Hemp are the same species as cannabis (marijuana) but a very different variety. Believed to have originated from the Himalayas, Hemp was first used for medicinal properties between 2838-2938 B.C. in China primarily for easing pain- they were making oils and teas from it.
Hemp seed oil is the most recognisable product that is made from hemp plant. Produced by cold pressing of hemp seeds, hemp plant contains an ideal ratio (3:1) of omega 3 and omega 6 essential fatty acids. Human body does not produce essential fatty acids that primarily prevent cardiovascular diseases. Hence must be sourced from the diet.
According to WHO, about 17.9 million people die each year from CVDs worldwide which comprises 31% of the total deaths.
Some general benefits of hemp seed oil include:
Improves heart health.
Relieves menstrual cramps.
Reduces PMS symptoms.
Reduces muscle and joint pain.
Brain fog (for e.g.: poor memory).
Improves hair and scalp health.
Treats numerous skin related problems.
A general misconception about hemp is that it affects human consciousness. However, Hemp contains only traces of THC- tetrahydrocannabinol (compound responsible for creating mind altering ‘high’) and therefore, it has been scientifically proven to be absolutely safe for industrial uses- medicine etc.
The hemp oil is highly nutritious and helpful for the skin. The presence of essential fatty acids make it ideal for nourishing the skin, prevent breakouts, protecting it from inflammation, oxidation and other causes of aging.
- A variety of skin issues could be treated with the hemp oil, such as:
- Lichen planus (an inflammatory condition)
Overall, hemp oil gives you stronger skin that is more resistant to bacterial, fungal and viral infections and hence extends to reduce discomfort related to a variety of issues.
The hemp seed oil is rich in healthy fats which helps the brain to operate properly and protect it as well. A recent study has found that hemp seed extract was able to protect the brain against inflammation.
Hemp Oil Calories-
Hemp oil contains only 100 calories per tablespoon (very low compared to the other oils) which is even lower than olive oil at 120 calories per tablespoon. Another helpful component called gamma-linoleic acid (GLA) is present in hemp oil. GLA is a unique omega-6 fatty acid which is anti-inflammatory.
Also, more than 25% of their calories are from high-calorie protein. Hemp seeds can be consumed raw, roasted or cooked.
How to use Hemp oil-
Among several methods, the primary and the most recommended are by taking the seeds or oil orally or applying oil topically. It is advised to take unrefined, cold-pressed oil, as other processes can destroy important nutrients.
Potential Side Effects-
There exist several assumptions over the internet about the same on different websites by different people, most common side effects typically include tiredness, diarrhoea, changes in appetite etc.
Despite closely associated with marijuana, as mentioned earlier, hemp oil does not contain THC (or traces at most), marijuana’s main psychoactive ingredient-which affects the Central Nervous System.
However, as with the supplements in the market, it is very hard to determine the purity of hemp oil since it is not regulated. Therefore, before choosing a hemp product, it is advised (especially to the parents) to research a bit to determine if the company’s labelling reflects on what’s in their product.