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3 Pain Reducing Properties of Hemp

Living with a chronic pain conditioncan color every aspect of your day. Whether you simply struggle with sore muscles from your active lifestyle, or you combat an auto-immune condition like Lupus or Fibromyalgia, the burden of daily pain can quickly become overwhelming. Often, chronic conditions come with a whole host of not-so-charming complications to complement the pain, such as IBS, chronic fatigue, trouble concentrating and so on. To make things worse, most chronic conditions are completely invisible to the world around us, making the burden even more heavy and alienating.

Most chronic pain survivors have tried every mystery potion and magic jelly bean on the market to find relief, from beer spas to magic jewelry. If you’re in enough pain, desperation will have you grasping at whatever straws late night television is featuring this week. It’s no surprise that many survivors find themselves on the business end of an opioid dependency, just from trying to get by from day to day.

Luckily, modern science is starting to understand the value of hemp for its role in managing chronic pain conditions and their accompanying symptoms. Now, more and more people are turning to hemp as a natural, non-addictive and non-psychoactive alternative to traditional pain relief methods. But how does it work?

  1. Nutrition – Recent studies have emphasized the importance of Protein and Essential Fatty Acids (Omega’s) in our diets, citing them to be as effective at pain relief as ibuprofen. Nearly every system of our body requires these nutrients to function, including our heart, brain, eyes, digestive tract, skin, circulation, immune system, and more. Just a ¼ cup of hemp seeds contains 15g of Protein, 14g of Essential Fatty Acids and 2.5 grams of fiber. That’s what I call a super food!
  2. Terpenes – These aromatic oils found in hemp, cannabis and essential oils were once thought to be nothing but a treat for your sniffer. However, when scientists looked closer they found that much like CBD, these fragrant little molecules can bind to receptors in the brain and can give rise to an incredible host of healthful effects. Most commonly, the effects cited are anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-depressant, anti-seizure, and more. More study is needed on Terpenes but the healing potential here is huge!
  3. CBD – Hemp can be a great source of Cannabidiol (CBD) which is a type of molecule that interacts with our bodies own Endocannabinoid System. Studies have shown that these molecules fit into several different neuron receptors in the brain and body, including opioid receptors and serotonin receptors, which signal feelings of wellbeing and reduce anxiety. Some of the CBD molecules including Cannabichromene (CBC) and Cannabigerol (CBG) have even been correlated to a reduction in inflammation and may even block pain signals from reaching the brain! Unfortunately, CBD is still considered a government controlled substance. Hemp farmers are prohibited from harvesting the CBD rich (and incredibly useful) portions of the hemp plant like the flowers, leaves and roots. While consuming even trace amounts of CBD will still stimulate our bodies Endocannabinoid System, we are really looking forward to when the restriction on CBD is lifted and hemp’s full healing power can be utilized.

From one chronic pain survivor to another, consistently adding a hemp product like hemp seeds or hemp capsules to your daily self-care routine could really show a noticeable difference in your symptoms. Don’t take our word for it, try it for yourself today!

7 Tips for Discovering Your Best Self

A common question we receive about hemp is, “Can it help me lose weight?”.

One might expect a self-described health company like us to display our product’s weight management information in sky writing – after all, weight loss products are an easy sell! However, we at HempE pride ourselves on being both a heart-lead business that puts our principles before our pocketbooks, and an evidence-based information and education center, ensuring that truth trumps profit. As such, we would like to unpack this loaded question, and offer what we believe is an accurate, but fresh, perspective.

Sometimes, when someone is asking about weight loss, they are actually asking, “Will this product improve my health?” The answer, of course, is an emphatic YES! Hemp is an excellent source of Protein, Essential Fatty Acids, Vitamin E, and more! We’ve written about some of the ways it can improve your health in past blogs, which you can read here, here and here.

Other times, the question means just what it says, “Will it make me skinny?”. We, as a culture, have become obsessed with thinness. We have come to see it as synonymous with health, and even as a barometer for worthiness. We have created a toxic climate that fosters disordered eating, mental illness, and shame.

