Enjoy plenty of Hemp Seed Oil benefits for skin when you use our skincare range. Order yours from our online catalog today and enjoy free shipping! The health benefits of hemp seed oil are wide ranging. It has been shown to be good for skin, nails and hair, as well as helping with inflammation, cardiovascular health, pain relief and muscle tension. The hemp seed oil is derived from the seeds of the hemp plant and is packed with many nutrients. Learn more about the benefits of hemp seed oil in this article.
Benefits of Hemp Oil
Description: This perfectly balanced oil has an impressive list of proven benefits
to the consumer. The product’s ideal balance as a cosmetic oil and as a
fashionable ingredient meets the demands of the millennium’s market.
Hemp oil has been used for centuries for its medicinal and nutritional properties.
Today’s emphasis on environmentally-sound products calls for a multipurpose
ingredient such as hemp seed oil that we use in all of our beauty products. It is
a perfectly balanced oil with an impressive list of proven benefits to the consumer.
Across the globe, hemp products are renowned for their versatility. This popular
material is used in clothing, accessories, home furnishings and even
automobiles. Hemp is no longer confused as a “cannabis” product but is relished
for its own reputation.
Hemp Seed Oil has unique anti-inflammatory properties that are not often found
in other oils. This, added to its antioxidant properties, allows Hemp Seed Oil to
help heal and detoxify your skin, as well as even out your skin tone.
Some cosmetics use Hemp Seed Oil to take care of skin lesions and blotches
that may occur as a result of excessively dry skin. Since it won’t clog your pores
like many other oils, you can safely use Hemp Seed Oil to moisturize your skin,
and do so without any greasy buildup. It has high fluidity and lubricity and is
absorbed quickly and efficiently into the skin. Hemp Seed Oil also provides mild
UV protection, which helps prevent damage and diseases related to
over-exposure to the sun.
Four thousand years ago, China’s Emperor Sheng Nung used hemp for
rheumatism and constipation treatments. Buddha supposedly ate one hemp
seed per day while fasting. Romans used hemp fibers in their ropes and sails.
Gutenberg’s Bible, the American Constitution and the Declaration of
Independence were all printed on hemp paper. France’s Nîmes weavers used
hemp in manufacturing the first denim (De Nîmes). Since hemp made up the
very first jeans, contemporary fashion has turned to hemp fiber. Hemp is not a
trend that any industry can afford to miss. Armani, Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren
all use hemp in their fashion lines. “I believe that hemp is going to be the fiber of
choice for the millennium,” said Calvin Klein.
This “choice” plant is actually a tall weed that grows worldwide. It has many applications, aside from its excellent use in hemp seed oil form. The plant itself grows rapidly (four times faster than trees). Hemp has been highlighted lately for its environmental soundness. A renewable biomass, hemp is grown without fertilizer or pesticides. In fact, the plant is a fertilizer itself. Therefore, without involving costly and potentially environmentally-damaging chemicals, hemp is a hardy, cost-efficient botanical that grows without damaging either the wallet or the environment.
It’s no wonder that hemp is so widely used these days. Not only is the fiber used in paper, textiles and hemp beauty products, but its hardiness makes it ideal for the building industry. Hemp is also edible and may even be found in modern food products; the nutritious oil helps reduce LDL cholesterol content.
Clearly, hemp has many beneficial uses but its full potential is realized in the form of hemp seed oil. The oil is edible, pleasing to the touch and perfectly balanced. The cosmetic industry leaders recognize the desirability of high essential fatty acid contents. Hemp seed oil contains one of the highest levels of essential fatty acids: 76%.
Essential Fatty Acids and the Skin
Moisture regulation is carried out through a layer of the epidermis called the stratum corneum. The stratum corneum is comprised of skin cells held together by lipids. Our skin cells are continuously dying, shedding and being replaced by new ones. This cycle is controlled by the health of the stratum corneum, or “barrier” layer. The key to the integrity of this barrier is moisture, specifically keeping water inside the skin. In order to do this you need to apply a humectant (something that attracts or holds water). Hemp Seed Oil replenishes our EFA’s (essential fatty acids), which helps our skin hold moisture, making it a natural humectant. The effectiveness of our barrier function is what determines the moisture level of our skin, thus the health, softness and smoothness. EFA’s specifically Omega 6, Omega 3 and Omega 9 preserve this barrier.
