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5 little-known health benefits of hemp-based CBD

Last week, The Farm Bill of 2018 passed both houses of Congress by overwhelming, bipartisan margins which pave the way for federally legalized hemp and hemp-based CBD in the United States.  Donald Trump has already hinted openly that he will sign the bill into law any day now.  Meanwhile, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved on May 28, 2018, a hemp-enhanced medication called Epidiolex for the treatment of severe forms of epilepsy.

Hemp plants are also used in manufacturing to produce high-quality material used in clothing, plastics, paper, animal feed, and even insulation products.  By passing the Farm Bill and legalizing hemp farming, scientists can now conduct even more research into hemp’s many possible medicinal effects far more easily and without the excessive government restrictions.   

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Clearly, hemp and hemp-based products are entering a revolutionary new stage of advancement.  Researchers have already documented several health benefits that can improve the lives of millions of Americans dramatically.  Here are five of the more noteworthy and the studies that prove them. 

1.  Hemp-based CBD for pain relief

In a 2008 study involving hemp’s effects on receptors in the brain that identify pain, scientists concluded that hemp-based CBD products can provide relief for patients suffering from chronic back pain, arthritis, migraines, and even nerve damage caused by severe injury.  The study entitled Cannabinoids in the management of difficult to treat pain is still published today via the U.S. National Library of Medicine/National Institutes of Health (NLB-NIH).

2.  Hemp-based CBD for cancer prevention and treatment

2016 research conducted by scientists from the Department of Biochemistry, North-west University in South Africa, indicates that hemp-based cannabidiol has the unique capabilities of slowing the growth of cancer tumors and eventually eradicating them completely.  Other research further indicates that these CBD products can prevent cancer cells from duplicating and spreading throughout the body, too. The paper entitled Cannabidiol rather than Cannabis sativaextracts inhibit cell growth and induce apoptosis in cervical cancer cells is also published on the NLB-NIH website.

3.  Hemp-based CBD prevents chemotherapy-related nausea and vomiting.

Scientists have known for decades that the hemp plant produces natural antiemetic properties while also interacting well with the receptors in the brain that release serotonin.  These combined characteristics of the hemp plant make its associated CBD products excellent candidates for the prevention of nausea and vomiting involving chemotherapy treatments.  The study entitled Regulation of nausea and vomiting by cannabinoids which documents these conclusions is also published in the medical journal NLB-NIH.

4.  Hemp-based CBD for anxiety and chronic depression.

Since hemp-based CBD has the almost magical ability to trigger serotonin production in the brain, it’s a great alternative therapy for patients suffering from chronic depression, anxiety, and even Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD.  The increased serotonin also acts as a natural appetite suppressant, helps in managing stress levels, regulates mood, and aids in improved sleeping patterns.  A 2011 study by scientists from the University of São Paulo even indicates that hemp-based products can help those suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and other social anxiety disorders.

5.  Hemp-based CBD is good for the heart.

Hemp-based cannabidiol is also proven to possess anti-inflammatory properties which aid in healing muscle spasms, sprains, and strains, but it’s also a natural antioxidant, too.  It’s this unique combination of properties that help to boost heart health by reducing the plaque buildup located in the blood vessels and arteries which can lead to strokes and heart attacks.  The 2017 study endorsed by scientists from the National Natural Science Foundation of China can be located via the journal Science Direct.

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