The Power Of Hemp – What We Learned From NEC CBD Expo 2020
The CBD industry is shifting at a pace quicker than ever. Why is this?
It’s because of the sheer POWER that the Hemp plant possesses.
The British Hemp Alliance (BHA), formerly the British Hemp Association, was formed in 2018 to lobby for change and remove the barriers to growth that are preventing the UK hemp industry from thriving. The British Hemp Alliance owner, Rebekah Shaman, had a profound shift over our consciousness about the future of British hemp.
One large reason was due to farmers being unable to harvest, extract, transport or process the leaf or the flower; it must be destroyed on-site. The flowers are the most profitable parts of the plant and contain the highest concentration of CBD (cannabidiol). At present all CBD extracts used in the UK are imported from Europe, China, Canada and U.S.A, where it is legal to harvest the hemp flower completely.
An unrestricted and thriving hemp industry delivers several key goals in the UK, relevant to both agricultural and environmental policies. It can be used for a range of environmentally friendly and carbon-negative products, while actively contributing to mitigating climate change. A thriving domestic hemp industry can kickstart a new green industrial revolution, boost local economies, and help to seed a brighter future.
The way Rebekah thinks in terms of the hemp industry is extremely profound. She is absolutely correct in her way of thinking. If we can remove barriers that are preventing the UK hemp industry from thriving then this country will move forwards in many healthy directions.
Why does hemp possess so much power?
Firstly, we need to understand why hemp can be a solution to many internal and external problems currently faced in the world.
Let’s start internally, with ourselves.
Our Endocannabinoid System
Every single human and animal in this world inherits a biological system composed of endocannabinoids called the endocannabinoid System [ECS]
Experts are still trying to fully understand the ECS. But so far, we know it plays a role in regulating a range of functions and processes, including:
- Reproduction and fertility
How does our Endocannabinoid System work?
The ECS involves three main components: endocannabinoids, receptors, and enzymes.
Endocannabinoids, are molecules made by your body, they help to keep internal functions running smoothly.
Receptors are found throughout your body. Endocannabinoids bind to them in order to signal that the ECS needs to take action.
There are two main endocannabinoid receptors:
- CB1 receptors, are mostly found in the central nervous system, brain and spinal cord, among many other organs and tissues.
- CB2 receptors, are mostly found in your peripheral nervous system, especially immune cells and white blood cells.
Endocannabinoids can bind to either receptor. The resulting effects depend on where the receptor is located and which endocannabinoid it binds to.
For example, endocannabinoids might target CB1 receptors in a spinal nerve to relieve pain. Others might bind to a CB2 receptor in your immune cells to signal that your body’s experiencing inflammation, a common sign of autoimmune disorders.
Enzymes are responsible for breaking down endocannabinoids once they’ve carried out their function.
Research Trusted Source has linked the ECS to the following processes:
- Chronic Pain
- Liver Function
- Motor Control
- Muscle Formation
- Learning and Memory
- Appetite and Digestion
- Skin and Nerve Function
- Bone Re-Modelling and Growth
- Reproductive System Function
- Cardiovascular System Function
- Inflammation and Other Immune System Responses
These functions all contribute to homeostasis, which refers to stability and balance of your internal environment. For example, if an outside force, such as pain from an injury or a fever, throws off your body’s homeostasis, your ECS kicks in to help your body return to its ideal operation.
Today, experts believe that maintaining homeostasis is the primary role of the ECS. From this awareness, we can understand that our ECS system plays a key role in maintaining our main bodily functions.
So why does hemp play a key role in our internal environment?
It’s because CBD comes from hemp.
CBD contains cannabinoids that attach to our CB1 and CB2 receptors.
Most cannabinoids bind to both types of receptors — However, CBD doesn’t directly trigger either receptor. Instead, it modifies the receptors’ ability to bind to cannabinoids.
From this, we can understand that CBD plays a large role in the endocannabinoid system: from influencing other types of receptors, too enhancing natural levels of endocannabinoids.
