Hemp is a plant with a multitude of benefits: food, fibre, fabric, fuel, to name just a few. Hemp is a very versatile plant – anything made from wood or plastic can be made from hemp. Hemp has thousands of industrial uses.
It has also long been recognised for health and wellbeing. As a natural food supplement hemp has many known benefits for all mammals – making it the most healthy, nutritious and beneficial plant on earth.
To learn about hemp read a book called The Emperor Wears No Clothes written by Jack Herer. It’s a formidable cornucopia of a forgotten and untold factual history of the hemp/cannabis plant and its inextricable connection with all mammals. Dip into the book and fall in love with hemp. It’s hard not to. Let Jack Herer seduce you. His book is a multi-revisit encyclopaedia and reference library all rolled into one fascinating story.
It’s important to state here that hemp and cannabis are related. They are similar but different. They share many chemicals – but not THC, the psychoactive compound that gets you high. Hemp has no more than 0.3% THC content per volume – nowhere near enough to have any psychoactive effect. While cannabis remains illegal on the British Isles, hemp is 100% legal. Ingestible hemp is sold as a natural food supplement.
From hemp’s past to the present and future look no further than Cannafest, an annual hemp trade fair held in Prague. There you can listen to and meet doctors and professors of bio-chemistry and organic-biology who have been researching the hemp/cannabis plant for a good many years. And you can wander round the multitude of stalls and learn a great deal about where hemp is today and why.
Discovering that hemp was grown and utilised in Scotland from around 1200 up until the 1800s led to the desire to re-introduce this most amazing plant to the people of this country.
What is relevant here and now today regarding ingesting hemp is all down to bio-chemistry.
As little as 25 years ago science discovered that the hemp/cannabis plant produces chemical compounds – called cannabinoids – that are very similar in their construction and function as chemical compounds that are naturally produced by all mammals. Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of over 100 cannabinoids that the plant naturally produces.
The chemical compounds in mammals have been called endo-cannabinoids. Endo is a prefix for endogenous, meaning ‘originating from within an organism’. In the hemp/cannabis plant the chemical compounds have been called phyto-cannabinoids. Phyto is a prefix for phyto-geography, meaning ‘relating to a plant’.
The system in the mammal body that produces these chemical compounds has been called the endo-cannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS consists of a network of inter-connected receptors throughout a mammal body that proliferate in the central nervous system in the brain and the peripheral nervous system in the spine. The ECS is an internal and external system – it’s all over your skin as well as throughout your whole body.
The ECS exists to regulate homeostatic function. In other words, the ECS exists to assist the other eleven systems in the mammal body to seek out and maintain balance/optimal health.
Research into the many chemical compounds – called cannabinoids –produced by the hemp plant that are beneficial to mammals is on-going and at an early stage. This is a journey of learning and discovery for everyone.