Hemp tea is a drink that has been around for thousands of years. The first recorded use of hemp as a medicinal brew is in the Pen Ts’ao Ching, a textbook on Chinese herbs written by Emperor Shen-nung in 2737 B.C.E. In it, he records that hemp oils and teas aid in pain relief.
There are many health benefits of hemp tea, and it is also used in religious ceremonies. Modern science is finding more and more evidence that verifies this ancient practice, as there have been plenty of studies that show the effectiveness of cannabidiol in the medical field.
Prepare hemp just like you would any other tea; steep the dried flowers and leaves in hot water and drink the resulting infusion. There are various types of hemp tea, with different health benefits. Keep reading to learn more about this type of tea.
1. Young hemp tea
This is harvested from the dried clippings of a young cannabis plant and can be made into a vitamin supplement. Young hemp has a lower CBD content than the mature kind. This type of hemp tea is said to increase the red blood cell count in the body. It promotes wound healing, stimulates the immune system, and strengthens bones.
Young hemp also helps with detoxifying processes. It prevents kidney stones from forming and improves the overall function of the gastrointestinal system. This stimulation of the gastrointestinal system leads to a better night’s sleep and to cell rejuvenation.
2. Mature hemp tea
Mature hemp tea (or just plain ‘hemp tea’) is also made up of the dried flowers and leaves of cannabis. It uses older plants, which have higher concentrations of CBD, vitamins, and chlorophyll. This hemp is non-psychoactive and will not lead to hallucinogenic symptoms.
Nausea, chronic pain, and seizures are all alleviated by hemp. Apart from these, it also improves heart and respiratory health, and it eases pancreatic inflammation. Mature hemp is also said to help with symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease.
3. CBD tea
Some people add CBD oil and butter to their tea, to make a more potent cannabidiol drink. CBD tea has the same health benefits as the less refined hemp teas. It is known to alleviate nausea, anxiety, and even heart disease. There are plenty of studies and anecdotal evidence for CBD tea alleviating various symptoms of pain. It also helps people better cope with symptoms of anxiety and depression, as well as sleep disorders.
How hemp tea benefits the brain
Cannabidiol, the active compound in hemp tea, interacts with the brain’s receptors for serotonin. It produces anxiolytic or anxiety-regulating effects, which help people with symptoms to calm down and change their social behaviour. Serotonin activity is hampered in a person with symptoms of depression and anxiety. Since CBD increases the activity in receptors, it helps patients control their stress and improve their mood.
How it helps the heart and lungs
Hemp has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative properties, which are beneficial for patients with narrowed or blocked blood vessels. Heart diseases like angina, heart attacks, or strokes are caused by these blockages in the circulatory system. CBD can help alleviate blood pressure and reduce the swelling in vessels stricken with disease. Furthermore, these anti-inflammatory properties help alleviate respiratory problems. CBD acts as a bronchodilator or an aid to widening airways and bronchioles.
Drinking hemp tea has many benefits; from the brain to the heart and lungs, down to the digestive system, the body will surely feel the improvements brought by consuming hemp tea.
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