What Are The Health Benefits Of Hemp Seed Oil

Omega fatty acids like those in hemp seed oil have been shown to:

  • Support healthy blood pressure
  • Support healthy cholesterol
  • Support joint mobility
  • Support brain health
  • Support immunity
  • Support balanced mood
  • Support healthy organ function
  • Support healthy metabolism
  • Support cardiovascular health
  • Improve post-exercise recovery
  • Nourish skin, hair & nails
  • Support healthy hormone levels
  • Support menstrual cycles and period pain

Hemp Seed Oil is nature’s most perfectly balanced plant oil because it has a very healthy 3:1 ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3. In the modern diet, the ratio of Omega 6 to 3 can be as distorted as 20:1 (trans fats, and processed vegetable fats being to blame for this). Views vary, but most agree that the ratio should be between 5:1 and 3:1. Hemp seed oil is known to contain up to 5% of pure GLA, a much higher concentration than any other plant [30]. GLA has been shown to reduce inflammation in the body.

Studies suggest that the rich nutrient profile of hemp seed oil provides the following benefits:

Promotes heart health with an ideal 3:1 ratio of essential fatty acids, omega 6 and omega 3, which have been shown to reduce cholesterol levels, helping to prevent heart disease. The Gamma-linoleic acid (GLA) found in hemp seed oil is known to reduce inflammation.

  • Boosts your immune system
  • Balances your hormones
  • Contains powerful anti-inflammatories and may have major benefits for arthritis sufferers
  • Improves cognitive functioning
  • Enhances digestive health.

And of course, hemp seed oil ticks all the dietary boxes in that it is plant-based, keto, vegan, low-carb, and paleo friendly!

There are numerous clinical studies providing evidence that hemp seed oil can help and even go so far as to prevent many chronic conditions such as inflammation, joint pain, and arthritis. Our premium hemp seed oil capsules contain an excellent source of polyunsaturated and essential fatty acids Omegas 6 to 3 – “essential” because our bodies cannot make them, so we need to get these from our diet. Unlike other sources of Omega essential fatty acids, hemp seed oil provides the ideal balance of Omega-6 to Omega-3 in a 3:1 ratio for optimal absorption which works to boost metabolism, support immunity, and promote heart health. Hemp seed oil also contains Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), which has been shown to be effective in reducing inflammation in the body. Additionally, there is subjective evidence to suggest that nutrient-rich hemp seed oil makes an ideal carrier oil for rubbing into the muscles or onto sore joints as a pain-relieving massage. An end of day massage has proven benefits in terms of stress relief, relaxation, better sleep and greater flexibility.

Hemp Farm recommends a daily dose of Hemp Seed Oil taken either in a handy capsule form or used daily as a food item in the following doses:

  • Kiwi Hemp Seed Capsules 1000mg – (3-6 capsules/day), or
  • Kiwi Hemp Seed Oil (1-2 Tablespoons/day) – drizzle over salads or poached eggs, add to smoothies or soups.

 

Hemp Plant facts:

In fact, the hemp plant is considered to be the non-psychoactive variety of cannabis because most countries that have legalized hemp have done so under legislation that allows a maximum of 0.3% THC only to be present in the crop. Hemp is mostly considered to be a food and industrial crop, often grown for hemp seeds with its nutrient rich profile of fatty acids, with the more fiberous material being used as livestock feed or in textiles and construction.

Phytocannabinoids are inherently different from endocannabinoids. Besides from being made by plants and not within the body, they act upon the body’s systems in a similar way to our own endocannabinoids.

Unlike endocannabinoids, cannabinoids from plants work across the body every time through the phytocannabinoid system. The question then becomes, well, why are phytocannabinoids never lethal?

 

Interesting info on the power of endcannabinoids:

Some interesting points on CBD oil. I do not stock CBD oil, however the research behind it is very insightful and if you are experiencing pain and inflammation, please speak to your doctor about CBD oil as it may be of help to you.

WHAT IS CBD OIL?

