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.

Industrial Hemp ~ A Healthy Way To Treat Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis is an inflammatory disease which affects the brain and spinal cord; specifically, it is damage to the myelin sheaths around the axons (an axon is a protrusion that extends from the cell body; its main function is to conduct electrical impulses away from the cell body). It is estimated that approximately 400,000 people in the U.S. have MS, but that number could be higher.

Myelin is the insulating material that is comprised of fatty substances and protein, particularly it is the cell insulator in the spinal cord and the brain. The myelin sheath increases the electrical and nerve impulses released from the cells.

Damage to or loss of the myelin sheath is called demyelation. Multiple sclerosis is a degenerative autoimmune disease that can result from demyelation. When the myelin sheath is damaged, the nerve impulses slow down or can even stop. In the instance of multiple sclerosis, the immune system attacks the myelin sheath and damages it. This causes lesions and scars in the myelin layer.

Some symptoms of multiple sclerosis include muscle weakness, slowing of cognitive ability, numbness, tingling, chronic pain, vision weakness, difficulty speaking or swallowing, fatigue, and bladder difficulties.

The causes of multiple sclerosis are not 100% certain, but viral infections and environmental factors may have a part in the onset of the disease.  According to the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America,

“Additionally, researchers are now looking at a vitamin D deficiency (vitamin D may be derived from both sunshine and diet), along with the types and amounts of fat intake in one’s diet, as possible contributing factors of MS.”

It seems to appear more frequently in nations that are industrialized, and in nations where there is a lower intake of unsaturated fatty acids. Low levels of Omega 3 fatty acids and low levels of vitamin D were found in patients who were diagnosed with MS.

Currently there is no cure for MS. There are, however, treatments available. Treatment of MS may include prescription medication (there are now 6 drugs available for MS), however, there are adverse side affects from those drugs.

Another way that people are managing their MS is by diet. Adequate intake of vitamin D and essential fatty acids (Omega fatty acids) will help.

Hemp seeds and hemp seed oil have a 3:1 ratio of Omega fatty acids, the perfect ratio for the human body. They are also rich in vitamins, minerals, and edestin protein.

Hemp is a known anti-inflammatory; the Omega 3 fatty acids in hemp reduce inflammation. Hemp seeds and hemp seed oil also help with vision, cognitive ability (the brain is mainly composed of Omega 3 fatty acids), cellular repair, depression (which can stem from MS), and strengthening the immune system.

Introducing industrial hemp into the daily diet is an excellent way to treat symptoms arising from multiple sclerosis.

*I am not a physician and everything in this article is from my own personal reading and research and for information only. If you are currently on medication for MS DO NOT STOP TAKING IT. Please talk with your personal care provider before stopping or changing any of your medications.*