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Hemp Oil Benefits

Hemp oil, also called hemp seed oil, is a highly nutritious oil that doubles as a dressing and even a nutritional supplement. For a such a simple and readily available oil, these benefits are numerous. So let's jump right in!


Why is hemp seed oil so nutritious?

In another article, we explained the nutritional make-up of hemp oil, but here are the highlights in a nutshell:

Healthy fats

Hemp oil is predominantly made up of fats (like all oils), but specifically contains ideal amounts of two essential forms of polyunsaturated fatty acidsthat our bodies can't produce on their own: Omega-3 and Omega-6.

  • Omega 3. Primarily consisting of the Omega 3 alpha-linoleic acid, Omega 3s account for ~17% of the fat in hemp oil. Omega 3s are heart-healthy fats that are hard to come by in plant sources – except for a few like hemp seeds, flax seeds and some algae.
  • Omega 6. Primarily in the form of linoleic acid, Omega 6s account for about 57% of the fat in hemp oil. It also contains lesser amounts of the Omega 6 gamma-linoleic acid, which has interesting anti-inflammatory properties that we’ll discuss later.

Hemp seed is currently one of the very few natural food sources of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), i.e. not requiring the consumption of extracted dietary supplement. GLA is a key anti-inflammatory fat; it also regulates hormones and supports healthy skin and coat. GLA is considered “conditionally essential.” That means humans (and pets) need to get GLA in their diet. LA converts to GLA but conversion needs a specific enzyme (D6D) and five key nutrients (magnesium, zinc, vitamin C, vitamin B3 and vitamin B6), all of which are abundant in hemp seed oil.

Lots of nutrients

Hemp seed oil also provides an adequate supply of antioxidants (Vitamin E), carotene (precursor to Vitamin A), phytosterols, phospholipids and a number of minerals including calcium, magnesium, sulfur, potassium, phosphorus, along with iron and zinc. Hemp seed oil also provides a good source of chlorophyll. 

Vitamins and minerals in hemp oil


Value per 100 g

Vitamin E

90 mg

Vitamin C

1 mg


0.4 mg


0.11 mg


2.8 mg

Vitamin B-6

0.12 mg

Vitamin A

3,800 IU

Vitamin D

2,277 IU


Value per 100 g


145 mg


14 mg


483 mg


1160 mg


859 mg


12 mg


7 mg


2 mg


7 mg


What are the benefits of hemp seed oil?

In this section, we'll look at the benefits hemp oil can have on cholesterol, heart and cardiovascular health, muscle and joint pain, arthritis, energy and metabolism, immune support, skin health, brain health, PMS and menopause symptoms.


We’ll look at these one-by-one, describing the benefit and explaining the mechanism of action by which these benefits are conferred.

We’ll look at these one-by-one, describing the benefit and explaining the mechanism of action by which these benefits are conferred.

Just remember, hemp oil shouldn't be considered a cure-all.

If you have any of the conditions above, consult your doctor and ask if they think hemp oil could support your current treatment plan.

Hemp oil for cholesterol

Hemp oil can exert positive effects on your cholesterol, by way of its fatty acids and its phytonutrient content:

  • Omega 3s can reduce triglyceride levels in the blood.
  • Omega 3s can increase the body's LDL receptors, which help eliminate LDL from the body.
  • Hemp oil contains phytosterols that can help reduce LDL cholesterol by preventing it's absorption into the bloodstream.

Hemp seed oil for heart health

Hemp oil's cholesterol-lowering effects have a direct impact on heart and cardiovascular health.

The Omega 6 and Omega 3 essential fats are essential to cell membranes and help prevent cells from sticking together.

Instead of forming clots that can lead to heart attacks or strokes, the cells keep circulating freely throughout your blood vessels.

Some of hemp oil's antioxidants have their own benefits on cardiovascular health - by promoting circulation in the small blood vessels and capillaries.