Cannabichromene (CBC) is anti-inflammatory in its own unique way, with its ability to block nitric oxide, which in turn, blocks the release of the main pain neurotransmitter, substance-P. It also blocks one of the pain receptors, PPAR gamma. CBD, THC, and CBC all show antidepressant effects in animal studies, while cannabigerol (CBG), and cannabinol (CBN) do not show these effects. CBN has analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties, along with anti-cancer effects. Some papers below have some interesting research that was conducted to do with improving sleep.

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23373571

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2866040/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3165957/

One of the major challenges when it comes to medical cannabis treatment is the illegal status of the plant due to the effects of THC and its desirability as a recreational drug. Side effects of high-THC cannabis are covered in our various other articles, but these side effects don’t necessarily mean that THC has to be removed from treatment options, but for the focus to be put on limiting its psychotropic effects and avoiding impairment.

The endocannabinoid and phytocannabinoid systems both show the entourage effect of synergism among their various components. Phytocannabinoids have no lethal dose in standardized testing. Cannabidiol (CBD) has a very large spectrum of benefits, being superior, synergistic and activity-modifying of other phytocannabinoids, endocannabinoids, and non-cannabinoids. CBD doesn’t have any significant psychoactive effects and works the best when combined with other phytocannabinoids. As a single compound, it presents a large amount of potential treatment options with a wide variety of disease states and diseases.

It seems that CBD, THC, CBN, and CBC all help to improve symptoms and signs of psoriasis. At very high doses, these strains of cannabis may lower cortisol levels.

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/17157480/

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/8257923/

 

The phytocannabinoid system improves the endocannabinoid system and then works through on improving its functioning and restoring balance in the face of injury or illness. The science surrounding how these plant-based products work is quickly unfolding, but there’s still much to be understood. 

Holistic Body Therapy is a stockist of The Hemp Farm products.

 

DOES THE HUMAN BODY HAVE A ENDOCANNABINOID SYSTEM?

Yes, the human body has an endocannabinoid system (ECS). Discovered in the mid-1990s, it has been found to be responsible for bringing balance and order to ever other system in the body, from the lymphatic and nervous system to the reproductive.

It was originally considered that CBD was an inactive cannabinoid found inside cannabis, but after research found it was highly active and found in large quantities naturally in the hemp variety of cannabis, studies began showing that it has many therapeutic qualities, much like THC, along with its own unique effects.

Even when we consider that both THC and CBD have similar effects, such as they’re both anti-inflammatories, it seems that they each achieve this in different ways. This results in a more well-rounded and robust response as a result of the two of these compounds working in synergy inside the body.

Even better, not only are CBD and THC anti-inflammatory by nature, there are also several other varieties of phytocannabinoids that are showing this effect as well, and each of them work slightly different from one another. So far, the research tells us that CBD is the most potent anti-inflammatory phytocannabinoid and comes in second in its analgesic effects to only THC.

CBD plays an incredibly important role throughout the immune system and central nervous system with its ability to activate and inhibit non-cannabinoid receptors along with improving the activity and synthesis of anandamide (AEA).

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26271952/

ARE TERPENES REAL?

Yes, terpenes are real, with over 200 terpenes found inside the cannabis plant, they work in synergy with the other compounds such as cannabinoids, flavoninoids and phytosterols improving the efficiency and potency, which creates an entourage effect.

Cannabis bred to be high in CBD has the ability to block inflammation in the brain and body. CBD decreases the psychoactive properties of THC without lowering blood or tissue levels of THC. CBD improves collagen in healing bone and promotes bone fusion in the connective tissue system of the body while THC does not. 

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/21532172/

https://bpspubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/bph.12400

https://asbmr.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/jbmr.2513

CBD also has the ability to convert inflammatory weight-promoting and cardiac-damaging white fat into anti-inflammatory, weight-losing, and cardiac-protective brown fat. CBD, not the other phytocannabinoids, also seems to protect against the annihilation of the heart muscle caused by diabetes. 

