The hemp seeds are the primary part of the hemp plant that is edible. The leaves can be used to make a tea, but it’s the seeds that contain most of the plant’s nutrients. In fact, hemp seeds have over 30% fat, including essential fatty acids. The health benefits of hemp, therefore, primarily come from its seeds.
Hemp (Cannabis sativa L.) is cultivated for making a wide range of products including foods, health products, fabric, rope, natural remedies, and much more. The various parts of the hemp plant are used to make different products.
Hempseed oil, which comes from the seeds only—and not from a hemp variety of the Cannabis plant itself—does not contain any psychoactive properties (such as those from THC which cause a person to get high). Hemp oil has its own unique properties and health benefits.
Hemp oil is used in foods for its high level of healthy nutrients such as:
Although hemp hearts do not contain any THC at all, the shells do have trace amounts (below 0.3% THC).
There are many health benefits to hemp extract, and hemp extract has been used for many years as a natural and holistic treatment for inflammation, pain relief, depression and more. Scientific evidence is accumulating giving hemp extract oil more backing and added popularity when it comes to natural treatments. Below are some of the health benefits of hemp extract, backed by science.
Hemp extract (or CBD – cannabidiol) is one of over 100 compounds found in the cannabis plant. However, unlike THC, CBD is non-psychoactive because of its chemical properties and reaction in the body. Recently, CBD has gained popularity for its health benefits. This summer the FDA approved the first ever CBD (or hemp extract) oil for treatment of epilepsy (Read more here).
1. Hemp extract may relieve chronic pain.
These findings are just a few examples of many studies showing that hemp extract may help alleviate chronic pain and reduce inflammation within the body.
Due to the fact that hemp extract binds to receptors in the brain responsible for mood, sleep and appetite, mimicking the neurotransmitter serotonin, there is indication that hemp extract oil may be a possible treatment for anxiety and depression.
Hemp extract has external benefits as well as internal. In fact, hemp extract has been found to reduce acne .
The amino acid arginine is present in hempseed oil. Studies have shown that this ingredient contributes to a healthy cardiovascular system. Consuming foods with high arginine levels can help decrease the risk of heart disease.
Brain, Behavior, and Immunity: “Omega-3 Supplementation Lowers Inflammation and Anxiety in Medical Students: A Randomized Controlled Trial.”
Potential Health Benefits of Hemp Oil
Current Pharmaceutical Biotechnology: “Gamma linolenic acid: an antiinflammatory omega-6 fatty acid.”
Hemp is increasingly popular as a remedy for a range of conditions including skin issues and stress. It may contain properties that contribute to reduced risks of illnesses like Alzheimer’s disease and cardiovascular disease, though additional research is necessary. Hemp oil may also reduce inflammation in the body.
Many of these nutrients provide the body necessary minerals and also contribute to overall health. Note that hemp seeds contain a significant amount of iron (20 % of your recommended daily diet). This helps prevent iron deficiency, or anemia.