Autism – Can Hemp Have A Role In Treating Symptoms – Or Preventing It?


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Protection, 1 in 88 children has been diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Autism is a range of neurodevelopment disorders. Autism covers a range of conditions – classical autism, Asberger syndrome, pervasive developmental disorder, and childhood disintegrative disorder.

Most scientists agree that there is not a single definitive cause of autism; it may be the result of genetic and environmental factors.

Studies of people with ASD have found irregularities in several regions of the brain.  Other studies suggest that people with ASD have abnormal levels of serotonin or other neurotransmitters in the brain.  These abnormalities suggest that ASD could result from the disruption of normal brain development early in fetal development caused by defects in genes that control brain growth and that regulate how brain cells communicate with each other, possibly due to the influence of environmental factors on gene function.” (National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke)

A 2007 study by the California Department of Public Health found that women in the first eight weeks of pregnancy who live near farm fields sprayed with the organochlorine pesticides dicofol and endosulfan are several times more likely to give birth to children with autism. The association appeared to increase with dose and decrease with distance from field site to residence. The study’s findings suggest that on the order of 7% of autism cases in the California Central Valley might have been connected to exposure to the insecticides drifting off fields into residential areas.” (Wikipedia)

Studies also suggest the following:

  • Children born to older parents are at slightly higher risk.
  • A small percentage of children who are born prematurely or with low birth weight are at greater risk for having ASDs.
  • Some harmful drugs taken during pregnancy have been linked with a higher risk of ASDs; for example, the prescription drugs thalidomide and valproic acid.” (www.cdc.gov)

Some scientists suggest that autism can be the result of low levels of Omega 3 fatty acid.

University of Alabama researcher Dr. Yasmin Neggers, a professor of human nutrition and hospitality management, found a possible lipid metabolism disorder in children with autism. “Many studies have shown omega-3 fatty acids to be neuro-protective because they decrease the risk of neurological problems,” Neggers said.  “We were surprised when we didn’t find studies that looked at omega-3 levels in children with autism.” (University of Alabama News)

As you can see above, there are many possible factors that could possibly be a precursor to autism. What caught my eye was the possibility of low Omega 3 fatty acids as being a cause of autism.

Omega fatty acids are ‘brain food’. The brain consists mainly of Omega fatty acids; an imbalance or insufficient amount of fatty acids can cause many diseases and disorders. Some believe that an overabundance of Omega 6 fatty acids and a low amount of Omega 3 fatty acids may be a reason for autism. This is where hemp comes into play – specifically, the Omega fatty acids in hemp.

Omega-6 is similar to omega-3 in that it is also considered an essential fatty acid and that the body is unable to produce it from other unsaturated fats. Omega-6, however, is much easier to obtain through the diet. In fact, many people get too much omega-6 because it is found in so many common products, such as the butters and oils used in many cooking and baking processes in both home- and factory-prepared foods. Side effects of too much omega-6 cause an inflammatory reaction in the body.” (livestrong.com)

Generally it’s an insufficient amount of Omega 3 that will exacerbate neurological and brain related disorders. Omega 3 is the most important, but it is also a little more difficult to get into the diet.

Hemp has the perfect 3:1 ratio needed by the human body. It is one of the only plant sources that has that perfect ratio.

Can hemp reduce the instance of autism, or treat the symptoms? Some believe so. It has been shown that eating hemp during pregnancy helps healthy brain cells grow, and also increases infant cognizance.

Some government and medical sites clearly state that there is no ‘known cure’ for autism. Perhaps more studies need to be done. In the meantime, it certainly can’t hurt to add hemp to the diet to balance the Omega fatty acids, increase brain health, and aid in the production of neurotransmitters.

Hormones Wreaking Havoc? Eat Hemp!


Many of us have had symptoms of hormone imbalance and perhaps didn’t know they were related to hormones. Hormone imbalance isn’t just a ‘female’ issue.

Hormones are chemical messengers that are released by glands or cells; different hormones have different purposes. Some metabolize digestion, some regulate growth, some regulate the immune system, and others deal with sexual function.

Below is a short list of hormones that our bodies process, and their functions:

*Insulin: from the pancreas; insulin regulates glucose intake

*Dopamine: hypothalamus (brain); a neurotransmitter that regulates mood, sleep, emotions, cognitive processes

*Epinephrine: adrenal medulla; boosts oxygen and glucose to the muscles and brain

*Calcitonin: thyroid; builds bone, regulates blood calcium

*Histamine: stomach; regulates gastric acid

*Thrombopoietin: liver, kidney, muscle; produces platelets

*Orexin: hypothalamus; wakefulness and increased energy expenditure

*Leptin: adipose tissue; decreases appetite and increases metabolism

*Thymosin: a hormone secreted by the thymus – it regulates the immune system

And of course, we know about testosterone, progesterone, and estrogen and other related hormones.

