Cannabis, the wonder plant is gaining momentum yet again in the 21st century after its decline in the 20th century. The cannabis consumption in India has always had medicinal and religious overtones. It has been a part of our culture for centuries but has lost its place in society after its criminalization. The wonders and benefits of this plant have been buried under the moral and legal debate – but not anymore.
Cannabis is so versatile and can be used in a number of ways, more sustainably than any other materials available. It is currently used in the forms of hemp, cannabis and cannabinoids, with scientific evidence backing up the claim that they are stepping stones to healthier, more sustainable and happy lives. We’re here to talk specifically about cannabinoids and how they are inter-related with our wellbeing.
What are cannabinoids?
Cannabinoids are the compound that is extracted from hemp – a variety of the cannabis sativa plant that is one of the fastest growing alongside bamboo. There is evidence that indicates hemp was used to make ropes since 10,000 BC.
Today, what we use in the market is cultivated for its low THC quantity and is known as industrial hemp. CBD is also extracted from the leaves and flowers of industrial hemp and makes up almost 40% of hemp extract. Apart from CBD and THC, hemp is also rich in CBN, CBDA, CBG, CBC, CBL, CBCA, and CBGA, among many other less researched and popularized compounds.
How do these cannabinoids assist you in feeling uplifted?
Our ECS or Endocannabinoid system is running the show. It regulates mood, appetite, temperature and motor perception, the immune system and much more. Essentially, it maintains the harmony and balance in our body. Our ECS does this by releasing endocannabinoids. While endocannabinoids are produced by our bodies, phytocannabinoids are produced by plants and they have been observed to interact the same way with the ECS.
The research that has been conducted so far, strongly suggests that cannabinoids are helpful in minimizing chronic pain, anxiety, inflammation, depression, PTSD, addiction and epilepsy. It’s also being discovered that cannabinoids work more effectively when taken together, creating what is known as the entourage effect. If you want to experience the full potential of the healing properties of hemp, we suggest you experience the entourage effect!
If you’re interested and would like to purchase some Hemp/CBD products in the upcoming days, here are a few things to keep in mind while doing so because the market in India is still largely unregulated and you may be in for an unpleasant or unsatisfactory experience if you don’t go about this the right way!
Firstly, always do your research and buy from a well-reputed and trustworthy brand! Get to know the brand and buy if you comply with their ethics.
Know the source of your hemp! Related to the point above, also research where the hemp used in your product comes from because hemp absorbs heavy metals and pesticides from the ground. You don’t want to be consuming adulterated or polluted hemp.
If the brand or product has a Certificate of Analysis or COA, you’re good to go! This shows that the product has been tested and the ingredients are clearly labelled.
While CBD has already gained a lot of traction worldwide, there is still a long way to go when it comes to benefitting from the healing properties of hemp. But with such promising initial results, we are optimistic and excited about what the future holds. With natural medicine on the rise, it’s an exciting time to be alive!