Did you know every three seconds, somewhere in the world a person fractures a bone?
That stat blew me away, because like you I have a couple hundred bones to worry about. I need them staying strong as I make my way through life.
Weakening bones over the decades is a part of the human condition folks and nutrition is our #1 ally in the struggle against time and gravity. There’s no argument. It’s all about food and exercise, including physical therapy in some cases.
This realization leads most logical people to asking themselves,
“Well, what’s an ideal source of nutrition to strengthen my bones and treat/reverse the impacts of osteoporosis?”
In my opinion as well as countless others (including an increasing amount of doctors brave and brilliant enough to lend their voice), it’s the industrial hemp plant. Both seed and plant-based hemp products have astoundingly positive impacts on the human skeletal structure thanks to the endocannabinoid system. There’s nothing revolutionary to this knowledge though, it’s just been kicked under the corporate rug for close to a century through general cannabis prohibition and its propaganda.
Fact: hemp is great as a preventative measure and to help treat the more serious or painful effects of osteoporosis which include:
- You get shorter as you get older.
- Your sitting and standing posture degrades or slumps leading to a host of issues.
- It gets easier and easier to fracture bones, joint capsules break down, etc.
Let’s briefly discuss the seeds first, because frankly, my favorite oil to cook with is hemp seed oil.
Cannabis Seeds & Your Bones
Okay, so you can make a potent oil out of cannabis seed (often referred to as “hemp seeds” because they contain no THC) and if you haven’t added these beauties to your diet yet you’re really missing out. You can chomp down on the raw/toasted seeds or purchase them in the form of hemp seed milk, flour, butter, bread, in trail mixes, etc. in more and more supermarkets, both local and corporate.
They’re arguably the king of seed-food (for humans as well as animals), taste creamier/nuttier than flax, and have an astounding nutritional profile so there’s no question that a diet rich in hemp seed benefits bone health.
Disclaimer: if you get them from a reliable and certified source, cannabis seeds are thoroughly washed and oftentimes sterilized leaving no phytocannabinoids AT ALL in them so they can be legally imported/sold in the US. Therefore, you don’t need to worry about failing a UI or getting in trouble for eating them (unless expressly forbidden, like for example if you’re currently in the military which still holds to nonsense propaganda in my opinion). Could microscopic and completely legal amounts of THC show in your system from hemp seeds? Technically yes, at about the same odds as winning the lotto if you eat some insane amount of them. No different than needing to smoke an acre of hemp plants to fail a UA.
Here’s some basics of the seeds then we’ll move on to the plant-based oils and concentrates.
- Over half of the weight of hemp seeds is their oil content, which itself is about 75% pure essential fatty acids in three-to-one ratios including 20% omega-3, or alpha-linoleic, 3% gamma-linoleic, and 1% stearidonic acid, etc.
- This fatty acid content dramatically improves absorption rates of its nutritional content, for example calcium and vitamins D and E.
- They aren’t nuts they’re seeds, cause no known allergies, non-gluten, non-lactose, etc.
- Without the added fiber/minerals in the hulls, the other 25% of seeds is extremely high-quality/highly-digestible plant protein which is where seed-based protein powders (increasingly common alternative to animal-based options) come from.
So, when you use any product that’s derived from the cannabis seeds, you’re giving your bones a boost. But what about the hemp plant itself, and the oils/extracts/concentrates that you can conjure with it?
Well, let’s begin with this recent December, 2016 paper published through the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (IUBMB) entitled, Protective effects of trans-caryophyllene on maintaining osteoblast function where two key findings of their research are:
“Trans-Caryophyllene [TC] promotes the formation of a mineralized extracellular matrix to help elucidate the role of osteoblastic and osteclastic CBD [Cannabinoid] signaling in the formation of bone and the maintenance of normal bone mass.”
“TC caused a significant elevation in collagen content, alkaline phosphatase activity, osteocalcin production, and mineralization, which are the four markers that account for the various states of osteoblastic differentiation…significantly reduced cell damage…impeding osteoblastic dysfunction.”
You’re thinking, mmmk, so what does that mean and what in the name of God is Trans-Caryophyllene?
Caryophyllene is a plant terpene heavily found in hemp, one of about a hundred known cannabis terpenes that help the plant smell certain ways and take care of itself. Terpenes are like a plant-language communicated through scent that allows them to interact with the world. So like, imagine how many roses have caused humans to stop and sniff and propagate their species in our yards.
How about the way flower terpenes formed relationships with bees?
Consider the way Americans are currently using and manipulating Marijuana (meaning cannabis plants with different genetics, different forms, grown differently, typically with high levels of THC) terpenes. I mean, I’ve seen Marijuana buds that smelled distinctly like blueberries, mint, lemon, and even cheese.
Hemp terpenes aren’t as flamboyant. They’re not as powerful to our nose, but that doesn’t mean they’re less effective.
Caryophyllene has been found in other medicinal plants like cloves, hops, rosemary (my personal favorite herb to cook with), and basil. But again, this is just one of a hundred terpenes identified in the cannabis family.
If for example you add a couple drops from our 30ml Hemp Oil Tinctures below to your salad, or just directly onto your tongue, you’re getting a multitude of hemp terpenes, the essential bone health-promoting fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and more in one holistic or whole-plant substance.
Anywhere from 15 to 50 drops of Pinene are added to the Focus blend. Pinene is the most common terpene in the plant kingdom, but heavily pronounced in hemp, rosemary and of course pine trees. Like most cannabis terpenes it’s a demonstrated anti-inflammatory agent with a slew of benefits.
Hemp = Nature’s True Medicine Cabinet
Whether we’re talking the vitamins, minerals, terpenes, fatty acids, and on and on…hemp helps our bones. So to recap, here’s where to get hemp.
Hemp Seed-Based Products
Can be raw or toasted/flavored seeds (dark chocolate covered are my favorite), hemp seed milk, hemp seed bread, hemp seed-based oil, hemp seed flour and so forth.
Hemp Plant Extracts
We’re talking oils or concentrates derived from whole natural industrial hemp plants. They come in a variety of forms like our Hemp Tinctures, A Charlotte Web Gel Pen, or Full Spectrum Hemp Oil Capsules to name a few. Just be sure to really vette the source because without regulation in the states many scammers out there sell hemp seed oil as plant oil. A true hemp plant extract should be backed by lab testing to prove nutritional content, ensure there aren’t any harmful toxins/pesticides/herbicides, phytocannabinoid content to ensure legality, etc.
One more example of how Hemp For Fitness adds natural terpenes to whole plant hemp oil is our Sleep blend. Here’s a pic of the 30ml dropper bottle with the terpene-info below.
- Myrcene: Another of the most common terpenes found in not just cannabis strains (hemp & marijuana), but within other species in the cannabaceae family which includes hops and clover. The plants utilize myrcene to help them create other terpenes, and our bodies use them to make other cannabis nutrients easier for our cells to absorb!
- Limonene: The 2nd most abundant (remember, Pinene is the 1st) terpene in nature, which we added because of its proven antioxidant content, and its ability to boost the efficacy of naturally occurring phytocannabinoids which the hemp plant produces to ward off disease, bacteria, animal predators, and process sunlight into its energy source.
At the end of the day, here’s what I’m telling you – both in terms of overall nutrition as well as bone health, hemp is the ultimate source of whole-plant goodness. This is because every component of the plant that modern society has chosen to delve into has delivered a massive array of demonstrated benefits (especially the terpenes, oils and phyocannabinoids). Enjoy!