Hemp oil, as popular as it is as of late, seems to be associated with a sense of obscurity. What exactly is it? What can it be used for?
Well, to provide some clarification, hemp oil “is a nutty and flavorful oil that is extracted from the stalks or seeds of the hemp plant. There are different uses for each type of hemp oil, each offering its own array of uses and unique wellness benefits,” says an article originally published on Made By Hemp’s website.
That clears up what hemp oil is, but if you’re still unsure of how to go about using it properly, hang tight.
Hemp oil can be used as a substitute for vegetable oil, butter, and canola oil, plus it’s rich with essential fatty acids and omega-3s and 6s. Further, “its content of insoluble fiber, protein, and array of minerals such as potassium, magnesium, iron, zinc, and calcium” make it a wicked option when you’re looking to switch things up in the kitchen. A word of warning, though; hemp oil tends to smoke at low temperatures, so avoid deep-frying with it.
In addition to being a great alternative to other fats in terms of cooking, hemp oil also offers health benefits to the human body. It’s full of vitamins and minerals, and, the “oil extracted from the mature stalks and flowers (NOT the seeds) of the hemp plant contain an incredible compound called cannabidiol, or CBD for short. CBD interacts with the Endocannabinoid System to support a healthy balance throughout the body. Studies have shown it has potential for concerns related to anxiety and inflammation, with virtually zero side effects.”
Pretty neat stuff.
An additional way to use hemp oil is to apply it topically to the skin. It’s “rich in vitamins A and E, which act as antioxidants that heal the skin. It also contains fatty acids that keep the skin hydrated, and calcium to keep it smooth.”
There ya have it, ladies and gents. Three ways you can start using hemp oil, if you so desire.
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