Hemp Oil Produces Meditative Effects, Italy Researchers Find

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Scientists exposed volunteers to both almond essential oil — used as a control — and hemp essential oil. By Lauren Williams A groundbreaking study performed by a group of Italian scientists found that breathing in hemp essential oil can have calming effects similar to meditation and yoga. Sniffing hemp essential oils might also reduce pain, they have found. They found that when study subjects smelled hemp essential oils, they were calmer and measurably less anxious. While cannabis products with THC might vary somewhat from those without it, there is substantial overlap in types of terpene compounds found in both hemp and cannabis.

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By Lauren Williams

A groundbreaking study performed by a group of Italian scientists found that breathing in hemp essential oil can have calming effects similar to meditation and yoga. This research indicates that the psychological and physical effects of using cannabis products go far beyond THC and CBD content.

“It’s not just THC or CBD that have the effects of cannabis or hemp,” said Brad Douglass, the director of Advanced Botanical Strategy at cannabis analytics company the Werc Shop. “Cannabis products are mostly purchased for THC content. Studies like this help everyone understand it’s more nuanced than that.”

Such research could one day mean cannabis product labels will include a more granular breakdown of THC and CBD, as well as terpenes, which are responsible for the aroma and flavor characteristics of the plant. Such a breakdown would be similar to the detailed nutritional labels on food that break down fats, sugars, carbohydrates, vitamins...

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