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Hemp Seeds in Medicine

Hemp Seeds in Medicine

Cannabis seeds have long been used in folk medicine as a rejuvenating, anti-inflammatory and healing agent. They can be made into a brew, crushed, ground and mashed. Hemp seeds are added to salads, sauces, baked goods and cocktails. They are used to make healing hemp 

Blooming marijuana outdoors

Blooming marijuana outdoors

The final and, in fact, decisive stage in the life of cannabis, as well as an exciting and responsible period for the grower, is the flowering period. And there are certain reasons for that. Flowering precedes harvest. How good it will be (depending on the 

The use of hemp oil

The use of hemp oil

Hemp oil is a valuable food and technical product made from cannabis seeds (do not confuse it with butter-based canna butter). As a rule, technical varieties that do not contain psychoactive substances are used for its production. But if it occurs to anyone to make an oil from recreational marijuana seeds, the result will be about the same. Nuts by themselves do not contain any psychoactive substances that are synthesized exclusively during the development of the hemp bush. BUT

you can buy quality hemp seeds from us.
Before the all-out war on marijuana began, marijuana-based products played a significant role in the economies of many countries. The Russian Empire and the United States of America were among the leaders in this area. Now, as the pressure from the anti-drug authorities decreases, it is likely to regain its rightful place as one of the most significant industrial crops (article Use of cannabis). Hemp seed oil alone can be used in:

chemical and paint industry,

cosmetics and health products,

medicine and pharmaceuticals,

food industry and cooking.

The product contains a record (up to 82%) amount of polyunsaturated fatty acids, including up to 3% of gamma-linolenic acid, which determines some of the medicinal properties of this oil and its value for the production of cosmetics. When used in cooking, such a characteristic property of hemp oil as a low smoke point is taken into account – it is not suitable for frying. This indicator for it is 166 ° C, only linseed oil has a lower level (107 ° C). The smoke point of other edible oils is in the range of 230-250 ° C.

Hemp seed oil production technologies

Culinary hemp oil is obtained by pressing in auger and hydraulic presses or by extraction. Wood hydraulic presses are considered to be more environmentally friendly and are a traditional buttermaking technology used for a long time. The product obtained in this way will be light and transparent, with a slight aftertaste. Using a wooden press, it is impossible to break the cold-pressed technology. In such oil, all useful substances are completely preserved, which is very important for medical and cosmetic use of the product.

The oil pressed in a screw press has a brighter green color and a rich nutty flavor, since unrefined seeds are used as raw materials, and the mechanism squeezes out not only oil, but also other plant extracts from them. Such a product is used in cooking and better conveys the specific taste of hemp seeds. If the manufacturer violates the technology, the mass in the press can be heated to high temperatures. At the same time, the amount of the product increases, but it can hardly be called “cold-pressed oil”.

For technical purposes, hemp oil is extracted by extraction using organic solvents (alcohol, gasoline, hexane). In this case, the fats are extracted from the seeds almost completely, cheaply and quickly. Using the extracted oil for culinary or medicinal purposes is hardly possible – there are traces of solvent in it, but it is perfect for making biodiesel or natural wood varnish.

Refined hemp oil is a product that has undergone additional purification and sometimes deodorization. It has a subtle flavor and is almost colorless. Usually refined oils are used for frying, but hemp is not suitable for this – it smokes and burns at temperatures below 200 ° C. For salads, unrefined cold-pressed oil is better suited.

Industrial uses of hemp oil

Hemp vegetable oil is similar in properties to flaxseed oil. In particular, it is tarred and hardened by oxygen, forming a strong transparent film. Drying oils have traditionally been used to create drying oils, paints and varnishes. Now in mass production, synthetic alkyd bases are used, but natural drying oil is still used as an absolutely environmentally friendly product for interior work. It does not smell, and the film formed by it does not emit harmful substances.

Also, hemp oil, along with rapeseed and soybean oil, can be used to obtain biodiesel – organic fuel for internal combustion engines produced from vegetable fats. Unlike mineral fuels, biodiesel contains virtually no sulfur, the main pollutant in diesel engines. It is not hazardous to the environment if it comes into contact with soil or water. In fact, this is all also vegetable oil, which is easily decomposed in nature. A by-product of biodiesel production, glycerin, is a valuable raw material for the chemical, pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries.