Hemp Seed Oil is made up of 80% essential fatty acid, the highest amount of any other plant. It prevents moisture loss on a physiological level; it does not just merely “coat” the skin as do other oils. It contains the ideal ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3 based on our cells needs. Hemp Seed Oil so closely matches our own skin’s lipids that it’s able to penetrate inside our cells and lubricate the surface between them, allowing the EFA’s to enter our body. For this reason EFA’s have been proven to provide a healthy moisture balance and play a preventative role in skin aging.
Skin that’s lacking in EFA’s allows a greater loss of moisture, causing dryness. Dry skin problems, such as eczema, psoriasis, cracking, scaling, and loss of elasticity can be reversed by using skin care products containing Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids. Regular use of medicinal Hemp Seed Oil can help reduce any skin discomfort. It soothes and restores dry damaged skin, leaving it smooth, silky, and moisturized. It is also an excellent choice for hair and lip care.
EFAs (essential fatty acids) are very important in cell membranes. The more saturated the fatty acid, the less fluid the membrane. PUFA (poly-unsaturated fatty acids) are incorporated in the 2 position of the phospholipids constituting cell membrane. Afluid membrane is crucial for proper cell function. EFAs and their importance to the skin have been the subject of many studies.
Horrobin (J. Am. Acad. Dermatol. 1989 20 1045-1053) and later Wright (Br. J. Dermatol. 1991 125 503-515) have reviewed Essential Fatty Acid Deficiency (EFAD) consequences on the skin. They found that EFAD can lead to:
Hypertrophy of the sebaceous glands and hyperkeratosis of sebaceous ducts;
Weakened cutaneous capillaries;
Increased transepidermal water loss (TEWL) and
Thin, discolored hair, or hair loss
Furthermore, EFAD plays a role in atopic eczema, acne and psoriasis.
Our Gypsy Cream is great for soothing these type of skin symptoms.
Nutgeren, et. al. (Biochim. Biophis. Acta. 1985 834 429-436) proved that EFAs are absolutely necessary for maintaining the proper skin condition of water barrier in the skin. Direct topical application on linoleic acid (LA) to the skin restores the barrier in animals with EFAD. It as been shown that radiolabeled LA is incorporated mostly in an acyl ceramide (ceramide 1) in which LA was esterified to the end position of a very long chain unsaturated omega fatty acid. In EFAD, LA is replaced by oleic acid in the ceramide, which is unable to form a normal water barrier.
PUFA supplementation influences the rate of biosynthesis of EFA derivatives as it seems to depend on the size of the precursors pool. Supplementing gamma linoleic acid (GLA) results in an increase of the less inflammatory PGE2. Similarly long chain omega-3 acids supplementation induces a marked reduction in LA and arachidonic acid (AA) in membrane lipids and also result in local generation of the less inflammatory PGE3.
Also, dihomo gamma linoleic acid (DGLA) is converted in the skin to PGE1, which is known to raise the levels of cAMP which in turn inhibits PLA2 and so exerts anti-inflammatory effects by keeping AA locked into the phospholipidic membrane. Thus access of free AA to cyclo-oxygenase is denied and pro-inflammatory PG2 level is reduced. This implies the necessity of a well balanced mix of PUFA in the diet and in topical application.
The Right Prostaglandins are Extremely Important
Larregue (Prostaglandines et thromboxanes Masson 1997) reviewed the importance of prostaglandin (PG) in skin. PGs are not stored but are synthesized on request after being stimulated. PG2 are synthesized from AA present in cell membranes.
PG2 is a powerful vasodilator and contributes to the characteristic edema related to inflammation. It must be noted that PG1 and PG3 are less pro-inflammatory. PGs are also immune modulators: PGE2 is a powerful inhibitor of cytotoxic T cells activity. In situ PG production happens simultaneously with UV erythema. Therefore omega-3 PUFA, by helping prevent PG2, has a photo-protective effect on skin.
