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.
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.
HEMP REDUCES INFLAMMATION & FIGHTS CANCER TREATMENT SIDE EFFECTS
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.
HEMP COULD HELP BALANCE HORMONES & EASE PMS
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 OIL IS FULL OF IMMUNE-BOOSTING ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS
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.
ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS IN HEMP COULD ALSO IMPROVE YOUR MOOD
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.
FATTY ACIDS FOUND IN HEMP ARE VITAL FOR BRAIN HEALTH<
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 IS A WOOD VARNISH AND REPLACEMENT FOR PETROLEUM-BASED OILS
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.