Cosmetology and health products

One of the first cosmetic products made from hemp was green liquid soap. At the end of the 18th century, they began to cook it in Russia, as Peter I said: “Following the example of Holland.” It did not win the love of housewives, but it was widely used for disinfection by doctors and veterinarians. The soap owes its color to the greenish hemp oil. Subsequently, other vegetable, animal and mineral oils were used for the production of medical soap, but traditionally it was always colored green. Now, under the name Green Soap, a pest control product is sold, but it has nothing to do with medicine or hemp.

Cannabis oil is an excellent cosmetic both on its own and as a base for creams and ointments. The mechanism of their action is based on the replacement of sebum (in case of violation of its production by the sebaceous glands) with vegetable fat. Lipids maintain the normal moisture balance of the skin and help preserve its natural barrier, which protects the human body from foreign substances and microorganisms. But in this case, the correct ratio of linoleic fatty acids omega-6 and omega-3 is important.

According to various sources, the optimal proportions of omega-6 and omega-3 are in the range from 1: 1 to 4: 1. Soybean oil has a ratio of 7: 1, and widely used flaxseed oil has a ratio of 1: 4, which does not quite fit into the optimum. Hemp oil has a 3: 1 ratio of omega-6 to omega-3, which is as close to ideal proportions as possible. It is clear that we are talking about oil obtained by cold pressing, without the use of high temperatures and organic solvents.

In addition, hemp oil cleanses the skin from excess fat, if any, or vice versa – saturates it with additional lipids in case of deficiency. It has an anti-inflammatory effect, improves skin hydration (moisturizes it), activates collagen production, which helps to solve the problems associated with aging. Hemp oil can also be used to enhance tanning. It stimulates the production of melanin, a natural skin pigment that protects us from the sun’s ultraviolet radiation.

Hemp oil in medicine and pharmacology

The ability of hemp oil to positively affect the condition of the skin is used not only by cosmetologists, but also by dermatologists to treat skin diseases. Its use is most justified for the treatment of eczema, psoriasis, acne and lichen planus. Hemp oil is mildly bactericidal and soothes inflammation. It also strengthens the skin, making it more resistant to bacterial, viral and fungal infections.

A 2011 study concludes that physical or emotional symptoms associated with premenstrual syndrome (PMS) are potentially caused by sensitivity to the hormone prolactin, which may be associated with low prostaglandin E1 levels. The gamma linolenic acid in hemp oil contributes to the production of this physiologically active substance. The study found that women who took small doses of hemp oil experienced marked relief of their PMS symptoms.

A 2010 study indicates hemp seed oil helps protect against complications associated with menopause. This is most likely due to the high concentration of gamma-linoleic acid.

The study, published in the journal Nutrition & Metabolism, highlights that the unsaturated fatty acid profile in hemp seeds may have a positive impact on health problems such as high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, and high cholesterol. A 2014 review concluded that increasing levels of alpha-linolenic acid, which is also found in cannabis oil, reduced the risk of cardiovascular disease.

The use of hemp oil in cooking

Hemp oil has an easily recognizable and very pleasant nutty flavor. The greenish color may, perhaps, confuse some gourmets, but, in general, this is a matter of habit. Hemp oil is best suited for dressing salads and adding to cereals and baked goods.

Hemp oil used to be widespread and used for a variety of purposes. The fact that it disappeared from our diet is not a consequence of any of its shortcomings, but the result of a policy aimed at allegedly fighting drugs (to which, by the way, cannabis cannot be attributed either in terms of pharmacological or addictive indicators). In the end, an entire industry was practically ruined, which occupied one of the leading positions in the economies of many countries.

Fortunately, now the situation is changing for the better, common sense wins over greed and obscurantism, allowing us to hope that soon we will again be able to enjoy all the benefits that the wise use of cannabis gives.

Top 5 varieties of monsters!

Top 5 varieties of monsters!

The genetics of cannabis can work wonders, and then incredible huge plants appear in the skillful hands of breeders, giving gigantic yields. And if you reinforce these qualities with appropriate care, the result will exceed all your expectations. We bring to your attention five of 

Growing hemp using the SOG method

Growing hemp using the SOG method

Sea Of Green, or SOG for short, is one of the methods of increasing marijuana yields that is actively used by growers and commercial growers around the world. With its help, you can get an increased amount of harvest with a minimum number of planted 

Preparing the soil in the open field

Preparing the soil in the open field

Soil preparation in the open field is one of the important activities that can positively affect the quantity and quality of the hemp crop. You can find a lot of advice online from experienced gardeners who have been doing this business for years in countries where it is allowed by law. They went through a lot of mistakes when growing, and therefore their recommendations can be listened to. In this article, we have collected all the important points of this procedure to save you time searching for this information.