Some causes of hormone imbalance are stress, poor nutrition, disease, cancer, toxic pollutants (many chemicals are endocrine disruptors, and they are found in plastics, cosmetics, chemicals used in hair preparations, pesticides and fertilizers, to name a few), cigarette smoking, and drugs/medications.

The most widely used herbicide in the United States, atrazine is frequently detected in surface and ground water, particularly in agricultural areas of the Midwest. Approximately 75 percent of all U.S. cornfields are treated with atrazine each year.” (environmentalnews.org)

Symptoms of hormone imbalance include hair loss, amenorrhea (a condition in which a woman does not menstruate), fatigue, weight gain, insomnia, depression, anxiety, low libido, digestive problems, headaches, reduced muscular strength, erectile dysfunction/low sperm count, incontinence, and dry skin.

Natural ways to get the hormones back in balance is through diet, proper nutrition, and, where applicable, lifestyle changes. When working on regulating hormones via diet, it is important to eat enough leafy greens and lean proteins, reduce the starchy carbohydrates, and ensure there is sufficient intake of Omega fatty acids.

Because hemp has the perfect ratio of Omega fatty acids, it is an excellent addition to the diet. Omega fatty acids help to regulate the hormones. A current problem in the diets of many is they are getting too many Omega 6 fatty acids and not enough Omega 3 fatty acids. Hemp has the perfect 3:1 ratio of the Omega fatty acids needed for optimum human health. Too many Omega 6 fatty acids will cause the body to create an overabundance of inflammatory hormones (insulin, for example) and can cause hypoglycemia.

Sufficient intake of Omega 3 fatty acids will create the regulatory hormones that will keep the inflammatory hormones in check.

  • Essential Fatty Acids EFA’s are required for the development and function of brain and nerve tissue, particularly Omega 3s.
  • Essential Fatty Acids EFA’s stimulate metabolism, increase metabolic rate, increase oxygen uptake and increase energy production.
  • Essential Fatty Acids EFA’s are required for the maintenance of cell membrane fluidity and stability and also for proper cell division and genetic expression.
  • Essential Fatty Acids EFA’s are integral to the action of immune function and in the functions of hormones including those governing inflammatory responses. (www.crohns.net)

They (Omega fatty acids) have a calming effect and regulate mood as a result of the influence that the essential fatty acids have on the hormonal systems.” (www.crohns.net)

Essential fatty acids play an important role in producing hormones, cell membrane function, regulating pain, inflammation and swelling.” (drtorihudson.com)

Hemp oil helps with hormonal balance. Hemp oil is the only edible seed that contains gamma-linolenic acid. G.L.A is the precursor for the production of the protective and calming prostaglandin PGE1 which helps regulate hormonal balance and support menopausal health.” (www.veria.com)

As you can see, hemp is an excellent nutritional addition to aid in balancing hormones and reducing the symptoms caused by the imbalance.

Hempseed Oil Can Reverse Hair Loss and Improve Damaged Hair


Hair loss. For some, it is a sensitive subject, yet at one time or another we all have experienced some type of hair loss or hair damage.

Hair loss, thinning hair, slow hair growth – these are all conditions that can be caused by many factors, including toxicity, illness, infection, chemical medical treatments, hormone imbalance, stress, and poor nutrition.

Another factor in weak, damaged, thin hair or hair loss is the absence of sufficient ceramides. Ceramides are fatty substances found in the skin and hair. Ceramides are comprised of 2 molecules – sphingosine (an amino alcohol) and a fatty acid.

Ceramides help the hair retain moisture and protein. This is especially useful for those who color or use heat on their hair.

GLA, also known as Omega 6 fatty acid, has been shown to help improve hair growth for some, as well as nourishing the hair so that it grows thicker and stronger.

Hempseed oil is an excellent source for GLA and ceramides. Hempseed oil has the perfect ratio of Omega fatty acids, and it is easily digestible.

Getting enough Omega fatty acids in the diet will help the hair, as well as using topical products that contain hempseed oil (shampoos, conditioners, hair tonics). Proper nutrition and sufficient nutrients are important for healthy hair (and skin).

Hempseed oil is an anti-inflammatory, and because some hair loss is due to inflammatory conditions, hempseed oil may be a good supplement for that reason as well.

