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.” (

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.” (

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.” (

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. (

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.” (

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

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.” (

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 – Fountain of Youth?

For many centuries hempseed has been used as food and medicine. One of the wonderful properties of hempseed oil is that it is a component in anti-aging, both for skin and cellular health.

Hempseed oil is rich in anti-oxidants and Omega fatty acids. Hempseed has the perfect 3:1 ratio of Omega fatty acids needed by the human body.

Healthy skin cells contain water. As we age, the cell’s ability to retain the water diminishes. Our skin cells also work to use nutrients that keep our skin healthy. One of the functions of the Omega fatty acids is to KEEP our skin nourished. When our skin is not healthy it ends up being dry, saggy, and wrinkly.

The Omega fatty acids in hempseed oil also help with acne, rashes, and other skin conditions by repairing the skin cell structure, feeding the cells with nutrients, and repairing damage from blemishes.

Hempseed oil does not clog pores. It goes beyond the outer skin layer and soaks deep inside where it is needed.

There are many skincare products that have a hempseed oil base; these products will keep the skin nourished, fresh, and young-looking (along with proper diet and plenty of water intake).

So, if you are looking for that fountain of youth – try hempseed oil!

Migraines? Be Sure To Eat Your Hemp!

Nearly 30 million Americans suffer from migraines.

Migraine headaches are a chronic neurological disorder accompanied by severe headaches, nausea, and dizziness. Some migraine sufferers also experience flashing lights or auras, sensitivity to light, and vomiting. They can last anywhere from a few hours to several days.

There are several causes, or triggers, of migraines. These include fatigue, stress, hormone changes, hunger, medications, and highly processed foods (canned foods and foods with chemical additives).

The pain from the migraine happens when the trigeminal nerve (located in the head, eyes and face) releases chemicals (due to the above triggers) that cause the blood veins to swell on the brain surface.

Treatment of migraines sometimes include analgesics and/or prescription medications. Prophylactic measures include getting sufficient sleep, reducing stressors, and proper nutrition.

Including hempseed and hempseed oil into the diet as part of preventive measures against migraines may help. The Omega 3 fatty acids in hempseed are anti-inflammatory. Omega 3 fatty acids in hempseed also support brain function, emotional health, and cardiovascular health.

Omega 3 is an essential fatty acid that is lacking in much of the American diet, and must be supplemented. The Omega fatty acids in hemp have the perfect ratio for human health, and are an excellent choice for supplementing the much needed fatty acids.

Getting proper exercise, enough sleep, and a nutritious diet rich in essential Omega fatty acids is an excellent step toward treating migraines, reducing the symptoms, or even preventing their occurrence.

With Hemp – The ‘Eyes’ Have It!

We focus so often on the health of our body that we forget our eyes are PART of our body. Proper nutrition helps all of our body, including our eyes.

During the time when infants and children are rapidly growing, ensuring they receive sufficient EFAs (essential fatty acids, including Omega fatty acids) is crucial.

Adequate amounts of DHA and other omega-3 fatty acids in the diet of pregnant women also appears to be important in normal infant vision development.” (

Studies have also shown that sufficient intake of Omega fatty acids during adulthood may aid in protecting and/or preventing age-related macular degeneration and dry eye syndrome. Essential fatty acids help with circulation and helping to drain intraocular fluid, which reduces eye pressure and may help lower the risk of glaucoma.

Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is an Omega 3 acid. It has been found that the retina has the highest concentration of DHA. Deprivation of DHA may contribute to failing eye health, such as degradation of the retina and visual impairment.

The Omega fatty acids in hempseed and hempseed oil are in the perfect ratio needed by the human body. Because hemp is so nutrient dense, it is the perfect food for the body, AND the eyes.

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: (

* 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.

Problems With Impotence? Try Hemp Seed!

One in six couples in the U.S. has trouble conceiving (almost 6 million couples). There are many causes of impotence/low sperm count, including smoking (can reduce sperm count by up to 15%), obesity, poor nutrition, and environmental factors (exposure to chemicals, pollutants, and dioxins).

