Cannabaceae or hemp plants are among the oldest useful plants in our history. Among these, in addition to the hops, which are popular for brewing beer, is also the hemp plant. Both plants have very much in common in their basic structure, so the flower buds have a similar structure.
A plant with tradition
Even 10,000 years ago, hemp was used to make clothing in countries such as Persia and China. In 2400-year-old Mongolian graves, hemp seeds have also been found as a grave supplement.
The hemp plant has great spiritual significance in almost all shamanic cultures. It is not only useful in everyday life but goes far beyond that. Its ingredients are related to love potions and oracles. Ayurveda, for example, is an ancient Indian high culture that is associated with cannabidiol (CBD): the science of long life.
Nature did not create a living being or a plant without meaning. For this reason, it is time to rethink the taboo subjects associated with the hemp plant.
The different hemp plants
There are three different main genera of the hemp plant.
- Cannabis Sativa or “real hemp” is very popular because of its intoxicating effect. The variety is said to promote activity and creativity.
- Cannabis Indica (Indian hemp), on the other hand, stands for increased sensory perception of taste, touch, and smell. The effect is rather narcotic.
- Cannabis Ruderalis is the smallest of the three types. With its low THC content, it is mainly used to grow new genetic material.
So they all differ visually, in terms of appearance and height, as well as in terms of their plant constituents.
Hemp is of great benefit to our society
Hemp is used to obtaining a wide variety of things. In the industry, clothes are made from hemp, ropes, and ropes, but also hemp plastic. In the food sector, among other things, hemp seeds are found as a protein-rich source of food, as is hemp oil. This is also widespread in the cosmetics industry.
Most interesting, however, is probably the cannabinoids THC and CBD contained in the hemp plant. Both have their very own effect and can also change them in combination with each other.
The uptake in the nervous system
Part of our human nervous system is the endocannabinoid system. This is primarily associated with the immune system, movement regulation, and our emotions, but also with learning.
Both the psychoactive TCH and the non-psychoactive CBD bind to receptors in this system.
THC and CBD
These two ingredients of the hemp plant have different and sometimes opposite effects. Apart from the psychoactivity, of course.
A plant that is high in THC is found to be stimulating and energizing. The so-called “high” state is often in the foreground with the cannabis Sativa strains. THC is also used in medicine for pain therapy, among other things.
The cannabis Indica varieties, on the other hand, have a higher CBD content and put the consumer in a physical intoxication. CBD relaxes and has a calming effect on the body. In this way, CBD oil helps to alleviate symptoms of stress and to bring more quality back to life.
In contrast to THC, CBD is not psychoactive. Since it does not change consciousness, CBD products are legal in Germany and freely available in the form of capsules or oils, for example.
Ancient knowledge must replace doubt
A plant with such a wide range of uses and such a long history can only bring us benefits. This miracle of nature needs a new perspective. It is time to rethink and clear up prejudices.