*This article is for information purposes only. If you are taking Coumadin, aspirin, or any blood pressure medication, please contact your health care provider before supplementing with Omega 6 or adding more hemp to your diet. Hempseed and hempseed oil are known to reduce blood pressure, help with circulation, and help heart disease. Medication dosage may be need to be reduced or closely monitored.

Hemp – The Natural Remedy for Parkinson’s Disease


Parkinson’s Disease is a degenerative disease that affects the central nervous system. It is a brain disorder that leads to tremors and difficulty with coordination and movement.

The motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease result from the death of dopamine-generating cells in the substantia nigra, a region of the midbrain; the cause of this cell death is unknown. Early in the course of the disease, the most obvious symptoms are movement-related; these include shaking, rigidity, slowness of movement and difficulty with walking and gait. Later, cognitive and behavioral problems may arise, with dementia commonly occurring in the advanced stages of the disease. Other symptoms include sensory, sleep, and emotional problems. PD is more common in the elderly, with most cases occurring after the age of 50.” (Wikipedia)

Parkinson’s disease is caused by the progressive death of the neurons responsible for producing dopamine, a neurotransmitter closely linked with movement control. The disease is usually diagnosed when 50 to 80% of these neurons are already dead.” (sciencedaily.com)

Parkinson’s may result from environmental toxin exposure or injury; it may be genetic, although that percentage is quite slim; Parkinson’s can also be the result of poor nutrition. Parkinson’s most commonly, though, is the result of low dopamine levels. It is characterized by the accumulation of alpha-synuclein, a protein that aggregates into inclusions, or bodies (called Lewy bodies) and also from reduced levels of dopamine in parts of the midbrain.

Lower dopamine levels are caused by stress, sugars, caffeine, insufficient sleep, medications, and drug and alcohol use.

The natural way to increase dopamine levels, and remedy Parkinson’s symptoms, is the intake of Omega fatty acids. The brain is composed mainly of fats, and when there is a low level of Omega fatty acids, Parkinson’s may occur.

A 6-year study conducted by the Departments of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Neurology at Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, monitored 51 patients’ intake of essential fatty acids and discovered that those with the highest levels of EFAs had the lowest incidences of Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s and dementia.” (ehow.com/health)

Hempseed is the perfect source for Omega fatty acids, having the perfect 3:1 ratio required by the human body and brain. Studies have shown that an increased intake of Omega fatty acids may reduce or delay the effects of Parkinson’s Disease.

This demonstrates both the importance of diet on the brain’s fatty acid composition and the brain’s natural inclination for omega-3 fatty acids,” observes Calon…researchers suggest that the protective effect against Parkinson’s comes essentially from DHA.” (sciencedaily.com)

Parkinson’s Disease is usually not diagnosed until well after the onset of the disease. This is why it is so important to get enough Omega fatty acids daily, and practicing good nutrition from an early age.

How Hemp Seeds May Prevent or Treat Cancer


It is estimated that nearly 1 1/2 million Americans have some type of cancer, and that about 500,000 people will die of cancer in a given year.

Developed countries and nations have the highest rates of cancer, but undeveloped countries are seeing an increase in cancers as well.

Cancer is defined as the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in the body, creating tumors and invading nearby organs and tissues. There are many known causes of cancer – Tobacco, UV rays, chemical exposure, radiation exposure, and poor nutrition, to name a few.

There has been some research that has suggested that proper diet and nutrition can have a hand in preventing and/or treating some types of cancer.

Cancer cells have been found to be low in delta-6-desaturase, which is a critical enzyme needed to convert Lineoleic Acid (LA, and essential fatty acid, and an unsaturated n-6 fatty acid) to Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA). Numerous studies have shown that GLA will kill certain cancer cells. There are some other studies that have shown that GLA can slow the progress of some cancers.

LA is processed by the body and made into GLA. GLA is then used by the body to create prostaglandins, which are not hormones but SIMILAR to hormones. Prostaglandins are found in most organs and tissues, and are believed to help regulate the immune system.

Some cancer patients were found to be lacking in Essential Fatty Acids (Omega fatty acids). These polyunsaturated fatty acids, found in hemp seed,  have been shown to help treat cancer by improving cellular utilization of oxygen (hemp seed is a natural antioxidant) and necessary nutrients.

Because hemp has the perfect 3:1 ratio of Omega fatty acids for human consumption, it is an excellent choice for adding EFAs to the diet. The edestin protein in hemp, which is closest to human globulin, makes it easily digested and assimilated into the body.

