6 Surprising Benefits of Hemp Seed Oil
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We might be lagging behind other countries in many respects, but at least we’ve been given the opportunity to make, buy, sell, and use hemp seed oil as a wellbeing product.
Hemp seed oil comes from the seeds of the hemp plant and is extracted through cold pressing (like olives to make olive oil!)
Hemp and cannabis plants come from the same family, but they are two very different plants with different compositions. The most notable difference is, of course, the THC. While cannabis plants have high THC levels, the THC in hemp plants generally doesn’t exceed 0.3%. As a result, hemp-derived products for medicinal purposes do not create a high.
What hemp seed oil lacks in THC, it makes up for in its polyunsaturated acids: gamma-linolenic acid, alpha-linolenic acid, and linoleic acid. According to many users, these fatty acids have allowed people to experience some of the following benefits.
Lowered Blood Pressure
According to health experts, at least one in five Kiwis have high blood pressure. Surprisingly, most people don’t even know their blood pressure is high since there are generally no symptoms.
While hemp oil is not an alternative to medical check-ups or blood pressure medication, studies have shown that it may help lower blood pressure. This is all thanks to the omega-3 fatty acids, with studies describing them as beneficial for people with hypertension.
We all have bad skin days and some people may have more than others – especially with our required face mask use in 2021 and 2022. While not everyone will see results with hemp seed oil, it’s worth pointing out that dermatology studies have found that consuming hemp seed oil was able to improve atopic dermatitis symptoms.
So, if you have eczema, or even skin conditions like psoriasis, acne, and cradle cap, you may find that using hemp seed oil might alleviate dryness, redness, and irritation.
We all wish we could use the products we wanted to for pain relief, but that’s not always an option. However, if you’re experiencing pain associated with inflammation, hemp seed oil might be worth your while.
The anti-inflammatory properties in this magical product may reduce pain, and you can apply it directly to the painful area.
As previously mentioned, hemp seed oil has anti-inflammatory properties. Therefore, it makes sense that people would use it to assist with inflammation-related illnesses and conditions.
Studies have shown that the gamma-linoelic acid in hemp seed oil may reduce some of your inflammation. In fact, it might be helpful for a wide range of conditions like multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and even irritable bowel syndrome.
Hemp seed oil is also gut-friendly and low FODMAP, which is good news for anyone on a low FODMAP diet.
Promotes Better Heart Health
We could all do with treating our hearts a little better. And that means more than just saying sorry to it as you tuck into a big greasy burger from your local chippy. According to some sources, if you consume a diet high in linoleic acid, you may be able to reduce your total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein – which is the ‘bad’ cholesterol (which we don’t want).
And guess what? Linoleic acid is in hemp seed oil. When you lower your cholesterol and create a happy heart, you may be less at risk of related illnesses like heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure.
It’s Available In a Wide Range of Products
We talk about hemp seed oil as if you can only purchase it as an oil. However, manufacturers have clever people working for them, and you can buy a wide range of goodies that feature this magical oil.
For example, you can buy healing balms to massage into sore areas and even skincare products that you can apply directly to your face to alleviate acne, eczema, and other skin problems. You can actually find a range of products on our website that contain hemp seed oil. So, don’t be shy.
Although, you can still buy hemp seed oil in its oil form. This is quite handy to use in place of olive oil and for dressings.
What’s In Hemp Seed Oil?
You probably don’t question what’s in the takeaways you consume, but go ahead and question what’s in hemp seed oil.
One tablespoon, or 15 mL, of hemp seed oil contains:
- 125 calories
- 8 teaspoons of fat
- 2 teaspoon of saturated fatty acids
- 4 teaspoon of monounsaturated fatty acids
- 2 teaspoons of polyunsaturated fatty acids
Go Ahead, Make a Hemp Seed Oil Product Purchase
If you’re curious about the potential benefits you might experience, or you just want to feel like you’re doing right by your body, consider purchasing products with hemp seed oil. We have a few different options you may like to try.