hemp seed butter offers amazing nutritional benefits.
10. Hemp Milk
Similar to almond milk, hemp milk is made from grinding hemp seeds with water. Having a strong nutty taste, this milk won’t be everyone’s favorite. But it does offer a healthy alternative for those looking for alternative milks other than dairy.
11. Hemp Vodka
Colorado Gold Distillery developed a the first US vodka that is fermented and distilled with hemp. With a 40% alcohol content, critics claim it to be a smooth and mellow drink. One reviewer says “A smooth, character rich vodka with appealing fruitiness.”
12. Hemp Beer
A California brewery offers a brown ale brewed with toasted hemp seeds – the Humboldt Hemp Ale. Not sure if it’ll be good? In the Great International Beer & Cider Competition, the Hemp Ale won Silver in the American Brown Ale category in 2014.
If you’re interested in trying it out, check out where you can find it near you: Find Store/Brewery
13. Hemp Hot Dogs
In the Kentucky State Fair in 2016, Victory Hemp Foods partnered with local vendors and authorities to develop and sell Hemp Dawgs. David Neville, a cattle farmer who worked on this project, says that there’s three main hemp ingredients to the hot dog:
Hemp protein acts as an adhesive of making all the parts stay together.
Ground up hemp seeds add texture to the bite.
Hemp oil melds flavor and adds smoothness.
Overall, this version of a hot dog offers health benefits like Omega 3 and Omega 6 heart-healthy fats.
14. Hemp Flour
Hemp Seed Flour is gluten free, nutritious, and an excellent source of energy. The Seed Flour contains 33% protein and is second only to soy in protein content. An added benefit is that Hemp Seed Flour protein is more easily digested. Hemp flour is perfect for those who have nut, dairy, gluten or wheat allergies.
15. Hemp Granola
Is there a healthier treat than granola? You can easily make this at home or buy some online. It’s probably the healthiest granola you’ll ever try!
Clothing & Accessories
Why use hemp clothing? Hemp fabric has proved to be superior to its counterparts in almost every way. Hemp fiber is more…
Porous and breathable – Hemp fibers allow your skin to breathe.
Durable – Hemp fiber is the most durable fiber of any plant.
Eco-friendly & Sustainable – Cotton is a water-intensive crop and uses 25% of the world’s pesticides. Hemp requires 50% less water to grow than cotton and requires no use of pesticides.
Most hemp shirts available on the market are mixed with a little bit of organic cotton. It’s typically a 60% Hemp / 40% Cotton mix. They’re some of the most durable shirts you’ll ever try:
Imagine using hemp fiber for jeans. It’s durable, breathable, absorbent, and has amazing anti-microbial properties.
18. Hemp Shoes
Every year, on April 20th (4/20), leading national brands come out with limited hemp shoes. There’s actually various brands that now offer hemp shoes, ranging from boarder shoes to Converse.
Here’s an edition from Adidas:
19. Hemp Jacket / Coat
Hoodlamb offers a wide array of jackets and coats made from hemp. They’re obviously not made with 100% hemp fiber, but using hemp allows them to make a more durable product while also being more sustainable than other brands.
Have you ever had backpacks that just broke or tore after a couple years? Try hemp backpacks and they’ll last you 10+ years. Using one of the strongest fabrics, hemp backpacks offer you a durable, sustainable product you can carry around anywhere.
21. Yoga Pants
Mixing hemp fabric with some organic cotton offers elasticity. Hemp yoga pants can be used for your stretching, meditation, or even pajama wear!
This is probably one of the coolest applications developed with hemp hurds. Developed by designers in Scotlad, Hemp Eyewear uses 100% completely sustainable ingredients to make their products. Not only are the glasses fashionable, they ship their products in a case made from hemp as well.
Whether its a wide brim hat or your sports cap, they can all be made from hemp. Botique brands like Tinlid Hats offers hemp hats, along with a variety of other types made from sustainable ingredients.
