Hemp ~ The Natural Way To Reduce Cortisol


Physical and emotional stress cause cortisol levels to rise in the body. It is an important hormone and helps regulate insulin, blood pressure, immune function, inflammatory responses, and glucose metabolism.

Cortisol is a hormone secreted by the adrenal glands, and is often known as the ‘stress hormone.’ It is beneficial when a sudden burst of energy is needed (for example, in a ‘fight or flight’ situation), helping memory, or giving the immune system a boost.

Constant high levels of cortisol, however, are NOT beneficial. When cortisol secretions remain at unsafe levels they can cause many complications (for example, in situations of chronic stress):

  • High blood pressure
  • Increased abdominal fat
  • Loss of bone density
  • Loss of collagen
  • Increased gastric acid
  • Counteracts insulin and elevates blood glucose levels (excess cortisol may be a factor in appearance of diabetes)
  • Blocks cells from producing chemicals that regulate immunity
  • Suppressed thyroid function
  • Impaired cognition
  • Fatigue/weakness
  • Inhibits reproductive system

In the case of chronic stress, the body is not allowed to go back to the normal, relaxed stage; this results in constant high levels of cortisol.

There are many stress management techniques that can be implemented:

Removing the stressors

Learning to adapt to the stressors

Spend more time in nature

Adopt a healthy lifestyle – this includes exercise, sufficient sleep, avoiding excessive caffeine/sugar and intake of sufficient nutrients.

Nutrition has been known to play a large part in helping the body stay at optimum healthy levels – physically, emotionally, and mentally. Some of the most important nutrients are Omega Fatty Acids.

Omega fatty acids are anti-inflammatory. They also help the central nervous system. One way they do that is by ‘feeding’ the myelin sheaths that protect the nerves (myelin sheaths are high in fatty acids), and Omega fatty acids are known to, to some extent, repair the myelin sheaths. Myelin sheath damage and degeneration is what causes MS, or Multiple Sclerosis.

Omega fatty acids also aid with those suffering from depressions and Alzheimers. Omega fatty acids nourish and soothe the cells, and because they are anti-inflammatory, they may help decrease the effects from chronic stress.

Hempseed and hempseed oil are one of the best sources of Omega fatty acids. Hemp has the perfect ratio of Omega fatty acids needed by the human body. Hemp has a high concentration of fats, but they are GOOD fats. Not only is it rich in Omega fatty acids, it is also very nutrient dense – hemp is a complete protein and has vitamins and minerals needed by the body.

Hemp, combined with a healthy lifestyle and diet, is a great way to reduce cortisol…and avoid the problems that arise with elevated cortisol levels.

Eating Hemp Can Reduce Cortisol, The Stress Hormone Which Can Be A Diabetes Trigger


Did you know that increased stress can raise blood sugar?

Stress releases cortisol into the body, a hormone that suppresses the immune system, aids in protein, fat and carbohydrate metabolism, and increases blood glucose levels. Cortisol uses protein to create increased blood sugar; the excess sugar is then converted to body fat.

Cortisol is produced by the adrenal gland. Prolonged cortisol secretion due to long-term stress may produce insulin resistance, bone loss (osteoporosis), increased blood pressure, and kidney problems, to name a few.

It has been shown that Omega fatty acids reduce cortisol levels due to stress. They also prevent the pancreas from producing an over-abundance of insulin (which causes fat storage). Omega fatty acids have also been shown to help reduce stress itself.

Because the brain is mainly composed of fatty tissue, getting sufficient fatty acids in the diet is important.

Hemp is an excellent source for Omega fatty acids because it has the perfect 3:1 ratio of fatty acids needed by the human body.

*Note : stress is not necessarily a CAUSE of diabetes, but it can be a trigger; stress = higher cortisol = increased blood glucose = insulin resistance and excess body fat = diabetes.

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.