· Mental acuity benefits of hemp oil consumption lead to surge in orders from Acacia Avenue
Hemp oil, a dietary supplement supported by a growing volume of medical evidence, is being embraced by a growing number of elderly consumers due to the supplement’s links with better mental acuity.
Legally available, hemp oil (cannabidiol / CBD) has all the psychoactive properties removed and is taken as a supplement for a wide range of complaints, from anxiety to skin conditions to heart health. Hemp oil is high in omega-3, omega-6 and omega-9. It is thought that hemp oil could delay the onset of age-related conditions that result in mental deterioration.
Currently affecting more than 35 million people worldwide, Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most common forms of neurodegenerative disorders and results in a progressive loss of cognitive processes. Patients with Alzheimer’s experience build ups of amyloid-[beta] as well as inflammation and signs of oxidative stress.
Recent studies  have indicated that taking cannabidiol (CBD) extracts can reduce amyloid-[beta] production as well as having antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which could potentially slow down the effects of the disease for many people.
Professor Mike Barnes, a leading neurologist, said: “We’re only just starting to understand the array of benefits connected with cannabidiol consumption. For a long time, wrongly in my view, hemp oil has carried a stigma. It’s pleasing to learn that some evidence is emerging that there are benefits for the elderly, extending the reach of the supplement into new communities who may benefit from its addition to their diets.”
Tony Calamita, co-founder of Love Hemp, said: “We’ve seen a real surge in sales of our hemp oils in the last 12 months. A lot of the sales that we’ve made are to customers in their late twenties and thirties but we’ve been really struck lately by the volume of sales that we’ve made to senior citizens. It’s interesting that cannabis has generally been associated with vagueness, whereas hemp oil has been shown in peer reviewed studies to sharpen mental acuity.”
Worldwide, the UK ranks second in the number of web searches for CBD products online. It is estimated that the global CBD industry is already worth around $200million and the UK market is expanding rapidly. Increased demand for Hemp has led to an additional 42,000 acres of crop-farming across the EU for its non-psychoactive compounds such as CBD, whilst the legal cannabis industry is experiencing worldwide exponential growth.
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