It is not known if this will cure all cancers, but hemp has shown to help with some types of cancers.

*This information is from my own personal research and is not intended to replace the advice of a licensed medical professional. If you have any questions, please contact your health provider.

Why Hemp Is Considered A Superfood


More and more people are becoming conscious of their health and the types of food they put into their bodies. There is a movement to go back to organic.

Our nation became one of convenience. Life became busier and more hectic, and we turned to processed, canned, and quick-to-fix chemical laden foods. Most of these foods are full of chemicals, salt, starches, and preservatives. Many of them also have the nutrients cooked out of them, so they are considered empty calories.

Superfoods are coming to the forefront. But what exactly is a superfood? Superfoods are foods that are extremely rich in nutrients, even to the point that they help treat/heal/prevent disease, and keep the body healthy and at it’s optimum performance.

Hemp seed is an excellent superfood. It is very high in protein, it has all the essential amino acids needed by the human body, and is full of vitamins, minerals, lecithin, chlorophyll, and good fats.

Here is a nutritional breakdown of the hemp seed: (Nutiva.com)

* All 20 amino acids, including the 9 essential amino acids (EAAs) our bodies cannot produce.
* A high protein percentage of the simple proteins that strengthen immunity and fend off toxins.
* Eating hemp seeds in any form could aid, if not heal, people suffering from immune deficiency diseases. This conclusion is supported by the fact that hemp seed has been used to treat nutritional deficiencies brought on by tuberculosis, a severe nutrition blocking disease that causes the body to waste away.3
* Nature’s highest botanical source of essential fatty acid, with more essential fatty acid than flax or any other nut or seed oil.
* A perfect 3:1 ratio of Omega-6 Linoleic Acid and Omega-3 Linolenic Acid – for cardiovascular health and general strengthening of the immune system.
* A superior vegetarian source of protein considered easily digestible.
* A rich source of phytonutrients, the disease-protective element of plants with benefits protecting your immunity, bloodstream, tissues, cells, skin, organs and mitochondria.
* The richest known source of polyunsaturated essential fatty acids

Hemp seed is an excellent addition to the diet, especially for those looking to add superfoods to their daily meals.

Treating Diabetic Neuropathy With Hemp


Diabetes is a condition that affections over 25 million Americans.

Diabetes is the body’s inability to convert sugar (glucose) into energy. With diabetes, the pancreas creates little or no insulin, or the body cannot process the sugar well; this causes glucose to build up too high in the blood. If the blood glucose remains at high levels it can damage nerves, the heart, eyes, and the kidneys.

High blood glucose levels can damage the nerves by irritating the nerve sheath (myelin). When the sheath is injured or damaged, the nerve is laid bare. The exposed nerve can cause severe pain. Over time, the nerve sensation could completely stop.

The other possible reason for the nerve damage is poor blood supply to the nerves. When the blood vessels that supply nutrients to the nerve sheath are destroyed or not working properly, this will cause the nerve sheath to become insufficient and damaged as well.

The resulting pain from the damaged nerves is called neuropathy.

Neuropathy can be treated with essential fatty acids (Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids). Hemp seed and hemp seed oil are perfect foods for adding EFAs to the diet because they have the perfect ratio of Omega fatty acids for optimum human health.

GLA (Omega 6) has proven anti-inflammatory properties, and it helps with the pain of neuropathy.

Omega 3 fatty acids are also anti-inflammatory. Omega 3s help the nerve cells by improving nerve impulse transmission. In addition, Omega 3s are excellent for cardiovascular health and improving circulation.

Because hemp has the perfect 3:1 ratio of Omega fatty acids, it is the perfect choice for helping to reduce diabetic neuropathy, as well as being a good choice for those who prefer to treat their pain naturally.

*The above article has information based on my own personal research and is for informational purposes only. It is not meant to be professional medical advice.

Menopause Symptoms? Use Hempseed Oil!


Menopause affects every woman differently. In fact, some women do not experience menopausal symptoms when they are going through it.

Some common symptoms of menopause are (this is a partial list):

  • Hot/cold flashes
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Night sweats
  • Dizziness/loss of balance
  • Mood swings
  • Bloating
  • Confusion
  • Hair loss/weakened fingernails/dry skin
  • Depression/panic disorder
  • Headaches
  • Tingling in hands and feet
  • Digestion problems
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Aching joints

Menopause is the natural decline of hormones (progesterone and estrogen to name a couple). The above symptoms may occur as the hormone levels decrease.

