Hemp extract is emerging as one of the most exciting natural alternatives used to treat a wide range of common conditions, and for good reason. Until recently, it was the psychoactive component of hemp, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), that received all of the attention for its medicinal benefits, as well as its ability to produce mind-altering effects. However, with medical marijuana sweeping the country, researchers have begun to discover the amazing properties of many different cannabinoids found within the hemp plant.
What makes hemp extract so special? Let’s examine the research: according to the National Institute of Health (NIH), cannabidiol or hemp extract “is the major non-psychoactive component of Cannabis sativa,”1 and it is one of over 80 naturally occurring compounds called cannabinoids found in hemp plants. Hemp extract cannabinoids have anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and antispasmodic properties, and also enhance circulation and promote cellular regeneration2. Due to its wide variety of medical benefits, hemp extract is used to treat a number of common conditions including: chronic pain, inflammation, seizures, insomnia, spasms, multiple sclerosis, and mental disorders such as anxiety and depression. As a topical agent, hemp extract oil can also be directly applied to certain areas of the body as an effective means of relieving pain and soreness, reducing inflammation, and soothing inflammatory skin conditions such as psoriasis, dermatitis, and eczema.