Marshall, et. al. (Progr Lipid Res 1981 20 7312-734) demonstrate that nutritional balance between omega-3 and omega-6 EFA affects prostaglandin synthesis in the immune system improving certain skin inflammatory pathologies. This is due to the competitive inhibition of cyclo-oxygenase which does not release as much pro-inflammatory AA derived PG2, favoring the less active PG3. High LNA levels in the diet led to a decreased capacity for cyclo-oxygenase produced PGE syntheses in the thymus and spleen due to the preference of desaturase and elongase enzymes for the omega-3 EFA. This causes a larger decrease in AA than may be expected on the basis of dietary LA/LNA ratio.
Finally, Ziboh (Arch. Dermatol. 1989 125 241-245) has studied the accumulation in psoriasis lesions of leukotriene B4, the major pro-inflammatory metabolite of AA. He proved that GLA and EPA present in fish oil are potent inhibitors of leukotriene B4 generation. They seem to work by competitive inhibition of 5 lipoxygenase.
PUFA Metabolism in the Skin
The enzymes involved in PUFA metabolism are crucial. Unfortunately, the key enzyme, Æ6 desaturase enzymes and cannot convert LA to GLA nor DGLA to AA, but it can convert GLA to DGLA. The epidermis is therefore dependent on the continual formation of GLA and AA by the liver and on the transport to the skin by the blood.
Kassis et. al. (Arch. Dermatol. Res. 1983 275 9-13) proved that a person’s capacity to convert LA to GLA decreases with age, as do the levels of PGE1. Æ6 desaturase is inhibited by many exogenous factors such as diet, stress and aging. Therefore, a GLA deficit leads to: a lack of PG1, an off-balance PG1/PG2 ratio and various cutaneous problems related to aging, such as skin dryness, itching, erythema and skin thinning. A well-balanced oil has to be supplemented to counter this consequence of aging by circumventing the key Æ6 desaturase stage.
Benefits of Topical EFAs
Topical application studies proved that PUFA or preferably PUFA-rich vegetable oils (released by the skin esterase) are beneficial to the skin. Prottey et. al. (J. Invest. Dermatol. 1975 64 228-234) demonstrated that, after cutaneous application of sunflower seed oil, which is rich in LA, to the right forearm of EFAD volunteers for two weeks, the level of LA in their epidermal lipids was markedly increased, the rate of TEWL was significantly lowered and the scaly lesions had disappeared. No such changes were seen in the volunteers’ left forearms after cutaneous application of olive oil (containing nearly no LA .
Proksch et. al. (Br. J. Dermatol. 1993 128 473-482) demonstrated that disrupting the barrier function by topical aceton
e treatment results in an increase of free fatty acids, sphingolipids and cholesterol in the living layer of the epidermis, leading to barrier repair. DNA synthesis is also stimulated the same way as by occlusion. This is a possible second mechanism by which the epidermis repairs its barrier function of omega-6 PUFA limits DNA synthesis and helps restore the barrier function.
Coupland (Active Ingredient Conference Paris 1997 195-201) described how damaged or inflamed skin can be treated with oils containing GLA and SDA due to a reduction in inflammatory metabolites: PG. Photo-damaged skin may also benefit from these natural oils by inhibiting the secretion of TNF∝. Morganti et. al. (J. Appl. Cosm. 1985 3 211-222) showed that EFA application improves skin’s hydration capacity and protects aged skin against environmental insults. A cream containing 3% EFA prevents much better skin atrophy induced by a cortisone like compound which accelerates the skin’s aging process.
All these data point out the great benefits of topical PUFA supplementation with the right balance of PUFA for helping:
correct the consequences of dry skin (more by structural change than by occlusivity);
contribute to skin aging prevention and
provide relief for skin inflammatory condition
The Wonder Oil
Hemp seed oil’s unique composition makes it the optimal active ingredient choice. It possess one of the highest PUFA contents but also has a perfect balance, providing the four essential fatty acids beneficial to the skin: LA, GLA, LNA, and SDA.
