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11 Best Hemp Oil Benefits and Uses by IAR Nutrition

Hemp oil is a long-standing health product, but it has exploded in popularity in recent years. There are many who are unfamiliar with the product, while others are confused as to its legality. We’ll take the time to explain what hemp oil is, myriad hemp oil uses, the benefits of hemp oil, and the legal standing of the product.

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What Is Hemp Oil?

Hemp oil generally refers to the oil extracted from the seeds of cannabis sativa, popularly known as industrial hemp. This is in contrast to cannabidiol (CBD) oil that is derived from the leaves and flowers of cannabis plants. Hemp seed oil or hemp oil typically doesn’t have THC, though it may contain trace amounts. [1] Hemp oil must legally have less than 0.3% THC. Hemp seed oil contains almost no CBD or THC. It has a healthy fatty acid profile that almost makes it a super-food. Compare this to cannabis oil that can and will contain psychoactive levels of THC.

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Hemp oil may be extracted using carbon dioxide, ethanol, butane or olive oil. The olive oil extraction method leaves behind olive oil residue, though that’s useful in boosting your immunity and reducing inflammation on its own. If you buy the olive-oil derived form, store it in a cool dark place so it won’t go rancid. Because hemp plants pull up nearly everything in the soil, search for organic hemp oils, so you don’t end up consuming toxins while trying to treat one of a number of health conditions. You can verify the safety of the product by looking for those with a third-party certificate of analysis.

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Some hemp oil manufacturers add other herbs like black pepper, rosemary and clove extract to try to create a better product. Know what you’re taking before you start using a hemp oil product. Know that it can cause loose stools, though you can always cut the dosage of an ingested product or switch to a local version. Talk to your doctor before trying hemp seed oil if you take blood thinners.

Summary: Hemp oil isn’t marijuana, and it can be made in a variety of ways.

The Legal Status of Hemp Oil

Hemp oil contains almost no THC. Note that THC is the compound that alters mood, makes cannabis addictive and can cause hallucinations. Because hemp oil does not contain THC except, perhaps, in trace amounts, hemp oil is legal in all fifty states in the U.S. You can use hemp oil whether or not medical marijuana or recreational marijuana is legal in your state. If you eat hemp-based foods or use hemp oil, you will not fail a drug test at work.

Summary: Hemp oil is legal even where cannabis and marijuana are not.

The Benefits of Hemp Oil

Hemp oil has a number of benefits. We’re going to outline the 11 best hemp oil benefits and explain them in detail. We’ll also refer to some of the latest research using hemp oil, so you’ll learn about a few hemp oil benefits you probably hadn’t heard of before.

1. Reduces Inflammation

Hemp oil contains gamma-linolenic acid or GLA. This is a powerful anti-inflammatory. Hemp oil contains a hefty dose of it. A side benefit of hemp oil is that it provides this and other fatty acids that stimulate cell regeneration and skin growth. Taken to its logical conclusion, this could reduce inflammation throughout the body holistically. A 2006 study found that hemp oil reduces the risk of developing diabetes, though the micronutrients it adds to your diet probably play a role in this. [4] That animal study suggested that regular consumption could prevent or delay the development of diabetes.

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Summary: Whether you want to treat internal inflammation or skin inflammation, you should consider hemp oil.

2. It Can Heal Your Skin

Hemp seed oil can be used as a moisturizer. It will moisturize your skin without clogging pores. A side benefit is a way it balances out oily skin and reducing oil production. It may clear up your complexion, especially if you have atopic dermatitis or psoriasis. [3] The antioxidants in hemp oil may even slow down the aging process, while the moisturizers will undoubtedly reduce the appearance of age lines.

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Summary: Hemp seed improve the way your skin looks, possibly from the inside out as well as wherever you apply it.

3. It Is Great for Your Hair

You can use hemp oil to moisturize your hair and scalp. And if you take it, the micronutrients in it will support the growth of healthy hair. It won’t entirely offset the impact of a low-protein diet, but it will add crucial nutrients that could solve chronically brittle hair. As a side benefit, you’ll get stronger nails, too. The vitamin E in hemp oil will stimulate hair growth while applying it to your scalp will stimulate circulation, also fostering hair growth.

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Summary: Hemp oil could be the hair conditioner you’ve been looking for.

4. Hemp Oil for Pain

You can apply topical hemp oil to areas that are inflamed or in pain. This application has been validated through animal studies. [2] Because hemp oil is not addictive or habit-forming, it can be utilized in place of addictive painkillers. Furthermore, it is safe to take for a long time. Take into consideration the fact that hemp oil treats both pain and inflammation, and you’ll realize it is an excellent choice for those with arthritis. One study gave hemp oil to teenagers with adverse reactions to the HPV vaccine and found that they had lower levels of pain, though a few dropped out due to digestive issues or lack of improvement. However, the study found that 12-24-year-old girls on average reported lower levels of pain than those who didn’t receive hemp oil. [9]

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Summary: We can safely say using hemp oil for pain is a viable solution regardless of what is causing the pain.

