Hemp Oil is available in two different main varieties: hemp seed oil, and hemp extract oil. Hemp seed oil has many nutritional applications, while hemp extract oil can be used topically or internally to address a wide variety of chronic and acute health conditions.
What is Hemp Oil?
Hemp extract oil is the substance obtained from the flowers, leaves and stalks of the hemp plant. Another popular type of hemp oil is hemp seed oil, which is obtained only from the seeds, and therefore contains very few of the cannabinoid components found in hemp extract oil. Hemp seed oil, however, is incredibly nutritious and can benefit your health in many ways.
Benefits of Hemp Seed Oil
Hemp seed oil contains vital nutrients that make it very near superfood status. Hemp seed oil contains an ideal balance of omegas, including alpha linoleic acid (ALA), linoleic acid, and gamma linoleic acid (GLA). These essential fatty acids are critical in fighting heart disease and may even increase metabolism.
A one tablespoon serving of hemp seed oil contains only 125 calories and about 20 times more essential fatty acids than olive oil. Hemp seed oil also contains significantly less saturated fat than olive oil. Hemp seeds, and therefore their oil, contain all ten essential amino acids, along with vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin E, vitamin B12, zinc, thiamine, iron, and folic acid. Hemp seed oil can be an easy nutritional boost when added to your diet.
Hemp Oil for Skin
Adding hemp seed oil to your skincare routine can be very beneficial. Hemp oil has a comedogenic rating of 0, meaning it does not clog pores, which makes it a great moisturizer for both oily and acne prone skin types. The rich omega 3 & omega 6 fatty acids in hemp oil soothe and relieve itchy, dry, and inflamed patches on the skin. Hemp oil can also help improve the skin’s elasticity and water retention in the skin’s tissues, keeping the skin youthful and radiant.
Like any other skincare products, it is a good idea to perform a patch test to ensure that you are not allergic to hemp oil. If you notice any burning, irritation, or itching, do not continue with the use of hemp oil on your body.
Hemp Oil on Hair
Hemp seed oil can be great for conditioning your hair, and there are many different hemp shampoos, conditioners, and other hair products containing hemp oil available on the market.
Hemp oil is also often used for hair growth. Losing hair can be a dramatic and life-altering process for anyone, and hair restoration procedures and treatments can be quite costly. Hemp has been reported to stimulate hair growth and promote healthier hair, likely due to vitamins and minerals within the oil itself.