No other oil provides the necessary EFAs with the right balance. Although any PUFA-containing oil is good, an oil such as hemp seed oil (with the right biological ratio between omega-3/omega-6) provides all the benefits.
Hemp seed oil is pressed from a safe vegetable , hemp, which is a fiber-type weed of the Cannabis sativa species. The plant has dark green leaves and grows worldwide. Cannabis sativa can be separated into two categories:
Hemp (drug type): the leaves are rich in THC (Δ9 tetrahydrocannabinol) do not contain its precursor CBD (cannabidiol), and is used for its psychotropic properties;
Hemp (fiber type): contains very low levels of THC and does contain CBD.
In France, several hemp varieties are authorized for crops because they contain only traces of THC (less than 0.3%). It is very easy to check the quality of the seeds by chromatography. The seeds do not need to be sterilized, which allows the vitamin content to remain unchanged.
So even if hemp seed oil is described by its INCI name (Cannabis sativa seed oil) it contains only traces of THC (less than 10 ppm for selected oils) and is perfectly safe for nutritional and cosmetic use.
Dr. U. Erasmus’ book: Fats that Heal, Fats that Kill, (1993, Alive Books Canada), praises hemp seed oil for its nutritional benefits. Hemp seed oil helps:
Reduce LDL cholesterol and lower blood pressure for cardiovascular disease prevention;
Alleviate painful rheumatoid arthritis after a 12-week treatment;
Relieve the symptoms of PNS and menopause with one teaspoon a day for three months and
Improve health by sustaining the immune system.
Dr. Erasmus also recommends hemp seed oil as a salad oil for its pleasant nutty flavor. Two tablespoons a day provide the daily EFA requirements.
Hemp Seed Oil in Cosmetics
In addition to its outstanding composition, hemp seed oil’s unique texture imparts excellent skin feel. It is non-greasy, has high fluidity and lubricity and is absorbed quickly and efficiently in the skin. In fact, hemp seed oil is considered the “driest” vegetable oil.
Hemp seed oil’s unique texture and activity on the skin (including the scalp) targets it toward many beneficial uses in cosmetic products. It is recommended in skin care formulas that protect or provide anti-aging benefits, as well as dry-, mature- and sensitive skin products. It can be used at 3% in hand, foot or body creams. It can be used at 10% levels in after-sun products as well as lipsticks, lip balms and nail treatments. Hemp seed oil can also be used (3%) in cosmetic powders, liquid makeup and glossy hair conditioners that strengthen or prevent splitting and thinning. It is recommended for use (up to 10% for atopic eczema, acne and psoriasis treatment) and may be used at full strength for aromatherapy purposes and in body and massage oils.
Hemp seed oil is an excellent active ingredient in all of the above cosmetic applications. Hemp seed oil is the right choice. Not only is it fashionable, but it is the natural solution to the industry’s need for a rich oil that tests boundaries. Hemp seed oil is defined by unique properties that indulge the consumer in countless benefits. When used as an active ingredient, hemp seed oil follows a trend that you can bank on.
What Is Hemp Seed Oil?
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What Is Hemp Seed Oil?
The Main Hemp Seed Oil Benefits & Uses
Hemp seed oil is oil that has been extracted from hemp seeds from the cannabis sativa plant. It is an amazing healthy substitute for traditional oils, and is rich in antioxidants, calcium, manganese, potassium, Vitamins A and E, zinc and Omegas 3 and 6. (1)
The health benefits of hemp seed oil are wide ranging. It has been shown to be good for skin, nails and hair, as well as helping with inflammation, cardiovascular health, pain relief and muscle tension.
Hemp seed oil is made by cold pressing whole raw seeds of the hemp plant, in a process similar to the way olive oil is produced from olives. Hemp seed oil is generally vegetarian and vegan friendly, and allergen-free.
Unlike full spectrum hemp oil, hemp seed oil contains little to no CBD. The oil has a unique profile of healthy fatty acids, making it a versatile food additive or cooking oil.
There is an extremely low risk of intoxication from consuming hemp seed oil. It contains less than 0.3 percent THC, which is the active property that causes the high in cannabis and cannabis products.
