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.
Benefits of Hemp Extract Oil
The benefits of hemp extract oil are more numerous, but also slightly more complicated. On a very basic level, hemp and its extracts all contain cannabidiol (CBD) and other useful cannabinoids, terpenoids, and flavonoids. These components make up over one hundred different facets of hemp plants and their extracts.
Cannabidiol, which is abundant in hemp plants, has many therapeutic applications and can be used in conjunction with a healthy lifestyle to promote overall balance. Cannabidiol, or CBD, works on our own internal Endocannabinoid System, and help to restore homeostasis throughout our entire body and it’s systems.
Because hemp extract is rich in CBD, it can help to target many debilitating conditions including:
Hemp Oil for Cancer
Hemp Oil for Anxiety
Hemp Oil for Arthritis
CBD for Chronic Pain
CBD and Autism
CBD and High Blood Pressure
CBD for Epilepsy
CBD as a Medication Alternative
CBD and Aging
Hemp Oil Extraction Methods
Hemp oil can be extracted from the hemp plant using multiple methods of varying success, potency, cost and safety.
Popular hemp oil extraction methods include:
Olive Oil extraction
ESCET method (low proof vodka or similar)
Types of Hemp Extract Oil Products
Hemp Oil Capsules
Hemp or CBD capsules can be an efficient way to ingest hemp products. In our experience, however, the dosing of these products can be difficult as absorption through the stomach can differ depending on stomach contents and other variables.
Hemp Extract Oil Tinctures
Tinctures are very popular for a good reason. They are possibly the most cost-effective way to get your hemp oil extract sublingually, or through the vessels under the tongue. Tinctures also normally include a beneficial carrier oil like MCT oil or extra virgin olive oil, which have their own nutritional benefits and can increase the bioavailability of the cannabinoids.
Hemp Extract Oil Gummies
Gummies allow for a more palatable and portable supplement option. We highly recommend brands that infuse their gummies with hemp extract oil, rather than those that spray or tumble generic gummies with CBD or hemp extract spray.Infused gummies allow for more consistency of dosing.
Hemp Oil Topical Creams, Ointments, and Sprays
Hemp extract can also be used topically on the skin to address inflammation and pain in certain localized areas of the body. Most of the time, topical cannabinoid products contain other botanicals like menthol or camphor that assist in the pain relief process. These products are available in creams or salves to be rubbed on, while there are also roll-on and spray on products that make for a mess-free application.
Additional Popular Uses of Hemp Extract Oil
Hemp Oil for Pets
If your pet suffers from chronic pain, anxiety, epilepsy, inflammatory conditions, cancer, or even dry skin, they too could also benefit from hemp oil! Many pet owners have had success with their cats and dogs by adding hemp extracts to their food, water, or applied topically. It is important to note that hemp oil is often used to increase comfort and improve quality of life in pets, not necessarily cure ailments.
Hemp Oil for Dogs
Dogs may benefit from hemp extract components such as CBD, which is now making its way into many dog treats and dietary supplements. Studies have shown that hemp can help dogs with arthritis, anxiety, and many of the other same conditions that we target in humans. When it comes to dosing for dogs, always start small, and be careful to follow the weight scale reference that most pet hemp extract products are labeled with. Be sure to consult your local veterinarian.
Hemp Oil for Cats
Cats can also benefit in many of the same ways that dogs and humans can, but often require lower dosage due to their smaller size. Be sure to consult your local veterinarian.
Hemp Oil Dosage for Humans
Dosage depends on your body weight, personal chemistry, and many other factors. It’s always best to start off with a half of a dropper or less, wait an hour or so, and see if you get the effects desired. Please also refer to the directions on the packaging, and perhaps have a chat with your healthcare specialist or doctor about your personal health plan and how help may benefit you with the correct dosage.
How to Choose a Hemp Oil Product
With so many hemp oil products out there, it may be daunting to choose the right one for you, so we want to provide you with a few pointers.
- Choose hemp oil products that have documentation that tracks through growing and manufacturing processes to reduce potential exposure to unhealthy chemicals and pesticides.
- The hemp oil should be extracted using CO2, ethanol, or olive oil.
- Make sure the products you are buying are all tested by a third party to ensure quality and compliance with current laws.
- Don’t be afraid to contact companies to ask about their growing and refining practices!
Have you tried Hemp oil extract products, like the trending ones containing CBD? Have you tried cooking with hemp seed oil? Let us know your experience in the comments…