What are the health benefits of hemp-based CBD?

In December 2019, the U.S. Congress passed an obscure law named the Farm Bill of 2018 with overwhelming bipartisan support which essentially makes hemp farming legal.  The newly passed legislation also came with a huge incentive package worth $867 billion and was signed into law by President Trump just before the holiday season.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was also on-board, having already approved several hemp-based medications for mass production by Big Pharma.  The more notable is the drug called Epidiolex which is often prescribed as a treatment for patients living with severe forms of epilepsy. 

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Prior to its passage, it would have been technically illegal at the federal level to grow hemp - just like its technically illegal to grow marijuana.  But thanks to the Farm Bill of 2018, farmers can now grow hemp plants in large quantities and sell it to manufacturers who use hemp in the production of clothing , plastics, animal feed, insulation products, and of course, hemp-based CBD oils.

Clearly, hemp is entering a new phase of public acceptance.  Now that it’s legal, the scientific community is conducting more advanced research into its many holistic and medicinal benefits.  Below is a short list of the four of the most popular uses for all-natural CBD products along with the supporting scientific documentation.

1.  Vaping CBD for cancer prevention

Researchers have known for several years that the hemp plant contains natural antiemetic properties – capabilities of preventing nausea and vomiting associated with motion sickness, general anesthetics, and many chemotherapies. The chemical compounds in hemp also react positively with the receptors in the human brain which produce serotonin – a chemical that makes people feel happy.

For these reasons, oncologists and family physicians can now legally prescribe the vaping of CBD oils to help their patients manage their antiemetic symptoms. A study published by the British Journal of Pharmacology entitled Regulation of nausea and vomiting by cannabinoids (NLB-NIH) supports these conclusions. 

2.  Vaping CBD for improved heart health

Other seemingly-miraculous properties of the hemp plant include its ability to act as a natural anti-inflammatory and antioxidant.  Anti-inflammatory medications are often used in the treatment of muscle sprains and strains, but cardiologists also prescribe them to patients suffering from heart conditions. Anti-inflammatories can reduce the inflammation in the arteries that can easily lead to strokes and heart attacks.

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Furthermore, the antioxidants in hemp-based CBD and other medications can also be helpful in reducing the yucky plaque buildup that sometimes occurs in the arterial system of heart patients.  For more information, refer to a 2017 study conducted by researchers at the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Science Direct).

3.  Vaping CBD to battle depression

Since the chemical compounds in hemp help the brain to produce serotonin – the happy chemical - it only stands to reason that vaping hemp-based CBD can help fight chronic depression.  A study conducted by scientists from the University of São Paulo supports these claims while also suggesting that the vaping of hemp-based CBD can help manage symptoms related to Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other social anxiety disorders.  In fact, the University of São Paulo study even indicates that vaped CBD can be helpful in reducing the symptoms of moodiness, depression, and anxiety associated with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

4.  Vaping CBD for pain management

Besides the pain associated with muscle sprains and strains, scientists can now confirm that hemp-based CBD is useful in managing many forms of chronic pain, including arthritis, migraine headaches, back pain, and even nerve damage caused by accidents and personal injury.  The many benefits of hemp’s anti-inflammatory properties, increased antioxidants, and enhanced serotonin production capabilities are well-documented in the study entitled Cannabinoids in the management of difficult to treat pain (NLB-NIH).

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