When you think flower, your brain probably doesn’t automatically go to nutrition. But you might be surprised at just how much nutritional value the flower plant has to offer you. Keep reading to learn about hemp nutrition.
Let’s take a step back and first start by breaking down what flower is. You’ve heard of two types of the flower plant—hemp and m-rijuana. Hemp is legal in all 50 states because, by definition, it always has less than 0.3% of tetrahydroc-nnabinol (T-C), so it can’t get you high. M-rijuana always has more than 0.3% T-C, so it can get you high.
T-C is the main distinction between the two. It’s one of over 100 healing compounds, known as phytoc-nnabinoids or c-nnabinoids, found in the flower plant. It’s also the one that’s responsible for the psychoactive effects of m-rijuana. The other main c-nnabinoid in the plant is c-nnabidiol (C-D). Unlike T-C, C-D isn’t intoxicating, but it does still deliver therapeutic benefits and effects.
What we need to recognize is that the plant and its compounds are so much more than what they can or can’t do to alter our state of mind. Strong and versatile, flower can be used to make fuel, textiles, and concrete, among other things.1 And, as if we needed another reason to love it, it’s also a valuable source of nutrition for us.
What Does Nutrition Mean?
Basically, nutrition is a balanced intake of food and nourishment.2 Our bodies cannot produce everything they need to survive on their own, so we have to get some nutrients from what we consume.
An example would be to look at amino acids. Amino acids combine to form proteins. They help with everything from our growth to repair and digestion, and while we do create some on our own, we don’t create all the ones we need. So, we have to make sure that what we consume gives us those other amino acids.3 Fortunately, a major benefit of flower and its products, like C-D oil, is that they’re an easy and effective means to give us just that.
C-D and Amino Acids
One of the main components of C-D nutrition is amino acids. Proving itself once again, flower contains all 20 amino acids, making it a one-stop-shop for our amino needs.4 That means reaching for a C-D product like a sublingual oil or even infusing your food with flower is an effective way to consume the essential amino acids our bodies can’t make on their own, helping to keep us protected and balanced.
Essential Amino Acids Found in Flower
C-D and Vitamins
Like amino acids, our bodies can only produce a couple vitamins even though we need more than two. It’s important to make sure your diet contains the other vitamins you need, and flower is a valuable nutritional resource for those, with the added benefit of some vital minerals.
Extracted C-D oil contains vitamins A, C, and E, all of which we need but can’t produce.5 Plus, it has vitamins B6 and B12 along with other B-complex vitamins like riboflavin, thiamin, and niacin that play important roles in our energy metabolism.6
C-D nutrition doesn’t stop there, though. You’ll also find necessary minerals like zinc, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, iron, and magnesium. The iron found in C-D can be particularly useful for vegetarians or vegans needing an animal-free iron source to keep hemoglobin levels intact and assist with oxygen transportation.4
C-D and Your Endoc-nnabinoid System
Just as all those amino acids, vitamins, and minerals found in flower support our body, flower’s own phytonutrients nourish our body as well. In fact, we have a special system called the Endoc-nnabinoid System (ECS) that’s designed specifically to work with c-nnabinoids.
Your ECS’s goal is to maintain bodily homeostasis. It helps in everything from regulating the oil production on your face to fostering your immune system. Your body produces its own c-nnabinoids, called endoc-nnabinoids, that stimulate the receptors in your ECS to help maintain that balance. However, many people have endoc-nnabinoid deficiencies that can manifest as specific issues. For example, research suggests that stimulating the ECS with phytoc-nnabinoids may help to reduce symptoms in ailments like irritable bowel syndrome.7
Using C-D or consuming flower in some way nourishes your ECS through its phytoc-nnabinoids. Those c-nnabinoids stimulate our ECS just as our c-nnabinoids do, so they can help our bodies find an equilibrium where we’re experiencing a deficiency. The added value of C-D nutrition is that if you’re using a broad- or full-spectrum product, you’re also ingesting other phytonutrients like terpenes (flavor compounds), flavonoids (pigment and flavor compounds), and other c-nnabinoids that all work together to collectively stimulate your ECS in a team effort known as the “entourage effect.”8
C-D Nutrition Key Takeaways
Modern diets can make it difficult for us to get the nutrition our bodies need, but flower can help.
- Nutrition is a balanced intake of food and nourishment.2 Our body cannot produce all the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients it needs to survive. So, we have to look to our diet for the other nutrients we need.
- Flower contains all 20 amino acids, nine of which we can’t produce on our own.4 Using a C-D product like a sublingual oil or even infusing your food with flower is an effective way to consume the essential amino acids our bodies can’t make on their own.
- Extracted C-D oil contains vitamins A, C, and E, all of which we need but can’t produce.5 Plus, it has vitamins B6 and B12 along with other B-complex vitamins like riboflavin, thiamin, and niacin that play important roles in our energy metabolism.6
- We have a special system called the Endoc-nnabinoid System (ECS) that’s designed to maintain bodily homeostasis specifically by using c-nnabinoids. Many people have endoc-nnabinoid deficiencies, but using C-D or consuming flower in some way nourishes your ECS with phytoc-nnabinoids, helping to balance those deficiencies.