As people continue to look for alternatives to chemical-filled health and beauty products, hemp oil offers a safe and effective solution. As early as 2800 BC, people across Asia and Europe were already relying on hemp for medicinal and household purposes.
Once one of the most popular choices for clothing material and treatment for illness, hemp is once again becoming the first choice for people who want to feel and look better naturally.
Hemp Seed Oil
Hemp seed oil or Hemp Oil is sometimes confused with other cannabis-derived products. Unlike CBD oil which comes from the stalks, leaves, and flowers of the hemp plant, hemp seed oil comes from the seeds of the Cannabis sativa plant.
It has become a popular alternative therapy due to its high levels of antioxidants, omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids, gamma-linolenic acid, and high levels of vitamin B and D.
Users can not get ‘high’ from hemp seed oil products as it does not contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and low levels of CBD.
Hemp Seed Oil Uses
For centuries hemp has been used to make clothing, but the uses for this diverse product continue to expand into the beauty and health market.
Unlike other cannabis-based products, It is not used to experience a traditional ‘high’ users would get from using THC or a calming effect associated with CBD. Hemp oil is more commonly used to treat medical conditions or improve overall health.
Known for its healing and anti-inflammatory properties, many skin care products such as lotions, shampoos and detergents now contain hemp seed oil to aid in the soothing of sensitive or irritated skin. It has been known to be beneficial for the treatment of skin conditions such as:
Acne – A common skin condition that occurs when the hair follicles become clogged with oil and dead skin. Usually appearing as whiteheads, blackheads, or pimples.
Eczema – Also known as Atopic dermatitis, eczema causes patchiness, flaking, redness, or itchiness.
Psoriasis – A skin disorder resulting from a build-up of skin cells causing patchiness, scales, and bumps.
A study in the National Library of Medicine found that research suggests the liopstaic, antiproliferative, and anti-inflammatory effects of CBD products had the potential to be used as therapeutic agents in the treatment of acne vulgaris.
Benefits of Using Hemp Seed Oil
Due to the broad application potential of hemp seed oil, both the medical and beauty industry are finding new and effective applications for its use including culinary.
The high levels of nutrients and vitamins make it a great additive to health food products as well as baked goods due to its high content of unsaturated fatty acids and amino acids.
Recent studies have also found the potential use of hemp oil in the treatment of gastro health including constipation. A study published in the World Journal of Gastroenterology found hemp seed soft capsules could relieve the symptom of constipation and increase colonic secretion.
It has also been shown to aid in the relief of cardiovascular health issues however it is important to consult your physician before trying any treatment regime and never stop treatment without medical guidance.
How Hemp Seed Oil Is Made?
Hemp seed oil is created by pressing hemp seeds. It is cold-pressed and appears as a dark to clear green colour with a nutty flavour. The more pure the hemp oil, the darker the colour.
Once it goes through the refining process it will become a clear, colourless, and almost flavourless oil.
Side Effects of Hemp Seed Oil
Hemp seed oil does not contain THC, meaning users will not experience the feeling of being high, however, due to low concentrations of CBD users may experience similar side effects.
These side effects may include dry mouth, drowsiness, nausea, diarrhea, and loss of appetite.
CBD, a naturally occurring chemical compound derived from the Cannabis sativa plant (marijuana or hemp). It is traditionally used in oils, edibles, and more recently foods and cosmetic products. Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), it does not produce a feeling of being high.
CBD Oil can be taken in several ways depending on the dosage required and the advice of medical professionals.
- CBD Oils Tinctures – Tinctures are extracts of hemp (in liquid form) combined with a mixture of alcohol, glycerin, or cinnamon/peppermint oil. Tinctures are usually taken sublingually and generally have a lower potency of CBD.
- Edibles – CBD is mixed with food and is generally sold in a ‘candy’ form.
- Capsules – CBD is suspended in something similar to coconut oil and put in capsules for easy ingestion.
- Creams – CBD is blended with traditional lotions or creams and applied to the skin in a similar fashion to other pain-relieving topical ointments.
CBD Oil Uses
CBD is known to have a calming effect which has led many users to choose CBD as a solution to chronic pain, anxiety, and other health issues such as:
- Multiple Sclerosis
A study published by The Society For The Study of Addiction recommended that ongoing research must recognize that CBD displays similar anti-seizure effects of common drug-resistant epilepsies like temporal lobe epilepsy, making it a possible treatment option for patients who would otherwise not be able to get help through prescription medication.
Benefits of Using CBD Oil
CBD oil provides a safe and non-addictive alternative to traditional prescription medicines.
Medical studies have shown it to be beneficial in the treatment of anxiety by giving users a feeling of calm.
It has been a popular complementary option for patients undergoing cancer treatment of anxiety and to ease the side effects of chemotherapy.
Many people suffering from back pain have also experienced relief due to CBD oil’s ability to reduce inflammation due to its anti-inflammatory properties.
How CBD Oil Is Made
There are three common ways to extract CBD oil:
CO2 extraction uses carbon dioxide under high pressure and extremely low temperatures to isolate, preserve, and maintain the purity of the medicinal oil.
Ethanol – Using high-grade grain alcohol creates cannabis oil that can be used for vapes and other inhalants. This method is not optimal as it destroys the health benefits found in the plant wax.
Olive oil – Olive oil can also be used to extract cannabis oil at home. This simple method requires a few household items and creates a rich and flavourful option for CBD oil users.
The Mayo Clinic recommends caution when using CBD oil.
Though it may not cause addiction or a sensation of feeling high, it can produce other side effects such as nausea, sleepiness, crankiness, and low blood pressure. It is recommended to not take CBD when on blood thinners as it may cause a dangerous interaction.
The Mayo Clinic also warns users to be aware of the purity and dosage of the CBD they are taking, noting a study which found that some products bought online showed the presence of less CBD than advertised. Additionally, some products were found to contain unlabelled THC.
Know What You Are Paying For
Hemp seed oil has shown to be effective in many areas including health, beauty, and culinary. Before purchasing hemp products it’s important to read the labels to understand the dosage in the product. Hemp is not regulated and therefore few rules exist about how it can be used in products.
Consult with your physician if you are planning on using hemp for medical reasons to ensure you are getting the dosage that is right for you and are aware of any potential side effects or drug interactions.
Hemp vs. Marijuana Plants
After years of misunderstanding, hemp is now reemerging as a trusted product for health and personal care. Unlike marijuana, there is no law against the consumption or use of hemp products.
Even though they are from the same family, there are key differences between the two products.
- Hemp contains less than 0.3% THC, while marijuana contains higher dosages.
- Marijuana has psychoactive effects due to the presence of THC. Hemp does not have these effects.
- Hemp is used in the creation of fabrics, plastics, and other household items.
- CBD can be derived from both the hemp plant and the marijuana plant, hemp oil can not be derived from the marijuana plant.
Hemp seed oil continues to show promise as an effective treatment for many medical concerns. Though research is in its infancy, new studies are showing the potential for non-medical use that can provide the same effects as many prescription drugs.
No matter how you want to use hemp seed oil, it is always valuable to consult with your doctor to ensure it is safe for you. Though it has a low risk of side effects, it still has the potential for drug interaction.
Hemp has been a trusted choice for both medical and household uses for thousands of years. Discover how you can add hemp to your beauty or health plan by exploring the many uses and consumption options available and see how hemp can improve your life.
PureOrganix Canada does not intend to give this as professional medical advice. Do not attempt to self-diagnose, or prescribe treatment based on the information provided on this page. Always consult your physician before making any decision on the treatment of a medical condition.