Health Food Enthusiasts Find Benefits in Eating Raw Hemp
With the increasing popularity of Hemp and Cannabis products, many individuals have begun to experiment with the different ways of utilizing the plant. CBD Tinctures, Hemp Salves and Cannabinoid capsules, as well as Hemp Seeds and Hemp Seed Oil have made their way into mainstream grocery stores and health food joints. Manufacturers produce thousands of products derived from processed Industrial Hemp every month. However, one rising Hemp trend requires little processing at all; Eating raw Hemp. Many health food enthusiasts have found benefits in consuming raw, unprocessed Hemp.
From a nutritional perspective, Cannabis or Hemp is extremely healthy. Hemp shares many qualities with leafy green vegetables. Loaded with protein, fibre, antioxidants, and a variety of vitamins and minerals, fresh leaves and buds can be blended into a smoothie with other fruits and vegetables, pressed into a raw juice, or even eaten in a salad. There are endless possibilities and the health benefits are impressive.
Raw Hemp Contains Several Health Promoting Compounds
Raw Hemp Produces High Levels of Cannabidiolic Acid
Consuming raw Hemp leaves and flowers or buds exhibits a multitude of therapeutic advantages. These benefits lie in the multiple compounds found in the raw plant. In fact, this material produces Cannabinoid Acids, such as CBDA (Cannabidiolic Acid). Cannabidiolic Acid is one of many compounds produced in the Hemp and Cannabis plants. CBDA converts to the more popular CBD (Cannabidiol) over time and when exposed to heat. Intriguingly, most cannabinoids bind directly with either the CB1 or CB2 receptors. CBDA doesn’t work in this way. Instead, CBDA interacts with the endocannabinoid system by inhibiting the cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) enzyme. COX-2 enzymes are associated with inflammation after an injury or infection, so by blocking COX-2 enzymes, CBDA can relieve inflammation and associated pain.
This Cannabinoid also functions as an anti-bacterial, and links to anti nausea and anti emetic actions. Additional studies show the ability of this compound to act as an effective antidepressant. In one rodent study, scientists found CBDA affected levels of serotonin, a chemical produced by nerve cells to aid in signaling between cells. Serotonin is vital to core human functions like motor skills, sleeping, eating, digestion, and emotions.
Surprisingly, the FDA has required the pharmaceutical company, GW Pharma, to not only conduct CBD research in relation to their compounds, but to also conduct research on the precursor CBDA. GW’s own research shows that CBDA is an even more effective seizure treatment than CBD.
Abundance of Terpenes Found in Raw Hemp
In addition to the natural Cannabidiolic Acids found in raw Hemp, consumers receive an abundance of Terpenes from consuming it. Terpenes are the aromatic chemicals found in several different plants that provide a distinct aroma and taste. Aside from producing the aroma and flavor profile, terpenes also exhibit their own set of medicinal properties. They’re known to have antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-cancer properties. Some of the most common Terpenes found in raw cannabis and hemp include:
- Myrcene (fruity, earthy aroma with anti-inflammatory, anti-insomnia, antispasmodic,analgesic and antibacterial properties)
- Linalool (spicy, floral scent with antidepressant, anti-inflammatory sedative and anxiolytic properties)
- Pinene (a bronchodilator with a piney scent and antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and antioxidant properties)
- Caryophyllene (spicy aroma with analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antidepressant, antioxidant, anti-bacterial, neuroprotective and anxiolytic properties)
- Limonene (strong citrus aroma with anti fungal, anti-inflammatory, antidepressant and anxiolytic properties)
These terpenes are key contributors to the pharmacological properties of numerous medicinal herbs. Consuming them can provide incredibly positive health benefits.
Raw Hemp Produces Many of the Same Compounds as Leafy Greens
Like many other leafy greens, raw Hemp produces incredible amounts of fiber, protein, fatty acids, and iron. It can also give you a nice daily dose of vitamin C for immune function, vitamin K for calcium absorption, calcium for strong bones, and folate for DNA repair. Additionally, manufacturers typically remove chlorophyll from CBD products, whereas hemp leaves remain packed with it. What makes chlorophyll so good for your health? Research shows that chlorophyll promotes clear healthy skin, wound repair and blood quality.
Full of fiber, phosphorus, potassium, iron, zinc, magnesium and more, raw hemp has you covered as far as nutrition is concerned. Consider the rich amount of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids combined with the antioxidant effects of polyphenols in raw Hemp. It is an extremely healthy addition to your juice, smoothie or salad.
How Can You Add Raw Hemp to your Diet?
Florida’s evolving Hemp and Cannabis laws make it difficult for consumers to keep up with their rights. Raw Hemp is now completely legal in Florida so long as the product meets regulatory standards. This material must contain below 0.3% THC, cannot be cultivated without state permission, etc. Therefore, if an individual is able to purchase raw hemp leaves meeting standards, they can add this to their diet. Hemp smoothies and juices, as well as Hemp Salads have become popular treats for Health Food Enthusiasts. Try one and see if your body likes the benefits!