24. Hemp Beanie
Need to keep your head warm over the winter months? Know that you can rely on hemp beanies!
The Hemp Denim wallet developed by Hemp Co-Op is one of the coolest looking hemp wallets on the market. Considering how strong hemp fiber is, we’re sure these will last you for a while.
Ever get sick of socks getting holes in them? Try your luck with hemp socks. Much more durable than cotton, we’re sure they’ll last you much longer.
There’s a big push to use totes and other reusable bags when you go grocery shopping. Why not use bags that are sustainable themselves? Hemp totes are made of 100% hemp, and hemp as a plant is one of the most sustainable plants in the world.
28. Sandals (Flip Flops)
With the top soles and straps made from hemp, these sandals are the most naturally durable flip flops you’ll find on the market.
Might not be the best option for professional attire, but hemp belts go great for casual wear. Pick one up for your jeans.
Hemp scarfs are lightweight, yet warm and cozy. They’re not as thick as wool scarfs, but a good option for those living in milder weather.
31. Ties / Bow Ties
Yup, you can even make ties with hemp. Seriously, it can do anything.
32. Handkerchief/Pocket Squares
Nobody really uses handkerchiefs anymore, but they sure look fashionable as pocket squares for your suit. Check out these 100% organic hemp pocket squares: Haute Hemp Co
Making hemp bracelets used to be super popular for kids. The ropes (for the bracelets) were essentially indestructible and you could do so many things with them. When you mention hemp to somebody who doesn’t know much about it, you’ll find many of them first think of hemp bracelets that they made when they were young.
In Japan, the incoming emperor wears a hemp robe during the Shinto coronation ceremony. Not to prove a political point, but to symbolize the plant’s values of abundance, comfort, and health.
If you’re into overalls, yes, you can find hemp made overalls.
Hemp oil based beauty products offer superior ratio of Omega 3 to Omega 6 fatty acids compared to other oils (Omega 3 is great for smoothing and firming our skin.)
Hemp oil is packed with vitamins – Vitamin B, C, E to state just a few
Key amino acids in hemp oil prevent wrinkles and allow the skin to retain more moisture. They also help conditions like dry skin, eczema, or psoriasis by moistening your skin.
Here’s a full list of hemp body care products you can try:
36. Body Lotion
One of our favorite and most trusted brands. Free of any harmful chemicals, the Fay Farm’s healing body lotion feels gentle on the skin and soaks in quickly. It feels like mousse! Specifically, hemp lotions are great for conditions such as:
Eczema, psoriasis, contact dermatitis, and other auto-immune skin disorders.
Burns, bug bites, athlete’s foot, ringworm, and dry, damaged skin.
37. Balms / Lip Balms
Hemp balms offer an even stronger solution that lotions. Get Hemp Butter’s hemp balms easily penetrates the top layer of skin for the absorption of nutrients.
38. Shampoo & Conditioner
Have you ever looked at the ingredients list of your shampoo bottle? You probably couldn’t recognize more than half of the ingredients on that list! Hemp boutique brands, like The Wonder Seed, are using only natural formula to offer your hair only honest materials.
39. Body Wash
Hemp is used in soaps because of its unsurpassed essential fatty acid (EFA) content, which also makes the soaps smoother and less drying. Dr. Bronner’s is the leading soap brand that uses hemp. They’ve been around for over 100 years and are a popular choice as they use all organic and sustainable ingredients.
Guess what’s in their soap? Less than 10 ingredients. Awesome.
40. Facial Cream & Cleanser
If your skin is sensitive and prone to acne, hemp oil might be your savior. Some people just buy hemp seed oil and apply it on their face daily. But it might not be that pleasant applying nutty hemp seed oil directly on your skin. If that’s the case, check out some top hemp body care brands for your face:
Sunscreen that uses only natural ingredients. Check out Raw Elements – Non-GMO and uses hemp oil.
