One in seven Americans has turned to hemp extract in hopes of aiding any number of physical and mental wellness conditions as of August 2019, and the numbers are on the rise. It turns out utilizing the hemp or cannabis sativa plant for relief is not at all new. Historical research suggests derivatives of the hemp plant, like hemp extract oil, have been used for its suspected anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving, and relaxing effects as far back as 2700 BC.
Why the rise now? Needless to say the hemp market, both products available and interested consumers, has skyrocketed since the legalization of industrial hemp (cannabis with 0.3% or less THC) through the 2018 Farm Bill.
With depression and anxiety, among other conditions at an all-time high, many people are turning to hemp extract as a potential, more natural solution or supplement to prescription medications. Particularly due to the fact that hemp extract, when derived from industrial hemp, is non-psychoactive, as it contains less than 0.3% of the widely known psychoactive compound tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
Interested in trying it for yourself? Here are some of the leading reasons Americans are turning to hemp extract oil and the potential benefits:
PAIN RELIEF + MUSCLE CARE
One of the leading reasons individuals are seeking out hemp extract is for chronic pain and muscle relief. Surveys show hemp extract oil being used by consumers for a variety of applications from arthritis to menstrual cramps, as well as pain and discomfort due to hard labor or physical activity.
Hemp extract is believed to have anti-inflammatory properties. Due to their ability to interact with our endocannabinoid system, it is thought that some hemp-derived cannabinoids may influence the body’s various neurological responses, both within the CNS and more localized muscles and tissues.
One of the main markets we have seen overtaken by hemp extract products is the beauty and skincare industry.
It is believed that high-quality hemp extract oil could have a number of skincare benefits. One potential application is in healing acne breakouts and even potentially treating acne due to its anti-inflammatory properties. Hemp extract may also have preventative applications due to its apparent ability to inhibit the production of the acne-causing agent sebum.
Hemp extract has shown promising test results for its potential application to skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis, and due to its antioxidant and other qualities can be overall beneficial to supporting healthy skin.
It is always important to thoroughly research any new hemp extract products before purchasing. As much as we have seen the blossoming of high-quality, hemp extract products, the lack of regulation has allowed for less concerned business counterparts to market products, for example, with hemp seed oil (which is different from hemp extract oil, does not contain cannabidiol and has very different health benefits), as well as products with other less than beneficial ingredients.
MENTAL HEALTH CARE
Anxiety + Depression + Stress
Research is continuing to amass regarding hemp extract's potential role in anxiety and depression relief due to its appeared effectiveness in decreasing the body’s various stress responses.
Anxiety has shown to be one of the leading causes for the uptick in hemp extract use, shows recent surveys, alongside depression and chronic pain.
Studies, including this double-blind clinical trial, show that oral doses of specifically cannabidiol, between 300-400mg, can have significant effects on diminishing SAD (social anxiety disorder) in humans. It is even suggested that hemp extract could work more quickly than traditionally prescribed antidepressants, as tests have shown cannabidiol to have “rapid and sustained” antidepressive effects.
In addition to various mental health conditions, animal studies have also shown hemp extract's potential effectiveness in supporting healthy sleep patterns. Extensive clinical trials in humans will be needed before providing more conclusive results, but it is very possible that hemp extract could prove to be a potential treatment or aid for insomnia.
Treating epilepsy is a particularly interesting use of hemp extract as “Epidolex” became the first FDA approved cannabidiol inclusive prescription medication available in the US. Epodilex has been tested and shown to decrease seizures in patients with two severe forms of epilepsy, Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS) and Dravet syndrome, including previously “drug-resistant” patients, and has been deemed safe for children ages 2 and up. This was a massive step in incorporating hemp extract into the world of western medicine as a significant contender in aiding those suffering from serious medical conditions.
Hemp extract has been used by individuals suffering from cancer to relieve nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, and pain related to cancer treatment. Hemp extract has shown in animal testing to inhibit and even reduce the growth of cancer cells, however, these tests are preliminary, and significantly more in-depth tests are required to confirm results.
We are only just beginning to grasp the breadth of which hemp extract may be applied in the wellness and medical fields. Many promising studies also show hemp extract's potential benefits for those suffering from Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease, as well as MS and other neurological conditions. As hemp extract is still relatively new to the consumer market, studies for most of its potential benefits and uses are preliminary and it is always suggested to consult your doctor for professional medical advice.
Holief strives to provide a trustworthy and thorough resource, to help you make a well-informed decision when it comes to choosing your source of hemp extract. Please note that it is always suggested that you consult your healthcare provider before incorporating any new supplements or treatments into your wellness routine.
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Our hemp-derived products are designed and tested by experts in our field to deliver trustworthy, accessible, natural relief, and an effective alternative to ibuprofen or other pain relief medications.