There are lots of superlative argues about hemp oil: most unsaturated oil, best essential fatty acids (EFA) ratio and mixture, highest amino acid variety, just from plant source of vitamin D. Can one oil be all that? In short, yes.
Before we go further, allow me to address that unspoken questions “Will hemp oil makes me high?” No, it won’t. Hemp oil is pushed from the seed of the hemp plant, and this seed does not include THC or tetrahydrocannabinol, this is the psychoactive component of marijuana.
Though, because of this concern, many hemp oil suppliers provide transparent certifications to guarantee buyers of the lack of THC content in their products. Test Pledge is one such reserve, wherein “producers and processors of hemp oil and hemp nut must task THC tests on every lot of hemp nut and oil, performed by a correctly accredited laboratory consistent with the official Health Canada protocol.”
In their review of hemp cosmetics on workplace drug checking, Petra Pless, DEnv, and Gero Leson, D Env, state, “In case of the highly suspect full-body application of pure hemp oil with 10 ppm THC content on moderately compromised skin THC uptake could be raised to 11 µg/day. Even this higher rate is only a part of the 450 µg/day of oral THC intake, found not to affect in a positive screening test for marijuana.”
Don’t judge hemp as it may have a kooky cousin. That’s hardly fair. Who doesn’t have an unusual family member or two?
Hemp oil includes unsurpassed essential fatty acids (EFAs). As we are increasingly learning, there are fine fats and there are bad fats. What makes a good fat good has much to do with these EFAs, exclusively omega-3 and omega-6, which are present in hemp oil in the ideal ratio of 1:3. Plus, hemp oil includes the anti-inflammatory gamma linoleic acid (GLA) as well as omega-9.
Its fatty acid outline is better than fish oil’s, better than flaxseed oil’s–it is the best. Among many advantages, these EFAs provide for more elastic skin and glossy, stronger hair.
Hemp oil includes a power-packed punch of additional nutrients, counting calcium, potassium, magnesium, copper, vitamin A, vitamin B1 (thiamin), vitamin B3 (niacin), vitamin B5, vitamin B9 (folate), and vitamin D (of which it is the only plant supply), along with a useful dose of the antioxidant vitamin E (tocopherols) with all 10 amino acids for protein building.
Increase that list chlorophyll (that’s why it’s green), phytosterols, phospholipids, magnesium, sulfur, potassium, phosphorus, and slightly of iron and zinc.
Hemp oil is very non-comedogenic. In other words, it doesn’t clog pores. And since its lipids mirror the lipids that our skin produces naturally, it works in sync with our body to smooth and cleanse. Healthy skin produces linoleic acid. If for whatever reason, the skin can’t produce linoleic acid, it alternatively produces oleic acid, a thick and tacky pore blocker. Hemp oil contains good linoleic acid.
Hemp oil is also a natural humectant, which suggests it draws moisture into the skin. Rather than sitting on top of the skin the way less-effective oils do, it’s capable of penetrating the skin, moisturizing between cells and strengthening the cell matrix. It can find hair roots, as well, strengthening the scalp and reducing dry flaking or dandruff. It stills out skin tone and reduces blotchiness.
How to Use It
Hemp oil is cheap–particularly when you think of all the products it replaces: acne treatments, makeup to cover trouble areas, moisturizers, and makeup removers, for example. Here are just a few ways you can use this effective oil in your everyday skin and hair care routines.
- Alleviate dry skin.Rub the oil straight onto dry, cracked skin. For a deep training action for hands and feet, massage in the oil then put on socks or gloves overnight to allow it to work its magic.
- Strengthen nails and heal cuticles. Massage a small amount of hemp oil straight into nails and cuticles–great for both fingernails and toenails.
- Remove makeup. Oil follows the “like melts like” rule, which means that hemp oil will melt the oils and waxes in makeup, especially in stubborn eye makeup. Quietly rub a small amount of oil into the makeup and wipe with a cotton ball or a smooth tissue.
- Mask overnight. Massage hemp oil into washed facial skin before bedtime.
- Steam facial skin. Press a tablespoon of oil into the skin on your dry, clean face, massaging for some minutes. Then lay a hot (not scalding) moist washcloth over your face and let it sit until it cools. Wipe with the washcloth. Do again with another hot washcloth until all the oil is wiped off. Washing your face later is optional.
- Condition hair. Facing shampooing, massage a tablespoon or so of oil into your scalp and allow it to sit for about 10 minutes. Afterward, shampoo as normal. You might get you don’t need conditioner.
- Reduce acne. This may sound crazy, but this oil truly reduces acne. Massage oil into problem areas and work it in quietly for several minutes. The oil will truly draw out sebum plugs that cause whiteheads, blackheads, and still cysts. Do this daily during breakouts.
- Relieve eczema. A 2005 study gets that 2 tablespoons of dietary hemp seed oil consumed daily may help reduce the effects of atopic dermatitis or eczema.
- Support overall health. Eat it. You can eat it directly and enjoy its nutty flavor or you can put it in salad dressings, like a butter replacement on toast, rice, potatoes, vegetables…it’s yummy! Keep in mind that pure hemp seed oil cannot be used for rich-heat cooking. It has a small smoke point. It will completely break down even at a moderate heat, at which point all nutritional advantages are lost.
Just keep in mind, pure hemp seed oil goes rancid easily. It needs to be kept in the fridge. Though, you can look for it as a shelf-stable ingredient in other personal care products.