42. Hemp Serum
Hemp serums can be great to help with more serious conditions, such as psoriasis on the scalp, eczema on the face, or sebborheic dematitis on the face. The serum is specially effective as the oil quickly soaks into your skin and scalp, allowing you to experience complete absorption relieving itchy and flaky scalp. The nature of hemp oil also prevents the oil from getting your skin or hair greasy.
The first documented use of hemp as “medicine” appears about 2300 B.C.E. in China, when an emperor prescriped hemp for the treatment of constipation, gout, and menstrual problems. Since then, records of using hemp (and overall cannabis) as medicine has appeared across variety of different civilizations, including India, Egypt, Persia, Europe, and even during the early days of the United States.
Here’s just a few examples of different hemp products that you could use today:
43. Hemp Extract (CBD)
Hemp extracts are naturally found compounds in the leaves of hemp. CBD (Cannabidiol) is one of the better known compounds, but there’s more than 80 different compounds that can be found in hemp.
Dr. Raphael Mechoulam from Israel is the leading scientist who pioneered the research behind these extracts. You can learn more about him through his documentary: The Scientist.
According to a patent held by the US Health and Human Services:
“Cannabinoids have been found to have antioxidant properties, unrelated to NMDA receptor antagonism. This new found property makes cannabinoids useful in the treatment and prophylaxis of wide variety of oxidation associated diseases, such as ischemic, age-related, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. The cannabinoids are found to have particular application as neuroprotectants, for example in limiting neurological damage following ischemic insults, such as stroke and trauma, or in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and HIV dementia.
With the passage of the Industrial Hemp Farming Act in 2014, CBD is now legal to be sold in all 50 states in the US.
Even more rare than hemp extracts, hemp essential oil is made by steam distilling the upper leaves and flowers of the hemp plant. This captures the pure essence of the plant. Pale yellow to light green in color with a a highly concentrated therapeutic aroma. It takes over fifty pounds to make 1 ounce of hemp essential oil.
It is also one of the most expensive oils in the world – and contains no THC or CBD. Hemp essential oil is well known for its essential oil aroma and therapeutic abilities on the central nervous system. There are so many different ways to use hemp essential oil to help relieve anxiety and sleep issues. The oil may be used in diffusers – added to hot steamy bathwater, mixed with carrier oils for massages. Kushed, a boutique brand based out of California, uses hemp essential oil by blending it with other pure essential oils to create natural remedies for those caught up in the busy modern day lives.
45. Soothing Aromatherapy Candles
Kushed, a boutique brand based in California, has developed aromatherapy hemp candles made from hemp essential oil. They’re perfect to use in the evenings to relax your body.
46. Massage Oil
We’ve already discussed how great hemp oil is as a body wash or even as lotion. That’s because hemp oil has properties that help make your skin smoother and less dry. Now using that type of oil as a massage oil can definitely make your massages even better. Try it out.
47. Hemp Heat Muscle Rub
Early research and testimonials have shown that Cannabidiol (CBD) can help with joint pains and arthritis. So making a heat muscle rub that has CBD in it only makes sense! These heat muscle rubs just might be the joint pain reliever you were looking for.
48. Vape Juice
Fan of smoking? If you already own your own vape pen, go ahead and try out vaping hemp extracts. Some say vaping might be the most effective way to experience the benefits of CBD.
49. Dog Toys
If your dog chew up and destroy his toy in a matter of days, hemp toys might just be what you were looking for. Hemp ropes are one of the most durable material out there. We’d be surprised if your dog can breat it.
50. Dog Collar & Leash
Owning a puppy (especially a big puppy) can be a pain. She’ll chew on the leash and pull like crazy. It’s not uncommon for your leash to start getting torn. Hemp leashes and collars can solve that problem. Hemp ropes are so durable that the US government actively tried to buy as much as they can during World War II.