Hemp Seed Oil Uses
The most efficient way of consuming hemp seed oil is to sip it from a teaspoon. Taking between 1-2 teaspoons of hemp seed oil daily has been shown to have wide-ranging health benefits (more on that shortly).
When being used to treat skin conditions or inflammation, hemp seed oil can be applied directly to the affected area (See Hemp Skincare). You can use the oil straight from the bottle, or in moisturisers, balms, or even toothpaste!
You can add hemp seed oil to a whole lot of different foods. It has a nutty, earthy flavour that is a fantastic complement to your salads, smoothies, baking, dips, spreads and more. Check out these recommended recipes for inspiration!
One thing to note is cooking hemp seed oil at high temperatures can take out some of its health properties, reducing its benefits by cooking out its good fats.
Hemp Seed Oil Benefits
Hemp seed oil is packed with vitamins, minerals and fatty acids, giving it an incredible array of benefits. These are some of the most popular health benefits of hemp seed oil.
Hemp Seed Oil Skin Benefits
Hemp seed oil is amazing at nourishing and regenerating the skin. It has an abundance of fatty acids, making it hugely popular all over the world among people with skin conditions, or anyone interested in containing breakouts or promoting overall skin health.
Not only that, but research has found hemp seed oil can strengthen the skin, hair and nails, making them better at resisting infection ( 1 ).
The skin benefits of hemp seed oil include helping to treat and manage conditions and irritations such as:
- Lichen planus
Hemp seed oil is a wonderful complement to everyday skin moisturisers, including in hot or cold climates, for skin that’s dry, tight, or already healthy. It even has anti-aging properties, helping to prevent signs of ageing, and reduce lines and wrinkles.
One of the main reasons why hemp seed oil is good for the skin is its rich supply of Omega-6 fatty acids. Omega-6 encourages healthy skin growth and new cell generation, and has powerful anti-inflammation properties.
Inflammation & Pain Relief Benefits
Hemp seed oil is a hugely popular anti-inflammatory, and is commonly used to provide relief from inflammation and the pain it can cause.
That’s because it has high quantities of gamma linoleic acid (GLA), an Omega-6 fatty acid metabolite, with anti-inflammatory properties. GLA is also great for boosting your immunity.
Taking hemp seed oil can help to ease joint pain, organ or gland inflammation, headaches and other pains related to inflammation ( 2 ). It can be used alongside or instead of other common over-the-counter pain medicines.
Learn more about the benefits of hemp seed oil for joints here.
Hemp Seed Oil Heart Benefits
As well as GLA, hemp seed oil is rich in alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which has been shown to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease ( 3 ). This is also a common component in many fish and flax seed oils.
Hemp seed oil benefits cardiovascular health by helping to reduce high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, and cholesterol levels.
Hemp Seed Oil Brain Benefits
The high concentration of fatty acids in hemp seed oil also has many benefits for brain function. Healthy fats such as those found in hemp seed oil allow the brain to perform as it should.
Hemp seed oil contains compounds such as polyphenols, which have also been found to play a role in protecting the brain ( 4 ). Hemp seed oil’s anti-inflammatory properties benefit brain function also.
These are just some of the core benefits of hemp seed oil. On top of these benefits, hemp seed oil can also:
- Improve immunity
- Promote joint mobility and muscle relaxation
- Improve metabolism
- Balance moods and hormone levels
- Promote healthy organs
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Hemp seed oil benefits may persuade you to use this oil regularly. It is derived from the hemp seed, a part of the cannabis plant (marijuana). This oil is loaded with many nutrients and beneficial bioactive compounds. Antioxidants and essential fatty acids present in the oil may aid in reducing inflammation and other common ailments. The hemp seed oil also helps boost heart, brain, and gut health. In addition, it aids in weight loss and helps ease menstrual cramps.
This oil does not have psychoactive effects, as marijuana does. This article discusses the benefits of hemp seed oil, its nutritional profile, how to use it for maximum benefits, and any potential side effects. Take a look.
In This Article
What Is Hemp Seed Oil? What Is It Good For?
