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Hemp Benefits: Anti-bacterial, Anti-fungal, Anti-everything?

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Have you ever heard someone say that hemp can save the world? With the thousands of different uses, this isn’t just some nonsense statement! It literally has HUGE potential when it comes to saving the environment and doing wonders for our economy.

But what about the hemp benefits for health?

For example, did you know that hemp is anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, and anti-fungal? It’s true!

**Now, before I start, I should note that this isn’t a blog suggesting that hemp oil is a potential prevention or cure for coronavirus.

Over the last few weeks, our team has been talking a lot about the current situation we’re all facing. This week we went down a rabbit hole. A discussion of the immune benefits of CBD eventually tuned into a discussion about those often forgotten anti-everything benefits of hemp.

We also got talking about rubber gloves – but stay tuned for that early next week!!

It’s because of that conversation that we decided to write today’s blog!

Ok, back to the topic at hand…

Anti-Everything Hemp Benefits

For a friendly, fun-loving plant, hemp is surprising anti: it’s anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, anti-fungal…

In fact, hemp extracts and oils have been used for thousands of years to fight bacterial and fungal infections naturally. As just one example, many Congolese tribes have used cannabis leaves for years, boiled in water, as a natural disinfectant for their feet. Living barefoot in the dense jungle, this is a valuable way to fight the bacterial and fungal infections common in these areas. The boiled extract is also ingested as a tea to fight internal infections and other common issues such as Malaria and other jungle flu type viruses.

But it isn’t just valuable medicine in the jungle. Recent research shows hemp can also fight other fungal issues such as Staphylococcus aureus. You may know that better as MRSA!

Additionally, new studies from NC State University have shown incredibly hopeful results in showing the promise of hemp extracts as a natural anti-bacterial solution that can potentially help fight so many of these bacterial and fungal issues we face.

Read this next: the are many benefits of hemp beyond these anti-bacterial properties. Check this out!

So how does it work?

The Science Behind It

Hemp contains a long list of beneficial chemical constituents, including:

  • cannabinoids
  • nitrogenous compounds
  • amino acids
  • proteins
  • glycoproteins
  • enzymes
  • sugars
  • hydrocarbons
  • simple aldehydes
  • simple ketones
  • fatty acids
  • simple esters
  • lactones
  • steroids
  • terpenes
  • non-cannabinoid phenols
  • flavanoid glycosides
  • vitamins
  • pigments

Told you it was a long list.

Seriously though, the actual number of natural compounds in hemp is greater than 500!! It’s because of this complex macro-composition of the numerous compounds in hemp that it has the potential to exhibit that anti-everything activity.

Together, they combine to create a powerhouse team of germ fighting superheroes. Are you picturing little capes right now, because I sure am.

The same goes for why it’s such a potent anti-microbial and anti-fungal.

These anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-microbial hemp benefits are part of the reason hemp is so valuable topically.

Here’s what Ian had to say about this:

Over the years, I’ve found that applying hemp oil extracts topically, in combination with a natural organic oil carrier like virgin coconut oil, is fantastic! Our research shows it promotes healthy cellular activity! This reduces the bacteria and supports healthy cell growth in the affected or traumatized area.”

Confused about hemp vs. marijuana? Read this article.

Final Thoughts

For years and years, hemp has been widely celebrated as a natural medicine. It is only in the last century that we managed to lose sight of its power. Thankfully, the last few decades have witnessed a resurgence in its popularity, and the research shows us just how important it is to continue studying hemp benefits for the future. And we can be grateful for that!