This helps protect against issues linked to poor circulation like inflammation, oxidative stress/damage, and aging.

Hemp seed oil for arthritis, joint pain and inflammation

Hemp seed oil is proving to be effective at fighting inflammation, which is a large contributor to arthritis and joint pain.

Inflammation around the joints can occur due to injury, degeneration or joint disfunction. And this can be exacerbated by generalised bodily inflammation due to poor diet or a compromised immune system.

Hemp oil fights inflammation in several ways through various mechanisms including:

  • Omega 3s. Hemp oil's Omega 3 essential fatty acids may help reduce the production of molecules linked to inflammation, such as inflammatory eicosanoids and cytokines. This can help alleviate symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
  • Antioxidants.The antioxidants in hemp oil, including its phytonutrients and certain vitamins, can help reduce inflammation caused by oxidative stress throughout the body.

These same benefits can also make hemp oil useful for muscle recovery after exercise.

Hemp seed oil for energy and metabolism

Hemp seed oil contains a wide range of the B vitamins including Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Pyridoxine and Folate.

B vitamins are useful for converting food into energy in the body and are involved in a wide range of bodily processes including:

  • Producing red blood cells
  • Synthesizing hormones and proteins
  • Releasing energy from carbohydrates and fats
  • Converting food into usable energy
  • Maintaining brain health

Hemp seed oil for the immune system

Hemp oil's wide range of vitamins and antioxidants can work side-by-side with your body's immune system to ward off invaders.

Some important antioxidants include:

  • Vitamin E. Hemp oil is particularly rich in E, which is found in higher concentrations in your immune cells compared to other blood cells. It's been found to enhance the function of the immune system and reduce the chance of infection.
  • The chlorophyll in hemp oil is structurally similar to haemoglobin, a molecule that carries oxygen through our circulatory system. This means it can improve the condition of red blood cells, providing you with increased energy and a stronger immune system
  • Phytol is another nutrient in hemp oil, and it's been shown to be an excellent immunostimulant, with positive effects on innate and acquired immunity.
  • The body converts carotene from hemp oil into Vitamin A, another important immune-enhancing antioxidant. Vitamin A has been shown to decrease mortality risk from viral illnesses as severe as measles, HIV and malaria - in part due to ability to enhance antibody production.

Hemp oil for healthy skin

Fatty oils have been used for millennia as moisturisers for the skin and hair. Hemp oil is a particularly good moisturiser thanks to the Omega 6 gamma-linoleic acid and to its ideal Omega 6 to Omega 3 ratio.

It's suitable for most people’s skin and can soothe and hydrate even the driest of complexions. It can even regulate oil production, preventing the overproduction that leads to acne.

The compounds in hemp oil that can promote skin health include:

  • Gamma-linoleic acid.An Omega 6 that encourages skin cell regeneration and skin growth.
  • Vitamin E. An anti-inflammatory and antioxidant vitamin that has been shown to reduce skin damage due to UV exposure.
  • Vitamin A.Helps the skin by preventing the breakdown of collagen.

Hemp oil for PMS and menopause symptoms

Hemp oil has been used to treat menstrual cramps since at least medieval times when it was recorded as a treatment for 'hysteria.'

We've come a long way since then, as scientists have demonstrated that hemp seed oil can help reduce symptoms of PMS such as cramps, headaches, mood swings, bloating, acne, and fatigue.

It's believed that the Omega 6 gamma linoleic acid helps regulate specific hormonal imbalances in the body related to the hormone prolactin.

These same benefits make hemp seed oil useful for alleviating symptoms of menopause.

Bottom line

Hemp seed oil is a uniquely healthy oil that is inexpensive, abundant, versatile and of course, highly nutritious.

It has a ton of benefits for a variety of health conditions, and you can also use it to enhance and support an already-healthy lifestyle.

And given how easy it is to add to your diet, maybe you should pick up a bottle soon ;)