Hemp oil has meditative effects

August 27, 2021

A recent study done by a group of Italian scientists found that hemp essential oil can have calming effects similar to meditating or yoga. Although the plant is mainly consumed for the psychoactive and medicinal effects of THC and CBD respectively, this study proves that there is a lot more to cannabis than just THC and CBD.

What is hemp oil? No, it won’t get you high.

Hemp oil; not to be confused with CBD oil is made from the seeds of the hemp plant, much like olives, almond and sunflower. Hemp oil is currently used for various industrial purposes, including the production of cosmetics, bio-diesel fuel, plastics, and paint.

Hemp oil is also considered the most well-balanced oil for nutrition, it contains all of the essential amino acids and essential fatty acids that are necessary for human life.

Make this into a fun fact thingy:Hemp is the only natural source of gamma-linolenic acid, GLA is known to affect vital metabolic roles in humans, ranging from control of inflammation and vascular tone to initiation of contractions during childbirth.


…back to the research

During the research, the scientists exposed volunteers to both almond essential oil (used as a control) and hemp essential oil. Before being used, the compounds associated with the physiological effects of cannabis were removed from the hemp oil through distillation, leaving behind only the natural terpenes.

GIF: When science says smelling weed helps you calm down.

They found that when study subjects were calmer and measurably less anxious when they smelled hemp essential oils. The changes in brain wave activity were similar to when people meditate. The study also revealed that hemp essential oils might also help relieve pain.

Terpenes is a group of volatile organic compounds that usually have a strong odour, when you smell a pine or an orange it’s the terpenes that you’re smelling.

As of now cannabis is mainly bought for the THC and CBD in it, but studies like this help us understand that there is a lot more to this dank plant.

Researchers published their findings in the journal: Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine.


Source: Marijuana.com

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