Popularly known as Hemp Oil, the hemp seed oil is made of the extract of hemp seeds, a plant belonging to the Cannabis family. Differently from Marijuana, hemp contains ONLY 0,3% of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the psychoactive component that makes us feel “high”, so the effect it’s practically nonexistent in the oil.
Besides that, hemp oil is highly nutritious. The seeds contain omega 6 and omega 3, vitamins and fatty acids that can help our body in different – and good – ways. Check out some other benefits:
- Skin care
Because the oil contains omega 6 and 3 it helps to keep the skin hydrated, lowers inflammation and may even modulate skin oil production, which is really good for people with acneic. It can also be a helpful treatment for skin issues such as dermatitis, psoriasis and eczema. Nowadays several brands have hemp based beauty products such as Kiehl’s; Origins; Herbivore and The Body Shop, but you can also find them on Amazon or EBay.
- Heart health
The variety of nutrients present in hemp oil can have a positive effect in issues as high blood pressure, atherosclerosis and cholesterol levels. According to a research review made in 2014, consuming ALA (alpha-linolenic-acid) – present in hemp oil – can help prevent you from getting the disease.
- Improving brain functions
Hemp seed oil contains low levels of cannabidiol that can ease anxiety and reduce the symptoms of depression. Besides that, the essential fatty acids (omega 6 and omega 3) can help to improve memory and prevent age-related brain function decline. Also, studies suggest that hemp oil can protect the nervous system, having the potential to relieve or prevent Parkinson, Alzheimer and neuropathic pain.
- Less intense PMS and menopause symptoms
According to a 2011 study by PMC, if you take 1 gram of GLA (Gamma Linolenic Acid) – a type of omega 6 fatty acid found in hemp – can help with PMS symptoms. In 2010, a study in rats found that the same fatty acid may help offset the symptoms of menopause.
- Pain relief
Hemp oil is very famous as a form of natural pain relief because it reduces pain when ingested or applied topically. When the oil its combinades with others anti-inflammatory properties, it becomes a useful ally for injuries or infections . You can also use massage oil that can be rubbed into the muscles after a workout.
The article above was edited by Gabriela Girardi.
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