5. It Is High in Critical Micronutrients

Hemp oil is high in antioxidants, DHA, omega 3 fatty acids and omega 6 fatty acids. The linoleic acid and oleic acids in hemp oil are used by the body to fight aging, and you must ingest them because your body cannot create them. Hempseed has an excellent nutritional profile. It is high in vitamin E, protein, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, calcium, copper, iron, zinc and protein. [12] Hempseed contains almost as much protein as soybeans. It has trace amounts of niacin and sodium. Hemp seed oil is high in a variety of essential amino acids. [17]

Hemp oil is surprisingly high in the amino acid arginine. That amino acid is needed to create nitric oxide, a molecule we recently came to appreciate for its role in regulating the cardiovascular system. It affects everything from vascular tone to leukocyte interactions. It is hard to get this vital nutrient unless you’re going to take a liking to beets. There is evidence from animal studies that hempseed improves the fatty acid profile of the liver, but we don’t have definite proof of that benefit in humans. [16] For that reason, we won’t say you should take it to detox your liver, but we will tell you which organs it will protect – just keep reading.

Summary: Whether you add a spoonful of hemp seeds to your smoothie or take hemp seed oil, it could add those critical missing nutrients to your diet.

6. It Is Good for Your Heart

We’ve already mentioned that hemp seed oil is high in essential fatty acids. What we didn’t say was that it has the ideal 3:1 ratio of Omega-6 fatty acids to Omega-3 fatty acids. Consume hemp oil regularly, and you are protecting your heart and reducing your risk of cardiovascular problems like stroke and dementia. Hemp oil has already been shown to help lower blood pressure. [5] The intake of micronutrients that foster healthy blood vessel walls certainly reduce the risk of developing high blood pressure, stroke, kidney failure or diabetes. And unlike many herbal remedies, it isn’t going to interact with most maintenance medications.

Summary: Hemp oil protects your long-term cardiovascular health on several fronts.

7. Improves Mood

Omega three fatty acids in and of themselves promote brain health, fighting depression and reducing symptoms in those with bipolar disorder. The endocannabinoid system is enhanced by taking phytocannabinoids like hemp oil; this prompts the release of neurotransmitters that ward off depression and anxiety. This is especially true if you aren’t getting the building blocks of these compounds from other sources like salmon and cod. Compare this to the risk of taking mood-enhancing herbs that could trigger a manic episode or become outright dangerous when combined with stimulants like energy drinks or coffee.

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One interesting study found that hemp oil reduced the adverse effects of copper exposure in fish, restoring their healthy fatty acid profile. If you’re concerned about ingesting heavy toxic metals with your fatty fish, a hemp oil supplement may be a safe addition to your diet so you can safely enjoy these fish. [11] That study actually suggested adding hempseed to fish feed to improve the health of said fish.

Summary: Hemp oil, directly and indirectly, improves your mood, and it does so safely.

8. It May Ease Addiction

There is tentative evidence that hemp oil benefits may include fighting addiction. Inhalers containing CBD oil curb nicotine cravings in smokers. [13] They smoked roughly 40% fewer cigarettes, and they were more likely to keep their usage down when scientists followed up.

Early studies are showing that it can help reduce cravings for opiate drugs, as well. [14] That study gave patients the herbal remedy to patients in the hope of lowering their odds of relapse and returning to hard-core drugs.

Summary: While the evidence is still being gathered, hemp oil may lessen cravings for illegal drugs by those who are recovering from addiction.

9. It Can Help You Sleep

A significant benefit of hemp oil is that it improves emotional homeostasis, a balanced mental state. If you’re having trouble sleeping due to anxiety and stress, hemp oil can help. Furthermore, it does this without making you tired the following day. It enables you to stay asleep, but it won’t cause the strange side effects of some prescription sleep medications like sleepwalking or worse. If this is what you want to get from hemp oil, then you should take a hemp oil tincture before bed.

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Summary: Hemp oil could be a safe sleep aid, and you won’t suffer ill effects in the morning.

10. It Inhibits Seizures

A 2017 study found that cannabidiol from hemp oil helped reduce the number of seizures in those with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome when taken in conjunction with anti-epileptic drugs. [7] Nor was that the only time. Another 2017 study found that hemp oil helped reduce the rate of seizures in those with the Dravet syndrome. That study was notable because those with the Dravet syndrome have “drug-resistant seizures” – most don’t find adequate relief with anti-epilepsy medication. It is also important to note that this study focused on children with the Dravet syndrome. Hemp oil was deemed safe enough by scientists to give to sick kids.

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The only downside was the higher rate of adverse events like vomiting and diarrhea, though the digestive side effects of hemp oil were already mentioned here. While hemp seed oil is safe enough to give to children, one case of mild hemp seed oil poisoning of a pre-school child was reported in 2017. [10]

The FDA approved the use of a new drug, Epidolex, as a therapy for Lennox-Gastaut and Davet syndrome in 2018 – and it is based on CBD oil. [15] They don’t recommend the drug be used for children under two years of age, so it is probably safe to say children under 2 shouldn’t receive hemp oil, either.

Summary: Hemp oil is so effective at treating hard-to-treat seizure disorders that it has led to a new, child-safe medication approved by the FDA.

11. It Eases Spasms

A 2014 study found that hemp oil helps reduce the number and severity of spasms in those with multiple sclerosis. [8] In this case, the hemp oil extract was given to those whose moderate to severe spasms were not adequately controlled by existing medication. They had a roughly 20% improvement thanks to the cannabinoid-based spray they were given.

Summary: Hemp oil reduces the number of spasms in patients as well as their severity.

Summary

Hemp oil is incredibly safe, and it is useful for a wide range of conditions. It can also be taken regularly for the overall health benefits. You can’t let yourself to ignore this safe, legal and affordable herbal remedy.

Original Article by IAR Nutrition

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