What is Hemp Seed Oil?
Hemp seeds are seeds from the cannabis sativa plant which are an underestimated, but great source of high-quality nutrients, protein, and minerals. They typically do not contain any THC, however, hemp products can legally be sold with 0.3% or less THC. Because the seeds are so rich in nutrients, they can be cold-pressed into oils to be used in medicine, cooking, beauty and cosmetic products, lubricants, and detergents.
The Eastern culture has a long history, about 3,000 years, of using hemp seed oil as a multipurpose remedy in medicine. It’s popping up in both health stores and beauty shops while new, positive research frequently continues to come out.
Hemp Seed Oil vs. CBD Oil
Hemp seed oil and CBD (cannabidiol) oil are both derived from the cannabis plant, yes, but they are not the same thing. The main difference is the part of the plant from which they come from. CBD is typically the better option for more serious medical conditions than hemp oil. Here is a breakdown of the differences:
Hemp Seed Oil
- Made from cold-pressing hemp seeds together
- Great source of omega-3, omega-6, and other essential fatty acids
- Contains little-to-no CBD
- Great source of protein
- Made from extracting CBD from the hemp plant
- Very high in CBD creating a more noticeable effect than hemp seed oil
- May improve body functions, sleep, mood, pain, and hormonal maintenance
- More effective for general muscle tension
POTENTIAL HEALTH BENEFITS OF HEMP SEED OIL
Hemp seed oil contains so many nutrients, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory properties, that people often use it as a supplement for their general, overall health. 25% of the calories from hemp seeds come from protein, which is even higher than chia and flax seeds which are in the 16-18% range. Additionally, hemp seeds are loaded with vitamin E, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, magnesium, sulfur, calcium, iron, and zinc. The nutrients that come from hemp seeds are often associated with: heart health, brain health, and muscles & joints
BEAUTY BENEFITS OF HEMP SEED OIL
Not only does hemp seed oil benefit your level of health on the inside, but it provides many benefits to the outer appearance as well. Hemp seed oil is becoming a popular ingredient in makeup, soaps, lotions, balms, facial skincare products, and bath products. Hemp seed oil has a long list of benefits that support healthy hair, skin, and nails. Common uses for hemp oil in the beauty industry include:
- Acne – it’s loaded with antibiotics and anti-inflammatory properties!
- Relieves sensitive skin, rashes, eczema, and psoriasis
- Skin moisturizer – won’t clog your pores
- Cuticle rejuvenation and healthy nail growth
*Hemp seed oil alone will not cure most skin conditions and should be used in combination with other products or medications recommended by your doctor.
How to Use Hemp Seed Oil on your Skin
Make sure to always used unrefined oil. Refined oil does not have the same level of effect on the skin. Unrefined oil will have be dark green with a mild, nutty smell while refined will be clear with no smell.
Hemp seed oil is best used topically in a moisturizer, serum, or as a stand-alone oil. It is considered a “dry oil,” which means it absorbs quickly and does not leave a greasy feeling on the skin. Simply massage a few drops over cleansed skin or use as a body oil after showering. Using hemp seed oil as a carrier oil in aromatherapy can also benefit the skin.
Does Hemp Seed Oil Have Any Side Effects?
There are no known serious side effects to hemp seed oil, although some people may experience sensitivity to their skin such as redness or itching. In this case, check the ingredients list a second time, because many other skincare products such as retinol or glycolic acid can irritate the skin as well.
Headaches and sleepiness have been reported from people who took or diffused more than the recommended servings of hemp seeds (or oil).
BUYERS BEWARE - Hemp Seed Oil is not the same as CBD.
Hemp seed oil is much less expensive than its cousin, CBD oil, but is often falsely marketed as the same thing. Consumers should always be sure to check the ingredients list and buy from a reputable company. Hemp seed oil should be listed as cannabis sativa seed oil on a packaging label. CBD will be listed as cannabidiol, full-spectrum hemp, hemp oil, PCR, or PCR hemp extracts.
If you’re interested in trying CBD-free hemp oil, check out Florance Hemp Seed Oil
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