Hemp Oil: Good for So Many Things
01/29/2012 | 02:35 PM
Hemp Oil: What Is It?
Among its enthusiasts, and there are many, hemp is considered a miraculous plant. Almost every part of the hemp plant can be used in raw or manufactured form. Different parts of hemp are used as food supplements, in the automotive industry, insulation materials for buildings, clothing and heating pellets for power plants. Hemp seeds are a highly nutritious food. They are high in protein, polyunsaturated fatty acids, omega 6, omega 3 and insoluble fiber. They are a good source of tocopherols, or Vitamin E antioxidants. The minerals present in the hemp seeds include potassium, magnesium, iron, zinc, calcium, phosphorus and microelements such as strontium, thorium, arsenic and chromium. The hemp oil is an aliment obtained by pressing the raw seeds of the hemp plant, scientifically called Cannabis Sativa.
Hemp Oil: An Overview
Hemp oil is high in essential fatty acids. Omega 6 and Omega 3 are two main families of essential fatty acids that have therapeutic effects. Some use hemp oil to increase immune system strength, counteract aging, skin, and diseases such as cardiovascular disease. The essential fatty acids help correct oxygenation and skin hydration. Several studies indicate that the linoleic acid present in hemp oil can slow down the aging process of skin and fight psoriasis, a skin disease associated with dietary deficiency of fatty acids. Insufficient essential fatty acids in the diet can cause anemia, which is manifested by low resistance to illnesses, continuous fatigue and dizziness.
Hemp Oil: Uses
Hemp oil has a range of uses, including cosmetic, culinary and medicinal. It is used as an ingredient in cosmetics and skincare products, such as moisturizers, massage oils, lip balms, for normal or dry skin. Pure hemp oils can act as a treatment for dry hair. It is often included in the ingredients of hair conditioners.
Hemp oil is good for general health when included as part of your daily diet. Hemp oil has a pleasant odor and taste, like walnuts. It can be used to spice up pasta, rice or it can be combined with other traditionally used oils. Hemp oil adds flavor to salad dressings, either in combination or by itself. Some believe it is tastier than olive oil or canola oil.
Hemp Oil: Benefits
- Hemp oil helps with hormonal balance. Hemp oil is the only edible seed that contains gamma-linolenic acid. G.L.A is the precursor for the production of the protective and calming prostaglandin PGE1 which helps regulate hormonal balance and support menopausal health.
- Hemp oil helps regenerate skin’s protective layer. Thanks to its content of Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids, hemp oil has a composition similar to skin lipids which makes it an excellent natural emollient and moisturizer. It is an ingredient in many skin and body care products. Hemp oil helps to calm irritated skin.
- Hemp oil energizes the skin. Moisturizing, regenerating and revitalizing, hemp oil is especially useful for dry, tired or dehydrated skin. Skin regeneration and hydration of dry mature skin are enhanced through the use of hemp oil. It increases the skin elasticity and water retention capacity in tissues.
- Hemp oil has the ideal combination of fatty acids. Hemp oil is the only vegetable oil that contains Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids in the ideal ratio of 3 to 1, optimal for body needs.
- Hemp oil improves a vegetarian diet. Getting the right balance of omega-3 fatty acids and omega-6 can be challenging for vegetarians and vegans. These fatty acids are not made by our bodies and must be obtained by food or supplements. Hemp oil has the optimal ratio of omega 3 and omega 6 for our body to absorb and use.
Hemp Oil: Remedies
- High Cholesterol Levels. The essential fatty acids from hemp seeds and oil can help lower cholesterol levels by accelerating metabolic processes. With a faster metabolism, fats burn faster and less are deposited on top of muscle mass or in artery walls.
- Diabetes. For diabetics, the blood sugar index of hemp oil is considered low because it has low carbohydrate content. It is also full of nutrients that help moderate blood sugar levels.
- Atopic dermatitis. Research has discovered that psoriasis is caused by a deficiency of omega 6 fatty acids in the body. Therefore, hemp oil is recommended as a complementary treatment. The fatty acids present in hemp oil help improve skin oxygenation and hydration.
- Weakened Immune system. Research shows that the omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids improve the immune system and regulate intestinal flora, thus building a natural barrier against microbes and increasing the resilience of the body.
- Demyelination of Nervous system. The essential fatty acids are necessary for a healthy cell membrane structure, especially the nerve cells of the myelin shield (which groups the nerve cells). Hemp oil is recommended for those who have already suffered from the process of demyelination where nerve membranes lose their myelin sheath.
- Varicose veins. Like other compounds high in omega-3s, hemp oil can thin your blood, reducing blood clots and varicose veins.
Hemp Oil: Side Effects
- Anticoagulant. Hemp oil can have anti-clotting effect on the blood. Persons taking blood thinners should avoid hemp oil or talk to their doctor before consuming it.
- High in calories. Like any oil, hemp oil is fairly high in calories, about 100 calories per tbsp. That’s less than olive oil, which has about 120 calories per tbsp. On the other hand, it is high in GLA, which some proponents claim may help you lose weight, although more research is needed.
- Prostate cancer risk. Hemp oil creates the best conditions for the cells to regenerate, which could promote the growth of other tumors, particularly prostate cancer cells. While more research is needed, medical professionals advise that you avoid consuming hemp oil if you are at increased risk for prostate cancer.
- Diarrhea and abdominal cramp. High doses of hemp oil can cause nausea, diarrhea and/or abdominal cramps may develop. For this reason, hemp oil should be kept out of reach of children.
- Don’t Cook Hot. High temperatures can denature the unsaturated fats and turn them into saturated fats.
Hemp Oil: Conclusion
Hemp oil may be derived from the cannabis plant, however, it is processed in a different way and so the effects are very different. This product is safe and legal. A nutty taste, hemp oil can be used to improve the taste of meals. A natural moisturizer, it can help moisten, soften and rejuvenate your skin, nails and hair. Hemp oil is high in essential fatty acids, omega-3 and omega-6. It is good for digestive problems, lowering cholesterol, easing varicose veins, regulating hormonal balance and others.