What Is Hemp Oil Good For?
What Is Hemp Oil?
Firstly, let's tell you what it isn't. Hemp Seed Oil is not the same as CBD Oil or Cannabis Oil. CBD can technically be CBD Hemp Oil, but Hemp Oil isn't necessarily going to be CBD Oil, and on top of that, you can have Hemp Oil extract and Hempseed Oil.
Hemp Seed Oil is the Oil gathered from the seeds of the Hemp plant after they have been pressed, whereas CBD Oils are collected from the leaves or plant buds.
Hemp Seed Oil is a 'nutrient-rich' Oil, taken for its ability to provide essential fatty acids your body requires. Hemp Seed Oils are also high in Omega 3's and Omega 6's, and interestingly, hemp seeds are known for having the optimal balance of the two for human health.
The Three Different Kinds of Hemp Oil
- Hemp oil extract
Hemp oil extract has been extracted from the stalk and seed of a hemp plant, mainly for its beneficial compounds, called phytocannabinoids.* The most well known of these compounds is CBD. However, unlike isolated CBD extracts, hemp oil is a whole-plant extract, so it contains a blend of many different phytocannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids, all of which work together, imparting the entourage effect.
In the body, cannabinoids interact with and support the endocannabinoid system—a regulatory system that affects digestive and immune function, brain health, and more.
- Hemp seed oil
This is Oil that has been extracted from hemp seeds. Unlike hemp oil, hemp seed oil contains little-to-no CBD and is instead removed for its healthy fatty acid profile. It is typically used for culinary purposes as well as to promote healthy skin, nails, and hair.*
- CBD oil
CBD oil is an isolated extraction of the phytocannabinoid cannabidiol. This means it contains only the phytocannabinoid CBD and will not impart the entourage effect. In states where cannabis is legal, CBD oil can be made from Cannabis sativa or Hemp. In countries where marijuana is illegal, CBD oil must be made from Hemp.
What Are the Benefits of Hemp Oil?
- Reduced Inflammation
One study shows that Omega 3's found in Hemp Oil. While inflammation is necessary for some instances, too much can lead to chronic health issues.
- Healthier skin
A 2005 study found that in comparison with olive Oil for people with eczema. The survey measures skin dryness, itchiness, etc. The study found that adding Hemp oil to your regimen helped improve symptoms more than olive Oil.
- Reduction in severity of PMS Symptoms
The fatty acids in hemp oil may help with both PMS and menopausal symptoms. A 2011 study found that people with PMS experienced fewer, less severe symptoms after taking 1 gram of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), a type of omega-6 fatty acid found in Hemp. And in 2010, a study on rats found that the same fatty acid might help offset the symptoms of menopause (of course, human research is still needed to confirm).
- Healthier heart
The ALA (alpha-linolenic acid) in foods like hemp oil may reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease, the cause of one in four deaths in America each year. In 2014, a research review found that consuming more ALA — which is also found in flax and fish oils — seemed to play a "beneficial role" for both primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease. (That means it helps prevent you from getting the disease and helps symptoms when the condition is diagnosed early.)
- Pain relief
If you include CBD hemp oil, then you can count pain relief among the benefits. In 2018, a research review found that the CBD in full-spectrum hemp oil showed promise for treating pain.
"Full-spectrum CBD oil contains everything that the hemp plant contains, including the terpenes, cannabinoids, flavonoids and fatty acids found in the cannabis plant," explains Kyle. (Hemp oil from seeds doesn't have all those active compounds.)
- Less anxiety
Omega 3's and Omega 6's help increase the amount of GABA (antianxiety neurotransmitter), which helps to quell anxiety. CBD Oil has anti-anxiolytic properties that are different from Hemp Oil. With studies on Rats showing it interacts with the serotonin in our nervous system.
How much hemp oil should you take?
There are no standard hemp oil dosage guidelines or defined upper limit. However, in studies, long-term use and doses as high as 1,500 mg per day have been well tolerated by humans. But every individual has a different genetic and biochemical makeup. This means individuals will respond differently to the same dose of hemp oil, so you will have to experiment to see which dosage is best for you.
CBD Oil Vs. Hemp Oil
As mentioned earlier, consumers often get confused between CBD Oil and Hempseed Oil due to them both coming from Hemp, and you will often find retailers deliberately using confusing labeling to try and increase sales. But what is the Difference?
What Is CBD Oil?
CBD OIl is where the CBD cannabinoid that has been extracted from the hemp plant is mixed with a carrier oil and placed in a dropper. The dropper administers the CBD oil under the tongue (sublingual consumption). Believed to be one of the most effective ways of consuming CBD.
Hemp Seed oil is often used as a Carrier Oil for CBD due to its high bioavailability as well as its individual benefits to your wellbeing. But CBD Oil has many similar effects on your wellbeing but is often much more potent, even in low doses, and may affect your body in different ways.