Can You Get High On Hemp?

Can You Get High On Hemp?

Hemp and marijuana are both varieties of cannabis, so the question is a common one.  And the short answer is no. You can’t get high on hemp.

Why not? Even though hemp is a cousin to marijuana, it produces a significantly lower amount of the intoxicating cannabinoid THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) than its more potent relative. Where hemp shines, though, is in its rich concentration of CBD (cannabidiol), which is non-intoxicating but medicinally therapeutic.

What Would Happen If I Smoked Hemp?

Well, you wouldn’t feel euphoric but you might get a headache. However, some people do smoke hemp buds because they feel it offers a more expedient delivery system for the CBD that can relieve anxiety and insomnia, or just as an alternative to cigarettes. And the same way you might pour a cup ofcaffeinated and decaffeinated coffee together for less of a buzz, it’s also possible to mix hemp with strong strains of marijuana to make the equivalent of a half-caf blend for a more mellow high.

What Is Hemp, Anyway?

It’s a variety of Cannabis sativa L, a plant that has served humans for more than 10,000 years. It’s been reported that archeologists found pottery bearing impressions of hemp cord in a Stone Age village in Taiwan. Hemp fibers were used to make sails for the sea voyages of the Vikings, and in fact the word canvas itself is derived from the Latin cannabis. Thomas Jefferson and George Washington grew hemp, and Betsy Ross sewed the first American flag of hemp fabric.

Can I Eat Hemp?

Absolutely. Hemp seeds are rich in protein, dietary fiber, vitamins and minerals. They contain an optimal ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, beneficial for reducing inflammation. And their proteins have been found to be more digestible for humans than common soy proteins used in food products. You can eat hemp seeds raw, use them as oil, grind them for flour, or process them with water to create hempseed milk.

What Other Uses Does Hemp Have?

Every part of the plant is useful for something. In addition to having edible seeds, its leaves and flowers are used to make oils and potions. Fibers from the outer portion of the stalks are used to make rope, paper, building materials, and fabric for clothing and furnishings, among other things. The short woody fibers from inside the stalks are used for bedding materials, absorbents, particle board, and other industrial products. Top to bottom, the entire plant can be used to make fuel and to serve as feed for cattle. The North American Industrial Hemp Council estimates that hemp can be used to make more than 25,000 products.

What Are Hemp’s Therapeutic Properties?

CBD-containing oils and tinctures extracted from hemp leaves and flowers can be used for treating a wide variety of conditions. And it does so without being mind-altering, addictive, or having the side effects sometimes typical with pharmaceutical drugs.

  • Managing stress and social anxiety. CBD may help your body to access and reduce the breakdown of serotonin that your brain produces. Serotonin is sometimes called the happy chemical because it contributes to a feeling of well-being, but it also modulates cognition, reward, learning, memory, and a number of other physiological processes.
  • Reducing pain and inflammation. Taken orally or used in topical preparations, CBD may support the reduction of chronic pain and inflammation from arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and other ailments.
  • Alleviating side effects of chemotherapy. CBD may serve as an alternative to drugs designed to combat the nausea and other side effects of chemotherapy.
  • Treating acne. Studies have shown that CBD oil may help treat acne due to its anti-inflammatory properties and ability to reduce sebum production.
  • Benefiting heart health. Because of CBD’s antioxidants and moderating effect on stress and anxiety, research is showing that it has the ability to lower high blood pressure as well as help reduce the inflammation associated with heart disease.
  • Reducing symptoms of neurological disorders. While limited at this time, promising research is ongoing to show that the properties of CBD may ease symptoms related to epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s disease.

Is Hemp Safe For Everyone?

Generally, yes. But CBD is known to interact with with several medications, so consult with your doctor or pharmacist to be sure. This is especially important if you currently take medications that require you to avoid grapefruit, because both grapefruit and CBD interfere with a group of enzymes that are necessary for drug metabolism.

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