Mind & Body
The balancing power of hemp extract
By Karen Frye
The golden elixir known as cannabidiol or CBD is what’s extracted in the industrial hemp plant. The use of industrial hemp goes back thousands of years. Nearly every part of the plant can be used for building materials, fuel, clothes, fiber and food. The seeds are rich in omega fatty acids and protein. Agricultural hemp grows differently than other cannabis plants, and looks like bamboo, but grows like a weed.
In 1992, scientists discovered the existence of a system within our bodies, and that of animals, that was previously unknown — the endocannabinoid system, or ECS. It is the conductor within our body delivering messages to the cardiovascular system, immune system, nervous system, endocrine system and the rest of the major systems. We have receptors from head to toe, and our body produces cannabinoids that travel to the sites to regulate activity within the cells. As we age, our body produces less, and we become deficient, creating an imbalance. Hemp extract restores balance where it’s needed, maintaining homeostasis.
The greatest source of phytocannabinoids is found in the hemp plant. CBD can help us bring balance to our bodies and our lives, unlocking our health’s full potential. The studies using hemp extract are extensive, as are the testimonials from the people who are finding better health. A few of the problems that improve with the use of CBD are insomnia, anxiety, stress, memory, mood, inflammation, metabolism, energy, nerve function, muscle control, appetite, pain and seizures. Likely you, or someone you know, could benefit from using CBD. Your pet can also benefit from hemp extract, helping aging dogs or cats with arthritis, pain and nervousness.
The market for hemp extract is growing rapidly. With so many companies getting in on the demand for this supplement, you want to make sure that you find one that is grown and manufactured responsibly. There are various ways you can use CBD. The most common form is taking the extract in a liquid solution by mouth or a capsule. There are topical creams, and salves for pain and skin issues. In fact, there is a beauty line of hair and skin care items for men and women. And there appear to be no negative side effects.
Hemp is a revolutionary plant remedy that could change the well-being of you and your pets in a most positive way — improving the quality of your health, so you can enjoy life to the fullest. PS
Karen Frye is the owner and founder of Nature’s Own and teaches yoga at the Bikram Yoga Studio.