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Hemp Seed Oil & It’s Health Benefits

History of Hemp Seed Oil

Ancient Asian mariners and more recent trans-Atlantic voyagers made good use of sturdy canvas sails made from hemp fiber. Fine linens were once made from both flax and hemp, as the fibers from the male hemp plants were well known to produce the finest linens. The oldest known paper from China was made from hemp, and many historical documents have been written and printed on paper made from hemp fibers. Even today, hemp fibers are found in such common products as tea bags, cigarette papers, and other specialty papers as well as paper currency.

Hemp oil derives from the seeds, flowers, or leaves of the Cannabis sativa plant. There is evidence that molecules and chemicals found in hemp oil may be beneficial for skin health. Hemp oil may help treat inflammatory skin conditions, such as eczema and psoriasis, acne scarring, and dry skin.

Manufacturers produce hemp seed oil by compressing hemp seeds rather than the leaves and flowers. Hemp seed oil does not contain any CBD, which is the main active component in full-spectrum hemp oils.

Full-spectrum hemp oil is a type of CBD oil made from the pressed flowers and leaves of the C. sativa plant. Manufacturers use hemp oil as the carrier oil, and it contains less than 0.3% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Technically, both types of hemp oil are cannabis products, as they both come from the C. sativa plant.

Health Benefits of Hemp Seed Oil

Scientists need to carry out more research to discover the full range of health benefits that hemp oil can provide. However, some studies have indicated that hemp oil may have numerous potential health benefits, such as moisturizing properties, reducing inflammation, helping control oil production, reducing the risk of infection, an excellent source of healthful fats, protein, and antioxidants, helping control oil production.  

Scientists believe that most of the health benefits linked to hemp oil are due to the oil’s rich mixture of beneficial plant chemicals called phytochemicals, as well as other nutrients. Important phytochemicals and nutrients found in full-spectrum hemp oil include cannabinoids, terpenes,  terpenoids, flavonoids, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, linoleic acid, γ-linolenic acid and α linolenic acid, oleic acid, palmitic acid. 

Some studies have found preliminary that molecules and chemicals found in hemp oil may benefit skin health. Skin conditions that may benefit from using hemp oil include:

1. Dryness

Hemp oil, especially hemp seed oil, is rich in unsaturated fats such as linoleic acid, γ-linolenic acid, and α-linolenic acid.  

These three fatty acids may help improve skin structure by helping the skin retain moisture.  They also have a beneficial effect on dry, rough skin and can influence the fluidity of cell membranes and transport of electrolytes. 

Hemp oil also contains omega-3 and 6 fatty acids, and people with omega deficiencies can develop rough, scaly skin.

2. Acne & Acne Scars

Hemp oil contains several compounds with oil-reducing, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial properties that may help improve acne vulgaris. 

Studies using mice and human cells show that compounds in hemp oil, such as CBD, may also help improve acne scars by reducing healing time, boosting collagen levels, and stimulating other healing processes, such as cellular turnover and regeneration.

3. Inflammatory skin conditions

Hemp oil contains potent anti-inflammatory compounds, such as fatty acids, antioxidants, and  CBD, that may help reduce symptoms associated with inflammatory skin conditions, such as skin dryness, itchiness, and pain. 

Hemp oil may benefit people with eczema, atopic dermatitis, seborrheic dermatitis, Varicose eczema, psoriasis, acne rosacea.

4. Symptoms of skin aging

Hemp oil can treat and prevent the skin symptoms associated with aging. This may be because people who consume higher amounts of linoleic acid seem to have a lower likelihood of developing age-related dryness and atrophy or thinning. 

Hemp oil also contains compounds that reduce oxidative stress. Oxidative stress occurs when molecules called free radicals damage the skin, leading to wrinkles and fine lines over time. 

Hemp oil also contains compounds that combat signs of skin aging by stimulating skin regeneration, Improving skin elasticity and firmness, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, reducing skin dullness and improving skin brightness, retaining moisture in the skin, and increase collagen production.

5. Infection

Hemp oil contains antimicrobial compounds and antioxidants that can help destroy microbes,  such as viruses, bacteria, and fungi, that cause disease. 

It also contains compounds that help strengthen the skin’s natural barrier, making it harder for microbes to enter the skin and cause infection or disease.

6. UV damage and hyperpigmentation 

Hemp contains both α-linolenic acid and linoleic acid, which help repair UV skin damage by increasing the removal of melanin. Melanin is the name for a broad group of natural skin pigments that give the skin’s upper layer its color. 

Both α-linolenic acid and linoleic acid can also help reduce hyperpigmentation, or excessive skin darkening, that tends to occur with sun exposure, by suppressing the production of melanin.

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