• T Wrona

Should We Be Taking Hemp Seasonally?

Hemp, or Cannabis Sativa, is an annually flowering plant. That means its flowering tops come into maturity in the fall time, as the sun is shining less and less each day.

Like us humans, Hemp is photosensitive. It's classified as a photoperiod plant. Its growth periods are entrained to what the sun does.

From an evolutionary perspective, is this significant? It might be. Hemp was readily available through the fall and winter, and relatively sparse as the next spring turned to summer.

This means that Hemp was most available at a time when we, as metabolically flexible humans, experience a significant metabolic flux.

That is, when we shift from

Carb burning and sunlight driven energy


Fat burning and cold-induced energy uncoupling

Throughout this process, hemp was here to help. It 'boosted' the endocannabinoid system, which in turn helped us adapt by increasing signalling between other systems in the body.

But the point is, it boosted the ECS at a very specific time of year.

During the summer, sunlight exposure, particularly its UV component, increased oxidative stress via eNOS production. That means nitric oxide was used to vasodillate and bring veins to skin surfaces to be irradiated by said sunlight.

This process is a mild stressor, but a very important one. It's a great example of eustress.

When sunlight fades, this mechanism does too. Which isn't great, because sunlight's effects are amazing for mitochondrial health. When this mechanism fades, something else has to take its place.

That something is hemp. In a sense it's a seasonally inspired replacement for the sun.

Why? Because ECS signalling and eNOS signalling are intertwined. There aren't many other retrograde signallers out there...turns out both these ones are meant to help us appropriate the sun. Or, lack of sun.

By boosting endocannabinoids through falltime hemp usage, a person could enhance nitric oxide signalling at a time when it would otherwise be falling. This would require the body to upregulate antioxidant production, which it would then do.

{In fact, CBD does do this - it's been shown to boost glutathione production more than vit C. Maybe this is why.}

More eCB's, more antioxidants, and improved cellular & mitochondrial signalling. This would all happen in the fall. The CBD in hemp would also shift the body into fat burning mode, preparing it well for future calorie deficits.

Though all these effects would happen sooner or later as a direct result of cold exposure, hemp would produce these adaptations first. Helping us transition from season to season!

Does this help explain why cold exposure also boosts eCB production? Perhaps. But evolutionarily speaking, it could be that the hemp intake is meant to come first.


@ 2o20  By Thomas WronA