Top 6 Benefits & Uses for Hemp Seed Oil

Did you know that people used hemp oil in medicine and in their households in 6000 BCE?

Hemp has been around for a millennia actually, since there is evidence that it was being cultivated around that time. In China, both the oil and the seeds were used in food. Not only was the plant used for food, but the ancient Chinese used the stalks for building materials. They also made clothing and shoes from hemp cord. Beginning around 100 BCE, there is evidence of hemp being used to produce paper.


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By the 1500 CE era, hemp was a familiar plant in Europe. In fact, King Henry VIII would fine his subjects if they did not grow hemp. Prior to the development of cotton, hemp was a primary source material for clothing.

By the year 1616, settlers brought the crop to Jamestown. In 1619, the Virginia Assembly established that all citizens were required to grow hemp. By the mid-1800s, hemp extract was listed in the third edition of the United States pharmacopeia.  

Hemp seed oil is extracted from a different variety of cannabis than the type people ingest to get “high.” It contains no THC – the main psychoactive ingredient in “marijuana.” However, the medical benefits have been recognized for centuries and more are discovered every day.

Below, you’ll find a few of our  favorite benefits of hemp seed oil.


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High in fatty acids GLA and omega-3, hemp seed oil helps to reduce inflammation. It also helps to promote a boosted immune system. A 2007 study revealed that in addition to preventing heart disease, hemp seed oil helps in relieving cancer treatment side effects.

Cannabinoids like cannabidiol (CBD), contained in the oil, are partly responsible for the hemp’s healing benefits. When it comes to ingesting CBD extract, it could be included in edibles, smoked or used in vaporizers. Research has shown that vaporization allows patients to get the most cannabinoids in a less amount of time compared to other methods of intake.


Gamma-linoleic acid (GLA) is an important building block in prostaglandins, which are hormone-like compounds that help the body function optimally. Hemp seed contains GLA and this may be a reason that some people who take hemp supplements  report relief of PMS and/or the symptoms of menopause.


Hemp seed is nutritious – mainly because of the high level of essential fatty acids that it contains. These fatty acids are essential to building a strong and healthy immune system. Even further, our bodies produce the same endocannabinoids found in THC naturally, but they are derived from the same fatty acids provided by hemp oil.  Supplementing with hemp seed oil is a good way to boost your fatty acids, and in turn, boost your immune system.

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Yet again, fatty acids have proven an essential component in several studies relating to mood disorders. Supplementing with Omega-3 can improve symptoms of those with bipolar disorder. Other patients who have conditions like ADHD have benefitted from supplementing with Omega-3s. Hemp seed is high in Omega-3 fatty acids. These fatty acids are essential when it comes to mood and regulate the release of neurotransmitters, where neurotransmitters play an essential role in conditions like depression and anxiety. 


These fatty acids we keep mentioning are essential to the health of your nervous system and brain. The nerves that communicate with your brain are protected by a myelin sheath. Myelin is a conductor that ensures that messages sent from one nerve reach another and their proper destination. Ensuring that you get enough fatty acids will help prevent nervous system and brain degeneration over time. Hemp seed oil is high in these fatty acids which have been shown to protect the brain.


Hemp oil has long been used as a wood varnish. Just mix a little of the oil in with lemon oil and apply it over your finished woodwork. Afterwards, buff it out to make your furniture shine. Got a squeaky hinge or a bike chain that’s catching? Hemp oil is an environmentally friendly replacement for petroleum-based oils that are used to quiet these annoyances.

Hemp seed oil has many health-related uses and there are many benefits to adding it to your holistic health plan. In fact, hemp has so many benefits we’ve run out of space in this article. Hemp seed oil can even help you achieve beautiful skin, nails, and hair. It is truly one of nature’s powerhouses.  

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  • Avatar Monica says:

    I’m with Sarah. CBD from hemp, although very similar to marijuana is NOT the same people. I understand everyone’s concern about THC. But just like alcohol, not everyone should use it. That should be illegal too right? It actually DOES cause birth defects and because of recklessness, death. But guess what, it’s there whether you like it or not Lorrie and Elaine. CBD in hemp is primarily for medicinal use and has done soooo much good. Don’t believe me? Look it up! The stigma about CBD will end when people stop judging the plant and actually do some research. Hemp helps all walks of life in so many ways. From adults to children to pets. Learn to appreciate it a lil more ladies. “OUR” country can def benefit from it.

  • Avatar Sarah says:

    Elaine, what you learned in the 60’s & 70’s was actually propaganda. The prohibitionist for marijuana spread misinformation on purpose to scare people into demonizing the magical plant. How did prohibition work for alcohol? Now that is a substance that actually can cause a lot of birth defects and other things that you talk about, and there are actual scientific studies to prove it. Why are you so against marijuana and so silent about alcohol?

  • Avatar Lorrie Sardinia says:

    Elaine Harwood, I agree with you 100%. Marijana is especially bad for a growing brain. Bad stuff!! The fact that it is becoming legal all over OUR country, worries me, deeply. Scary.


  • Avatar Elaine Harwood says:

    I studied in my health classes in the late 60’s and early 70’s the dangers of Marijana. It not only causes a person to go out of reality but also affects their genetics and causes birth defects. Also, causes lack of motivation. If taken when growing up will cause terrible damage to one’s brain. Many crimes have happened when a person is under the influence.
    Therefore, it or its derrivatives
    should continue to be outlawed.
    Government’s job is to protect life.

  • Avatar Phillip Chiricotti says:

    You should adjust this article. Hemp seed oil and CBD oil are very different. Hemp seed oil does not do the things you claimed re pain relief. It can, however, be a quality and worthwhile product. You should also note the cowboy element of the CBD industry. In short, CBD oils vary dramatically. What is in it, how it’s made, the parts used, the dose, process for extraction, testing and where sourced are all things to consider.

  • Avatar Christina says:

    I feel confused. I was under the impression from other sources that hemp seed oil comes from the seeds only and contain a very, very small amount of CBD (25ppm) which is basically nothing and no TCH?

    • Avatar Jerome Chambers says:

      I loved this article, I would like to see were l can buy a paper or book on the many uses of hemp. I have invested heavy in hemp stock and would like all the information I can get, thank you

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