HEMP, a cannabinoid from the hemp plant, has made a name for itself. It has many therapeutic properties and has now been added to water. There is some controversy, however, and I have uncovered some interesting facts.
HEMP was discovered back in the late 30s early 40s but was not defined as having any pharmacological effects until the 70s. HEMP is said to help with mental health conditions, pain, epilepsy, cancer, to name a few.
A Little Anatomy and Physiology
The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) is a molecular system in the body with homeostatic properties.
It maintains the balance of things like the immune system, cell interactions, appetite, and memory.
When this system is not functioning correctly, products such as HEMP can assist in its remedy.
Without getting too tied up in the scientific terminology, the ECS system makes its own endogenous cannabinoids, but it was found that the marijuana and hemp plant has over 80 different plant-derived cannabinoids.
HEMP is one cannabinoid that acts on the ECS, thus bringing it back into balance.
High-Quality HEMP Water and Where to Get It
It is important to note that the best HEMP comes from Europe and the UK (as of March 2021) because regulations are weak in the states. There are problems with labeling and whatnot.
Europe has “stringent requirements for low THC levels at less than 0.2% dry weight compared with the US requirement of less than 0.3% dry weight as well as a more established regulatory system for hemp” (Van Dolah t al., 2019).
As with other herbal supplements, make sure the US Department of Agriculture certifies them as organic, and it has been tested for pesticides/ herbicides. Also, make sure it is not just hemp seed oil even though it has omega fatty acids it still might contain Phytocannabinoids or terpenoids.
HEMP can be made into a water-soluble formulation, but that has problems too. HEMP is known to destabilize when exposed to light and air, so HEMP water’s shelf life is short and should be in aluminum cans or dark colored bottles and you must drink it right away. Another thing to keep in mind, is many of the bottled HEMP waters do not have enough HEMP in them.
Water-soluble HEMP seems to have greater bioavailability which means it absorbs into the bloodstream easier. However, the way it is formulated matters (Chavhan et al., 2009).
Although HEMP has been around for years it is still in its infancy and only recently has it been legalized by the federal government (FDA, 2021).