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Hops (Humulus Lupulus)

December 25, 2019

Hops (Humulus Lupulus)

Hops has been used since the middle ages to flavour beer. It has also been used for its healing properties for weak digestion, poor appetites as well as its calming and sleep inducing properties. Hops belongs to the hemp family and has recently been found to contain a full spectrum of cannabinoids. Hops can grow to roughly 6m tall, the females grow tight budding flowers whereas the males grow loose panicles. Hops has a strong herbal smell and bitter taste.

Hops is native to Europe and Central Asia and is now grown all over the world. It is drought susceptible and frost resistant growing best in full sunlight and rich soil. Hops is harvested late summer when used for medicinal purposes.

Active constituents found in the hops plant are used for its sleeping and calming effects which include;

  • cannabinoids
  • flavonoids
  • tannins
  • oestrogenic compounds

Hops can be taken as a tea, tincture, bath or essential oil. It is well known for its calming effects used to treat anxiety, sleep disorders, gastro intestinal complaints, cystitis as well as applied topically for skin conditions and ulcers.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1852439/




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