Humulus lupulus, better known as Hops, may sound like the start of a tongue twister or a planet in some far away galaxy in a science fiction novel, but it’s actually a healthy botanical that’s a cousin to Cannabis. In fact, no other plant is as closely related to Cannabis than Hops. While Cannabis has at times been the illegal black sheep of the family, Hops has been the darling of the two with its prominent standing as one the ingredients in beer brewing.
Yet, today, these two wonder plants are proving they have a lot more to offer than their noteworthy contributions to a buzz. And, although Hops like Cannabis contains CBD (Cannabinoid), a well-known non-psychoactive compound that naturally occurs in that plant and may offer some relief from inflammation, pain, anxiety, seizures, sleep problems and other health issues, there are other terpenes and phytonutrients in Hops that are equally as therapeutic in supporting the Endocannabinoid System.
XANTHOHUMOL – An Antioxidant Powerhouse
When it comes to antioxidant properties, it appears grapes don’t hold a candle to Hops thanks to a powerful prenylated flavonoid called xanthohumol. This amazing phytonutrient is said to be 200 times stronger than the highly regarded antioxidant resveratrol found in red wine. Impressive for sure, but not many people realize Hops’ polyphenol activity is also higher than that of green tea according to some reports. Beyond being a powerful antioxidant, recent research on xanthohumol at Oregon State University shows it can “lower cholesterol, blood sugar and weight gain.” While other noteworthy research indicates xanthohumol has strong cancer fighting and HIV inhibiting properties, as well as neuroprotective benefits.
HUMULENE – Does a Body Good
When people think of Cannabis, they think of getting the “munchies”. It’s true that certain phytocannabinoids (THC and CBG) act as appetite stimulants. However, there are terpenes in Hops like Humulene that can actually suppress appetite. Numerous studies have shown that Humulene significantly reduces hunger, which could make it appealing for those looking to lose a few pounds. Humulene also contains strong anti-inflammatory properties and may be beneficial in reducing systemic inflammation as noted in a 2007 study published in the European Journal of Pharmacology. This particular research found Humulene to be as effective as a popular steroidal anti-inflammatory called dexamethasone. Used in chinese medicine for thousand of years, Humulene has a proven record of health benefits for a wide variety of issues.
8-PRENYLNARINGENIN (8-PN) – A Woman’s Best Friend
Another prenylated flavonoid found in Hops, 8-PN may offer a natural solution for women who are going through symptoms associated with menopause like hot flashes, low libido, moodiness and insomnia resulting from a decline in estrogen levels. It’s one of the most potent phytoestrogens found to date, 50 times more potent than genistein in soy, and research indicates it helps women with relief from many menopausal symptoms. Research on this incredible flavonoid shows it also has strong anti-diabetic potential and may play an important role in protecting against osteoporosis and certain cancers.
BETA-CARYOPHYLLENE – A Cannabinoid by Another Name
Beta-Caryophyllene, derived from Hops, is getting a lot of attention lately because of research showing its powerful benefits as an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antimicrobial compound and much, much more. Simply google the benefits of Beta-Caryophyllene and you’ll see dozens of potential benefits that range from longevity to cardiovascular health. It’s a terpene, but researchers suggest it should be classified as a Cannabinoid because its properties are extremely similar to Cannabinoids. Beta-Caryophyllene has been shown to specifically bind to the CB2 receptor, one of the main Cannabinoid receptors in the body’s Endocannabinoid System.
While it would be nice to “drink in” all the benefits of Hops, unfortunately many of these powerful compounds are lost during the brewing process. However, the good news is you can find 50 mgs of pure Humulus (Hops) in NEWYOU’s CB2 Canna-active natural Peppermint flavored tincture along with 500 mgs of full-spectrum Phytocannabinoids. Twice the benefits in one bottle.