Hemp Oil Uses

Not much is known clearly about the health benefits and therapeutic properties of hemp seed oil. These are some of the properties that it exerts.

  • Antibacterial
  • Antiviral
  • Antifungal
  • Antioxidant
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Skin regenerative
  • Cardioprotective

Hemp Oil Color, Taste and Odor

Hemp oil can be of various types depending on ways in which it is processed. Cold pressed but unfiltered hemp oil is dark green and unclear liquid. It has a nut like flavor, somewhat grassy. The refined hemp oil is however colorless and lacks much of the original flavor of unrefined hemp oil. The refined version also lacks in many nutrients that are present in hemp seeds naturally.

So, from a nutrition point of view, one should go with unrefined hemp oil. For topical application purposes, refined oil is more suited as it feels less greasy and earthy in texture.

The odor of this oil can be slightly pungent. The taste resembles other nut oils.

Uses and Health Benefits

Hemp seed oil has tremendous application for personal use, much of which has been understood only recently. These are some of the most prominent health benefits of using hemp oil.

  1. Hemp Oil For Eczema

This study found out that people taking hemp seed oil internally benefitted in their symptoms of atopic dermatitis (eczema). Hempseed oil is very rich in PUFAs (polyunsaturated fatty acids) which have been noted to be extremely healthy with strong anti-inflammatory properties. Within about 20 weeks, the plasma lipid profiles of patients changed considerably. Their blood now contained more of healthy fats, which was doing their skin good.  Omega – 3 and omega – 6 fatty acids in hemp seed oil were responsible for such an effect.

How much hemp seed oil to take daily for this effect?

Well, one should take about 1 – 2 tablespoons of hemp oil daily. This provides significant amounts of healthy PUFAs.

  1. Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis is a dangerous and rare condition in which nervous system degenerates. The exact cause and mechanism of this condition is still not fully known. It mostly affects young adults. A recent study finds that supplementation of diet with hemp seed oil and evening primrose oil improves the health of MS patients. These people were kept on a special diet containing “heating” foods, like black pepper etc. This may have something to do with the bioavailability of nutrients from these oils.

  1. Hemp Seed oil for Inflammation

People who suffer from chronic inflammatory diseases would really try hemp seed oil. It’s so rich in omega -3 and omega – 6 fatty acids, which are strongly anti-inflammatory. These essential fatty acids are required by the body to lower systemic inflammation. With regular use, one can clearly see an improvement in inflammation and even pain in conditions like arthritis.

Taking 1 tablespoon of hemp seed oil daily is good enough to start seeing its effects.

  1.  For Acne

Using hemp seed oil in a diet has a beneficial effect on acne. Its omega – 3 fatty acid content aids the body in reducing inflammation of the skin. This reduces the redness of pimples and may also prevent future breakouts.  Preventing breakouts with topical solutions can be very tough, as many products, even many natural oils are comedogenic (blocked pores) and lead to breakouts.

  1. Hemp Oil for Skin

Filtered hemp oil can be applied directly (undiluted) to the skin. This topical application has the following effects.

  • Moisturizer – Hemp oil acts as a good natural moisturizer which doesn’t feel and look too oily in comparison to something like olive oil.
  • Drying effect – This oil dries up after some time, making your skin look normal and natural.
  • Anti-ageing – Hemp oil can have anti-aging effects on the skin. It improves the composition of epidural lipids (fats in the outermost skin layer) and improves the overall functioning of the skin.
  • Improve water resistance – hemp oil protects the skin from reverse osmosis effects of water which causes the skin to lose its nutrients. This explains why your skin looks dull after a shower, especially in places where the TDS in water is high.

If the oil feels too dry, mix it with olive oil for a better “oily” feel. This is helpful when doing a massage. In that case, you don’t want the oil to get absorbed so quickly.

  1. Hemp oil for Hair

Hemp Seed oil can also be used in hair and scalp treatments. It can be used to reduce the oiliness of oil-based shampoo. Using hemp oil on scalp doesn’t lead to hair fall. On the other hand, it improves scalp health by providing EFA (essential fatty acids) directly to the skin.

