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.

Hemp – The Anytime, Delicious, Organic, So-You-Can-Be-Healthy Food


I’m sure most of you have seen the cold medicine commercial, “______, the nighttime, sniffling, sneezing…coughing, so you can rest medicine.”

Industrial hemp can also be classified as medicine – nutritional medicine. Proper nutrition is the basis of good health. When we give our bodies vitamins, minerals, protein, Omega fatty acids, fiber, and carbohydrates in sufficient amounts, we are enabling our cells, muscles, tissues, organs, and immune systems to work at an optimum level.

Fast foods and packaged convenience foods have become the norm, but at the expense of our health. These ‘foods’ are laden with preservatives, chemicals, and artificial flavors and colors. Canned foods are cooked – many nutrients are cooked out of the foods. For many, processed and canned fruits and vegetables have replace fresh produce. Processed foods with heavy amounts of additives and chemicals are not giving our bodies sufficient nutrients or are simply giving empty calories.

It has been proven that insufficient Omega fatty acids can be the reason for numerous illnesses and diseases. Insufficient Omega fatty acids can result in brain diseases and disorders (depression, Alzheimer’s Parkinson’s), heart disease, complications from diabetes, and many other conditions. Omega fatty acids support the immune system.

Hemp has edestin protein. Edestin protein is the protein closest to human globulin and is very easily digestible. For those who are vegan or vegetarian, hemp is an excellent choice for protein. Edestin protein is ONLY found in hemp seeds; it aids in digestion and supports cellular DNA.

When hemp protein is compared to soy protein it should be noted that hemp does not contain trypsin inhibitors that soy does. Trypsin is an enzyme that is essential to nutrition. Since hemp protein is free of the tryosin inhibitor that are found in soy protein, hemp is the de facto king of plant protein!” (globalhemp.com)

Hempseed has fiber, vitamins, minerals, and micronutrients – all of which are vital for health.

So, the next time you feel like you want to optimize your health – reach for Hemp – The Anytime, Delicious, Organic, So-You-Can-Be_Healthy, Food!