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History of medical Hemp Use

History of medical hemp 

Hemp is found on Earth since time immemorial and an ancient advanced civilization has been exploited its therapeutic potential. There are signs that hemp has been used in Chinese medicine since the 28th century BC. Written mentions come from the 9th century BC and the reference to the Chinese Pharmacopoeia Shen-nung Pent-tshao Ching, old almost two thousand years, which it was based on recipes passed down by word of mouth. 

Egyptian medicine in the times of the Pharaohs has been applied hemp also. Medical inscriptions in the pyramids show the multiple uses of hemp as a therapeutic agent. 

Tibetans hemp is a sacred plant that is often grown near the monasteries. It’s always been a part of the Tibetan pharmacology.

Mentions of hemp found in the “Four Tantras” and in the roll of medical images (thangka). It is also known that hempwere used clinic in southern Russia at least the 7th century BC. In Ayuverd`s culture, the first medical use is documented on till the break the 12th and 13th centuries, both in human and veterinary medicine, but the written mentions to its usage are known from much earlier. The aqueous decoction of hemp has taken for constipation, pulmonary tuberculosis, and even to sleep of children. In Argentina, it has taken to stimulate urination and sweating, in Brazil, it has taken to calm, to sleep and asthma. In the Czech Republic, the leaves are used as a poultice for inflammation, combined with vinegar and juniper served as compresses for headaches. In North America, until the mid-20th century, hemp used to treat or relieve a number of diseases - local references point to the use of crushed hemp leaves as healing and antibiotic medicine.

Also in Africa - in Southern Rhodesia, hemp has taken against malaria and haemoglobinuria, sepsis, anthrax and dysentery.

The therapeutic effects of hemp have also been published literature, including many medical studies confirming its recovery potential. Hemp contains a unique group of substances called Cannabinoids, which occur naturally in this plant only. Our body naturally produces cannabinoids as endocannabinoids, which bind to cannabinoid receptors and thereby influences the organism.

These receptors are situated in various organs of our body but also in the skin. Cannabinoids from hemp are almost identical as endocannabinoids produced by the body. It is scientifically proven that cannabinoids have antioxidant and neuroprotective properties, and have great potential to significantly reduce symptoms of chronic inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. Hemp oil contains about 80% essential fatty acids such as omega-3 and omega-6, which inter alia stimulate the production of endocannabinoids in the body.

The oil contains linoleic acid, alpha-linolenic, gamma-linolenic and stearidonic. It also contains phytosterols, minerals (calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron) and vitamins (A, E, D and some even from group B). In cosmetics it helps slow the aging process of the skin, hydrates the skin and eliminates wrinkles. It adds a shine to the hair and adds hardness of nails. In massage emulsions or in gels, it relaxes stiff joints and muscles and subsequently it reduces pain of sick body parts. As for local action, the hemp oil is added to cosmetics, massage emulsions or ointments, where it acts anti-inflammatory, rejuvenating and antibacterial. Hemp oil also promotes healing of wounds, burns, psoriasis, eczema, acne, varicose veins, leg ulcers, diabetic foot, swelling and helps mitigate allergic reactions.

For our products we use unrefined oil from hemp and extracts of the highest quality (of selected cultivars) to achieve the best desired result. We follow the recipe to minimize degradation of the active makers of the final product.