KNOWLEDGE IS POWER!
The key to unlocking the power of hemp medicine is understanding the plant itself, the compounds that make up the plant, and how those compounds interact with your body. We want our consumers to have all the same information we have; the science-based facts that make us so passionate about hemp and the quality and integrity of our products.
How is Hemp different from Marijuana?
Hemp is a variety of the Cannabis Sativa L. plant species, cultivated for centuries for a variety of uses including, fiber, textiles, food, spiritual ceremonies, and medicine. It is one of the fastest growing plants with industrial uses, making it one of the most sustainable crops in agriculture. Hemp and Marijuana differ in their subspecies, and cannabinoid content; hemp varieties with high-resin content have high-levels of CBD (cannabidiol) and low-levels of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), below .3%. Cannabidiol does not get you ‘high’ in the typical sense, and is non-impairing. Marijuana has high-levels of THC, and low-levels of CBD. However, because they are both part of the Cannabis Sativa L. family, they were grouped together as Schedule I substances, and officially banned in 1970 under the Controlled Substances act.
The difference between traditional hemp for industrial purposes and the hemp strains we use for medicinal quality products is in the resin quality, balance and prevalence of other cannabinoids, and beneficial terpene content. High Mountain Hemp Co. carefully sources plant varieties that are rich in resin and medicine. A well preserved spectrum of plant constituents, such as terpenes and cannabinoids is important in order to achieve the optimal therapeutic benefits of this medicine plant. See further, the Entourage Effect!
What is the Endocannabinoid System?
The endocannabinoid system is a system of internally produced cannabinoids, their co-occurring receptors (CB1 and CB2) , and enzymes created in the body that breakdown these compounds. It is a system found throughout the body in all mammals.
It has recently been studied and recognized as an essential modulating system in the function of our bodies, and constitutes our bodies’ reaction to injury or illness, and resulting inflammatory, immune, and stress response! When our Endocannabinoid System is not functioning properly, being fed properly or toned, it may be out of balance which may result in a medical condition and present undesirable symptoms that let us know our body is in some way out of balance or sick. There practices we can do to tone our bodies Endocannabinoid System including simply, proper nutrition or nutritional supplements and regular exercise! In conjunction with this toning to encourage optimal function we can supplement our ECS with phytocannabinoids (consuming cannabis products) to bring it back to balance if it is not producing endocannabinoids on its own.
It has been speculated that some of the newer illnesses of today (autoimmune disorders, inflammatory related illnesses, and mental illnesses) are a result of the starvation and resulting imbalance of our endocannabinoid system; a backlash from cannabis prohibition. There have been discovered cave paintings of cannabis plants dating back to prehistoric times; Cannabis was once a balanced plant that grew in nature. It was consumed by livestock or hunted animals which were fed on by humans. Therefore it was consumed indirectly via animal byproduct, or directly consumed as a regular nutritional source of food, and/or used as a medicine for the reasons listed above. We were intuitively feeding and balancing this system of our bodies.
It is also very important to be aware that just as our bodies and genetic make ups are all unique, so our our Endocannabinoid Systems. Our bodies will all respond uniquely to cannabis depending on our innate cycles and genetic make up, and the differences in the plant genetics. Our bodies will respond differently to cannabis, the many constituents and the varied balances of these constituents in different plant varieties (or mysterious additives some companies may be including in their products as enhancements or gimmicks). These plants balance themselves as they grown in their own unique ways to fend off predators and disease, or attract helpful pests as a result of their growing environment causing them to alter in their constitution (cannabinoid and terpene profiles). This is one reason we are firm believers in only using a whole plant extract from a genetic selection that we grew on our farm, under the summer sun, using only straight forward organic practices. There are enough fluctuating factors, why use additives or unnecessary ingredients to add to the already many mysteries of this plant medicine and how it interacts with your unique makeup? And, if this particular variety (cannabinoid and terpene profile) doesn’t work for you, don’t give up… there may be another one of the millions out there that just might do the trick! But please, do your research and know what you are putting into your body, and if possible consult and work with your Physician to find the relief you deserve.
Don’t take our word for it…
The science behind the wellness benefits and potentials of Cannabis Sativa L. (hemp or marijuana) is a constantly evolving and coming of age field of study. One thing we know for sure, is that since the beginning of time cannabis has been used widely all over the WORLD. As these plants are becoming less stigmatized and more recognized for their therapeutic potentials we are gaining access to more accredited research. Universities are developing curriculums advocating for more understanding about this new industry, many educators and forward thinking medical doctors and researchers are writing books reflecting their research and experience, and there are numerous reliable sources broadcasting Podcasts and interviewing industry leaders and educators, as well as many passionate credible individuals creating wellness initiatives and accessible information on the Internet (at your very own fingertips)!
“But,” you may ask, “with the expansive World Wide Web, how do I know which sources to trust?”
NERD ALERT! Here are a few of OUR FAVORITE resources and recommended reads (or listens) to wet your whistle…
CBD A Patient’s Guide to Medicinal Cannabis. Healing without the high. By: Leonard Leinow & Juliana Birnbaum, Foreword by Michael H. Moskowitz, M.D.
Cannabis Pharmacy. The Practical Guide to Medical Marijuana. By: Michael Backes, Foreword by Andrew Weil, M.D. & Jack D. McCue, M.D., Medical Editor.
Cannabis Revealed. By: Bonnie Goldstein, M.D., Foreword by Ethan Russo, M.D. (<<the man, the myth, the legend… behind Cannabis Sativa L. science and physiology)
- Shaping Fire
- Marijuana Today and Marijuana Today Daily
- Cannabis Health Radio
- …any website affiliated with a state regulated medicinal cannabis dispensary near you… check it out!
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. We do not claim to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease with this information or our products.