Hemp oil is a nutrient-rich, fatty oil that has been adopted by the health and beauty communities as a popular all-natural treatment for various skin ailments and medical conditions. In addition, hemp oil is often used as a nutritional supplement and dietary aid and also as a part of a regular beauty routine.
The widespread use of hemp oil causes some controversy, mostly based on misinformation and its comparison to marijuana products but is overall considered a safe and effective option by many professionals. Its many uses have become more and more popular in the health and beauty industries, and thanks to recent studies we are able to discover more and more uses for the powerful oil every day.
What Is Hemp Oil?
Hemp oil is extracted from the seeds of the cannabis plant. The term “hemp” often sets off controversy, but hemp oil contains very little THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, the substance present in marijuana products that is responsible for the related psychoactive effects. In fact, hemp oil is considered a low-THC, high-CBD substance, meaning it carries all of the healthful benefits related to the many cannabinoids present in the cannabis plant.
The oil can be used in many ways, including as cooking oil to add these health benefits to your everyday diet, as an oral supplement that is full of vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats, or as a topical solution to treat chronic skin conditions or complete an everyday beauty routine.
Hemp oil is often recommended by doctors to treat a range of conditions. Some of these conditions include skin irritations and diseases, like psoriasis and allergic reactions, as well as circulatory problems and heart disease. Hemp oil has also shown to reduce blood pressure, lower cholesterol, control acne, and work as an aid to other treatments for diabetes and some types of cancer treatments.
Hemp oil can be used to treat certain mental illnesses and has been prescribed both to children and adults as a treatment for epileptic seizures. Hemp oil and other types of CBD oil are used to manage pain and inflammation as well. Because extensive research on hemp oil and the benefits of it and other forms of CBD oil is not complete, the list of intended treatments is incomplete as well. However, hemp oil is also a great deterrent for some conditions and can be taken daily as a preventative measure as well.
Benefits of Hemp Oil
This infographic shows the benefits of Hemp Oil proven by scientists.
Hemp Oil Nutrients
Hemp oil is loaded with nutrients that are heart healthy, great for your skin, and can benefit your digestive tract. The first of these healthy nutrients are essential fatty acids (EFA’s) like omega 3, omega 6, and omega 9. These lipids are important to most of your body functions, especially for providing moisture to your skin.
Hemp oil also has a number of antioxidants, the most notable of which are carotene and vitamin E, that target and fight off free radicals in your skin that can cause damage to tissue and lead to various illnesses. Additionally, hemp oil is loaded with polyunsaturated fats, like gamma linoleic acid (GLA), which is important for healthy brain function and responds to inflammation in the body.
Hemp Oil for Skin
Hemp oil can be used as a topical solution and is often recommended by doctors as a treatment for skin conditions. Even severe cases of eczema or psoriasis can benefit from the daily topical use of hemp oil. Because the cannabinoids in the plant-based oil are so similar to the cannabinoids that are regularly produced and utilized by your skin, the cannabinoid receptors in the skin can easily absorb and process the cannabinoids in the hemp oil.
Hemp oil works to nourish the skin, which absorbs the oil’s antioxidant properties and its fatty acid content. The lipids in the oil moisturize the skin, treating and preventing dryness. Hemp oil is naturally anti-inflammatory, meaning it may often be used to treat rashes, itching, burning, or dry, red skin.
Hemp oil can be applied directly to the skin or is easily found in beauty products and some medicated skin care products. If you are planning to use hemp oil to treat a skin condition or other illness, you should always speak with your doctor first. However, it is not only used to treat medical conditions but can also be applied directly to the skin daily to replace your regular moisturizer. Hemp oil is non-comedogenic, meaning it won’t clog your pores, so it is great for facial care, too.
Hemp Oil for Hair
Aside from nourishing your hair with all of its healthy fats, hemp oil provides a nutrient that is much more important for hair: protein. The protein content in hemp oil is abundant, meaning it can help your hair produce keratin, which is 90% protein and responsible for keeping your hair healthy and strong. Plus, moisturized hair is much less susceptible to damage and breakage.
Hemp Oil in Your Diet
While hemp oil is most popular as a topical solution or beauty product, it can be used in cooking in order to reap its benefits in your diet as well. The oil can be used similarly to other vegetable oils, and your body is able to absorb the nutrients when the oil is taken orally similarly to when it is applied topically.
Hemp oil as a daily inclusion in your regular diet has shown to aid in weight loss and is easily digested. Using hemp oil when you cook is an effortless way to introduce its benefits to your body.
Hemp Oil as an Oral Supplement
Because some things are better treated when hemp oil is ingested, it is also popular as an oral supplement. In this case, hemp oil can be bought in a concentrated form. Then, it is applied in small drops on or under your tongue. This method is preferred when the hemp oil is being used to treat pain or internal inflammation but can also be used simply as a daily supplement for the lipids omega 3, omega 6, and omega 9, as well as the multiple other nutritional benefits.