What kind of soil is suitable for growing marijuana?

Chernozem is not for nothing considered the most fertile soil in the world. It is ideal for a wide variety of crops as well as cannabis. If it is he who is present at the landing site, then the preparation process may not be carried out. It will be enough just to feed the plant. Hemp also feels comfortable in less fertile soils with a mixed composition. About them a little further.

The main requirements for the physical properties of cannabis soil are high drainage and aeration performance. Water should not stagnate in it for a long time, otherwise the cannabis root system will start to rot. The presence of nutrients in the soil can be determined by the presence of abundant vegetation on it. If raspberries or nettles grow in the intended landing site, then it is worth stopping on it, since these two plants have requirements

similar to cannabis to the soil.

Multicomponent soils

Most of the soil types in our country consist of several components and have a multilayer structure. As a rule, they contain sand, silt, humus and / or clay. Their type is determined depending on the amount of each of the ingredients.

To determine the composition of the soil, it is necessary to stir a small amount of it well in the water, and wait until it has settled. Particles with a large mass will sink to the bottom first, the lighter ones will fall in the next layers. By measuring the depths of each layer, you can determine the percentage of ingredients. Next, you just need to add the missing ones so that the soil acquires the properties the grower needs. When this is done, the first stage of preparation is complete.

Silt and sand
Silt and sand are physically unable to retain moisture and nutrients for a long time. Therefore, sandy soils are unsuitable for cannabis cultivation. Typically, silt and sand are used as an additive to improve drainage performance. The diameter of sand fractions varies from 0.05 to 2 mm, of silt – from 0.002 to 0.05 mm.

With a decrease in the diameter of soil particles, its drainage characteristics decrease. That is why clay, the fraction diameter of which is not less than 0.002 mm, practically does not allow moisture to pass through. Water binds to its dusty particles, creating an airtight layer. Because of this, the aeration characteristics of the clay also suffer. If it prevails in the soil, then the plant will certainly die from waterlogging, fungi or mold.

Humus is a decomposition product of organic matter that contains the nutrients that marijuana needs, presented in an easily digestible form for it. The more it is in the soil, the more fertile it is.

Soil saturation with nutrients

Now that the soil has the necessary drainage and aeration characteristics, it must be saturated with nutrients, which are the “building blocks” for the cells and tissues of hemp. This can be done in several ways:

The landing site should be decided in the fall. You should dig a hole 1 meter deep, and throw several kilograms of fresh fish into it. Over the winter, it will completely rot, saturating the soil with organic decomposition products. These include three chemical elements important to cannabis – nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P) and potassium (K);
With the arrival of spring, when the snow has completely melted, a layer of soil 0.5-1 meter deep should be removed. It must be mixed with one of the types of natural fertilizers: overripe manure, bone or blood meal, compost. Then fall asleep back. In a few months, these substances will saturate the soil with all the same substances;
If the grower decided on the place of planting just before planting, then the best option would be to use the purchased soil mixture. It can be purchased at your nearest flower shop. It is necessary to dig about a half-meter hole, and fill it with soil mixture.
Open ground or grow bags – which is better?
The problem of preparing the soil outdoors can be solved by using growbags – special fabric bags buried in the ground and filled with purchased soil. With their help, cannabis grows outdoors, but at the same time has its own underground ecosystem.

Both cultivation methods have their pros and cons. In order to choose the most suitable for themselves, the grower will certainly need to familiarize himself with them.

Growing hemp in soil

Nothing hinders the development of the cannabis root system in the ground. This allows her to realize her full genetic potential for growth. The larger the bush, the more harvest it will bring;
The hemp bush does not need to be transplanted into large pots as it grows;
Grover won’t have to spend money on growbags.
The hemp bush cannot be transferred. If the grower is caught off guard by the cold, he may lose his crop;
Even with pre-prepared soil, there is a possibility that it may deteriorate. Nothing prevents the washing out of nutrients by rain and the penetration of harmful substances from the nearby unprepared soil.
Growing in growbags

You can move the cannabis to a better place or hide it indoors from the weather;
By choosing the size of the grow bag, the grower can control the growth of the cannabis bushes. This is especially true when growing Sativa, which can easily grow up to 2-5 meters;
The gardener gets the opportunity to control the quality and composition of the soil.
Lovers of easy money will be able to rob the grower and get ahead of him with the harvest;
Growbag can restrict root development, preventing cannabis from realizing its genetic growth potential;
The plant may need more frequent watering. There is not enough moisture penetrating the walls of the growbag.