You may have heard quite a bit about Hemp Oil lately – and for good reason. It is a nutritional powerhouse containing essential fatty acids, plant cholesterol, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Hemp Seed Oil is not psychoactive, meaning that it will not get you “high”. It is 100% legal and it comes from the seeds of the hemp plant, with the best Hemp Seed Oil produced by cold-pressing premium quality seeds. It can be used both for topical use on your skin and for dietary use with your food – let’s take a closer look at three key components of Hemp Seed Oil.
1. Essential Fatty Acids
Essential fatty acids need to be eaten in foods like Hemp Seed Oil – it’s the only way to get them into your bod (this is why they’re considered “essential”). Three of the most important ones are Omega 3, 6 and 9, all of which are found in Hemp Seed Oil. Omega 3 is concentrated in fish oil and until very recently was thought to be the answer to heart problems – however, new research has demonstrated that fish oil provides no health benefits to your heart. Hemp Seed Oil, on the other hand, has a composition similar to our skin’s fatty acids, and therefore makes an excellent moisturiser for dry, tired or dehydrated skin. Clinical studies have shown hemp seed oil to be an effective treatment for dermatitis and eczema. In addition, science has demonstrated that a specific ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids (which is the ratio in hemp seed oil) is vital for reducing inflammation! Read more about Hemp Seed Oil for Skincare here.
2. Vitamin E
Vitamin E is comprised of molecules called tocopherols and tocotrienols, and within each group there are four different types. Hemp Seed Oil has them all and – very importantly – contains much higher levels of tocopherols than most other edible oils. Hemp Seed Oil’s vitamin E makeup is essential in helping the body to combat a variety of degenerative conditions. The antioxidants contained in Hemp Seed Oil’s Vitamin E content counteract the damaging power of free radicals. If left to accumulate in our bodies, free radicals can cause serious problems such as cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s disease and certain types of cancer. One teaspoon of Hemp Seed Oil a day will help keep your body free of these nasties!
3. Plant Cholesterol
There are two main types of cholesterol: high-density lipoprotein (HDL) and low-density lipoprotein (LDL). HDL cholesterol is considered “good” cholesterol while LDL is considered “bad” cholesterol, as high levels of LDL can lead to cardiovascular-related health problems. “Good” cholesterol from plants is known as phytosterol, and scientific research has shown that phytosterol helps lower bad (LDL) cholesterol by preventing its absorption during the digestion process, which ultimately reduces the LDL cholesterol in the body. The good news is that Hemp Seed Oil contains HEAPS of phytosterols. In comparison to other common vegetable oils, the total phytosterols content in Hemp Seed Oil is higher than in soybean or sunflower oils. The health benefits of phytosterols are associated with lowering the risk of cardiovascular diseases, as they inhibit absorption of cholesterol from dietary fat, which ultimately reduces the LDL cholesterol.
A Round-Up of Hemp Seed Oil's Primary Benefits:
A. Hemp Seed Oil for the Skin
Moisturiser: Hemp oil acts as an excellent natural moisturiser. Unlike other moisturisers, it doesn’t look or feel oily. It’s easily absorbed into the skin and it will leave you feeling soft and supple for hours afterwards.
Anti-Aging: Hemp Seed Oil improves the composition of fats in the outermost skin layer and improves the overall functioning of skin.
Eczema/Acne: both dietary consumption and external application to the affected area of skin is a powerful strategy to counteract the imbalance of essential fatty acids that are often the cause of these conditions.
B. Hemp Seed Oil for Inflammation
Hemp Seed Oil contains the optimal 3/1 ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 which has been scientifically proven to be anti-inflammatory. With regular use, improvements in inflammation and pain related to conditions such as arthritis may be experienced. As with skin conditions, the “inside + outside” approach is recommended for optimum effects.
C. Hemp Seed Oil for Reduced Cholesterol and a Healthy Heart
Including phytosterol in your diet is the most effective natural treatment for high cholesterol. Thus, daily use of Hemp Seed Oil will contribute to improving your cardiovascular system.
With a wide variety of uses and an excellent nutritional profile, Hemp Seed Oil is in high demand amongst Aussies, leading to a shortage from many sources. Luckily, we have plenty of seed in the ground at our family farm in rural Victoria, meaning you can rely on The Cannabis Company for a secure source of clean, organic, cold-pressed Australian-grown Hemp Seed Oil for a long time to come!