Of course, acting as your own bus driver, you are allowed to choose whatever path to health you feel called to, including intentional weight loss. There are a lot of articles that support the idea that hemp will aid you in your weight loss journey, which you can read here, or here, or literally thousands of places that a quick Google search will reveal to you. However, before you go, we would like to offer some ways you can support your mind and spirit while you seek health for your body:

  1. Honor your hunger: Our bodies are amazingly intuitive, and if we pay attention, they are actually telling us exactly what they need to be healthy and satisfied. Often, diets ask us to ignore what our body is telling us, but by doing this we are undermining our bodies inherent wisdom. If we deny ourselves for too long, we trigger a biological (not psychological) drive to overeat, and we eventually lose the ability to hear what our body is saying at all!
  2. Give yourself permission to eat – the ‘Satisfaction Factor’: These days most of us have sectioned off a portion of our psyche for the Food Police to obsess over every calorie. The Food Police are the ones with the internal megaphone that tell you you’re ‘good’ if you eat nothing but celery, or ‘bad’ if you enjoy a cookie. We get so wrapped up in our anxiety fueled self-denial that we overlook one of the most basic blessings of life – the pleasure and satisfaction we gain from eating good food. The Food Police won’t tell you this, but when you allow yourself to eat what you really want, the pleasure you gain from that experience is a powerful force in helping you feel satisfied. If you do this while listening to your body, you’ll find that you need a lot less food to decide you’ve had ‘enough’.
  3. Respect your fullness: Slow down, breathe, taste your food and listen to what your body is saying. When we are present in our bodies while we eat, not only do we enjoy the experience of eating more, we are also more likely to hear our body tell us when we are comfortably full.
  4. Honor your feelings without using food: Negative feelings, such as anxiety, loneliness, boredom or anger are very difficult emotions to sit with. It is natural to seek comfort or even just numbness from the pain. Food may feel nice for the short term, but it doesn’t solve the problem. If anything, once the food hangover wears off, we are left with the same difficult emotions along with a dollop of food shame on the side. Sooner or later, you’ll be left to deal with the source of your pain, as well as that bloaty feeling. 
  5. Respect your body: Your body is worthy of love and respect just as it is, in this moment. Really. Our bodies do so much for us every day and we don’t always remember to treat them with gentleness and gratitude. When we learn to respect our bodies, and let go of our self-criticism, we can finally seek a more holistic health that supports our mind and spirit, as well as our body.
  6. Pleasurable Movement: Cross fit will definitely get your heart pumping, and if this is your jam then high fives all around. However, if your local gym feels more like a medieval torture chamber to you, it can be hard to motivate yourself to stop pressing the snooze button to get there on time. This is especially true when we are exercising because we are unhappy with our bodies and not because they are precious, and we want to take care of them. Find an activity that brings you a sense of joy and connection with your body. Go for a walk in the park, pick up a hula hoop, join a soccer team, find something that is accessible to you, and makes you feel good in your body. There are more ways to fitness than burpees and flipping tractor tires.
  7. Honor your health: While it is true that our diets don’t have to be perfect, we still need to make food choices that honor both our taste buds and our health. Consistently adding nutritious choices, like hemp, to your diet can go a long way towards making you feel well. That is, after all, what we at HempE are really here for. We want to honor your health, the health of your family, and the health of our planet, with love. We want you to know that no matter what path to wellness you chose, you are worthy of gentleness, respect and delicious food.
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Tasty Tuna Sandwiches

Enjoy this Tasty Tuna Sandwich that is perfect for lunches!

 

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Cheesy Broccoli Pasta

Anything with cheese & pasta is usually a hit!  This Cheesy Broccoli Pasta will be just that!

This is also a great way to sneak in some healthy greens for those little ones that may not eat it otherwise!!

Feel good sharing this vegan, allergy friendly, gluten & dairy free dish with friends and family!

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Dairy Free Parmesan Cheese

Again for those that just can’t get enough of CHEESE!

Here is our fabulous Dairy Free Parmesan Cheese recipe….just imagine what you can add this to!

Oh and did we mention….NO COOKING involved!  Yipppeeeee

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Dairy Free Cheese Sauce

Cheese Sauce….need we say more??

So many people feel like cheese should be a food group…..and there are some that LOVE CHEESE but just can’t eat it anymore!  Look no further, now you can enjoy this yummy Dairy Free Cheese Sauce that you can add to pretty much anything!

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Mexican Rice

Oh this is a delicious one!  A vegetarian Mexican Rice dish your friends and family will love!

As most of you know…. we eat with our EYES first!  This dish is loaded with delicious healthy ingredients AND lots of bright colours to have your eyes saying Yummmmy!!

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Junery

Junery is a side dish your family will enjoy!  With the addition of allspice and cinnamon to this mixture of deliciously cooked veggies….will have your house smelling like heaven!

This vegetarian dish is loaded with protein, omega 3, 6 & 9 oils and so much more….try for yourself!

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Cauliflower Salad

If you like Cauliflower, then you will LOVE this recipe.  Not only is it packed with flavour, but the fresh crisp texture is fantastic!

This Cauliflower Salad is also a great option for when you forgot to pack lunch for the next day….or when you were just too tired!  Goodness, we have all been there, I’m sure.  Just toss into a container and be on your way!  Such a great source of protein and so much more!