51. Animal Bedding
Using hemp hurds for animal bedding can have many benefits. Hemp is extremely absorbent as it can hold 4X its own weight, and lasts much longer than pine or straw bedding. Hemp bedding is very low dust, which is great for horses with respiratory issues. It also reduces odor better than straw or wood shavings. This is great for chicken owners, who often incur ammonia from the chicken scat.
Hemp bedding is very economical for the farmers, as it lasts longer and reduces the products loss to waste. This, in turn, saves the consumer money. Lastly, hemp bedding is completely biodegradable. It naturally decomposes into the earth.
52. CBD Oil For Dogs (Pet Tinctures)
Early research has shown that CBD could help with conditions such as anxiety, addiction, depression, chronic pain, arthritis, seizures, and more for humans. Due to the similar anatomy of mammals, we can infer CBD could also help our dogs. Early research and anecdotal testimonials show that CBD has helped pets in many different ways, including anxiety, appetite, arthritis, cancer, and variety of phobias.
In 1941, Henry Ford built a car out of hemp. It was not only built out of hemp plastic, but it also ran on hemp fuel. Hemp plastic was tested to be much stronger than steel. They tried denting the hemp car with a hammer, but the car didn’t even budge. Learn how we’re using hemp in cars today:
53. Sports Cars
An entrepreneur in Florida built a sports car out of hemp. Called the Renew Sports Cars, this hemp car comes out to be 4.7X greener than even an electric car. Similar to Henry Ford’s car, this car’s exterior is all made from hemp plastic and it runs on hemp biofuel.
The greatest thing about hemp biofuel is that it can be used in cars that currently used regular oil. Unlike electric cars, nobody needs to buy new cars. We can use our existing infrastructure!
According to Thomas B. Reed, a chemical engineer at Colorado School of Mines, an acre of hemp can produce power equivalent to a thousand gallons of gasoline. Imagine the sustainability benefits that would bring. No wonder oil companies hate hemp.
55. Thermoset Compression Molding
Thermoset compression molding is currently producing car panels and other parts for several global auto manufacturers. A Mercedes car panel is made using this technology. The process involves taking a sheet of the hemp fiber matting, injecting it with thermoset resin, placing into a mold, heating it to high temps for a set amount of time, then popping the panel out of the mold for cleanup and final drilling/cutting. Currently, Mercedes, BMW, and Audi are few of the auto companies that are using this in their vehicles.
Hemp fiber is typically more porous and breathable than cotton. So hemp sheets might be the perfect material for summer sheets. They might not be as smooth as cotton, but they’ll surely last you longer than cotton sheets.
58. Hemp Towel
What’s so great about hemp fiber is that the fiber softens with age while being mildew resistant. This makes hemp an excellent source for materials such as a towel.
Why is hemp paper better than tree paper? Here’s just a few reasons
1 acre of Hemp can produce as much paper as 4-10 acres of trees over a 20 year cycle.
Hemp stalks grow in 4 months, whereas trees take 20-80 years.
Trees are made up of only 30% cellulose, requiring the use of toxic chemicals to remove the other 70%. Hemp, on the other hand, can have have up to 85% cellulose content.
Hemp paper is more durable than trees. Unlike regular paper, hemp paper does not yellow, crack, or deteriorate over time.
Wider use of hemp paper can help sustainability efforts to reduce deforestation.
60. Hemp Curtains
If you can make towels and sheets with hemp, why not curtains?
61. Laundry Detergent
Dr. Bronner’s 18-in-1 Hemp Pure-Castille Soap has been proven to be as effective in cleaning your clothes as other conventional brands. The added benefit of Dr. Bronner’s is that it is non-toxic and hypoallergenic.
62. Hemp Crafts
You can get hemp cords, spools, twines, and braided ropes. Your basics for craft day.
63. Hemp Chair
From our research, we don’t think there’s actually a brand that sells hemp chairs today, but a natural fiber hemp chair was developed for a design show in 2012. It can be done!
Mildew resistant, durable, and high quality material – hemp fiber is perfect for your next table cloth.
