In the last several decades hemp has had a negative connotation in the minds of the public due to its association with marijuana. The two are not the same, although they share the same genus of plant. Hemp does not contain THC, so if someone tried to smoke or otherwise consume it in an attempt to experience a high, the project would end in disappointment.
Throughout the history of the world there have been a multitude of excellent uses for hemp. For thousands of years hemp has been grown for cordage and cloth, rope, sails and canvas. Hemp in the paneling of cars, clothing, shirts, pants and boots are some of the thousands of contemporary products made from hemp seeds. In the western world, the plant is beginning to experience its own renaissance as people rediscover that it not only has thousands of uses as an alternative commodity, but also has strong health benefits when it is processed as oil to be used for food as a supplement.
Hemp seed oil is one of the most exciting products that come from the plant because it offers a healthy and nutritional alternative. Hemp oil contains a rich and unique recourse of essential fatty acids, which can help prevent a wide array of ailments, including heart disease, high blood pressure and cancer. Hemp seed oil contains important nutrients and antioxidants which help to lower blood pressure, free arteries from blockage, slow down the process of aging and improve brain function. It may be used as a preventative against circulatory diseases and those that occur in the brain such as Parkinson’s or dementia. Oil from hemp seeds also contains carotene, calcium; potassium, iron and zinc, as well as the Omega-6 fatty acids that can help prevent everything from joint degeneration to psychological struggles such as depression.
Hemp oil can also be used on the skin, due to its high content of essential fatty acids, as a lubricant not only to soften and hydrate the skin but that slows down the aging process also. It may also help in preventing skin cancers and various other epidermal diseases.
Unlike other ordinary oils, hemp seed oil offers not only a broad array of helpful uses, but also is not difficult to consume or digest. It has a nutty taste, and lacks some of the more noxious attributes of flax oil or linseed oil.