The cannabis sativa plant is the main source of hemp oil, a full-spectrum oil. You can extract this oil from hemp plant seeds.
Hemp oil poses almost no risk of psychoactive effects because all forms of this oil come mainly from food grain strains belonging to the hemp family. According to the authors of the Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research Journal, strains from hemp food grains must contain THC levels below 0.3%. THC is short for tetrahydrocannabinol, the compound responsible for inducing the high sensation one experiences from marijuana.
Hemp oil differs from cannabidiol or CBD oil. CBD oil production requires leaves, stalks, and flowers from the hemp plant. These contain high levels of CBD concentrate, a potentially beneficial compound belonging to the hemp plant.
The small seeds you can find in the cannabis sativa plant are what give you hemp oil. Although the seeds don’t contain compounds in a high concentration as the plant, they are rich in fatty acids, nutrients, and bioactive compounds.
Andreia Mills, editor and chief for Plants & Hemp, weighed in on this telling us "Hemp oil does not contain CBD, making it an entirely different product. We are only beginning to realize how many different parts of a cannabis plant can be extracted to produce various products, and, at the moment, it is CBD that has everybody’s attention."
Full-spectrum hemp oil containing plant matter may also provide other beneficial compounds. These can aid in specific health conditions, including inflammation.
Hemp Oil can be utilized in many ways to treat a number of different medical conditions and help manage pain and anxiety. Andrea Burnett, an avid user, explained to us how she uses hemp oil to treat many ailments. "Like many women/moms my age, I suffer from insomnia, stress/anxiety, inflammation, dry skin and gut health issues. CBD helps alleviate all of the above. It was such a game changer for me when I started using it three years ago."
The Department of Pharmacology, University of Seville, published a study in 2014. The study claimed that hemp oil contains rich fatty acids and oils. Researchers discovered this while looking at the oil’s lipid profile.
Hemp oil contains a generous amount of fatty acids. This makes it a great choice to protect your skin from inflammation, nourishing it, securing it against oxidation, and elements that cause aging.
The same study concluded that the omega 3 and omega 6 ingredients present in hemp oil are potential treatments for a number of skin issues, including:
- Eczema- dietary hemp oil improves eczema symptoms.
- Acne- hemp oil is a potentially universal treatment for anti-acne.
- Psoriasis- omega3 fatty acids present in hemp oil are a nutritional supplement. This is especially beneficial in treating psoriasis.
We spoke with Chelsea Rivera with Honest Paws on the benefits of hemp oil. She told us "What you can look forward to with CBD, however, is an increase in relaxation as well as anti-inflammatory effects as well. Inflammation is the source of a great deal of disease. So anything anti-inflammatory is always a good call."
Hemp Oil, Menopause and PMS
Department of Maternal and Child Healthcare, Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil, published a study in 2011. The study suggested that the emotional and physical symptoms one experiences with the premenstrual syndrome are generally the result of sensitivity to the hormone prolactin. This can be related to PGE1 (Low Prostaglandin E1). The GLA (gamma-linolenic acid) present in hemp oil is beneficial in producing PGE1.
The study also worked on women having PMS. They consumed a single gram of fatty acids containing 210 mg of GLA. The same women claimed to experience a significant reduction in their symptoms.
Department of Clinical Sciences at the College of Veterinary Medicine in Iran released a study in 2010. Researchers conducted the study on rats and found that hemp seed oil is beneficial in protecting the body from menopause complications. This effect is most likely due to the presence of higher GLA levels.
Hemp Oil Works as an Antibacterial Agent
Department of Fat, Tomas Bata University in Zlin, Czech Republic, released a study in 2017. This study showed that hemp oil contains anti-bacterial properties. These properties are beneficial in inhibiting several kinds of bacterial activity, such as that of staphylococcus aureus bacteria.
Staphylococcus aureus is a very harmful bacterium that can cause pneumonia, several kinds of skin infections, heart valve, and bone infections as well.
Can we Call Hemp Oil Weed?
The answer is no; we cannot. Hemp and marijuana are two completely different substances despite sharing genetic similarities. Producers make hemp oil by cold pressing industrial hemp plant seeds. These plants contain next to no levels of THC, the compound that causes a psychoactive sensation in weed.
Hemp oil contains not only fatty acids, but also minerals, amino acids, and vitamins. The benefit of hemp oil is that you can use it in two ways as per your needs, either by applying it on your skin or by taking it orally. Whichever way you consume it, the substance is bound to be beneficial for you.
For example we spoke to Janica Abagat with Hemp Labs of America who saw great results from a hemp oil based cream she was using. "I have acne and redness that would leave parts of my face feeling irritated. When I heard about the anti-inflammatory properties of CBD from a company I worked for, I wanted to give it a try. I've been using a CBD-based face cream for the past 3 weeks and it did wonders in calming my face from redness while improving the appearance of my acne."
Hemp oil is a widely popular substance for its ability to relieve many common ailments. Several studies verify its health benefits so we can be sure of its healing properties. However, it is still advisable to consult with your healthcare provider, should you decide to use this compound topically or ingest it.
You must always seek important and validated insight into hemp oil before you start using it. Every individual has a different body and skin type, so it is possible that you might experience different reactions from others who use it as well. You must also discuss the appropriate usage with your doctor, in case you already suffer from health issues or are on other medications.