Before there were pills, shots, and expensive treatments, Mother Earth was our one and only healer. The gift from plants was so generously given to us in the form of herbs, flowers, fruits, and vegetables. As technology progressed, so did our healing treatments. While technology continued to advance, natural forms of treatment began to diminish. As the pace of life increased, our patience also decreased. Society as a whole was looking for a quick fix, a pill, a shot or treatment that can cure any ailment – and fast. For most, a prescription was the answer. Besides – don’t doctors know best? Unfortunately, (as most of us have come to know all too well) prescriptions can come with some undesirable side effects. Sometimes the side effects make us wonder if the relief the prescriptions provides is even worth the other issues they cause. Fed up with ineffective treatment, costly prescriptions and the unwanted reactions, many have explored a more natural solution to life’s roadblocks.
Holistic plant-based alternatives are more than a current trend. It’s a rediscovery of what’s been here all along. It’s a connection to our roots, to the most powerful healer – Mother Nature. Plant-based methods are natural, effective, affordable, and easier on the body. That’s why we use hemp. Hemp is one of the most powerful plants known to man. For centuries, tribes and natural healers have used hemp to heal everything from depression to general pain. Now, organizations and studies have finally begun to recognize its benefits. The National Institute on Drug Abuse has even acknowledged the healing properties of cannabinoids and continually tracks the progress of NIH studies. This is a huge step forward for natural healing. Many prescription painkillers have nasty side effects, may be addictive, and can cost a fortune. Luckily, there’s a growing acceptance and awareness of the healing properties of hemp. But what makes this plant so powerful?
What is Hemp?
Hemp is a plant. It is usually grown outside and can reach heights of over 15 feet. Hemp has large, bulky stocks, and can comfortably grow close together in various climates. While hemp (at least in the United States) can’t be grown to contain any noticeable amounts of THC, it can be used to grow CBD, along with the other nonpsychoactive cannabinoids that have numerous benefits. Hemp, once dried and cured, is sticky, aromatic, and sparkly in appearance. Trichomes cause the stickiness, strong smell, and iridescent look. Close up, trichomes have the appearance of tiny translucent mushrooms, covering almost every millimeter of the plant. Trichomes actually make the cannabinoids (THC, CBD, and others) as well as the terpenes (that delicious smell) and this is where the magic happens.
Cannabinoids – The Secret Ingredient
Cannabinoids are tiny, sticky, sparkly pods of goodness. The most well known ones – THC and CBD – along with over 100 other chemical compounds are known as cannabinoids. They are the compounds that provide relief, uplift your mood, and contribute to your overall wellness. Researchers have found that these tiny pods can also provide treatment for many conditions than listed.
To understand how hemp reacts with our brain, we have to take a look at the endocannabinoid system. Every mammal is born with an endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system is responsible for controlling our mood, appetite, pain sensation, memory, and the effects of hemp consumption. It’s located in our brain and works with or without the presence of hemp. For people that experience daily or acute pain, memory loss, mood disorders, and appetite conditions, hemp can work with these regulators to help balance the inequality. That’s where hemp’s juicy cannabinoids come into play. Our receptors detect the cannabinoids in the product we consumed and positively alter our mood, appetite, pain sensation, memory, and overall experience. Most people would be surprised to know we are born with receptors in our brain ready to regulate the consumption of hemp! Let’s take a closer look at some of the individual cannabinoids and how they can benefit you.
THC – The Popular Kid
THC is the most well known cannabinoid. While it does have some benefits, it’s what has given hemp a bit of an (undeserved) bad reputation. THC, short for tetrahydrocannabinol, is the chemical compound that makes you feel “stoned.” THC alters your mental state. While it also has benefits, like stimulating your appetite, CANNABINOIDS BENEFITS CBD Anti-Bacterial, Neuro-protective, Reduces Blood Sugar Levels, Reduces Inflammation, Reduces Risk of Artery Blockage, Reduces Small Intestine Contractions, Reduces Vomiting and Nausea, Relieves Pain, Reduces Anxiety, Surpresses Muscle Spasms CBDA Reduces Inflammation CBG Aids Sleep, Slows Bacterial Growth CBGA Reduces Inflammation, Relieves Pain, Slows Bacterial Growth CBC Reduces Inflammation, Relieves Pain CBCA Reduces Inflammation, Treats Fungal Infection Δ9-THCA Aids Sleep, Suppresses Muscle Spasms Δ9-THC Reduces Vomiting and Nausea, Relieves Pain, Stimulates Appetite, Suppresses Muscle Spasms Δ8-THC Relieves Pain CBN Aids Sleep, Relieves Pain, Antibacterial, Stimulates Appetite combating insomnia, and lessening depression symptoms, THC will always make you “high.” Under the umbrella of THC are THCa and THCv.
THCa, short for tetrahydrocannabinolic acid, is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in raw, live hemp. As the plant begins the drying and curing process, THCa converts to THC. While the effects of THCa are relatively unknown, it likely holds many of the same benefits of THC, which include anti-inflammatory, neuroprotective, anti-emetic, and anti-proliferative properties. THCv, short for tetrahydrocannabivarin, has a unique set of properties.
THCv is reported to cause psychoactive activity in larger doses may help with appetite control (a suppressant, unlike THC which is a stimulant), and could stimulate bone growth. Overall, “getting high” is associated with THC. Hemp grown for its THC content is still federally illegal. TerraGold Plus doesn’t grow, use, or produce any products with THC. It’s the only cannabinoid not invited to our party. What does that mean? None of our products will make you “high.” They won’t alter your cognitive ability in any way.
CBD, short for cannabidiol, has gained recent popularity for its healing properties. In short, CBD is the non-psychoactive cannabinoid (fancy word for “it won’t get you high”) that is used to treat a wide range of conditions. CBD first stepped on the scene when Dr. Sanjay Gupta discussed the use of CBD-rich hemp plant with pratients. Since news broke of this incredible cannabinoid, more and more studies have emerged praising CBD for its myriad of benefits. Seriously – CBD is a miracle cannabinoid.
Another popular cannabinoid with similar properties to CBD is CBN. CBN has pain relieving, anti insomnia, antibacterial. CBN has a light sedative effect, promoting restful sleep and relaxation.
CBC, short for cannabichromene A 2016 study found CBC is particularly useful in the treatment of acne, and a 2012 study found it as an effective anti-diarrheal! It’s incredible how powerful these cannabinoids truly are.
CBG hold many of the same properties. In studies, cannabigerol has been effective in treating glaucoma by reducing intraocular pressure. In mice, it has decreased inflammation from irritable bowel syndrome. Perhaps one of the most impressive features CBG has acted as a block to cell degeneration in the brain in mice. Like many of the other cannabinoids.
Overall, CBD, CBN, and all 100+ of the other cannabinoids are what make this plant a legitimate source of natural remedies. Hemp has helped thousands overcome their acute pain, depression, inflammation, and more. With zero recorded deaths, little to no adverse reactions, and virtually no side effects (unlike opiates) the choice is clear.
Which Cannabinoids Are Right for Me?
Before you go off searching for the perfect product that contains the exact cannabinoids you need, you can rest assured knowing that TerraGold Plus uses the whole plant, that is, hemp that contains all of the natural cannabinoids, not just a select few . In the industry, this is known as full-spectrum hemp oil. If you’d like to know more about why we use the full-spectrum of benefits. Our products are made for holistic healing, that’s why we chose to keep all the cannabinoids in our products. Why not get the added benefits of all 100+ cannabinoids? To check out our hemp-based products, click shop in the menu bar.