Hemp oil – composition, properties, effects and not only medical applications
When we hear about hemp and the oil produced from it, we usually associate it negatively with a certain intoxicating substance, which is completely banned in our country. It is, however, a misconception, because in that case we are usually talking about seed hemp and not its illegal, Indian variety. They are used to produce two completely different types of oil, the CBD oil described earlier and hemp oil, which also has many valuable health properties that allow it to be used in medicine and cosmetics, and even in the kitchen.
- 1 Hemp – a natural source of health for the whole family
- 2 Hemp oil – method of production and chemical composition
- 3 Hemp oil – health properties and diseases in which it can be used
- 3.1 1 Anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects
- 3.2 Invaluable support for the immune system, regulation of the body’s hormonal balance
- 3.3 3) Application in prevention and treatment of heart and circulatory system diseases
- 3.4 4. calming effect, beneficial for the functioning of the nervous system
- 3.5 5. healthier hair, complexion and lack of unsightly skin lesions
- 4 Hemp oil – use in the kitchen as an addition to many dishes
Hemp – a natural source of health for the whole family
Over the years many misunderstandings and myths have grown up around hemp, unnecessarily putting it in such a negative light. That’s why we’d like to stress once again that the cultivation of the hemp seed variety is completely legal in our country and brings many benefits, providing material for the production of one of the healthiest oils. Seed hemp, bearing the Latin name Cannabis sativa, is a plant belonging to the hemp family and has been valued for its health and functional properties for centuries. Looking like a typical, low-branching bush, growing up to several metres tall, this is the first difference from the much shorter and much-branched Cannabis plants. The green parts of the stalk are covered in tiny hairs, giving off a pungent aroma, while the lance-shaped, toothed leaves grow in bunches of up to 9, or 11 in the case of the Indica variety, each up to 10 cm long. Hemp also has small, spherical fruits, egg-shaped and only 5-6 mm in diameter.
This variety of hemp used to grow almost everywhere in Poland and was commonly used not only for the production of tasty and healthy oil, but also in households, where it was used, for example, to make strong, durable fabrics and ropes. However, the most important was always the production of oil, which now is also slowly coming back to favor, slowly cleansed of completely undeserved, negative opinions. We owe this primarily to a Canadian, Rick Simpson, who, suffering from skin cancer, began to press it himself at the beginning of the 1990s and then used it for medicinal purposes.
Hemp oil – method of production and chemical composition
There are many methods of obtaining oil from hemp seeds, starting with the oldest, traditional cold pressing. The seeds should be thoroughly cleaned of their shells before this process begins, then they are cooled and go under a press that presses the tasty oil from them. This is the healthiest method, allowing to obtain the final product in the so-called extra virgin version, similar to olive oil, slightly cloudy, unfiltered with a characteristic greenish color, testifying to the presence in it of large amounts of chlorophyll. However, this method is not suitable for industrial production, especially if you want to obtain healthy CBD oil, which contains large amounts of cannabidiol and is widely used in medicine. We’d like to clarify that cannabidiol is a perfectly legal substance and has nothing to do with the narcotic THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, which is banned by law.
On an industrial scale, one method used is the one just developed by Rick Simpson, an extraction using solvents, usually gasoline or butane. It is also possible to extract the oil at home, using commercially available olive oil or dry ice, but the resulting oil will be of inferior quality. Using olive oil also shortens the shelf life of the oil and it is necessary to store the oil at a low temperature, preferably in a refrigerator. So it is better to rely on ready-made products available in herbal shops or pharmacies, having in their composition extremely valuable nutritional substances even necessary for our health. It is safe to say that the composition is unique, practically unparalleled in any other oils, which is why hemp oil is so widely used in the treatment and prevention of many serious diseases.
Hemp oil composition – the most important nutrients:
- vitamins: A, B (B1, B2, B3, B6), E;
- Vitamin K, actively involved in the synthesis of proteins that are part of the bone-forming tissue, responsible for proper blood clotting, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and analgesic properties;
- minerals: calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, zinc, sulfur, silicon, iron, copper, boron, iodine, sodium;
- valuable essential amino acids, i.e. those which we are not able to produce on our own;
- phytosterols, or simply plantsterols found in cannabis, similar in structure to cholesterol, helping lower its level in the blood. They are an important element of atherosclerosis prophylaxis, protecting us from other, equally dangerous cardiovascular diseases. They also have anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties, supporting the functioning of the human immune system;
- Omega-3 (LNA) acid, deficiencies of which in the body almost immediately manifest themselves as problems with concentration, mood swings leading even to depression, vision disorders, increased blood pressure, increased risk of blood clots, metabolic processes are also disrupted, which with reduced levels of fat burning may lead to weight gain and obesity;
- linoleic acid Omega-6 (LA), also necessary for the proper functioning of the body, and its deficiencies, in turn, affect the deterioration of skin condition, accelerated hair loss that is difficult to stop, or reduced immunity exposing us to various dangerous infections. It regulates hormonal economy, protects against osteoporosis, diabetes, lowers the level of “bad” cholesterol in the blood, prevents heart disease, heart attack or stroke, kidney and urinary tract diseases and autoimmune disorders such as lupus and multiple sclerosis;
- Omega-9 oleic acid, one of the so-called essential unsaturated fatty acids (NNKT), without which it would be impossible for practically the entire organism to function properly, which is not always able to produce it on its own. Therefore, it is necessary to supply it with food, and one of the richest sources is hemp oil, thanks to which Omega-9 has an excellent effect on the work of the heart and the entire circulatory system, helps maintain normal blood sugar levels, minimizes the risk of atherosclerosis, regulates digestion by limiting excessive secretion of gastric acids, and also maintains the proper level of skin hydration;
- fiber, which constitutes as much as 10-15 percent of hemp oil composition, perfectly influences digestion, improves bowel function and metabolism. It also slows down the processes leading to the absorption of sugar into the blood, balances its level, taking an active part in the prevention of diabetes, especially type II. It also helps control excessive appetite, a frequent cause of snacking that leads to obesity;
- proteins, making up to 25 percent of its composition;
- cannabidiol, or the already described CBD, an extremely valuable organic compound, which has absolutely nothing to do with drugs, more and more commonly used in the treatment of disease states with different intensity of symptoms. It shows great effectiveness in the case of degenerative diseases such as Parkinson and Alzheimer, the aforementioned multiple sclerosis or diabetes, it also helps to alleviate extremely severe pain.