65. Hemp Blankets
Looking for a breathable summer blanket? Hemp fiber could be the perfect material you were looking for! Hemp blankets can help alleviate the intensity of night sweating (aka “hot flashes”) and also help with skin disorders like rashes/eczema.
Farming & Gardening
66. Hemp Growing Mats
Typical growing mats are made from plastics or treated materials. This can be a bit concerning when you consider the hungry, tender roots soak up whatever they are grown in.
Try hemp mats from Grass Roots Grow Mats that are petroleum, plastic, and chemical free! Grow your roots in a healthy environment for a healthier you.
67. Soil Cleanup
Conventional crops (soy, corn, wheat, etc) deplete the nutrition of our soil, causing it to dry out and erode. Hemp can be a natural solution for our farmers, as its deep roots help stabilize the soil structure. Since hemp plants grow 6-16 ft tall in 110 days, hemp also naturally shades out weeds. This eliminates the need of costly and toxic herbicides.
In any contaminated soil, hemp also actively absorbs heavy-metal contaminants from soil, gradually purifying the earth.
Industrial & Others
During World War II, the government needed more raw material to make strong, durable ropes. Their oversea supply had been cut off during their engagement with Japan. This is when the government created a campaign called “Hemp For Victory”, encouraging US farmers to start growing hemp to help with the war. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) even created a promotional video to highlight the benefits of hemp fiber! Check it out below:
Hemp plastic could do anything that conventional plastic can do. The biggest problem using hemp plastic commercially is that it’s cost prohibitive. Since farming is still largely regulated, hemp is still in short supply.
Yet, it’s important to know that hemp plastic is much more durable and sustainable. As we’ve discussed earlier, hemp plastic could be used to make cars (more durable than steel), sunglasses, pens, and more!
You could even use hemp filaments in a 3D printer to print out whatever you design.
70. Building Homes – Hempcrete
Building homes with hemp is one of the most promising applications of hemp. There’s several benefits that hempcrete offers. First, it acts an amazing thermodynamic insulator, so it helps to reduce the energy costs by 50–70% annually for families (especially those in extremely cold or hot climates).
Hempcrete is also great for those who are sensitive to allergies. Regular insulators and paint can be the prime source of allergies for many people, as these conventional materials can be toxic. Made with all natural material, can eliminate many different health problems.
Hempcrete also continuously absorbs CO2 as it ages, so it reduces your carbon footprint. As it absorbs CO2, the material actually becomes stronger. Essentially, a building made with hempcrete will become stronger over time.
When it comes to construction, hempcrete homes have zero construction waste. When you consider that 55% of the world’s energy consumption is construction-waste related, there are huge implications on reducing our carbon footprint.
Other applications of hemp for homes are soundproof hemp walls and bash-proof hemp roofing.
71. Oil Spill Cleanup
Hemp’s core has been found to be carrier of microorganisms for bioremediation. Bioremediation describes the microorganisms living in the hemp breaking down the oil by actually feeding off of it, metabolizing it, and releasing it back into the water or soil without the toxins.
Did you know the first American flag made by Betsy Ross was made from industrial hemp? Hemp fiber can make durable, rustic flags. Patagonia actually developed a short documentary featuring a military veteran working with hemp to make a US flag:
73. Hemp Batteries
Hemp fibers have been found to be more conductive than graphene, making it a superior source for supercapacitors and batteries. Dr. David Mitlin found that hemp “works just as well [as graphene]. And it costs a fraction of the price [at] $500 to $1,000 a tonne.” Read More
Hemp was once praised to have thousands of different potential applications. Considering that, we are still at the infancy of realizing what all hemp can do. With the passing of the Industrial Hemp Act in 2014, our farmers have started to grow hemp again in the US after 77 years of prohibition. As the supply and awareness of hemp continue to grow, innovation will only accelerate. With the world focused on sustainability and curbing our carbon footprint, hemp can be at the forefront of many eco-friendly practices.
We look forward to seeing the difference hemp can make in our world.