Hemp: An Ancient Plant Medicine
Getting the Facts Straight on CBD
Cannabis has Two Species: Hemp & Marijuana
Cannabis is a genus of flowering plant with two subcategories: hemp and marijuana. Hemp refers to cannabis plants with very low THC content (THC is the psychoactive component of cannabis) and high in CBD, while marijuana is high in THC content and lower in CBD.
Hemp plants were traditionally used as food, medicine, rope, clothing paper and other crucial resources. Marijuana, on the other hand, has been traditionally used in plant medicine, sacred ritual and recreational enjoyment.
CBD is a Type of Plant Compound Called a Cannabinoid
CBD stands for Cannabidiol, and is a type of naturally occurring plant compound called a cannabinoid. Hemp has over 100 different cannabinoids, and CBD is just one of them.
Studies show that CBD may help to reduce stress, relieve anxiety, promote balance/homeostasis in the body, improve sleep and reduce inflammation.
Humans Evolved with Cannabinoids as a Major Part of their Diet
Throughout history, the hemp plant was used as food.
How do we know this? The human body has an entire system of cannabinoid receptors running throughout the brain, organs, immune system, connective tissues and glands. This system is called the Endocannabinoid System.