In 1990, at the WHO conference, a Danish scientist stated that Western men were suffering from an infertility crisis. According to his research, sperm counts in some areas had decreased by 40% over the last 50 years.

Pesticides, traffic fumes, plastics, soya beans, unclean water, processed meats, and other foods can be sources of dioxins, as well as bleached paper products (toilet paper, coffee filters, milk cartons).

Most dioxins are the byproducts of industrial processing. The highest levels of dioxins can be found in soil, meat, poultry, eggs,  fish, shellfish, food, and water. Dioxins stay in the body for a long period of time because they are stored in the fat tissue.

According to the EPA,

“The EPA is now saying that this is soon to become a major health risk problem. The cumulative effects of dioxin in humans have been linked to birth defects, cancer, reproductive disorders and immune system breakdown.”

Dioxins are hormone disruptors. They attach to the cells in the body and cause problems including impotence, low sperm count, cancer, immune disorders, and birth defects.

There is almost no way to totally avoid dioxins, but watching intake of dairy products and processed meats, as well as being mindful of environmental factors and using low dioxin or dioxin-free products.

Proper nutrition can help heal the body of some affects from dioxins. Including hempseed and hempseed oil is a good start. Hempseed’s Omega fatty acids, protein, and nutrients help repair damaged cells and help promote healthy cells. Hemp strengthens the immune system.

The Omega 3 fatty acids in hempseed stimulate the release of nitric oxide (critical for erectile function).

Omega 3 fatty acids in hemp are important for cardiovascular health. Heart disease and hypertension are leading causes of impotence and sexual dysfunction. Sperm formation requires essential Omega fatty acid intake.

A study at Harvard University has found that men who eat larger amounts of saturated fats are more likely to exhibit a reduced sperm count whereas those who eat a diet rich in polyunsaturated fats, including the Omega 3 essential fatty acids, were more likely to exhibit an increased sperm count.” (

Because there are so many causes of impotence, it is sometimes difficult to pinpoint one specific reason for impotence. But proper nutrition and diet, including reducing saturated fats and replacing them with Omega fatty acids found in hemp, is an excellent step on the road to improving impotence and reducing the factors that cause it.

Hemp and ADHD ~ Addendum With Article From NPR News

I recently wrote a post about treating ADHD with hemp, and how insufficient intake of Omega fatty acids may contribute to ADHD. Today I came across an article on NPR News that again states that a diet high in protein with sufficient Omega fatty acids may help children with ADHD.

“…experts don’t deny the importance of diet. Far from it.

[Diet’s] main role in my clinical practice is as a complementary treatment,” Benjamin Prince, a psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital tells us. That means kids with ADHD usually need medicine and good diets.

But what makes a good diet? Here are three tips for kids on the ADHD spectrum from the experts:

Eat a protein-rich breakfast. Kids with ADHD tend to burn lots of calories and can often be too overstimulated to sit down to eat. In addition, medication often suppresses their appetites. Put all of these factors together, and kids with ADHD are prone to feeling “hangry,” Prince says. (The term — a cross between angry and hungry — was coined by Prince’s friend.) The solution? Keep the calories coming. Complex carbohydrates, like whole grains, and foods rich in protein can help kids feel full longer.

We think there’s some link between having low amounts of long-chain, polyunsaturated fatty acids and ADD.”

This article speaks of ingesting Omega 3s from fish oil, but for those who do not eat fish or are vegan/vegetarian, eating hempseed and hempseed oil are excellent ways to get the Omega fatty acids.

As an example : Hemp Pulse, a product that has hemp, nuts, seeds, sprouted seeds, and dried fruits is a beautiful combination of healthy carbs, fiber, and protein. Made with clean/organic, whole, raw foods, it is a healthy, nutritious way to incorporate the needed nutrients with no added chemicals, sugars, or preservatives.

There may be some instances where medication must be used, but for those who would like to go the nutrition route, hemp would be a healthy addition to the diet.

*I am not a physician and do not recommend stopping any medications. This information is from my research only. If you have questions or concerns, please contact your primary care provider.

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.