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5 Health Benefits Of Hemp Tea

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Hemp tea is a type of herbal tea made from the dried leaves or flower buds of the Cannabis sativa plant. Unlike its well-known counterpart, marijuana, hemp contains little to no THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the psychoactive compound responsible for the “high” associated with the Cannabis sativa plant. Instead, hemp tea is rich in CBD (cannabidiol), a non-psychoactive compound known for its potential therapeutic properties, such as relief from pain, depression and stress.

In the UK, hemp is required to contain no more than 0.3% THC to be legal, and you’re at very low risk of a positive drug test from using it.

There are two main types of hemp tea — young and mature.

  • ‘Young’ hemp tea comes from the dry clippings of the cannabis plant during infancy. This typically has very low CBD content, with the tea mostly being used as a source of vitamins. Young hemp tea can be purchased in both loose bags and tea bags.
  • ‘Mature’ tea is derived from older cannabis plants. As a result, this tea contains significantly more CBD than young tea. 

It is similar to most other herbal tea in that dry hemp is steeped in boiling water to make it.

Hemp tea is a natural source of cannabinoids, including CBD. Cannabinoids interact with our endocannabinoid system (ECS), which plays an important role in regulating several of our physiological processes. CBD, in particular, has been studied for its potential anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and neuroprotective properties. Let’s look at this in more detail.

1. Reduce Anxiety

There has been some research to suggest that CBD has the potential to provide therapeutic relief during times of great stress. A 2015 review concluded that CBD could effectively reduce anxiety-related behaviours across multiple disorders. In a later study, after 2 months of CBD treatment, 78.1–79.2% of participants reported improvements in anxiety symptoms

review of eight related studies concluded that CBD has a promising role as alternative therapy in the management of anxiety disorders. Another literature review of human studies assessing the efficacy of cannabidiol for social anxiety supports the efficacy of acute CBD for improving social anxiety without sedative or cognitive side effects.

In short, hemp tea is thought to interact with receptors in the endocannabinoid system to produce a calming effect, that promotes relaxation and reduces stress. Thus, regular consumption of hemp tea may be a natural and non-addictive way to manage stress.

2. Chronic Pain Relief

According to a 2016 analysis of population-based estimates, between one-third and one-half of the UK population experiences chronic pain. Research has suggested that CBD can provide relief to those suffering from inflammatory and neuropathic pain — the two most challenging types of pain to alleviate — as it can help reduce inflammation, and interact with the receptors responsible for pain. Specifically, it is thought that CBD can increase the body’s levels of anandamide, a compound associated with regulating pain which can reduce pain perception, which may benefit people experiencing pain.

2017 review of studies concluded that, in adults with chronic pain, patients who were treated with cannabis or cannabinoids are more likely to experience a clinically significant reduction in pain symptoms.

A later 2018 review of studies concluded that cannabinoids — due to their anticonvulsant, analgesic, antiemetic, and anti-inflammatory effects — present a promising class of compounds for both acute and prophylactic treatment of migraine pain.

There is also research to suggest that CBD can help to relieve period pain and promote faster recovery for athletes.

3. Improve Sleep

Sleep disorders are prevalent issues affecting a significant portion of the population, with insomnia affecting around one in every three people in the UK.

Research suggests that there is a correlation between CBD intake and improved sleep. According to a recent study on psychiatric patients, 70% of participating patients that took CBD had noticeably improved sleep. Another research paper from 2019 saw participants take a daily dose of CBD over the course of a month, with 66.7% reporting better sleep.

 In a 2021 study, 48% of people taking CBD for sleep reported that it helped them to fall asleep quicker, with 40% saying it also helped them to sleep better.

A more recent double-blinded, randomised controlled trial from May 2023 found that, in participants taking CBD or CBN (a weaker version of THC), 56 to 75% experienced a clinically important improvement in their sleep quality.

Thus, hemp tea a promising option for those seeking a natural remedy for sleep-related issues, or those who want to increase the quantity and quality of their sleep for another reason.

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Chronic inflammation is linked to various health conditions, including cancer, heart disease, dementia, diabetes and depression. There is a growing number of studies that support the fact that CBD can help counter chronic inflammation through its anti-inflammatory properties which have been well documented for a range of conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis and Alzheimer’s Disease, and diseases associated with oxidative stress.

5. Better Digestive Health

Hemp tea contains stomach-soothing herbs, fibre and other digestive compounds that can help to regulate digestion and promote better gut health.

Research also suggests that CBD can reduce inflammation in the digestive tract, and regulate our digestion, appetite and metabolism through the endocannabinoid system. This could offer relief from a range of digestive disorders; one 2018 study found that full-spectrum CBD oil, which contained some THC, helped ease some Crohn’s disease symptoms, and a 2017 study found that cannabinoids could be helpful for certain symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)

6. Immune System Support

A well-balanced immune system is crucial for preventing and managing various health issues.

Natural hemp tea contains antioxidants, nutrients and vitamins — such as B1, B2 and E — that might help boost the immune system by protecting against atoms, molecules or ions that can damage our cells and cause inflammation and disease.

While CBD doesn’t appear to strengthen the immune system alone, it may benefit those with autoimmune conditions through its potential immunosuppressant and anti-inflammatory properties. In addition to this, some of CBD’s other therapeutic benefits — such as relieving stress and helping us to get more sleep — could aid our body’s natural immune response.  

Please note that Hemp is designed to be consumed as a food supplement and should not be used to treat specific ailments. Instead, you should consult with a medical professional about your ailments, who will point you towards the most appropriate method of care.

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Last Updated: January 9, 2024

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