Hemp, Homeostasis & You
a short breakdown of the importannt physiological effects of hemp on the human body
What is HEMP?
• Also called industrial or agricultural hemp, refers to the and non-psychoactive varieties of non-intoxicating Cannabis sativa L.
• Nutritional Facts
(1 serving = 3T) : Protein: 31.56g // Dietary fiber: 4g // Vitamin C: 1% 0.5 mg
• Contains less than 0.3% THC (the cannabinoid that makes cannabis psychoactive)
• Both hemp and marijuana come from the same cannabis species, but are genetically distinct and are further distinguished by use, chemical makeup and cultivation methods.
• Hemp can do a lot, but it can’t get you “high.” Because hemp varieties contain virtually zero tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)
• It has over 100 cannabinoids, still being researched, many showing astonishing beneficial properties for human and animals.
• Hemp is an attractive rotation crop for farmers, as it grows hemp breathes in CO2, detoxifies the soil, and prevents soil erosion. What’s left after harvest breaks down into the soil, providing valuable nutrients.
• Hemp requires much less water to grow — and no pesticides — so it is much more environmentally friendly than traditional crops.
• Hemp can be grown as a renewable source for raw materials that can be incorporated into thousands of products. Its seeds, leaf, stalk, root and flowers are used in health foods, natural health remedies, organic body care, and other nutraceuticals
(The diagram above & below shows just some of the known cannabinoids in hemp)
CBD being the most popular at the moment with CBG becoming rapidly prized in the medical & hemp enthusiast community for it’s astounding beneficial properties for cancer patients.
Some may think that CBD (hemp) is a fad, gimmick and even the same as marijuana but for those that have experienced the medicinal benefits of hemp, it’s described not only as relieving but life altering.
Did you know that the US Department of Health and Human Services holds patent on cannabinoids - Patent # US6630507
(Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants)
As of December 2020, the US Patent & Trademark Office has issued 3,010 patents on “hemp & cannabinoids"
WHAT IS HOMEOSTASIS
Each body system contributes to the homeostasis of other systems and of the entire organism
No system of the body works in isolation and the well-being of the person depends upon the well-being of all the interacting body systems. A disruption within one system generally has consequences for several additional body systems
it refers to stability, balance or equilibrium within a cell or the body - can be thought of and described as a dynamic equilibrium rather than a constant, unchanging state
Hemp linked to homestais in
China's 1st TCM manual.
The pen ts’ao said to have been written about 250BC describes hemp
with properties to bring the body’s
yin yang into balance along with
an array of other benefits
ENDO CANNABINOID SYSTEM HIGHLIGHTS
The endogenous cannabinoid system (aka ECS), named for the plant that led to its discovery, is one of the most important physiologic systems involved in establishing and maintaining human health.
Endocannabinoids and their receptors are found throughout the body: in the brain, organs, connective tissues, glands and immune cells.
With its complex actions in our immune + nervous systems and virtually all of the body’s organs, the endocannabinoids are literally a bridge between body and mind.
By understanding this system, we begin to see a mechanism that could connect brain activity and states of physical health and disease.
- Bradley E. Alger PhD NCBI 2013
CB2 receptors are located throughout the digestive tract, immune system and related organs
(like the tissues of the spleen, tonsils and thymus gland)
They are also found in the brain, although they do not appear as densely as CB1 sites
HEMP AND YOUR PHYSIOLOGY
All of our physiological systems have to be in this constant state of dynamic balance.
In general every aspect of human physiology is based on the balance between polar opposities (Yin/Yang) this creates homeostasis
When we look at specific parts of our physiology,
like the immune system the opposites would be anti-inflammation / inflammation
in the nervous system it is the forces of excitation (glutamate) and inhibition/relaxation (gaba)
in the endocrine system which is responsible for hormones, we have the forces of breaking down tissue (catabolic) and building up tissue (anabolic)
in the oxidation system, we have forces of anti oxidation & oxidation
This balance (homeostasis) can best be compared to a baby's mobile.
The mainpieces dangling would be your signaling molecules
(neurotransmitters, hormones, cytokines & lymphokines)
If you decide to attach something to the mobile it would create imbalance, causing an oscillation period until it slowly finds a new point of balance.
During the oscillation period is when one feels "sick" or experiences symptoms
but your physiology will compensate, a new balance will be found and
your body continues to function
Pharmaceuticals work on the level of the signaling molecules (symptoms) not the system and cause enormous strain on the human physiology.
Hemp on the other hand works on the level of the system of balance
(aka homeostatic system)
In comes the endogenous cannabinoid system (aka ECS)...
The ECS was discovered in 1992 by Rafael Mechoulam from the Hebrew University of Israel
It is essentially a network of cells throughout our body's that have receptors for cannabinoids in hemp, such as the most popular one known as CBD
It is the most prevalent receptor system in our physiology
Dr Mechoulam also discovered that we make our own cannabinoids in our bodies, known as ANANDAMIDE (we create this cannabinoid when we meditate, it is known as "the bliss molecule" & 2 AG (both 2ag + anandamide) are realeased in breastmilk while baby feeds directly from breast (many refer to this as "milk drunk"), these 2 compounds are also associated with runner's high
Hemp works on our physiology as follows;
In the central nervous system (CNS) cell surfaces are covered with receptors,
when hemp binds with the receptors it sends a message to the cell, which travels all the way down to the nucleus of the cell where the intelligence of our entire physiology is contained within our chromosones. Hemp also modulates the transcription of over 100 genes that make the signaling molecules that naturally reduce inflammation in our CNS & throughout our immune system, restoring the dynamic balance to both systems
When hemp is introduced into our systems it causes a cascade of homeostasis
to our signaling systems
ECS receptors are located in our central nervous system, cardiovascular system,
bone marrow (where cells are manufactured), immune organs (intestines, spleen & bladder) & the lymph system.
Hemp is very important if you reside in urban America or urban anyhere in the world actually, no one is exempt, since our physiological systems are under constant assault from environmental toxins (herbicides, insecticides & heavy metals), chronic biological infections (bacteria, viruses, fungus & mold) and inflammatory diets (too much sugar consumption, leaky gut, etc) In a nutshell we are all inflammed.
Inflammations one may experience are;
auto immune diseases, rtheumatoid arthritis, lupus, thyroid disorders, MS, fibromyalgia
IBD, eczema, chronic infections, brain fog, migraines, epilepsy, anxiety, PTSD, ADD, ADHD
autism & insomnia - just to name a few
If you suffer from any of these symptoms using hemp may provide you with tremendous relief right through your own ECS & bring homeostasis to your systems.
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and Tennessee Hemp Distribution retails and wholesales organic American grown hemp by weight
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