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Today is 4/20. The day that could be considered our nation’s second St. Patrick’s Day for its presence of green. Only, not the green that comes with cute leprechauns or pots of gold. The kind that comes from the Earth. Yes, we’re talking about cannabis.
The term itself over the better half of the 20th century was met with negative connotations. 4/20, in particular, was seen as a day police officers would scan empty streets for teenagers blazin’ in their cars or employers would run a drug test just to ensure nothing “shady” was going on with their employees.
Yet, as we move deeper into the 21st century, it can’t help but be acknowledged that times are indeed changing. No longer is 4/20 seen as this hushed day for the rebellious teen or even a day that is as prominent for the use of green goods as it once was. Why this change? Well, it all centers around the shift in conversation that is occurring nationwide. It truly picked up speed in 2018 when the U.S. government signed the current Farm Bill into law, which legalized the production of hemp (a strain of the cannabis plant). This opened doors to new product opportunities, particularly of the oil variety.
As time progresses, more and more people - public figures as well as common citizens - are beginning to see that cannabis carries with it some undeniably great benefits. In fact, the cannabis plant, which used to be grown in sketchy confines of that person’s shed, is now grown en masse in governmentally-permitted facilities.
There are several factors that make cannabis, and hemp in particular, a far cry from the outspoken, almost shameful plant it once was, and has it now seen as a positive wellness item. However, many of these positive elements don’t come from the familiar use of the plant, but from its extracts.
Extract #1: CBD Oil
Cannabidiol (CBD) is arguably the most important cannabinoid contained in the hemp plant (and our personal favorite). While it has myriad benefits, here are 3 we love:
1. A Calmer Brain. Are you someone who has tight deadlines to meet and constantly has a cluttered brain? Tried meditating and it just didn’t work? Well, CBD can be a great helper to ease your mind and allow you to relax.
2. A Workout Buddy. After spending time at the gym, working on your gains, it is never pleasant to be met with extreme soreness the day after. To help combat this, CBD has anti-inflammatory properties which can benefit your body post-workout. If you take the oil before you hit the gym, it has been shown to reduce inflammation in the body, in turn helping to speed up recovery time.
3. A Chill Pill. Anxious feelings happen to the best of us. When they do, CBD can lend a hand and help out. It’s been shown that anxiety is linked to inflammation within certain key regions of our brain that causes us to feel overwhelmed. CBD works to decrease the activity within these areas and increase the activity in others to lead to a more chill, balanced atmosphere.
Extract #2: Hemp Seed Oil
While hemp seed oil contains no CBD, or other cannabinoids, it does contain amino acids and omega 3 fatty acids. It’s also considered a “super food”. Hemp plants are more than just what meets the eye. Contained inside of these bunchy, leafy green plants lies a world of wellness treats. One of those is hemp seed oil that gets extracted by cold-pressing the seeds of the cannabis plant, and it has become a notable player in the health and wellness field for several reasons. Here are 3 main ones:
1. Better Brain. Who would have thought that the images associated with cannabis and its effects on the brain would ever give way to this benefit? Surely not your 7th grade health teacher. But, contrary to older thought, hemp seed oil is rich in fatty acids like Omega 3, 6, and 9 which have been shown to help promote brain health.
2. Skin Happiness. Hemp seed oil is rich in many nutrients such as GLA, and linoleic acids which work to help ensure production of fatty acids are up to par and create a balanced environment. The result is nourished skin that has a coveted glow, when used topically.
3. Shiny Locks. Outside of working for your skin, hemp seed oil can also benefit your hair. This is due to the fact it is rich in vitamins and nutrients, like the omegas mentioned above. In one 2015 study, participants who ingested omega 3 and 6 daily for six months noticed a decrease in hair loss and increase in the density of their hair. This presence of naturally occurring omegas in the oil can provide positive results for your mane.
*There are many products containing hemp seed oil on the market. It is important to note that hemp seed oil contain no CBD. Some products can contain a combination of CBD oil derived from hemp with hemp seed oil, like Plant People.
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