Humans have been consuming hemp in various ways for thousands of years, seeking to unlock the wide array of therapeutic benefits of the plant.
More recently, like within the past 10-15 years, we have experienced a renaissance-like awakening of that curiosity, now backed by 21st century science and technology.
The result of that convergence has been the undeniable proof that hemp and cannabis plants naturally produce healing compounds known as cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids.
Typically, the most abundant cannabinoid present in hemp plants and the products crafted from them is cannabidiol, more commonly referred to as CBD.
However, CBD is not the only cannabinoid that hemp can deliver. Well-crafted hemp-derived products should include a broad or a full spectrum of cannabinoids, as the plant genetically expresses.
Proper hemp genetics put into the right farmer’s hands can lead to a bountiful harvest of buds that are to the naked eye indistinguishable from top-shelf cannabis buds.
When that harvest is put into the right manufacturer’s hands, with today’s technology and knowledge base, the result is a highly potent and pure concentration of those cannabinoids, terps, and the rest of the healing spectrum of the plant into a multiuse hemp oil.
What are some of those uses?
Here are 5 ways hemp-based products can help you.
BENEFITS OF HEMP TINCTURES
For those who know best, hemp tinctures remain at the top of the list when it comes to being the easiest, most discreet, most accurate, and most efficacious method of consuming the therapeutic constituents of the hemp plant.
In the most effective tinctures – like those sold here at Humboldt’s Cabinet - highly concentrated hemp extract is suspended in MCT Oil (fractionated coconut oil) to create a fully homogenized product that is equally as potent from drop to drop.
Tincture bottles typically come equipped with a handy dropper built into the lid making precise dosing a simple squeeze away. That dose is then placed under the tongue and held there to absorb for about 20-30 seconds. Whatever remains is then swallowed.
This leads to a dual effect combining the more immediate onset of the sublingual dose mixed with the longer-lasting effects as the cannabinoids make their way through the digestive system.
BENEFITS OF HEMP TOPICALS
The same cannabinoid-rich hemp oil that is used to make top-quality tinctures can also be blended into topical creams, lotions, and balms to help surface wounds heal or ease aching joints, muscles, and nerves beneath the skin.
CBD-infused topicals are ideal for use either pre- or post-workout to prevent inflammation and injury and people around the world are discovering that these products can help with many ailments including but not limited to arthritis, muscle stiffness, back pain, cramps, stiff necks, and even headaches.
Because the global hemp market is so loosely regulated at this time, it is so important to find trustworthy brands and products and stick to them.
When it comes to hemp-based topicals and more, Humboldt’s Cabinet has got you covered!
BENEFITS OF EATING HEMP
Hemp-based edibles, typically packed with CBD, offer a long-lasting effect in a relatively discreet form of consumption.
We say ‘relatively discreet’ because it can look a bit odd to be a grown-up shoveling handfuls of gummy candies into your mouth at a public event but, luckily, there are so many options these days including our favorite – do it yourself!
Of course, most health food stores also offer hemp protein powders and hempseed oil products, all of which are viable, healthy alternatives to what’s on the shelf next to them. But, to optimize your uptake of the crucial cannabinoids, terps, and flavonoids that do the real healing, the products highlighted above are where it’s at.
BENEFITS OF SMOKING HEMP
When a lot of folks see hemp flowers being marketed like cannabis, intended to be smoked as-is, the reaction is often, “Why though?”
A simple enough question, but the answer is a bit more nuanced.
One of the most common reasons that hemp smoking is trending for the first time in over a century is because folks are starting to realize that even though a low- or no-THC hemp joint will not get you ripped like actual cannabis will, it still offers a fun, soothing buzz as everything-but-THC goes to work on your endocannabinoid system.
Another popular reason for smoking hemp is that actual cannabis is still federally illegal and illegal still in many states. People can lose their job, their housing, or even their freedom over a plant here in America in 2021. So, for those who are worried about law enforcement, or worried about some piss-sniffer trying to get them fired, THC-free/CBD-rich hemp flowers and buds are a great option.
Not to mention… for anyone looking to kick a tobacco/nicotine habit, a pack of pre-rolled hemp joints can spark that same relieving feeling when lighting up, even if the effects will be different.
BENEFITS OF VAPORIZING HEMP
Vaping hemp-derived oil has been one of the fastest rising trends in hemp consumption over the past five years. The sheer convenience of being able to take a toke virtually anytime or anywhere without the need for a pipe or rolling papers or a lighter is very convenient, and the lack of ash, smoke, and the tell-tale aroma of cannabis or hemp makes this a popular choice for consumption.
While not the most effective way to realize the maximal benefits of CBD and other useful cannabinoids, vaping hemp offers an easy, smooth, user-friendly experience for those new to the plant as well as those who have been around a while.
Vaporizer cartridges have gotten some bad press in the past year or so but as with anything else, you need to do a bit of due diligence as a consumer whenever you are putting something into your body. A good CBD vape cartridge should have two ingredients – hemp oil and hemp-derived terpenes.
HEMP IS HERE TO STAY… AND TO HELP
The late, great, and legendary Jack Herer was once quoted saying, “Hemp will be the future of mankind, or there won’t be a future.”
Well, friends, the future is now, and hemp is here to help.