As the hemp oil industry grows, we see a significant increase in the level of research relating to the plant itself. The 2018 Farm Bill legalized the cultivation of industrial hemp in the United States.
We’re now at the stage where hemp is ‘trendy,’ but there is still a huge degree of misinformation surrounding the plant. For example, some people are still unable to differentiate between hemp oil and hemp seed oil. Simply put, hemp oil contains various cannabinoids, such as CBD, with potentially therapeutic effects. Hemp seed oil is extremely nutritious but contains practically none of the cannabinoids associated with its counterparts.
In this article, we’re going to outline some hemp oil benefits backed by scientific research. Let’s begin.
What is Hemp Oil Good For?
There are over 110 known cannabinoids, including CBD and THC. While the latter is associated with providing an intoxicating high, the former does not. Instead, it works with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS) to provide an array of potential medical benefits.
While hemp is legal, as long as it contains a maximum of 0.3% THC, cannabinoids are not. At present, only pharmaceutical medications containing cannabinoids such as Epidiolex are FDA-approved.
Even so, the hemp oil industry is going through a boom period as millions of people clamor to see what the fuss is about. Much is written about hemp seed oil benefits, but what can hemp oil do for you? Let’s find out.
Hemp Oil Benefits
Today, the benefits of hemp oil are relatively well known as research into the plant, and its cannabinoids have increased rapidly in recent times. However, as it isn’t FDA-approved, hemp oil sellers can’t make any medical claims. This means they can’t say CBD hemp oil ‘treats, cures, prevents, or diagnoses’ any medical condition.
Nonetheless, thousands of studies suggest that hemp oil CAN help people with a staggering array of issues. We’re now going to look into just six of these medical conditions with studies to back up the claims.
Hemp Oil Benefits for Skin
A study published in the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics in 2018 found that CBD possesses potent anti-inflammatory properties. As a result, it could help soothe the inflammation that causes skin conditions such as acne and eczema.
A 2015 study estimates that 9.4% of the world’s population suffers from acne. Though there are many reasons why acne impacts an individual, one of the most relevant is excessive sebum production. Our skin’s sebaceous glands produce this oily secretion.
It seems as if hemp oil for skin could reduce sebum production, thus decreasing the presence of acne. A 2016 study found that CBD was potentially an effective and safe way to deal with acne. Again, this is primarily due to its anti-inflammatory properties.
Hemp Oil Benefits for Hair
These properties could also help with various hair problems. While hemp seed oil benefits for hair are relatively well-known, it isn’t necessarily the case with CBD. For example, the patchy flaking and irritation associated with eczema could lead to premature baldness.
However, the cannabidiol in hemp oil interacts with the cannabinoid receptors in the scalp to regulate immune system function. It can reduce skin inflammation and reduce the risk of hair loss.
There is also research that shows hemp oil potentially promotes hair growth. This was the finding of a study published in the FASEB journal. The researchers found that massaging the scalp with hemp oil could soothe dryness by absorbing the nutrients. This process could lead to an increase in hair growth.
Hemp Oil for Blood Pressure
As is the case with hemp seed oil, high-quality hemp oil is rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 could help reduce blood pressure, particularly in people with hypertension. High blood pressure is linked with health problems such as heart attacks and strokes.
A study published in JCI Insight gave nine healthy men a placebo or 600mg of CBD. The researchers found that those who consumed the CBD showed decreased resting blood pressure compared to the placebo group. The study also gave the men stress tests that typically increase blood pressure. Those who used the CBD experienced a lower increase in blood pressure than expected.
Hemp Oil for Heart Health
Additionally, there is evidence that hemp oil could lower cholesterol. High cholesterol levels are associated with health risks such as narrowing of the arteries, transient ischaemic attacks, and peripheral arterial disease.
It seems as if hemp oil could improve your cholesterol level by regulating lipid uptake and blood pressure. The CBD in hemp oil binds to the receptors that control blood pressure and cholesterol.
A study published in the British Journal of Pharmacology looked into CBD’s potential to help with cardiovascular issues. The researchers found that CBD could help keep cholesterol scores to a healthy level.
Hemp Oil for Pain
One of the main reasons why people use hemp oil is to reduce pain. Hemp is part of the Cannabis sativa L. plant, which has been used as an analgesic for up to 5,000 years, according to some estimates.
As so many people use hemp oil to help manage pain, research into the plant’s impact as a painkiller is significantly easier to come by than studies into CBD for many other conditions. A study published in the Journal of Pain Research analyzed 18 trials that looked at cannabinoids’ ability to relieve pain in patients with malignant diseases.
According to the researchers, fifteen of these trials showed the significant analgesic effect of cannabinoids compared to a placebo. This research discovered that hemp oil reduced chronic pain via its impact on endocannabinoid receptor activity.
Hemp Oil for Inflammation
To conclude, we once again return to hemp’s anti-inflammatory properties. Hemp seed oil can reduce inflammation due to its high gamma-linoleic acid (GLA) content. GLA is linked with the relief of symptoms of inflammatory conditions, including MS and IBS.
It seems as if the CBD in hemp oil only adds to its anti-inflammatory potential. While some inflammation is a good thing, an excessive amount is harmful and can lead to health problems such as diabetes and Alzheimer’s.
However, there is research that shows hemp oil could reduce the impact of inflammation. A study published in Pharmacology & Therapeutics made an interesting discovery. The researchers found that CBD hemp oil could help with conditions linked to high degrees of inflammation. They include inflammatory bowel diseases, MS, and cardiovascular diseases.
Once again, it all relates to CBD’s ability to affect activity in our endocannabinoid receptors.
Final Thoughts on Hemp Oil Benefits
The list of benefits of hemp oil is already impressive and is getting longer by the day. Apart from the various vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids, hemp oil consists of cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids. These compounds are likely the reason for hemp oil’s apparent efficacy in relieving the symptoms of various conditions.
While it is important not to deem hemp oil a ‘miracle cure,’ it certainly has immense therapeutic potential if the scientific evidence is anything to go by.
NOTE*: Jeff Yauck and Premium Jane Australia sponsor this article. Jeff is the co-founder of Premium Jane and PureKana. He started these businesses because of his desire to provide the marketplace with pure CBD that provides actual results. He continues to perform research into hemp and remains up to date with the latest trends and innovations in the industry. Jeff is also a regular contributor to WayofLeaf, one of the world’s largest and most trusted sources of hemp-related information.