Some women get medical intervention and take prescription meds and hormone replacement therapies; others often choose to treat menopause with natural remedies.

One natural treatment is the addition of hempseed and hempseed oil to the diet.

Hempseed is a natural anti-inflammatory. It also helps to balance and restore the cellular structures.

Hempseed is a natural source of GLA, and is one of the few plants that contains GLA. This is important, because during menopause the body’s ability to convert LA to GLA is lessened.

The Omega 3 fatty acids found in hemp are the perfect ratio for the human body, and it is especially important for women to have a sufficient intake of them.

Low levels of Omega 3s are associated with inflammation, and inflammation is the root cause of many disorders and diseases. Hemp can reduce the effects of muscular pain, hot flashes, headaches, cardiovascular problems, hair and skin dryness and nail strength.

Hemp has been shown to reduce the effects and decrease the instances of depression and memory loss. The brain is mainly comprised of fatty acids, and having enough Omega fatty acids will help improve memory and brain function.

Osteoporosis, another symptom of menopause, is helped by the intake of hemp and Omega fatty acids. The essential fatty acids in hemp help with absorption of the calcium and vitamin D and aid in bone growth and calcification, and reduce calcium excretion in the urine (calcium loss and excretion through the urine can also cause kidney stones).

Hemp seeds are also rich in vitamin E, which is also important for those suffering from menopause.

*The information in this post is from my own research and is not intended to replace medical advice from a physician.

Treating Cardiovascular Disease With Hemp


Every 35 seconds someone in the United States dies of heart disease. Nearly 10% of Americans have heart disease, and cardiovascular disease is the number 1 killer in the United States.

Cardiovascular disease is a general term that covers many types of heart/vascular ailments.  Cardiovascular disease is damage to the heart and/or blood vessels, and this damage is caused by atherosclerosis (excess fat build-up – plaque) in the arteries.

Healthy arteries are elastic, flexible, and very strong. They carry oxygen and nutrients to the rest of the body. However, when they are clogged with fatty buildup they cause the blood pressure to raise. This pressure, if not treated, will cause the arteries to become hard, which in turn makes it difficult for them to circulate the needed oxygen and nutrients throughout the body.

Cardiovascular disease is caused by many factors : smoking, being overweight (which can also be reduced by incorporating hemp seeds and hemp seed oil into the diet), lack of exercise, and unhealthy eating habits.

Adding hemp seeds and hemp seed oil to the diet is a great way to start the path to a healthier heart (along with exercise, stopping smoking, consuming healthier foods). The Omega fatty acids in hemp are in the perfect 3:1 ratio – optimum for the human body. The polyunsaturated fats in hemp are a perfect replacement for saturated fats in the diet and can reduce blood cholesterol levels. The LA in hemp seed may reduce arterial thrombosis.

Omega 6 fatty acid and GLA have been shown to decrease cholesterol.

Omega 3 fatty acid helps aid in arterial elasticity, as well as promoting healthy cells and blood vessels.

Introducing hemp seeds and hemp seed oil into the daily diet may prevent or reduce the instance of heart disease.

Hemp is definitely good for you…and your heart.

Hemp Seed Is Perfect For Everyday Nutrition


Hemp seeds are a wonderful addition to any clean, organic, or vegan diet, or for those who want to start eating healthier.

Packed with nutrition, they are an excellent source of edestin protein, which is easily digested by the human body and very similar to human globulin plasma. The edestin protein helps build the immune system, transports oxygen, and regulates hormones.

Hemp seeds have a 3:1 ratio of Omega fatty acids, the perfect ratio for human consumption and health. The Omega fatty acids in hemp seeds support brain and nerve function, as well as supporting cardiovascular and heart health. Omega fatty acids are some of the anti-inflammatory components in hemp seeds.

Hemp seeds are very rich in anti-oxidants and phytonutrients. Like the Omega fatty acids, phytonutrients are also anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidants, and support liver health.

Hemp seeds can be eaten in a variety of ways. I munch on them straight out of the bag; I sprinkle them on salads; I add them to sandwiches; I even add them to smoothies. Versativa’s Hemp Pulse, a mixture of hemp seeds, nuts, fruits, and legumes is another of my dietary favorites (the cherry flavor is wonderful!).

Hemp seeds (also called hemp hearts) have a light, mild, nutty flavor; the flavor seems to be a cross between sesame seeds and walnuts.

I purchase pre-packaged hemp seeds (Nutiva is a well-known brand) and keep them in the refrigerator for freshness.

Regardless of how you add them to your diet, they are a superb addition to any meal, as well as a snack all on their own.