CBD Hemp Flower and Herbal Tea Benefits
CBD Hemp Flower and Herbal Tea Benefits
Because hemp is a relative of marijuana the usefulness of the plant was long ignored by scientists and health care professionals. When it was discovered that hemp did not cause the same psychotropic effect that marijuana does, the studies began.
There are several papers published about the benefits of CBD Hemp plants
Hemp seeds pack quite a punch in this department. They contain calcium, iron, potassium and magnesium. In the vitamins they contain Vitamin A, C, E and some B varieties. Any way we get extra calcium can help prevent bone loss. For women of childbearing years iron is important. Lack of iron can contribute to several issues. It can result in weakness, heart problems and easy bruising.
The seeds of this plant contain arginine which is a metabolic precursor for nitrous oxide. NO is part of the signaling system for the heart and blood vessels. It also contains both Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids. Our bodies need both but Omega-6 without Omega-3 is bad for the heart. Studies indicate that the use of hemp tea could be useful especially after someone has had a heart attack or other ischemic event. Another study suggests that it may also help lower LDL cholesterol.
As our nation grows older chronic pain is becoming a major health issue. Add to that the opioid epidemic, which is causing doctors to avoid prescribing these medications, and it can be a crisis. In the United States chronic pain is reported in nineteen percent of the population. That’s thirty eight million people. However several studies have been done in the U.S. and Canada on the use of hemp for pain relief. These studies found that the cannabinoids in hemp can help deal with cancer pain, MS and rheumatoid arthritis.
This covers a number of issues we face. Panic attacks, obsessive/compulsive disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder and others affect one in thirteen people globally. These disorders can lead to disability and suicide. Current treatments offered by the pharmaceutical companies have limited usefulness. In some people they don’t work. In others the side effects are so bad they cannot be taken. This has led to renewed interest in cannabinoids. Hemp comes out the clear winner because it contains a lot of CBD and very little THC. The study results show that there are very few side effects, it does not affect vital signs and it does not cause negative mood swings.
There has been some difficulty proving that hemp could help deal with lung issues. The first being that it has only recently been legalized and the second that many of those who use hemp also use tobacco. Tobacco is known for causing serious lung issues. Most of the studies that have been done agree that this plant does help some types of lung disease. COPD sufferers are among those who have had benefits from hemp. For those with lung issues the tea is more likely to be beneficial because it doesn’t add the smoke.
Severe illnesses such as cancer often are accompanied by nausea and lack of appetite. As a result severe weight loss is common and the patient is weakened. Part of this is in anticipation; the patient has had the treatment before and the brain automatically associates it with nausea. That, in addition to the nausea the treatments cause physically, is sometimes very hard to treat.
Research has shown that CBD can ease both causes as well as boost the appetite. Interestingly the studies were done by ingestion rather than smoke or sublingual. More research is being done as is a comparison study with some newer anti-emetics.
Irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease and other problems that affect the digestive tract are highly uncomfortable and not always easy to treat. The pain from muscle spasms and the constant switching between diarrhea and constipation are two of the problems.
Studies on hemp for this problem have been done on mice. These show that the mice that were given hemp had fewer spasms and were more regulated. It is thought that the cannabinoids interact with the endocannabinoid system in the digestive tract. Until there are human trials done there is a debate about whether or not it is resolving the problems or masking the symptoms. Either way hemp tea is a good way to go.
We are learning a lot more about Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. There are a lot of theories about what causes it. Current studies indicate that the cause could be inflammation and/or infections. While many doctors are encouraging their patients to head straight for the dentist there are other things that can be done in order to avoid this condition.
Hemp tea is one example. There is a buildup of certain proteins in the brain that are the cause of many forms of dementia including Alzheimer’s. According to the Salk Institute in California CBD may help remove these proteins from the brain cells. It also seems to help with the inflammation aspect of the disease. This reduction in inflammation causes a reduction in excess oxygen released into brain cells. While the brain does use a lot of oxygen, like anything there can be too much.
How to prepare Hemp Tea:
There are several ways of using hemp. Making hemp tea is similar in many respects to making regular tea. For each cup of tea prepared use one teaspoon of dry hemp leaves. Ground buds can also be used. Pour the corresponding amount of boiling water over it and let it steep. How long to let it steep depends on your flavor preference. I like 10 and recommend 10 minutes. If you want the CBD infused into the tea you will need to add a fat to the water. this could be butter, coconut oil, or honey.
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