Hemp seed oil is one of the best allies for the health of our skin and body. It contains some very important fatty acids for our diet, alpha-linoleic acid (AAL) and gammalinoleic acid (AGL), very difficult to obtain in other oils. These acids help us reduce cholesterol, relieve inflammatory diseases and are essential for the health of our skin. We are going to discover all the properties of hemp seed oil and how we can take advantage of all its benefits.
What is hemp oil?
When it comes to hemp oil we have to make a difference between CBD cannabis oil and hemp seed oil. Hemp oil is extracted from the flowers of the Cannabis plant with negligible THC content, as European legislation does not allow industrial cultivation of hemp with content greater than 0.3%. However, these industrial marijuana flowers do contain CBD and other components that have proven their therapeutic properties, as we have been explaining for a long time in this blog.
The CBD content of industrial hemp is low, about 2-3%. To improve these percentages, cannabis varieties with high CBD content have been launched on the market in recent years to extract high-quality medicinal oils.
Hemp seed oil is obtained from industrial hemp crops. While cannabis growers with THC or CBD try as much as possible to prevent the cannabis plant from casting seeds, which would spoil the taste and potency of cannabinoids, hemp growers choose precisely plants that are capable of producing the highest quantity of seeds. The strains, therefore, are different, although all the products that we find in the market come from the same plant, Cannabis Sativa.
Cannabis seeds, whatever the plant they come from, have no cannabinoid content. The nutritional properties of its oil, however, are immense. Its high content of vitamins E, A and C, in addition to essential fatty acids, make it an essential oil for our diet and our skin.
Hemp oil benefits in our diet
Hemp seed oil contains a large amount of essential fatty acids. In addition to the already known omega-3s and omega-6s, hemp seed oil contains alpha-linoleic acid (AAL) and gammalinoleic acid (AGL), which are rare and essential for our health.
We all know how important essential fatty acids are to our diet. It has been verified that if we have an imbalance in the daily intake of omega-3 and omega-6 in our diet or if we suffer from any disorder that prevents us from transforming it, we may have a predisposition to suffer from various skin diseases, cardiovascular diseases, osteoporosis or rheumatoid arthritis among other diseases.
Hemp seed oil is especially rich in the precursors of omega-3s and omega-6s. Linoleic acid (AL) is found in the most common oils: olive, soy, sunflower and corn. But where can we get Alpha Linoleic Acid (ALA)? The only sources are soybean oil, flax, blackcurrant, walnut and, of course, hemp.
Consuming hemp oil is easy, although it cannot be cooked, it must be consumed raw. It has a pleasant flavor, reminiscent of walnuts. We can take it with a spoon or add it to salads or other dishes in which we use cold oil.
Diseases that we can treat with hemp seed oil
Hemp oil for cardiovascular diseases. Doctors recommend that cardiovascular patients replace animal oils and fats with vegetable oils. Animal fats cause excess LDL cholesterol (the “bad” cholesterol). High levels of LDL cholesterol favor the formation of atherosclerosis plaques that can cause blockages to blood flow and cause angina, lack of irrigation in the brain or legs.
They can also promote the formation of a thrombus that completely obstructs the blood supply, causing an acute myocardial infarction, a cerebral infarction or an acute ischemia of a limb caused by a thrombosis or an embolism. 25 ml. of hemp oil daily quickly reduce levels of “bad” cholesterol and total cholesterol.
Hemp oil for inflammatory bowel diseases and rheumatoid arthritis. Scientific studies have determined that some inflammatory diseases such as Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and asthma can be treated with omega-3 fatty acids to reduce their symptoms. The dose would be about 30-35 ml. up to date.
Osteoporosis and hemp oil. Studies in laboratory animals have shown that omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids favored bone density. However, there are still few cases studied to conclude that these same benefits are applicable in humans.
Relief of premenstrual syndrome and menopause with hemp oil. Gamma linolenic acid, one of the fatty acids present in hemp seed oil, helps reduce premenstrual symptoms. 5 ml. of oil a day increase prostaglandin. Low levels of this hormone are responsible for the physical and emotional symptoms associated with this symptom. The high GLA levels of hemp seed oil help protect against the complications of menopause.
Hemp oil and skin disorders
Hemp seed oil would be indicated to treat a series of skin conditions that would include acne, eczema, psoriasis or lichen planus, with topical applications. Some studies also suggest that it also contributes to stronger and more resistant skin to infections by viruses, bacteria or fungi.
Due to its highly hydrating capacity, hemp seed oil can be part of shampoos or creams to care for our hair and skin. It is especially indicated for very dry hair and scalp problems such as dandruff or eczema. The hair will be nourished from the roots and will grow stronger and more resistant.
Indicated for all skin types, hemp oil facial creams reduce shine on oily skin, hydrate dry skin and provide extra hydration and nutrition to mature skin.