Do you remember the smell of your favorite, savory and fresh childhood adventures in your kitchen garden? The smell of the vegetables, fresh air and savory herbs would be enough to lift you up. There are numerous herbs that we use in our kitchen that ranges from the nipping ends of the bushels of green beans to Curry leaves, Mint, Carom, Fennel, Lemon Grass and many more. Still no dish is complete without one or two of these herbs added by our Mom. It was a taste of our Mom, Our Mom’s love.
But here I am talking about not so renowned name of the Kitchen garden, side tracked some by the vagaries of time, another due to its intoxicant nature and other social myths attached to it. Yes, I am talking here about a cannabis product, Hemp, from which we prepare a drink popularly known as Bhang.
Bhang makes you feel high and has mythical elements adds to it. If you had a chance of visiting a Hindu religious place, you might have come across few Saddhus, smoking Chillum. It is nothing but Hemp. It is a 4000 years old and religiously revered product of India, a forgotten nature’s prodigious plant, and a culturally construed.
Hemp intoxicates but it is getting its share of popularity all over the world, due to its varied benefits, industrial as well as medical. Contrary to the thinking of the people, we cannot name cannabis as same as marijuana. Cannabis constitutes THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), which is narcotic substance and leaves you high. It is the level of this THC that differentiates the plant; high –THC cannabis is marijuana, that is used for recreational purpose, but low-THC cannabis is known as hemp that does not leave you high. This high level THC variety leaves people high.
Now the talks are on Hemp Anyway
You might not believe it medical fraternity is finding ample of Health benefits by using this intoxicant Hemp. Have you seen anyone in a state of Bhang? You might laugh it out, but Hemp is now what it made out to be, as the way these are extracted and used does not leave you high but instead will benefit you a lot. It is a marvel- a golden crop that can amaze you with your mental and physical health. Hemp is environmental, sustainable and requires water only once and that if there is no rain. You won’t believe it you can make so many products from Hemp, unbelievable but true, however here we will talk of its health benefits.
Its Health Benefits
The hemp seeds are edible containing many plant nutrients. Hemp seeds contain 30 % fat that includes fatty acids. Though its leaves are also used to make tea but main of its health benefits we get from its seeds. Sometimes these seeds are also known as Hemp Hearts. These seeds have high quantity of insoluble and soluble fiber, rich in gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) along with omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Oil is extracted from the seeds that has high level of nutrients content like
- Fatty acids
- Minerals like magnesium, calcium, iron etc
There is no end to the number of ways you can use these Hemp Oils- Prepare food, use over salads, dips and spreads.
Animal studies have shown that these oils might reduce blood pressure, risk of stroke and heart attack, hair conditioner and a skin moisturizer. If you have dry or itchy skin use this Hemp oil and if your body shows any signs of and symptoms of eczema, you will not require a prescription medicine.
You can have Hemp protein from the seeds of the hemp plant. It contains more than 25 % high quality protein having 20 amino acids. In fact protein content is more than flax or chia seeds which has around 15 to 18 percent of protein.
Treatment of Health Condition
You are assured to get relief from any one of the health issues, though there is very minimum clinical research to prove my point, but there is no harm in trying as there are no side effects and secondly several scientific studies validates the health benefits of these Hemps.
Hemp can give relief you from
- Heart Problems
- Urinary Conditions and many others
How Hemp biologically operates in your body
Hemp also has chemical like the drug Lanoxin that reduces the blood pressure, reduces heart rate, and builds the strength. It also contains terpenes, molecules generated by plants that give plants distinctive smell. Many studies shows that terpenes have many health benefits including neuro protective, anti-tumour and anti-inflammatory properties.
So isn’t it amazing, so mystical yet so scientific.
No doubt Hemp seeds are grown in many nations of the world but are always advised to use high quality and great tasted see. Go for the products that you have tasted in the lab, and there are stricter regulations on its growth and usage. Seek advice from the medical practitioner if you are pregnant, is on medication or have some other disease or problem. Hemp is still under testing stage, so if you want to use it, use with care.