Hemp oil, CBD oil, and THC, oh my! It can all be super overwhelming for a newbie, but by now, you’ve probably heard about the benefits of all three. We’ve talked about the difference between CBD oil and hemp oil, but since you need a prescription to access cannabis-based CBD oil, we thought we’d focus in on hemp oil too.
Hemp oil — also known as hemp seed oil — is cold-pressed oil made from, you guessed it, hemp seeds. It contains no CBD or THC, which means it won’t get you high but it does have a ton of health benefits that have seen it take its rightful place as the latest superfood that’s all the rage. As a bonus, it’s also way cheaper than CBD products.
Here’s just a few of the benefits you can expect from using hemp oil.
It’s great for your skin
Oils have been gaining popularity in the skincare industry for years now, and hemp oil is an excellent natural moisturiser, which absorbs quickly into the skin to leave you feeling soft and glowy (but not oily!) for hours.
Hemp oil improves the functioning of your skin and doesn’t clog your pores, and because it improves the composition of fats in your outermost layers of skin, it can also have an anti-aging effect. Take that, retinol!
Because hemp oil works to correct the imbalance of essential fatty acids in your system, it can also help with skin conditions like eczema and acne when you combine the external application with adding hemp oil into your diet.
It’s good for your heart
Hemp oil is filled with good cholesterol from plants, known as phytosterol, which actually helps to lower the bad cholesterol, by stopping its absorption during digestion. In fact, including phytosterol is the best way to naturally treat high cholesterol, and lower cholesterol means a happier, healthier heart.
Hemp seed oil has tons of essential fatty acids and is high in omega 3, 6 and 9. It also has the specific 3:1 ratio of omega 6 to omega 3, which is proven to be an effective natural anti-inflammatory.
Thus, if you’re ingesting hemp oil and using it topically over time, you may feel an improvement in any inflammatory conditions, like arthritis. Like with skin conditions, it’s best to both use it topically and add it into your diet.