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The Healing History of Hemp
Hemp healing practices Hemp has been used by civilizations all over the world for thousands of purposes. Written language came of age on hemp paper, the first woven clothes were made of hemp fiber, and modern medicine evolved from extractions of hemp flowers. As far back as 12,000 B.C.E., people in mongolia and siberia were cultivating cannabis plants. Once they discovered they could make paper out of the fibrous stalks, around 6000-5000 B.C.E., they began recording their uses of the plant among other things. Hemp has been with humanity literally since the beginning of history, and these are some of the clever uses that have been applied in the field of medicine and healing over the millennia.
Hemp in Asia
The Chinese were among the first to cultivate and use cannabis. They used all parts of the plant for many things, but medicine was the apparent emphasis. Their records indicate that the ground roots were used to heal blood clots and infections, and that the rest of the plant could prevent stomach aches and even hair loss (modern science has proved both of these). Cannabis was one of the fundamental herbs of ancient Chinese medicine, with most of the surviving medical texts dedicated to preparations and remedies involving cannabis plants. Even the modern chinese word for “anesthesia” literally translates to “cannabis intoxication”. In addition to physical medicine, cannabis was also a spiritual and religious cure for ailments of the mind. It is rich in religious contexts, and there is even a revered goddess, Magu, shared by several east asian cultures and religions. She is the goddess of youth and health, and the story goes that she used cannabis to save people from demons of the mind and body.
India is first credited with creating tincture, called Bhang. It was used for a wide range of conditions and disorders, from gastrointestinal issues to headaches and even “mental acuity”.
Hemp in the middle east
In Egypt, the pharaoh Ramses II, who commissioned the pyramids of giza, was known to promote the use of cannabis as medicine in his empire, and was even buried with hemp seed oil. The Egyptians developed the first known topical application of cannabis extract, for the relief of inflammation and pain related to childbirth.
Arabic medicine is known to have used cannabis for a plethora of ailments for over 1000 years, from 800-1800 C.E. They were the first culture to use cannabis medicine to treat what is now known as epilepsy or seizures. The middle east climate is very suitable for the cultivation of cannabis.
Hemp in Europe and the west
In ancient Greece, seeds and dried leaves of cannabis were steeped in boiling water or wine and then strained, with the resulting beverage consumed for the relief of inflammation, constipation, and general pain relief/analgesia. Similar to some modern bath preparations of cannabis, the greeks were also known to bathe in steam baths where cannabis was also burned; this was used for warriors after battle or for those near death to relieve severe stress and anguish.
In the Netherlands, traces of cannabis were found in tombs dating back to the third century B.C.E., especially in tombs where other known medicinal herbs were located, suggesting it was among the arsenal of remedies known to their culture to possess medical value.
From the first colonization of North America up until the mid 20th century, when bureaucrats and crony capitalists hoodwinked the entire populace, hemp was a vital part of all industry in America. Every US president up through Abraham Lincoln, and several thereafter were known to cultivate hemp on their farms. There were over 2000 different kinds of cannabis-based medications on the market in the US in the year 1906, and it was the basis of almost all medicine in Europe. The therapeutic value of hemp, both preventative and reactive, is being rediscovered after a short century of silence preceded by 12 millennia of profound truth.
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol, CBD for short, is a wonder of nature to say the least. It is not psychoactive in the basic sense, which means CBD doesn’t make you high. It’s also a different compound than THC, so it won’t show up on a drug test either. CBD is extracted from the leaves and flowers of cannabis plants, and once it’s isolated from the rest of the plant, it can be incorporated into a plethora of other products, from sublingual oils, to gummy bears and even topical anti-inflammatory lotion.
By regulating the productions of signals in your cells, acting as an antioxidant, and activating several different types of receptors in your body, CBD is able to exert a number of therapeutic effects with NO negative side-effects yet discovered. Combine all of these factors, and it becomes clear that CBD is ultimately an immunostimulant, and has been found to have substantial capacity for treating the following symptoms and diseases:
arthritis, including rheumatism
residual limb pain
seizures, especially those characteristic of epilepsy
traumatic brain injury
To answer this question, it’s not exactly straightforward.