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27067870/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3026637/

WHAT DO TERPENES DO?

Terpenes do a lot from relieving anxiety and depression to aiding with stress and sleep disorders. Alpha-pinene, myrcene and linalool are just three out of the hundreds of terpenes found in the cannabis plant that work together to produce synergy with the other plant compounds.

SURPRISING CBD BENEFITS THE EXPERTS CAN’T DENY

The healers and ancient doctors across the world who practiced cannabis medicine thousands of years ago did this due to the fact that they witnessed the benefits on people firsthand. The amount of research on THC and many other cannabinoids, has exploded exponentially in the last ten years.

It’s important to note that cannabis refers to both hemp and marijuana, as these are varieties of the plant, bred for different purposes. In much the same way macintosh and granny smith apples are bred for variety and taste, hemp and marijuana both come from the same plant genus, but are significantly different in their applications and consumability. Hemp is considered the low-THC (0.3%) variety of cannabis, whereas marajuana is specifically bred for high-THC at levels above 10-15 percent, which results in the psychoactive “high” users experience. Hemp is often considered the obvious choice for those wanting more of the medicinal effects without the psychoactive, as it still contains over 120+ cannabinoids and research is showing can help promote positive health outcomes.

The message from these scientists conveys a clear message that the endocannabinoid system, which was first discovered by Raphael Mechoulam in the mid-1990s, is potentially one of the most important recent discoveries about endogenous chemicals involved in optimizing and maintaining health in all mammals. Endogenous means, created naturally within the body. Cannabinoids and their receptors aren’t just found in the brain, but also in many organs as well as skin, connective tissue, immune cells, and glands. Dr Bradley E. Alger, a leading scientist with a doctorate in experimental psychology from Harvard University, who specialises in research surrounding endocannabinoids, believes that there are complex actions happening in our nervous system, immune system, and almost all of the body’s organs, and that the system that connects them all, is the ECS. It is a brdige between mind and body. When we understand this system, we will start to see a mechanism that could link brain activity and states of physical health and disease.

HEALTH PROBLEMS LIKE DIABETES AND OBESITY

In a 2011 report published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, found that based on a survey of more than 52,000 participants, the rates of obesity were roughly one-third less among users of cannabis. This is even despite the fact that participants tended to consume more calories per day, an activity that is potentially related to the appetite increasing activity of (THC) through the activation of the hormone ghrelin, which also increases the metabolism of carbohydrates. Research has shown that CBD helps the body to convert white fat into the weight-reducing brown fat, which promotes normal sugar metabolism and insulin production.

BENEFITS OF CBD IN CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE

In 2013 a study measured data from 4652 participants surrounding the effects of cannabis on metabolic systems compared non-users to current and former users. The researchers discovered that current users had higher blood levels of high-density lipoprotein (HCL-C) or “good cholesterol.” In the same year, there was an analysis of over seven hundred members of Canada’s Inuit community, which found that, on average, regular cannabis users had increased levels of HDL-C and slightly lower levels of LDL-C (“bad cholesterol”)

Atherosclerosis s a chronic inflammatory disorder involving the progressive depositing of atherosclerotic plaques (immune cells carrying oxidized LDL or low-density lipoproteins). This condition, which is linked to diet and lifestyle factors, is commonly developed in Western nations and can lead to stroke or heart disease. There is a growing body of evidence that suggests endocannabinoid signaling plays a vital role in pathology of atherogenesis. The condition is currently understood to be a physical response to injuries in the arterial walls’ lining, caused by infectious microbes, high blood pressure, or the excessive presence of an amino acid called homocysteine. Research has shown that inflammatory molecules stimulate the cycle leading to atherosclerotic lesions.  Current treatments are only moderately effective, though carry many side effects. The cannabinoid-2 (CB2) receptors actually triple in response to inflammation, allowing 2-AG and anandamide, the body’s natural cannabinoids, to decrease inflammatory responses. The CB2 receptor is also activated by cannabinoids from plants called phytocannabinoids.

