5 Helpful Benefits of Hemp Extract

December 10th, 2019 by Loretta Lanphier, NP, CN, CH, HHP

5 Helpful Benefits of Hemp Extract

Have you noticed the overwhelming amounts of hemp products that have completely saturated the market? I have. I’ve also noticed that finding a hemp product that is pure — the full spectrum of nutrients and phytocannabinoids — and manufactured in a strict quality-controlled environment is a bit daunting. But with the many helpful benefits of hemp extract it’s certainly worth your time to do your research and ask questions. A few of the many helpful benefits of hemp extract include boosting mood, calming stress and even easing joint discomfort. Another great benefit of hemp includes promoting restful sleep which can help you stay more concentrated and alert during your day.

Below are five helpful benefits of hemp extract as well as why natural hemp should be a consideration for your daily health routine.

5 Helpful Benefits of Hemp Extract

As an amazing plant, hemp is loaded with nutrients, antioxidants, and phytocannabinoids. All of these nutrients work in harmony to provide you with many health benefits.

1. Encourages Calm and Focus

Being able to say calm and concentrated during a busy day and to relax at the end of it, is something in which we all desire. Hemp has the ability to help you feel more focused, tranquil and calm.

The hemp plant contains over 100 phytocannabinoids that interact with the endocannabinoid system — a physiological system that keeps your body processes in homeostasis — balance. These naturally-occurring cannabinoids in hemp link with endocannabinoid receptors, and thus boost brain and nerve health. By supporting brain and nerve cells, hemp and the phytocannabinoids in it can play an important part in your general mental well-being.

CBD (cannabidiol), one of the important componenets of hemp, permits you to relax without feeling cloudy or high.

2. Promotes Restful Sleep and Healthy Sleep Cycles

Most of need and want to experience restful sleep at night. Hemp can aid you in falling into a deep, restful sleep when you need to. An organic hemp extract can also be taken during the day to help you stay alert yet calm and centered with the ability to still sleep well at night.

Some people have found it best to take a hemp product a couple of hours before bed since it can promote alertness for a while and then lead to deep, full-body relaxation.

You may find that adding a full spectrum hemp product to your sleep routine is very beneficial. Full spectrum means that all hemp’s natural phytocannabinoids — including CBD, CBG, and even a little THC — plus terpenes, flavonoids, chlorophyll, fatty acids, proteins, and other synergistic metabolites are contained within the product. Because these compounds work together synergistcally and better than any single-ingredient product can — you’ll likely find yourself sleeping like a baby.

Organic Hemp Extract

3. Relieves Aches, Muscle Tension, and Joint Irritation

When experiencing joint irritation, muscle tension, or even general aches and pains, a potent,  full-spectrum hemp extract can contribute to relief.

CBD and other cannabinoids, including THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), promote a healthy response to inflammation, which provides ease for the swelling in your joints. Many people with joint discomfort find that hemp products help immensely. Even though hemp contains very low levels of THC — below 0.3 percent in the U.S. — these trace amounts found in a full spectrum hemp product can help relieve chronic body discomfort.

4. Promotes Healthy, Glowing Skin

Hemp cannabinoids are showing promise for promoting skin health. Hemp may help your skin become less oily — oily skin is usually a contributor to acne. In particular, cannabidiol is shown to reduce the sebocyte secretions — skin cells that produce fat or oil.

Hemp includes high levels of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, as well as many vitamins and nutrients. Fatty acids form the building blocks of your skin’s surface layers, and healthy fats play an important role in healthy skin. Taking in omega-3s, especially those from hemp, can help produce a smoother, healthier and even younger looking complexion.

One more way that hemp can help your skin is by reducing redness and swelling as well as encouraging a healthy response to inflammation — literally from the inside out. While you’ll find hemp in many skincare products, it works extremely well when taken internally. Over time it can help give your skin the appearance of looking more youthful.

5. Encourages General Body Health

If you have ever wished for a natural product that will encourage your general health, look no further. Hemp’s ability to encourage body balance works through the endocannabinoid receptors which are located throughout the body — especially those in brain and nerve cells, as well as immune system cells, and body organs such as the liver, lungs, and heart.

Hemp encourages overall body health such as:

  • Stimulates brain health and function
  • Aids the heart and cardiovascular system
  • Boosts the immune system
  • Eases head discomfort
  • Lessens oxidative stress
  • Supports normal blood pressure

Ways To Use Hemp Extract

If you purchased a hemp extract or hemp oil and were not told exactly how to take it, below are a few suggestions.

  • Take hemp extract two hours before sleep for more restful sleep.
  • Try hemp extract with coffee and tea, or add to smoothies or no-bake recipes. Some find that it helps counter the jittery effects of coffee.
  • Use just before times of rejuvenation, such as yoga or a massage.
  • Take hemp extract after a workout to promote exercise recovery.
  • Use during times of high stress to promote a calm mood.
  • Citrus and spicy foods can increase the effects of the cannabinoids, so be aware of this.
  • BEST Tip: When you take a hemp extract, hold in your mouth, underneath your tongue, for 1-2 minutes then swallow. Some people feel the benefits within 30 minutes or quicker.

How to Find a Quality Hemp Extract

With so many hemp products flowing into the newly opened marketplace, it’s important to do your research before purchasing. There are many companies that have sprouted up literally overnight that do not have the quality control processes in place that a more established herbal supplement manufacturer would.

Try to purchase the highest quality product that contains the full spectrum of nutrients and phytocannabinoids in which hemp is known. A high-quality product will be certified organic, high-potency, and made from hemp grown in America. Most full spectrum hemp oil or hemp extract products are made from the whole plant, including flowers, stalks, roots, seeds, and leaves. Ideally, it will use an extraction process that ensures you get a full assortment of cannabinoids.

Look for a cold-processed, certified Organic Hemp Extract that is a full-spectrum, whole-plant product you can trust. Also, gluten-free, non-GMO, and tested for purity and safety. These qualities make a hemp extract that is perfect for encouraging a relaxing feeling, promoting restful sleep, and easing the fire of sore, aching joints.

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Loretta Lanphier is a Naturopathic Practitioner (Traditional), Certified Clinical Nutritionist, Holistic Health Practitioner and Certified Clinical Herbalist as well as the CEO / Founder of Oasis Advanced Wellness in The Woodlands TX. She studies and performs extensive research in health science, natural hormone balancing, anti-aging techniques, nutrition, natural medicine, weight loss, herbal remedies, non-toxic cancer support and is actively involved in researching new natural health protocols and products.  A 17 year stage 3 colon cancer survivor, Loretta is able to relate to both-sides-of-the-health-coin as patient and practitioner when it comes to health and wellness. “My passion is counseling others about what it takes to keep the whole body healthy using natural and non-toxic methods.” Read Loretta’s health testimony Cancer: The Path to Healing. Loretta is Contributor and Editor of the worldwide E-newsletter Advanced Health & Wellness
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