BENEFITS OF CANNABIS SATIVA
(HEMP) SEED OIL
Cannabis sativa seed oil—more commonly known as hemp seed oil—has been used worldwide for thousands of years. The medicinal efficacy of hemp seed, which is rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids, has been used as a treatment for atopic dermatitis, inflammation, and rheumatoid arthritis in Korean and Chinese folk medicine. As early as 6000 BC, both the seeds and oil were used for food in China. At the turn of the 20th century in the U.S., it was commonly used in lamps, drying oils for paints, wood varnish, and more.
Today, hemp seed oil is harvested by cold-pressing seeds of the tall-growing varieties of the cannabis plant. However, hemp does not contain THC, the primary psychoactive compound in cannabis; it is 100% non-psychoactive. Instead, hemp seed oil offers some beneficial health benefits when used both internally and externally.
Researchers have found that hemp seed is a ‘complete’ protein, containing all necessary amino acids necessary for human life. In addition, hemp seed contains a large amount of essential fatty acids, with many cosmetic and health benefits. Hemp seed oil is beneficial for skin health, thanks to its nourishing vitamins, such as A and E (both potent antioxidants), and moisturizing qualities, which can help rejuvenate the skin and provide relief from skin irritation. Hemp seed oil is thought to possess powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, and it can also help relieve pain and inflammation associated with rheumatoid arthritis. It is also considered to be the most balanced oil for nutrition found in nature, and it is easily digestible, too! All of these wonderful benefits show that hemp seed oil is a blessing for health and beauty, inside and out.