Hemp – How It Is Helping Me Recuperate


My self-imposed blogging break has come to an end, and now that my neurons are firing at rapid speed it is time to let the words flow again!

It’s been a challenging month, with a few weeks of health issues – along with that came the emotional and mental turmoil as well. I am now admitting to the world that I allowed myself to get carried away with stress and anxiety which appeared when I was dealing with some significant pain from an injury.

Because I wasn’t feeling well (yes, I know, poor excuse) I did not eat well, both in proportion and quality of foods. So, I’ve jumped back on the bandwagon – more fresh, unprocessed foods, veggies, fruits, and yes…hemp seeds. In fact, at this moment while I am writing I’ve got my bag of Nutiva hemp seeds right next to me.

Yes, I know that I’ve preached about hempseed being anti-inflammatory and good for mental health – for a few weeks I didn’t practice what I preached, and what a mistake THAT was!

I’ll tell you a little of what I’ve been going through, and then will follow that with WHY hemp is so good for that condition. (No, it won’t be a novel, I promise!)

I took a slip in the shower a few weeks ago and wrenched my neck and back. And I did a very good job it it! (I don’t do things half-assed, as a rule.) What followed were daily migraines, cluster headaches, neck and back pain, stiffness, leg pain, and inability to get comfortable, thus resulting in very poor sleep and exhaustion.

Hemp, as I said before, is anti-inflammatory. The Omega 3 fatty acids in hemp (which has the perfect 3:1 ratio of Omega fatty acids for the human body) are the components which work to reduce inflammation by soothing, protecting, and healing the cells.

In addition to the headaches and pain and difficulty moving around, I was also experiencing great amounts of stress and anxiety – resulting in panic attacks almost daily, dizziness, and heart palpitations. I have generally (ok, all my life) been an anxious person. Stress could be my middle name. Now, diet alone will not eradicate stress, but it does HELP, in addition to participating in stress-relieving activities (meditation, yoga, exercise). I had gotten to the point where my mind would NOT SHUT UP. It was a lot of fear-based lack thinking, worrying, and fretting. I was jumpy, emotional, impatient, and just plain frazzled. I would wake several times during the night, either from panic or worry.

Last Friday I was feeling so unwell that I went to the local fire department to get my blood pressure checked. It was 190/110. Yes, I know. Not good. The EMT checked the pressure in my other arm – the result was the same. His partner asked, “Ma’am, are you feeling ok?” I paused, thinking, If I felt ok I wouldn’t be here, right? but I kindly said, “I am not needing an ambulance ride to the emergency room, but I am not feeling really well. I just wanted to try to find a reason for all the stuff that is going on with my body and my head.” They both encouraged me to get to a doctor, but I told them I did not have insurance. I was then sternly lectured. “You do NOT want to wait until this is an emergency and the have to call us, ride in the ambulance, then have a more serious problem to deal with.” They then proceeded to tell me all the signs I needed to pay attention to or look for that would be cause for greater concern.

By this time I was in a panic again and the chest pains and headache had worsened. I drove home; halfway there I decided I’d call my son and have him drive me to the emergency room.

They checked my vitals, blood pressure was still high but not quite as high as when I was at the fire department. They did an EKG, monitored my blood pressure for 30 minutes, gave me Valium, Vicodin, and anti-nausea meds along with Motrin. After a bit they asked me how I was feeling. “The same, no change.”

The doctor came in and checked my neck and back, asked a lot of questions, and then looked at me and said, “Your EKG is fine. I want you to go to the chiropractor as soon as possible, that will help with the pain, and I want you to RELAX. You are fine, you are not having a heart attack, you are not having a serious medical emergency.” They prescribed Valium and Vicodin (which I have NOT had filled) and sent me on my way.

I left feeling somewhat better, because in reality, knowing is half the cure. It was also a reminder to get back on my relaxation exercises and EAT HEALTHIER again.

The brain is composed mainly of fatty acids, and when there is a deficiency it can cause depression, headaches, dizziness, and a reduced ability to handle stress and anxiety.  Hemp’s Omega fatty acids help restore balance in the brain, bringing about calmer thinking and improved sleep.

So, as I sit here writing and munching, I realize that I am feeling better, more rested, in less pain – and I am again reminded of the wonderful plant that really IS an amazing medicine.

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.

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.

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.*