Superfood Spotlight: The Benefits of Hemp Tea
This weeks Superfood Spotlight is a steeped superfood — hemp tea — a powerhouse brew with so many healing properties that it can replace several other herbal concoctions!
Despite the diverse proliferation in the variety of hemp products on the market in recent years, many people remain confused about hemp. Hemp and marijuana are not the same. They can be referred to as cousins. CBD (Cannabidiol) is derived from hemp and boasts many health benefits.
Hemp is rich with CBD and does not have the psychoactive effects of Marijuana, which contains THC. CBD has a variety of numerous health benefits, including alleviating the nausea and vomiting associated with cancer treatments.
Hemp tea is made of the dried flowers and leaves of the hemp plant. It is best taken with a fat — for example by adding milk to your tea — so that the CBD can be absorbed by our bodies. This is due to the fact that cannabinoids are fat soluble.
This superfood brew contains the full spectrum of cannabinoids and terpenes available in the plant. This combination provides a more powerful effect than CBD alone. The benefits are as follows:
Hemp tea is rich in CBDa (Cannabidiolic Acid). CBDa is a precursor to CBD and interacts with the human endocannabinoid system in a manner similar to CBD.
This drink is an easy way to take advantage of the anxiolytic properties of cannabis sativa. It reduces anxiety and consequently can help improve social behaviors. This is because CBD interacts with serotonin receptors.
Studies point to the idea that drinking Hemp tea can reduce the occurrence of REM sleep disorders (due to the CBD content. It also helps induce tranquility and improves sleep quality like other herbal teas such as chamomile or lavender.
Hemp is proven to ease chronic pain, further amplifying both the anxiolytic as well as the calming effects. Furthermore, hemp is known to reduces inflammation due to its natural antioxidant properties.
Hemp tea reduces the effects of nausea because CBD reduces abdominal muscle cramping. This also makes hemp tea a beneficial dietary addition for sufferers of IBS, with digestion regulating effects comparable to ginger and peppermint.