Sep/Oct
2018

Hemp Changed My Life: Health benefits of hemp oil

Written by Michelle Kalina
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WHEN I PLACED MY FIRST ORDER FOR HEMP OIL, I WAS UNAWARE THAT I WAS OPENING THE DOOR TO A PRODUCT THAT WOULD CHANGE MY LIFE. THIS PLANT-BASED REMEDY HAS COUNTLESS BENEFITS AND CAN SUPPORT YOUR HEALTH AND WELLNESS. 

Since I began my journey toward wellness eight years ago, I have tried nearly every natural remedy for sleep issues. In yoga, we call this “chitta vritti,” which translates from Sanskrit as mind chatter or “monkey brain.” By far, hemp oil has made the most significant difference in my sleep, with zero negative impact.

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HEMP AND CANNABIS

There is a lot of confusion about the cannabis plant. People use the words cannabis, hemp and marijuana interchangeably, while they actually mean different things. 

Cannabis is a plant family that includes many species. Industrial hemp is a variety of cannabis grown for its tall, sturdy stalks, low THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) levels, and high levels of CBD (cannabidiol). 

 

Marijuana is a variety of cannabis grown for its high levels of THC, most commonly known for its and psychoactive properties. THC is also viewed as a beneficial cannabinoid that may support various health challenges.

HEMP OIL BENEFITS

Research has shown that pure hemp with high CBD content may provide support for energy regulation, neuropathic discomfort, sugar cravings, sleep, metabolism and healthy inflammatory response.

Cannabinoids are chemical compounds which interact with our endocannabinoid system (ECS), the largest receptor system in the human body. Cannabinoid receptors were discovered 25 years ago by Dr. Raphael Mechoulam. He also found that the human brain produces its own cannabinoids. It is thought that CBD may support our neurological, endocrine and immune systems.

Because of the ECS, our cannabinoid receptors are activated when we ingest CBD. That activation supports our body to make more of its own cannabinoids. 

CBD hemp oil comes in a variety of forms. Hemp seed oil is much like flax oil, with a variety of beneficial nutrients including omega fatty acids, fiber, protein and vitamin E, but it contains very low levels of cannabidiol.

Supplements are only as good as they are absorbable. Look for oil that has high bioavailability, which means it enters the cells and blood stream quickly. Ideally, you want to select a product that is free of toxins, with a clean extraction method and proven liposomal delivery.

NOT A GARDEN PLANT YET 

Hemp-derived CBD is now legal in all
50 states. You can’t plant it in your summer garden just yet; however, you can obtain a license to farm it. 

Currently, 34 states have defined industrial hemp as a distinct species and have removed barriers to its production. In Minnesota, you need an MDA Hemp Pilot Program certificate. To learn more, the State of Minnesota’s website has all the information you need to get started.

AVAILABLE IN ROCHESTER

You can purchase CBD hemp oil products in Rochester. As a nutritional supplement, CBD hemp oil is legal to purchase and is not subject to federal marijuana laws. It’s available at People’s Food Co-op and from independent vendors.

 

Michelle Kalina is a Prime My Body independent affiliate. She can be reached at 507-269-6439 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..