Omega – 3 in hemp seed oil improves the texture of hair, making them look shinier and stronger.  These fats are good for the health of hair follicle.

Hemp oil also provides the scalp with many vital amino acids.

Nutritional Information

Hemp oil is a powerhouse of nutrition when it comes to healthy fats. And it is better than flaxseed oil, which in itself is a reputed source of omega – 3. Hemp Seed oil is more than 40 % oils, and 80 % of these are essential fatty acids (EFA). These are healthy fats which are required by the body but are not synthesized inside. So, these need to be obtained from food.

Among the EFAs,

  • 55 % of it is Omega – 6 (Linoleic Acid LA)
  • 22 % is Omega – 3 (Alpha Linolenic Acid ALA)
  • 1 – 4 % Gamma Linolenic Acid GLA which is also Omega – 6
  • 0 – 4 % Stearidonic Acid which is Omega – 3

Health Benefits of Omega – 3

Omega – 3s are required for proper organ functioning. They are also required for the brain. Omega – 3’s help to lower systemic inflammation, prevent excessive cognitive decline and they are great for heart health. They are essential for normal metabolism.

Health Benefits of Omega – 6

LA performs a host of functions in the body. It is essential for alerting the immune system in response to a stressor or pathogen. This leads to inflammation, but this necessary. Omega – 6 is also required for energy production, safeguarding from allergies. It also keeps the heart tissue functioning properly. Omega – 6 also helps the body recover from fatigue.

However, a high concentration of omega – 6 in comparison to omega – 3 can lead to pro-inflammatory behavior. This is believed to set the seeds for inflammatory diseases.

 

What is the healthy omega – 3 to omega – 6 in diet?

Our body doesn’t like too much of omega – 6, especially when Omega – 3 is low. The ideal ratio of omega – 6 to omega -3 is 3: 1. This is exactly the ratio of these essential fatty acids in hemp oil. This makes hemp oil the best-balanced oil in terms of EFA’s. The ratio of EFA’s is really very important to health. The average American diet can have omega – 6 as many as 30 times more than omega – 3. This is a very low amount of omega – 3 to counter the negative effects of omega – 6.

 

Hemp Oil:  A complete protein?

Hemp seed oil also contains some amount of protein in it. This is because the seeds themselves are an excellent source of protein. That is why they are used to make hemp protein powders. The good thing about this protein is that it is a complete protein, that is, it contains all the amino acids required by the human body. This protein content in hemp seed oil is about 20 %.

This amazing protein content makes this oil very helpful for all protein related health issues of the body. It can help the body recover faster after a workout, build muscle and tone the musculoskeletal system.

 

Nutritional Data for Hemp Seed Oil

Chemical composition of the fatty acids in weight % of the total fat content

Nutrient

Percentage

Linoleic Acid

52-62 %

α[1]-Linolenic Acid

12-23 %

Oleic Acid

8-13

Palmitic Acid

5-7

Stearic Acid

1-2

Linolenic Acid

3-4

Eicosanoid Acid

0.39-0.79

Eicosanoid Acid

0.51

Eicosadienoic Acid

0.00

Other Compounds Found in Hemp Seed Oil

Nutrient

Nutrient Concentration

Cannabidiol

50 %

Myrcene

160 mg/L

Caryophyllene

740 mg/L

Sitosterol

100-148 g/L

γ- tocopherol

468 mg/L

Data taken from Source.

Safe Dosage and Toxicity Issues

Hemp oil is safe to be applied topically, as well as when taken internally. The recommended dosage of hemp seed oil is about 2 tablespoons daily. One should, however, avoid taking more than this amount daily. It starts to become toxic in large quantities.

Hemp oil may have some anticoagulant effect. So, people who are about to undergo surgery should stop taking hemp oil two weeks prior to surgery.

Hemp oil should also not be used for frying purposes. Otherwise, it is a good cooking oil. It is a healthy ingredient in salads because it is mostly PUFA fats.

 


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