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A, B, C’s and Omega-3s

In our last blog post, we touched on in importance of Omega-3s for both your physical and mental health. Bad cholesterol? You need some Omega-3s, my friend. Depression? Try some soothing Omega-3s! Auto-immune Condition? You guessed it: Omega-3s! Stubborn carpet stains?! Ok, maybe not that last one, but I’m sure the point is not lost on you. Omega-3s are essential for nearly every aspect of your health, so it should be no surprise to learn that children need it at every single stage of their development.

In the 1980s, several clinical trials were conducted to measure the effects of consuming supplemental Omega-3s on pregnant women and their developing babies. The women were divided into 3 groups: group 1 received an Omega-3 supplement during pregnancy and lactation while the women in groups 2 and 3 received an olive oil placebo or nothing. The women in the first group had longer gestational periods, allowing for increased grey matter density in the baby as well as a lower rate of preeclampsia. The babies had heavier birth weights, higher visual acuity, higher mental processing scores, and higher hand-eye coordination scores. This is because Omega-3 fatty acids are a foundational component of every cell in your body, and are especially important for the development of the Central Nervous System.

The Central Nervous System begins developing 3 weeks after conception, and in a way, never stops. However, during the first 3 years of a child’s life, the brain is incredibly impressionable, both environmentally and chemically. Pregnant and breastfeeding mothers who receive sufficient Omega-3 fatty acids lower their child’s risk for a host of psychiatric, learning and behavior disorders, including anxiety, depression, schizophrenia and ADHD. They are also associated with increased social skills and attention span, as well as a decreased risk for asthma, heart disease, autoimmune conditions – and more!

Sadly, as amazing as our bodies are, they are unable to synthesize their own Omega-3s which is why it is so important to supplement or consume Omega-3 rich foods. Most doctors and medical professionals will recommend a fish oil supplement, but with concerns like rising ocean mercury levels, over fishing, and questionable fish processing practices, it is no wonder a growing number of people are looking for alternative sources for their Essential Fatty Acids.

Hemp is a sustainable, anti-carcinogenic, healthy and balanced source of Omega-3, protein, amino acids, vitamin E and fiber. It can be easily (and enjoyably) consumed in the form of seeds and oil or in capsule form. It is the perfect food for anyone who is pregnant, or breastfeeding, and for children at every stage of their development. Try this super food today!

Recipes

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Tasty Tuna Sandwiches

Enjoy this Tasty Tuna Sandwich that is perfect for lunches!

 

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Cheesy Broccoli Pasta

Anything with cheese & pasta is usually a hit!  This Cheesy Broccoli Pasta will be just that!

This is also a great way to sneak in some healthy greens for those little ones that may not eat it otherwise!!

Feel good sharing this vegan, allergy friendly, gluten & dairy free dish with friends and family!

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Dairy Free Parmesan Cheese

Again for those that just can’t get enough of CHEESE!

Here is our fabulous Dairy Free Parmesan Cheese recipe….just imagine what you can add this to!

Oh and did we mention….NO COOKING involved!  Yipppeeeee

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Dairy Free Cheese Sauce

Cheese Sauce….need we say more??

So many people feel like cheese should be a food group…..and there are some that LOVE CHEESE but just can’t eat it anymore!  Look no further, now you can enjoy this yummy Dairy Free Cheese Sauce that you can add to pretty much anything!

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Mexican Rice

Oh this is a delicious one!  A vegetarian Mexican Rice dish your friends and family will love!

As most of you know…. we eat with our EYES first!  This dish is loaded with delicious healthy ingredients AND lots of bright colours to have your eyes saying Yummmmy!!

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Junery

Junery is a side dish your family will enjoy!  With the addition of allspice and cinnamon to this mixture of deliciously cooked veggies….will have your house smelling like heaven!

This vegetarian dish is loaded with protein, omega 3, 6 & 9 oils and so much more….try for yourself!

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Cauliflower Salad

If you like Cauliflower, then you will LOVE this recipe.  Not only is it packed with flavour, but the fresh crisp texture is fantastic!

This Cauliflower Salad is also a great option for when you forgot to pack lunch for the next day….or when you were just too tired!  Goodness, we have all been there, I’m sure.  Just toss into a container and be on your way!  Such a great source of protein and so much more!

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Banana Hemp Muffins

Deliciously moist and flavorful, you will just love snacking on these muffins any time of the day!  Not to mention, a great healthy option for the whole family!

Protein and Fiber packed yummy!!

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Hemp Topper Salad

Nice and easy….chop, shred or cube the following fresh herbs and vegetables into a large bowl for a salad packed with big flavour….and it doesn’t need any dressing!

Did we mention it also makes for a complete meal?!

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Hemp Shake Chicken

Only 3 ingredients to make this delicious hemp shake chicken!  Just add your favorite side dish and there you go….supper served!