What Is Hemp Seed Oil?
What Is Hemp Seed Oil?
The Main Hemp Seed Oil Benefits & Uses
Hemp seed oil is oil that has been extracted from hemp seeds from the cannabis sativa plant. It is an amazing healthy substitute for traditional oils, and is rich in antioxidants, calcium, manganese, potassium, Vitamins A and E, zinc and Omegas 3 and 6. (1)
The health benefits of hemp seed oil are wide ranging. It has been shown to be good for skin, nails and hair, as well as helping with inflammation, cardiovascular health, pain relief and muscle tension.
Hemp seed oil is made by cold pressing whole raw seeds of the hemp plant, in a process similar to the way olive oil is produced from olives. Hemp seed oil is generally vegetarian and vegan friendly, and allergen-free.
Unlike full spectrum hemp oil, hemp seed oil contains little to no CBD. The oil has a unique profile of healthy fatty acids, making it a versatile food additive or cooking oil.
There is an extremely low risk of intoxication from consuming hemp seed oil. It contains less than 0.3 percent THC, which is the active property that causes the high in cannabis and cannabis products.
Hemp Seed Oil Uses
The most efficient way of consuming hemp seed oil is to sip it from a teaspoon. Taking between 1-2 teaspoons of hemp seed oil daily has been shown to have wide-ranging health benefits (more on that shortly).
When being used to treat skin conditions or inflammation, hemp seed oil can be applied directly to the affected area (See Hemp Skincare). You can use the oil straight from the bottle, or in moisturisers, balms, or even toothpaste!
You can add hemp seed oil to a whole lot of different foods. It has a nutty, earthy flavour that is a fantastic complement to your salads, smoothies, baking, dips, spreads and more. Check out these recommended recipes for inspiration!
One thing to note is cooking hemp seed oil at high temperatures can take out some of its health properties, reducing its benefits by cooking out its good fats.
Hemp Seed Oil Benefits
Hemp seed oil is packed with vitamins, minerals and fatty acids, giving it an incredible array of benefits. These are some of the most popular health benefits of hemp seed oil.
Hemp Seed Oil Skin Benefits
Hemp seed oil is amazing at nourishing and regenerating the skin. It has an abundance of fatty acids, making it hugely popular all over the world among people with skin conditions, or anyone interested in containing breakouts or promoting overall skin health.
Not only that, but research has found hemp seed oil can strengthen the skin, hair and nails, making them better at resisting infection (1).
The skin benefits of hemp seed oil include helping to treat and manage conditions and irritations such as:
- Lichen planus
Hemp seed oil is a wonderful complement to everyday skin moisturisers, including in hot or cold climates, for skin that’s dry, tight, or already healthy. It even has anti-aging properties, helping to prevent signs of ageing, and reduce lines and wrinkles.
View our Organic Hemp Skincare Range
One of the main reasons why hemp seed oil is good for the skin is its rich supply of Omega-6 fatty acids. Omega-6 encourages healthy skin growth and new cell generation, and has powerful anti-inflammation properties.
Inflammation & Pain Relief Benefits
Hemp seed oil is a hugely popular anti-inflammatory, and is commonly used to provide relief from inflammation and the pain it can cause.
That’s because it has high quantities of gamma linoleic acid (GLA), an Omega-6 fatty acid metabolite, with anti-inflammatory properties. GLA is also great for boosting your immunity.
Taking hemp seed oil can help to ease joint pain, organ or gland inflammation, headaches and other pains related to inflammation (2). It can be used alongside or instead of other common over-the-counter pain medicines.
Learn more about the benefits of hemp seed oil for joints here.
Hemp Seed Oil Heart Benefits
As well as GLA, hemp seed oil is rich in alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which has been shown to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease (3). This is also a common component in many fish and flax seed oils.
Hemp seed oil benefits cardiovascular health by helping to reduce high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, and cholesterol levels.
Hemp Seed Oil Brain Benefits
The high concentration of fatty acids in hemp seed oil also has many benefits for brain function. Healthy fats such as those found in hemp seed oil allow the brain to perform as it should.
Hemp seed oil contains compounds such as polyphenols, which have also been found to play a role in protecting the brain (4). Hemp seed oil’s anti-inflammatory properties benefit brain function also.
These are just some of the core benefits of hemp seed oil. On top of these benefits, hemp seed oil can also:
- Improve immunity
- Promote joint mobility and muscle relaxation
- Improve metabolism
- Balance moods and hormone levels
- Promote healthy organs
The Brothers Green's New Zealand Hemp Seed Oil is hugely popular for its health benefits. With complete traceability from paddock to plate, it is an organic, environmentally friendly product grown and produced in New Zealand.
Written by Nick Walker