Hemp seed oil is delicious, nutritious and good for the environment as well as your body. With an explosion of interest in hemp products over the past few years, there are lots of new brands on the shelves. There are also many companies attempting to hoodwink people with misinformation what their product is. Let’s take a look at the benefits and clear up some misconceptions.
Hemp Oil (also known as Hemp Seed Oil) is what you get when the seeds from the hemp or cannabis plant are crushed. The oil within is expelled and collected. It has a lovely nutty flavour and many health benefits (discussed below).
With the rise in popularity of cannabis products such as CBD, there has been confusion around the difference between hemp oil and CBD. Government restrictions have meant that many companies have tried to sell their CBD products as “hemp oil” or “hemp seed oil” so as to fly under the radar. Conversely, some hemp sellers have tried to pretend that their products contain CBD in order to exploit the increased demand for it.
Hemp Oil Is Not CBD
Let’s take this one step at a time, as it can be a little confusing if you’re new to the subject.
What’s the difference between hemp oil and CBD oil?
Hemp oil is the oil from the crushed seeds of the cannabis plant.
CBD oil is the oil from the rest of the plant, including the flowers, leaves and stalk.
Will hemp oil or CBD make me feel “high”?
Cannabis products make people feel “high” due to the presence of a cannabinoid known as THC.
There are many varieties of cannabis plant, one of which is hemp. All of them contain cannabinoids. These cannabinoids have a wide range of health benefits, but they won’t make you feel high.
Hemp is defined as having a very low level of THC, which differs from country-to-country. However, it is always far below the quantity which will make you feel “stoned” or “high”.
CBD does not have any psychoactive effect, even if you take a very large amount of it (and yes, we’ve tried – solely for your benefit, dear reader). All it does is make you feel calm and (in large quantities) sleepy.
The Benefits of Hemp Oil
Okay, so forget about all the hype for a minute and just think of hemp as a plant like any other. Except that it’s not like any other – quite apart from its notoriety and medicinal benefits, hemp is probably the single most nutritious plant in the world. It is the only plant which can provide all of a human’s nutritional needs. We’re not just talking about “survival” – we’re talking about “thrival”. (Sorry, that’s not actually a word).
Your body thrives on hemp because it contains everything you need to be a human in peak nutritional condition – consuming just one teaspoon of it a day will give you all of its benefits. Hemp seed oil contains healthy plant cholesterol, minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. It’s high in protein. It’s great for your skin and considered an effective treatment for eczema and dermatitis – it’s a fantastic moisturiser and can be applied directly to the skin. It also contains Vitamin E, which is very important in preventing cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer’s. The benefits are multiple, from being an anti-inflammatory and helping with repairing skin cells to having any-aging properties.
Notably, Hemp Seed Oil is the single best source of Omega Fatty Acids in the world (also known as Essential Fatty Acids or EFAs). Even better, it’s plant-based, and the plant grows easily and is very gentle on the environment. Other common sources are tuna or fish oil, which are not only terrible for the environment, they’re also not good for your guts. The thing with Omegas is that for your body to absorb them properly, they need to be in the right ratio to each other. Hemp naturally has this perfect ratio, which is 3:1 of Omega-6 to Omega-3. Ensuring that your body has a ready supply of Omegas does a lot for your cardiovascular health, from decreasing the chance of heart disease and reducing blood pressure to improving your resting heart rate and heart rhythm problems (arrhythmias).
How to check the quality of hemp seed oil
Simply speaking, it’s all in the taste – bad quality hemp seed oil has a bitter aftertaste. Really good quality oil comes from cold pressing hemp seeds, and you will see it in the dark green colour of the oil. It will be clear rather than cloudy, and it will taste smooth and nutty.
The most important thing is to ensure it’s grown in quality soil without contaminants – Tasmania and Victoria tends to be best.
Where can I get hemp oil?
Here in Australia you can find it easily – hemp oil is in Chemist Warehouse and many other major retailers. However, the quality of the oil differs greatly from one producer to the next. Do your research about where the hemp seeds are grown, where they’ve been processed and how they’re stored.
If you have any questions or comments to add, let us know below and we’ll do our best to answer them.