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Hemp oil is the oil extracted from seeds of the Cannabis plant. That is why, it is also called hempseed oil, as it taken solely from the seeds. For making this oil, tall growing varieties of cannabis. However, hemp oil does not contain THC, the chief psychoactive compound in Cannabis. The oil which contains THC is called hash oil, or cannabis oil. So, these two oils should not be confused.
Most of the health benefits of hemp seed oil come from its excellent ratio of omega -6 to omega – 3. which is similar to what the body needs. Hempseed oil provides powerful nutrition and can be used topically as well as internally. It is one of the best sources of omega fatty acids.
The stark fact that hemp oil comes from cannabis plant, which is immensely controversial in many countries of the world because of its psychoactive capabilities has led to significant masking of data regarding hemp oil. Most countries now have regulations set in to determine what deserves to be called hemp oil. There is often a cap on the highest detectable limit of THC in hemp oil.
One tablespoon of hemp oil contains 14 grams of fat, of which only 1 gram is saturated. This low saturated fat content is a primary benefit of using hemp oil in place of animal fats such as lard and butter. Keeping your consumption of saturated fat to less than 7 percent of your total caloric intake is one way to cut your risk of high cholesterol and heart disease, notes the American Heart Association. Hemp oil also contains fatty acids that can help reduce your risk of heart disease, according to a 2014 article published in the "Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry."
Nutrients in Hemp Oil
Hemp oil contains all of the essential amino acids, according to a 2000 article published in the "Journal of Nutraceuticals, Functional and Medicinal Foods." Essential amino acids help maintain the proteins in your body, which can prevent muscle loss. Hemp oil delivers small amounts of vitamins and minerals, including calcium, potassium, magnesium, copper, folate and vitamins B-6 and E.
Potential Health Benefits
The fatty acids in hemp oil offer certain health benefits. For example, the oil contains sitosterol, which can help lower cholesterol. It also contains tocopherols, which have antioxidant properties to help prevent your cells from damage, and anticancer agents, according to the "Journal of Nutraceuticals, Functional and Medicinal Foods." Hemp oil also contains a 3-to-1 ratio of omega-3 fatty acids to omega-6 fatty acids, which can help lower your risk of cancer, inflammation and blood clots, the "Journal of Nutraceuticals, Functional and Medicinal Foods" reports. Fatty acids also promote normal brain function.
Hemp Oil in Your Diet
The oil has a nutty flavor that will enhance many recipes. Use it in most foods or recipes that you would normally use olive oil for. However, hemp oil loses quality and flavor if it's heated to temperatures above 160 degrees Fahrenheit, so it's not appropriate for frying foods, notes the book "Hemp: Industrial Production and Uses." Use hemp oil to sauté vegetables or to make homemade salad dressings. Look for hemp oil at health food stores, and some large supermarkets also might carry hemp oil.
Not much is known clearly about the health benefits and therapeutic properties of hempseed oil. These are some of the properties that it exerts.
5. Anti – inflammatory
6. Skin regenerative
Hemp Oil Color, Taste and Odor
Hemp oil can be of various types depending on ways in which it is processed. Skin Gourmet’s cold pressed but unfiltered hemp oil is dark green and unclear liquid. It has a nut like flavor that is somewhat grassy. Unlike our oil, refined hemp oil is colorless and lacks much of the original flavor of our unrefined hemp oil. The refined version also lacks in many nutrients that are present in hemp seeds naturally.
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.
Hemp Oil For Eczema
Hempseed oil is very rich in PUFAs ( polyunsaturated fatty acids ) which have been noted to be extremely healthy and strongly anti-inflammatory. 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 hempseed oil were responsible for such an effect.
Hemp seed oil for Inflammation
People who suffer from chronic inflammatory diseases should try hempseed 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.
Using hempseed oil in 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 ( block pores ) and may lead to breakouts.
Hemp Oil for Skin
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-aging – Hemp oil can have anti-aing effects on skin. It improves the composition of epidural lipids (fats in the outermost kin layer) and improve the overall functioning of skin.
Improve water resistance – hemp oil protects the skin from reverse osmosis effects of water which causes 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.
Tip: 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.
Hemp oil for Hair
Hempseed 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.
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