Hemp seed oil is derived from hemp seeds. Though marijuana comes from the same plant, hemp seeds contain just trace amounts of THC (the most active ingredient of marijuana), and they don’t get you high.
The oil is filled with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents and other essential fatty acids (like GLA), all of which are known to combat diseases like inflammatory arthritis, cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.
Did You Know?
You can use hemp seed oil to varnish woodwork as well. Mix a little oil with lemon juice and apply it over finished wood using a cotton ball.
What Are The Benefits Of Hemp Seed Oil?
1. May Fight Inflammation
Hemp seed oil is rich in GLA (gamma linoleic acid), which is an omega-6 fatty acid that may boost immunity and fight inflammation.
However, both animal and human studies still need to conclude how effective the anti-inflammatory properties of hempseed could be (1).
The oil is also a good source of anti-inflammatory compounds, which may help relieve arthritic symptoms. More research is required to study its anti-inflammatory effects.
Hemp seed oil, when taken along with evening primrose oil, was found to improve symptoms in individuals with multiple sclerosis (which can be caused by inflammation) (2). Experts theorize it might also help in the treatment of fibromyalgia.
2. May Boost Heart Health
A meal containing hempseeds was found to help prevent high cholesterol levels. The results could be attributed to the polyunsaturated fatty acids in the seeds. These seeds (and their oil) could show potential in the treatment of cardiovascular disease (3).
As per an animal study, hemp seed oil was found to reduce cholesterol absorption. Another study states that taking 30 mL of the oil every day for four weeks reduces the ratio of total cholesterol to HDL cholesterol (4). This may promote heart health.
It also is thought that in addition to the fatty acids, certain other bioactive compounds found in hemp seed oil may also help in this regard. The oil has omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids in the optimal ratio – 3:5:1 to 4:2:1, which seems to satisfy the modern standards of healthy nutrition (5).
3. May Aid Diabetes Treatment
Diabetes is also linked to an unbalanced intake of essential fatty acids. As hemp oil is rich in essential fatty acids, it may work as a good supplemental treatment (6).
However, we need more research before we conclude that hemp seed oil can benefit diabetes. Please consult your doctor before using the oil for this purpose.
4. May Help Reduce Cancer Risk
The tetrahydrocannabinol in hemp seed oil may help inhibit certain forms of cancer. Most animal studies have shown the tumor-inhibiting action of tetrahydrocannabinol (7).
However, we need more additional trials to understand the antitumor effects of tetrahydrocannabinoland hemp seed oil (7).
Other studies have shown that cannabinoids derived from hemp seeds may aid in the treatment of cancers of the lung and breast (8).
The GLA and omega-3s in hemp oil may also help, but we need more research to confirm the findings.
5. May Improve Brain Health
The hemp seed oil contains cannabinoids. Studies show that these may help ease anxiety in those with a social anxiety disorder (9).
Studies also support that inhalation of hemp essential oil can have a relaxing effect on the nervous system. Inhaling the oil (aromatherapy) is believed to enhance the mood. There is a possibility that the oil may also have antidepressant effects (10).
The essential fatty acids in the oil may also improve memory and prevent age-related cognitive decline. Further studies are warranted to arrive at a conclusion.
6. May Boost Immunity
The oil contains omega-3 fatty acids. Some research shows that omega-3 fatty acids may boost immunity and enhance protection against infections and other related ailments (11).
7. May Be Beneficial During Pregnancy
Hemp seed oil is also a great option for all pregnant mothers. Again, a major part of the credit goes to the omega-3 fatty acids.
According to an American study, adequate intake of omega-3 fatty acids is critical during pregnancy as they are the building blocks of the fetal brain and retina. They also play a major role in preventing perinatal depression (12).
Oils containing omega-3 fatty acids can also help prevent preterm delivery and promote an easier birth and the baby’s optimum lifelong wellness (13).
However, there is less information available on the safety of hemp seed oil during pregnancy. Also, whether the omega-3 fatty acids in the oil would benefit during pregnancy is still a matter of debate. Hence, we recommend you consult your doctor.