We can make our ECS system more efficient through the consumption of high-quality CBD.
This is how hemp can be a great benefit to our internal world.
Hemp can also be a game-changer for our current external eco-system.
What Can Hemp Be Used for?
Humans have used hemp for thousands of years to produce a wide variety of products. All the way back in 1533, King Henry VIII made it compulsory by law to grow hemp. However, now it is now only legal to grow under certain conditions. To grow hemp in the United Kingdom, you have to obtain a license from the Home Office.
Farmers can only cultivate the stems and seeds in the UK. The leaves and flowers fall under the category of Cannabis without exemption, and as such are a controlled substance. If the production of hemp became better regulated then here’s what we could use it for:
- Oil – Cannabidiol is legally extracted from industrial hemp plants, meaning that hemp is crucial to the blossoming CBD industry. There is a variety of hemp oil uses as a food supplement, it is intended to help maintain general health and wellbeing. We have an organic, premium quality oil available for anyone who’s seeking further enlightenment on their health and wellbeing journey.
- Food – A considerable portion of hemp products falls into the category of food. You will often see hemp seeds featured in healthy recipes.
- Fuel – Hemp biofuel is being discussed as a possibility. As we turn our backs on fossil fuels, scientists are looking for a way to make an environmentally and sustainable fuel. Hemp cultivation is becoming more widespread, and as more hemp is grown, hemp could likely become a useful resource. Hemp fuel is a form of cellulosic ethanol, meaning that the biofuel is made from the fibrous stalks of the hemp.
- Plastic – Hemp might also replace our plastics. Hemp-based plastics fall into the category of bioplastics, which are not yet widespread. The planet is indeed in the midst of a plastic crisis, so we will definitely need to look deeper into the possibilities of bioplastics in the future.
- Paper – Hemp paper has actually been used for hundreds of years. The Ancient Egyptians used hemp to create paper, and the first draft of the declaration of independence was written on hemp paper. Paper can be made from either the long bast fibre (hurd) or the short bast fibre (pulp) of the hemp plant. Hurd is preferred for strength, whereas pulp is simpler to make. Just one acre of hemp may be able to produce the same amount of paper as 4-10 acres of trees over a 20-year cycle. This is because hemp grows faster than trees, and it also contains more cellulose. Not only is hemp paper more sustainable, but it’s also more durable. Unlike the paper we use now, it doesn’t yellow over time. Perhaps we should be looking into creating more hemp paper and hemp toilet paper!
- Clothing – The hemp vs. cotton debate has been raging on for decades. Before the cotton industry really took off, we used hemp to produce clothes. This is because hemp has fibrous stalks, which are great for weaving into cloth. Hemp fibre is pretty versatile, but its use in textiles and clothing is one of the most common ways to use it. Prohibition of hemp has meant that cotton took over. However, as people have become aware of the environmental benefits of hemp, some individuals are choosing to switch to hemp clothing.
- Pet Food – Humans are not the only ones who can make use of hemp. The hemp pet market is pretty big now, with a variety of hemp-based treats it’s excellent news for those looking to their furry-friend in good health.
- Nutrition – In terms of plant-based protein, hemp is one of the best sources. It is known as a ‘complete protein’ because it contains all 9 of the essential amino acids that humans must get from food. Complete proteins are rare to find from plant sources.
- Clean Soil – The hemp plant is extremely hardy and can survive in harsh wilderness conditions. One of its traits is that it’s a bio-accumulator, meaning it sucks things up from the soil, eliminating pollutants from the soil and air we breathe.
This is just a shortlist of the 50,000 different uses that the hemp plant has to offer.
Hemp is so suited to the improvement of our health and wellbeing, it has the potential to bring homeostasis to both ourselves and the planet. Allowing our internal self to feel balance, whilst giving our external environment the opportunity to flower and flourish.
If we’re looking for a cleaner, healthier planet and future, then we need to realise that hemp has the ability to make this world a healthier place to live.
With people are waking up to the usefulness of hemp; we are seeing a definite increase in the number of hemp products available today.
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