Hemp oil can be considered as one of the most nutritious and healthiest oils! It is derived from seeds of the hemp plant (Cannabis Sativa). The plant is grown in areas of Africa, Asia, and South America. And unlike hemp from which cannabis is derived, hemp seeds contain no psychotropic substance. The extraction method of the oil is cold pressing so that it maintains its quality. Its innumerable medical, nutritional and cosmetic uses make it one of the most effective and versatile active ingredients. Extremely rich in antioxidants, vitamins A, B1, B3, B4, B6 and E, proteins, carotene, minerals, omega-3 and 6 essential fatty acids, this oil is a treasure for health, beauty, and well-being. Focus on the healthy properties of this little handy oil.
A bit of history on hemp
Originating in Central Asia, hemp has varied uses for millennia. Its stem is a very important source of fibers used to make ropes, sails, but also clothes and paper. It was, moreover, on paper made of hemp that the Declaration of Independence of the United States was drafted and printed. At the time, hemp cultivation was very widespread in North America.
The cultivation of hemp for its strong fibers offers enormous potential: paper of all kinds (printing, newspapers, packaging, etc.), various textiles, various building materials (insulation, particleboard, bricks, furniture, mortar, etc…).
Another advantage is that the cultivation of hemp and its transformation is less harmful to the environment than the production of paper from the trees and that of textile from cotton. Its fiber yield per acre is 4 times higher than that of wood and its transformation into paper is less polluting. Its culture is also much less demanding of pesticides than that of cotton. The oil that derives seeds is very popular in the natural cosmetics sector, as it would have a very good moisturizing and penetrating.
In 1937, as part of a concerted effort against illicit drug use, the cultivation of hemp was declared illegal in the United States (Marijuana Tax Act). Canada did the same in 1938 (the Opium and Narcotics Act).
Today, the cultivation of hemp low in tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is permitted in many countries, including Canada, which in 1998 adopted the Regulation on industrial hemp. In the United States, a federal bill – The Industrial Hemp Farming Act – was introduced in 2009 and then in 2011 in order to obtain the legalization of cultivation of hemp poor in THC throughout the United States.
Outstanding source of proteins and essential fatty acids in ideal proportions
It is their content of essential fatty acids that makes hemp seeds particularly interesting. Indeed, the vast majority of oils and foods consumed in Western countries provide too much omega-6 fatty acids (linoleic acid) and too few omega-3 fatty acids (alpha-linolenic acid ALA). This imbalance – about 10 to 30 omega-6 for 1 omega-3 – causes conditions conducive to cardiovascular and inflammatory disorders. In hemp seeds, the omega-6 / omega-3 ratio is 2/1 to 3/1 and corresponds to the ideal proportions for human health established at 1/1 to 4/1.
|Fatty acid content of hemp seed oil|
|Saturated fatty acids||3-7%|
|Mono-unsaturated acids (omega-9)||5-9%|
|Polyunsaturated acids (omega-3 and omega-6)||75-85%|
|Omega 3||About 24%|
The fact that this oil also contains up to 4% gamma-linolenic acid (AGL) adds to its interest because some people are not able to synthesize this substance from omega-6 fats and therefore need a direct source. Borage oil (20% AGL) and evening primrose oil (10% AGL) are the best-known sources of AGL, but they are only available as supplements.
The protein hemp seeds are of good quality compared to those of other seeds. They contain significant amounts of sulfur amino acids (methionine and cystine) and arginine, an amino acid that appears to play an important role in cardiovascular health. On the other hand, hemp seed proteins are better digested because they do not contain trypsin inhibitors (Trypsin is an enzyme that digests proteins).
|Nutritional composition of hemp seed (25 g)|
10 Reasons Why Hemp Oil is Healthy
1- Omega 3 of very good quality
It is highly beneficial to the body because it is a source of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids. It is, therefore, good for preventing cardiovascular disease, for regulating cholesterol and is also a potent anti-inflammatory.
2- Heart diseases prevention
Essential fatty acids are important for keeping your heart healthy. Replacing saturated fats and trans fats by healthy acids that are polyunsaturated like hemp oil can dramatically reduce the chance of suffering a sudden heart attack or even a lethal arrhythmia. These healthy fats also help lower blood cholesterol levels and eliminate plaque accumulation in the arteries that is often paired with atherosclerosis.
3- Rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, and inflammatory bowel diseases
Hemp oil is good for decreasing pain sensitivity and inflammation. In addition, thanks to the omega-3 fatty acid content, it has an anti-inflammatory effect in infection ulcerative colitis, chronic bladder, and Crohn’s disease.
A large number of medical researchers believe that hemp oil rich in Cannabidiol (CBD) is a potent treatment for osteoporosis. The endocannabinoid system cures fractures and promotes the development of new bone tissues. Terpenes (cannabinoids) found in hemp promote health in general.
5. Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
Hemp oil is a pleasant taste, reminiscent of nuts. In the case of treatment of diseases, the doses always oscillate between the 5ml in the case of PMS, which has been shown to relieve the associated symptoms.
