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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.