Hemp oil – health properties and diseases in which it can be used
As you can see from the examples above, the composition of hemp oil actually looks impressive and this is already, of course, in our opinion, a sufficient argument for the immediate introduction of it into the daily diet. The benefits will be obvious, and the positive effects of its consumption will be felt almost immediately. It is not without reason that more and more nutritionists and other specialists in healthy nutrition are recommending it to their patients, and the scientific research carried out on this issue is gradually confirming all the health properties it possesses, so it is worth getting to know them a little closer.
1 Anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects
Inflammation is one of the most common symptoms accompanying many ailments, and hempseed oil is excellent at relieving it, such as that occurring along with severe pain in rheumatoid arthritis. The CBD oil, which eliminates free radicals formed as a result of inflammation, is also excellent in its treatment. Hemp oil is also worth using in the case of migraine headaches, which are particularly difficult to treat and where traditional pharmaceuticals often prove ineffective.
Invaluable support for the immune system, regulation of the body’s hormonal balance
The immune system, otherwise known as the immune system, is a natural barrier protecting our body, which unfortunately sometimes becomes significantly weakened, allowing the development of many diseases. Saturated fatty acids Omega-3, Omega-6 and Omega-9 contained in hemp oil effectively support it, acting on intestinal microflora, affecting the development of bacteria beneficial to health and, consequently, our immunity. An oil that contains acids belonging to the NNKT group mentioned above must therefore become a part of a healthy and well-balanced diet. Additional support for our immunity is provided by vitamins, including vitamin E, which has an antioxidant effect and counteracts the natural ageing processes in cells. Hemp oil also helps regulate the body’s hormones, which is particularly important during menopause or andropause, also reducing virtually all of the troublesome symptoms of PMS, or premenstrual syndrome in women.
3) Application in prevention and treatment of heart and circulatory system diseases
The most important organ of the human body, apart from the brain performing the “managerial” function, is undoubtedly the heart responsible for supplying blood to all parts of the body. Unfortunately, throughout our lives it is constantly exposed to many ailments, many of which we are guilty of ourselves and therefore, in order to avoid them, it is worth taking advantage of the benefits of hemp oil. Among other things, it prevents the risk of venous congestion by preventing blood cells from sticking together, and the fatty acids and phytosterols it contains effectively reduce cholesterol levels in the blood, eliminating the possibility of developing, for example, coronary heart disease.
4. calming effect, beneficial for the functioning of the nervous system
Hemp oil and its high CBD variety also attract users with its proven calming effect, which reduces stress, combats insomnia and improves memory and concentration. This is due to the Omega-3 acids have a beneficial effect on the brain and the entire nervous system through better blood supply and thus improved nerve conduction.
5. healthier hair, complexion and lack of unsightly skin lesions
Apart from typical medical applications, hemp oil can also be successfully used for daily hair and skin care. Here again, the acids Omega-3 and Omega-6 come to the fore. They have an excellent effect on the skin and are suitable for all skin types, even sensitive skin. Hemp oil thoroughly moisturizes the skin, not only the epidermis, reaching all its deep layers without any problems. Other properties worth emphasizing are strictly cosmetic:
- soothing any irritations and inflammations of the skin;
- restoring its natural, deep colour;
- regulating the amount of sebum secreted, an excess of which can lead to acne;
- Supporting natural skin regeneration processes, while delaying those causing premature aging;
- stimulation of faster hair growth, which is also perfectly nourished from the roots to the very ends, shiny, unbreakable, without split ends and easy to comb
Hemp oil – use in the kitchen as an addition to many dishes
Apart from its health and cosmetic properties, hemp oil is also valued in the kitchen as a tasty addition to many dishes. It is especially recommended to vegetarians and vegans looking for products without animal ingredients. It will also prove useful as an addition to tasty salads, blending perfectly with our favorite vegetables, emphasizing their flavor even more. It is important, however, to choose only unrefined, cold-pressed oil at the temperature not exceeding 40 degrees, because only such oil retains its full nutritional properties. We should also remember that it is not suitable for frying, because it has too low smoke point.