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risks of hemp oil

It’s highly recommended to consult your doctor while consuming Hemp oil, especially if you’re on cardiac glycosides or diuretics.

Those susceptible to gastrointestinal problems such as softening of the stool may experience mild digestive issues such as diarrhoea or stomach cramps when consuming hemp oil. If you suffer from a bowel movement disorder, consult your doctor before taking the oil.

Omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids found in hemp oil are classified as polyunsaturated fat implying that they are healthy dietary types of fat. These compounds are extremely beneficial to the body and are ideal for human nutrition, except when taken in excess. Overindulgence of polyunsaturated fatty acids has previously been linked to cardiac dysfunction, cancer growth, and increased susceptibility to bacterial infections.

May Cause Fatigue

Small portions can be stimulating and positively improve focus and mood. But higher doses may lead to drowsiness and fatigue. This is one of the reasons why people prefer using it in their night-time routine.

While there are a few side effects, the positive effects of hemp oil win against these.

Hemp oil is, as mentioned above, derived only from the seed of the hemp plant – implying there’s little or no CBD in it. It is usually made by cold-pressing hemp seeds. Whereas CBD oil is derived from the stalk, flowers, and leaves of the hemp plant. Each oil has its own sets of benefits and differs from brand to brand.

Hemp oil is processed from the seeds and stalks of the hemp plant and despite its source, it contains little to none of the psychoactive element Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). This means it cannot get you ‘high’. For instance, hemp may contain 0.3-1.5% of THC whilst marijuana contains anything from 5% to 20% plus. Hemp oil’s main components are in fact omega fatty acids, similar to those which can be found in fish and olive oil.

There is some evidence that CBD interacts with seizure medications such as Onfi (clobazam) and boosts their concentration in the blood. Further research is needed.

Human studies evaluating the use of CBD in treating chronic pain are lacking. Those that do exist almost invariably include THC, making it difficult to isolate CBD’s distinct effects.

To determine an exact dose of CBD, remember that each drop of oil equals 0.05 mL of fluid. This means that a 30-mL bottle of CBD oil will have roughly 600 drops. If the concentration of the tincture is 1,500 mg/mL, one drop would contain 2.5 mg of CBD (1,500 mg ÷ 600 drops = 2.5 mg).

Possible Side Effects

CBD’s exact mechanism of action is unclear. Unlike THC, CBD has a relatively low affinity for cannabinoid receptors in the brain. These are the molecules to which THC binds to elicit its psychoactive effects.

CBD oil comes as full-spectrum oils or in forms that contain CBD isolates. Unlike isolates, which contain CBD only, full-spectrum oils contain a variety of compounds found naturally in the cannabis plant, including proteins, flavonoids, terpenes, and chlorophyll. Alternative practitioners believe these compounds offer more substantial health benefits, although there is no clear evidence of this.

According to a 2012 study in the Journal of Experimental Medicine, rats injected with inflammatory chemicals in their hind feet experienced less inflammation and neuropathic pain when treated with an oral dose and spinal injection of CBD.  

In June 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Epidiolex, a CBD oral solution used for the treatment of certain rare forms of epilepsy in children under 2—Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. Both are exceptionally rare genetic disorders causing lifelong catastrophic seizures that begin during the first year of life.

The high content of 20% soluble and 80% insoluble fiber, in whole hemp seeds, may aid in digestion while helping to lower bad cholesterol and improve heart health.   The insoluble fiber in hemp seeds has also been linked with a lower risk of diabetes.  

Hemp seeds are grown in many different countries, but the hemp that is grown in Canada is said to produce a great tasting, high-quality seed.   Look for products that have been tested in the lab for purity and potency.

Hemp Seeds

Many hemp products, including hemp oil, hemp milk, and hemp protein powder can be purchased at a health food store, or online.

Cooking hemp seeds or heating the oil to temperatures above 350 degrees Fahrenheit can denature the fats, destroying the healthy fatty acids. Hemp seeds and oil are best eaten raw; if cooking with hemp oil, use low heat.

It is recommended to store hemp seeds and hemp oil at cool temperatures, away from exposure to bright light, in an airtight container. It is best to refrigerate hemp products after opening.