Water, earth, fire and air – these four elements of nature have endowed us with endless gifts that we have managed to tame over time. But have we learned to fully appreciate and use them? Today we want to draw our attention to two gifts that mother nature has prepared for us – hemp and turmeric.
in a few words
CannabisYou may be wondering what exactly the author means when using the word ‚hemp’, especially when reading articles in English. The English word ‚cannabis’, just like ours, can mean hemp, illegal marijuana or the cannabis plant taken as a whole as a family. No wonder, the classification and nomenclature is quite confusing. Marijuana and hemp, i.e. Cannabis Indica and Cannabis Sativa, respectively, are plant species of the genus Cannabis, which in turn belongs to the cannabis family (Cannabaceae).
Cannabis Indica is widely used for recreational and medicinal purposes. Cannabis Sativa, in addition to its medicinal properties, can also be used in industry, for example in the clothing industry.
Both species owe their healing properties to the chemical compounds found in the leaves and flowers. Much attention is paid to two of them in particular: tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). Independent researchers and medical specialists are enthusiastic about peer-reviewed studies, double-blind studies, and clinical trials that prove the therapeutic potential of cannabis. Hemp extracts come in various forms such as oils, e-liquids, ointments and topical creams, and can be sold as long as the THC content is below 0.2%.
About the properties of turmeric
The second ingredient that we would like to draw your attention to today is turmeric and its chemical compound called curcumin. Classified as a spice, turmeric from time immemorial occupied prime place in gastronomy (food, giving a distinctive yellow color), cosmetics (soaps and creams), medicine or religion.
Due tocurcumin its properties,is used for many ailments. This is, for example, a handy home remedy for treating wounds, bruises or insect bites. Curcumin has antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, and supports wound healing. Research suggests that curcumin may help treat oxidative and inflammatory conditions, metabolic syndrome, arthritis, anxiety, and hyperlipidemia.
The magic combination
While curcumin is widely known for its many health benefits, it is often combined with several other substances to realize its full potential. Such a substance is piperine, the active ingredient of black pepper, which increases the bioavailability of curcumin by 2,000%, in addition, it has many beneficial properties: it helps fight depression, improves concentration, has analgesic and anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
How about combining the properties of hemp, turmeric and pepper in one product?