In a 2005 study researchers discovered that low-dose oral cannabinoids had the ability to slow the progression of atherosclerosis in mice. The scientists later wrote the following year that the immunomodulatory capacity of cannabinoids was “well established” in science and suggested they had a broad therapeutic potential for a variety of pain management conditions, including atherosclerosis.

CBD REDUCES CANCER RISK

Could applying cannabidiol assist in helping to prevent tumors and other cancers before they grow? A study from 2012 found that animals treated with CBD were much less likely to develop colon cancer after being induced with carcinogens in a laboratory. (13) Many studies have already shown that THC prevents tumors and reduces them, including one in 1996 on animals models that found that it decreased the incidence of both hepatic adenoma and benign tumors. (14) In 2015, researchers went ahead and analyzed an astounding 84,000 male patient records in california and discovered that those who used cannabis, but not tobacco, had a rate of bladder cancer that was 45 percent below the norm.

CBD HELPS MAINTAIN BRAIN HEALTH

The neuroprotective effects of cannabinoids mean they may be able to help regulate and maintain brain health. The effects seem to be related to multiple actions they have on the brain, this includes improved efficiency of mitochondria and removal of damaged cells. CBD and other antioxidant compounds in cannabis also work to reduce glutamate toxicity. Extra glutamate, which activates nerve cells in the brain to fire, causes cells to become over-stimulated, which leads to cell damage or death. What this means, is that cannabinoids help protect brain cells from damage, keeping the brain healthy and functioning properly. CBD has also been found to have an anti-inflammatory effect on the brain.

As our brain ages, the creation of new neurons declines significantly. In order to prevent degenerative diseases and maintain brain health, new cells need to be continuously created. In a study from 2008, researchers revealed that low doses of CBD- and THC-like cannabinoids assisted in the creation of new nerve cells in animal models, even in aging brains. CBD also helps in the prevention of other nerve related conditions like Alzherimer’s disease and neuropathy.

DOES CBD PROTECT AGAINST ARTHRITIS AND BROKEN BONES?

Cannabinoids guide the process of bone metabolism, which is the cycle where old bone material is replaced by new at a rate of about 10 percent per year, vital to maintaining strong, healthy bones over the years. CBD especially, has been found to block an enzyme that annihilates bone-building compounds in the body, reducing the risk of age-related bone diseases like osteoarthritis and osteporosis. In both of those diseases, the body isn’t creating any new cartilage cells or bone. CBD helps encourage the process of new bone-cell formation, which is why its been found to speed the healing of broken bones, and due to a tougher fracture callus, decrease the likelihood of re-fracturing the bone (bones are 35-50 percent stronger than those not using cannabidiol).

CAN CBD PROTECT AND HEAL THE SKIN?

The skin happens to have the highest concentrations of CB2 receptors in the body. When applied topically as an infused balm, serum, lotion, oil or salve, the antioxidants in CBD  (a far more powerful antioxidant than vitamins E and C) can repair the damage from free radicals like environmental pollutants and UV rays. Cannabinoid receptors can be found in the skin and seem to be connected to the adjustment of oil production in the sebaceous glands. Cannabis-based topical products are being made to assist with a variety of skin conditions, and may also help to promote the healing of damaged skin. In fact, historically there is wide documentation of cannabis salves and preparations being used to promote wound healing in both animals and humans across a large scope of civilizations across the planet dating back thousands of years to the ancient egyptians and greeks.

IS CBD AN ANTI-INFLAMMATORY?

Many cannabinoids have known to help with inflammation in hundreds of published peer-reviewed studies. CBD interacts with the ECS in many organs throughout the body, assisting in reducing inflammation and chronic pain systemically.  The therapeutic potential is significantly long-reaching, as inflammation is involved in a wide spectrum of diseases. CBD may also help with sexual function too as cannabinoid receptors are found throughout the reproductive system in both men and women. When activated by CBD, these receptors can assist with blood flow to the tissue, increasing sensitivity and promoting the body’s own natural functining although further research is needed in this area.