Hemp oil is an oil extracted from the hemp plant. All plants in the Cannabis genus can produce the oil, but usually only industrial hemp is used to make hemp oil. Industrial hemp is a hemp variety which has been cultivated specifically for industrial production. Hemp oil is typically almost free of THC, and it has no psychoactive properties.
The hemp seeds tend to produce the best hemp oil, although the whole plant can be pressed for oil. Cold pressed oil which has not been refined has a rich, nutty flavor and a green tint. After refining, the oil becomes colorless, and the flavour is fairly minimal.
One classic use is in soaps, body care product, bear balms and more recently CBD oil supplements. It may be rubbed directly onto the skin to treat cracked, dry skin, or it can be blended into body oils, body creams, and other personal care products. Some people also use it as a dietary supplement, taking advantage of the high concentrations of essential fatty acids in unrefined hemp oil and using the oil as a dressing or garnish to improve nutrition.
Hemp Oil Nutritional Information
Hemp oil is a powerhouse of nutrition when it comes to healthy fats; it is better than flax-seed oil, which in itself is a reputed source of omega – 3. Hemp seed oil is more than 40 % oils , and 80 % of these are essential fatty acids (EFA ). These are healthy fats which are required by the body but are not synthesized inside. So, these need to be obtained from food.
Essential Fatty Acids found in Hemp
55 % of it is Omega – 6 ( Linoleic Acid LA)
22 % is Omega – 3 ( Alpha Linolenic Acid ALA )
1 – 4 % Gamma Linolenic Acid GLA which is also Omega – 6
0 – 4 % Stearidonic Acid which is Omega – 3