While it’s true that CBD is legal in all 50 states, there are situations when it isn’t legal. The difference between legal and illegal typically depends on several important factors determined by the state in question. There is, however, one very important factor that is a crucial determinant across all states, and that is where the CBD is derived from–hemp or marijuana.
The Legality of Hemp-Derived CBD
So is CBD legal? If we’re talking about hemp-derived CBD, then the answer is yes. Now, the keyword here is “hemp-derived.” Because CBD from hemp has no psychoactive effects, the purchase, sales, or possession of hemp CBD products are completely legal in all 50 States. Because hemp is sometimes confused with the marijuana plant, there is still some stigma towards hemp-derived CBD, but from a legal perspective, hemp-derived CBD is completely legal and enjoys the rights of any other legal product.
2. Does the Product Contain 0.3% THC or Less
3. What ingredients are used in the product
4. Where was the hemp sourced from and how was it cultivated
5. What type of CBD is being used in the product
6. How was the CBD extracted
7. Amount of CBD in Each Dosage
8. Is the product priced fairly
9. Does the company have a good reputation? What are others saying about the product and the brand
10. Is CBD Legal in Your State
What is Hemp?
Hemp and Cannabis are the same thing; common names for one of three species belonging to the Genus Cannabis: Cannabis Indica, Cannabis Sativa and Cannabis Ruderalis. All three species produce varying levels of cannabinoids, and the differences in these levels contribute to the identification of different strains of Cannabis. Some of these strains are bred to have high levels of THC (delta-9 Tetrahydrocannabinol), which is the most psychoactive of the cannabinoids. Every strain has several cannabinoids present, and they combine synergistically to produce the varying effects of the different strains, including low-THC strains that have many other positive therapeutic benefits besides the high.
Technically, hemp is cannabis that has less than 0.3% THC content by weight. Most industrial hemp plants are members of a subspecies of sativa which produces very little THC, grows relatively high, and has very fibrous stalks from which 90% of the current industrial value of hemp is derived. However, that number is quickly changing as more research is conducted on the medical uses of hemp with no THC content. Among the more than 113 cannabinoids found in Hemp, CBD, Cannabidiol, which has no psychotropic effect unlike THC, has actually been found to provide the most therapeutic benefit for the body.
Is Hemp Legal?
This is a tricky question. There was heavy interest to outlaw the cultivation and possession of the Hemp plant in the early 20th century because of its literally hundreds of uses across a range of industries. And also, because it gets you high. This time period occurred when both the industrial revolution had become the new societal norm and the enormous potential of the hemp plant was becoming fully realized. These factors “combined synergistically” to form a death sentence for cannabis, and it has since been criminalized throughout the overwhelming majority of developed countries. Only recently has the invaluable utilization of hemp been reconsidered, and arguably the use that has the greatest potential for widespread acceptance is the medicinal application of CBD, which conveniently is already legal.
Why take CBD?
In addition to suppressing nausea and chronic pain, CBD can also regulate blood glucose levels, regulate serotonin reuptake which reduces depression and anxiety, reduce inflammation and suppress psoriasis and other autoimmune deficiencies. These are just a few of the vast number of biological functions that CBD performs. When taken with a small number of other cannabinoids including CBG, Cannabigerol, and CBC, Cannabichromene, there is strong inhibition of cancer cell growth, and nearly instantaneous regulation of the “mood hormone” Serotonin, the imbalance of which is related to depression, anxiety, ADHD and many other mental conditions. Humans and other mammals have endocannabinoid systems, which are believed to have developed over hundreds of thousands of years as our species used Hemp in many ways. Some researchers even believe that many homeostatic and chronic conditions have arisen over the past century due to a lack of cannabinoids in our diet thanks to prohibition. The cannabinoids found in Cannabis react with receptors already present in the body to produce their effects, and the effects are many. In short, CBD and the other cannabinoids have tremendous health effects, both preventative and active, that humanity as a whole has been missing out on since the prohibition of Hemp began in the 1930s.
The above taken from WHATISCBD.com website.
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