8. May Enhance Digestive Health
Direct research on the efficacy of hemp seed oil on promoting digestive health is lacking. However, the EPA and DHA (in the omega-3s in the oil) were found to synthesize compounds called eicosanoids (14).
Some experts believe that these eicosanoids may regulate the secretion of digestive juices and hormones, thereby aiding the overall digestive process. However, sufficient research is lacking in this regard.
It also is believed that the small amount of protein in the oil is identical to the one present in our blood, which may help in alleviating digestive troubles (as the protein gets easily digested in the human body). More studies are warranted to establish this theory.
Did You Know?
In America, it was legal to pay taxes with hemp from the 1630s to the early 1800s.
9. May Be Useful For Skin Care
Hemp seed oil can help you get beautiful and healthy skin. It acts as a moisturizer and prevents your skin from becoming dry during the winters (15). In other words, it keeps your skin soft, fresh, and hydrated.
You can try applying hemp seed oil all over your body after taking a bath. You will notice the difference in a few days. However, we suggest you do a patch test first as anecdotal evidence suggests that hemp seed oil may cause allergies.
Some sources suggest that the oil does not clog your pores. Its linoleic acid may regulate sebum production. Lack of linoleic acid in the diet can provoke the sebum to clog our pores, which gives rise to blackheads, whiteheads, or acne lesions. In fact, those with acne had decreased concentrations of linoleic acid on the skin surface (16). You can wet your face, pat it dry, and apply the oil to the affected areas. Massage properly. Use it once a day.
You can use hemp seed oil in a similar way to removing makeup.
10. May Protect Skin From Disease
Dietary hemp seed oil may be used to treat atopic dermatitis. Studies attribute this therapeutic effect to the polyunsaturated fatty acids in hemp seed oil (17).
Some evidence suggests that hemp seed oil can also be used as a treatment for eczema. The oil strengthens the skin and makes it resistant to bacterial and fungal infections (18).
The essential fatty acids in the oil act may as an internal moisturizer, helping relieve eczema symptoms. Taking the oil thrice a day, along with applying it to the affected areas on the skin, could be beneficial. But since solid research is lacking in this regard, consult your doctor before using the oil for eczema treatment.
Using the oil every day for 20 weeks was also found to relieve the symptoms of dermatitis. This is especially true with the itching associated with the condition (17).
Some believe that the oil may also help relieve shingles, which is one type of rash. Anecdotal evidence suggests that hemp oil may reduce the inflammation and even protect the nerve cells (that are usually attacked in this condition). Consuming hemp oil could help you deal with the symptoms of pain, though more research is needed here.
But since each case of shingles could be unique, we suggest you talk to your doctor and take their advice on the way you need to use hemp oil to treat your condition. There also is limited research in this area. Hence, talking to your doctor should help.
Hemp seed oil may also be used to prevent sunburns. Some believe adding zinc oxide to the oil can boost its SPF rating (from a rating of 6). However, there is no research to support this. The oil could be one great way to soothe a sunburn as it is believed to protect the delicate layers of the skin.
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11. May Aid Weight Loss
Studies have shown that individuals taking GLA supplements for a year gained back less weight (19). Since hemp oil is rich in GLA, it may also help in this aspect. However, there is no research supporting this statement.
The omega-3s in hemp seed oil may also contribute to weight loss in some way. But there is very little research to support this. Hence, it is important you talk to your doctor before using hemp seed oil for this purpose.
12. May Help Relieve PMS Symptoms
GLA may help ease menstrual cramps. Studies show that supplementation with fatty acid may not cause any side effects (20).
Anecdotal evidence also suggests that hemp seed oil may help treat breast tenderness, feelings of irritability and depression, and swelling. There is no research to support this, though.
13. May Boost Hair Growth
The healthy fats in hemp seed oil are believed to add moisture and shine to hair. The oil is also thought to strengthen fragile hair strands and can make your hair thicker. It may promote new hair growth as well.
Using the oil on the scalp, as per anecdotal evidence, may also reduce several scalp problems, including itchiness, dryness, and dandruff. The oil may also aid the treatment of scalp psoriasis.
These are the different ways hemp seed oil can benefit you. Knowing its nutritional profile can help you understand the benefits better.