Chronic Pain Is Opening Eyes to the Value of Low THC Hemp

Forty  years ago, hemp was widely considered synonymous with marijuana, and associated with an anti-establishment counter culture. Today, hemp is as hip as 5G internet service or the latest iPhone. So what changed? Legislation? access to information? a crisis caused by overuse of prescription pain killers? Today,  hemp and marijuana are distinguished by genetics and by cannabinoid profiles.   By definition, hemp cannot contain any significant amount of the intoxicating chemical, tetrahydrocannabinol (aka THC).  While anyone who attended public schools in the US over the last 50 years is familiar with the hallucinogenic properties of marijuana, many are just now learning about the food, fiber, and medicinal value of the plant’s cousin, hemp.  A recent review from Trends in Plant Science, and a 2014 congressional report summarize the many possible uses and benefits of  hemp.   Meanwhile, similar projections reported by Motley Fool investor advisory group and Rolling Stone magazine indicate that the CBD market will hit $22 Billion by 2022. Scientific studies like this 1998 Nature paper on the pain relief potential of Cannabis species have been appearing in the literature for more than 20 years.  Meanwhile, data indicating hemp grows well in poor soils and creates significant amounts of biomass, and a growing market interest in everything from CBD oil to hemp edibles, clothing, and paper products points to remarkable economic potential of a plant humans have used for thousands of years.   Recent podcasts from the Microbes, Minerals, and Mindsets series,  highlight  the expanding health and agricultural interest in CBD oil and hemp.   In Episode 6, below, host Mary Lucero and Co-Host Tony Pranger Jr. discuss the confusing legislation that preceded the 2019 Farm Bill-which legalized hemp.

2019 Farm Bill Has Accelerated the Hemp Industry Nationwide

Since the passing of the recent farm bill, many have joined the hemp bandwagon.  A May, 2019 report by CNBC was one of many to predict that legalized hemp would create a job boom.  While hemp does have utility for food and fiber, it may be faster to grow a few hundred thousand acres of hemp than to build the food, fabric, and paper mills that can benefit from hemp biomass, and bypass the growing competition in the CBD therapeutic oil market.  Entrepreneurs, your creativity can go wild with this one!

Safety and Reputed Health Benefits of CBD Oil Lead the List of Recognized Hemp Benefits

Harvard Health Blog contributing editor, Peter Grinspoon, MD cites a  World Health Organization Report validating the safety of hemp derived CBD oil.  Grinspoon notes potential for treating certain childhood epilepsy disorders, insomnia, anxiety, and chronic pain. He notes a need for more research on safe doses.  There may also be a need for a buyer beware approach as the market expands. Clearly, the potential for variation between batches of CBD oil,  would suggest that anyone seeking reproducible, therapeutic results, and assurance that THC levels are low should buy from a reputable dealer using GMP practices. Since CBD oil comes from an agricultural product (the hemp plant), organic practices to ensure the absence of pesticides can be valuable as well.

CBD for Pain Relief?

In Episode 7 of Microbes, Minerals, & Mindsets, local business owner and wellness advocate, Monica Kekuewa of MK DesignHouse discusses her interest in natural health alternatives, her decision to work with The Extension Team, and her experience introducing CBD oil products to clients.

Explore these CBD oil products available from Extension Team Associates

 

  1. Soothe-for pain relief.

  2. Uplift-to elevate mood.

  3. Relax-for sleep support.

  4. Hydration-for a hydrating beverage.

 

What Buyers Should Know about CBD oil Products

CBD oil offers a well studied alternative health approach to pain management, anxiety management, and sleep.  THC free CBD oil is widely recognized as safe when used in reasonable amounts.   There is not a wide consensus as to what constitutes “reasonable amounts”, but avoiding doses of hundreds to thousands of mg CBD seems prudent.   Like any medicinal herb, formulas can vary widely depending on the amount of product used, how and where it was grown, and how it was prepared.  Quality products should be grown organically on quality soils.    Look for laboratory testing to verify the absence of THC, evidence of good manufacturing practices, and the presence of a broad spectrum of other  cannabinoids.