Perhaps before delving into how to make use of hemp oil, it would be beneficial to discuss what exactly it is. I wasn’t exactly sure of how to define the substance myself, so it’s fair to assume others may not be familiar with it, either.
So, what is hemp oil?
“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,” an article originally published on Made By Hemp’s website explains.
Hemp oil offers a multitude of different benefits to those who make use of it. Whether it be used in cooking, for health-related purposes, or for skin, let’s take a look at the different ways in which it can be used.
While oils and butter are common ingredients used in various culinary creations, hemp seed oil serves as a healthier alternative to these, plus, it’s “delicious nutty flavour makes it perfect for sautéed vegetables or meats, salad dressings, or dipping in bread,” the article says. It’s “very high in essential fatty acids (EFAs), with a perfect 3:1 ratio of omega-3 and omega-6” and also contains “fibre, protein, and array of minerals such as potassium, magnesium, iron, zinc, and calcium.”
Hemp oil extracted from the plant’s mature stalks and flowers contain a compound referred to as cannabidiol, also known as CBD. 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.”
Hemp oil can be advantageous when used topically. It’s “rich in vitamins A and E, which act as antioxidants that heal the skin” and further “contains fatty acids that keep the skin hydrated, and calcium to keep it smooth,” the article says.
I’ve never used hemp oil myself, but after learning about the benefits associated with it, I just might. If you’re interested in learning more about hemp oil, be sure to take a look at the article linked above.
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