The Benefits of Hemp Oil
Hemp oil is pressed from the seeds of the cannabis sativa plant, the same species that yields marijuana and CBD oil. It contains a balanced ratio of omega-6 and omega-3 fats and important nutrients. One tbsp of hemp seed oil delivers over twice the daily value of alpha-linolenic acid, an omega-3 essential fatty acid.
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Hemp seed oil is a common ingredient in body oils, lotions and cosmetics. It provides good skin moisturization, and it is often used to help treat specific skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, and acne rosacea. It is also known to relieve itchy skin and bolster the skin’s ability to resist viral, fungal and bacterial infections. The gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) in hemp seed oil may be responsible for these benefits.
GLA helps reduce inflammation in the body and improve lipid profiles. It’s also a rich source of tocopherols, the natural antioxidants that fight free radicals and protect against cell damage.
Look for a cold-pressed hemp oil. Avoid products processed with hexane, butane or other solvents, as these leave behind harmful residues. Ideally, you want a product that undergoes DNA testing to confirm the identity of the hemp strain and rigorous quality assurance tests to ensure consistency and potency. You should also check to make sure the processor follows FDA guidelines and doesn’t add other ingredients or contaminate the hemp oil. This information should be on the label.