Part 2 – What is Hemp Seed Oil? Should I be taking it/using it?
If you haven’t read part one of this series – What is Hemp? You can catch up here.
Now onto Hemp Seed Oil.
Hemp Seed Oil comes from the seeds of the industrial hemp plant. The Canadian government specifies that in order “for hemp-seed oil to be exempt from the Cannabis Act, it can’t contain more than 10 parts per million of THC” (Tetrahydrocannabinol) – or the psychoactive component that gets you high.
Hemp seed oil has plenty of benefits for people and animals, both internally and externally. Hemp seed oil is extremely high in antioxidants and Omegas 3 and 6 – which are essential for improving the immune system and promoting a healthy heart.
Hemp seed oil can also improve brain function! Omegas 3 and 6 are known for improving memory and helping to prevent age-related function decline.
Hemp seed oil has also been known to provide benefits in the following areas:
- Improving hormone balance for women. Studies have shown that gamma-linoleic acid (found in Hemp Seed Oil) can help to reduce the symptoms caused by PMS and even menopause.
- Pain relief – along with reducing general inflammation in the body, hemp seed oil may help ease pain in muscles or joints after a workout.
- Enhancing digestive health, improving blood circulation, preventing Diabetes, and more!
Hemp seed oil also benefits animals. It provides the same general benefits such as improving heart health, immune function, and muscle health, but it also improves their mobility, provides skin and coat conditioning, and helps with weight management.
It has a natural grass-like taste but if that’s not your thing, you can try chasing it with juice or even blending it into a smoothie.
Information about Hemp in Canada and the laws and regulations around it can be found here.