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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.

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The article above was edited by Gabriela Girardi.

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Mariana Pastorello

Casper Libero '22

Student of journalism, passionate about music, series and culture seeking to find entertainment and unique moments.
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