Hemp oil is very good for combating nausea and discomfort that result from a chemotherapy treatment.
7- Stress and depression
One of the most popular and known uses of hemp oil is to relieve stress and anxiety. In addition, for the minerals and omega 3 it provides, it is a physical restorative that allows recovering the nervous and muscular system of states of severe stress and depression.
8- Degenerative diseases
Having potent anti-inflammatory properties also helps to deflate the nervous system.
9- Hemp oil excellent for hair care
Thanks to its light, non-greasy texture, hemp oil instantly penetrates. It is therefore very pleasant to use, on the lengths as on the scalp. You can apply it without the risk of staining your clothes: an advantage to note! Rich in essential fatty acids and proteins, hemp oil is an excellent natural partner for hair that is dry, brittle or difficult to comb. It nourishes the hair while keeping it well hydrated.
If you have fine hair, then this asset can also work miracles! The hemp oil is indeed perfect to restore volume and shine. On the use side, you can apply it pure, directly on your lengths. You can also distribute a few drops on your scalp and massage gently. Due to its composition, it is recommended to activate hair growth. If you prefer, you can also use it to enhance the effectiveness of your shampoo or your usual mask: you will not be disappointed with the result!
10- Hemp oil for skin care and skin problems (rosacea, acne, eczema)
Hemp oil is particularly recommended for skin care. Its fatty acids have a strong nourishing power while limiting dehydration. It is therefore perfectly suited to dry skin. Hemp oil is also known for its anti-aging action. Its antioxidant properties protect the skin against free radicals and participate in its regeneration. This oil will, therefore, be an ally of size to firm and preserve the elasticity of the mature skins.
Another important point: hemp oil has an anti-inflammatory action. It will, therefore, be highly appreciated by sensitive skins or prone to discomforts such as rosacea, eczema, acne or psoriasis. You can add a few drops to your care to soothe irritations, reduce redness and improve your complexion. Used daily, it helps to make the epidermis smoother and perfectly hydrated.
How to use hemp oil in the kitchen
Use it raw, and only raw! With its neutral taste reminiscent of walnut or hazelnut, this green oil is used in the seasoning of a salad, mushrooms, scallops or in a soup.
Like all vegetable oils rich in omega-3 (linseed oil, camelina oil, walnut oil…), the fatty acids of hemp oil are fragile and unstable when cooking. Therefore, you should avoid to heat it.
Additionally, this oil should be protected from light, heat, and stored cool to limit oxidation. To be consumed within two months after opening.
Hemp oil-based beauty recipes
– Eternal youth regenerating beauty oil
Prepare a body oil containing 40 ml of hemp oil, 30 ml of musky rose oil, 30 ml of argan oil, 40 drops of essential oil of geranium, 10 drops of vitamin E.
– Regenerating beauty oil for very dry skin
Prepare a body oil containing 40 ml of hemp oil, 20 ml of black seed oil (Nigella sativa), 20 ml of avocado oil, 20 ml of wheat germ oil, 30 drops of lavender essential oil, 30 drops of essential rosewood oil, 10 drops of vitamin E.
– 2-in-1 nail and hand oil
In a bottle, pour 25 ml of hemp oil + 25 ml of sweet almond oil + 45 drops of lemon essential oil. Add 5 drops of vitamin E (vitamin E serves as a natural preservative and has anti-wrinkle properties). Massage your hands and nails every night before sleeping.
– Conditioner before shampoo
Prepare a hair oil based on 50 ml of hemp oil + 50 ml of jojoba oil + 10 drops of Bay St. Thomas essential oil + 30 drops of essential oil Lavender + 10 drops of vitamin E. Apply the oil before your shampoo. Lightly massage your hair and scalp. For maximum efficiency, leave for a minimum of 30 min under a warm towel.
– De-stressing massage oil (body and mind)
Mix 25 ml of hemp oil + 25 ml of apricot kernel oil + 20 drops of essential oil of Mandarin + 10 drops of Petitgrain essential oil + 5 drops of vitamin E (you can replace the Petitgrain with sweet orange essential oil or lavender essential oil).
These recipes are examples of uses. Each component contains active ingredients for which you should be aware of other indications, warnings, and precautions for use. For this, consult your doctor or pharmacist. In particular, we remind you that the majority of essential oils are not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women and for young children.
Cons and side effects
Due to its an anti-clotting effect, people taking anticoagulants should avoid hemp oil or talk to their doctor before consuming it.
– High in calories
Like any oil, hemp oil is quite high in calories, about 100 calories per tablespoon while that is less than olive oil, which has about 120 calories per tablespoon.
– The risk of prostate cancer
Hemp oil promotes cell regeneration, which may favorize tumors growth, in particular, prostate cancer cells. It is thus advisable to avoid hemp oil intake in case of high risk of prostate cancer.
– Diarrhea and abdominal cramps
At high doses, hemp oil can provoke diarrhea, nausea, or abdominal pain. Make sure to keep it out of reach of children.