Hemp is grown for non-drug use because it contains only trace amounts of THC (the psychoactive component of the marijuana plant that is responsible for getting a person high).
Are hemp seed hearts that same as hemp seed?
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The high content of 20% soluble and 80% insoluble fiber, in whole hemp seeds, may aid in digestion while helping to lower bad cholesterol and improve heart health. The insoluble fiber in hemp seeds has also been linked with a lower risk of diabetes.
Hemp oil can be used as a cooking oil and, just like any other type of healthy oil, can be added to foods such as salads, dips, and spreads.
Although hemp hearts do not contain any THC at all, the shells do have trace amounts (below 0.3% THC).
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Hemp seed oil improves heart health through several mechanisms.
The amino acid arginine in hemp seed oil contributes to nitric acid production, relaxing and dilating blood vessels. This is how it can reduce blood pressure and help prevent heart disease.
The essential fatty acids in hemp seed oil are known to add moisture and shine to the hair, promote hair growth, strengthen brittle hair strands, and help the hair grow thicker. Subjective evidence suggests that applying the oil on the scalp reduces several scalp problems, including dryness, itchiness, and dandruff, and will possibly treat scalp psoriasis.
Prices can be high: a 500mg bottle of CBD oil oral drops could set you back as much as £45. Not that this has put people off: over the past two years, sales of CBD have almost doubled in the UK, putting regular users at an estimated quarter of a million.
Harry Sumnall, Professor in Substance Use at Liverpool John Moores University, says: “In terms of the products found in shops, there’s virtually no evidence to support the claims made for a lot of them. There’s a lot of marketing that says CBD is a ‘miracle of the modern age’; however, the marketing has actually overtaken the evidence of what it’s effective for.”
What CBD products are available?
Inflammation is part of the process that leads to many diseases, including coronary heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke, and there is some evidence that CBD has anti-inflammatory properties. Other studies have suggested that CBD can have a protective effect on the heart: this has been proven in rats after a heart attack and in mice with some of the heart damage associated with diabetes. But because these studies are often based on findings in a lab or in animals, not in humans, we cannot yet be confident that CBD will benefit the human heart.
CBD, or cannabidiol, is a chemical that’s extracted from the leaves and flowers of the cannabis plant. Cannabis itself is an illegal class B drug, as is the compound THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) which it contains. But pure CBD isn’t illegal, as it doesn’t cause the intoxicating effects of cannabis.
Many of these can be easily picked up from reputable high street stores, such as Holland & Barrett or Boots.